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If you’re an Online Business Manager who’s ready to uplevel your services and position yourself ahead of the pack…
…or a VA who’s already working an OBM-type role and wants to own it and make more money...
Then you’re gonna love this.
You probably realized a while back that you’re giving a ton of value to your clients by going above and beyond your current role.
You might be feeling capped at how much you can charge and how many clients you can reasonably have in your schedule at one time...
Maybe you’re already specializing without realizing it and that’s stopping you from breaking your earning threshold...
Or perhaps you just feel like you need some direction to be better where you’re at right now, without reinventing the wheel.
If you’re nodding your head at any of this… you’re not the only VA or OBM I know who’s feeling that way.
You’re most likely ready to start being more assertive with your clients and charge the rates you deserve to be making, but you’re lacking that secret sauce which will position you at a higher level and prove your worth.
That’s what becoming a Certified OBM® is all about.
Over a decade ago, I moved to the opposite side of the planet and got a job soullessly busting my butt in corporate.
I was also side hustling as a Virtual Assistant, working 24/7 and going WAY above and beyond my VA duties. On top of that, I was only making ‘okay’ money and it wasn’t nearly enough to leave my stable corporate salary.
What I didn’t realize?
I was actually the OBM-in-disguise.
So I know how it feels to be giving tons of value to your clients, but not feeling like you have that direction or confidence to become assertive enough to truly earn your worth.
I knew there had to be a way to grow the skill set I needed in order to confidently charge more, be financially stable AND be able to work from anywhere in the world, so that I could spend time with my family or take a vacay at will.
That’s when I was introduced to the International Association of Online Business Managers (IAOBM) and decided to become a Certified OBM®.
I, too, had a million doubts running through my mind - the same doubts I hear a lot of aspiring Certified OBMs® have:
What if I’m not successful or good at this?
What if I invest and then do nothing with this qualification?
What if I end up feeling guilty for spending this money on myself rather than my family?
I felt selfish. I felt scared. I began questioning my instincts.
But you know what they say about trusting your gut and pushing through fear…
I’ve been accredited by the International Association of Online Business Managers to run THE comprehensive program that will help you generate a consistent and predictable income as a Certified OBM®.
This is the program that will give you the proficiency you need to be an exceptional OBM...
The confidence you need to be more assertive with your clients…
And a skill set which brings so much value to the table that you’ll have no trouble breaking your earning threshold (and then some!).
Become a member of the International Association of Online Business Managers (IAOBM). The IAOBM is a professional membership organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the Certified OBM® profession worldwide. As a member, you’ll get access to HUGE array of IAOBM resources and ways to up level your OBM Service, including:
This is what’s going to ensure you remain current in the industry and set yourself apart.
How LaToya Went from 2K/month as a Virtual Assistant to 10K+++/month as a Certified OBM®
How Emily Matched her 6-Figure Corporate Salary (and then some!) as a Certified OBM®
How Melissa Went from 2K/month as a Virtual Assistant to 10K+++/month as a Certified OBM®
You’ll also get these
incredibly juicy bonuses in addition:
Lifetime Access to the only formula you need to develop your invaluable business asset: Your trusted TEAM.
Team Growth Formula is the proven program for sustainably and profitably scaling your very own team. Put this in your OBM Toolbelt for when you’re ready to grow bigger, or use it to transform your client's team dynamics!
Learn how to confidently implement systems and strategies that will make your business run like clockwork.
Unlock the systems and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) templates that will help you automate everything in yours and your client's biz.
This will save you TONS of time, money, and effort as you set up SOPs for your clients, as well as your own business. You’ll NEVER get stuck with systems again!
Position yourself and your team to confidently manage your client's 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 and set important boundaries with your clients.
And if you're transitioning to a team-based biz, this will ensure your team gives your clients the same stellar service they love you for.
Plug in Sarah's done-for-you plan for scoring the well-paying clients you deserve! You’ll access Sarah's very own sales system and process, including intake questionnaires, email templates, in-depth strategy plans and onboarding insights.
You’ll be able to use these goodies to confidently sell your services, and land high-end clients that are willing to pay you the top-dollar rates that you’re worth.
Certification Exam Week is your chance to apply everything you’ve been learning throughout the program and score your coveted Certification. As a thank you for enrolling, I’m covering your exam fee ($400) & first year's IAOBM membership (Note: that the annual IAOBM membership fee for following years is $297/year).
As a Member of the IAOBM, you'll get access to TONS of incredible benefits:
The value of these bonuses alone is over $6,000 and together with the core Certified OBM® Certification program, you’re getting $16,500+ value - more than four times the total cost of this program.
The program is by application only and no fee to apply or obligation to purchase if you are accepted.
Program Fees & Payment Options:
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Really great question, and the answer is of course "it depends".
OBM 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, OBM 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.
The OBM Certification training is comprehensive and will give you a foundational grounding in OBM skills, so you can enroll even if you’ve only been a VA or OBM for a short time.
If you’re coming out of corporate and feel like becoming a Certified OBM ® is too big of a leap for you right now, or you’re not ready to make this investment just yet, we've got a free training that might be just the thing for you. Learn more about the training here.
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 6 months 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 2 LIVE sessions with me every month, in addition to guest expert calls and support from our Certified OBM ® Momentum Community. See the Course Schedule in the next point.
Our LIVE Call Schedule:
WELCOME CALL: 1st Tuesday of each month at 10am ET (New York) / 7am PT (Los Angeles)
LIVE COACHING CALL: 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10:30am ET (New York) / 7am PT (Los Angeles)
LIVE COACHING CALL: 4th Tuesday of each month at 10:30am ET (New York) / 7am PT (Los Angeles)
All the sessions will be recorded and made available, so if you can’t attend LIVE, you can catch the replay.
All the sessions will be recorded and available in the private Facebook Group, 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 every October, January, April, and July. You will be eligible to participate in Certification Week once you’ve completed this 6-month program. 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.
Afraid not. 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!
- Jenn Sebastian
- Karen Croll
After the training, I am able to structure my biz in ways that make me the model of WHAT I can deliver. 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.
- Odette Toppin
"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 had the potential to be more than a VA, and I didn't want to be the implementer anymore, yet I wasn't positive I could fully work at the OBM level. At the same time, I didn't want work to consume every aspect of my life. I wanted to spend more time with my family and 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. My business, as well as my clients' businesses have soared! In addition, the certification provides credibility with new clients, because they 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. I’ve been able to build my business around my life, instead of the other way around!"
"As a VA, it would take 8-10 clients to maintain a decent monthly revenue. Now, as a Certified OBM® I have 2 main clients providing me steadily with more money than I made as a VA.
Not only am I playing a bigger role in their business, but they are playing a bigger role in mine too. I’m more invested in my clients’ success and they are fully invested in me as well (my personal welfare, my happiness in my role as their OBM, and we share a long-term "we’re in this for the long haul" mindset). I feel much more secure with 2 OBM clients than I ever did with 8-10 VA clients."
"The program offers you an opportunity to step into a bigger role that supports 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 Sarah’s Online Business Manager Training and Certification course to anyone looking to make the transition into playing a bigger game with their clients. Sarah provides a "been there, done that" guide showing you how you can work hand-in-hand with successful business owners.
I could go on and on about the results I have achieved but I’ll end here 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, and more, with the Certified OBM® program!"
"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 credentials being a Certified OBM® provides, it's so much easier to land high-end clients. As a result, in less than a week of being listed in the International Association of Online Business Managers (IAOBM) directory, three 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, and when I ask "how did you hear about me" the response is "in the directory"!
If you are thinking of joining the program, JUST DO IT! People need OBMs, certified ones. It's an investment you will value and never regret. Even now, 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 and 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 was able to visualize and actualize my biz goals!!!
I’ve learned how to structure my business in a way that makes me the model of what I can deliver to my clients. I’ve structured my services in a way that allows me to provide my clients with high value. I’ve structured my communication & content in ways that allow me to cut through the noise and articulate consistently. By year's end, I expect to consistently be at $3K per month in revenue.
Thinking of taking the test? I advise that you do it & do it NOW! This is the first 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 knew exactly what type of biz I would build, what type of clients I would attract, and what type of lifestyle I could 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 had been a VA for about 5 years and had 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. 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—like SOPs and templates—so you don't have to reinvent any wheels."
"My employer had 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 what to do when I have a breakthrough session with a potential client. From there, I am able to help the client to grow their business, and have a successful business of my own.
If you are thinking of joining the course, yes, absolutely do it. You'll get so much value from the training with Sarah Noked."
"Before the course I was working as a social media manager, but already building strategies and planning with my clients. 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 loved strategy and I wanted to have that structure, but I didn't know how. I lacked that confidence to go on with my business, and had hit the ceiling on my growth in that role.
After discovering and going through the Certified OBM® course, I have the confidence, systems and structure as well as the support of a community who really understands where I want to go. I know how to differentiate the roles so when I approach a potential client to offer breakthrough sessions and ongoing retainers, I can confidently position myself as the expert.
Sarah Noked’s OBM Certification is the best investment I made for myself and my business. Being part of Sarah's training gave me the confidence, structure and support I have been looking for. She gave me the whole package: training, community, templates and support that encourage me to treat my business seriously.
The templates and the encouragement I received from Sarah are invaluable part of the training. It gave me the perspective to really look at my business on a whole new level and pursue my dreams."
"Before taking the course, I was providing Asana setups, but the work wasn’t consistent and I had no OBM clients.
After the course, finding potential clients, selling to them and onboarding them is much easier. I learned best practices and can do a much better job, faster. I have the tools I need to help my clients a lot better than before. In fact, I have two new OBM clients that I have been able to land and onboard successfully.
Sarah’s program is a high-quality course that will help you fast track into becoming a Certified OBM® while growing your confidence as well. Her bonus templates and cheat sheets will save you a ton of time, too! I highly recommend her training program for anyone who is interested in becoming a Certified OBM®.”
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