Monthly Archives: December 2017

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Get Ahead: 4 business trends for 2018

With Christmas behind us and 2017 soon to be just a memory, it’s time to look ahead to what the new year holds in store for small businesses in the UK. Already researchers are making their predictions about the ‘next big thing’ for businesses, and today we’re going to examine some of the best.

So if you’re keen to prepare your business for another year on the cutting edge, here are 4 of the biggest business trends you can expect to see in 2018.

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Should you work between Christmas and New Year?

Between the indulgence of Christmas and the celebration of New Year, there’s a strange week that has been given a number of names – Twixtmas, the Fallow, Romjul (meaning ‘half holy’ in Norwegian) – and it can often feel like limbo.

When it comes to working during this week, different businesses take different approaches. Some close down for the entirety of the festive season, while others expect their employees to be back at work as soon as the Christmas bank holidays are over.

If you’re not sure whether to keep your business open for Twixtmas, here are some of the main pros and cons to help you decide.

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MEET THE VA: Clare

Here at Get Ahead VA, our people are everything. Our ever-growing team includes a wide range of highly skilled professionals with different backgrounds, expertise and personalities to ensure we can find exactly the right virtual assistant to match our customers’ requirements.

Here’s 60 seconds with one of our new VAs, Clare, a copywriter, editor and proofreader based in Bristol:

Name: Clare Diston

Area of expertise: Copywriting, editing and proofreading

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6 ways to celebrate a company Christmas

The Christmas party: love it or hate it, the end-of-year do is big business in the UK. In fact, a 2015 investigation by Eventbrite estimated that UK businesses spend an average of £1 billion per year on festive parties.

So what makes a great Christmas party, and how can you bring the whole company together for a truly memorable celebration? If you’re struggling for ideas, look no further: here are six ways to celebrate a company Christmas.

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How to write a killer business plan

‘Tis the season of mistletoe, mulled wine and… business plans. That’s right, December is National Write a Business Plan Month, and while business planning might be the last thing on your mind, it’s actually a really good way to prepare for a new working year.

Not sure where to start? Here’s all you need to know about writing a killer business plan.

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5 ways volunteering can help your small business

5th December is International Volunteer Day, a day created by the United Nations to celebrate volunteer organisations and raise awareness about the importance of volunteering. Each year volunteers from all over the world offer up their services for everything from litter picking to blood drives to fundraising events.

For small business owners, International Volunteer Day is a great opportunity to give back to the community. Plus, volunteering can bring all sorts of added bonuses that can help to build your business.

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