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.