Get Ahead VA Blog

How to run a franchise during December

December can be a difficult month for business owners – Christmas and New Year are fast approaching, but there’s still plenty to do and it can be tricky to stay on top of everything. If you’re struggling to get organised during December, don’t worry. We asked our Get Ahead VA Regional Directors how they manage their franchises during the winter months, and put together this list of their top tips!

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How to find clients – with Fiona

Get Ahead VA is very proud to have regional offices 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 to share her advice about finding clients.

There are three main ways that I go about finding clients for my branch of Get Ahead VA: through networking, online platforms and via my existing connections. If you’re a business owner looking for new sources of work, here are my tips for finding clients in these three main areas.

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Organisation tips for business owners

Get Ahead VA is very proud to have regional offices 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, Kristy and Suzanne, co-Directors of our Berkshire and North Hampshire office, are here to share their organisation tips for business owners.

When we opened the Berkshire and North Hampshire branch of Get Ahead VA, we wanted to start as we meant to go on – by being organised. As it turned out, we won a big project early on, which cut into our preparation time, and so we were very pleased that we already had useful systems in place.

Here are three of our top organisation tips for business owners. Whether your business is new or established, we hope you’ll find something valuable here!

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Why I decided to open a branch of Get Ahead VA

Get Ahead VA has regional offices all over the country, dedicated to supporting local businesses through a range of business and marketing services delivered by our team of virtual assistants. In fact, in the 12 months, we’re proud to have added two more branches to the Get Ahead family: Newcastle and Berkshire & North Hampshire.

The Regional Directors who run these branches each decided to go into business with us for their own reasons. Today, we’re looking at exactly why our Regional Directors chose to take the leap, to help you decide if our franchise opportunity is the best next step for your career, too!

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Achieve work–life balance as a Get Ahead VA Regional Director

This week (7th to 11th October) is National Work Life Week, a campaign dedicated to understanding workplace well-being and work–life balance. The week is organised by Working Families, and it aims to encourage “healthy and sustainable ways of working”.

Here at Get Ahead VA, we give all our team members the freedom and flexibility to manage their own time, which is so important for achieving a good work–life balance. In fact, this flexibility is one of the main reasons that most of our Regional Directors – who run the local branches of Get Ahead VA all over the country – decided to join the Get Ahead family.

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Happy 9th birthday, Get Ahead VA!

September is Get Ahead VA’s birthday month, and this year we’re celebrating being 9 years old! This is a good opportunity to look back over the year and see how far we’ve come – and there’s plenty to be proud of.

First, we are delighted to have opened two new branches of Get Ahead VA in the last twelve months, as part of our exciting franchise opportunity. Karen and Allison joined the team as our first co-Regional Directors of the branch in Newcastle, and more recently our second duo came on board: Suzanne and Kristy have opened an office in Berkshire and North Hampshire. Both of our new offices have got off to a flying start, and we’re excited to see how they will progress. If you’re interested in becoming a Get Ahead franchisee yourself, please check out our franchise page to find out more.

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Your first steps as a Get Ahead VA Regional Director

If you’ve always dreamed of starting a business and being your own boss, Get Ahead VA’s franchise opportunity could be right for you. It allows you to set up a branch of Get Ahead VA in your area, so you’ll be going into business for yourself, but with the backing of an established and successful brand.

So when you decide to become a Get Ahead VA Regional Director, where should you begin? We’ve spoken to a few of our existing RDs to find out the first steps they took when they opened up their franchise, so you can see just what it takes to get a new business off the ground.

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Franchises and family life: getting the balance right

For so many of our Regional Directors – the ambitious business people who run the regional branches of Get Ahead VA – achieving a healthy work–life balance was a major reason for deciding to open a Get Ahead VA franchise. Running their own business gives them the flexibility to plan their time and fit their work around their home life – not the other way round.

We’ve spoken to a few of our Regional Directors to find out exactly how they achieve this all-important balance, and to give you some tips if you’re thinking about taking the plunge too!

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5 essential skills for franchisees

Get Ahead VA is very proud to have branches across the country, run by our Regional Directors. All of our RDs are ambitious, business-minded people who took advantage of Get Ahead VA’s exciting franchise opportunity, which allowed them to start their own business with the support of an established brand behind them.

So what does it take to become a Get Ahead VA Regional Director? We’ve pulled together the top 5 skills which we think are essential if you want to take on this exciting role.

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The benefits of being a Get Ahead VA franchisee

Get Ahead VA is very proud to have branches across the country, each run by one (or two!) Regional Directors. All of our RDs are ambitious, business-minded people who took advantage of Get Ahead VA’s exciting franchise opportunity, which allowed them to start their own business with the support of an established brand behind them.

There are so many reasons to become a Get Ahead VA franchisee, and we’re always on the lookout for people who are interested in opening a new branch in their local area. Not sure whether you should take the plunge? Here are five brilliant benefits of opening a franchise with us!

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