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How to Start an Amazon Business

How to Start an Amazon Business

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Ready to get your ecommerce business up and running, but not ready to deal with the hassle of warehousing, website design, customer service and shipping all on your own? Simplify the startup process by launching your own Amazon business. Here’s how you can become an Amazon seller in 2021 and start reaping the rewards of a thriving ecommerce business.

Is Amazon Right for Me?

If you want to get your products in front of a LOT of eyeballs, Amazon is a great choice. There are over 300 million active Amazon customers, with 90 million Prime subscribers in the U.S. alone. Amazon also offers you flexible selling options. You can register as a brand owner, selling products you’ve designed and manufactured, or as a reseller, offering items that already exist in your Amazon store. You can always decide to store and ship items yourself, but you might find that the easiest and most efficient route is to take advantage of the Fulfillment by Amazon service. If you’re looking to get started with selling and earning right away, Amazon FBA is your best bet.
Start an Amazon Business

How Do I Become an Amazon Seller?

Amazon makes the process of becoming a registered seller quick and easy. Here’s what you need to do to get started:

  1. Create an Amazon seller account.
  2. List your products.
  3. Ship to Amazon fulfillment centers, if you’re not looking to handle the logistics yourself.
  4. Check inventory and sales in your account.
  5. Market and promote your products.
  6. Let Amazon do the rest.

What Items Can’t Be Sold on Amazon?

Your products need to meet Amazon’s guidelines to be sold on the platform. Here are some that don’t:

  • Firearms
  • Firecrackers
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Hazardous items
  • Illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia

Some other items aren’t exactly no-gos, but they do require approval:

  • Groceries
  • Music
  • Jewelry
  • Video and DVDs
  • Watches

Amazon Fees

Amazon charges fees for the FBA service. You can decide between an Individual Plan, which charges $0.99 for every item sold, or, if you anticipate a larger sales volume, you can opt for the Professional Plan, which is a flat fee of $39.99 per month. There will be other fees assessed, including referral fees and fulfillment fees. Always check Amazon for updated pricing information before getting started. There’s more information in our guide on various other Amazon fees and charges in detail.

The guide will also take you through setting up the right business entity for your Amazon business. After all, you’re in the business of getting started with one of the biggest Ecommerce giants and you want to make sure you’re doing business legally.

Now that you’ve got the basics, you’re ready to get started launching your Amazon business! Learn more about listing, pricing and fulfillment with our downloadable “Guide to Starting an Amazon Business.”