Meet the VA: Amy Downes

Here at Get Ahead VA our people are everything. Our ever growing team has a wide range of highly skilled professionals with different backgrounds, expertise and even different personalities to ensure that we can find exactly the right VA to match our customers’ requirements.

Here’s 60 seconds with our VA Amy Downes

Name: 

Amy Downes

Area of expertise:  

Social media

When & why did you join Get Ahead VA: 

I first met Fiona Ibbetson, whilst I was pregnant with my youngest child. We chatted about Get Ahead and the experience I’ve gained over the last four years and felt I would be able to offer a great range of skills for their clients.

Whilst I know VA’s can bring a valuable service to many small businesses when it comes to supporting with their social media, I hope that my experience with creating strategies and growing engagement will be an additional skill that many may benefit from.

What did you do before you joined Get Ahead VA: 

I’ve been working as a freelance social media manager for four years, working with a variety of clients from small, local businesses to a national fundraising company, covering a range of fields from construction, to HR, to the charity sector.

During 2020, I pivoted my business to focus on supporting small business owners by providing coaching to help them feel more confident about creating posts for their social media.

Career highlight to date:

I’m a writer at heart, and a massive football fan, so being asked to write a regular column for an Ipswich Town magazine down in Suffolk was a dream come true for me.

It was an opportunity I gained after growing my social media audience and engagement and networking with local journalists and pundits in the area.

Plans for the future: 

I still hope to write for a living one day and am working on an online magazine at the moment to help celebrate fantastic business women in the north.

This year, though, I am enjoying working with passionate small business owners who deserve to have their story heard on social media. It’s a vital time to be showing up online and sharing a consistent message so followers know exactly how you can help them.

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