October 26, 2017 at 1:34 pm #113451
I’m new to selling online and very excited about jumping in. I’ve been doing a lot of research online and have come across numerous sellers who recommend purchasing a course that will give me step by step instructions on how to sell online. do you find this necessary and/or worth the investment?
thanks so muchOctober 26, 2017 at 1:38 pm #113657
As an educator myself, I believe you can never go wrong by learning new things. But before you pay for courses, make sure you review all our articles on Amazon Sales. https://fitsmallbusiness.com/?s=amazon&is_v=1
We have several articles on how to sell on Amazon, available from the link above. All are free, and you’ll learn a lot because we thoroughly research our articles and provide you with the most up to date information, reviews and best practices.
Then, absolutely, invest in an online course or two to round out your education. One hour spent learning could save you hundreds of dollars by avoiding rookie mistakes.
Best of luck to you, and thank you for being part of our Fit Small Business family!
LauraOctober 26, 2017 at 2:43 pm #113674
One thing to keep in mind when considering paying for “sure-fire guaranteed method” courses for selling on Amazon is that you don’t ever get a “sell this item this way” answer. Figuring out WHAT to sell on Amazon is the biggest challenge, and that simply takes work, research, trial and error. You can learn how to do much of that for free with our guide: What to Sell on Amazon in 2017.
Paid courses usually explain how the platform works, give you strategies for researching and sourcing products and writing listing pages a certain way, and some ideas for marketing. The problem I have with them is they’re usually a springboard for you to spend more money with them in “private coaching sessions.”
I recommend doing plenty of homework for free first to understand the Amazon environment. Then you’re in a better position to judge whether these courses provide information that’s worth your time and money.
Our free Amazon guides are a great place to start since I wrote them specifically for the new Amazon seller:
How to Sell on Amazon – Gives you the basics of how it all works and the different ways to sell on Amazon as a startup.
Amazon Seller Fees – A full overview of the fees you’ll pay to Amazon as a seller and how to know your costs going in.
Fulfillment by Amazon – Is FBA Right for Your Business? – This is how Amazon’s popular FBA program works. This article is in update status now, the new version covering Amazon’s new, more streamlined fee structure will be published in early Nov. 2017.
Good luck with your Amazon plans! Let me know if you have further questions.