Monthly Archives: May 2019

Get Ahead VAArchives

Which social media platform is right for my business?

These days, there’s no getting away from social media. In the UK, 67% of the population uses social media – that’s around 45 million individual users* – which makes it an invaluable tool for business. This is especially the case for small business owners, who can access an enormous audience for a relatively low cost.

However, it’s important to be smart about your business’ social media marketing. Rather than opening accounts on every platform and spreading your efforts too thinly, it’s better to concentrate on just one or two that you can dedicate serious time to in order to make them work for you.

But which platforms should you use? Today we’re taking a look at three of the biggest social media sites – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – to help you decide which could be right for your business.


Meet Get Ahead VA’s Regional Directors

Get Ahead VA was founded in 2010 by Rebecca Newenham, who wanted to create a team of flexible, professional remote workers to provide useful services to businesses, as and when they need them. Since then, our team of virtual assistants has done everything from admin to accounting, website design to social media marketing, and Get Ahead VA has continued to grow.

One of the most exciting things about the Get Ahead brand is that it is now a franchising opportunity, and over the last few years we’ve opened up new branches all over the country. This is all thanks to our Regional Directors – the hard-working, business-minded people who saw an opportunity to bring flexible remote working to their local area, and made that idea a reality.

Today we’re going to introduce you to our Regional Directors, so you can learn more about what it takes to run a branch of Get Ahead VA, and why our Regional Directors love their work!


Day in the life of a Regional Director: Karen

Becoming a Regional Director for Get Ahead VA means having the freedom to run your own business with support from an established brand – so you’re going into business for yourself, not by yourself. But what is it actually like to be a Regional Director, day to day?

We spoke to Karen – co-head of our Newcastle branch, along with Allison – to find out more about how she spends a typical working day.


Why you should make time for CPD

This week is Learning at Work Week (13–19 May), and to celebrate, we’re talking about CPD – continuing professional development.

CPD is the process of tracking your knowledge and skills, and investing time in your own training and development at work. It is reflective – it requires you to think about the things you have learned, to reflect on what you would do differently next time, and to set goals and targets for yourself for the future. Most importantly, it involves writing these things down, so that you have a permanent record of your own development.

We’ve talked before about how to do CPD as a business owner, but today we’re focusing on why it’s important, and why you should make time for it.


How to tackle the elevator pitch

Get Ahead VA is very proud to have branches across the country, and the Regional Directors that run them are brimming with good advice about being your own boss. Today Salvatore, who runs the Bristol branch, is here to share his advice about the all-important elevator pitch.

As a Get Ahead VA Regional Director, I do a lot of networking, and one vital tool for this is the elevator pitch. The elevator pitch is a quick and punchy sales pitch, designed to explain who you are, what you do, and what you can offer to potential clients. This can be delivered formally (many networking meetings give everyone a chance to pitch to the room), or informally, during one-on-one mingling sessions, which is where the real connections are made.