I’ve been looking to start something to supplement my income and after going through many ideas on what I can do, I came across the idea of selling items on Amazon. It was during this search that I came across your article, and out of all sites that I visited previously, yours was the most informative and honest. I’ve also watched many videos on Youtube regarding this topic and honestly much of it seemed like a bunch of people showing off how they made the fortune they “quickly” made on Amazon. Much of this videos made me question their sincerity on whether there is actual money to be made on Amazon. Long story short, I guess where I am stuck is where to even start this process? Does one need to have their own website to start selling? Whatever input you could give me would be greatly appreciated.
I’m leery of anyone marketing get-rich-quick tactics for selling on Amazon or anywhere online. What it takes is hard work, diligently seeking a market for a product, learning how purchasing and fulfillment work, then testing, tweaking, and testing some more. If you’re completely new to online selling, I’d try selling on Amazon using retail arbitrage, which we discuss in our Amazon how-to article series. That is a very inexpensive, low- to no-risk way to test the waters and see how the system works.
Unless you have an idea for a product and brand, I’d stick with this on Amazon. I’d only worry about your own website if you want to build a brand and company.
I hope this helps you get started, good luck!
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