Here at Get Ahead our people are everything. Our ever growing team has a wide range of highly skilled professionals with different backgrounds, expertise and even different personalities to ensure that we can find exactly the right expert to match our customers’ requirements.
Here’s 60 seconds with our expert Joana:
Name: Joana Drake
Area of expertise: Website Design
When & why did you join Get Ahead VA:
I joined Get Ahead VA in September 2022. A friend recommended Get Ahead VA, as I was looking to get back into working after 2 years of maternity leave. I wanted to be part of a team, offering my skillset yet still working with small businesses, while having the flexibility to be there for my daughter.
What did you do before you joined Get Ahead VA:
I became a freelance website designer 9 years ago. I have had the opportunity to work on projects for a variety of industries with a variety of small business owners from many different backgrounds. Working with people who are hardworking and driven, in turn inspires and motivates me. Over the years I have been able to turn my clients’ visions into beautiful, well-designed and functional websites. I recognised early in my career that in order to do this really well, I needed to refine and broaden my skillsets. Therefore, over the years I have taken various courses, researched and built upon my experience, in order to stay up to date with the ever-changing nature of web design industry, learning new skills so that I can grow and evolve alongside my clients and their business.
Career highlight to date:
My greatest career highlight overall is seeing the final product and knowing that I helped to create something that will be used and enjoyed by others. It is very gratifying to be able to deliver a beautiful and functional website that my clients are happy with. I have seen how effective website design has on positively impacting a business and therefore people’s lives. This is incredibly rewarding, and I loved working with clients turn their visions into reality.
Plans for the future:
Currently, my main focus for the following months is to enjoy the precious toddler years with my daughter, be there for her many ‘firsts’ , yet still do what I love doing best – creating and designing beautiful and functional websites!