Get Ahead VA Blog

4 reasons to get your staff on LinkedIn

As a business owner, you probably already have a Company Page on LinkedIn, and you use it to share content, find contacts and get the word out about your business. But did you know that you can build your business’ social media presence by encouraging your staff to sign up too?

Of course, you can’t demand that your staff actively promote your business on their personal LinkedIn pages, but you can explain the benefits of doing so and provide some guidance that will help them to advocate for the business if they want to. To get you started, here are 4 reasons why it can be useful to link up with your employees on LinkedIn.

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Self-care tips for business owners

Running a business is something many people to aspire to do, but once you get there, the reality can be much more stressful than you might have imagined – and this can have an impact on the whole of your life. In fact, research by Xero has found that one in ten business owners admit that the stress of running a business has negatively impacted their mental health.*

But running a business can also be hugely rewarding (and lots of fun!) – so how can you ensure that you get the best out of entrepreneurship, while also learning how to deal with the stressful parts in a healthy way? Well, you have to be realistic about the challenges involved, and you must take the time to look after your mental health. Not sure where to start? Here are 4 of our top self-care tips for business owners!

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5 ways to level up your franchise

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 with 5 quick tips to help you level up your franchise.

I started Get Ahead VA Leeds in January 2018, and over the last couple of years I’ve found all sorts of ways to take my business from strength to strength. Here are 5 of my favourites!

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How to make your customers fall in love with your business

Some brands achieve something magical: they inspire an impressive amount of loyalty in their customers, which in turn can lead to invaluable word-of-mouth marketing for the brand. As a business owner, you might be wondering how you can bottle this magic for your own business, so this Valentine’s Day we’re bringing you 4 top tips to help you encourage your customers to fall in love with your business!

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Write a brief for: a content writer

Get Ahead VA is here to help business owners. Our team of virtual assistants (VAs) can take on the jobs you don’t have the time or the skills for, freeing you up to focus on what you’re best at. In order to get the most out of your VA, you will need to provide a good brief, but what should you include? In this series, we look at how to write a useful brief for every kind of job, and this month we’re looking at content writing.

Written content is a vital part of any marketing strategy, whether you’re updating a blog, posting on social media or writing copy for your website. In order to keep up with the demand for regular, quality content, it can be useful to outsource your writing to a professional copywriter – if you do this, here are a few important things to include in your brief.

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Meet the Regional Director: Jo Munroe

Here at Get Ahead VA, our people are everything. We’re dedicated to growing our business all over the country, so our customers can access a wide range of highly skilled professionals wherever they are. We currently have regional offices in Bristol, Leeds, Newcastle and Berkshire & North Hampshire, and we’re pleased to announce our latest addition: South Yorkshire.

Here’s 60 seconds with our South Yorkshire Regional Director, Jo Munroe

Name: Jo Munroe

Area(s) of expertise: Human resources, recruiting, legal practice, business set-up, compliance, policy and procedures.

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Rebecca joins the #ialso100 campaign

We are pleased to announce that Rebecca Newenham, Get Ahead VA’s founder, will be part of this year’s #ialso100 campaign, which celebrates businesses led by inspirational women in the UK.

The campaign is part of f:Entreprenuer, which was started by Michelle Ovens MBE on International Women’s Day in 2017, with the aim of bringing more recognition to the UK’s female-led businesses. Michelle says, “This is a campaign that highlights the work of incredible women, showing everyone the entrepreneurs who are creating purposeful small businesses and supporting their communities every day.”

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How to build a beautiful company Instagram

Instagram is an ideal social media platform for many businesses, especially if you have a strong visual brand or physical products to promote, and it has the potential to bring you lots of interest and a substantial following. So how can you go about building a beautiful, recognisable profile? Here are 5 key things you should think when building your company Instagram account.

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Write a brief for a website designer

Get Ahead VA is here to help business owners. Our team of virtual assistants (VAs) can take on the jobs you don’t have the time or the skills for, freeing you up to focus on what you’re best at. In order to get the most out of your VA, you will need to provide a good brief, but what should you include? In this series, we look at how to write a useful brief for every kind of job, and this month we’re looking at website design.

Whether you have an old business website that needs updating, or you’re looking to build one from scratch, the team at Get Ahead VA can help. To kick things off, here are some of the key things you should think about when writing a brief for your website designer.

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How to find clients

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, Karen and Allison, co-Directors of our Newcastle office, are here with some advice about finding clients.

So you’ve launched your business, your systems are in place and you’re raring to go – but how do you go about finding clients? When we set up our Get Ahead VA office, we used a number of different strategies to find people to work with. Here are a few of the most effective!

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