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.
My day typically starts around 7:30 a.m. Allison and I work from a home office, which is in a spare room in my house. I like to get organised before Allison joins me, so I’ll run through emails and check our work schedules, so I know what plans we have for the day.
The Newcastle franchise is still relatively new, so Allison and I are quite hands-on and we are currently working with a few clients. Networking is our priority – we have been attending around three events per week for the last six months, and we like to attend the morning events, which typically start at 8 a.m.
In the car, Allison and I will have a pre-networking chat. This is a real advantage of working together – we’re both very organised people and we like to be prepared before we attend events. Going to morning meetings allows us to be back in the office by lunchtime to follow up on any new leads and arrange client meetings.
What I do for lunch depends on whether or not I’ve been fed at the networking event in the morning. If I’m having lunch at home, I’ll normally eat around midday, in the kitchen, so I can spend some time away from the office and it feels like a proper break. It’s also a chance to take the dog for a walk!
Afternoons in the office
The amount of time I spend in the office each day really depends on what deadlines we have from our clients. It can be a 50/50 split: networking in the morning, working in the afternoon. Emails come in throughout the day, so if we’ve been networking, I’ll catch up on emails, calls and social media later in the day.
Sometimes Allison and I will go out to meet clients. We tend to visit our clients at their offices, to discuss a particular piece of work or to make sure they’re happy with what we’ve already done for them. Allison and I always attend initial client meetings together, as we believe this is an important part of being a partnership.
I generally stop working at 6 p.m., but if I have started the day later or been out of the office on appointments, I might catch up on more emails around 8 p.m.
The franchise lifestyle
The flexibility of running a franchise allows me to make time for things like going to the gym and taking my dog for a walk. Working in a partnership is also a huge advantage – Allison and I know each other’s personal commitments, which means we can always make sure someone is available to deal with Get Ahead VA work. Plus, it’s reassuring to know that the Get Ahead VA team is always on hand if I need them for anything!
Would you like to do what Karen does? We’re always on the lookout for new Get Ahead VA Regional Directors, and through our franchise model we offer ongoing support and a proven, successful brand to get you off to a great start. For more details, or for a copy of our free franchise prospectus, contact Rebecca Newenham, owner and founder of Get Ahead VA on (01483) 332220. We can’t wait to discuss this exciting opportunity with you!