Get Ahead VA Blog

6 actions to take NOW to prepare your business for 2018

With less than 4 weeks to go until Christmas, 2018 is almost upon us. Take into consideration the Christmas rush, school holidays and general festive season, the remaining working days of 2017 are slipping away. Now is the perfect time to set your sights on next year if you haven’t already. Planning ahead allows you to start 2018 on the front foot, ready to make it the best year ever for your business.

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GDPR is coming – are you ready?

As of 25 May 2018, businesses that hold personal data on EU citizens will be required to comply with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). They affect the way all businesses – regardless of size or industry – communicate and keep data. With just six months to go, concern is growing that small businesses are not taking the action required to ensure their compliance.

What is GDPR?

The general data protection regulations are designed to protect personal data. They stipulate how companies can collect personal information, as well as how they can use and store it. They also make clear what companies cannot do with personal data, and how they will be prosecuted if they do not follow the rules.

As a consumer, they enable us to see what personal information companies hold on us, find out what they plan to do with it, and give us the power to ask them not to.

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5 things every business owner learns the hard way

This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week #GEW2017, celebrating entrepreneurship all over the world. During November around 35,000 events and competitions are expected to take place – connecting millions of participants to potential collaborators, mentors, and even investors across the globe.

The lifeblood of our economy
Entrepreneurs are a vital part of our economy, stimulating future growth. But, being an entrepreneur isn’t always easy. Entrepreneurs often have big dreams – which can hit a harsh reality. These are some of the lessons that many business owners learn the hard way:

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Meet the VA: Claudine

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 Claudine, an experienced traveller with a flair for design and marketing:

Name: Claudine

Area of expertise: Graphic Design, Marketing & General Admin

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Expert showcase: 5 mobile tools to increase your productivity

Here at Get Ahead VA our team of virtual assistants 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 this guide our founder and director Rebecca talks about her favourite ‘tools of the trade’ – the mobile tools that enable her to manage the business successfully.

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What is a business incubator?

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

Businesses incubators are usually physical spaces, available on relatively flexible terms, which provide services to support start-up businesses

Both business incubators and accelerators help new and start-up companies through the early stages of growth. The difference between the two appears to be that whilst accelerators are geared more around funding, incubators are more focussed on providing a physical space where entrepreneurs can come together to work and learn. The rent that incubators charge helps fund the services they provide.

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3 signs you are wasting your money on a business mentor (National Mentoring Day)

Today is National Mentoring Day, a day to recognise the significant benefits that mentoring can bring to society. Originated by Chelsey Baker, an award-winning business mentor, the event is now global, taking place on October 27th each year.

The theme for National Mentoring Day is ‘Mentoring Rocks’ which focuses on sharing experiences and paying tribute to mentoring received or given. It encourages people to show their appreciation for mentoring and to recognise mentors who have made a real difference.

Mentoring comes in all shapes and sizes
Mentoring can take many forms. It can be a formal, agreed arrangement, or an informal coaching relationship. It can benefit all areas of society, from children right through to elderly people, and cover both personal and professional issues.

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Expert Showcase: Jenny – How to avoid these 5 social media mistakes

Here at Get Ahead VA our team of virtual assistants 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 this ‘How to’ guide one of our social media management experts Jenny shares her expertise, talking about how you can avoid these 5 classic social media mistakes.

“Social media can be a hugely powerful part of your business toolkit. But it can also be a major drain on your time. It is a constantly evolving industry, with new platforms popping up or growing in popularity, and new tools being added. It can be hard to keep up and easy to make mistakes. Here are the top 5 mistakes I see businesses making, and some tips for overcoming them:

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Just two weeks to go until the Mums Enterprise Roadshow arrives in Birmingham

Last month we had a great day exhibiting at the Mums Enterprise Roadshow in London. We are now looking forward to the next event when the show hits Birmingham on Tuesday 31st October. In its fourth year, this 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. The Birmingham event takes place at Cranmore Park in Solihull and is free to attend.

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. Rebecca and Sanina will also be there to talk about Get Ahead VA and what working in a virtual agency really feels like.

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Work Life Week: 2nd-6th October 2017

This week is National #WorkLifeWeek. Organised by charity Working Families, the aim of the week is to focus on well-being at work and showcase flexible working policies and practices.

Mental health in the workplace
Employee well-being is certainly a hot topic. With the ever-increasing pressures of busy lives, low wage inflation and economic challenges such as Brexit, employers are having to work hard to engage and motivate their staff. Flexible working can be an important tool for employers to adapt to the realities of today’s society and engage employees in a way that works for them – which ultimately works for the organisation too.

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