Virtual assistants have a wide range of skills and can help virtual businesses with a variety of tasks. In this article, we’ll cover the specific ways that a VA can help your Amazon, eBay, or other eCommerce business run smoothly, saving you time, money, and hassle. [4 minute read]
Virtual businesses are becoming increasingly popular. In 2020 alone, the U.S. Department of Commerce found that American consumers spent $791.70 billion online with U.S merchants. This represents a 32.4% increase from the previous year!
One of the major reasons that eCommerce is so popular is the convenience it offers consumers. In a Jungle Scout survey, 43% of consumers said they would be happy never going out to a store again. Furthermore, 73% said they think the majority of consumer shopping will occur online in the future. The COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated this trend. Online shopping offers a number of advantages for consumers over retail shopping. The ability to avoid large crowds and concerns over the hygiene of shared public spaces was an early driver of online shopping in 2020, but data suggests it’s a permanent change.
Becoming a virtual assistant is a hot topic across social media and other platforms. With the increased popularity of at-home work, many Americans are seeking new and individualized ways to make a living and achieve their financial goals. Before deciding whether a career as a VA is right for you, take a look at the top 5 things I wish I’d known before I became one:
1. Protect yourself and your time.
Before becoming a virtual assistant, make sure that you have a plan to ensure that you and your time are protected. At the beginning of my VA career, I assumed that every client I worked with would be trustworthy and respectful of my time. The unfortunate reality of working as a freelancer is that you cannot always rely on other people to ensure that you get what you deserve - you have to rely on yourself! Unlike traditional employment settings, most freelance jobs will not automatically include legal or other protections. This highlights the importance of having your own systems of protection in place such as contracts, legal protections, and business insurance. A good motto is to, “always assume the best and prepare for the worst!”
There are lots of things to consider when deciding whether to hire an in-person or virtual assistant. Here is our breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of both:
Virtual Assistant Benefits:
Author: Camryn Pickworth
As the head VA and owner of The First Pick VA Group I have found such great joy in sharing my experiences and top tips with other freelancers and aspiring VA's. I hope that our blog can service as a great reference for VA's and Clients alike!