Saturday, January 6, 2018

Amazon Selling Business - Questions?

First, I want to thank all of you who reached out after my last post with solidarity, prayers, encouragement, and even offers of help. I've long said you all are some of the best friends I've had even if I've never met you - and I stand by that :) THANK YOU. Some days are harder than others - today is sort of a mix of both, ha!

But regarding the post about my Amazon business, where I sell products directly purchased from the brand owner/manufacturer on Amazon for Prime delivery to customers all across the country, I did want to get back to a lot of you who had reached out wanting to know more. After literally dozens of inquiries, I decided to talk to Dan to see if he'd be willing to hop on a webinar to answer some FAQ with me. Problem is, there's a LOT to address, in a short time - so I want to get an idea of what the most important and common questions you have many be.

Would you all mind please commenting on this post (just so I can keep everything straight) with a question you would want answered about the process of selling via wholesale accounts as a new Seller? Dan and I will get a webinar recorded that I'll share here once ready.

After now doing it myself from some pretty dire circumstantial beginnings, I can say anyone can. And the best part, in my opinion, is that you are able to create your own unique business and brand, without needing to host parties or sell products or ideas to your family and friends in order to be successful. Let me know what you'd like to know!


Cecilia Rivera said...

I would be interested in knowing how one gets started? I never knew this existed!

Amazing Life said...

I would also like to learn more about how to get started.

Unknown said...

I'm interested! What are you selling?

Kelly said...

How do I decide what to sell?
Do I need start up funds?
How much time is needed to put in each day/week if I am already working full time?
Can this be a full time job?
How do I set up a seller account on Amazon?
How soon after opening my seller account can I expect to see sales?

Sarah R said...

What’s involved in starting and running it? Hours per week? Lots of calls or mostly computer? How do you connect with wholesale sellers and then also customers? You mentioned working with a distribution facility so do you handle material at all or mostly coordinate it all? Thanks for sharing about it and your journey! Much love and prayers for you!

Donna said...

I know I will have more questions, but here are a few with which to start:

- Do you need to be incorporated?
- How do you determine what products to sell? And where to source them from?
- What is the minimum initial investment?
- How long was it before you saw your items beginning to sell? before turning a profit?
- How much support/help do you receive from Amazon?

Thanks for doing this!

Anonymous said...

Yes! I'm super interested. How do you decide what to sell? Do you advertise your products? Do you private label? Do you manage the inventory? How do you add value to the wholesaler?

Amy @ This Cross I Embrace said...

Phenomenal questions, everyone!!

I'll be getting the webinar recorded this week, and will likely post it early next week - check back here and/or on Facebook for access!

In the meantime, keep the questions coming and anything that was not addressed in the webinar can be answered after.

Anonymous said...

What about the dangers of selling, such as Amazon shutting down your account permanently, especially when you are left with unsold products?

Amy @ This Cross I Embrace said...

^Another fantastic question!
I've concluded taping with Dan this afternoon, and am working on getting the webinar ready for viewing, hopefully Monday, and so I was not able to answer this on the webinar. I'll be sure to address this again in the comments section of the webinar for those that miss it here.

But very briefly, this concern is basically null and void with the way that I sell on Amazon - via wholesale accounts direct with vendors. When you are developing relationships directly with brand owners, and you are following the Terms of Service for selling, the risk is quite literally zero for Seller Account suspensions. Additionally, suspensions are rarely permanent. I have yet to encounter a Seller who wasn't able to reverse a suspension (that they received by doing Retail Arbitrage and selling restricted products or used products sold as new, for example).

Amazing Life said...

Donna has some great questions! I have been away from the computer this week and missed your updates. Got the ridiculous flu. I would love to know the in's and out's of everything as well. I will go read your next post! Please keep me in the loop!