As a solopreneur, you end up wearing several different hats. You source the products, fund the inventory, create product listings, handle logistics, manage your PPC advertising campaigns—the list goes on!
Ecommerce entrepreneurship involves a lot of moving parts. The good news is that you don’t need to do everything yourself. There are many talented freelancers, Amazon FBA consultants, and even large agencies available to help sellers wrangle the mundane or difficult tasks that come with running an Amazon business.
As your business develops, you’ll hit a point at which you’ll need help to continue growing. While most people start their business by themselves, one in five Amazon sellers believes hiring employees or freelancers is a major factor in the success of their businesses.
When deciding who to hire, focus on your strengths and rely on others to fill in gaps in your knowledge, skills, or time. Work on your business, not in your business.
In this post, we will go over what an Amazon FBA consultant or freelancer is, what they can help you with, and how to vet and hire someone.
What is an Amazon FBA Freelancer?
An Amazon FBA freelancer, virtual assistant, or consultant is someone who uses their Amazon expertise to help other sellers manage and grow their Amazon businesses.
While it’s not difficult to find information on how to handle every single task involved with selling, it can take time to learn everything there is to know. Instead of devoting months to understanding niche aspects of FBA, you can hire a professional who already has the industry experience you want. That way, you can feel confident running your business even if you’re brand new to ecommerce.
Why do successful Amazon sellers become freelancers? The simple answer is that helping others offers experienced Amazon sellers another stream of income to tap—as any smart entrepreneur would do.
When I first started selling almost 6 years ago, I didn’t have anyone to learn from or hire to help me. I just figured selling out on my own.
At this point, I’ve developed the skills necessary to both run my own Amazon business and work as a freelance consultant, helping fellow entrepreneurs write and optimize their listings. I spend a good amount of time working with other sellers and small brands, and can speak to the time-saving power of collaboration.
If you don’t have money to hire a consultant right away, that’s fine—I actually recommend taking the time to learn the business. As you develop experience and start to make some money, you can then look into hiring someone to help you expand even further. Who knows, maybe you’ll become a freelancer yourself.
What can an FBA freelancer help me with?
The answer: anything!
When you first get started selling, you’ll face a bit of a learning curve to figure out how everything works—including navigating Seller Central. How do you add a new product? How do you create a new FBA shipment? Where do you update product listings? There’s a million questions you could ask yourself—and consultants can help answer all of them.
Here some things an Amazon freelancer can help you with:
- Write or optimize your Amazon listings
- Upload your listing information to Seller Central
- Set up your seller account
- Help you expand into new marketplaces
- Manage your PPC campaigns
- Conduct keyword or product research
- Source profitable products for you
- Graphic design work for your product images or A+ content
- Product photography
- Provide you with advice or selling strategies
- Manage your entire FBA business
- Answer customer questions and messages
- Handle logistics and FBA shipments
- Hire a virtual assistant (VA) to handle daily, weekly, or monthly recurring tasks
- Fix stranded inventory issues
Even if you know nearly nothing about selling on Amazon, you can still run a profitable business with a little help from the professionals.
Should I hire an Amazon FBA virtual assistant or consultant?
The answer depends on the specific tasks you want help with—are they daily operations, or do they involve larger, structural changes to your business?
A virtual assistant is a self-employed contractor who you can hire remotely to assist with administrative tasks, product research, order management, data entry, customer service, and other operations that keep your business running day to day. Hiring a virtual assistant, or VA for short, is a cost-effective way to delegate your time-consuming or recurring responsibilities, so you can focus on big-picture operations.
An FBA consultant, on the other hand, typically works on larger, more complicated projects on a case-by-case basis. This can include developing your PPC advertising plan, optimizing your listings, and helping you strategize around business development. The cost to hire an FBA consultant varies on their experience and the job at hand.
Benefits of hiring an Amazon freelancer
- Saves you time
Hiring a consultant or freelancer to execute routine tasks or handle areas of the business you’re unfamiliar with allows you to focus on more important things for your business—or just the tasks you enjoy doing. Think of the “opportunity cost” of each task at hand. Can your time and energy be better spent on something else that’ll be more beneficial to your business?
- They have the expertise
You don’t need to be a professional writer or photographer in order to have a well-optimized Amazon listing. You can just hire a pro to handle listing optimization so your listing is primed for search and conversions, while you focus on other areas of your business.
- Reasonably priced
Large Amazon marketing agencies or consultants may charge a lot for their services, but you can find plenty of highly talented FBA assistants and freelancers to hire at a reasonable price.
Pricing varies, and freelancers tend to sell their services by the task, or “package,” rather than by the hour.
Think of it as paying for a freelancer’s completed work, experience, and knowledge, not just the time it takes to do the job.
- Saves you money
Sure, you may have to spend some money up front to hire someone to help you. But their expertise may actually save you a lot of money in the long run. Hiring a professional can prevent you from making costly mistakes like ordering the wrong inventory or spending too much on PPC.
In the case of listing optimization, for example, it’s definitely worth the investment to hire a professional photographer or copywriter. Whereas your own shadowy photos and vague copy can tank your product before it even has a chance to succeed, professionally-optimized listings boosts sales.
How to hire an Amazon FBA virtual assistant or consultant
So, how do you find talented freelancers? Fortunately, Jungle Scout has its very own freelancer marketplace, the Jungle Scout Market.
The Market hosts listings for freelancers specializing in every conceivable category, from photography and video animation to graphic design and translation services.
Search for the services you’re looking for and you’ll find a qualified freelancer in minutes.
Another nice thing about Jungle Scout Market is that you can quickly view and filter by price, review count and ratings as you scroll through their listings.
You can also read detailed reviews from other sellers who have hired them. That way, you can feel confident reaching out to someone whose vetted skills are within your budget, and who other sellers have enjoyed working with.
When you’re ready to hire, or if you have more questions about a specific freelancer’s services, you can click the “Contact” button next to their name to send them a free message to get more details. We recommend contacting the freelancer before placing an order with them to make sure they understand your needs and that their communication style will work for you.
Grow your business with an Amazon freelancer
We hope this article gives you a better understanding of what an Amazon FBA freelancer is and how they can help you grow your business.
No matter if you need help with listing optimization, product photography, advertising, or even if you encounter a strange error in your account, there is always a professional freelancer or Amazon FBA virtual assistant available to help.
Check out the Jungle Scout Market to find the perfect freelancer for your Amazon business.