What Makes a Good Red Desk VA

Over the years Red Desk has built up a number of loyal clients; we tend to work with our clients across several areas of business support, and may begin by offering them social media but then spread our services depending on their needs.

As with all SMEs growing your business and taking on new staff is always a challenge.  Our challenge is finding VAs that have a wide skill set to match our clients’ needs.  Each of our VAs have their specialist areas but the broader their skill set the greater benefit to us and our clients.

We have recently been recruiting to expand our team and thought we’d share our thoughts.

Skills and Experience

good VAThere are many different VA and PA companies out there and each differs greatly with the services they offer, some are very much secretarial or concierge based others, like Red Desk offer a broader business support.

At Red Desk, we support a number of SMEs with their online reputation, online marketing and social media.  We therefore tend to look for VAs who have experience in using social media management tools, writing content for posts and managing social media accounts on behalf of clients.  It is important for us to have reliable VAs who can step in and support each other at busy times and to cover holidays.

However a VA with skills in project management, property management and content writing are a huge asset as well.  With a team of VAs covering all these skill sets we can offer clients a complete package when it comes to supporting their businesses.

Recruiting

We found we couldn’t find the right kind of VA for our business through formal advertising.  On previous attempts we’ve posted a job advert on sites including LinkedIn but many enquiries came from overseas which isn’t the right fit for our business.

We’ve found the best ways of finding suitable VAs for our business are:

  • Our networks – we are in touch with people via schools, clients and even social networks
  • Facebook groups – local VAs or PAs often advertise their services in these groups which make it easier for us to approach them
  • Next Door – This is our new favourite go-to website where locals ask questions, post recommendations or even sell items. We’ve asked to connect with local VAs and were contacted by a number in the area

Business Direction

Once a Red Desk VA has demonstrated a talent for a new area of business, we can add this to our website list of services.  As well as being able to supply our clients with the services they need we also attempt to attract clients that work in fields that match our VAs.  With this in mind we can help our VAs to further their careers in the areas they wish to pursue as well as being able to offer skilled support to our clients.

Recently we have been able to add HR and market research to our website due to some excellent feedback from clients.

We hope to be able to provide work and support to local VAs for many years to come.

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