MEET THE VA: Clare

Here at Get Ahead VA, our people are everything. Our ever-growing team includes a wide range of highly skilled professionals with different backgrounds, expertise and personalities to ensure we can find exactly the right virtual assistant to match our customers’ requirements.

Here’s 60 seconds with one of our new VAs, Clare, a copywriter, editor and proofreader based in Bristol:

Name: Clare Diston

Area of expertise: Copywriting, editing and proofreading

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6 ways to celebrate a company Christmas

The Christmas party: love it or hate it, the end-of-year do is big business in the UK. In fact, a 2015 investigation by Eventbrite estimated that UK businesses spend an average of £1 billion per year on festive parties.

So what makes a great Christmas party, and how can you bring the whole company together for a truly memorable celebration? If you’re struggling for ideas, look no further: here are six ways to celebrate a company Christmas.

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How to write a killer business plan

‘Tis the season of mistletoe, mulled wine and… business plans. That’s right, December is National Write a Business Plan Month, and while business planning might be the last thing on your mind, it’s actually a really good way to prepare for a new working year.

Not sure where to start? Here’s all you need to know about writing a killer business plan.

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5 ways volunteering can help your small business

5th December is International Volunteer Day, a day created by the United Nations to celebrate volunteer organisations and raise awareness about the importance of volunteering. Each year volunteers from all over the world offer up their services for everything from litter picking to blood drives to fundraising events.

For small business owners, International Volunteer Day is a great opportunity to give back to the community. Plus, volunteering can bring all sorts of added bonuses that can help to build your business.

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How LinkedIn video could become a key tool for your business

By April 2017, LinkedIn had reached half a billion members in 200 countries. That’s a huge universe of people based on just one website, providing a great opportunity to raise awareness of your business.

LinkedIn continues to innovate in order to remain relevant for their audience and rolled out live video from July this year. You can now post live video directly onto LinkedIn, in a similar way to how you would post video to Facebook using Facebook Live.

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5 things every business owner learns the hard way

This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week #GEW2017, celebrating entrepreneurship all over the world. During November around 35,000 events and competitions are expected to take place – connecting millions of participants to potential collaborators, mentors, and even investors across the globe.

The lifeblood of our economy
Entrepreneurs are a vital part of our economy, stimulating future growth. But, being an entrepreneur isn’t always easy. Entrepreneurs often have big dreams – which can hit a harsh reality. These are some of the lessons that many business owners learn the hard way:

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Expert showcase: 5 mobile tools to increase your productivity

Here at Get Ahead VA our team of virtual assistants includes experts in a wide variety of fields. From Accounting to Admin, Hootsuite to Holiday cover, Email Marketing to Excel, our VAs can add value to many aspects of your business.

In this guide our founder and director Rebecca talks about her favourite ‘tools of the trade’ – the mobile tools that enable her to manage the business successfully.

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What is a business incubator?

If you are looking to start or grow your business, then you might be thinking about using a business incubator. But what are they and what do they actually do? Are they the same as business accelerators or different? Here we try and clarify some of this growing area of business development.

Businesses incubators are usually physical spaces, available on relatively flexible terms, which provide services to support start-up businesses

Both business incubators and accelerators help new and start-up companies through the early stages of growth. The difference between the two appears to be that whilst accelerators are geared more around funding, incubators are more focussed on providing a physical space where entrepreneurs can come together to work and learn. The rent that incubators charge helps fund the services they provide.

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Expert Showcase: Jenny – How to avoid these 5 social media mistakes

Here at Get Ahead VA our team of virtual assistants includes experts in a wide variety of fields. From Accounting to Admin, Hootsuite to Holiday cover, Email Marketing to Excel, our VAs can add value to many aspects of your business.

In this ‘How to’ guide one of our social media management experts Jenny shares her expertise, talking about how you can avoid these 5 classic social media mistakes.

“Social media can be a hugely powerful part of your business toolkit. But it can also be a major drain on your time. It is a constantly evolving industry, with new platforms popping up or growing in popularity, and new tools being added. It can be hard to keep up and easy to make mistakes. Here are the top 5 mistakes I see businesses making, and some tips for overcoming them:

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