Get Ahead VA Blog

What is a business accelerator?

 

If you are looking to start or grow your business, then you might be thinking about using a business accelerator. But what are they and what do they actually do? Are they the same as business incubators or different? Here we try and demystify some of this growing area of business development.

Businesses Accelerators are organisations that offer a range of support services and funding opportunities for startups
Business accelerator programmes are designed to grow small businesses or start-ups in a short space of time. They usually work by enrolling you in a programme which offers mentorship, office space and other resources as well as access to capital and investment in return for equity.

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Expert Showcase: Melanie – How to capture screenshots and video your screen with CloudApp

Here at Get Ahead VA our team includes experts in a wide variety of fields. From Accounting to Admin, Hootsuite to Holiday cover, Email Marketing to Excel, our VAs can add value to many aspects of your business. In our Expert Showcase series our team deliver some of this expertise to you, with a series of ‘How to’ guides to help you get the best bang for your buck in your business.

In this guide one of our virtual assistants Melanie talks about how you can communicate and collaborate quickly and easily using a clever piece of software called CloudApp™.

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Calling all mums! Meet us at the Mums Enterprise Roadshow in London on 25th September

Here at Get Ahead VA we are busy planning for the Mums Enterprise Roadshow which takes place at the Business Design Centre, London on Monday 25th September. Now in its fourth year, this free to attend, flexible work and business show is aimed at mums on a mission. It is designed to help those looking to retrain, find flexible work, start or grow a business. 2017 is shaping up to be the biggest show yet with over 1,500 mums expected to attend and plenty to see and do throughout the day.

We are excited to be exhibiting at the show to promote our new franchising offering, which could be a fantastic solution for those ambitious mums looking for a new, flexible career. Our first franchisee Carrie will be there to share her personal experience with budding franchisees. Rebecca and Tarn will also be there to talk about Get Ahead VA and what working in a virtual agency really feels like.

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Meet the VA: Laura Sands

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

Here’s 60 seconds with one of our new virtual assistants Laura who recently joined our Get Ahead VA Reading team. Laura is a copywriter and blogger with 17 years of marketing experience:

Name: Laura Sands

Area of expertise: Copywriting and proofreading

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Happy 7th birthday to us!

Here at Get Ahead VA we are celebrating our seventh birthday this month and we are excited to see what lucky number seven year ahead has in store.

After a career in corporate buying for retail giants Superdrug and Sainsburys, Rebecca Newenham founded Get Ahead VA back in September 2010. She recognised a gap in the market for virtual assistance services that offered the flexibility, value and performance that small businesses and start-ups need in the 21st century, digital economy. Rebecca says: “Since I started the business in 2010 outsourcing has seen a huge rise in popularity. Companies are increasingly recognising that using external resources can enable them to remain agile and control costs in a challenging economic environment.”

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5 pitfalls to avoid when planning Q4

The end of the August is here already. September and back to school are upon us. With just a few months of the year to go, now is the perfect time to review what you have achieved so far in 2017, and identify your targets for the last quarter.

Planning is vital for any business. You need to review your progress against your objectives, identify opportunities and set action plans in place. But planning isn’t always easy. Here are some of the potential traps to avoid to make sure your plan is effective and you end the year on a high:

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Expert Showcase: How to record an interview or meeting

Here at Get Ahead VA our team includes experts in a wide variety of fields. From Accounting to Admin, Hootsuite to Holiday cover, Email Marketing to Excel, our virtual assistants can add value to many aspects of your business. In this Expert Showcase series our team are sharing some of their expertise with you, in a selection of ‘How to’ guides to help you get the best bang for your buck in your business.

In this guide one of our virtual assistants Ashley talks about how you can effectively record meetings or interviews and avoid the common pitfalls that many people make.

“Recording meetings or interviews can be hugely beneficial. It keeps an accurate record of exactly what was (and wasn’t said) at the time, which you can always refer to at a later date. It can allow you to focus on the content of a meeting without worrying too much about capturing the relevant notes. It can enable all parties to feel confident that there will be no misunderstanding.

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Business insurance: A buying guide

Car insurance, house insurance, travel insurance – even pet insurance we are all pretty familiar with. In general, insurance is fairly straightforward – you drive a car, you need insurance. You go on holiday, you need insurance. But when it comes to setting up and running your business, the type of insurance you need can be much more confusing.

Firstly, there isn’t really any mandatory insurance – unless you employ people or drive company vehicles. As most business insurance is optional, cost can be a major factor. You might think some risks are worth taking and that not buying insurance can save you money.

We spoke to Simon Drysdale, director at Hallsdale Insurance Brokers about the key types of business insurance and why they might be worth investing in:

“If you are a business owner, an independent professional or self-employed, purchasing the right insurance is an important means of managing the risks of your business and protecting it for the future.

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Meet the VA: Rachel Allen

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

Here’s 60 seconds with one of our virtual assistants Rachel who has worked on some of the world’s leading brands during her 13 year marketing career:

Name: Rachel Allen

Area of expertise: Digital marketing, advertising and social media

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