Meet the Regional Director Louise Young

The Get Ahead group is growing! With regional offices already established in Berkshire & North Hampshire, Leeds, West Surrey, Newcastle and South Yorkshire, Suffolk and Essex we’re pleased to announce our latest addition (and our very first London region!): West London.

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How to utilise OneDrive

OneDrive is a cloud-storage platform – essentially a means of storing your files on the internet instead of on your hard drive. This frees up space on your laptop, PC, tablet or phone, as well as offering a variety of different capabilities to streamline your working life. 

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How to manage work/life balance when you work from home

Maintaining some kind of balance between work and life is hard enough when you’re going out to work, but when you’re working from home, the challenge is even greater. Fortunately, by identifying the problem and really addressing it, you can get your life back without your work suffering.

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How to write a creative brief

If you’re new to outsourcing, you might not have written a brief before. The prospect of crystallising your business into a few sentences for a graphic designer, copywriter or other creative to work from may seem daunting. However, by staying focused, you can write a great brief that will translate into work that builds your brand.

Here are six questions to ask yourself as you’re writing your brief:

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5 unconventional marketing ideas for you to try

Unconventional marketing gets noticed. Most people hit “skip ad” on YouTube, but those same people might watch it to the end if it really caught their eye. That said, going completely over the top can be dangerous – it’s important to keep our marketing under control or we’ll end up promoting the mistake not the product. Fortunately, our marketing VAs know just how far to go. Here are five of their ideas that are unconventional enough to get noticed, and have solid business sense behind them as well.

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10 more things we’ve learned from 10 years in business

A couple of weeks ago, as part of Get Ahead VA’s 10th business birthday celebrations, we asked our team of Regional Directors what they’ve learned about being in business over the years, and we shared all their great tips in our ‘10 things we’ve learned from 10 years in business’ post.  

Well, they gave us so much good advice that we’re back with another 10 things we’ve learned over the past decade! Whether you’re just starting out, or you’ve been running your business for a while, we hope you’ll find something useful here. 

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10 of our favourite jobs and clients

Over the last decade, Get Ahead VA has been able to help hundreds of clients run and grow their businesses, and we’re incredibly proud of the professional support we continue to offer business owners all over the country. We have carried out all sorts of rewarding and interesting work, including completing 33 policies in just two weeks over the school holidays, and remotely organising and in-person managing a conference in Hong Kong.  

So, to celebrate Get Ahead VA’s 10th business birthday this month, we’re taking a look back at some of our favourite jobs and clients from the last 10 years. 

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Know your buyers – put your customers at the heart of your business strategy

Looking after customers is important for any business, and using your marketing strategy to attract new customers is important.  But in truth, your existing customers are more valuable to your business than your new ones. This is because an existing customer already knows and trusts your brand and is highly likely to buy from you again. It is also a lot more cost-effective to retain an existing customer than to acquire a new one.

In this blog, we look at why customer-focused strategies work, and which customers you should target.

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