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.
My morning routine
I like to get up early because I have a great morning routine that helps to get me in the right mindset for the day: half an hour of exercise, followed by ten minutes of daily gratitude. Then it’s time to get the kids up and ready for school. I usually eat breakfast at around 8am and check my emails to get an idea of the jobs I’ll need to tackle first.
At my desk
The first thing I do when I sit down to start work is check over the tasks I’ve planned for myself the day before – responding to emails, posting and engaging on social media and connecting with people I met at networking events.
After that, I call the Get Ahead VA team to get a client update – it’s always reassuring to know that I have that support there when I need it – and I follow up with clients to ensure they’re getting everything they need. This is also a good time to make contact with prospective clients.
Out and about
The beauty of being a Regional Director is that you aren’t bound to your desk all day, every day. A big part of the job is networking, and I tend to do most of my networking at lunchtimes in order to fit it within school hours.
If I’m not networking, I’ll use this time to review my business and marketing plan, think about what is working well for me, and hone my pitch for future networking events. I’ll take about half an hour for lunch and eat it at the table (not at my desk!).
When my daughter gets home from school, I take a break to catch up with her and then I walk to my son’s school to pick him up. This isn’t the end of the working day for me, but it’s great that I can be around when my kids finish school, to ask them how their day was.
My afternoon jobs include checking my emails and social media again, and responding to anything pressing, like sending a client proposal. As the working day comes to an end, I review what I’ve done and plan my tasks and set goals for the next day. Then at around 5pm it’s time to stop work and take the kids to Tae Kwon Do!
Being a Regional Director for Get Ahead VA is a hugely rewarding job, and I love the flexibility of the working hours and the variety of every day. I would recommend it to anyone who’s thinking of taking the plunge.
Would you like to open a branch of Get Ahead VA where you are? You can do just that with our exciting franchise opportunity, which offers ongoing support from our established, award-winning brand to get your new business off to a flying start. For more details, or for a copy of our free franchise prospectus, contact Rebecca Newenham, owner and found of Get Ahead VA, on (01483) 332220.