Get Ahead VA Blog

Part 1: The small business countdown to Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner (less than a month to go!) and your business’s festive marketing should already be underway – but that doesn’t mean you can rest on your laurels. These final weeks before Christmas can make or break a small business’s seasonal profits so, with that in mind, here’s a handy countdown of what you should be doing in the last three weeks before the big day!

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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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Pinterest for business

Social media is a vital tool for modern businesses, but with so many platforms to choose from, how can you know which one is right for you? We’re here to help – each month we’ll focus on one social media platform and examine how it can help your business grow and connect with an online audience. This month, we’re looking at Pinterest.

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Black Friday or Small Business Saturday?

‘Tis the season of pre-Christmas promotions, and there are two particularly important retail events coming up on the calendar: Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. But what exactly are they, and which one should you concentrate your efforts on? Here’s the lowdown on these two significant events, to help you decide which one is right for your business.

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MEET THE VA: Caroline Bacall

Here at Get Ahead VA, our people are everything. Our ever-growing team includes a wide range of highly skilled professionals with different backgrounds, expertise and personalities to ensure we can find exactly the right virtual assistant to match our customers’ requirements.

Here’s 60 seconds with one of our VAs, Caroline, who recently joined the Get Ahead VA team, and is skilled in Microsoft Office and event organisation.

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Put the fireworks back into your business

Has your business got stuck in a rut? Do you find yourself bored by things that used to excite you? Don’t worry – after the first exciting flush of starting a new business, it’s normal for things to start to feel stale, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to give up. This is the perfect time of year to put the fireworks back into your business so you can feel the passion again in 2020, and we have some tips to help you do just that!

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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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How to run a business during half-term holidays

October half-term is just around the corner, and with the kids home from school, it’s the perfect opportunity for some family days out or cosy days in. But if you have a business to run – and especially if you work from home – how can you balance the commitments of both work and family over half-term?

Fortunately, the Get Ahead VA team is here to help. Most of our Virtual Assistants and Regional Directors work from home, and they’ve got some great tips about keeping your business running during the school holidays – without missing out on quality family time!

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