Starting an Amazon Store: Tools of the business [15]

Summary: You now know how to start your Amazon FBA, this lesson shares the equipment you meed to be successful.

So you’ve decided you’re ready to jump in with Amazon FBA. Apart from signing up for your seller account, what else do you need to get started? What equipment do you need to get the ball rolling?

•Printer – At a minimum, you’ll need a printer that you can use to print out the shipping labels to get your product to Amazon’s warehouse (if you’re not having them directly shipped from your wholesaler source). You might also need a printer if you’re going to be printing out the individual scannabel product labels that Amazon may require.

•Scale – You’re going to need to know precisely how much each of your products weighs. In addition, if you’re going to be packaging or combining products into a unique combination, you’ll need to know the weight of that product.

•Boxes and Packaging Tape – In order to get your products to Amazon’s fulfillment center, you’ll need to box them up. Obviously, larger products are going to need larger (or more) boxes.

•Branding, Labeling, and Packaging Materials – Finally, depending on how you want to brand your products, you may need additional materials to accomplish your goals.

Most of these items are straightforward and generic, so you’ll be able to get them at your local office supply store. (You might even choose to buy some or all of the necessary supplies on Amazon.com!)

Note that once you’re an Amazon FBA seller, you’ll be able to use Amazon’s UPS account for discounted shipping rates. Amazon will charge you the cost of shipping, but that price may very well be less than what you’d spend if you took your box) to your local post office or UPS shipping center.

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Make no mistake. Each step of the process of getting up and running with Amazon FBA is easy to understand. But that doesn’t mean it will be easy. You’re going to need to do the legwork and be prepared to do the work.

However, if give it your full effort, there’s a great chance you’ll find success!