Hire an Amazon Virtual Assistant
Working for Amazon can make you feel free. But if you get too caught up in the details, it can also feel like a lot of data entry, customer service, and logistics if you spend too much time on the details. So, an Amazon virtual assistant can come in and help you change things right away so you can get more done. Here’s how.
What an Amazon Virtual Assistant Can Do for You.
If you already run a business that does most of its business on Amazon, you already know how to use the platform. Not being used to it isn’t the problem. The problem is that some of Amazon’s services might make it harder for you to be more productive. We don’t want that.
The easy way out? A virtual assistant. A virtual assistant is someone who works for your business as a full-time or part-time assistant but does their work from home. By adding an assistant to your business, you’ll be able to focus on the bigger picture and take some of the pressure off of yourself.
Here are some of the most important ways an Amazon virtual assistant can help:
- Taking care of suppliers. Making sure that the suppliers have everything they need is one of the most frustrating parts of selling on Amazon. And when problems happen on this end, it can take up a lot of your time. Using a virtual assistant who knows how to use Amazon will make it easier for you to get in touch with suppliers without taking up too much of your time.
- Taking care of customers. The customer-facing aspect of Amazon is a strange thing. Having a lot of customers is a good sign that your business is doing well. But when you have a lot of customers, you also have to deal with a lot of problems, which isn’t always fun. You can give tasks and communication with customers to an Amazon virtual assistant so that you can still do what you want with your day.
- Listings management. Your Amazon listing feels like your lifeblood because it is so important for your business. A helper can help you keep track of your product listings and let you know when something needs to be fixed. If you regularly look through your own listings and compare them to those of your competitors, you can hire someone else to do that without ignoring these listings.
- Optimization. When you create something on Amazon, you need to make sure that the listing is not only clear and well-organized, but also optimized to Amazon’s standards. An experienced Amazon assistant can help you double-check everything you’ve done or even take over your optimization.
- Social media. Keeping up with customers and making new posts on social media can be a full-time job in and of itself. By automating these tasks, you can help your business reach the same number of people without having to work hard yourself.
How to Get an Amazon Virtual Assistant Up and Running
Taking all of this into account, it might look like you’re hiring a full-time worker. But in reality, it doesn’t have to be that expensive. If you know what your virtual assistant will help you with most of the time, you can assign tasks in a way that fits your budget.
More to come on that. For now, let’s focus on the tasks you can start giving to a virtual assistant right away:
- Amazon listings need to be watched. A virtual assistant who has worked on Amazon before can basically oversee your ready-made listings. They can look at how you rank for certain Amazon keywords and make sure your listings are optimized. You won’t have to spend time every day tracking how well your Amazon business is doing. Instead, you can focus on new products and plans.
- Customer service. Want to stop having to deal with customer service? It can only be done by letting someone else do it. If you don’t help customers on Amazon regularly, your reviews may go down and your sales may go down. A great way to start is to have a virtual assistant take over customer service tasks.
- Research. Like researching? Even if research isn’t your favorite part of working for Amazon, which is the case for a lot of people, you can always use the extra time and space that comes with hiring an assistant. Finding wholesale products, selling them on Amazon, and researching the competition are all important parts of keeping your Amazon business going. Let an experienced assistant help you with your ecommerce research, and you’ll see how much more time you have to do what you want to do.
Do You Need a Virtual Amazon Assistant?
Even with all that an Amazon virtual assistant can do for you, it’s natural to be skeptical about trying something new. So, we’ve put together some of the information below to help you see how powerful this hire can be for you:
- Paying in different ways. The average salary for a virtual assistant varies across industries and locations. This is partly because hiring someone full time is more expensive than hiring someone part time, so you should be able to find a price point that works for you. Virtual assistants can cost as much as $5,600 per month, but most people pay much, much less than that. They will also save you money compared to hiring a full-time worker. According to statistics, virtual assistants can save up to 78% per year on operating costs.
- Virtual assistants know what they are doing and have skills. Have you been putting off hiring someone to help you with your Amazon goals because you’re afraid they won’t have the skills and experience you do? You’d be surprised. 58.9% of virtual assistants work full-time these days, and 59.2% have college degrees.
You may also find that hiring a virtual assistant is better for a business that is growing, in part because it costs much less than hiring a full-time employee in person. In June 2019, the average cost to employers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was about $36.61 per hour. This was true across all industries.
Why does a virtual assistant help cut this cost? Because you don’t have to pay the same costs for a virtual assistant as you would for a full-time worker. You can also set the virtual assistant’s hours with a lot more freedom than if you hired someone to work in your office.
Get Started with an Amazon Virtual Assistant Today
If you need someone to help you do research, deal with customers, enter data, manage new products, do keyword research, or do any of the other things that an Amazon virtual assistant does, then it’s time to get started. How? That’s the only question. We’ve made it easier to hire people by taking these steps:
- Sign up. So much for the first step. Just sign up with us, and we’ll get you going.
- Talk to a manager of customer success. If you do well, we do well. We’ll connect you with a customer success manager who cares about your new employee.
- Choose your VA. Now is the time to think about which of the above tasks will be most important for your Amazon business. Then, you’ll make a decision about who to hire based on their skills and experience.
- Get your VA ready. To get off on the right foot, your VA needs to know how your business works and what you expect of them. You can look at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below to learn more about what to do, but we recommend making at least a simple document that tells the VA how they can help your company the most. Make sure your VA does a good job by being clear about what you want and giving honest feedback.
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1. Meet your assistant
We’ll ask you some questions to find you a virtual assistant and a backup virtual assistant.
2. Make a flowchart
You can make a workflow that fits your life with the help of our platform. You decide how to keep track of time, talk to your assistant, and share files.
3. Start delegating
You can talk to your virtual assistant from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in your own time zone. Start giving tasks to other people and grow as you need to.
FAQs – Amazon Virtual Assistants
Still have questions? All right! We’ve put together a list of some of the most popular ones:
What does an Amazon assistant do?
The same things you’ve been doing with your Amazon business: keyword research, data entry, listing optimization, social media, customer service, and taking care of a variety of business needs. The only difference is that you’ll be delegating this work.
How do you get started as an Amazon assistant?
Because the assistant you hire has worked on Amazon before, you won’t have to teach them everything about how the system works. They will know how to run an Amazon business, including how to talk about it and how to make sure it runs smoothly. But it’s still important to be clear about what you want to get done and how you plan to do it. One great way to do this is to make a document that helps with orientation. And if you don’t know how to do that, you can call your virtual assistant and ask for help!
How do I choose an Amazon helper?
It really depends on what you value most. But instead of thinking about what you want in an assistant, try thinking about what you need. What tasks are taking up most of your time? What can you delegate? What would make a big difference in your life if someone else took care of it instead of you? These are the questions you should ask as you look at the assistants who can help you. Don’t just hire based on preference of experience; hire for what you need.
What is an Amazon assistant not able to do?
When you hire a virtual assistant, you usually get someone who is good at a lot of different things. But an Amazon assistant is not the same as a person who has worked in an office or done administrative work before. If you want to hire a virtual assistant to help you with certain Amazon tasks, you’ll probably want to find someone with those skills. This means that they may or may not be able to help you with other parts of running your business.
What kinds of jobs can an Amazon assistant do?
Some of these are on the list above. In short, you can have an Amazon assistant do almost anything you might want to do on Amazon, such as research on competitors, keyword research, listing reviews, listing optimization, customer support, supplier support, social media, and more.
What should I do to get the most out of this?
Make sure you know what you want and hire someone who can do the job. When you find the tasks that help your business grow and have a high return on investment (ROI) and delegate them, you start to see how your business could be able to do more.