As one of the worlds largest online retailers Amazon is the first choice of many online shoppers. You can go on Amazon and purchase a product and many times have it the next day. What many don’t know is that Amazon is also a great way to make money in a variety of different ways.
From working for Amazon directly to creating your own brand and launching it and everything in between you’ve come to the right place. Here are our 20 amazing ways to make money with Amazon.
1. WORK IN AN AMAZON FULFILLMENT CENTER:
Amazon recently raised their minimum wage across the U.S. for all fulfillment centers to $15.00 an hour (eat your heart out McDonalds employees).
Amazon offers a healthy benefits package and ranks 3.8 stars out of 5 over 29,000 reviews on Glassdoor.com . If you live in an area that has a fulfillment warehouse near you then this might be a great opportunity. According to a recent article published on Curbed.com Amazon has 75 fulfillment centers and 25 sorting centers across North America.
Click HERE to look at and apply for a fulfillment center job near you.
2. SIGN UP AS A WORK CAMPER WITH AMAZON CAMPERFORCE:
Considering we are a full time traveling family who does workamping I probably should have started with this one. With Amazon CamperForce you are hired to work in one of several of the fulfillment centers across the U.S. during the busy holiday season. Amazon covers the cost of your campground which makes this a great lucrative opportunity.
Before we set out on our full time adventure Julia worked at an Amazon facility in Campbellsville, KY. It was an incredible experience for her and one we would recommend for any full time or even part time traveler.
For more information and to put your application in check out, Amazon CamperForce.
3. WORK FROM HOME FOR AMAZON:
Amazon has a robust operation and offers many different work from home opportunities. While not available in all areas these are legitimate work from home positions.
Check out Amazons Virtual Locations.
4. DELIVER PACKAGES WITH AMAZON FLEX:
Amazon boasts that you can make anywhere from $18 to $25 per hour driving with Flex. Drive on your own time, be your own boss and make some very good money. How can you go wrong?
Get started with Amazon Flex Today!
5. BECOME A DELIVERY SERVICE PARTNER WITH AMAZON LOGISTICS:
If you want to take your personal delivery business with Amazon to the next level then Amazon Logistics might be what you are looking for. Partner with Amazon to start your own fleet of delivery drivers with Amazon Logistics. Amazon gives you access to their technology and logistics experience while allowing you to create a thriving business.
Start your own delivery empire at Amazon Logistics.
6. SELL YOUR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES:
Amazons answer to Angies List. Do you have a handyman business? Recently start your own lawn service? You can market your personal and professional services with Amazon. There’s no cost to start up and your services will be marketed along with products that are related to the services you provide. This gets more eyes on your business and therefore, more business.
Start providing your services on Amazon Services today!
7. SELL PRODUCTS ON AMAZON:
Selling products online is what Amazon does best. Why not carve out your piece of the pie? Selling on Amazon is simple and there are millions of people making a living selling products online everyday. Amazon gives you the option to “Sell As An Individual” and charges $0.99 per item sold + applicable sales fees or “Sell As A Professional” for $39.99 + applicable sales fees. For more details see the Sell On Amazon page.
As an Amazon seller you get the advantage of their great partnerships they have with multiple global shipping companies such as FedEx, UPS and DHL.
You can choose to hold your own stock and ship it when it sells or send it in to an Amazon Fulfillment Center through their FBA program (Fulfillment By Amazon). With FBA you send the products to an Amazon Fulfillment Center and they ship it out once it sells.
There are several options to how to obtain products to sell online.
A. Retail Arbitrage:
Arbitrage is the process of finding a product for sale from one retailer and selling it for a higher price. We’ve made decent money purchasing items on clearance from regular retail stores and selling them on Amazon. We don’t have to hold stock since we use FBA.
B. Online Arbitrage:
Similar to retail arbitrage but the way you source your products is different. Instead of finding deals in a store you’re locating deals online, purchasing them and then reselling them at a higher price on Amazon.
With wholesaling you purchase large amounts of a product at a discount and sell them separately at a higher price. Great sources for buying wholesale products are sites such as Ebay and warehouse115.com. Buying products in lots is a great way to make money selling on Amazon. With wholesaling you can typically expect to hold a lot of stock.
There are hundreds, if not thousands of companies that you can purchase products from and have them shipped directly to Amazon under the FBA program. Typically the more units of a product you buy the better the cost for you. With drop shipping you never have to hold inventory.
E. Private Labeling:
This is the same as drop shipping but you are creating your own brand. Many wholesale manufacturing companies will allow you to brand their products as your own. Have you always wanted your own brand but didn’t know where to start? This might be the perfect option for you. Many of the brands you see on Amazon are private label products.
8. BECOME AN AMAZON ASSOCIATE (AFFILIATE MARKETING):
If you are a content creator and looking for a way to make some money by recommending products that you already use and love, then this program is perfect for you. There is no cost to be an Amazon Associate and after completing your online application it doesn’t take long to get approved.
This allows you to market products to your readers that are relevant to your content and allows you to make money doing what you love. Being an Amazon Associate also give you access to the Amazon Bounty Program which pays you when your readers or customers sign up for services like Amazon Prime, Amazon Music and much more.
There is absolutely ZERO cost to anyone who uses your link to purchase on Amazon and it’s a great way for your readers to reward you for providing them with great content.
Trippin Brehenys is part of the Amazon Associates program and we do have links to products on our website for which we may get a commission (at no cost to our readers) if they make a purchase through one of our links.
It’s important to disclose when you are utilizing affiliate links to comply with FDC regulations. Since I’m about to post a link below to a page with product links I’ll go ahead and show you what ours looks like below.
Trippin Brehenys uses affiliate links which means we may get paid a commission if you purchase through one of the links on our site. This is at no additional cost to you. See our full disclosure Here.
Here’s one of our pages with affiliate links to products that we use and love and are relevant to much of the content we write.
Click here —-> Our Favorite RV Products.
9. SELF PUBLISH YOUR OWN BOOK:
Amazon gives the aspiring and accomplished author alike several great ways to publish their own material.
- With Amazon KDP you can publish your own ebook formatted for the Kindle.
- Createspace.com allows you to have your book printed on demand in physical copy at no cost to you. The cost of printing the book is built into the price the buyer pays to purchase the book.
- Ready to put your published book into audio book format? ACX allows you to do just that.
Review all three options HERE!
To make it even easier when you use Createspace.com to create your physical book you also have the option of having it automatically upload to Amazon as a Kindle ebook as well. I recommend starting with Createspace.com and getting both your physical book and your Kindle book done at the same time.
All told I spent about 4 hours compiling, editing and getting my first book published through Createspace.com. Once done it automatically links to Amazon.
My book can be purchased either in Kindle format or paperback at The Heart Sings Love: A Collection Of Original Poetry.
Yes, it’s that simple!
10. SIGN UP FOR MECHANICAL TURK:
Mechanical Turk is a micro task site which pays you to complete small tasks for a small amount of pay. The tasks can be just about anything from completing a short survey, transcribing short audio clips, identifying items on receipts and anything in between. As of this writing there is a task that is paying $10.00 to complete a college alcohol study (there are only 6 spots available and it looks like they filled up very quickly, go figure!) Typical tasks pay anywhere from $0.01 to $0.50 cents.
This is certainly not a get rich quick scheme but can be a fun and simple way to make a few extra dollars.
You can cash out via Amazon Payments (Amazons version of Paypal) or add to your Amazon gift card balance.
11. SELL YOUR CRAFTS ON HANDMADE:
Similar to Etsy you can sell your very own handcrafted products on Amazon. Handmade fees and commissions are higher than Etsy although you do have a much larger audience.
- Handmade charges a 15% commission and $1.00 referral fee per sale.
- There is no cost to sign up as long as you are selling 40 units or less per month.
- If you are selling more than 40 units per month the monthly cost is $39.99.
Handmade is currently waiving the $39.99 monthly fee through December 31st, 2019.
Whether you already have an Etsy store or are just looking to start selling your handcrafted items see if Amazon Handmade is for you. There is an application process involved signing up for Handmade so if you are even considering selling your crafts on Amazon then START THE PROCESS TODAY!
12. SELL YOUR DESIGNS ON MERCH BY AMAZON:
Print On Demand is another popular way to make money online. If you have an artistic or creative streak then Merch By Amazon is right up your alley. Your designs will reach millions of people. I mean seriously, who doesn’t want their very own t-shirt?
With Merch all you do is upload your design, select your product type, create an amazing description then set your own price. Amazon does the rest.
Request your invitation to Merch by Amazon here.
13. SELL YOUR MUSIC, MOVIES AND BOOKS WITH AMAZON ADVANTAGE:
Do you already have published material and are looking for an additional way to market and sell it. With Amazon Advantage you can do just that. Amazon Advantage is a consignment program which allows you to sell your copyrighted material and have access to their huge customer database.
Learn more about the Amazon Advantage Program by clicking Here!
14. ADVERTISE YOUR PRODUCTS WITH AMAZON SPONSORED PRODUCTS:
Whether you’re just starting out and selling a few products online or have your own brand Amazon Sponsored Products can help boost your sales. The Sponsored Product program is a pay per click program which only charges when someone clicks on your product or brand. Amazon offers three advertising solutions within the Sponsored Product program.
A. Sponsored Products:
Amazon will drive sales of your product listing by ranking you higher in search results. Many buyers also see your product is a sponsored product and have a higher level of trust in the listing.
B. Sponsored Brands:
You will get ads which spotlight your brand and portfolio with a customized headline, your brand logo and 3 of your products.
Create your own store with multiple pages to highlight you brand and products.
See how you can boost your business with Amazon Sponsored Products.
15. ADVERTISE WITH AMAZON DISPLAY ADS:
Do you already have an established brand with your own web presence or even brick and mortar store. Why not leverage your marketing with Amazon Display Ads. Whether you sell on Amazon or not you can use display ads to advertise on Amazon as well as other partner retailers and websites.
This service can be costly and is only recommended if you have a thriving business but are looking to grow.
Boost your sales with Amazon Display Ads.
16. DEVELOP ANDROID APPS AND MORE WITH THE AMAZON APPSTORE:
Are you an app developer? Amazon allows you to create and sell Android apps and games for Fire TV, Fire tablets and mobile devices.
Amazon also has a program which gives you the ability to allow in app purchases and monetization within your apps and games.
There’s also an option for HTML5 app and web developers to take their
17. FREELANCE FOR AMAZON SELLERS ON JUNGLE SCOUT MARKET:
Do you have a skill that an Amazon Seller could take advantage of? Some sellers are in the market for product photography, consulting, product or quality listing descriptions. There are several categories and you can put your skills to use for the millions of Amazon sellers active online today.
Become a Jungle Scout Market Freelancer today.
18. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE AMAZON TRADE IN PROGRAM:
The Amazon Trade In Program gives you the ability to trade in electronics, books, video games and more. The process is simple, just enter your item and see if it’s available for trade in, get a free shipping label, ship your item and receive an Amazon gift card. Who doesn’t love Amazon gift cards?
Trade in your stuff with the Amazon Trade In Program.
19. WRITE REVIEWS FOR AMAZON VINE:
With Amazon Vine you don’t get paid but you do receive free products to use in place of leaving a review for the product. Vine reviewers are often the first to receive new products before they hit the market. The program is by invite only and can take awhile before you get invited. A helpful hint; leave quality reviews (positive or negative) on the products you purchase on Amazon.
For more details about Amazon Vine click Here.
20. USE ONLINE SURVEYS AND APPS TO GET PAID IN AMAZON GIFT CARDS:
The next best thing to making money is getting paid in Amazon gift cards. There are many websites that offer payouts via Amazon gift cards and/or Paypal. Sites such as Inboxdollars.com reward you with money or gift cards including Amazon gift cards. Apps like Indeed’s JobSpotter pay strictly in Amazon gift cards just for taking pictures of help wanted signs in your area.
Check back for a post on the best sites and apps for making money and obtaining gift cards. Here at Trippin Brehenys we’re working hard to determine which websites and apps are the best and which are just plain crap.
As you can see there a many ways to make money on Amazon. Whether you’re looking to make a little extra money, start your own business or take your existing business to the next level Amazon has something for everyone. Get started on your Amazon journey TODAY!
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