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In this post I’m going to show you how to work from home with Amazon so you can start making money effectively and easily.
In fact, I’m going to go over the five best options to work with Amazon. Two of them will get you a great Amazon career, working remotely with employment status, and the other three giving you the ability to work “whenever and wherever” from home.
Not only will you learn five VERY effective ways to work with Amazon, 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.
Amazon Work From Home Jobs: Here’s How To Get One
There are several ways to work from home with Amazon, and we’ll go over the best ways in this post. Starting with Amazon careers and online jobs, here are my top ways to work as an online employee, contractor, or e-commerce pro.
Option #1 Amazon Online Jobs: Work From Home As A Remote Employee
To get an Amazon online job, you first need to go to their “Virtual Locations” platform.
It’s the only place to find the widest range of work from home jobs Amazon has.
On the platform, you’ll see all of the Amazon jobs that are open throughout the world, however, most of the jobs are for residents of the USA.
In fact, there are currently over 300 remote jobs available today in areas of web services, human resources, customer care, and fulfillment. A nice selection of Amazon careers you can do from home !
Let’s now go over how to see all the Amazon online jobs.
Amazon Jobs From Home: Here’s How To Find Them
To see what kind of remote jobs Amazon has, you just have to filter by the ‘work from home’ option then browse through the categories. It’s that easy.
First go to their Virtual Locations job page to see all the work from home jobs and careers.
Then, scroll down a bit to see how you can filter the remote 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
Here’s How To Get Hired At Amazon:
The Amazon hiring process is done completely online. Here are the steps to get you closer to being hired with Amazon:
Step #1: Select the job you’re interested in. After going through the virtual jobs (as I explained above), select the one that suits you. Read through the job description in its entirety. Understand the requirements, qualifications, and any desired – but not necessarily required – skills and talents.
Step #2: Click the big orange Apply Now button.
Step #3: Create an Amazon Jobs account. After you select a job, you will be taken to the Amazon Jobs sign-in page where you create a new account (which is different than your Amazon shopping account) by answering the job questionnaire and entering your personal information. You will also upload your resume and cover letter, which you can change at any time as it relates to any other position you apply for.
Step #4: Amazon reviews your resume and notifies you if they think you’re a good match.
Step #5: Prepare for the virtual job interview with the right environment and by thinking of examples of your past work experience that relate to the job and how you can directly benefit Amazon and the position you’re interviewing for.
Worth noting: 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.
Now let’s move on to the second way you can work for Amazon from home.
Option #2 An Amazon Career With Pill Pack (Amazon subsidiary)
Amazon careers you can do from home are not limited to their Virtual Vocations platform. You can also work remotely with one of Amazon’s subsidiaries, like Pill Pack.
What is PillPack ?
Pill Pack is an American online pharmacy, owned by Amazon, that allows people to get their medications delivered to them sorted and labeled specifically for them.
And what’s cool about this Amazon company is they have several work from home jobs open now, like these:
- Pharmacy Technician
- Customer Care Technician
- HR Manager
- UX Designer
Jobs with Pill Pack are filled quickly but new ones always become open.
You have 2 options to check out their online jobs:
#1, You can to go to the Pill Pack careers page and then click on one of the job options.
#2, You can go directly to the Pill Pack job platform and search for work from home jobs. And just like you did for the Amazon Careers I wrote about earlier, you scroll down the page and select the Work From Home option in the left-hand panel.
Option #3 Flexible Amazon Job From Home: Delivery Driving
There are Amazon jobs from home that aren’t limited to working as a remote employee and they don’t require you to have work experience.
One of the most flexible jobs you can have is a driving job, delivering packages and food.
In fact, there are two ways to be a deliver driver with Amazon:
- Amazon Flex, where you deliver Amazon packages and food on a flex schedule.
- Amazon Delivery Service Partner, where you work for an independent delivery company delivering packages on the behalf of Amazon.
To get a driving job with Amazon, the first thing you want to do is go to the Amazon Deliver Driver platform.
Then, check out one of the options.
Let’s go over them now.
Here’s how to get one of Amazon’s deliver driving jobs:
Option #1: Amazon Flex
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.
Although not technically an online job, it is a work-from-home job that offers a lot of flexibility.
In fact, this could be a pretty good side job 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.
Option #2: Amazon Delivery Service Partner
As a Delivery Service Partner, you’ll be an employee of one of Amazon’s delivery service partners (DSP), operating out of a local Amazon delivery station, driving around in one of Amazon’s vehicles delivering packages.
The main difference between this job and an Amazon Flex driver is you don’t have as much flexibility as a Service Partner. Even though you’re an employee working for one of the service partners, don’t get to select blocks of time to make deliveries as you do as a Flex driver.
However, as a Service Partner you do get paid a consistent salary of over $15.00 per hour AND you get benefits.
And there is career growth opportunities such as moving into Lead Driver, Dispatcher, or Operations Manager roles, as well as DOT certification, and professional development and training.
Here’s what the job description tells us:
As a Delivery Driver, you’ll drive an Amazon-branded vehicle, delivering 200-250 packages per day. You will be a delivery hero in the neighborhoods you serve – delivering hundreds of smiles to customers every day in the form of critical supplies, household goods, toys and so much more. You can expect to work 4-5 days per week and up to 10 hours per day.Amazon Deliver Service Partner Job Description
And the requirements to be a Deliver Service Partner Driver are:
- You must be at least 21 years old
- Have a valid driver’s license within the state of employment
- Must be able to move boxes up to 50 lbs., with or without reasonable accommodation
If you meet these requirements, click one of the driver job listings.
Then, if interested in being a Delivery Driver, click the big blue ‘APPLY’ button at the end of the job description.
Option #4 Amazon Online Gig: 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.
Option #5 Amazon FBA 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, you price it right and you have 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
- Amazon does all the customer service
- You have access to Prime shoppers
Here’s an FBA listing example:
Do a search for something on Amazon; 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 the item to the customer for you. Pretty cool, huh ?
So which selling option do I recommend?
Here’s How To Get Started As An Amazon FBA Seller:
Step #1, You need a product.
And for getting a product, you have a couple options:
Retail Arbitrage and Private Label
Retail Arbitrage is pretty simple. 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.
Private label selling on Amazon works similar to Retail Arbitrage except you buy products from a manufacturer and put your brand on it prior to selling.
To help you come up with places to source items to sell, 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.
Then, once you have a product to sell, go through these 4 steps:
#1 Go to Amazon’s Fulfillment by Amazon site
Read through the How It Works section
#2 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.
#3 Prepare your items
Your products need to be sent to Amazon’s warehouse and then you create your product listings via your Amazon Seller Central portal. 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.
#4 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.
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.
Amazon FBA Resources:
The process can be a little overwhelming so I’m going to suggest a couple resources that are well worth considering.
First is this free Amazon Starter Course created by The Selling Family. They’re Amazon selling pros ! It’s an awesome, well written primer that goes into A LOT OF DETAIL. 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, if you really want to make a go of being an Amazon FBA seller, continue with The Selling Family’s Amazon Boot Camp in-depth online course. It costs as little as $295.00 and you’ll learn their secrets on where to source items and how to determine your prices (in addition to everything else you need to know).
The next one is this top-rated Amazon FBA online course created by an Amazon seller since 2014. You’ll get 54 hours of on-demand video learning covering proven strategies to sell and grow profits. You’ll learn how to properly label your products, how to create perfect listings, and the right way to launch your FBA business.
And most importantly, you’ll learn where and how to source some products.
The nice thing about this course is the fact it’s updated whenever Amazon makes changes AND when new strategies are discovered. Plus, you get lifetime access to the course.
Are You Ready To Work From Home With Amazon ?
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.