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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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 UK, so our customers can access a wide range of highly skilled professionals wherever they are located. We currently have branches in Leeds, Newcastle, Berkshire & North Hampshire and West Surrey, and we’re pleased to announce our latest addition: South Yorkshire.

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

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Meet the Regional Director: Marie Peters

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

Here’s 60 seconds with our West Surrey Regional Director, Marie Peters.

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How to find clients

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 regional office 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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Get Ahead VA Leeds is 2 years old!

Two years ago, Fiona Ibbetson launched Get Ahead VA Leeds. Since then, this office has gone from strength to strength, and we’re delighted to wish both Fiona and our Leeds regional office a happy birthday!

Since she launched, Fiona has helped more than 40 business owners, large and small, from architects to surgeons, accountants to plumbers. She has coordinated projects between her clients and a team of 15 Get Ahead virtual assistants, and delivered great results for her clients. Fiona says: “I love jobs where more than one person is working with a client and we are all playing to our strengths and working as a team. It’s great to know that we are helping other businesses to grow and providing flexible support when they need it.”

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More organisation tips for business owners

Get Ahead VA is delighted 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 regional office 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, return to share more of their organisation tips for business owners.

We’ve already shared with you some of the ways we stay organised (see our previous blog post), but we have plenty more where they came from! So without further ado, here are three more things you can do to keep your business running smoothly.

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Kickstart your career in 2020

If you’ve found yourself reviewing your career over the Christmas break and thought about making a change, you’re not alone. ‘Looking for a new job’ is one the most popular New Year’s resolutions around, and January is an ideal time to do it, both because the job market kicks back into gear after the holiday lull, and because of the psychological push that comes from a new year and a fresh start.

But how exactly do you go about making a big career change? We’ve listed some of the most important steps you can take on your path to a new career, to get you off to a good start. Here are 4 ways you can kickstart your career in 2020!

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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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