5 essential skills for franchisees

Get Ahead VA is very proud to have branches across the country, run by our Regional Directors. All of our RDs are ambitious, business-minded people who took advantage of Get Ahead VA’s exciting franchise opportunity, which allowed them to start their own business with the support of an established brand behind them.

So what does it take to become a Get Ahead VA Regional Director? We’ve pulled together the top 5 skills which we think are essential if you want to take on this exciting role.

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The benefits of being a Get Ahead VA franchisee

Get Ahead VA is very proud to have branches across the country, each run by one (or two!) Regional Directors. All of our RDs are ambitious, business-minded people who took advantage of Get Ahead VA’s exciting franchise opportunity, which allowed them to start their own business with the support of an established brand behind them.

There are so many reasons to become a Get Ahead VA franchisee, and we’re always on the lookout for people who are interested in opening a new branch in their local area. Not sure whether you should take the plunge? Here are five brilliant benefits of opening a franchise with us!

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Tips for building a network

Get Ahead VA is very proud to have branches across the country, and we’re always on the lookout for ambitious, business-minded people who are interested in opening a new branch in their local area. Our Regional Directors are brimming with good advice about being your own boss. Today, Fiona, who runs the Leeds branch, is here to share her advice about building a business network.

A big part of being a Get Ahead VA Regional Director is networking – the job is all about building up a network of contacts, including people who might use the services offered by our virtual assistants. I usually attend two networking meetings a week, although there is one week in the month where I go along to four! Given how important networking is, here are my tips for building a useful, supportive network.

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Meet the RDs: Kristy Roff and Suzanne Cox

Here at Get Ahead VA, our people are everything. We’re dedicated to growing our business all over the country, so our customers can access a wide range of highly skilled professionals wherever they are. We currently have regional offices in Bristol, Leeds and Newcastle and we’re pleased to announce our latest addition: Berkshire & North Hampshire.

Here’s 60 seconds with our Berkshire & North Hampshire Regional Directors, Suzanne and Kristy, who will be running the new Get Ahead VA office together.

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Day in the life of a Regional Director: Fiona

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 Fiona, the head of our Leeds branch, to find out how she spends a typical working day.

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Day in the life of a Regional Director: Salvatore

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 Salvatore, head of our Bristol branch, to find out more about how he spends a typical working day.

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How to go into business with another person


Get Ahead VA is very proud to have branches across the country, and we’re always on the lookout for ambitious, business-minded people who are interested in opening a new branch in their local area. But did you know that you don’t have to do it alone? We’re also happy to consider teams of two!

Karen and Allison are the joint Regional Directors of our Newcastle office, and they know just what it’s like to set up a new business as a partnership. Today they’re here to share their advice with anybody else considering starting a business with another person.

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How to find the right franchise for you

Opening a franchise is a great way to start a business without having to go it alone. Franchising is an arrangement whereby an existing, established company allows a person (the franchisee) to open a branch of the company for themselves. This benefits both parties – the franchisor company gets a new branch, while the franchisee gets to run their own business with the support of the franchisor.

Lots of companies offer franchise models. In fact, Get Ahead VA offers a franchise package for anybody wishing to open a branch in their local area. But with so many opportunities out there, how can you decide which one is right for you? Here are a few essential things you should consider when choosing a franchise.

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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!

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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.

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