Interested in becoming a high-end virtual support professional?

How Would You Like to Leverage your Operations and Administrative Expertise, Take Control of your Success and *Finally* Get Paid What you are Worth as the Person Who "Gets Stuff Done."

Now's The Time To Put Yourself In Demand, And Get Your Pick of the Well-Paying High-End Clients Who Are Leading Their Markets


From the desk of: Tina Forsyth, Author of Becoming an Online Business Manager

Dear (aspiring) Online Business Manager,

Since writing and launching the book Becoming an Online Business Manager in Fall 2008 a funny thing has started happening...

You see, I wrote the book for you - the aspiring Online Business Manager who wanted to learn about this role and how they could start offering this level of service to their clients. (And a number of you have told me how much you LOVED the book and can't wait to officially start working as an OBM. Music to my ears!)

I expected to hear from aspiring and active Online Business Managers who connected with the book - but what I didn't expect was the level of response I started to get from the business owners who want to *hire* an Online Business Manager.

After Reading the Book a Tidal Wave Of Pent-Up Demand From Business Owners Seeking An Online Business Manager Swept Through My Office!

You see, business owners have been reading the book too or hearing about it from their colleagues. And they are catching onto the idea of what an Online Business Manager can do for them and their business. Once they *get* what it means to have an Online Business Manager on their team, well let's just say that they can't wait to find and hire that person!

And so I receive emails like this on a regular basis now:

The trouble is that the industry is still quite new - and there aren't many Certified Online Business Managers™ for clients to hire. Which of course means lots of opportunity for anyone who wants to step into this role. Woo hoo!

Over the past couple of years I have connected with a number of you who have expressed a strong interest in becoming an Online Business Manager, but you feel that you don't yet have the expertise and confidence to officially step into the role.

I'm sure you can see where i'm going here - it is pretty obvious that, with a bit of training and support, we can create a community of Certified Online Business Managers™ who are confident and ready to work with these business owners that are so desperate to hire you.

Which is exactly why we've created a custom program specifically for you...

The Online Business Manager Training & Certification Program

A 90 Day Virtual Intensive
for aspiring Online Business Managers

If you are new to this concept, i'm sure you are wondering what an Online Business Manager is.

The official definition of an Online Business Manager (OBM) is:

A virtually based support professional who manages online based businesses, including the day-to-day management of projects, operations, team members and metrics.

However I like to look at the role from a bit of a different angle - what is the purpose of an Online Business Manager beyond ‘what they do’?

The role of the OBM boils down to one simple thing:

To free up the business owner so that they can focus their time and energy on the things that only THEY can do in their business.

Most business owners look to hire an Online Business Manager (OBM) when they simply cannot grow their business anymore being the only one in charge. In order for them to take their business to the next level they need to pull themselves out of the day-to-day management activities and focus on growth.

This includes areas such as product development, strategic alliances and big picture business planning, all of which are essential to the growth of a business. Everything else becomes the responsibility of the OBM.


In These Challenging Times Great Online Business Managers Can Collaborate With Owners To Drive The Economy – a great privilege and responsibility!

Despite the economic challenges we hear about daily on the news, online-based businesses continue to thrive. And there is a really good reason for this, as online-based businesses are uniquely structured to respond quickly to the ever changing needs of the market.

Compared to the more complex and slow-paced structure of the much larger (and currently suffering) companies, this gives online-based businesses a distinct advantage in our current economy. We can quickly implement new tools, strategies and methods of connecting to customers and providing them the value that they desire NOW and are willing to pay for.

What is so great about working as an Online Business Manager?

Before we tell you a bit more about the training, let's take a look at why you may want to consider becoming an Online Business Manager in the first place! The role isn't for everyone, but there certainly are some benefits to playing a bigger game with your clients as an OBM.

No Earnings Cap, Ability To Pick and Choose Clients You Love, Much Less Need for Marketing, and more are reasons Online Business Managers never go back after taking the leap

In Other Words, When You Choose To Become An Online Business Manager, You Seize Control Over Your Career, Your Future, Your Lifestyle

Does this sound appealing to you? Keep Reading...

What exactly will you be learning in this program? How can you get from where you are to where you want to go? Let's break it down...

First, the training program is comprehensive, as you would expect for a managerial role.  So the material has been broken into 6 distinct modules:

Module 1

As an Online Business Manager,it’s essential to ground yourself in an understanding of online business models. It’s fundamental - you simply cannot play a bigger role in your client's business if you don't truly understand what they are building and how. So we lay that foundation in Module 1.

During this module on you will learn:


Module 2

In our experience it's not only about *what* you are doing - it's also about *how* you do it. The Competencies are the soft skills of being an Online Business Manager, with a focus on how to be proactive, responsible and truly "own" the role.

These competencies are the foundation of all the work you do as an Online Business Manager and can truly make-or-break your success and enjoyment (and how happy your clients are with you!)

During this module on you will learn about:


Module 3

The job of the OBM is to delegate and manage, not always *do*... and so the skills needed in this role may be a bit different than what you are used to (especially if you've been working as a VA, web designer or other "doing" professional).

As outlined in the book Becoming an Online Business Manager, there are four key areas of responsibility for the Online Business Manager. During this module you will learn the online business application of:

  1. Project Management - how to setup a simple project management plan that works for YOU and your client, including a comparison of the *many* project management tools available (so you can pick one that fits you best)
  2. Operations Management - how to analyze, streamline and simplify online business processes, with a focus on automation and the best tools to use
  3. People Management - how to find, hire, train and retain virtual team members for your clients
  4. Metrics Management - how to create a weekly and monthly metrics tracking system so that you and your client have the information you need to make informed business decisions.


Module 4

This module is the *meat* of the training, and quite honestly is worth its weight in 'virtual' gold! As an OBM you need to know the steps, elements and processes of various projects in order to ensure that they get done quickly and effectively.

Most importantly you need to know how to bring to life the various revenue streams that make up your client's business. You need to know how to take these initiatives from concept to completion and through to launch.

During this module you will be given a complete step-by-step process map and guide to helping create and manage the following foundational elements and revenue streams that are the lifeblood of the majority of online businesses. (And if they’re not, they need to be, with help from you!)


Module 5

Now that you've got the skills it's time to get clients, but of course! As an Online Business Manager it's essential that you know how to find your ideal clients and the best way to connect with them so that they are chomping at the bit to hire you.

During this module on you will learn about:

Module 5

Open exclusively to participants in this Training, you will have the opportunity to participate in the OBM Certification Week and apply to become a Certified Online Business Manager™. Upon successful completion of the Certification process (as evaluated by our Certification Committee) you will be awarded the credential of Certified Online Business Manager™ - and join the ranks of select few in our industry.

Certification is a process of being able to demonstrate, in real-life situations, that you have the knowledge, expertise and fortitude required to excel as an Online Business Manager. During Certification Week you will get the chance to apply everything you've been learning by working as an Online Business Manager in a series of business scenarios that we get direct from the business owners themselves. We don't want to give away too much yet, but rest assured that it will be a challenging, busy and at times crazy week.

In the same way that you might decide to train for a marathon, the first 5 modules are your 'training plan' so that you are ready to run the big race that is Certification Week.

At Last, An Online Training Equivalent Of An MBA, without the massive cost, years of onerous study...and fears of no return on all that investment...

"Do I really need to be certified?"

Really great question, and the answer is of course "it depends".

Certification is certainly not a requirement of working as an Online Business Manager... and in fact there are many excellent people working in this role without need of certification.

However because this is virgin territory, 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 are confident that the person has the knowledge and expertise required to play this role
  • When an Online Business Manager is connecting with potential new clients they are confident that they have the proper knowledge and expertise at hand (vs. just figuring it out as they go).

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 are 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 are just going to "try and see how it goes" - this kind of commitment speaks volumes about your dedication and intention.

I put my name, 8 years of experience delivering OBM services to six and seven figure businesses, right on the line for this burgeoning industry

Some of the things covered in this training may not be new to you - and in fact you may already be quite proficient in some areas! (We expect that you have a certain level of skill/understanding already, or you’ll find this training quite a bit out of your depth.)

What is different in this training is that everything will be taught to you from the perspective of the Online Business Manager. Other training programs are usually directed to the business owner (how to start and grow your own business), however this is truly the only training that is specifically and purposefully taught from the perspective of being the OBM for these business owners. So the content may be familiar, but the orientation, values and depth will be very different.

This training is not about how to 'be' the business owner, it is about how to 'be' the business manager who supports other business owners - A subtle but hugely important difference that I’ve lived as an active OBM myself for many years.

I’ve come to terms with it. Believe it or not, the die was cast when I wrote the book ‘Becoming An Online Business Manager.’  I started the conversation and I realize I need to follow through to make sure the promises in the book are delivered on – and you get to benefit!

When you've completed the OBM Training Program you will be effective and confident in a profound new way for your clients:


Comments from graduates of this training:


Testimonial by Laura Pumo

Jo Ann Toporski testimonial

Lulu Mungur testimonial

Ann Strout testimonial

Suzanne OffnerI am truly grateful Tina. I have little tears in my eyes as I'm thinking of it, because I'm so relieved someone could answer the questions I didn't even know how to ask. Success is fabulous, but goodness gracious there is a cost.

The information and task overwhelm was huge! I've taking your advice on three things so far: setting time boundaries, creating Wiki documentation, and using her recommended Project Planning software. Just those three are producing peace and organization where previously there was frustration and overwhelm. It has improved internal relationships too, as we all have more clarity and better communication. I'm also working fewer evenings and weekends. And that's using only three things!

There are so many more that I can't wait to implement. Thanks Tina for a FABULOUS training. It was worth every penny. I have a feeling I'll be back to do more.

Suzanne Offner
Online Business Manager for Vernice Armour


Sharon BroughtonI consider myself a pretty high level virtual assistant who consistently makes in the six figure range, but I felt I had hit the ceiling on what I could charge my clients and how I could help them. I knew I could do more for my clients but I wasn't sure what that looked like or how I could get away from the "dollars for hours" grind. I had read Tina's book when it first came out and, honestly, I could not wrap my head around some of the concepts she had in the book on base pay and incentives. I had checked out her training back then and I just wasn't sure how it would work for my VA practice. Fast forward a couple years and I knew it was the right time to revisit the book and check out the training again--and I am so glad I did. My VA practice was in the perfect position to revamp and switch to Online Business Manager mode and I loved the concept of base pay and incentives.

The OBM class was amazing--I learned so much from Tina and her fantastic OBM, Tiffany. Certification week really stretched me but I did it (and passed with flying colors). I know I can do anything and move my practice in any direction that I want to. I have all the tools I need to really accelerate growth in my practice, make a bigger impact for my clients and have fun doing it! I highly recommend the Online Business Manager certification course--it changed my life!

Sharon Broughton
Certified Online Business Manager™

Raven Howard"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.

All of this, I would not know how to do without the priceless program that Tina has put together.  Just recently, I chatted with Tina about the direction I want to take in 2011 with all the opportunities I have been afforded from becoming an OBM just last April [2010]. Tina again was able to help me to focus on my skills. As a result, I have joined her OBM Mastermind program and have retained two of my own team members.

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!"

Raven Howard
Certified Online Business Manager™

Lisa WellsI would whole-heartedly recommend the program to VAs who were looking to move on from their role into something bigger - a LOT of VAs were interested when I told them I'd be attending training because they want out of the "gotta get more clients" trap. They are benefitting by being trained by someone who is credible and has 'been there done that.' (I put a lot of emphasis on credibility and would not attend a course by someone who doesn't have real world skills like Tina.) The program will give them the confidence and ability to learn from the others in the group. The combined and varied levels of experience is priceless if you think of how much everyone is bringing to the table.

Also, there are a lot of people who call themselves an OBM but are really high-end VAs, project managers, or overpaid admins. When a business owner wants an OBM and is able to pay for someone with those skills, they are going to want to see some type of certification or baseline criteria which you can only get with this program. VAs may be able to get away with not having gone through a training program, but at this level I really think there needs to be a distinction.

Lisa Wells
Certified Online Business Manager™

Peggy Murrah"I've been working online since 1999 and was looking for a way to take my business to the next level. When I heard about Online Business Management, it sounded like the perfect next step for me and my team. I was an experienced virtual assistant already, and the training with Tina and Andrea gave me the extra boost of skills and confidence to step up and partner with my clients in a new way. Since the training (just four short months ago!), my business has grown by 62% and I know this is just the beginning. If you are ready to step up and create success for you and your clients, this is the training you want to invest in."

Peggy Murrah, CEO
PMA Web Services, LLC

"I have learned lots of things about human behavior, team management, communications,.... during my economics degree and afterwards in my international MBA....lots of theories and tactics...however I had never seen insights so "to the point" and practical!

I´ve worked in big companies. In one, I was responsible for the organization of the administrative/financial areas and collaborated with other areas, restructuring them from scratch. There were no procedures, no rules, people had been doing the same for the last 20 years and were not considering whether it was the best way or not....the first thing I tried was to create a SOP and define tasks and timelines.....let´s say it was a day I was responsible for everything and the next one for nothing.
It was so so exhausting!!! 

While I´m reading the obm course material I think: "at least someone agrees with what I was saying!!! I wasn´t wrong!" . I wish many managers knew this basic things you say, specially the ones related with operations management, automation, team management!!! 
The world would be so much easier!!!"

Teresa Campos
Certified Online Business Manager™ (in progress)

Brenda Violette"I started my business in February 2008 - after 30 years of high-level experience in the corporate world. I wanted to create a business where I could continue to work and grow at a higher level in the virtual world that I did in corporate. When I discovered the role of the Online Business Manager, I immediately knew it was for me. The training with Tina & Andrea gave me the extra boost of skills and confidence I needed to play this larger role with my clients. Since the training, my business has already started to grow in the direction that I want! I feel more control over my business and its future, as well as better equipped to offer and bring real growth to my clients' online businesses. If you are ready to truly step up and create success for you and your clients this is the training for you."

Brenda M. Violette
Certified Online Business Manager™

Tiffany Johnson"The Online Business Manager Training is a brilliantly developed and presented program. To be honest it was so informative that even months after the program has ended I am running to my notes and applying more and more resources to my client's businesses! EVERY aspect of what it means to manage an online business is covered in a way that is relative to my business and clients businesses as well as foreseeing future growth and opportunity for both!! Yes it is that good... and if you are considering taking it there's a bonus: On average I receive 3-4 emails a month of folks wanting to work with me referred from the OBM directory. The course has paid for itself and more... more.. more!"

Tiffany Johnson
Certified Online Business Manager™

Heiki Miller"The program brought all my knowledge from previous training courses together into a complete action guide on how to help grow my clients' businesses most effectively. It also gave me contacts in the industry and tips on how to deal with difficult situations.

Since taking the course, I have made a big leap. Even my husband commented that he noticed this sudden leap in my business that really surprised him. I had been a bit hesitant and overly cautious in the past. The course equipped me with the confidence and knowledge to boldly pursue my goal of stepping up."

Heike Miller
Certified Online Business Manager™

Kenya Halliburton"You should absolutely take this course. The information taught in this course will help you to build well rounded skills in virtually all things internet. You will learn the key to creating a successful online presence as well as how to manage all the moving parts!

Thanks Tina and Andrea for a truly great program. When I grow up I want to be like you guys one day! :) lol..

All joking aside. I am eager to put all that I have learned to work for myself and my clients!

And I just wanted to let you know that I secured an awesome OBM client yesterday who contacted me after viewing my profile from the site. God is good! We are inking a deal today and I am so excited to be embarking on this journey."

Kenya Halliburton
Certified Online Business Manager™

Debbie Lonergan"I've already told several people that it's the best training money I've spent since I became a VA. The classes were informative, in depth, well-presented and far from boring. If someone's been a VA for awhile and is wondering what the next step is, she should look into becoming an OBM; if the definition describes her, then this training is a MUST!"

Debbie Lonergan
Certified Online Business Manager™

Donna Frindt"If you are looking to hone your online business skills, get great strategic perspective and tactical tools and resources and if you would like to experience community during the process – sign up now! Tina and Andrea are absolutely top-notch professionals who know their stuff and generously provide their knowledge in an organized, intelligent way that will build your confidence, knowledge and skills. The learning environment they create is safe, productive and well worth the money."

Donna Frindt
Certified Online Business Manager™

Donna Frindt"The program offers you an opportunity to step into a bigger role that is not about you, but is about supporting someone else to grow their business, and at the same time, you will grow 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."

Nicole Graham
Certified Online Business Manager™

Donna Frindt"The OBM Training is packed with great information on everything from how to be an OBM and handle the day-to-day work to the mindset you need to work with business owners and keep them focused.  Tina has a way of presenting the information that keeps you engaged and wanting more.  I was bummed when the week was over.  It was definitely worth the time and money.  One small warning: The training week is intense -- definitely don't try to work your regular job during that week!"

LeAnn Erimli
Certified Online Business Manager™

Donna Frindt"For those that think they have been there, done that, and they know it all, The Online Business Manager Training program challenges your expertise so that you think outside the box. It is a great opportunity to polish your skills."

Lara Nieberding
Certified Online Business Manager™

Ericka Pardun"Not even in my undergraduate program (with a triple major and double minor) or my MBA program have I ever learned so much useful information as I did in my Online Business Manager training week.  It left my brain on overload (in a good way) and gave me newfound motivation to move both my business and my client's businesses forward in a profound way.  I'm eternally grateful for the boost in skills as well as my confidence levels - it's made an amazing difference in my life and it's only been a week!"

Ericka Pardun
Certified Online Business Manager™

Deborah Davis"I was drowning in my VA business - going from task to task, project to project - not having the time to be proactive in helping to grow my client's business. I discovered Tina's Online Business Model, read her book and it was like a light turning on - this was the new way I wanted to serve my clients.

The OBM Certification program was exciting, challenging and business-changing for me. I had to wrap my head around some new concepts which were awkward for me at first. However, the program has helped me to step into this new role with confidence and expertise in my field. Not only do I have happier clients with growing businesses, but I have also increased my bottom line (and have reclaimed my weekends!)."

Deborah Davis
A Virtual Click Away, LLC

Kimberly Wise"I was what you'd call a 'healthy skeptic' about taking Tina's OBM Certification training. I'd 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. So over several years, I ate up all of Tina's FREE and low-cost things I could get my hands on. This helped me learn about her, her integrity, the quality of what she was teaching, etc... It took me finally being sick and tired of spinning my wheels as an UNcertified online business manager to take my business to the next level. Becoming a Certified OBM was the way to go! There HAD to be a better way to do this and I knew who could help me get there!!

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 support of Tiffany and team during and after the training made me feel like they were on my side and wanted my success as much as I did. I was concerned that the 'certificate' would essentially be a piece of paper that was just paid for. BUT, that is not the case. 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!"

Kimberly Wise
The Wise Assistant

Kasey Traeger"The certification program was excellent, by the way. There was much more to the program than I thought there would be, and the supplementary training modules were great.

Even though I've been working online for several years now, there's always something new to learn! I also found the module on incentivized compensation to be incredibly helpful and eye-opening as a new way for me to partner with my clients and let them know that I really do invest myself in their business(es)."

Kasey Traeger,


Camilla Bignell"I would love to give you a long and glowing testimonial.....the truth is:

  • I trained for 4 months from October - January in your OBM Training program
  • Invested in your 6 month "Get Clients" Mentorship program
  • Had "Certification Week" in January
  • Received my Certification logo in February
  • Got my 1st OBM client in March
  • Got my 2nd OBM client in April
  • Travelled to Washington, DC & Banff, AB as an OBM in April & May
  • Invested in your next 6 month "Leverage" Mentorship program
  • Got my 3rd OBM client the beginning of June
  • I'm working on learning my new clients' businesses
  • Hiring a team to support me
  • Have local leads that I'm nurturing
  • ...and more clients waiting, in the wings for the fall

...I'm just too darned busy and loving every minute of it!

I want to thank both of you for everything; empowering me to see just how great it can be to work with your "Ideal Client"! The confidence I've gained has been astonishing. I couldn't have done it without you both and I can't imagine wasting the energy trying!! Your team & programs are the best; I'm a huge fan!!"

Camilla Bignell
Biz Aid Virtual Solutions

Charla Mahon"I started my business as a virtual assistant a few years ago after having worked in the corporate world for a long time. And, while working for myself was new and exciting with never a dull moment, I knew that there was something missing for me. Eventually, I became aware of Tina and the certification program for Online Business Managers. Even though it appeared to be the next step for me, it took awhile for me to take the plunge, but I'm so glad that I did! I can't say enough good things about the training and the support that we received along the way from both Tina and Tiffany. The whole experience was terrific and really prepared me in every way for this role. Now, I feel like I am finally contributing solidly to my clients' businesses in the way that was meant for me. And, I've never been happier with my work and my career."

Charla Mahon


The facts are clear. OBMs are in high demand by high-paying clients and will be snapped up quickly. The only thing uncertain yet is:

Are you ready to become an Online Business Manager?

We find that people have a pretty strong reaction once they understand what the role of the Online Business Manager is. In fact, this was my goal when writing the book Becoming an Online Business Manager. I wanted people to have a strong feeling of either:

  • "Yes! I would love to become an Online Business Manager, bring it on!"
  • "No Thanks, this isn't for me so i'll pass."

It may seem obvious to say but this program is for those people who have a strong and resounding feeling of YES when asked 'Do you want to become an Online Business Manager'? Many people have described it as finally finding the role that fits for them, and in some cases may already be informally doing some OBM level work for clients but haven't formalized it yet.

"Your book has been very eye opening and very helpful in regards to me changing my VA mindset and becoming more proactive in what it is I do for my clients. I feel like your book was written for me. I already do so many of the things you listed in the book and I look forward to learning more! Thank you for writing such a great book"

Shannon Kuykendall,

Who this program is NOT for:

  • This program is not a technical skills based training. We will not be teaching you how to *do* things, such as use a shopping cart, setup a website, create a social media profile, etc. The job of the OBM is to manage, not do - and there are already lots of great training programs out there that can teach those skills. If you are looking for specific technical how-to skills training you will want to get that outside of this training (and we can refer you to some great programs there too.)
  • This program is not for dabblers. If you aren't truly excited about and dedicated to becoming an Online Business Manager then this training is not for you. Take some time to really figure out what you want before you make the investment of time, money and energy in this (or any) training program.
  • This program is not for someone who can't dedicate the time.This is a pretty intense training and certification process, and you need to be ready to committ 100% to doing the entire training (and quite honestly, if you aren't able to do so we would rather you didn't join - as we don't want you to waste your own time and money!)

The Online Business Manager Training is not a "click here, buy now and plop, youíre in" program.

You see, at the end of this program we want (need!) to be able to tell the world that there are more Certified Online Business Managers™ who are ready to start working right away. If you aren't totally sure and ready that this is for you, then you would be taking the spot of someone who is... which isn't really fair right?

Please take your application to join the OBM Training seriously
If You:
  • have worked as a virtual assistant or other online support professional for at least a year and with no less than 5 online based business clients.


    have a strong background in high-level administration, business management or marketing from the corporate world that can be applied in this new role.
  • have read or will commit to reading the book Becoming an Online Business Manager - so you can make sure this role is for you! (You can get a copy here.)
  • have a good working knowledge of the foundational online business systems that clients use, including the shopping cart, autoresponder systems, etc (or are willing to take additional training to learn these systems.)
  • are setup with a home-based office and are committed to the long-term success of your career of an Online Business Manager.
  • are able to dedicate the time necessary to do the entire 90-day intensive training as outlined below

We urge you to join us on this grand adventure...

The Online Business Manager Certification Program

90-Day Virtual Intensive

The program is delivered virtually (via online video training), in an intimate and intensive 90-day format, led by Tina Forsyth, Founder of the International Association of Online Business Managers along with Training Manager (and one of the very first Certified OBMs) Tiffany Johnson.

Our goal is to give you everything we possibly can in this 90-day journey, so that you can take your new skills and start using them with clients *right away*. This includes:

  • Instant access to the OBM Training curriculum - our interactive video training is ready when you are, so you can dive in and get started right away!
  • The Online Business Manager Manual, which includes complete notes, worksheets, flowcharts and supplemental materials for all modules.
  • Twice monthly live Q&A calls - hosted by Tina or Tiffany, to give you a place to ask all your questions during the training process.
  • Weekly check-in and direct support from Tiffany during the full 90-days.
  • An invitation to a private OBM Training forum - where you can connect with your fellow trainees and start to build your OBM community (SO important in this journey.)

Plus there is no expiry date on these trainings - you will continue to have access to the complete traIning for years to come, as we know you'll want to go back and review from time to time.


Plus there is no expiry date on these trainings - you will continue to have access to the complete traIning for years to come, as we know you'll want to go back and review from time to time.

Plus, a few extra-added goodies (aka bonuses)

1) One year free in the International Association of Online Business Managers - the official home of the Certified Online Business Manager™, offering monthly trainings, resources and access to the OBM community. ($107 annual fee)

2) A premium listing in the exclusive Online Business Manager Directory and RFP System - the only place where we refer business owners who are ready and excited to hire an OBM!

"On average I receive 3-4 emails a month of folks wanting to work with me referred from the OBM directory."

4) A copy of our popular multimedia program Pink Spoon Marketing, a step-by-step guide to building a business online using the models you will learn in this training. This material is what we have been teaching business owners for years re: how to create success online. (sells for $197)

5) A copy of the Compensation Conversation: Breaking Free From The Time For Money Trap. This Multimedia Kit includes a 182 page Workbook containing step-by-step Conversation Templates and 6 Audio CDs to help you create incentive-based compensation agreements with your clients - essential for any Online Business Manager! (sells for $297)

6) The ongoing support of your fellow trainees and Online Business Managers. I really can't stress this enough - the other people who participate in this training with you will become your biggest supporters and resources throughout the training and beyond. Within this group there is no question or challenge that will be left unanswered for you (truly priceless).

A reminder of what is taught in the program as detailed above. During the Intensive Virtual Training we will be covering:

Module 1: Online Business Models and Strategy

Module 2: Key Competencies of the Online Business Manager

Module 3: Your Business Management Toolbelt - Sharpening your skills

Module 4: Online Revenue Streams - Maps & Processes

Module 5: Building your OBM Business

And after the training you are exclusively invited to participate in:

Module 6: Certification Week

So let's get started shall we?

We want to ensure that this training is the best fit for you and the growth of your business! As a first step in the process we ask you to complete an online application so we can get to know more about you, your business and your goals. After your application has been submitted you will be prompted to book a call with our Training Manager Tiffany who will review your application and share details about the program.

Just fill in the form below to start the application process




The 'I Swear On My Laptop' Guarantee

Satisfaction GuaranteedAs a service provider who has been around the block awhile, you'll want to know that my goal is your absolute satisfaction.

If by the end of the 3rd training video you decide this program isn't for you, we will cheerfully refund whatever portion (or full amount) of tuition you've paid. I swear on my laptop...

I have a simple wish for you and your business, and it is this:

For you to discover what YOU enjoy most and WHO you serve best - and to build your business around that.

Whether it is as an Online Business Manager or in any of the other virtual support specialties that we have the privilege of choosing from in today's marketplace, we are truly blessed to be able to create our own path to success in the work that we do. Life is too short to have it any other way! (And I'm guessing you didn't get into business for yourself to do stuff that you don't want to do - we could have stayed in our regular day jobs for that! ;-)

I for one am thrilled (and quite frankly honored) to be able to support you should you decide that the Online Business Manager is the role for you.

To your success, 

Tina Forsyth

Author of Becoming an Online Business Manager: Playing a Bigger Game with your Clients (and Yourself)

Founder of the International Association of Online Business Managers


PS. Have questions about the program? Not sure if it is right for you or if you are ready? Feel free to give us a call at 877-576-2229. I'm more than happy to have a quick conversation with you to determine if this is your next big step.

PPS. Want to learn more about your instructor Tina Forsyth? Click here for my background and experience in the wide world of online based-business. This program is my passion and is the culmination of 10+ years experience working online - and my goal is to give the best of what I have learned to you as you step into the role of Online Business Manager.