Olympians Have a Trainer
Basketball Stars have trainers
Name any sort of sport, and the players have trainers.
There’s something that professional sports players realize, that the rest of the world is just figuring out.
If you want to accomplish great things, get a trainer that can help make you great.
It helps to have someone in your corner giving you pointers and telling you that you can do it.
You can achieve great things, and build an incredible business online.
Getting a Trainer used to be Crazy Expensive
With the Internet, placing your-self on the fast track to success has never been easier.
Your trainer doesn’t have to come to your house for an expensive house call. You can view via recordings from anywhere in the world. Lessons and trainings provide what you need in an easy to follow format.
Sometimes, you just need a little help with the hard parts, and learning from someone that’s been there before could cost an arm and a leg (not to mention your first born) by attending outrageously expensive conferences.
Now, from the privacy of your own computer and at the fraction of the cost of going to a seminar, you can learn from those that have already built success from the ground up and can teach you how to do so too.
That’s the Revolution
The sharing of information has never been easier which allows you to have a trainer that can teach you what they’ve learned the hard way.
Some trainers offer one-on-one training over the Internet, which can be very expensive, but if you’re just starting out, and want the basics and want to really magnify your efforts from the get go, an online training course might be just what the doctor ordered.
I recommend, and became an affiliate of, a great training put on by the Selling Family.
If you’re serious about selling online, or are just wanting to get your feet wet, you’ll find their training goes the distance and will help you to do so too.
Go ahead and check out the Selling Family’s Training.read more
Are there every-day items in your home that could help you launch a business selling on Amazon?
Choosing an Internet Business can be a lot of fun because there are so many different options to choose from.
When I was just starting out, I wanted to find something that could be automated, that could work while I slept (or vacationed, or started other fun projects).
I knew hardly anything about online businesses: affiliate sales, software, apps, and eBooks–but there was one thing I was familiar with as a consumer…ordering products online.
Selling those products is what gave Jeff Bezos (of Amazon.com fame) his start.
But isn’t that type of business hard? Aren’t there a lot of orders to ship and the hassle of returns, reviews, and re-ships?
Well, that’s the beauty of automation–removing the difficulty and drudgery out of the equation so you can focus on your business, and it’s very easy to test.
Here are some tips to get started:
1. Discover Amazon’s Great Automation Program
It’s Amazon’s best kept secret, and they’re not even trying to hide it!
It’s called Fulfillment by Amazon, or FBA, and it takes the headache out of selling products on the Internet.
The program lets you ship products (in bulk or one by one) to one of Amazon’s warehouses or fulfillment centers, and Amazon takes care of the rest.
Here’s what FBA automates:
- Shipping Individual Orders – So you’re not bogged down running to the post office every day.
- Handling Returns – So you can focus on getting more products and building your business.
- Managing Feedback – Amazon takes the hit, not you as a seller, if there happens to be negative feedback related to the fulfillment experience.
- Customer Support – Questions related to order status and shipment arrival are handled by Amazon.
The great thing is that to get started, you don’t have to be a mega business.
You can begin with just one product.
2. Test for Yourself on a Small Scale
You can test FBA with your own Amazon.com account, and ship just one or two items (or a whole bunch if you like).
Test new items still in the original packaging. You know, those birthday or wedding gifts you’ve never opened but thought you’d list online someday.
By using Fulfillment by Amazon, your products sell faster because they qualify for the free, 2-day shipping to millions of Amazon’s “Prime” members.
Putting a couple products out there to test is a good way to get your feet wet and get familiar with the system, and it’s a lot of fun.
But you can’t rely on old gifts around the house to pay the bills–that’s why it’s important to follow the next step.
3. Find Your Own Products to Sell
After you’ve tested the Fulfillment by Amazon service, and want to take that business to the next level, it’s time to get your own products to sell building a business and brand of your own.
Selling your own products protects your Amazon sales from direct competition, keeping your profits high.
Test a variety of different products until you zero in on exactly what makes the most sense for you and what you can get excited and passionate about.
Instead of selling the odds and ends around the house to earn a few bucks here and there, your own products allow you to build an asset–your business and brand.
It’s a big step, but it’s been done by thousands of everyday entrepreneurs, and when those products are aligned with your interests and passions, it becomes a fun adventure.
4. Grow and Expand your Business with Automation
Many entrepreneurs that want to sell and ship tangible products work on setting up their own website first.
Even though the process is less expensive than it used to be, it takes a lot of time, effort, and money to get traffic and build trust.
The advantage of using a service like Fulfillment by Amazon is that you can test your products in one of the biggest, most visited, marketplaces online.
Find out what works best for you and your business and then launch into your own website and other channels.
The Amazon fulfillment service can even be used to ship orders made through other channels such as your own website or eBay.
There are always challenges operating any business, but automating the fulfillment process and taking advantage of Amazon’s existing traffic has enabled scores of entrepreneurs the opportunity to start their own scalable Internet Business from home.
It’s time to take charge, and take your business to the next level, or start the one you’ve always wanted to start.read more
What’s one of the best innovations for online shoppers in the past ten years?
The answer is Amazon Prime.
Amazon Prime is incredible.
If you ship your products to FBA, Amazon customers who have an Amazon Prime Membership can get your products with free, two-day shipping.
So, think about it. Your customer could wait 5-8 business days to get their order, or they could pay extra for shipping to get it there faster (I hate doing that). Don’t force your customers through the painful and expensive process of regular shipping.
Using FBA to Better Your Internet Business
Using Fulfillment by Amazon allows your items to qualify for Amazon Prime to the millions of shoppers on Amazon.
That means free, two-day shipping on the items you offer.
Amazon Prime can also work for you in another way.
If you order supplies for your business online (printers, toner, stationary, office supplies, etc.), Prime becomes very handy because you can let your fingers do the walking rather than spending time driving to one store, then another, and another.
Since your Prime account works for your household, you can also order personal items (with your personal credit card) and have the same benefit of the free, two-day shipping.
We ordered a some heavy equipment and got it with free shipping in two days. It weighed close to 90 pounds and shipped for free!
It also works out really well, when family member birthdays sneak up on you…
The Numbers are Staggering
The bottom line is that with over 60-80 Million Amazon prime subscribers, there’s a whole lot of customers that qualify for free, two-day shipping on items that ship from an Amazon warehouse.
Those customers want items fast and with free shipping.
Ease of ordering makes ordering easy.
Because so many Amazon customers qualify for free, two-day shipping, they’re looking for products that meet that criteria.
Imagine using Fulfillment by Amazon for your business and having your products offered with free, two-day shipping.
When customers are shopping other sites or looking at other sellers on Amazon that offer shipping times from 5-10 business days, it’s an easy choice given who to buy from: The merchants that offer free, and extremely fast shipping.
Setup isn’t complicated, and for pre-existing listings, it’s even easier.
With fulfillment centers all over the US, and now in multiple countries around the world, time has never been better to get started.
Getting Started with FBA
Starting with FBA has never been easier. In fact, it can be done in two steps.
- Create an Amazon Selling Account (you’ll want a pro-merchant account)
- Send your items to Amazon’s Warehouse.
And you can start raking in the dough. Okay, that’s a little hyperbole, but it really is that simple. You get your product out there and qualifying for Amazon Prime, Free 2-day shipping. It can make products irresistible compared to the competition.
Make your Dreams of owning and Internet Business a Reality
There’s never been a better time to get started. If you’ve been waiting, it’s time to take the plunge, and make those dreams happen.
It’s never been easier to get products to sell, but with that ease and convenience, you want to make sure that what you’re getting is what you’ve ordered (the quality, the quantity, the packaging, and all the important details of your order).
You want to make sure that your products are safe and meet safety standards.
In the old days, you had to visit your sources yourself, but fortunately, there are services that can visit your supplier to make sure that what you’ve ordered is what you’re going to receive.
They can even have your products laboratory tested to make sure that your products are safe.
On-site Inspection Services
There are a number of services that can do this for you, and you’ll most often use these services when sourcing your own products from overseas.
Below are some of the services you can use:
Make use of these services to do an onsite inspection to make sure that the factory you’re dealing with is a real factory and business.
Use them to do laboratory testing on your products to make sure that they’re safe and free from harmful chemicals.
You can also use them to show up when your order is being processed and packed so they can inspect the quality and make sure that what you’ve ordered matches what is being shipped.
Your Orders are Important
No one cares as much about your orders as you do. Your supplier will most likely have many different customers.
Don’t leave things to chance. If you can’t visit your supplier, let someone else do it for you.
Never a Better Time to Start your Sourcing Business
There’s never been a better time to get involved with sourcing product, and bringing new products to market.
Especially with services that can help you make sure you’re getting what you want, it really is a boon to business owners and those wanting to start.
When I was first starting out, I’d get boxes from OfficeMax and they were expensive!
There’s a better way to save on shipping.
If you use Fulfillment by Amazon (which has helped me build my business), you’ll need some larger boxes to ship items in bulk to the Amazon Fulfillment Center.
Where to get Shipping Boxes for your Business
You can definitely get boxes from Uline.com where I get other packing and shipping supplies, but there’s something you might want to try first.
Think Smarter, not Harder (or Costlier)
There are probably lots of businesses in your city that would be willing to give you their used boxes.
If you know someone at the company, get permission to come pick up some of their used boxes that they don’t need anymore.
Many companies have recycle bins overflowing with boxes that they would be happy to share with an aspiring business owner (just remember to ask first).
It’s a great way to save on boxes. Make sure that the boxes are in good shape, and that you cover any barcodes or labels, but such boxes can work out great to house your products in bulk on the way to the fulfillment center.
Other Shipping Supplies
If you’re looking for bubble wrap, Kraft paper (the brown packing paper), box tape, tape dispensers, or any other shipping supply, Uline is a great source.
Kraft paper can go a long way in saving you money in the packing materials department and a roll of it doesn’t take up as much space as a bunch of bubblewrap.
Never a Better Time to Get Started with an Internet Business
With the advancements in internet, automated programs like Fulfillment by Amazon, and the seller tools offered by Amazon and eBay, there’s never been a better time to launch an Internet Business of your own.read more
The quality of your pictures makes a difference.
A product picture that has a background that hasn’t full been removed, or is out of focus really puts a damper on sales.
I use a little collapsable photo “studio” box with two lights to take pictures, but the background isn’t completely white with those pictures. That’s where the software comes in. It can be complicated, but it doesn’t have to be.
Software for Removing Product Background
The software I use to clean up product images is Adobe Photoshop.
I sprung and bought it as one of their product suites, but you can buy it individually as well.
It really makes a difference when you use pro-software to get the job done.
I’ll use Photoshop to remove backgrounds from product images, re-size images for the web, and Photoshop compresses them really well.
Photoshop has also been helpful as I’ve purchased website themes to use for my product sites because those themes come with the regular images, but if you want to customize them, you need Photoshop to open the files.
There’s an easy way to remove the background, and there’s the more advanced.
Advanced Way to Remove background with Fine Tuning
“Easy” Steps to Remove Product Background
If you’ve already got Photoshop, great. Here’s some easy steps to removing the image.
- Use the Quick Selection tool (looks like a brush with a dotted circle next to it. It shares a menu item space with the Magic Wand)
- Select all around your image
- Use Alt + Click to remove any extra edges
- Then select “Refine Selection” up at the top
- Use the sliders to adjust Pixels and smoothness (usually a couple pixels will do)
- Be sure to select copy/cut to new layer
- Add a solid color layer (Black and White Circle next to the add layer button), and place the layer just under your newly created layer.
- Double check your image and Save as psd to come back and edit later if you need to or export to jpg if you’re all done.
You can go for the Creative Suite which is what I got, or the less expensive Elements which is a simplified version of the full Photoshop.
The Easy and Smart Way – Let Someone Else edit your Images, and Fast
If you don’t want to remove backgrounds yourself, or pay for expensive software, try out Pixelz.
Pixelz specializes in making your product images look fantastic. As of this writing, they’re offering the first three image for free.
After that, each image is about under $2 depending on what you need done. Their turn around time is 24 hours or less.
It’s pretty hard to beat especially with the free trial images.read more