Ever since I had an itch to scratch, I wanted to hire a virtual assistant.
My itch could be different than yours, but universally, we ALL have itches that need scratching. And the sooner you figure how to scratch it, the better off you and your business will be.
For me, it was navigating and dealing with my Amazon business. This may sound familiar to a lot of you.
You’re inside Amazon’s Seller Central clicking away, looking at your inventory, browsing your customer reviews and all of a sudden you notice the unimaginable. You glance to your right of the dashboard and you see hundreds, maybe thousands of items “stranded.”
For me, my heart started skipping (not in a good way) and my neck immediately started to tense up. How the hell was I going to fix all of these stranded items?
Submit a help desk ticket or “chat” with a specialist? Nope. Amazon customer service reps are notorious for giving inadequate solutions and little to no resolution. But you can’t dump them…it’s Amazon.
So you have to deal with them.
Hiring a 247 virtual assistant
So what do you do when you need some expert help or guidance to get out of a jam? You start looking for an affordable solution to your problem.
Part of that search most likely has you doing the following:
- Asking friends or family
- Searching Google for answers or services
- Looking on Facebook or within Facebook groups
And here is what you typically come to learn after trying all of these approaches:
- Your friends or family are not online entrepreneurs like you and have no idea what it means to sell on Amazon or having an online business period
- You search Google and are inundated with hundreds of virtual assistant websites out there and become overwhelmed
- Everyone on Facebook in your professional groups or LinkedIn are just as lost as you
I was extremely overwhelmed by solving my own problem in this instance and I heard that virtual assistants can help with a lot of tasks but I was mis-trusting of them in general. So I knew I couldn’t just go out and hire just any old VA from some random service I found online.
For my problem, I really needed to find VAs that were already solving problems in my niche. So I set out to find a VA service that had workers who were already skilled in solving problems within the Amazon ecosystem or what I like to call, the “Amosphere”! (ha ha)
eCommerce Virtual Assistant Experts
After a not-so-quick search around some of the Facebook groups I was in and a few questions here and there…I was pointed to Nathan Hirsch’s FreeeUp virtual assistant company by people I trust to solve my Amazon nightmares.
I had a quick Skype call with Nathan to go over my needs and within minutes (after I signed up for free on the company website) he was already introducing me to a worker who was going to solve my problems.
Pricing will vary based on the skill set you need but my worker came in at $7 an hour. I was prepared to pay her for however long it took to fix the problem but fortunatley, it only took a few hours for her to fix my entire stranded inventory.
Why is that you may ask? Because she was well trained by FreeeUp and she already knew how to help me.
Before you sign up for your free account and hire your first worker I want to take you inside their dashboard so you know what sort of data you have control over and can access. The first thing you’ll do after signing up is to request a worker and when doing so you’ll be presented with an easy form like this. Typically I’m looking for Amazon help but you can see by this graphic that their trained skill sets run deep.
And after you’ve selected what you need help with and are introduced to your new worker via Skype or email, then you’ll start getting comfortable with the actual dashboard inside your homepage when you log in.
The graphic is a little hard to see but the purple boxes outline the overall hourly billing data for that week. FreeeUp breaks down billing week-by-week or 52 weeks so you can easily digest the accounting data and be sure to understand your “billable hours.”
The data in the green box shows you your worker’s time clock for each day and the data in the red boxes is the name of your VA and a running total of the billable hours on the right hand side.
If you curious as to what your Virtual Assistant is actually doing each time they bill for their work than you can always click on the timeclock for the day and see their login, logout and created notes.
7 Reasons why it might be time to hire a Virtual Assistant
You might need to consider hiring a virtual assistant if:
- You feel overwhelmed with your workload.
- You need help digging out from the administrative pile.
- You know you could really “move the needle” if you could focus more on what you and only you can do.
- You want to be more productive and less stressed.
- You know you need help but can’t afford someone full-time.
- You don’t want the hassle of recruiting, hiring, and training a physical assistant.
- You want—and need—more margin in your life.
Since I’ve had a virtual assistant, I can tell you with confidence that my stress levels have gone down about 80%. I’m more free to do what I want to do and drive more business and make more money. I’m held even more accountable to my business because I know need to keep my VA busy. But the thing I like most about using a Virtual Assistant is that while I’m sleeping at night…my VA is working on my business.
If you’re ready to sign up for your first virtual assistant, then don’t hesitate and sign up up right here.