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To work for Amazon from home you need to know what options you have and how to get started. In this post I’m going to highlighting the different ways to work 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.
The 5 Ways To Work For Amazon From Home (and how to get started)
- Get one of Amazon’s remote jobs: You can work for Amazon from home with one of their virtual jobs in Customer Service, HR, Sales, Programming, Operations, even general office administration. In fact, Amazon has over a thousand work from home job openings.
- Check out Amazon-Owned Businesses: You’ll see how to work for with Amazon subsidiaries and business partners. An example of this is with PillPack, their prescription reminder service.
- Be An Amazon driver (2 options): Learn how to be an Amazon contractor, earning money with a lot a flexibility.
- Do Amazon online gigs: Amazon has easy side jobs that don’t take too much of your time.
- Start An Amazon FBA Business: Learn how to be one of Amazon’s online merchants. This is a legitimate opportunity with the potential to earn a lot of money selling things online.
Let’s go over each one of these options in detail.
Option #1 Amazon Remote Jobs: Work From Home As An Employee
Amazon has remote jobs in advertising, sales, customer service, finance, HR just to name a few categories. In fact, this is the most effective way to have job stability with the flexibility of working online. It’s the best option because Amazon recruits all year long for full-time, part-time, and seasonal positions in the USA and many other countries.
And because this company has seen massive growth, there are 100’s of Amazon work from home jobs to choose from.
What Work From Home Jobs Does Amazon Have ?
Amazon has thousands of work from home / remote jobs, most of them in these these categories:
- Account Management
- Amazon Web Services
- Customer Service and Support
- Food Safety
- Fulfillment and Operations
- Human resources
- Logistics and Transportation
- Operations and Technology
- Shipping and Audit
- Software Development and Engineering
- Web Services
And these Are Some of the specific Amazon jobs you can do from home:
- Advertising Specialist
- App Architect
- Customer Service Rep.
- Healthcare Account Executive
- HR Investigator
- Launch Expert
- Marketing Specialist
- Material Flow Engineer
- Ops Manager
- Safety Manager
- Sales Specialist
- Shipping Compliance Manager
- Transportation Operations Lead
Annual Salary of Amazon Jobs:
How much you’ll make depends on the job, with entry-level minimum wage positions paying $15.00 an hour and the jobs requiring more experience and educations paying up to over $100,000.00 a year, including jobs you can do from home.
…We help our employees build successful futures for themselves through industry-leading wages and other compensation.
Our starting hourly wages are at least $15 per hour for all full time, part time, and seasonal employees and contractors…. (Amazon)
The Amazon 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 $32,000.00 a year and the high end almost $60,000.00 a year (source)
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).
To give you an idea of how much you might make working with Amazon, here are similar work from home jobs and the annual salary ( source):
Customer Support – $31,200
Content Developer – $61,000.00
Digital Marketing Coordinator – $44,285.00
Warehouse Associate – $31,200.00
Digital Marketing Specialist – $50,000.00
Customer Service Manager, – $65,000.00
Area Manager / Logistics Coordinator – $46,000.00
HR Manager – $67,964.00
Business Analyst – $69,000.00
Shipping Audit Compliance – $58,898.00
The 4 Steps to Get Amazon Work From Home Jobs
To get one of Amazon’s remote jobs, you just have to go to Amazon’s virtual jobs page, filter by the ‘work from home’ option, browse the categories, meet the requirements, and apply for the job. In fact, this is the only place to find the widest range of work from home jobs Amazon has.
Here are the details:
Step #1, Go to Amazon’s Virtual Locations job page.
Step #2, Filter the jobs to show just the remote ones. Scroll down a bit to see how you can filter 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.
Step #3, Select a job and make sure you qualify..
Carefully read through the entire job description. Read through all the qualifications, requirements, and check to see if there are any specific schedules for the job. If you meet all the criteria, move on to the next step.
Step #4, Apply for the job.
Here’s How To Apply For Amazon Remote Jobs:
The 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 frequently goes through a Customer Service hiring campaign, looking to fill hundreds of work from home Customer Service reps. They expect applicants live in a specific state.
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 Amazon Careers With Subsidiaries and Partners
Amazon has ownership in other companies, with work from home opportunities in a variety of positions.
PillPack, Twitch, Audible and Ring are four of Amazon’s subsidiaries.
To Find Online Careers With an Amazon Subsidiary, follow these 3 steps:
Step #1, Go to Amazon Virtual Locations
Step #2, Scroll down to get to the BUSINESS CATEGORY and CATEGORY sections in the left filter pane, then click the ‘Subsidiaries’ and ‘Work From Home’ options
Step #3, Select the job that appeals to you and apply just like you would for a regular Amazon remote job.
PillPack seems to be the exception to the three steps we just went over. In fact, PillPack has its own database, with many different work from home jobs.
What is PillPack ?
PillPack 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 PillPack are filled quickly but new ones always become open.
Here’s How To Find an Amazon Career With PillPack:
To check out the online jobs with PillPack, you have 2 options:
#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 Amazon Deliver / Driving Jobs
Amazon has driving jobs that offer a whole lot of flexibility and don’t require you to have work experience.
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 both of these options now.
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.
Here’s How To Get Started With Amazon Flex
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.
As a Service Partner you do get paid a consistent salary of over $15.00 per hour AND you get benefits.
And there are 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
Here’s How to Get Started as a Delivery Service Partner
First of all, you must meet these requirements:
- You must be at least 21 years old
- Have a valid driver’s license within the state of employment
- You can move boxes up to 50 lbs., with or without reasonable accommodation
Then, If you meet the requirements, click one of the driver job listings.
What’s The Difference Between an Amazon Flex Driver and an Amazon Delivery Partner Driver ?
The main difference between an Amazon Flex driver and an Amazon Service Partner Driver is you don’t have as much flexibility as a Service Partner. Service Partner drivers don’t have the flexibility to select blocks of time to make deliveries.
Now, on to the next Amazon online job option.
Option #4 Amazon Gigs
There are a few online jobs you can do with Amazon that will bring in some extra cash and we’ll go over two of the most popular ones now.
Gig #1, 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.
Gig #2, Amazon MTurk
MTurk is Amazon’s version of crowd sourcing…the online marketplace for people to list little tasks they need done and people to do those tasks and get paid.
It’s pretty easy to make money on MTurk, but know that you won’t make more than extra cash. Although, the extra earnings can add up to a few hundred a month.
What Kind of Work Can You Get on MTurk ?
MTurk is the best place to find online surveys and legit. data entry work because there always seems to be plenty of gigs to do. And you actually earn cash.
But those aren’t the only gigs on MTurk. You can find work in these categories:
- Image Editing
Here’s How to Get Started With Amazon MTurk
First, go to the MTurk Get Started page and select the ‘Create a Worker Account’ option.
Then, enter your Amazon sign-on information.
After that, pick and choose which tasks – aka HITS – you want to work on and start working.
Now on to the final way to work for Amazon from home.
Option #5 Be An 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 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.