How to Make Money Selling on Amazon in 5 Easy Steps
Amazon is one of the first places people look when they have something they want
to buy, and 9 out of 10 adults have gone to Amazon to price check a product.
Amazon’s customer service and fast shipping has made it the go-to ecommerce
destination for online shoppers, and that makes this platform the go-to
ecommerce platform for sellers looking to start an ecommerce business.
Have you been considering selling on Amazon?
If you’re ready to start making money through this ecommerce platform, here are
five easy steps to get started with Amazon selling.
Choose Your Amazon Seller Business Model
Amazon sellers have different models for earning on the platform. According to
Junglescout’s 2022 Amazon Seller Report
[https://www.junglescout.com/amazon-seller-report/], the most popular business
models on Amazon in 2022 are:
* Private label – 59%
* Wholesale – 26%
* Retail and online arbitrage – 26%
* Dropshipping – 10%
* Handmade goods – 8%
Private label [https://www.bigcommerce.com/blog/amazon-private-label-products/]
typically involves creating your own brand and then adding your brand name and
logo to a product. Don’t worry, you won’t have to invent something completely
new and innovative to go the private label route. You can select a product and
source a manufacturer who will add your logo to their product and packaging.
businesses source bulk products from a manufacturer at a discounted rate and
then resell those products at a retail price on Amazon. You are likely selling
the same products and brands as other sellers when you go the wholesale route.
Retail and online arbitrage
[https://www.junglescout.com/blog/amazon-retail-arbitrage/] is where many
sellers begin their Amazon sales journey, especially if they don’t have a
current brand or previous e-commerce experience. With retail and online
arbitrage, you source products directly from stores and websites and then resell
those products through Amazon. If you love shopping for amazing discounted
deals, you could buy a deeply discounted item and then resell it at its regular
price (or higher) via Amazon. RA and OA is a popular starting point because of
the low-cost barrier to entry.
is a popular business model for ecommerce sellers who don’t want to manage
physical inventory. With a dropshipping model, your products are kept at a
third-party location. When you receive an order through your online store, you
initiate that third-party dropshipping partner to pack and ship the inventory to
your customer. Amazon allows you to dropship with them, even if you’re not
selling your products on the Amazon platform.
Handmade goods [https://sell.amazon.com/programs/handmade] is a new category on
Amazon, and it’s allowing creators to make and sell handmade and crafted items
similar to Etsy’s platform. Amazon has an artisan application and audit process
to ensure they’re building a shop of genuinely handcrafted goods. They’ll waive
the monthly Professional Selling Fee ($39.99) for all approved artisan sellers.
FBA vs. FBM
In addition to choosing your Amazon seller business model, you’ll also choose
your distribution model: either FBA (Fulfilled By Amazon) or FBM (Fulfilled By
With FBA, you’ll have your goods delivered to Amazon’s warehouses, and Amazon
will store your goods and then pack and ship them when an order comes in. Amazon
will also handle customer service and returns. This is how you get your products
to be Prime and eligible for fast shipping. If you choose FBA, be aware that you
will have to pay monthly storage fees and shipping fees to Amazon in addition to
any selling fees.
With FBM, you will be 100% responsible for storing, packing, and shipping your
products to customers. You can store and ship yourself or outsource this to a
third party. Either way, you’ll be responsible for meeting Amazon’s service
levels related to shipping and orders. In addition, you must provide customer
service and returns processing for FBM orders. While FBM gives you more control
over your inventory and fewer Amazon fees, longer shipping times and the
inability to show up when the Prime filter is turned on could negatively affect
Understand Amazon Seller Requirements
Selling on Amazon is a legitimate business model, and you will want to treat it
as such. That means fully understanding Amazon’s seller requirements and putting
things in place to ensure your business is in place, such as business documents,
tax IDs, and insurance.
To start, a number of documents are required to sell on Amazon USA, including
your business information, tax ID, and state tax ID. If you haven’t already done
so, now is a good time to set up your business and take these crucial first
Amazon sellers who are Pro Merchants and sellers with gross sales over $10,000
in a single month are required to carry business insurance. According to the
Amazon Services Business Solutions Agreement
sellers who meet these requirements must carry a minimum of $1M per occurrence
and $1M aggregate limits of commercial general liability insurance and product
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ecommerce business owners meet the insurance requirements set by Amazon and
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solutions, and our customer service team will help you find the best rates from
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certificate of insurance) to the platforms on your behalf so you can worry less
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Create an Amazon Seller Account
Once you’ve gathered all the necessary documents, it’s time to create your
Amazon Seller Account. [https://sell.amazon.com/sell]
Before you sign up, make sure you’re ready with the following:
* Business email address or Amazon customer account
* Internationally chargeable credit card
* Government ID (identity verification protects sellers and customers)
* Tax information
* Phone number
* A bank account where Amazon can send you proceeds from your sales
Choose Your Selling Plan
When you first create your Amazon seller account, you can choose between two
different seller plans: the professional selling plan and the individual selling
The professional selling plan costs $39.99 monthly. With the individual selling
plan, you will be charged $0.99 for every unit you sell on the platform. This
choice between the two plans is relatively easy to make. If you plan on selling
more than 40 units per month, you will likely save more money with the
professional selling plan than you will with the individual selling plan.
Source, Buy, or Create Your Products
Now comes the fun part: finding, buying, or making your Amazon products!
If you are interested in wholesale or private labeling, you’ll want to find
manufacturers who will sell to you at wholesale prices. Use a tool like
JungleScout [https://www.junglescout.com/] or Helium10
[https://www.helium10.com/] to do product research. These tools let you identify
trending and popular products and discover how profitable a product is so you
know what to start sourcing.
If your business model is retail or online arbitrage, then you get to start
shopping for those deeply discounted products. Again, you’ll want to use tools
like JungleScout or Helium10, in addition to the Amazon Seller app
[https://sell.amazon.com/tools/amazon-seller-app]. With these apps downloaded to
your phone, you can find a great deal in a store and instantly verify if that
product will sell on Amazon before you even take it to the register (or add it
to your online cart).
Makers and creators can get to work on their artisanal handmade goods. You can
self-publish books and ebooks, create print-on-demand products, and even launch
a subscription box! Explore all of Amazon’s programs and selling opportunities
List Your Products and Start Selling
Your final step to selling on Amazon is to list your products in your Amazon
store so you can start selling.
List Your Products on Seller Central
Once you register as an Amazon seller, you’ll have access to your Seller Central
account, where you can:
* Keep track of your inventory and update your listings from the Inventory tab
* Download custom business reports and bookmark templates you use often
* Use customer metrics tools to monitor your seller performance
* Contact Selling Partner Support and open help tickets using the Case Log
* Keep track of your daily sales for all the products you sell on Amazon
If you are listing a product that already exists on the Amazon platform, you’ll
match an existing listing. You'll create a new listing if you have a brand new
product that is not currently on the Amazon platform, and you are the first and
Learn everything you can about different ways to make — and improve — sales on
Amazon recommends sellers follow their Perfect Launch strategy to maximize sales
in the first 90 days. Utilize Amazon’s five selling programs for a perfect
1. Brand Registry
2. A+ Content
3. Fulfillment by Amazon
4. Automated Pricing
Learn more about the Perfect Launch here. [https://sell.amazon.com/grow]
Are You Ready to Become an Amazon Seller?
There is tremendous potential for Amazon Sellers. Despite lasting supply chain
disruptions arising from a global pandemic, 76% of Amazon sellers are profitable
in 2022. And 25% of sellers with 2 or fewer years in business on Amazon and 60%
of businesses with 3 years or more earn over $100,000 in annual ecommerce
revenue. If you’ve been dreaming of starting a side-hustle, expanding an
existing business, or launching your brand, Amazon is still one of the best
places to sell online.
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submitting a COI (certificate of insurance) to Amazon on your behalf, making it
that much easier for you to start selling.
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