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3 Nov 2019

Could opening a Virtual Assistant Franchise from home be the answer to remaining in work after 55. Guest Blog – Rebecca Newenham

Could opening a Virtual Assistant Franchise from home be the answer to remaining in work after 55.

For those finding it hard to gain employment after 55, opening a franchise gives the aspiring older INDY entrepreneur an opportunity to start their own business, without having to go it alone.

Get Ahead VA’s team of franchisees decided to take the leap with us for all sorts of reasons, so if you’re looking for a new direction, this might help you to decide whether opening a franchise could be right for you too!

1. Worried about running a business?
Opening a franchise allows you to build and manage your own company with the backing of an already successful and recognisable brand. This was a big motivator for Allison, the Get Ahead VA co-Regional Director for Newcastle: “Get Ahead has enabled me to fulfil my dream of running my own business, but I have the wider support of the Get Ahead team – it’s the best of both worlds, really!”

2. Not sure who your customers will be?
Get Ahead VA offers business and marketing services to SMEs through an ever-growing team of virtual assistants, making this an ideal outlet for those who want to support businesses and entrepreneurs in their area. This was important to Kristy, co-Regional Director for Berkshire & North Hampshire: “The opportunity to work with entrepreneurial SMEs, as well as creating an outlet for skilled professionals, was an intriguing prospect for me.”

3. Want control of when and how much you work?
If having a healthy balance between work and personal time is important to you, the Get Ahead VA model fits perfectly with this. Our Regional Directors have the freedom to manage their own time and build a business that suits their lifestyle. Karen, who also runs the Newcastle office, says, “The regional directorship allows me to manage and control the business with Allison, to make it exactly how we want and create the perfect work–life balance.”

Starting a franchise with Get Ahead VA could be the next great step. If you’d like to know more, visit our franchise website or give me, Rebecca Newenham, a ring on (01483) 332220.