As an Amazon Seller, you’re probably well aware of the immense time-suck sourcing and posting new items can be. I felt the same way when I first started too. In the beginning, doing it all yourself isn’t too much of a hassle, plus your newfound passion for online selling keeps you motivated through those late nights and early mornings.
As your store expands, however, finding some extra help might not be a bad idea. The problem is, hiring traditional employees can cost a ton in hourly rates or salaries, cutting into your profit.
In today’s blog post, I want to tell you about a different solution you maybe haven’t heard of, or have been on the fence about:
Virtual assistants (=VAs)!
Why You Should Consider Them
Instead of worrying about the tedious tasks of finding new products to sell, answering customer questions, listing products and repricing, you could hire someone from anywhere in the world to do it for you!
With a virtual assistant handling all of these day-to-day duties, you can focus on your long-term business strategy, product development, and spend more time doing the things you love with an optimized income.
Also, virtual assistants offer cost-saving benefits as they often charge lower hourly rates than a traditional assistant. You can work with them on a contract basis, meaning you don’t need to worry about health insurance and other benefits.
They can work as an hourly employee, and if you hire a couple of them from different parts of the world, your store is monitored around the clock 365 days a year.
Where do you find them?
They both operate on different payment structures.
On Upwork, you can post the job ad for free, but they’ll take a 10% cut in the amount you pay your new assistant. On the other hand, Onlinejob.ph charges a monthly fee (or a quarterly subscription plan).
Under this model, you don’t have to mark up your assistant’s pay to compensate for any fees.
For virtual assistants, Onlinejobs.ph might be your best bet. All of the workers on the site are from the Philippines, where luckily, English is one of the official languages.
This makes communication much easier as the language barrier is reduced if not eliminated depending on the applicant. With that in mind, you really can’t go wrong with either site, as long as your job posting is clear and you interview each applicant well.
Let’s Talk About the Job Posting
Whichever site you choose to find your virtual assistant, it’s the job posting that matters the most, so don’t rush through this step!
You want to provide enough detail, so applicants know what they’re applying for, but you shouldn’t mention you’re specifically looking for a product sourcing expert for Amazon. Why?
Because sometimes professional virtual assistants working for multiple clients will send the same product finds to each seller. You want someone working for you, not your competition too.
As a bonus tip, you should mention in the posting that they’ll need to complete a task test before being hired. This lets them know they can’t just waltz into the job, and you require some effort. This helps weed out the lazy applicants to make sure that your applicant pool is full of well-qualified, driven applicants.
To ensure that your applicants actually read the job posting instead of clicking “apply” on every posting they see, ask them to include their favorite color in the subject of their email to you. This makes it way easier to weed out the applicants that aren’t worth your energy.
How do you manage them?
If you use either of the websites I mentioned, monitoring your virtual assistant’s work is super easy. The sites feature monitoring systems to ensure your assistants are actually working.
The systems work by recording their screen time at certain periods, and you can review screenshots at any time to see if they’re working when you ask them to. The systems also track the time they work, so you can ensure you’re paying them accurately.
From there, you can direct your assistants to do anything you need to help optimize your store so you can focus on more important things. If you have a moderately sized store and you feel like you could use a bit taken off of your plate, you should give it a try!
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To your success!
~ Your AMZinsiders team