It’s super easy to spend money on Amazon, but did you know you can actually make money from the consumer giant too? There are tons of ways – and it’s actually a little easier than you think. We’ve found the top 11 ways that will bring in the most riches.
11 Awesome Ways to Make Money on Amazon
Here are 11 ways to cash in on Amazon’s riches.
1. Sell Items on Amazon
You’ve might’ve read one of our previous articles about Ryan Grant. He’s the 28-year old that made $8 million from flipping Walmart goods on Amazon.
While this is an extreme example, Amazon’s “associates program” has been up and running since 1996 and continues to bring in millions of customers for individuals like Grant.
If you want to be like Grant, Amazon suggests the following pointers:
Figure out what you want to sell: your items must fit into one of Amazon’s 37-plus selling categories and be approved by Amazon before you can get started. Find out all the details, here.
Select Your Selling Plan: Amazon’s “professional plan” costs $39.99 per month and is for those who sell more than 40 products per month. But, if you just getting started you can choose the individual plan that has no monthly subscription, but a $0.99 charge every time you sell an item instead. Find out all of the pricing options, here.
Create a Sell Central Account: once you’ve done this, you can start selling your goods. Once a customer places an order from your shop, Fulfillment by Amazon can handle the shipping, or you can do it yourself. Then, Amazon makes direct deposits to your bank account.
2. Work as a Fulfillment/Warehouse Associate
If you don’t fancy yourself as a salesperson, you can work behind the scenes instead.
Amazon fulfillment centers are constantly popping up all across the U.S, creating an influx of brand new jobs. Amazon is always looking for fulfillment/warehouse associates to work both full and part-time.
These job roles call for pretty hands-on work, like lifting boxes and operating dollies. According to a full-time warehouse associate in Wisconsin, pay is from $12.25 to $15.25 per hour. There are also some sweet job benefits that Amazon offer. These include:
- Health care benefits
- 401(k) with a company match
- Holiday and overtime pay
- Paid time off
- Maternity and paternity leave benefits
- Restricted Stock Units
- Employee discounts
- Amazon’s Career Choice Program, which helps pay for tuition
- Flexible work schedules
To apply for a job at Amazon, you must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
3. Deliver for Amazon Flex
Amazon Flex is the latest company to start offering flexible driving jobs. As an Amazon Flex delivery partner, you will be responsible for delivering goods to customers from Amazon.com, Prime Now, AmazonFresh and Amazon Restaurants.
According to Amazon, this gig pays $18 – $25 per hour with the option of setting your own schedule. Amazon Flex processes payments on Tuesday and Friday, so you should get your salary the following day.
If you’re considering becoming an Amazon Flex driver, this is what you need to know:
- For delivering Prime Now orders, you can use any car. But, for Amazon.com orders, you must drive a four-door midsize sedan or larger. Some deliveries are permitted via bicycle, but you must have a basket and helmet. However, motorcycles and scooters aren’t allowed.
- You’ll get all of your gigs through the Amazon Flex app, so you’ll need a fairly good phone. You must have an Android 6.0 or higher or an iPhone 5 or newer.
- Applicants must pass a background check, which will take 2 – 5 days to perform.
- You won’t be reimbursed for mileage, parking or tolls.
Amazon Flex is currently recruiting in the greater San Francisco Bay area, and Richmond, California, though this will change in the future. If your city isn’t on the list when you sign up, join the waitlist instead.
4. Work from Home for Amazon
Amazon is constantly hunting for new employees, and from time to time they post work-from-home customer service jobs.
According to previous customer service associate listings, pay is generally $10 per hour plus bonuses. You’ll need a high school diploma or GED equivalent and a year of experience in a customer service role, with proficiency in English.
You can search for work-from-home jobs on Amazon’s virtual job listing page.
5. Use Amazon’s Affiliate Program
If you run a website or a blog, Amazon’s Affiliate Program is a great way to bring in a new stream of cash flow.
It’s as simple as adding specific Amazon affiliate links to products that you’ve written about. Then, when a reader clicks on the link and buys the product you earn a commission. You can earn up to 10% of the purchase price.
You don’t need a certain audience size or amount of monthly views to join Amazon’s Affiliate program. However, you won’t earn much unless your blog or website is quite popular.
6. Self-Publish a Book
Self-publishing a book is a fantastic way to earn passive income, and with Amazon, there are several ways to do this. These include Kindle, print, and audio.
There are many perks of publishing a book on Kindle, it’s completely free and takes less than 5-minutes. You’ll also own the rights to your books, and earn up to 70% royalty. Publishing on Amazon’s CreateSpace is also free, and you’ll be able to publish and distribute your book within days. Also, 80% of the royalties will be yours.
If you want to create an audiobook, use Amazon’s Audiobook Creation Exchange to distribute it through Audible, Amazon and iTunes.
7. Join Mechanical Turk
Mechanical Turk is an Amazon platform where people can post jobs and tasks for specific prices. Individual tasks are called HITs (Human Intelligence Tasks), and you can get paid to complete them.
Tasks include opinion surveys, transcription and data entry. All can be completed from your own home and in your own time. How much money you make depends on which tasks you complete, and how much time they take.
Mechanical Turk might not be your next full-time gig, but you can expect to make some serious side cash.
8. Apply to Amazon Handmade
Amazon Handmade is basically Amazon’s answer to Etsy. Though, it’s not as easy to start selling. You must apply, and have Amazon confirm that all your goods are made by you or a member of your team of 20 or fewer employees.
Here’s what you need to know before you apply:
- Amazon charges a 15% commission and a $1 minimum referral fee. (Etsy charges just $0.20 to list items and takes a small commission of 3.5%.)
- Handmade products don’t show up of Amazon’s main search engine.
However, Amazon still has a huge audience, so it might be a good fit for you.
9. Sell Your Designs
If you’re an artist, you could sell your designs on t-shirts using Merch by Amazon.
It’s as simple as uploading your artwork to Merch, then choose a color, product type, and price. Once a customer buys your design, Amazon takes care of the production, shipping, and customer service.
Whichever price you set for your designs, dictates how much you’ll earn in royalties. You can find the full list here, and the price changes which will happen on January 15, 2018.
The process to join Merch is pretty similar to Amazon Handmade. You must fill out an application form, and if you’re successful you’ll be sent an invitation to start selling.
10. Go Camping
Yes, you read that right. Amazon does everything. Amazon does camping.
The CamperForce program will pay for utilities and camping ground fees for RVers who agree to do paid seasonal work warehouse work. This takes place early fall through Dec. 23 and work includes “picking, packing, stowing and receiving.”
Amazon says that the program offers “great pay, a paid completion bonus, paid referral bonuses and paid campsites… along with the chance to build lasting relationships with your coworkers.”
11. Trade-In Your Used Tech
If you weren’t already aware, Amazon has a trade-in program. This program allows customers to trade in old items including, books, phones, gaming consoles and other electronics.
You’ll be paid in the form of Amazon gift cards, and Amazon will cover the shipping costs, too. If some of your trade-ins are purchases that you have previously made from Amazon, you will be able to automatically view the value from your purchase history on your Amazon Account.
This makes trading your items very easy, and you’ll know exactly how much money you can make.
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