Here at the AFA, we are huge fans of outsourcing. It means we don’t have to hire employees with specialised skills, which increases cost efficiencies, and have access to a far larger talent pool as and when we need it. It also allows us to focus on our core, business activities, knowing we have excellent outsourcers on hand, who we can rely on to deal with a wide variety of tasks, such as call handling, telemarketing, diary management, accountancy services etc.
Outsourcing represents £21bn to the UK economy in added value and, in 2018, the number of businesses taking advantage of outsourcing increased by 23%. With more and more people working remotely each year and the need for businesses to maximise efficiencies, a huge opportunity exists within the market to provide professional, reliable virtual assistant (VA) services.
This week, I’d like to tell you about Get Ahead VA, an AFA member that is perfectly placed to help you set up and run a business that responds to this increased need for outsourced services.
What is Get Ahead VA?
Get Ahead VA is a virtual agency franchise that provides business support services via a team of professional, experienced virtual assistants. Founded by Rebecca Newenham in 2010, Get Ahead VA offers a range of virtual services, including administration, accounting, call handling, marketing, PR and business support, to enable busy business owners to free up their time and focus on growing their businesses. Clients receive a first-class service, only paying for the work they receive, at an affordable price, and can call upon Get Ahead VA as little or as often as they need to.
Rebecca started the company after identifying a gap in the market for VA services that offered the flexibility, value and quality that businesses require in today’s economy. She has now franchised the business, enabling others to share her success and reap the rewards of running a virtual assistant agency.
With its Head Office in Guildford, Surrey, Get Ahead VA now has regional branches in Berkshire / North Hants, Leeds, Newcastle, West Surrey and South Yorkshire, and the brand continues to experience healthy growth. As a franchisee, your role is to develop your network of clients and recruit and manage your own team of VAs. You will generate ongoing work and match your clients with the most appropriate VA from your team.
What does the franchise package include?
From Day 1, each franchise has access to a national team of over 40 virtual assistants. The package benefits are numerous and you’ll be provided with all the tools you need to build a flexible business. These include:
- Your own, exclusive territory in which to focus on growing your client base
- Comprehensive, ongoing training, support, mentoring and guidance to support you in every aspect of growing your business
- Access to a successful, proven business model that will fast-track your way to success
- Detailed and easy-to-follow manuals that serve as a great point of reference as your business develops
- Your own, dedicated page on the Get Ahead VA website
- National marketing campaigns and a strong social media presence to support and promote your business.
What makes the perfect Get Ahead franchisee?
Get Ahead VA is an exciting opportunity for dynamic, ambitious and well-organised people who want to run a flexible business with the backing and support of an established, award-winning and profitable brand.
No specific qualifications are required, however, it would be helpful if you have a sales, marketing, PR or recruitment background and some experience of team management. People who are returning to work after a career break or have been made redundant would be ideal for this franchise opportunity.
Through Get Ahead VA’s franchise model, you’ll become a Regional Director of your own branch. You’ll be a business owner in your own right and have full control over your branch, whilst still enjoying the benefits of being part of a strong brand.
Special offer for Bristol
If you happen to be in the Bristol area, you could snap up this fantastic franchise at a bargain price! Get Ahead VA is particularly keen on finding a franchisee in Bristol at the moment. This franchise is currently available for only £4,000, which represents a 50% reduction in price.
Do you see a requirement for virtual assistant services in your local area? If so, please contact Rebecca Newenham at Get Ahead VA for more information on how to join the team.
Tel: 01483 332220