Case Study – How using a Virtual Assistant can help you. GO Get Organised!

Tom Lewis
The Guild Co Working Hub

 

Naomi really got me. She understood my problem and chose well when she suggested working with Claire as my virtual PA.  I need someone who’s organised and knows how to pull everything together.

My problem was that I was spending too much time hiding behind routine-based work and avoiding the real work. I’m naturally disorganised, and I was spending more time on software systems, in an attempt to organise myself, than on actually doing the work.

Claire acts as a barrier for my email, filters out all the irrelevant stuff and actions everything possible. I’m no longer drowning in email – I can get up in the morning and delay looking at my inbox. I’ve even bought an alarm clock and I’m attempting to leave my phone in the kitchen overnight. Now when I look at my email first thing there are around 10 messages, whereas previously there would be 30 or 40.

Claire’s got a great CV. She’s responsible, independent, incredibly reliable, and senior enough not to be asking 40 million questions. She just gets on and does what is required.

She’s helped me to focus on clearing down my massive ‘to do’ list, she organises my diary, she’s done research for me, and she’s even taken over assessing all the software I buy to see if it would work for us.

I’m a bit of a control freak and not brilliant at delegating. But at fairly low cost and for no hassle I have found someone to trust who can take some of the burden of running the business off me without ceding control.

Employing people is scary because it seems like a lot of money, and there’s a lot of red tape involved. But GO Get Organised makes it easy, you are paying by the hour, everything is on the timesheet. It’s a great business model.  We agreed a certain number of hours at the beginning but it ended up being less than anticipated. Claire is a victim of her own success in terms of how efficient she is!

I’ve also recently started using Go Get Finance for my book keeping. As proof of how much I trust Naomi, I didn’t even look around. I know that they are reliable.

GO Get Networking!

GO Get Networking returns due to popular demand.

Our next event will take place:

Thursday May 24th 2018

Framptons, Grand Parade, Bath, BA2 4DF

9:30am – 11:00am.

This a FREE event, simply buy a coffee at the bar on your way in and network!  

BOOK YOUR FREE TICKET HERE

(This is a free event,  so we do ask that you honour your booking.
There are limited spaces, some people will miss out on the opportunity if you book on and don’t show up, thank you for your understanding.)

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Helping you to grow your business

GO Get Organised and grow your business

When it comes to expanding your business there are lots of factors to consider, from financial planning to developing new services. In this article we’re going to concentrate on three broad areas where GO Get Organised can provide expert support to help your business grow: attracting more customers; strengthening your infrastructure; and making new connections.

Three steps to attracting more customers

1. Establish a strong brand

Having a strong, recognisable brand that appeals to your target market is central to all of your marketing activity. This needs to be in place before scaling your business up; making big changes further down the line is best avoided if possible as it can cause confusion. If your brand needs some work we can help with every aspect at very reasonable rates, from logo design to website creation to ensuring consistent use across social media.

2. Plan your marketing strategy

It’s a dilemma that many smaller businesses face: the recognition that marketing is vital in order to attract more customers, versus the fear of spending money with no guarantee of success. Our affordable marketing professionals can help you map out a strategy to ensure that you spend your budget wisely. We’ll analyse your key target market(s) for growth, and identify the best ways to reach them.

3. Get your message out

Maybe you already have a good idea of what kind of marketing activity would work best to grow your business, but don’t have the time and/or expertise to implement it? The team at GO Get Organised includes experts in social media,  content marketing, SEO, pay per click, video creation and more. We can offer cost-effective, bespoke solutions, tailored to your particular business needs.

Strengthening and expanding your business infrastructure

One of the biggest challenges faced by smaller businesses as they grow is the difficulty of managing their infrastructure to keep pace. Increases in sales or services can put immense pressure on you and your office staff as you try to keep on top of the additional workload.

This is where GO Get Organised can help, by providing virtual administration support that you can buy in as and when you need it, freeing up your time so that you can focus on other priorities and your business can grow more smoothly. Find out more about our flexible, professional support services – and how they can save you time and money – in this article.

And if you decide to expand your team permanently, we can also help with recruitment. We offer a bespoke, personal recruitment service with a fixed rate finders fee of just 10%; read more here on our dedicated recruitment website.

Making new connections

Lastly, we can help support the growth of your business through our networking group. GO Get Networking provides opportunities for you to connect with other businesses for free, at informal events held every couple of months in Bath. The group is specifically aimed at smaller businesses, and each session includes a short presentation giving practical advice on a relevant subjects (e.g. SEO, Video, Branding, Confidence and more).

There are lots of ways in which networking can promote business growth. Making connections with other businesses enables you to share good practice, develop joint initiatives, keep on top of market trends, build your reputation, generate new leads and much more. Read this article for more information on the benefits of networking, as well as some really handy tips on how to network successfully.

The next GO Get Networking event takes place on Thursday 24th May at Framptons in Bath, from 9:30 to 11:00am. All of our networking events are free, but you do need to register, so if you’re interested in coming along, please click here to book your place.  You can see pictures from our last event here.

Growing your business has just been made a little easier, in just one call you have access to a full range of business services to support you at very affordable prices.  No contracts, or upfront fees, simply pay as you GO!

Contact us: hello@gogetorganised.co.uk | 01225 430 504 (option 1)

GO Get Networking Success!

Thank you so much to everyone who came to the GO Get Networking event today.

It has shown us all that there really is a need for FREE small business networking locally.  We have received fantastic feedback on the event, and plan to run them every 3 months as requested, we will post dates soon so watch this space.

In the meantime here are some pictures of the event.

A huge thank you to Framptons, they are a fantastic venue.

BOOK YOUR SPACE ON THE NEXT EVENT NOW!

 

 

Take a fresh approach in 2018 – GO Get Organised

2018 a change to GO Get Organised

The beginning of a new year is a great time to think about tackling problems from a new angle, and explore alternative ways of doing things. Our approach may be different from anything you’ve tried before, but we believe that it offers a very effective solution to the challenges that many smaller businesses face. If you ever struggle with skill shortages or a fluctuating workload, find out how GO Get Organised can help.

What makes GO Get Organised special?

Essentially, GO Get Organised is a one-stop shop for any kind of extra support that your business might need – from admin to marketing, bookkeeping to web design. Our services are offered on a pay-as-you-go basis and charged at highly competitive rates.

Our team of experienced professionals – all experts in their own field – is headed up by managing director Naomi Summers, who prides herself on getting to know each client, to ensure that their particular business requirements are fully understood and met.

So, in a nutshell, our USP is this:

We offer an extensive range of business support services, delivered by a team of skilled professionals, coordinated by one person who is dedicated to providing a personal service to each client, on a flexible and affordable basis.

It’s a low-risk option – with potentially huge benefits

There’s very little to lose in giving us a try, and potentially much to gain. Here are some of the reasons why using GO Get Organised is very low risk:

  • We offer a totally flexible service, with no contracts or minimum bookings, so you can just buy in extra support as and when you need it
  • Our rates are very reasonable
  • Our work is of a high standard

Please visit our testimonials page to see what some of our clients say about us.

Here are the key benefits to be gained by working with GO Get Organised:

  • You will secure the extra support that your business needs to flourish and grow, tailored to fit your budget, cash flow and specific requirements.
  • You will gain access to a team of experienced (but affordable) professionals, who you might not otherwise have found easily. Working under one umbrella also enables us to share expertise and provide cover for each other if necessary, so we can maintain a consistent service.
What kind of services do we provide?

Please visit our services section for full details on everything that we can offer (also see our list of prices). But to give an overview, our support broadly falls into two categories:

  1. Office support

We can help your business run more smoothly by providing:

  • Virtual or onsite admin
  • Typing and transcriptions
  • Recruitment services
  1. Marketing and design

We can help with everything related to the promotion of your business, including:

  • Website design and editing
  • Graphic design (eg logos, digital adverts)
  • Pay-Per-Click advertising
  • Social media management
  • Search Engine Optimisation (+ SEO training)
  • Content writing
  • Marketing and PR
  • Video creation

These are not exhaustive lists, however, and we are constantly reviewing and expanding our services to meet the demands of our clients.

If you want to GO Get Organised in 2018, please get in touch today to find out how we can help.

Tel: 01225 430 504         Email: hello@gogetorganised.co.uk

GO Get Networking Returns to Bath

Thank you to all who came to our launch event in November. Here are the details for our next event:

Thursday 22nd February at 9.30am
Location: Framptons, The Empire, Grand Parade, Bath, BA2 4DF

If you want to GO Get Networking please SIGN UP NOW FOR FREE

Networking is absolutely vital to the growth of any business. There are many obvious benefits; it can help you generate new leads, make useful connections, share good practice, build your reputation and much more. But sometimes there are barriers to successful networking – particularly for smaller businesses – such as lack of time, budget and confidence. We understand this and so we’ve launched GO Get Networking, a new initiative aimed at smaller businesses in and around Bath.

What makes GO Get Networking different to other networking groups?

Over the last few years, our own experience has been that networking groups can be expensive and time consuming, often involving costly membership fees and too many meet-ups. We wanted to find a simpler and less formal way of networking, and so we decided to design our own. GO Get Networking is different to other groups because:

  • It’s specifically intended for smaller businesses only.
  • THIS IS A FREE EVENT – Simply buy a coffee at the bar on the way in!
  • Events are held four times a year in a relaxed setting. This allows us to keep it fresh and it frees you from a monthly commitment.
  • We meet at 9.30am and finish at 10.45am, giving us enough time to do some useful networking without eating too much into working hours

Typically, the format is an hour of mingling followed by a 10-minute informal talk given by a group member, or a guest speaker, on a subject that is of interest to others (eg a useful service or helpful app to support your business). This is most definitely not about hard selling but communicating useful information.

The benefits of networking

If you’re not sure what’s in it for you, then consider some of the benefits of networking:

  • It enables you to generate leads and make connections (eg with potential customers, suppliers, partners)
  • It gives you the opportunity to share good practice, useful information, contacts, successes/failures, ideas and resources
  • It helps you stay on top of local business developments and market trends
  • It opens you up to new opportunities (eg joint ventures and promotions)
  • It raises your profile and helps to build your reputation
  • Meeting people face-to-face helps you develop personal connections and build trusting relationships; people are more likely to remember you if they’ve met you
  • Other business owners can give you support and encouragement, which is particularly valuable for smaller businesses

How to network successfully: some top tips

Networking doesn’t come easily to everyone. Many people find the idea of launching themselves into a room full of strangers a daunting prospect, while even the most seasoned networkers might not be approaching it in the best way. But there are lots of strategies to help improve your skills, and with a bit of practice, anyone can become an adept networker. Here are some tips for successful networking:

  • Be prepared– make the most of networking opportunities by thinking beforehand about what you want to get out of them, who you might want to talk to etc. And don’t forget your business cards.
  • Be confident– it’s easier said than done, but hold onto the fact that the more networking you do, the better you’ll get at it.
  • Be professional– even at less formal events, always remember that you’re representing your business.
  • Be yourself– don’t pretend to be someone you’re not; the connections you make should be based on a genuine match of personality, experience, interest etc.
  • Be courteous– remember people’s names (there are various techniques you can learn if you find this difficult), introduce people to each other, be friendly to everyone. Listen as well as talk.
  • Be selective– make sure that you’re asking the right people for advice, and also that any potential opportunities are in line with your own business objectives.
  • Be generous– always keep in mind that the point of networking is to share information, so offer tips and ideas, give feedback, pass on contact details and so on.

IF YOU WANT TO GO GET NETWORKING PLEASE SIGN UP NOW

GO Get Networking!

Thank you to all who attended our first GO Get Networking event today at Framptons.  This event is designed to bring together the smaller businesses in the local area and share information.  We hope that you met some good contacts and went away with some useful information.  We aim to arrange the next event for the end of January and will keep you posted on dates and times.

An introduction to GO Get Networking

If you want to GO Get Networking please sign up now for FREE

Networking is absolutely vital to the growth of any business. There are many obvious benefits; it can help you generate new leads, make useful connections, share good practice, build your reputation and much more. But sometimes there are barriers to successful networking – particularly for smaller businesses – such as lack of time, budget and confidence. We understand this and so we’ve launched GO Get Networking, a new initiative aimed at smaller businesses in and around Bath.

What makes GO Get Networking different to other networking groups?

Over the last few years, our own experience has been that networking groups can be expensive and time consuming, often involving costly membership fees and too many meet-ups. We wanted to find a simpler and less formal way of networking, and so we decided to design our own. GO Get Networking is different to other groups because:

  • It’s specifically intended for smaller businesses
  • There are no membership fees and it’s completely free to attend events
  • Events are held once every two months, in a relaxed setting
  • We meet at 9.30am and finish at 11.00am, giving us enough time to do some useful networking without eating too much into working hours

Typically, the format is an hour of mingling followed by a 10-minute informal talk given by a group member, or a guest speaker, on a subject that is of interest to others (eg a useful service or helpful app to support your business). This is most definitely not about hard selling but communicating useful information.

The benefits of networking

If you’re not sure what’s in it for you, then consider some of the benefits of networking:

  • It enables you to generate leads and make connections (eg with potential customers, suppliers, partners)
  • It gives you the opportunity to share good practice, useful information, contacts, successes/failures, ideas and resources
  • It helps you stay on top of local business developments and market trends
  • It opens you up to new opportunities (eg joint ventures and promotions)
  • It raises your profile and helps to build your reputation
  • Meeting people face-to-face helps you develop personal connections and build trusting relationships; people are more likely to remember you if they’ve met you
  • Other business owners can give you support and encouragement, which is particularly valuable for smaller businesses

How to network successfully: some top tips

Networking doesn’t come easily to everyone. Many people find the idea of launching themselves into a room full of strangers a daunting prospect, while even the most seasoned networkers might not be approaching it in the best way. But there are lots of strategies to help improve your skills, and with a bit of practice anyone can become an adept networker. Here are some tips for successful networking:

  • Be prepared – make the most of networking opportunities by thinking beforehand about what you want to get out of them, who you might want to talk to etc. And don’t forget your business cards.
  • Be confident – it’s easier said than done, but hold onto the fact that the more networking you do, the better you’ll get at it.
  • Be professional – even at less formal events, always remember that you’re representing your business.
  • Be yourself – don’t pretend to be someone you’re not; the connections you make should be based on a genuine match of personality, experience, interest etc.
  • Be courteous – remember people’s names (there are various techniques you can learn if you find this difficult), introduce people to each other, be friendly to everyone. Listen as well as talk.
  • Be selective – make sure that you’re asking the right people for advice, and also that any potential opportunities are in line with your own business objectives.
  • Be generous – always keep in mind that the point of networking is to share information, so offer tips and ideas, give feedback, pass on contact details and so on.
If you want to GO Get Networking please sign up now for FREE

Video Marketing

What are the benefits of video marketing?

More and more businesses of all sizes are using video on their websites, as video marketing becomes increasingly widespread. But why exactly is video important, and where do you start? In this article we’ll look at the benefits of video marketing, and how we can help local businesses in a professional, affordable way.

First of all, let’s just consider some of the key facts about online video:

  • Video accounts for more than two-thirds of all internet traffic
  • Video on a landing page can increase conversion by 80% or more
  • It’s estimated that one minute of video is worth 1.8 million words

From these stats, it is evident that video is popular, functional and cost-effective. But let’s explore in more detail some of the specific benefits of using video on your website:

1.  It improves your search ranking

It’s a fact that search engines considerably favour web pages that include video content (and not just because Google now owns YouTube). Simply adding video to your site will boost your ranking and therefore give you the edge over your competitors, as well as increasing your web traffic (which should in turn lead to more sales).

2. It helps build your reputation

Video marketing gives you a platform to demonstrate your expertise, authenticity and trustworthiness. For smaller businesses in particular this is a huge benefit; potential customers can feel like they’ve made a positive connection with you before they’ve even met you.

3. It’s a quick and effective way of communicating what you do

People like watching videos rather than reading text because it’s a much more direct way of consuming information. Video captures and retains people’s attention; it’s easier and quicker to watch a two-minute video than read pages of written content. It’s a very effective way of communicating a lot of information in a short amount of time, and helping potential customers understand what you do.

4. It’s high quality, shareable content

Video is perceived as high quality content because people understand the effort that’s gone into producing it. Consequently they value it more than other types of content, which means that they’re likely to regard your site/business more favourably. Video is also eminently shareable content, and therefore a valuable tool in widening your reach.

So there are clearly plenty of convincing arguments about the effectiveness of video marketing; the reality of implementing it, however, can be quite daunting – particularly for smaller businesses. That’s where GO Get Organised can help. We’ve enlisted the services of Joanna (a voice and communication coach) and Luke (an experienced cameraman) to offer local businesses a professional, affordable video package.  Video does not have to be expensive.

The process has been designed to make you feel comfortable while getting the best possible result. Before the filming session you’ll get guidance and training to identify the message you want to get across, and during the session the team will help you to relax and deliver that message effectively.

We totally understand that not everyone is at ease with the idea of being in front of a camera, but with some coaching these reservations can be overcome – read about Naomi’s own filming experience as an example.

If you’re interested in finding out more, please visit our video service page, or contact us to discuss your requirements.