I decided to sign up on the APVA Nurture course for guidance in setting up my VA business, and to clarify my own thoughts and concerns in moving forwards. The structure of the course seemed very clear and unambiguous, and I already knew from her facebook group, that Charlotte is friendly and approachable, with clear advice.
The course far exceeded my expectations. I found Charlotte to be extremely supportive and her approach in all of her advice was honest and open, with a real human quality to what she said.This meant a lot to me when training courses can often seem impersonable, low in content when you go beyond the "sales spiel" and sometimes not necessarily specific to the VA industry.
The course is clearly structured, and very manageable in its components, so that you don't feel daunted by what you need to get through. In this way, I found it very do-able, particularly when faced with other commitments, either with children or with work pressures. It also doesn't last for months and months on end, so you actually move towards the purpose of your training quickly and efficiently, ie setting up your business!
My overall feeling from the course was that I could succeed, and that there isn't a magic formula which one person has over another, other than hard work, determination and a clear structure in setting up business. And this meant a lot to me, having battled for a long time with confidence issues. Throughout the course, you are provided with support both from Charlotte, as well as an assigned buddy and monthly online group sessions where you can questions to help you as you move forward. You belong to your own facebook group, where nothing is too stupid to ask, and where you are provided with a safe place to learn and practice the skills you might require or want to use when you start running your business.
In short, I cannot recommend the Nurture Programme highly enough. I consider it a fundamental investment to my business, and its value far outweighs its cost.