How to find clients

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, Karen and Allison, co-Directors of our Newcastle office, are here with some advice about finding clients.

So you’ve launched your business, your systems are in place and you’re raring to go – but how do you go about finding clients? When we set up our Get Ahead VA office, we used a number of different strategies to find people to work with. Here are a few of the most effective!

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Get Ahead VA Leeds is 2 years old!

Two years ago this month, Fiona Ibbetson launched Get Ahead VA Leeds. Since then, the Leeds office has gone from strength to strength, and we’re delighted to wish Fiona and her business a happy birthday!

Since she launched, Fiona has helped more than 40 business owners, large and small, from architects to surgeons, accountants to plumbers. She has coordinated projects between her clients and a team of 15 Get Ahead virtual assistants, and delivered great results for her clients. Fiona says: “I love jobs where more than one person is working with a client and we are all playing to our strengths and working as a team. It’s great to know that we are helping other businesses to grow and providing flexible support when they need it.”

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More organisation tips for business owners

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, Kristy and Suzanne, co-Directors of our Berkshire and North Hampshire office, are back to share more of their organisation tips for business owners.

We’ve already shared with you some of the ways we stay organised (see our previous blog post), but we have plenty more where they came from! So without further ado, here are three more things you can do to keep your business running smoothly.

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Kickstart your career in 2020

If you’ve found yourself reflecting on your career over the Christmas break and thought about making a change, you’re not alone. ‘Find a new job’ is one the most popular New Year’s resolutions around, and January is an ideal time to do it, both because the job market kicks back into gear after the holiday lull, and because of the psychological push that comes from a new year and a fresh start.

But how exactly do you go about making a big career change? We’ve listed some of the most important steps you can take on your path to a new career, to get you off to a good start. Here are 4 ways you can kickstart your career in 2020!

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How to run a franchise during December

December can be a tricky month for business owners – Christmas and New Year are fast approaching, but there’s still plenty to do and it can be difficult to stay on top of everything. If you’re struggling to get organised during December, don’t worry. We asked the Get Ahead VA Regional Directors how they run their franchises during the winter months, and put together this list of their top tips!

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How to find clients – with Fiona

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, Regional Director of our Leeds office, is here to share her advice about finding clients.

There are three main ways that I go about finding clients for my branch of Get Ahead VA: through networking, online platforms and via my existing connections. If you’re a business owner looking for new sources of work, here are my tips for finding clients in these three main areas.

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Organisation tips for business owners

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, Kristy and Suzanne, co-Directors of our Berkshire and North Hampshire office, are here to share their organisation tips for business owners.

When we opened the Berkshire and North Hampshire branch of Get Ahead VA, we wanted to start as we meant to go on – by being organised. As it turned out, we won a big project early on, which cut into our preparation time, and so we were very pleased that we already had useful systems in place.

Here are three of our top organisation tips for business owners. Whether your business is new or established, we hope you’ll find something valuable here!

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Why I decided to open a branch of Get Ahead VA

Get Ahead VA has branches all over the country, dedicated to supporting local businesses through business and marketing services delivered by our team of virtual assistants. In fact, in the past year, we’re proud to have added two more places to the Get Ahead family: Newcastle and Berkshire & North Hampshire.

The Regional Directors who run these branches each decided to go into business with us for their own reasons. Today, we’re looking at exactly why our Regional Directors chose to take the leap, to help you decide if our franchise opportunity is the best next step for your career, too!

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Achieve work–life balance as a Get Ahead VA Regional Director

This week (7th to 11th October) is National Work Life Week, a campaign dedicated to understanding workplace well-being and work–life balance. The week is organised by Working Families, and it aims to encourage “healthy and sustainable ways of working”.

Here at Get Ahead VA, we give all our team members the freedom and flexibility to manage their own time, which is so important for achieving a good work–life balance. In fact, this flexibility is one of the main reasons that most of our Regional Directors – who run the local branches of Get Ahead VA all over the country – decided to join the Get Ahead family.

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Get Ahead VA franchise webinar

At 12:00 pm on Monday 30th September, Get Ahead VA will be running a free one-hour webinar all about becoming a Get Ahead VA franchisee

Our franchisees run the Get Ahead VA regional offices all over the country, offering business and marketing services through our team of professional virtual assistants (VAs). We currently have offices in Guildford, Berkshire and North Hampshire, Bristol, Leeds and Newcastle, and we’re always on the lookout for new franchisees to join the Get Ahead VA family. 

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