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Happy 6th Birthday To Us!

Happy 6th Birthday To Us!

This month we are celebrating six years since Get Ahead VA began and what another fantastic twelve months it has been for the business. This year, a key focus has been on expanding our geographical reach beyond our Surrey base. Though we have always been able to offer nationwide services, we felt that as the business grew there was a real opportunity to extend our presence on the ground in key regions and cities.

Three great benefits of outsourcing

Three great benefits of outsourcing

Get Ahead VA founder and owner Rebecca Newenham presented a seminar at The Business Show in Excel, London which discussed how outsourcing could benefit your business. Her fact-packed presentation highlighted the growth and importance of the outsourcing industry, which delivers £21bn to the UK economy in added value. In 2013 the number of businesses outsourcing increased by 46%, with more and more companies realising how it could help their business.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

With 2015 drawing to a close we want to wish everyone Happy New Year and to thank you for your support in 2015. This year has been another record year for Get Ahead VA. As well as having some top-notch VAs join our team, we’ve also started working with lots of new clients – interior designers, a tailor and a coach to name a few. It’s been an exciting year and we’ve really seen our business expand.

How a Virtual Assistant can organise an event for you

How a Virtual Assistant can organise an event for you

Christmas is already fast approaching and if you have a Christmas party to organise – or any other kind of event, our experienced VAs are here to help. Perhaps you know exactly what you want – the location, budget etc but just need someone to complete the admin for you? Or perhaps you are looking for some creative inspiration and an expert to turn your ideas into reality? Whatever your situation, our VAs can step in and ensure your event runs seamlessly and successfully.

How a Virtual Assistant can complete new business calls for you

How a Virtual Assistant can complete new business calls for you

When you are running your own business it can feel like there are never enough hours in the day. If you are working on your own you have to be accountant, production manager, sales and marketing all in one! Most business owners want to be growing their business and adding new clients but sometimes actively looking for new business gets pushed down the ‘to do’ list when you are so busy looking after the ones you have got.

Get Ahead VA is shortlisted!

Get Ahead VA is shortlisted!

The shortlisted candidates for the prestigious mumandworking 2015 Awards as supported by babyworld.co.uk have just been announced and Get Ahead VA is amongst them! mumandworking.co.uk is one of the UK’s leading flexible working websites offering a wealth of employment opportunities, advice and information.

What a VA can do for you: Writing blog posts

What a VA can do for you: Writing blog posts

This month we’re talking all about Blogging and if there’s one headache we hear all about from our clients it is finding time to write their Blog or News. Whilst many people recognise the importance of blogging and what it can do to help their SEO, many struggle to find the time or feel they have the skills to do it. A Virtual Assistant (VA) can make all the difference and ensure that every week or month – whatever frequency you choose - your blog posts will appear, delivering interesting and engaging content for your website visitors.

Goodbye and thank you to a record breaking 2014!

Goodbye and thank you to a record breaking 2014!

As the year draws to a close it’s a great time to look back on the successes of the past 12 months – as well as think forward to the year ahead. 2014 has a been a fantastic year for us at Get Ahead VA and we wanted to say a big thank you to all our clients and our team of Virtual Assistants who have made it happen. Over the year we have helped over 70 entrepreneurs, self-employed professionals and small business owners to get back to what they do best by taking on the tasks they don’t have time to do, don’t have the skills to do, or simply don’t want to do. We have been delighted to welcome many new clients – from logistics companies to live in carers they have all recognised the value that outsourcing can deliver.

What makes the perfect call answering service?

What makes the perfect call answering service?

As many small businesses and entrepreneurs know, you can’t be in two places at once, however hard you try. You might want to be out networking and promoting your services – or delivering your services to your clients and it could be that exact moment when a new prospect calls. Although some prospects will try again, in some cases they will simply move on to the next person on their list and that opportunity has been lost. To help avoid this many small businesses use telephone answering services – simple, effective solutions that ensure phone calls are not missed and opportunities can be captured. But what makes a great call answering service? There are many providers out there and it can be difficult to know which to choose. From the cheapest to the most expensive, as with buying any service we encourage you to shop around, check the small print and try and experience the service for yourself.

A taste of VA success at our Taster Days

A taste of VA success at our Taster Days

We recently ran the first of our VA Taster Days in Surrey & Sussex and were delighted with the response from the many aspiring VAs that came along to the sessions. At Get Ahead VA we have joined forces with other well-known VAs to roll out VA training across the nation, creating exceptional VAs through delivering the CPD accredited VA Coaching & Training Company (VACT) VA Mastery Programme. The Surrey course took place in Guildford on 23rd October and the Sussex course took place in Crawley on 6th November.

Flexible working recognised at The Working Mums Awards

Flexible working recognised at The Working Mums Awards

Last week we were delighted to attend the exclusive Working Mums Top Employer Awards ceremony in London. The annual Top Employer Awards celebrate best practice in smart working and advancing women in the workplace, recognising employers both big and small who have embraced the business benefits of flexible working and have been proactive in seeking to recruit and retain talented staff.

7 Actions To Launch A Successful Virtual Assistant Business

7 Actions To Launch A Successful Virtual Assistant Business

We attended a fantastic event recently run by Virtual Assistance expert Carmen MacDougall entitled ‘7 Top Actions to Take When Launching and Growing Your VA Business’. We wanted to experience the event first hand as we are delighted to announce that Get Ahead VA founder Rebecca Newenham is joining forces with other well-known VAs to roll out VA training to a nationwide audience, creating exceptional VAs through delivering the VA Coaching & Training Company (VACT) VA Mastery Programme.

This Valentine’s Day, Share the Love – With Yourself!

This Valentine’s Day, Share the Love – With Yourself!

Show yourself how much you care. We forget how much hard work it takes to run a small business -- and often, there’s no one to appreciate you but you. On February 14th, remind yourself how valuable you are with a little treat: a Virtual Assistant.

How to benefit from Shorthand

How to benefit from Shorthand

Is there still room for shorthand? Today’s business world is increasing electronically based. Typewriters and fax machines are becoming relics of the past, whilst in the digital age we arrange meetings ‘in the cloud’ and ‘tweet’ each other on a daily basis.

How to get the best value from a Virtual Assistant

How to get the best value from a Virtual Assistant

So you have made the decision to employ a Virtual Assistant. You have recognised how much value a flexible resource, tailored to your needs could add to your business. How do you really make it work and make sure you get the best value for money you possibly can?

Launch of new site

Launch of new site

We are thrilled to announce the debut of our new website, a labour of love and a testament to the growing importance of Virtual Assistants in the business life of the country.




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