Case Study – Building A Growing Business With Virtual Assistants

Debt and potential homelessness are terrifying prospects for anyone. This is what Karen faced last year when she decided to quit her job. It wasn’t an easy decision to make. Living in London is ridiculously expensive. But she did it in order to achieve her dream of starting her own business.

She faced overwhelming odds. Starting a business is always a risk, even more so when you don’t have a cushy job to fall back on. But with hard work, determination, and a team of Filipino virtual assistants by her side, she achieved her dream without having losing her way of life.

The story of Online Arbitrage Deals, started probably two or so years ago.

Working in the City of London in the corporate world, I was fed up spending my time commuting from home into London every day and I yearned for a new way of life, something away from the hustle and bustle and the madness of London.

So, in June 2017, despite having only been in my well paid new job for eight weeks, I decided life was too short and I quit. I had no business, I had no savings and I didn’t really have a plan, but what I did have was a mortgage, I had bills and I had responsibilities. But I also had a dream. So one day I just quit. I decided that whatever was out there for me, whatever the implications of that decision, financially or otherwise I was okay with them. Whatever those consequences I was prepared to take the risk as I just knew in my heart there was a better way of life. was a huge part with me turning what was no more than an idea of how I could make some money and not end up homeless, into a service business turning over more than £100,000 a year sourcing UK and US Online Arbitrage deals for our clients to resell on Amazon. allowed me to recruit a team of Virtual Assistants from the Philippines who would become pivotal in the success of the business.

Fast forward 18 months, a lot has changed in the business and I’m pleased to say I never did end up homeless, but the one thing that remains completely consistent is the value that the Virtual Assistants from the Philippines have brought to the business.  Without them, Online Arbitrage Deals simply would not exist and maybe my decision to quit my job would have turned out to be the worst, rather than the best decision I’ve ever made.

Our team of VAs are hard-working and passionate about doing their best for the business. Our business, because of them is successful and I truly owe a majority of that success to the team we recruited from
Our team of VAs have added value to the business with their multiple skills and have built websites, sourced Online Arbitrage deals, written blog posts, completed research and managed customer service proving their skills to be wide ranging and effective.

But it isn’t all about the business and about me, way more importantly, have helped us bring positive change to the lives of numerous people from the Philippines.  The country is financially poor in comparison to the West, but the country is in fact one of the richest in the world, because of the people.  The people make their country amazing – despite their financial challenges, they are warm, friendly, hardworking and truly lovely people to work alongside.

I’m hugely proud of the business we all built together but I’m way more proud of our amazing team of VAs who are only working with us because of

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Julia Sta RomanaAbout Julia Jasmine M. Sta Romana

Julia has been working for since 2012, first as a writer and now as its social media manager and content development specialist. She also founded the Davao Virtual Assistants Association, the biggest VA association in Davao City.

She’s a full-time wife and mom and volunteers her time as an internet rights advocate.

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