About Get Ahead
Get Ahead offers an exciting franchise opportunity to anyone who loves managing a team – and wants to set up their own business. It’s rare for a new business owner to be able to focus on their management skills, but that’s exactly what our franchisees do. In a key difference to other franchises, you don’t carry out client work yourself – so your business can grow through your love of people management, and without being limited by your capabilities or your time. At Get Ahead, we are outsourcing specialists. We find clients who want to outsource their admin, social media, book-keeping, PR – or pretty much anything else – and match them with the right experts from our team. With over 40 experts, we can always find the right person for the job – and we love nothing more than making a perfect match!
Get Ahead's Status
Micro Business (0-9 employees) South East Status: Recruiting
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Daisy Chain Says
“This is a great opportunity if you are looking for a second career that is flexible and professional. This role gives you the freedom to be your own boss with the backing of an award winning and established brand around you to support and mentor you.”
Jo Munroe's Experience
Jo Munroe joined Get Ahead just before the pandemic started and she runs our Manchester franchise. Jo is a natural communicator with a corporate background in HR and loves supporting her clients with her growing freelance team.
1. What were, or are, the biggest challenges you faced going back into the work place having had children?
I have had different experiences after each child. I think it has a lot to do with how the company feels about family interaction. After my first child, I worked in a company in Manchester. They offered a high maternity compensation package, which meant I returned when I was ready, instead of having financial pressures. After Jake I had been working on a retainer, so still had a lot of interaction with the work place while off. After George, I returned after 4 months, the biggest impact of this was the guilt I felt. I didn’t see a lot of him at all and missed a lot of mile stones. The biggest challenge with all three was the juggle of school, nursery and getting them home at a reasonable time for their bedtimes. Also missing school events as I couldn’t take time off.
2. How did your career change after having children?
In corporate businesses, there is an expectation to be at every meeting. Irrelevant of time. Although having children did not impact my career development, it did mean I had to compromise at home. A great example of this was having to travel to Germany on my sons birthday. At the level my position was, I could not say I couldn’t attend, therefore I had to miss big family events to keep the position I had. I suspect if I had begun to say I couldn’t attend, my position would have been compromised.
3. How do you balance your career with your family?
I find it much easier now. I still have the same drive as I did when working in big corporates. Working for myself enables me to push forward to achieve the same level of success, while working around the children. It doesn’t come without issues and can sometimes mean I work into the night, to ensure I still spend time with the children. However, I won't be starting from scratch when the children are older.
4. How has working for Get Ahead enhanced your family/ work life balance?
Picking my children up from school and not missing there lives. Its so important to me, not to miss any more than I already have. I can still work hard and have independence In my work, but also if I need to be somewhere to support my family, I can.
5. If you could give your ‘pre-children’ self, one piece of advice about being a working mother, what would it be?
Work for yourself now!!! Had I set up my own business pre having children, life would have been so much easier and I wouldn’t have missed as much of their life as I have. Also I wouldn’t have spent years working to make someone else business better.
6. What is it about this industry that appeals to you?
Get Ahead appealed to me as it pulled in two areas which were in my tool box, Human Resources and Recruitment. I love helping people and I love creating solutions. So it’s the perfect match.