TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR SUCCESS
Become a well-paid, sought-after,
Certified Online Business Manager
If you’re a Virtual Assistant looking to step up your game and charge more…
An Online Business Manager who wants to attract high-end clients…
Or an experienced corporate administrator or project manager
looking to work from home and get paid well…
I think you’re really gonna love this.
The Simple Way to OBM Success
A decade ago I was straddling a demanding corporate JOB with a Virtual Assistant side hustle. I was working hard to keep my VA clients happy, round the clock, getting paid by the hour, taking on more and more responsibilities.
Like strategy, launch support, implementing systems, and team building.
I didn’t know it at that time, but what I was actually doing was the job of an ONLINE BUSINESS MANAGER, while calling myself a virtual assistant and charging the rates of a virtual assistant. And at that rate, I knew I wasn't making enough to say goodbye to my corporate 9-5.
But I did know that there was an opportunity here.
I could see my clients were hungry for someone to take over the day-to-day operations, team, metrics, launch and project management. And I knew that if I could trade up my VA skills and leverage my knowledge of their business, I could strut my stuff—and charge more for doing so.
Turns out I was right. Within a year, I doubled, then tripled my rates, from $35 an hour to $100 or more when I became a Certified OBM® in 2012. My business boomed and because I was taking the weight off my clients and freeing them up to do what they wanted to do, they were happy to pay.
And it turns out that Certified OBMs are coming to the rescue of overwhelmed business owners everywhere! And demand for this role within the online business community is booming.
Because with internet sales reaching $2,489 trillion a year, every business that wants to scale and stay in the game needs an online presence and the right business support.
Business owners are struggling. They’re struggling with their website, an E-commerce store, a social media presence, blogs, email marketing, team and project management and much more.
They simply can’t do it all themselves, and are desperately seeking someone to help them manage the overwhelm.
That could be YOU!
Once I discovered how in-demand OBMs are becoming, I knew that it was time to step it up. And the best way to achieve the tools, the confidence, and the credibility to claim that role was to learn from the experts.
I turned to the “International Association of OBMs,” which has been training and matchmaking online business managers with high-end, well-paying clients since 2009.
I knew that getting qualified in their “Certified OBM” course would upgrade my skills and help establish my OBM status to clients, so they’d be willing to pay me the TRUE VALUE of my contribution to their business.
And I was right.
Increase your Earning Potential by working on a monthly retainer or incentive-based payment structures. I’ll show you how to ditch the limiting $ per hour system that keeps you spinning on that hamster wheel.
Enjoy Longer Term Client Relationships as you become integral to your clients' business. That means less time marketing yourself and looking for new clients!
Work with Your Ideal Clients by choosing a small group (usually no more than 3), who pay you well and can’t live without you! Less is more!
Co-create with your Clients as you get deeper into strategy and find yourself creating new programs or products with your clients.
Find New Clients by Word of Mouth, because when you help create success, word gets around very quickly, and you’ll soon be flooded with work—and I'll show you how you can scale your offerings.
Establish Yourself as an Expert because becoming a Certified OBM® will position you confidently above the competition.
And This Will Make All The Difference
When you take part in this training with me, you’ll get exclusive access to my signature program: Team Growth Formula (VALUE $997)!
Because when you become a Certified OBM® you're going to have clients knocking down your door… and there’s no way that you’re going to say “no” when they show you the money.
So when you’re maxed out with work, my Team Growth Formula will teach you how to bring a TEAM onboard that can take the weight off, so you're not doing everything yourself.
I’ll teach you how to hire and train your team, so you can pivot from solopreneur to delegator-in-chief while your business thrives and your clients get VIP service.
"Before becoming a Certified OBM® , I questioned a lot about myself such as my skills, my methods, my rates and if I was doing it "right".
I knew I was more than a VA, and I didn't want to be the implementer anymore, yet I wasn't positive I could fully be and work at the OBM level. I also didn't want to do anything that would consume every aspect of my life again, I wanted to be with my family a lot more. I had been missing out on so much at home as I struggled to find and keep up with work at my low VA rate.
Since becoming a Certified OBM® , I've gained so much confidence in what I bring to my clients, I continue to grow my leadership skills, and my business, as well as my clients' businesses have soared! Having the certification has also helped with my credibility because people know the level of training Certified OBMs receive is top notch! More importantly, I'm home every day with my family, I attend my kids' activities and school events, and I feel like my business has been built around my life instead of the other way around!
Life is so different for me than it was a year ago!"
"As a VA, it would take 8-10 clients to maintain a decent monthly revenue and now I have 2 main clients who provide me steadily with more money than I made as a VA. Not only am I playing a bigger role and I’m more invested in my clients’ success but they are playing a bigger role with me too. They are fully invested in me as well (my personal welfare, my happiness in my role as OBM and they have a long-term "we’re in this for the long haul" mindset) so I feel much more secure with 2 clients than I ever did with 8-10 clients."
"The program offers you an opportunity to step into a bigger role that is not about you, but is about supporting someone else in growing their business, and at the same time, in growing yours. If you are proactive, creative, and willing to lead the way, then this is the course for you. You will be able to have more control over how you work with your clients, you will have an opportunity to earn more money, you will enhance your skills, you will switch from a "doing" mindset to a "marketing" mindset and best of all, everything you learn you will be able to apply in your own business – It’s a great way to practice your new skills."
"I've been a VA for about 8 years and had worked with many wonderful clients and several not-so-wonderful online marketing 'gurus' that had somewhat jaded me to whether the training and 'certification' was REAL or not.
I found the course itself to be laid out very efficiently and was easy to use and follow along. The quality of the content far exceeded what I'd expected. Even now, I find myself referring back to the content over and over because I consistently learn something new each time I do. The training gives you all of the necessary information you need to make it through Certification Week...but you definitely EARN your certification and feel such a sense of accomplishment when it's complete.
I've already decreased the number of hours I work by 1/3 and have doubled my income. My main client is on an incentive based payment program with me with a nice sized monthly retainer and revenue sharing. I am open to working with other clients and responding to Requests for Proposals as they come through the OBM website. Being a Certified OBM® has exponentially increased my confidence level in my skills.
My advice to those of you thinking about becoming a Certified OBM is to 'Just Do It!' You won't regret it!"
"OBM Certification Training changed my business in every respect.
Before certification, I was a struggling VA billing by the hour. My monthly invoices averaged $250 per client. After certification, my monthly retainers now average in the multiple $1000’s every month. Certification helped me discover my passion and gave me the confidence to charge what I’m worth."
"With the Online Business Manager Training, I discovered the key ingredients I needed in order to share my expertise & value to clients, so that they understood what I was worth and were willing to invest in me. I developed the confidence to let go of clients in order to pursue relationships with business owners I could assist with passion. Now I don’t just deliver exceptional results to my clients, I organize their business, I pin-point the process to accomplishing their goals and I analyze the results.
I recommend the Online Business Manager Training and Certification course to anyone who wants to truly work hand-in-hand with successful business owners and are looking for a "been there, done that" guide to show them exactly how to make the transition into playing bigger game with their clients. I could go on and on about the results I have achieved but I’ll end there and simply state that this was the very best investment I have ever made in my business. I have achieved all that I was hoping for with The Online Business Manager Training program and more!"
"I was in a managerial role in corporate and being a Virtual Assistant took away those skills. I wanted to work online and still manage. Because of the OBM Certification Program, I can confidently tell people that I can manage virtually and with the credential, it's so much easier to sell. As a result, in less than a week being in the OBM directory 3 people booked appointments!!!! It's amazing not having to go searching for clients or trying to get attention in comments on Facebook.
If you are comfortable having one or two long term clients REACH out to YOU without you having to hustle and prove yourself worthy through 100s of applications, this is the course. If you'd rather continue the hustle because you know you want more and to grow into an agency, this is also the course! Why? Because people reach out, and they don't stop once your name is in that directory. By day three I was thinking about hiding my listing because I started to feel overwhelmed each time I saw a new booking on my calendar, I used to have to pitch people, now I have no idea who ""Mary"" is on my calendar, but ""how did you hear about me says"" - ""in the directory""!
If you are thinking of joining the program, JUST DO IT! People need OBMs, certified ones. It's and investment you will value and never regret. Even in the capacity, I still log into the course to grab templates to use. So after the training it's still a valuable resource. Sarah was AND IS a guiding light for me, with all the blunt advice that is so needed in this world!"
"Before the course, I had zero direction. I knew that I needed & wanted to do much more than task-based VA work but I had no idea what that should look like. I was partially equipped due to my previous experience but severely lacking in practical/applicable ways.
After the training, I am able to structure my biz in ways that make me the model of WHAT I say I can deliver. Structure my services in ways that will allow me to bring value to my clients. Structure my communication & content in ways that will allow me to cut through the noise and articulate consistently. Visualize and actualize my biz goals!!! By year's end, I expect to consistently be at $3K per month revenue.
Thinking of taking the test? I advice that you do it & do it NOW! This is the 1st step that will help you figure out HOW to achieve what you KNOW is for you! This training WILL give you the confidence you need. For me, leading myself was probably the single largest ""Aha"" I got from this training. With that single shift, I now know exactly what type of biz I will build, what type of clients I will attract to me, and what type of lifestyle I will live as a result of both.
I am forever grateful for finding you, Sarah (by way of Tina first)."
"Prior to taking the course, I've been a VA for about 5 years and have been taking on more and more responsibility with my clients. I didn't feel like my VA role really fit anymore, and neither did my VA rates! The OBM Certification Course made me confidently situate myself in a more senior, partnership-style role with my clients that is more about planning and less about task-doing. Now I am expecting to double my rates across the board, even with existing clients within the next few months.
If you have doubts about taking the course: Do it. The group has been a tremendous source of connection and support and the course is full of so many goodies so you don't have to reinvent any wheels."
"My employer has made me redundant. After a couple of months, it was time for me to take action so I enrolled in the training. Under Sarah’s training and support, I am now able to set up my business and know to what to do when I have a Breakthrough session with a potential client. From there on, I am able to help the client to grow their business. That’s why now I have a successful business.
If you are thinking of joining the course, yes, absolutely. You'll get so much value from the training with Sarah Noked."
"Before when I was doing client work as a social media manager, I am already doing strategies and planning with them. I didn't know I was operating partly as an OBM. But what got me frustrated is that I was given 2nd preference because I wasn't the OBM for the business. I love doing strategies with my clients and I want to have that structure, but I don't know how. I lack that confidence to go on with my business and of course I am hitting a ceiling in terms of what I can do.
Now, I have the confidence, system and structure as well as the support of community who really gets where I want to go. I know how to differentiate the roles so when I approach my client, I can clearly explain to them and be the expert. I am able to offer breakthrough sessions and ongoing retainers.
Sarah Noked’s OBM Certification is the best investment I did for my business. Being part of Sarah's training gave me the confidence, structure and support I have been looking for in my business. She gave me the whole package: community, templates and learning that help me treat my business seriously.
The templates and the encouragement I received from Sarah are invaluable part of the training. It gave me the confidence to really look at my business at a whole new level and pursue my dreams that I know is really possible. "
"Before taking the course, I was doing Asana setups but not having a consistent income and no OBM clients.
After the course, I find it easier to find potential clients, sell to them and onboard them. I now know best practices and therefore can do a much better job faster. I don't have to make all the mistakes myself. I have learnt so much.
In fact, I have two new OBM clients that I have been able to land and onboard. I have the tools I need to help my clients a lot better than before.
That’s why I advise anyone who is thinking of joining the course that Sarah’s program is a high-quality program that will help you fast track into becoming a very good OBM as well as grow your confidence as well. It will also save you a lot of time and you get so many templates for absolutely everything. I can highly recommend the training for someone that wants to become an OBM or become a better OBM. "
Here’s what you’ll learn:
Open exclusively to participants who have completed this 90-day course, you will have the opportunity to participate in the OBM Certification Week and examination to become a Certified Online Business Manager.
OBM Certification Week is organized and facilitated by the International Association of Online Business Managers (IAOBM). Included in the enrollment fee for the Certified OBM® .
During Certification Week, you’ll get the chance to apply everything you’ve been learning in a series of business scenarios designed to simulate the job of an Online Business Manager. Rest assured that it will be a fulfilling week and its recommended you allocate 20 hours (approx 3-4 hours each day) to complete the required projects.
The next Certification Week is July 20th – 24th, 2020. Certification week runs every quarter, so if you miss this one, you can get in the next.
6 Rich Content Modules
Online Business Manager Members Area including video lessons, transcripts, worksheets, flowcharts, and supplemental materials for all modules.
6 LIVE Q+A sessions Check-ins and online support during the full 90-days…. loaded with insights, where Sarah will be available to answer your questions and support you on your OBM journey
Access to the Private Facebook Group, where you can connect with awesome VAs & OBMs ramping up their business to the next level like you. This virtual network will give you answers, suggestions, and a round of applause when you need it.
Plus these Fabulous Bonuses
Team Growth Formula
You’ll get lifetime access to my signature program Team Growth Formula - the course proven to sustainably and profitably scale your own team. Not ready to scale right now? Don’t sweat it - put this in your OBM Toolbelt for when you’re ready to grow.
Access the only formula you need to develop your invaluable business asset: Your trusted TEAM.
I’ll teach you how to confidently hire, train and manage your team, so you don’t have to do the guesswork. You’ll be able to transform from solopreneur to CEO and eventually watch from the sidelines as your business thrives. No stress or overwhelm here thanks!
The Systems Vault
Unlock the systems and templates which are the product of thousands of hours of investment in my business. You’ll save TONS of time, money, and effort as you set up Standard Operating Procedures for your clients, as well as your own business.
Confidently implement systems and strategies that will make your business run like clockwork.
I get it - systems aren’t sexy and they can be frustrating to get to grips with. But you’ll NEVER get stuck with systems again once you enter my Systems Vault. You’ll get access to priceless done-for-you systems materials that will help you automate everything in your biz. Your service will be uncompromised, your team will have everything covered and you can concentrate on being a visionary leader.
Masterclass: Setting Client Expectations
Learn how to make a graceful transition to a team-based business whilst keeping your clients happy.
Position yourself and your team to confidently manage your clients expectations.
When you become a Certified OBM® you'll have clients knocking down your door… and it’s imperative that you and your team are equipped to take on the needs of high-end clients. After completing this masterclass, you’ll know how to effectively position yourself whilst your team gives your clients the same stellar service they love you for.
My Signature OBM Sales System
Uncover behind the scenes insight into how I close high-end clients. After you’ve accessed this content, you’ll be a killer closer and be able to plug in my plan for scoring the well-paying clients you deserve.
You’ll access my very own sales system and process, including intake questionnaires, email templates, in-depth strategy plans and onboarding insight. You’ll be able to use all of these goodies to confidently sell your services and land high-end clients that are willing to pay you the top-dollar rate that you’re worth.
Certification Exam Fees & First Years Membership in the International Association of Online Business Managers: 100% costs covered.
Certification Exam Week is your chance to apply everything you’ve been learning throughout the program. I’ll take some of the weight off your shoulders by covering your exam & membership fees for the first year (annual membership for the following years costs $297/yr).
These bonuses alone are valued at a staggering $5,880+…
...And together with The OBM Certification™ program, you’re getting $19,757++ value - more than triple the total cost of this program.
But because I just can’t wait any longer for you to join me in this world of digital opportunity, I’m giving you the chance to apply TODAY in order to enroll for just…
Really great question, and the answer is of course “it depends”.
Certification is certainly not a requirement for working as an Online Business Manager. And, in fact, there are many excellent people working in this role who are not certified.
However, certification is currently one of the only ways for OBMs and their potential clients to gain confidence in each other.
When a client hires a Certified Online Business Manager™, they can be confident that this person has the knowledge and expertise required for the job. Certification allows you to connect faster with new clients and start off in a relationship of mutual trust based on this common knowledge and expertise.
Plus, it also shows clients that you’re serious about working as an Online Business Manager. The fact that you’ve made the investment of time and energy to pursue training and certification proves that this isn’t something you're just going to “try and see how it goes” – this kind of commitment speaks volumes about your dedication and intention.
Because the training is comprehensive and will give you a foundational grounding in OBM skills, you can enroll even if you’ve only been a VA or OBM for six months. But my best advice is to get on a call with me to talk it over. Schedule a call with Sarah
I have met so many fellow online service providers over the years who are worried about lack of qualifications or management experience. And I get questions all the time about where I got my confidence to manage a team of five. And here’s the thing — we all have it in us! We manage our homes, our families, our lives, our clients, and their projects on a daily basis. And since the training program includes a lot of practical and strategic information about how online businesses are run, and what’s expected from a manager, you’ll quickly gain the confidence to step up and take charge.
If you are performing management tasks like delegating to team members, planning and supervising marketing campaigns, and helping your client directly to grow their business, you should already be charging OBM rates.
Having been in this situation myself, I can tell you that some clients will jump on board straight away, but others might need some time for “transition.” We’ll talk about how to handle all of this in the course, even down to what to say.
The course runs for 90 days and I can tell you from personal experience that you can do it in your “spare time” (ha ha). The time to dedicate to this program is 2 hours a week. In addition to that, you’ll have 6 LIVE sessions with me. See schedule in the next point.
Our Q&A schedule:
WELCOME CALL: Monday, April 13th at 11am ET (New York) / 8am PT (Los Angeles)
CALL 1: Monday, April 20th at 11am ET (New York) / 8am PT (Los Angeles)
CALL 2: Monday, May 4th at 11am ET (New York) / 8am PT (Los Angeles)
CALL 3: Monday, May 18th at 11am ET (New York) / 8am PT (Los Angeles)
CALL 4: Monday, June 1st at 11am ET (New York) / 8am PT (Los Angeles)
CALL 5: Monday, June 15th at 11am ET (New York) / 8am PT (Los Angeles)
CALL 6: Monday, June 29th at 11am ET (New York) / 9am PT (Los Angeles)
All the sessions will be recorded and available in your member’s area, so if you can’t attend LIVE, you can catch the replay.
All the sessions will be recorded and available in your member’s area, so if you can’t attend LIVE, it’s no biggie. But I would recommend to block out time in your schedule to attend at least some of the live sessions. That way, you’ll be able to ask questions and get an immediate answer to your own personal concerns or difficulties.
Certification Exam Week happens quarterly. The next examination week is July 20th – 24th, 2020. You will be eligible to participate in Certification Week once you’ve completed this 90 day program. Exam week is a series of practical projects and is designed to simulate what it’s like to work with a real OBM clients. The amount of time to consider for each day of certification week is 2.5 hours. The cost of participating in exam week is covered in your enrollment fee for the program. Hooray!
I want to make this as easy for you as I can, so I’ve fixed it for you to pay in six installments of $750.
Don’t forget that this investment in yourself is going to quickly reap rewards you never dared to dream of.
You’ll be able to increase your rates for existing clients as you take on management tasks and help scale their businesses.
And new clients who hire you as a Certified OBM will pay you double or triple your VA rates as you take the struggle out of their business and become an invaluable member of their team.
No. We have a very clear no refund policy because we only work with students who are ALL IN! We put an extraordinary amount of time and effort into this program, and expect you to do the same!
One Last Thing
So listen up! Becoming an OBM now ensures that you are getting in on a profession that is the new way to work and in high demand.
There’s amazing potential right in front of you, not only as an OBM working for clients, but you can also:
But what’s certain is that this investment in yourself, your career, and your family will be the best business decision you’ve made in a long time.
I’m so excited for you!!
I am so excited to be your mentor over the next 12 weeks…
Creating a profitable and satisfying Online Business Manager Career has literally given me the life of my dreams and ample time to spend with my family.
I’ve experienced first hand what it feels like to transition from a soul-sucking corporate career to working in the online space with clients all over the world.
And I’ve done it all and scaled my business from solopreneur to full scale agency model. I’m ready and willing to share all my wisdom to help you build the business (and life) you’ve been dreaming of…
Should you take me up on my offer, I personally guarantee that these next 12 weeks will change your life and your mindset.
I look forward to being your mentor.
To our success,
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The OBM training curriculum is offered by Sarah Noked as a Certified OBM® Trainer pursuant to an authorized license from IAOBM. Any additional services offered separately are not sponsored, endorsed or approved by IAOBM.