It is true, you can really make money through Amazon, but like in any other business, the probability of failing exists. There are many skeptics when it comes to this way of making money because there are many caveats about it.
There are forbidden products which can not be sold on Amazon, so after you may have spent money on some products to make a profit, you might find out that you will not be able to sell them. That is the reason why we advise you to be fully informed about Amazon’s system and read all the guidelines before you start a small business.
A common problem faced by people willing to sell through Amazon is that there will always be better offers with an optimized listing, so keeping the risks reduced and not quitting your day job to dedicate yourself to Amazon is one smart way to start earning money.
- Amazon’s Fulfillment Program
Meant to help small businesses grow, Amazon’s Fulfillment program provides storage, shipping and customer service for the retailer. As a retailer, you buy the products for a lower price then resell them for profit. Your goods are being packed and sent to Amazon’s storages.
So let’s say you’re going to sell something unique, such as a 3D pen, but the delivery costs are way too big. The smart FBA platform pauses your delivery until more items will be shipped to the same location so that the costs will decrease.
- Promote products on your blog or site
You can monetize your content by adding Amazon links to your blog pages. Amazon affiliate links can be used in this case, as long as you bear in mind some simple rules to keep your readers away from aggressive advertising.
The number of affiliate links you incorporate in a page, as well as avoiding to place such links in the first paragraph of your blog makes a difference in the quality and credibility of your content. Try to match the products you’re advertising with your page’s content. The relevancy of your advertising motivates people to visit your blog.
- Start working as a Fulfillment Program Associate
As mentioned earlier, Amazon is able to store future purchases. If you want to work as an associate for this program, Amazon is hiring people willing to handle the goods. For this type of services, the average base pay is of 13 dollars an hour.
This job brings other benefits, too, such as a career choice program. Through this program, Amazon funds your education for four years, and pays for the necessary books and the related fees. They also offer schedule flexibility and health care benefits.
- Become a delivery associate for Amazon Flex
Delivering for Amazon is another way of making money. You can earn between 18 to 25 dollars an hour, and the schedule flexibility remains the same as for the Fulfillment program associate job. There are some rules to follow though, to be able to work for them:
For ‘Prime now’ deliveries any car can be used. ‘Prime now’ is a fast delivery service provided by Amazon. For order deliveries coming directly from Amazon.com, a four-door automobile is a requirement.
Amazon will not refund any car expenses such as mileage, parking, and tolls.
Similarly to Uber, Amazon Flex functions based on an app. You will need an Android or iOS device to be able to use the app.
You will need to go through a background check. Unless you have a criminal record, that should not be a problem.
- Write product review articles
High-quality, honest reviews about products increase the number of visitors on any site. Therefore, there will be more earnings for you. There are many shoppers who prefer reading about a product before purchasing it, so an objective and professional review has all the chances to bring you some profit.
If you want to go even further, you can contact manufacturers to send you demos of their products so you can write about them.
Even if it may take a lot of effort especially if you’re a novice in this business, trying the product before reviewing it has much more impact on the readers and much higher chances to convince them about the quality of the product. Including high-quality pictures or videos to your written descriptions also help with the numbers of clicks that your page will get.
- Work from home for Amazon
There are always customer service jobs available on Amazon for English speakers and not only. As a customer service agent, you will need to respond to emails and phone calls from customers and help them through the difficulties that they may encounter with the delivery or products.
You will be trained, so specific knowledge is not necessary. You will need experience in this type of job and conflict management skills when dealing with challenging personality typologies.
A phone and a good internet connection are enough to be able to do your job. If you do not have them, then Amazon sends them to you. You will get paid 10 dollars per hour and the whole training period will be paid, too.