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12 Services to Offer as an Ecommerce Virtual Assistant

Have you ever heard of an ecommerce virtual assistant?

If you are looking to expand your client base and grow your business, becoming an ecommerce virtual assistant might just be it.

Ecommerce business owners are in constant need of support to manage their online stores, handle customer inquiries, and drive sales. 

A lot of ecommerce business owners know their onions when it comes to their niche, but don’t know much when it comes to running their business online. Selling to a walk-in customer is different from selling to an online customer. An online customer can easily be distracted by a dancing cat video or a toddler who just poured water on the bed. So things are different.

By offering specialized services tailored to the needs of ecommerce businesses, you can position yourself as a valuable asset and attract high-paying virtual assistant clients. 

In this post, I’ll share 12 essential virtual assistant services that ecommerce business owners need help with, along with tips and strategies to help you land your dream ecommerce clients and build a thriving business.


Here are 12 Services You Can Offer As An Ecommerce Virtual Assistant 


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1. Customer Service and Support

Have you ever thought about what happens when a customer lands on an ecommerce website, eager to make a purchase?

They may have questions about shipping, product details, etc.

This is where you, the ecommerce virtual assistant, can swoop in to save the day. Providing timely and friendly customer service is crucial for ecommerce businesses to build trust and loyalty with their customers.

As an ecommerce virtual assistant, you can handle customer inquiries, address concerns, process orders, and resolve issues via email, chat, or phone. By offering exceptional customer service, you’ll not only keep customers happy but also drive repeat business and referrals for your clients. That alone is a no brainer. Every business would want an asset like that.

2. Order Processing and Fulfillment

Although a virtual assistant works remotely, some ecommerce businesses might need help in this area. Order processing and fulfillment is what happens behind the scenes when a customer clicks “Buy Now” on an ecommerce website.

An ecommerce business owner can rely on you to manage the entire order processing and fulfillment process, from receiving orders to packaging products and coordinating shipments with logistics providers.

All that can be done online from the comfort of your home or under a tree. As long as you have access to the Internet. You can reach out to various teams who maybe working on-site to ensure things go well.

You’ll be behind the scenes, ensuring that orders are processed accurately and efficiently, and customers receive their purchases on time. With your help, ecommerce businesses can streamline their operations and deliver a seamless shopping experience to their customers.

3. Product Listing and Management

Almost everyone with a smartphone or electronic device has shopped online at least once in their life. 

The products don’t magically appear online with photos and everything. 

Ecommerce business owners need help with listing the product, uploading the product photos, and implementing SEO for each product to ensure it can be found when people randomly search online.

As an ecommerce virtual assistant, you’ll be responsible for ensuring that product listings are accurate, up-to-date, and optimized to attract potential buyers. By showcasing products in the best possible light, you’ll help ecommerce businesses drive traffic and increase sales.

4. Inventory Management

There are two types of ecommerce businesses. An ecommerce business may sell physical or digital products. 

With digital products inventory management is not always required because the product isn’t tangible.

On the other hand, physical products require inventory. Imagine running a business without knowing how much stock you have on hand. 

Imagine accepting payments for stuff you don’t have, from customers who need their products within an hour.

Chaos, right? 

That’s where inventory management comes in. 

As an ecommerce virtual assistant, you will track inventory levels, update stock counts, and even reorder products as needed. With your help, ecommerce businesses can avoid going out of stock, avoid overstocking, optimize inventory turnover, and improve cash flow. 

By keeping a close eye on inventory levels and implementing efficient inventory management practices, you’ll help ecommerce businesses operate more effectively and profitably.

5. Website Maintenance and Updates

Like any type of website, your favorite ecommerce website isn’t just a static page – it’s a living, breathing entity that requires regular maintenance and updates to stay relevant and competitive. 

Ecommerce business owners need help with updating website content, uploading new products, optimizing for search engines, and even troubleshooting technical issues. 

As an ecommerce virtual assistant, you’ll be the manager of the website, ensuring that it runs smoothly, loads quickly, and provides a seamless shopping experience for customers. By keeping the website up-to-date, and l  user-friendly, you’ll help ecommerce businesses attract and retain customers and stay ahead of the competition. 

Is this already sounding like something you’d love to help ecommerce business owners with?

There’s more.

6. Social Media Management

Social media is a powerful tool for ecommerce businesses to connect with customers, showcase their products, and drive sales. 

Ecommerce business owners need help with managing their social media accounts, creating engaging content, scheduling posts, connecting with their community and analyzing social media metrics. 

As an ecommerce virtual assistant, you’ll be the voice behind the brand, engaging with followers, liking, commenting, responding to comments, and building relationships with customers. 

By crafting compelling content and fostering meaningful interactions, you’ll help ecommerce businesses increase brand awareness, drive traffic, and generate leads.

7. Email Marketing

Email marketing brings high returns for ecommerce businesses. Show me a successful ecommerce business without an email list and I’ll send you a video of me moonwalking in the market.

It’s almost impossible. If you have email marketing skills you should consider offering email marketing services to ecommerce business owners.

They will need you to help them with tasks like creating and managing email campaigns, segmenting email lists, designing email templates, and analyzing campaign performance. 

If you know anything about email marketing, you know how effective personalization and targeting can be. With email marketing you can reach their customers directly, promote products etc.. This will help them nurture leads, build relationships, and increase their bottom line.

8. Content Creation

Content is king in the world of ecommerce, and ecommerce business owners need help with creating high-quality content that resonates with their target audience. As a virtual assistant, you can write blog posts, product descriptions, and marketing copy, as well as create multimedia content such as videos, gifs and infographics. 

By producing compelling and informative content, you’ll help ecommerce businesses attract and engage customers, drive traffic to their website, and increase conversions. Your creativity and storytelling skills will be instrumental in helping ecommerce businesses stand out in a crowded marketplace.

9. SEO Optimization

Have you ever wondered why some ecommerce websites appear at the top of search engine results when you’re searching for a product to buy? 

It’s all thanks to the magic of search engine optimization (SEO). Ecommerce business owners need help with optimizing their website and product listings for search engines to improve visibility and attract organic traffic.

SEO for product listings is easy. A few tweaks here and there and Google will prefer showing their product over their competitors own.

As an ecommerce virtual assistant, you’ll conduct keyword research, optimize product listings, create SEO-friendly content, and implement on-page and off-page SEO strategies. This will drive organic traffic to their site, increase their online visibility and grow their customer base.

10. Data Analysis and Reporting

Numbers don’t lie – and ecommerce business owners rely on data analysis and reporting to track key performance indicators (KPIs) and make informed business decisions.

As a virtual assistant, you’ll generate reports, analyze data trends, and provide insights to help ecommerce businesses understand their customers, identify opportunities, and optimize their strategies. 

By turning raw data into actionable insights, you’ll help ecommerce businesses improve performance, increase efficiency, and achieve their goals.

11. Market Research

Understanding the market landscape is essential for ecommerce businesses to identify trends, assess competition, and identify opportunities for growth.

You can help ecommerce businesses to research market trends, analyze competitor strategies, and gather customer feedback to help them stay ahead of the curve. 

By providing valuable market insights and consumer behavior, you’ll help ecommerce businesses make informed decisions that will lead to profit.

12. Administrative Tasks

Last but certainly not least, ecommerce business owners have a myriad of administrative tasks that need to be managed on a daily basis. From email management and calendar management to data entry, virtual assistants play a crucial role in keeping ecommerce businesses running smoothly. 

As an ecommerce virtual assistant, you’ll handle administrative tasks effectively in order to allow ecommerce business owners to focus on other growth opportunities. By providing reliable and proactive support, you’ll help ecommerce businesses operate more effectively and achieve their goals.

How to Land Ecommerce Business Owners as Clients

Now that you understand the essential virtual assistant services needed by ecommerce business owners, let’s explore some strategies to help you land your dream clients.


i.) Create a Niche

Specialize in a specific area of virtual assistant services, such as social media management or email marketing, to differentiate yourself from the competition and attract clients looking for specialized expertise.

You don’t need to offer all these services to ecommerce business owners. 

You can choose to offer only one service to ecommerce business owners and carve a niche for yourself there.

I used to offer only email marketing services to ecommerce business owners and it paid well. 

ii.) Build a Strong Online Presence

Showcase your skills, experience, and portfolio on professional networking platforms such as LinkedIn and Upwork. Create a professional website or portfolio to highlight your services and attract potential clients.

iii.) Network Strategically 

Join online communities, forums, and networking groups frequented by ecommerce business owners. Participate in discussions, share valuable insights, and build relationships with potential clients to increase your visibility and credibility.

iv.) Offer Free Resources

Create and share valuable resources, such as blog posts, webinars, or e-books, that address common challenges faced by ecommerce business owners. By providing free value upfront, you’ll demonstrate your expertise and attract potential clients to your services.

v.) Provide Exceptional Service

Deliver exceptional service and results to your existing clients to build a strong reputation and generate positive word-of-mouth referrals. Satisfied clients are more likely to recommend your services to other ecommerce business owners in their network.

Vi.) Attend Industry Events

Attend virtual conferences, trade shows, and industry events related to ecommerce to connect with potential clients and stay informed about industry trends and opportunities.

Vii.) Cold Outreach

Don’t be afraid to reach out directly to ecommerce business owners via email or LinkedIn. Personalize your outreach message, highlight your relevant experience and skills, and explain how you can help solve their specific pain points or challenges.

Viii.) Offer a Trial Period

Consider offering a trial period or pilot project to prospective clients to demonstrate the value of your services and build trust. This allows clients to experience firsthand the benefits of working with you before committing to a long-term engagement.

Related: How to market your VA business and get clients 

Must Have Skills For Ecommerce Virtual Assistants and Tools You Need To Master

  1. Inbox management (Gmail, Outlook, etc.)
  2. Calendar management (Google calendar)
  3. Telemarketing
  4. Data entry (Google sheets, Excel etc.)
  5. Social media management (Instagram, Tiktok etc.) 
  6. Email marketing (Klaviyo, MailChimp etc.)
  7. Search engine optimization
  8. Store setup (woocommerce, Shopify, Zoho commerce etc.)
  9. Website optimization
  10. Website maintenance

If you’d like to learn these skills and offer them to ecommerce business owners (and clients in other industries), I’m inviting you to my membership platform where I teach most of these skills for almost free.

Final Words

By implementing these strategies and offering specialized virtual assistant services tailored to the needs of ecommerce business owners, you’ll position yourself as a valuable partner and attract high-paying clients to grow your business and achieve your goals.

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