Monthly Archives: January 2017

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Brand Storytelling – the buzzword for 2017

Next week is National Storytelling Week and if you haven’t come across it already, you will soon hear that brand storytelling is set to be a key theme for 2017.

National Storytelling week itself is all about promoting storytelling, the very first way of communicating life experiences and the creative imagination.  As the Society for Storytelling says, “everyone has at least one story to tell.  It exists in the very air around you – Your story is the one you know best”.

Once upon a time …

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Client Focus: Farrow Creative

Here at Get Ahead VA we are privileged to work with a wide variety of clients ranging from will writers to window cleaners, financial consultants to fashion designers.  All of our clients are motivated and driven business owners, with clear plans for business growth.  They recognise the value of outsourcing, passing onto others tasks that either they lack skills in, or tasks that drain their valuable time.

Here’s 60 seconds with one of our clients Sam Farrow.  Sam  is a professional graphic designer with over 20 years’ experience. She is the founder and managing director of Farrow Creative, a full-service design agency with offices in Petersfield and Guildford. She is also a mentor and regular speaker on the MBA programme at the University of Surrey.

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Expert Showcase: 7 ways to work from home more effectively

Here at Get Ahead VA our team includes experts in a wide variety of fields.  From Accounting to Admin, Hootsuite to Holiday cover, Email Marketing to Excel, our VAs can add value to many aspects of your business.  In our Expert Showcase series our team deliver some of this expertise to you, with a series of ‘How to’ guides to help you get the best bang for your buck in your business.

In this guide our founder and director Rebecca Newenham talks about how to work effectively from home, drawing on her experience since setting up Get Ahead VA over six years ago:

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5 steps to LinkedIn success in 2017

Is Linkedin a core part of your 2017 marketing strategy?  If not, perhaps it should be.  Linkedin is the leading social media platform for business to business (B2B) professionals.  It is the world’s largest professional network with over 400 million+ members.  It could be a highly effective marketing tool for your business.

If you are keen to maximise the opportunity of Linkedin this year, here are our 5 steps to success:

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3 steps to Self Assessment success

It is just 3 weeks to go until the Self Assessment deadline so if you haven’t already got your tax return sorted, now is the time.  Under current tax rules, if you run your own business and are registered self-employed you may need to submit a tax return online, along with other people who are required to file returns such as those whose annual income is over £100,000 per year, who have Capital Gains Tax to pay, who live abroad or who are trustees.  The deadline for filing online is Tuesday 31st January and there are fines to pay for every single day that you file late – however good your excuse is!

For some of you this might be an easy task.  Your accountants may already have everything in hand, you may have already set the money aside to pay the tax owed and you are simply waiting to press the ‘go’ button.  For others this might be the first time you have had to do it – or the annual panic. (more…)