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Are you looking for a new PA/Virtual Assistant for your business? Maybe you’re outsourcing for the first time and wondering what to look for, to find someone who best suits your needs. If so, have you considered how important core values are when outsourcing? 

When hiring or outsourcing a new Virtual Assistant, it isn’t enough to be clear on your core values – you need to understand theirs too. Why? Because you want someone who will understand and uphold your business values. You also want a Virtual Assistant who can fit into your existing team.

So what are the core values you want your new Virtual Assistant to have? Here’s a breakdown of the five core values a good Virtual Assistant should have.

1. A PA/VA who has Commitment to your Business is an Important Core Value

Do you want your new PA/Virtual Assistant to be committed to helping your business succeed? You will want them to value their work and understand their part in making that success happen. In addition someone with the integrity and loyalty needed to work to the best of their abilities.

2. Focus is another crucial Core Value

When you outsource to a PA/VA, you know they may be supporting another business as well as your own. Focus is an essential value for them to have, this also means you will need someone who can prioritise their own workload and manage their time well.

3. Discretion and Confidentiality are paramount to have as a Virtual Assistant

Your PA/Virtual Assistant will need to be discrete. It could be that you don’t want other people knowing you have outsourced work to a PA/VA. There is also the possibility, you will be giving them access to confidential or sensitive information. Either way, you are looking for a person who understands the importance of confidentiality and data protection in business.

4. Attention to detail is key

A good PA/VA will have a good eye for detail. They’re able to work to your requirements and be able to follow instructions. But you also want someone who can spot flaws and errors, both in their work and potentially within your instructions too. There’s no point having a PA/VA who blindly follows instructions, even when they don’t make sense, or there’s a quicker way of doing things. A good VA will be proactive in their outlook, too, so they can help save you time and money and get you the results you’re after.

5. A PA/Virtual Assistant who has a positive Can-Do Attitude

And finally, one of the core values you want your new Virtual Assistant to have is a can-do attitude. A positive attitude can go a long way to making a solid business relationship, as can the ability to turn your hand to any task given. 

Are you still looking for a VA with these core skills? Still have questions about hiring a Freelance PA/Virtual Assistant? These core values are an integral part of my business and something I want to bring into yours. So why not get in touch and discuss potential solutions for you! Why not give me a call – you’ll find my telephone number at the top of this page. Alternatively, you can send me an email at hello@wittsendbusinessservices.co.uk.