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In this post I’m going to show you how to work from home with Amazon.
In fact, all of these jobs can turn into a lucrative remote career; one of them offering employment status and the other three giving you the ability to work “whenever and wherever”.
Not only will your learn four VERY effective ways to do it, I’ll tell you:
- How to get started
- How much you can make
So, if you’re ready to start a home-based job with a huge company, you’ll like this post.
Let’s dive right in.
How To Work From Home With Amazon
#1 Amazon’s Online Jobs: A.K.A. Virtual Locations
Known as “Virtual Locations”, Amazon has a huge selection of work from home job openings throughout the world, however, most of the jobs are for residents of the USA. There are currently over 300 remote jobs available today in areas of web services, human resources, customer care, and fulfillment.
And the pay ? Well, that depends on the job.
Amazon’s home-based Customer Service jobs encompass several service areas, including call center, account resolution, and customer care. The salaries vary; on the low end being just over $22,000.00 a year and the high end over $94,000.00 a year.
And their current opening for a Software Development Engineer could pay $131,000.00 (even though they don’t specify the salary in the job description).
The hiring process is the same as any other remote opportunity but, depending on the position, you may be required to live in a certain location to be eligible for the job.
For example, Amazon recently went through a Customer Service hiring blitz with the expectation of applicants living in one of 18 specific states.
But don’t let that deter you from getting a remote job with Amazon because they have plenty to choose from.
Here’s how to find Amazon’s remote jobs
To check out their remote jobs, first go to their Virtual Locations job page.
Then, scroll down a bit to see how you can filter down the jobs: by type, category, countries, even city.
Let’s go ahead and set some filters.
Scroll down to the CITIES section and select USA.
Then scroll down further to the last CATEGORY section and select Work From Home.
Now you have a selection of virtual jobs with Amazon.
If you want to narrow down the jobs even further, for instance by job type, you can do this in the JOB CATEGORY section.
When filtered to your liking, browse the jobs to see which one(s) suit you.
What’s next ?
- Read the job description
- Make sure your skills and qualifications match
- Apply for the job
Now let’s move on to the second way you can work for Amazon from home.
#2 Deliver (More Than) Packages
Amazon Flex is Amazon’s delivery service that let’s you earn $18.00 to $25.00 an hour delivering packages and food to customers. In other words, you’ll use your car to deliver orders in a pre-selected area.
In fact, this could be a pretty good side job, even for moms.
Amazon Flex offers these delivery opportunities:
- Amazon.com orders: You earn money by picking up packages from an Amazon delivery station and delivering them directly to customers.
- Prime Now and AmazonFresh: This is Amazon’s food and household delivery service. You pick up groceries or household items from an Amazon delivery station and deliver directly to customers.
- Store Orders: Pick up orders from local stores and deliver directly to customers.
- Instant Offers: This is only available in some areas and it’s where you make deliveries that start near your current location. Deliveries usually last 15-45 minutes.
To get started, you first need to download the Amazon Flex app. to your smart phone. Once downloaded, click the big yellow GET STARTED button.
Now, to be honest, Amazon Flex is only available in a few cities. Right now, you have to be located in Cleveland, Ohio; or Novato and Santa Rosa, California. This sucks because I think there is great potential here for remote workers to make decent money. However, you can join the wait list to see if a city near you becomes available, which I have seen happen often.
After you select your “preferred region”, you answer a few questions then wait around for a day or two while Amazon checks out your background. If all’s good, you’re approved to be a Driver.
Then, you set your shift (aka “block”). In other words, you let Amazon know when you’re able and willing to make deliveries. Essentially, you’ll pick up items from the local warehouse and deliver them to the addresses in your area within your “block”. According to Ridester.com, your earnings depends on how many “blocks” you sign up for.
Now, on to the third Amazon online job option.
#3 Create (and sell) e-books With Kindle Direct Publishing
Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is Amazon’s book platform that lets you self-publish a book on Amazon and start making money in as little as 24 hours. And it’s not limited to e-books, either – you can easily create and sell paperbacks.
KDP allows you to get your book out there to millions of people worldwide while keeping control of the publishing.
And the best part ?
It’s 100% free !
Here’s how to make money with Amazon Direct Publishing:
Once you’ve published your e-book, you’ll be making passive income. What better way to have an online job without specific work experience ?
First, You create your book.
Then, you set your price.
Lastly, for each sale, you earn royalties, as explained here:
- For Kindle books priced from $0.99 to $2.98, you receive a 35% royalty.
- For Kindle books priced from $2.99 to $9.99, you receive a 70% royalty.
- For Kindle books priced above $9.99, you receive a 35% royalty.
Here are the main steps to get started, according to Amazon:
- Prepare your book and cover. Amazon has a suite of tools and resources you can utilize.
- Make sure your book meets our content and quality guidelines.
- Sign into KDP or create a new account.
- Go to your KDP Bookshelf. In the “Create a New Title” section, click KINDLE E-BOOK.
- Enter your information for each section:
- eBook details. Enter your title, description, keywords, categories, etc.
- eBook content. Upload your book and cover then preview it.
- eBook pricing. Choose a royalty plan set your price, and submit your e-book.
- After entering your information, click Publish Your Kindle eBook.
I just talked about the basics on how to get started as an Amazon e-book publisher but if you want to know more, I recommend reading Smart Blogger’s thorough article on how to make money with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing.
Now on to the 4th way to work for Amazon from home.
#4 Be An Amazon Seller
This, in my opinion, has the potential to be an extremely profitable online job for anyone wanting to work with Amazon.
As long as you have something people want and you price it right and the ability to get your hands on that ‘thing’.
But before we get into that, let’s briefly go over the difference between just selling stuff on Amazon and becoming an Amazon FBA seller (FBA meaning Fulfillment By Amazon):
What is ‘Selling on Amazon’ ?
An Amazon seller account works similar to ebay. You list your stuff, make a sale, ship the item to your customer, get paid. Done. But there are three major downsides to selling this way:
- You have to house your inventory yourself
- You won’t have the advantage of being featured on the front page of Amazon’s listings
- Your items won’t be Prime available.
What is Amazon FBA ?
Amazon FBA (Fulfillment By Amazon) is a service provided by Amazon that lets you set up a fully functional online store without having to deal with the mundane tasks of filling orders and dealing with customers.
Selling products with the FBA program has some major perks the “regular” Amazon selling program doesn’t have, like these:
- You ship your inventory to Amazon, not to your customers
- Amazon takes care of shipping your orders
- You have access to Prime shoppers
Here’s what I mean:
Do a search for something on Amazon. As an example, I searched for women’s surf shoes.
Now, take a look under the Add To Cart / Buy Now buttons located on the right.
See how it says Sold By (merchant’s name) and Fulfilled By Amazon ?
That means Amazon is taking care of sending out your order for you. Pretty cool, huh ?
So which selling option do I recommend?
Here’s how to get started as an Amazon FBA seller:
You need a product.
This is where Retail Arbitrage comes in. Basically, it’s finding things that are deeply discounted – in stores like Target and Walgreen – and selling them on Amazon at a higher price. The bonus: you make a nice profit.
But what if you’re not sure what are the best things to to sell are.
So here’s what I suggest:
First, Take this free 7-day “selling on Amazon” email course. It’s an awesome, well written primer that goes into A LOT OF DETAIL for a freebie. If fact, I was actually surprised at how much they share…for free ! They share tips on where to get items, how to prep the items and .how to send them to Amazon
Besides sharing some good info, it’ll help you decide if selling on Amazon is right for you and teaches you how to do it successfully. I promise, it’s worth your time.
Then, take a look at this video. it’ll give you some ideas on how to find good products worthy of selling. And by that, I mean something that’ll make you money.
Now that you have something to sell, you can move on to these 4 steps:
Go to Amazon’s Fulfillment by Amazon site and read through the How It Works section
Click the big yellow GET STARTED button and register as a seller. TIP: signing into your Amazon account is not the same as being a registered seller. You actually have to set yourself up as a seller. But don’t worry, Amazon lets you do this when you click the GET STARTED button.
Prepare your items to be sent to Amazon’s warehouse and create your product listings. This step actually has a bunch of smaller steps, like these:
- Make sure your items are clean, unused, don’t have price tags on them, and are packaged properly.
- List your items on Amazon.
- Create a shipping plan; Amazon walks you through this.
- Purchase shipping labels – at deeply discounted rates, by the way.
- Ship your stuff to Amazon.
Start making money.
Well, this may take a few days because Amazon has to receive your items and then they have to be added to the inventory.
But once your items are checked in, your listings are live. And that means money can be made.
When an order is received, Amazon ships it out and takes care of the customer service. All you have to do, besides supplying the products, is be OK with Amazon’s fees.
Here’s a quick rundown of Amazon FBA fees:
- Amazon takes a 15% referral fee on all sales for most categories.
- There are fees to cover shipping and handling but they’re less than what it would cost if you shipped your items yourself.
- Keeping your inventory at Amazon fulfillment centers too long can result in long term storage fees.
Now, I know this is all a bit intimidating but going through FREE 7-day email course I mentioned above will help. Then, when you’re convinced this is right for you, seriously consider enrolling in this online Amazon Bootcamp course. It’s so awesome.
How much can you make selling on Amazon ?
OK, now that you have some awesome information on how to sell on Amazon, how much can you make ?
You can make nothing or thousands a month, depending on your product.
Here are some success stories:
Zach tells us he has made over $23,000.00 in 5 months
And ‘Garlic Press Seller’ claims a 2018 Q4 profit of $10,000.00
Pretty cool !
Is Amazon FBA worth your time ?
We went over the basics of Amazon FBA, covered some ideas on getting items, even talked about how much you can make.
But is Amazon FBA worth it ?
To be honest, it’s not for everyone. In fact, there are so many little things that you won’t discover until you get started. So here are a few tips I gleaned from Kim Rowley’s article on the honest truth about starting an Amazon FBA business.
- Once you get the inventory, you have to prep the packages.
- Your inventory will take up a lot of space.
- Amazon’s fees can exceed your inventory costs and lower any potential profit.
- You still have to find boxes and pay to ship your inventory to Amazon.
So, to answer the question of Amazon being worth it…
…I’d give it a yes.
As long as you have the deal-hunting personality.
And you’re willing to spend some time learning the FBA structure.
This process can get a little overwhelming so I’m going to mention this very thorough course by The Selling Family. They’re pro’s on Amazon FBA and they tell their secrets on where to source items and how to determine your prices.
Are You Ready To Start An Amazon Online Job ?
There you have it:
A few options to work from home for Amazon.
Now I’d like to hear from you.
Do any of these jobs interest you ?
Have I missed anything ?
Either way, let me know by leaving a message below.