IVAA is the premier international trade association for virtual assistants worldwide.

Whether you seek networking opportunities, continuing education in the form of member expert sessions, live summits, or discounts on products and services geared especially for you, your IVAA membership will prove to be one of the best investments in your business.

Membership

As an IVAA member, you will be part of the first and only non-profit, member-operated international trade association for virtual assistants and freelancers.  Membership is open to anyone – new entrepreneurs just starting out, experienced solopreneurs, and owner/operators of multi-VA practices*.

By becoming a Member of IVAA you will also receive the exclusive benefit of choosing one of the following three payment options that best fits your budget:

• Annual – $137 per year
• Semi-Annual – 2 payments of $80 each per year ($160 total)
• Quarterly – 4 payments of $44 each per year ($176 total)

Membership is an annual membership.
IVAA Memberships are non-refundable and renew annually.

Frequently-Asked Questions

I just joined IVAA. Where do I start?

We think that you will find the IVAA community to be very helpful and supportive of each other. Below are a few things we would suggest you do upon joining:

 

  • Attend one of our New Member Orientations. These are held once a month and provide an overview of the IVAA website and the benefits IVAA offers to our members. Check the Calendar on our website for dates and times, and to register.
  • You might want to think about attending our Monday Coffee Chats to get some information about the industry. These are held every Monday at 10:00 a.m. or 5:00 pm ET and are open to both members and non-members. They are very informal and the topics depend on whatever the group wants to talk about that evening. You can register by going to the calendar on our website at www.ivaa.org/calendar.
  • Attend our Educational events:
    • Expert of the Month – Each month IVAA presents experts on requested topics for the opportunity to continue learning and expanding your knowledge.
    • Resource Recess – These webinars are intended for members to learn a skill in 3-5 steps – new skills to help you with your business – or to learn about a special niche business. Members get access to the recorded events to watch at their leisure. Also, members have access to not only the File Cabinet videos but templates and documents that new VAs can edit which will save them time, etc.
  • Think about becoming a Volunteer for IVAA. IVAA is primarily a volunteer-run organization with many people giving a little bit of their time each week or month in the different departments, such as Membership, Member Benefits, Web Team, and Events. You can meet and work with other virtual assistants, show others the skills that you have to offer, or learn a new skill, such as moderating webinars.

For more questions related to getting started with IVAA, please visit our Getting Started FAQ.

How do I become a Virtual Assistant or start my business in this industry?

Virtual assistants (VAs) are business owners. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with what it takes to run a business. Joining IVAA can help you in both making your decision to become a VA, as well as in supporting you as you run your business. Our feedback is such that our members have the skills and confidence to provide their services at a high level of expertise. There are many VAs that are generalists, providing a variety of different services to their clients; there are other VAs who have established one particular niche. We encourage you to gather as much information as possible about the industry. In addition, and you may want to contact the Small Business Administration office for information on starting a business.

Does the IVAA provide work for Virtual Assistants?

We often get inquiries about VA training and how to find jobs. IVAA is not a work-at-home job fulfillment service and does not actively find work for our members. IVAA itself does not provide direct VA training for our members, but does provide ongoing educational opportunities through our online and live summits/conferences, expert of the month series  and IVAANet listserv. Several of our Preferred Partners provide VA training to our members at a discount. See Member Benefits for more information.

 

We do have a “Request for Proposal” (RFP) system where prospective clients post jobs and our members submit proposals to those job postings. Other ways to find clients including networking, both online (ex. social media) and at local events (ex. chamber of commerce), and by other means of advertising/marketing.

Does IVAA offer or find jobs for virtual assistants?

IVAA is a trade association for virtual assistants and provides networking opportunities, discounted education opportunities, and other benefits to our members. As such, we are not a work-at-home job fulfillment service and do not actively find work for our members. We are a volunteer-run organization – the people on our Board and other committees all volunteer their time to the group. We do have a Request for Proposal system whereby those looking to hire a virtual assistant can post their position on our job board and our members can submit proposals to them.

How do I become a Virtual Assistant or start my business in this industry?

Virtual assistants (VAs) are business owners. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with what it takes to run a business. Joining IVAA can help you in both making your decision to become a VA, as well as in supporting you as you run your business. Our feedback is such that our members have the skills and confidence to provide their services at a high level of expertise. There are many VAs that are generalists, providing a variety of different services to their clients; there are other VAs who have established one particular niche. We encourage you to gather as much information as possible about the industry. In addition, and you may want to contact the Small Business Administration office for information on starting a business.

What kind of education or networking opportunities may I get from IVAA?
  • Online Summit – In the fall, our online summit gives VAs the chance to attend a wide range of professional and educational sessions without leaving your office. These sessions are available via recording with your paid registration fee. For more information (and to register), go to online.ivaa.org.
  • Live Summit – Each Spring our live Summit takes place in a different city. Members have the opportunity to meet each other in person, network, and participate in an exciting program of presentations and events. This is a “must attend” each year for many members! For more information (and to register), go to live.ivaa.org.
  • Expert of the Month Series – each month, we have an expert in different topics present to our members online. There is generally time for Q and A after the presentation, and the sessions are recorded and available to members to download who were not able to participate.
  • Networking with seasoned veterans of the industry
How can I get training as a Virtual Assistant?

While certification will give you a great credential to market to your prospective clients, you can still become a virtual assistant without it. There is no student exam or student certification that is given by IVAA.)

IVAA membership is offered on an annual basis.  Membership dues are payable in US dollars with the following payment options:

  1. One installment of $137
  2. Two installments of $80 ($160 total)
  3. Four installments of $44 each ($176 total)

Why wait?  Get in on all the learning, networking, and growing opportunities only available through IVAA. 

Become part of the premier global organization for VAs and freelancers today!

*While membership is open to owners and employees/contractors of multi-VA practices, corporate memberships are not available.  Membership is offered on an individual basis only and is non-transferrable.