Starting To Sell Online On Amazon? Me Too
I make good money online selling digital products and a few months ago I decided I needed a new challenge. Something to get my teeth into.
Hello Physical Products – Hello Amazon
One thing that has put me off selling online was that fact that I needed to hold inventory; yes I know there is drop-shipping etc… but I didn’t fancy that. I didn’t want a room full of inventory taking up space. It just put me right off. I could have started selling bits and bobs on eBay but the thought of having to be a slave to picking, packing and shipping just wasn’t floating my boat. Then I cam across Amazon FBA! I forget exactly what turned me onto it exactly but after working out what FBA stood for (Fulfillment by Amazon) a small flame brightened up my eCommerce outlook.
I’m not going to go through what FBA is, you can find that out yourself, but the freedom it can give online sellers is (in my book) a godsend.
Why a Godsend? Well, for me and the thousands of other sellers using FBA it means I can forget about shipping individual products to customers that buy my products. I can just pack up all my products in one go, ship it to Amazon and let them take care of the distribution of products to customers. Brilliant!
So, with my new found FBA knowledge I opened up a Pro seller account and went at it.
Getting Rid Of My Unwanted Stuff
First thing I decided to do was… get rid of things I no longer need or want! That means collecting up all the old books, gadgets, electrical… anything really that I had laying around the house and got it listed on Amazon for sale. I had read lots of people had started this way so I followed suit and did the same. I figured it would tell me if this FBA thing really worked or not without me forking out a boatload of cash.
This Was The Best Bit
Normally i’m left to my on devices to create products to sell online, do the marketing, build the websites etc… BUT, I don’t know what it was… this selling physical products thing actually peaked my wife’s interest. This was a real bonus. It turns out she wanted to get involved and do this business model with me…. yeha… I’ve got a VA I don’t have to pay for. Well, may be not… but you know what I mean 😉
After figuring out how to label everything, pack everything in boxes – to Amazon’s liking and getting it shipped to a fulfillment center using UPS, we were off to the races.
So How Has Everything Gone?
Bloody Brilliant! From what I had read online I was pretty sure we would sell something but it was a great feeling to see so many things sell so quickly. Some items are still unsold but the majority of crap sold.
In the next update I’ll show you some figures.