2022 has been quite a year! With war in Ukraine, price rises, loads of industrial action and three prime ministers, very few businesses will have experienced completely plain sailing. But sweet are the uses of adversity. Here at Get Ahead, we’ve learned a lot about ourselves and our business. We’ve seen interesting opportunities arise and we’re already feeling positive about what 2023 has to offer.
In this blog, we look at how businesses can learn from mistakes and find exciting opportunities to take them into the new year.
Get Ahead’s business model helps our team and clients find a healthier work-life balance. We believe in flexibility – we’ve seen time and again that it translates into better productivity and better mental health. We were delighted to hear that the organisation Working Families is holding its annual National Work/Life Week from 10th-14th October 2022.
This year, the emphasis is on increasing access to flexible working, and finding the flex in every role. Let’s take a closer look.
You’ve been running your business for a while and it’s going well. Now it’s time to scale up and take your business to the next level. But to do that successfully, it’s important that you have the right skills at your disposal.
In this blog, we look at how to do a skills gap analysis so you can meet your business needs.
Having the ambition to work for yourself shows an excellent attitude and one that it likely to succeed. To harness that ambition before it goes stale, it’s important to define business goals to keep you on track. But what happens when you don’t achieve your goal? How do you stay motivated and moving in the right direction?
If this happens to you, it’s important to stay strong, turn negatives into positives and find opportunities for improvement. Here are some questions to ask yourself and your team:
Last year, Get Ahead founder Rebecca Newenham published her first book, Virtually Yours. It was an incredible learning experience, and having written it, Rebecca is seeing a variety of benefits that she hadn’t anticipated. Writing a business book has advantages for career development, marketing, networking and more. Here’s how Get Ahead benefited from publishing a business book:
This month Get Ahead VA is celebrating its 10th business birthday, and we couldn’t be prouder of reaching this amazing milestone.
Of course, the last 10 years have taught us a lot about how to run a business, and today we’d like to share with you some of the best lessons we’ve learned over the years. So we talked to our team of Regional Directors to uncover their most precious nuggets of wisdom – here are 10 things we’ve learned from 10 years in business.
Being able to ‘pivot’ is a
valuable skill in business, and especially so right now, when the world is in a
state of incredible uncertainty and changeability. If you’re not sure what
pivoting is, there has never been a better time to learn about it, or to apply
it to your own business.
Pivoting essentially means being
adaptable – it means recognising that your business isn’t meeting certain
expectations, and being agile enough to find a new way to do things in order to
solve a problem or respond to a need. This could be a small change, a
fundamental rethinking of your whole strategy, or anything in between.
Clearly the challenges of the
pandemic and subsequent lockdown have made pivoting more important than ever,
as businesses are having to learn to adapt to a situation that can change
daily, even hourly. So if you’re keen to know more about how to master the art
of the pivot, read on for our advice about nurturing adaptability in your
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, Kristy and Suzanne, co-Directors of our Berkshire
& North Hampshire office, are here with some advice about working together
as a partnership.
When we set up our branch of Get
Ahead VA in 2019, we decided to do it as a pair. There are all sorts of
benefits to going into business with another person – companionship, shared
workload, complementary skills – so if you’re thinking of doing this, here are
some tips for how to make your business partnership work!