Reading Time: 2 minutesOnline agency Get Ahead VA is continuing to grow its reach and welcome new entrepreneurs to the team thanks to its exciting franchise scheme. The company – which offers and business and marketing services through a team of remote-working virtual assistants – now has offices in Berkshire & North Hampshire, Bristol, Leeds and Newcastle, as well as its head office in Guildford.
Rebecca Newenham, founder of Get Ahead VA, is delighted by the opportunity to bring on new franchisees who share her vision for the business. “I am thrilled that our franchises are growing around the country and I am so proud of our brand and the team.”
The job of a Get Ahead VA franchisee, or Regional Director, is to set up a branch of the company in their local area and build a network of clients who are in need of the company’s services, which range from administration to social media marketing to website design. Regional Directors also build their own team of virtual assistants to provide these services to their clients.
Through the franchise model, Get Ahead VA provides its Regional Directors with training and ongoing support, as well as everything they need to get their business off to a flying start. This is the main benefit of franchising – it allows people with an entrepreneurial spirit to start and run their own business, without having to go it alone.
Get Ahead VA’s particular business model, which is based around home-working, also gives freedom to its Regional Directors to manage their own time and decide the direction for their business. Fiona Ibbetson, Regional Director for the Leeds office, says, “Being a Regional Director for Get Ahead VA is a hugely rewarding job, and I love the flexibility of the working hours and the variety of every day. I would recommend it to anyone who’s thinking of taking the plunge.”
Rebecca is always on the lookout for new people who are interested in becoming a Get Ahead VA Regional Director. Experience as a virtual assistant is not required for franchisees – instead, networking and B2B skills, and a marketing or business development background are preferred.
The Get Ahead VA franchise scheme offers an opportunity to go into business for yourself, not by yourself. Franchisees are able to own their own business, with the support of an established and award-winning brand, and achieve that crucial work–life balance. Karen and Allison, joint Regional Directors of the Newcastle office, have this to say: “With Get Ahead VA you get plenty of support, including training and mentorship and the knowledge that you’re part of a bigger, national team. If you’re thinking of opening a Get Ahead VA regional office, we say go for it!”
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