Starting an online Amazon FBA business presents less of a time commitment than fulfilling orders on your own. Maybe you’re working on building a business, or maybe you’re just hoping to get some extra income. Either way utilizing Amazon FBA can bring you huge benefits.
Selling on Amazon is fairly simple and straightforward. You can use it to build your own brand or resell products that people all over the world are looking for. Either way, Amazon is the largest online retail market making it the ideal place to sell products on.
Why Amazon FBA?
The Fulfillment by Amazon program handles the most difficult and time consuming parts of online selling. You find and list your products and ship them to Amazon warehouses. From there, they do everything. They store your products, process orders, and package and ship your products to the customer.
Amazon ensures the product reaches the customer. All you have to do now is watch your inventory levels.
Create Your Amazon Seller Account
Before you start selling you’ll need to create an Amazon seller account. You can use your personal information and don’t need some type of “official” business to start your account.
Whether you sign up for an individual seller account or a professional seller account depends on your business. If you’re just testing out Amazon, you may want to sign up as an individual. However, if you plan on selling 40 or more items a month, pay the monthly fee to be a professional seller. Using a professional account gets you many other benefits as well, so we’d recommend going with that instead of an individual account.
List Products on Amazon
When you add a product you’ll either search from an existing product database or enter brand new products, and this simply depends on your business. No matter the type of business there are several fields you will have to fill out. You’ll need to list a price, your item condition, and whether or not you want Amazon to ship your product or not.
Once you’ve listed your items, navigate to your inventory. Under actions make sure “fulfilled by Amazon” is highlighted. Now you’ll be able to select your Amazon FBA preferences.
Create a Shipping Plan
Are you shipping a case of products or individual items? Either way you need to create a shipping plan so you can get your items from your location to an Amazon warehouse.
You’ll be asked how many units of each item you will be sending. You are able to select if you want Amazon to label your product or not. You will need to properly package and ship your items to get them to Amazon, though.
Our Amazon FBA Supplies page has been designed to give you all the details on the supplies you need for shipping to Amazon. Make sure all your products are properly packed before you ship them to avoid item damage and time delays.
Getting started with Amazon FBA may seem simple, but there are many layers to it depending on your business. Here are some additional resources to give you more detailed information.