Amazon is a great channel to sell products. It’s hard to beat the potential sales volume Amazon can bring you. Besides traffic, their algorithm is optimized to make buyers buy. They have a great PPC system, automatic cross promotional tools, upsell offers and a whole collection of other useful tools at your disposal.
Whether it’s your fault or not, relying solely on Amazon can be risky knowing that losing that channel can cost you sales. This can happen if you’ve been flagged by other users, buyers or their algorithm. Sometimes it’s your fault, sometimes it’s your suppliers, shady competitors or Amazon’s fault. Either way, you lose.
The sooner you have your own e-commerce website setup the sooner you can take advantage of the benefits of having an additional channel to sell on. Here are some of the benefits we’ve experienced by having an e-commerce website in addition to the Amazon store.
Whenever you meet with certain suppliers, potential retail partners or general business contacts, you can bet they will eventually want to know your domain name. They look at your website as a business card. The website is a place where they can find out what you do and what you are all about. A good looking website can can convey your professionalism in more ways than one. I personally have been turned off by specific suppliers or service provider’s horrible websites filled with misspellings and bad grammar. It makes me thing they didn’t want to invest the time or money in branding themselves well. It shows carelessness and a lack of attention to detail, both characteristics that are important to me.
Once you begin your entrepreneurial journey in running an Amazon FBA business, you will realize how many tasks you have to keep up with to insure things run and scale smoothly. Most of the individual tasks are simple, yet the combination of all the tasks coupled with the prospect of growing the business can be daunting.
Since the beginning, we have always used outside contractors to help us get things done. Here’s a list of items we’ve personally had experience in and what has worked, or failed to work for us.
Where to Find Contractors
- Upwork.com – A system where you can find contractors all over the world. You pay a percentage of the worker’s rate to the site. They have a suite of comprehensive tools that assist you in time tracking, escrow systems, project management and skill assessment to help you in managing your workers.
- Bestjobs.ph / Onlinejobs.ph – Both are sites focused on finding workers remotely located in the Philippines, a place where you can find capable and loyal workers. Some of the workers we have found on these sites have been with us for over 5 years.
- Fiverr.com – A slimmed down version of upwork.com. A quick way to connect with workers.
Welcome! We’re launching this new blog to keep our users informed of the latest and most interesting trends related to selling on Amazon and to keep users of our Help a Product (HAP) platform informed of updates to the HAP system.
The blog will contain information and interviews from real Amazon sellers who will talk about their trials and tribulations selling on the Amazon and other e-commerce platforms. We will also talk to people working in the product development, sourcing and importing industries to getter deeper understanding of trends related to product sourcing.
We hope to host interviews that will cover all topics from sourcing, branding and working with China to tips and tools Amazon sellers use.
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