Get Ahead VA Blog

Meet Get Ahead VA’s Regional Directors

Get Ahead VA was founded in 2010 by Rebecca Newenham, who wanted to create a team of flexible, professional remote workers to provide useful services to businesses, as and when they need them. Since then, our team of virtual assistants has done everything from admin to accounting, website design to social media marketing, and Get Ahead VA has continued to grow.

One of the most exciting things about the Get Ahead brand is that it is now a franchising opportunity, and over the last few years we’ve opened up new branches all over the country. This is all thanks to our Regional Directors – the hard-working, business-minded people who saw an opportunity to bring flexible remote working to their local area, and made that idea a reality.

Today we’re going to introduce you to our Regional Directors, so you can learn more about what it takes to run a branch of Get Ahead VA, and why our Regional Directors love their work!

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Day in the life of a Regional Director: Karen


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.

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Why you should make time for CPD

This week is Learning at Work Week (13–19 May), and to celebrate, we’re talking about CPD – continuing professional development.

CPD is the process of tracking your knowledge and skills, and investing time in your own training and development at work. It is reflective – it requires you to think about the things you have learned, to reflect on what you would do differently next time, and to set goals and targets for yourself for the future. Most importantly, it involves writing these things down, so that you have a permanent record of your own development.

We’ve talked before about how to do CPD as a business owner, but today we’re focusing on why it’s important, and why you should make time for it.

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How to tackle the elevator pitch

Get Ahead VA is very proud to have branches across the country, and the Regional Directors that run them are brimming with good advice about being your own boss. Today Salvatore, who runs the Bristol branch, is here to share his advice about the all-important elevator pitch.

As a Get Ahead VA Regional Director, I do a lot of networking, and one vital tool for this is the elevator pitch. The elevator pitch is a quick and punchy sales pitch, designed to explain who you are, what you do, and what you can offer to potential clients. This can be delivered formally (many networking meetings give everyone a chance to pitch to the room), or informally, during one-on-one mingling sessions, which is where the real connections are made.

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Meet the VA: Rosie Wyatt

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, Rosie, an expert in marketing planning and consulting. Now she has brought those skills to Get Ahead VA, and she is here to help your business grow.

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5 things to remove from your LinkedIn profile

LinkedIn is a hugely important networking platform for business owners. By the end of 2018, the site was closing in on 600 million users,* so if you own a business and want to make connections with other professionals, this is certainly the place to be.

However, there are a few common mistakes you might be making on your LinkedIn profile that could be instantly off-putting to potential contacts. With that in mind, here are 5 things you should remove from your LinkedIn profile today to give it an instant boost.

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Service Spotlight: PR

Get Ahead VA offers a wide range of business and marketing services. In our Service Spotlight, we take a closer look at one of these and show you how our virtual assistants can help you and your business. This month, we’re looking at PR.

What is PR?

PR stands for ‘public relations’, and it covers all the activities your business does to spread information, build relationships and present a positive image of itself to the world. In practice, this means communicating with the media, building a reputation through social media or organic marketing campaigns, managing internal communications, and running damage control if something goes wrong.

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Tips for setting up a home office (Part 2)


Get Ahead VA is very proud to have branches across the country, and the Regional Directors that run them are brimming with good advice about being your own boss. Today Karen and Allison, who run the Newcastle branch, are here to share more top tips for setting up an office in your home.

Hello! We popped onto the blog last month with our advice about creating a space for working in your home. Today we’ll be looking more at the financial and administrative side of home-working, which we hope you will find useful whether you’re considering becoming a Get Ahead VA Regional Director like us, or you’re starting a new business from your home.

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