Amazon Selling: A Nine University Student Starts From Zero

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Did you know that you can get started with Amazon selling for little to no money?
Though it sounds crazy, it’s not impossible. You can start an Amazon FBA business without $1,000. Through this blog post, Project Nine University will teach you how to sell on Amazon without having to open your wallet. Once you get your online business up and running, and learn a few Amazon hacks, you can start investing a bit more into your business. Without further ado, here’s the guide on how to sell on Amazon for free.

Amazon Selling for Free (Four Easy Steps)

Find a Free Product to Sell

When you are just starting, it's better to keep the costs low. Start by selling stuff that’s lying around your house collecting dust. Toys, used books, electronics, and kitchen tools are all great items that can be sold on Amazon. Items like these can be quickly listed on Amazon, and if they are popular, they will immediately sell out. Alternatively, if you are a creative person and have a knack for crafting and design, you can make your own products.

Before listing your products, check the product’s Best Sellers Rank (BSR). Amazon provides every product in its database with a special score called Best Sellers Rank (BSR). The lower a product’s BSR, the better it sells. Probably, a product with BSR 1 will sell thousands of units every month compared to a product with BSR 30,000 which might only sell a handful of units within the same period.
Create a Free Amazon Account

When creating an account, you will have the option to choose between a professional seller and an individual seller account. An individual seller account is free to create. If you choose a professional seller account, you will be charged a subscription fee of $39.99.
Once you choose the account you want to open, you will be asked to provide a little information. Then you’re good to go.

Steps 3 and 4

List Your Product on Amazon for Free

Chances are, there are hundreds or thousands of businesses selling the exact same product as you on Amazon, unless you are selling a handmade product or a product you manufactured.

Either way, you will have to list your product on Amazon. Start by finding the existing product’s listing. The simple way to do this is by searching for the product just like you would if you were a consumer. Scroll through the options until you find the exact product you hope to list. Now, on the right side of the screen below the product will be a gray button that reads Sell on Amazon.

Click on the button and Amazon will request the following information about your product.

Fulfillment Method

Ship the Product When it Sells

You have made a sale. Now what? Time to ship.

Though you can’t ship for free with Amazon, there are a few ways to keep the costs down.

1. Use packing materials you already have like boxes (maybe Amazon boxes), air pillows, shredded paper, and packing peanuts. Remove the used labels. Ensure that your packed product is in good condition.

2. The smaller the product, the lower the shipping costs. When you are starting out, sell smaller and lightweight products.

3. Use Amazon’s FBA program. Amazon will store your products for you and ship them once they sell. The fee charged by Amazon when they do this is much less than what it would cost if you were to do it by yourself. Additionally, Amazon deducts the shipping cost from your fund like a fee. So, you don’t have to pay out of pocket when you ship the products you sell.

Final Thoughts

Getting your Amazon FBA business off the ground is the easy part. Growing it is the real difficult part. Leverage the resources that are already available to you. You can also invest in an FBA training program, like the one offered by Project Nine University, to find your way around the Amazon marketplace. In many cases, it will give you an edge over other sellers in the marketplace.
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Disclaimer: We do not guarantee that you will achieve results or earn any money using the information we provide. Like any business venture, hard work and effort are required. The successes shown are not typical, and are self reported. You should not expect to achieve similar results. In fact, most clients make little to no money. Use caution and always consult your accountant, lawyer or professional advisor before making any decision concerning your business, investment or finances.