Volume 2,

#116: How We Use Virtual Assistants, Freelancers, And Contractors

September 14, 2014

Travis is back online in Argentina so we decided to talk about we’re using virtual assistants, freelancers, and contractors to help out with the more tedious and mind-numbing tasks of running online stores. To help with his relocation abroad, Travis also hired a new sewer to help with production and a content writer to help with blog posts. Terry finally got his first sale on Amazon after being listed there for weeks.

Topics Discussed:

  • Updates from Terry: First Amazon sale (finally)
  • Updates from Travis: New hires and settling down in Argentina
  • Using Virtual Assistants, Fiverr, and oDesk
  • Photoshop, product photography, lifestyle photography
  • Blog post formatting, posting, and syndication
  • Email marketing, coupon codes, and outreach
  • Competitor, market, and backlink research
  • Should you outsource social media?

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  • Charging more on Amazon seems to be a good strategy. We had our bags listed there at an 18% ($35) premium to cover Amazon’s fee. Didn’t matter. We still made fairly consistent sales.

    I’m curious if it’s because people don’t bother to Google a product after finding it on Amazon or if the trust/convenience of Amazon (esp Prime) is that important.

    • Interesting, could be the latter especially if folks have one-click enabled?

    • Travis Marziani

      Thanks for the share Fred you inspired me to do exactly finally do it (it was just speculation before). Will report in a future episode how it goes

      • Nice. Looking forward to hearing about it. Ideally, it can be a win-win for you (more sales, same margin) and for customers who love Amazon.

  • BTW, Thanks for the Fiverr link. I just hired him(?) to do ~40 product photos. Turned it around in a day for ~$1/image. Freed up our graphic designer to do other work. Bookmarked 🙂

    • Nice! I’d rather bash my head against a wall than mask white backgrounds for 40 pictures in photoshop 😀

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