How to Make Money from Amazon
Amazon Affiliate, Amazon Associates
Become an Amazon affiliate and earn a commission by putting special affiliate links to various Amazon products on your site.
Affiliate marketing is a brilliant way to make some passive income if you have a blog or website that generates a decent volume of traffic.
The idea is to promote products that align with your blog or website’s mission. So, if you have a website about how to travel efficiently, you may promote items such as packing cubes, sturdy suitcases or wrinkle-free clothing.
The more page views you have, the more chances are that the links will get clicks. No traffic means no chance that anyone will see those links to be clicked on.
Amazon offers a progressive earnings structure on the majority of merchandise and the more clicks and purchases you get from your site, the more you can make.
Each time someone who comes through your website clicks on the affiliate link, you’ll earn some money. You can earn anywhere from 4% to 8.5% of a sale.
Keep in mind that commissions are generally really low, which is why you need a significant amount of traffic to your site.
Delivery Fulfillment Warehouse Associate
You can filter your search by full or part-time positions and by location. If you’re in a proper location, you can apply to be a delivery warehouse associate for their fulfillment centers, rotation centers, delivery stations, Prime Now locations, Campus Pickup Points and customer service centers.
If you make and sell handmade items, like bags or jewelry, you can try selling your wares on Amazon Handmade.
If you make and sell handmade items, you can apply to join Handmade, as long as your products fall under certain categories and must be made entirely by hand, hand-altered or hand assemble and handmade by you or by one of your employees
Handmade’s fees are much higher than other, as they charge 15% commissions and a $1 minimum referral fee, while other charges a 3.5% commission and 20-cent item listing fee.
You’re paying a higher price for Amazon’s massive, worldwide audience, but your profit margins will be lower.
Their rules are strict, so make sure you check out requirements to be approved.
Join as Mechanical Turk / MTurk
MTurk is a crowdsourcing marketplace that was created to bridge the gap between what a computer can’t do and what a human can. Amazon calls it “Human Intelligence Task.”
Amazon Mechanical Turk, or MTurk, is a way to earn small amounts of money, completing easy, mindless tasks.
It includes data entry, transcription, categorizing, and image recognition, to name a few.
You most likely won’t make a lot of money, but it’s easy to do and pretty much anyone who can do this.
Are you a whiz at fixing a leaky faucet, landscaping, cleaning and organizing? Amazon has created
another way to expand the business, through Amazon Services.
Similar to Task Rabbit or Angie’s List, Amazon Services connects you with local professionals in your area to help you with various household needs.
The list of services includes plumbing, handyman, house cleaning and more.
If you are successfully matched with a customer who uses your services, Amazon will take a 15 – 20% cut of the transaction.
Sell a product through Amazon’s FBA
Some merchants choose to ship out products themselves, in order to avoid hefty fees Amazon charges. There are pros and cons of doing this, but if your product sells in high volume, it makes the most sense to ship via FBA.
FBA means fulfilled by Amazon, and as a seller, all you would need to do is ship your inventory of products to Amazon’s warehouse and they take care of shipping it for you.
Selling a product on Amazon can be a great way to earn some extra income, but don’t start selling without first understanding what it entails. You run the risk of losing money if you don’t do your due diligence first.
Out of all the options listed in this article about ways to make money with Amazon, becoming a seller has the greatest opportunity for you to cash in on extra income, but it also involves the most amounts of research and uncertainty.
If you want to really learn about how to sell on Amazon, it takes a lot of due diligence, You Tubing, reading and talking to others who have been in the business.
The competition to sell a product on Amazon is high. Who knows if the product you choose to sell will even sell? It’s a bit of a gamble, but once you figure out Amazon’s rules and oddities, it can be very lucrative, particularly around the holidays.
Retail Arbitrage is the opposite of private labeling. Retail arbitrage simply means buying low and selling high. Some sellers make their entire living on just retail arbitrage and have carved out a lucrative niche for themselves.
A lot of sellers who do retail arbitrage try to avoid the cost of shipping so they simply drive directly to the location and load up on cheap items they think will sell.
Therefore, many sellers spend a lot of time cruising through their local Wal-Mart’s to find the best and cheapest deals on just about anything. They buy up as many items that are on clearance and then sell it on Amazon.
Amazon Merch, Sell Your Designs with Amazon Merch
You can submit a t-shirt design for other merchants to purchase. It’s a great way to connect designers and people who need them to be made into shirts.
As with many selling caveats, it can be really competitive.
It probably won’t make you rich, and it’s possible you may not even sell any of your designs, but it also doesn’t cost anything for you to try, so if you’re creative and know how to make cool designs, it might be worth a shot.
Opportunities to sell a design may be closely tied to things that are timely or seasonal — remember those political shirts around the elections? If you have an eye for riding the trends and understanding what might resonate with people, on a shirt, give it a shot.
As with many Amazon selling opportunities, you have to get approved from Amazon before you can upload your designs.
Work from Home for Amazon
If you want a job where you can be home-based, consider a spot on Amazon’s virtual customer service team, also known as Amazon’s Work-from-Home Customer Service Associate.
Virtual opportunities aren’t available everywhere but If you live in a certain area, you may be able to apply for Amazon’s “work-from-home” positions, given that you’re qualified and a right fit for the position.
The base pay is $10 an hour and full and part-time positions are only available in certain areas, however, you can filter your search by the work-from-home category and by location.
This is more of a seasonal position but has the potential to become a permanent.
There were all kinds of positions listed, such as customer service rep positions for those who speak a second language, other than English.
There are also non-customers service positions that those with a qualified tech background could potentially apply for, such as cloud tech account managers and technical trainer.
Private Label Your Product
Private Label Your Product, many sellers have opted to private label their item, which means they are registering it on Amazon as their own.
The process for private labeling is more complicated than simply buying an item from Alibaba and selling it.
The upside to selling your own branded product on Amazon is that you always have full control for your listing and you can make changes to your product, if you need to. Let’s say your customers complained about a particular feature of your product, you could then make modifications to it.
For example, let’s say you sold pencils, but noticed a lot of the negative reviews mentioned that they wished the eraser worked better, and that the pencil itself was wider, for better grip. You can then take those recommendations from reviewers and craft your own pencil and get it trademarked.
If you have a reliable car and a Smartphone, consider delivering goods through Amazon Prime.
Amazon Company currently pays anywhere from $18-25 per hour and you need to download the app and answer a few simple questions before you can get started. They emphasize flexibility and availability of shifts, but the downside is there aren’t always opportunities in your area.
If you go to Amazon’s designated campground to pick up work during the holiday season Amazon will cover your campsite fees and may even pay for some of your utilities.
Amazon now offers a way for those people to make money, while on the road.
It’s called Camper Force and basically, you can earn money by helping Amazon pick, stow and receive merchandise orders.
It’s unclear just how much you can earn, but based on wages for other ways to make money with Amazon, it’ll most likely be decent. You can earn overtime pay and bonuses based on your time worked. For example, if you stayed on for the entire holiday season, you’ll receive a bonus.
If you regularly use Amazon and read reviews, you’ve probably read one or two that says the person received a free product in exchange for a review.
Just like Amazon Trade-In, you won’t get cash if you’re a part of Amazon Vine, but you’ll get merchandise for free in exchange for a review.
Basically, it’s a program that’s only offered to people who leave consistent reviews for products, so not anyone can join.
If you enjoy writing about your experience with various products, and tend to get a lot of helpful votes from the Amazon community, you might be a good fit for Vine Voices.
Selling your used items individually takes some work, since you’ll need to take photos, measurements (if it’s clothing, accessories, etc.) and write a description.
This might be an easier option if you have a lot of old gadgets laying around but don’t want to deal with the hassle of taking photos and creating an ad to sell them online or have a garage sale.
Basically, all you have to do is gather your items, and Amazon will give you an estimate of how much you will earn for it. It’s a convenient perk if you’re a regular Amazon customer.
Even though you won’t earn any cash, you can use the Amazon gift card to purchase everyday items, like toilet paper and groceries.
Publish an eBook on Amazon
You can self-publish an eBook on Amazon, and each time you sell, Amazon takes a cut, ranging from 35-70 percent of the listing.
Writing and publishing an ebook sounds unachievable, and I haven’t done this personally, but I know a lot about it because I’m an avid reader of ebooks from Amazon.
I subscribe to Kindle Unlimited. Membership is $9.99 a month. It’s given me an opportunity to not only read the eBooks and learn from them, but I’m also able to see what kind of content resonates with others on the site, through reading reviews.
Over the years, I’ve learned that you don’t need to create a potential Pulitzer Prize book in order to get published on Amazon. Because it’s a self-publishing platform, anyone can do it, and many self-made authors have used Amazon to help strengthen their expertise in their particular subject matter.
You can write about and publish something you feel very passionately about. Many of the ebooks I’ve read aren’t very long either – a lot are under 100 pages and very consumable.
The quality of the eBooks I’ve purchased over the years is all over the place too, which tells me that anyone can do it.