9 days of developing you

This month we’re delighted to be celebrating Get Ahead VA’s 9th birthday, and we couldn’t be prouder of everything our Regional Directors and Virtual Assistants have achieved over the years.

We also understand that big achievements come out of small actions, so we’ve put together a list of 9 things you can do over 9 days to develop yourself – your motivation, productivity or general well-being. Each of these should take no more than half an hour, but you might be surprised by what a big difference they make.

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9 top tips for starting a business

September is Get Ahead VA’s birthday month, and this year we’re turning nine years old! Back in 2010, Rebecca Newenham founded Get Ahead VA in order to provide business and marketing support to business owners, and the company has gone from strength to strength since then. So, to celebrate our birthday, here are 9 top tips for starting a successful business of your own!

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Professional photography for SMEs

When you run a small business, it can be tempting to do as much as possible yourself, but sometimes this DIY approach will end up costing you more than if you had simply outsourced the work to a professional.

This is especially true when it comes to photography for your business – if you’re not a photographer, taking your own photographs can be a risky move. In honour of World Photography Day (19th August), which celebrates photography in all its forms, we’re taking a look at how hiring a professional photographer could be the best decision you can make for your SME.

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How to reduce plastic in your workplace

Plastic is a hot topic – the buzz around it began in earnest thanks to the BBC series Blue Planet II, which raised awareness about the damage plastic is doing to our oceans and sea life. Earlier this month, people and organisations around the world celebrated World Oceans Day (8th June), an annual event which encourages people to protect our oceans against threats like plastic.

So how can you, as a business owner, get involved with this movement? We’ve gathered together a few ideas – big and small – to help you reduce plastic in your workplace.

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How to grow your Company Page on LinkedIn

The Company Page is a powerful tool on LinkedIn – it gives a business a dedicated space to promote its products/services, post content and connect with its audience. It’s especially useful for B2B interactions and, naturally, the most effective Company Pages are the ones with the widest reach.

So how do you go about growing your Company Page on LinkedIn? Here are 6 quick tips for increasing your following and finding an engaged audience.

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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.

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5 things to remove from your LinkedIn profile

LinkedIn is a hugely important networking platform for business owners. By the end of 2018, the site was closing in on 600 million users,* so if you own a business and want to make connections with other professionals, this is certainly the place to be.

However, there are a few common mistakes you might be making on your LinkedIn profile that could be instantly off-putting to potential contacts. With that in mind, here are 5 things you should remove from your LinkedIn profile today to give it an instant boost.

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Tips for setting up a home office (Part 2)


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 Karen and Allison, who run the Newcastle branch, are here to share more top tips for setting up an office in your home.

Hello! We popped onto the blog last month with our advice about creating a space for working in your home. Today we’ll be looking more at the financial and administrative side of home-working, which we hope you will find useful whether you’re considering becoming a Get Ahead VA Regional Director like us, or you’re starting a new business from your home.

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Make the most of your walk to work

Did you know that the first Friday in April is National Walk to Work Day? This is a day which encourages anybody who can to leave their car at home, skip the bus and go to work on foot instead. The day is designed to raise awareness about the often sedentary nature of modern working life, and encourage everybody to adopt a healthy new habit.

Walking by itself is hugely beneficial, but there are also things you can do to be productive while you’re pounding the pavement. So if you’re thinking of trying it out, here are some of our tips for making the most of your walk to work.

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