How to Make Money with Amazon

Amazon is more than just a marketplace for spending your money. There are lots of ways that you can actually make money with Amazon.

Amazon started as a platform for selling books over 25 years ago. Since then, it’s become the world’s leader in online retail.

Nearly 200 million people visit Amazon every month. 

In the fourth quarter of 2020, Amazon garnered over $125.6 billion in sales revenue. Yes, that’s billion with a “b” in just one quarter of a year.

With all this in mind, let’s check out the different ways you can make money with Amazon.

We’ll look at how each method works and what you need to do to make money with Amazon in 2021.

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How to Make Money with Amazon

1. Become an Individual Seller

Amazon Individual Seller Account Plans

If you have products to sell, you can become an individual seller. This is one of the easiest ways to start making money on Amazon.

Amazon offers two plan options for individual sellers: Professional and Individual

Becoming an Individual seller is ideal for those who are:

    • just getting started with selling on Amazon
    • want to list a few items for sale each month (less than 40)
    • don’t plan to advertise
    • don’t need advance selling tools

Sellers are charged a $0.99 fee for each item when it sells, plus additional fees that vary based on item type and amount.

Individual sellers have access to Fulfillment by Amazon. This allows sellers to ship their items to an Amazon Fulfillment Center. The fulfillment center then packs and ships the items to buyers for a fee.

Individual Seller Requirements:

    • Your contact information, including address, phone number and email
    • A bank account number and routing number for payments
    • Proof of ID
    • Tax information

To get started as an Individual seller, create your Amazon seller account.


2. Open an Amazon Storefront

If you want to take your Individual seller account to the next level, consider opening an Amazon Storefront. 

Also known as the Professional plan, this is great for those who want to:

    • establish a larger selling presence on Amazon
    • plan to sell more than 40 items per month
    • intend to sell as a business (either full or part-time)

This plan includes advertising options and access to Fulfillment by Amazon.

Professional sellers are charged $39.99 per month for their storefront, but are not charged the $0.99 per item selling fee that Individual sellers are.

Like Individual sellers, Professional sellers are charged additional selling fees that vary based on the item type and amount.

Professional Seller Requirements:

    • Your contact information, including address, phone number and email
    • A bank account number and routing number for payments
    • Proof of ID
    • Tax information

To get started as a Professional seller, sign up for your Amazon seller account.


3. Join the Influencer Program

The Amazon Influencer Program is a way for those with a large online following to earn commissions on products they promote.

Influencers need to apply for acceptance into this program by having an Amazon account, along with one or more of the following social media accounts: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, or Twitch.tv.

Amazon Influencer

The application process includes vetting by Amazon of the social media account(s) shared when applying and can take up to five days.

It’s important to be familiar with all requirements of the program before applying, as rejected applications aren’t eligible for reassessment.

Once accepted, Influencers can set up a virtual storefront and select the products that they want to promote.

Payment and tax information should be provided at this time. Payment options include direct deposit, Amazon gift card, or check, once a minimum $10 earnings threshold is met.

Commissions on promoted products range from 1% to 10%.

Influencer Program Requirements:

    • Amazon account
    • At least 500 organic followers in one or more of the accepted social media platforms
    • Payment and tax information

Learn more about the Influencer Program.


4. Become a Flex Delivery Driver

 Currently available in over 50 U.S. cities, Amazon Flex is another way to make money with Amazon. So, what is an Flex Delivery Driver?

Amazon Flex

Flex drivers use their own vehicles to make deliveries for Amazon. One of the best things about Flex is that drivers can choose blocks of time to deliver in that work best for their schedules.

While opportunities are not always available in every city, potential Flex drivers can always apply for future opportunities in their areas.

Delivery drivers for Amazon Flex can earn an average of $18 to $25 per hour, which may be influenced by tips, your delivery location, time taken to make deliveries, and other elements.

Flex Delivery Driver Requirements:

    • Be at least 21 years old
    • A valid U.S. driver’s license
    • Social Security number
    • At least a mid-sized vehicle or larger
    • Live in a city where Flex operates
    • iPhone or Android Smartphone with the Amazon Flex app downloaded

Get started as a Flex Delivery Driver.


5. Work From Home as an Amazon Customer Service Associate

Amazon offers the opportunity to work from home as a Virtual Customer Service Associate.

Virtual Customer Service Associates enjoy flexibility, with calls routed directly to them.

Typically, Customer Service Associates help customers with things like using the Amazon website, support with digital products like Alexa, Kindle, and Echo, and resolving issues with purchases or returns.

Virtual Customer Service Associate Requirements:

    • Be at least 18 years old
    • High school diploma
    • Excellent customer service skills
    • Ability to work remotely with strong internet connection

Learn more about becoming an Amazon Customer Service Associate.


6. Join the Amazon Associates Affiliate Program

If you’re a content creator, then you need to know about the Amazon Associates Affiliate Program. It’s designed for bloggers and other publishers as a program to monetize their sites by promoting Amazon products.

Amazon Affiliate Associates Program

Once accepted into the program, content creators can find Amazon products to promote on their own blogs, websites, and social media channels.

By using custom product links that are easily generated through the Amazon Associates Affiliate dashboard, content creators earn money on qualified purchases made through those links. Affiliates can earn commissions between 1% and 10%, depending on the type of product.

Amazon Associates Affiliate Program Requirements:

    • Be a content creator, blogger, or publisher
    • Complete the affiliate program application
    • Payment and tax information

Sign up for the Amazon Associates Affiliate Program.


7. Sell Custom Items with Merch by Amazon

If you’re looking for a place to sell your creative designs, check out Merch by Amazon.

This invitation-only platform offers graphic designers a chance to share their digital artwork to be sold on t-shirts.

Once accepted into the program, you’ll be able to upload your artwork, select the type of products and colors that you’d like to sell, set your prices, and create your product descriptions.

Products that you can choose include t-shirts, sweatshirts, phone cases, and PopSockets.

Merch does the rest of the work by setting up your product page on Amazon.

Once a product sells, Amazon handles the production, shipping, and customer service. You’ll receive a royalty for each item sold which varies based on product type, selling price, and marketplace country.

Some of the benefits of selling your designs on Merch include:

    • no need to carry inventory of your own
    • access to Amazon’s global customer audience
    • analytic tools to help you track your sales

Merch Program Requirements:

    • Because of it’s popularity, new Merch creators are accepted as space becomes available in the program.
    • Merch creators must also follow Amazon’s Content Policy.

Learn more and request your invitation for Merch.


8. Sell Your Creations on Amazon Handmade

Amazon Handmade is a place for makers to sell their wares. New sellers on Handmade are called “Artisans” and you need to apply to become one. The application process helps to provide products sold on Handmade that are genuine handcrafted items.

Amazon Handmade

Once accepted as an Artisan, you’ll need to register for a Professional selling plan (the $39.99 monthly fee is waived for Artisans on Handmade) and list your items for free. Handmade deducts a 15% fee for each item sold.

There are lots of categories to sell in, but a few like digital products, food and grocery, and electronics are not allowed.

Handmade Program Requirements:

    • Apply to become an Artisan
    • Register for a Professional selling plan
    • List your products

Learn how to become an Artisan on Amazon Handmade.


9. Become an ACX Audiobook Narrator

Do you love listening to audiobooks? You can make money with Amazon as an Audiobook Narrator with ACX.

ACX is Amazon’s platform to help authors create their audiobooks.

Whether you’re an experienced audiobook narrator or just getting started, you can find everything you need to know on the ACX site.

You’ll learn what equipment you’ll need, how to set up your home recording space (it’s not as complicated as you might think), and what goes into the narration process from start to finish.

Narrators can choose to get paid one of two ways:

    • As a share of the royalties from the sale of the audiobook
    • As a per-finished-hour rate once the audiobook is complete

ACX Audiobook Narrator Program Requirements:

    • Sign up on ACX and create your profile
    • Create and upload your samples
    • Choose how you’d like to get paid
    • Search for books and submit your auditions

Learn more about becoming an audiobook narrator on ACX.


10. Join Mechanical Turk (MTurk)

If you’re looking to make money with Amazon just once in a while, check out Mechanical Turk.

Also called MTurk, this platform connects people who have simple tasks that need to be completed (called “Requesters”) with those who can complete the tasks (called “Workers”).

Mturk

As a Worker, you can choose the tasks (also called Human Intelligence Tasks or HITs) that you’d like to work on and then get paid once you complete those.

Examples of the types of tasks you might work on include:

    • transcribing audio recordings
    • researching data
    • identifying objects in photos or videos

While it’s unlikely that you’ll make enough money to rely on MTurk alone, it can become a nice side hustle income over time with consistent work.

Designations like “Masters Qualification” and “Premium Qualifications” are given to individuals based on quality of work (Masters) and the specific skills designated in your profile (Premium).

While the benefits of the MTurk program include flexible hours and low threshold for entry, it also means that you’ll need to decide which tasks are worth your time and effort.

MTurk Program Requirements:

    • Sign up for a free account
    • Once approved, go to the HITs page to search for and select a HIT that you’d like to work on
    • Complete the work according to the instructions
    • Get paid after the Requester approves your HIT work (Note that there is a 10 day holding period for earnings for new MTurk workers. Once this holding period passes, you’ll be able to transfer your earnings each day.)

To get started with MTurk, sign up for a Worker account.


11. Sell Items with FBA

Want to sell without having to ship items yourself? Amazon FBA might be right for you.

FBA stands for Fulfillment by Amazon. The FBA program allows sellers to create and maintain a selling account while transferring the responsibility of storing and shipping items to an Amazon fulfillment center. Amazon also handles the returns and removal of unsold items, with certain restrictions.

FBA Program Requirements:

    • Sellers on Amazon are automatically enrolled in FBA
    • Selling plan fee will vary based on if you are an Individual or Professional seller
    • Credit card and bank account is required at sign up. FBA fees are charged to the credit card. Sales are deposited to the bank account.

Amazon FBA can help sellers scale their Amazon sales business. Learn more about FBA.


12. Publish and Sell Books

Have a great story to tell? Thinking about writing that next great novel? Unleash your inner write with Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing.

Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) partners independent writers with the power of millions of readers on Amazon. KDP makes it easy to publish your book and sell it on the Amazon platform.

You can publish in either eBook or paperback (or both). You also retain all rights to your work and can revise your book any time.

Publishers on KDP set their own prices for their books and can earn up to 70% royalty on each sale.

Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Program Requirements:

    • An Amazon account
    • Manuscript of your book
    • Information for your Book Details Page
    • ISBN for your book
    • Choose your book’s price and royalty plan

The KDP site provides excellent instructions and tutorials to guide you through each step of the process.

If you’re ready to explore the world of self-publishing with Amazon, check out Kindle Direct Publishing.


13. Earn with CamperForce

Do you like camping? If you’re a camping enthusiast, then CamperForce might be a great way for you to make money with Amazon.

CamperForce associates are eligible to work at various Amazon facilities in a variety of full or part-time roles. Jobs available include:

    • Sorting items or picking orders
    • Processing returns
    • Preparing packages for their final destinations
    • Assembling grocery orders

Assignments vary in length and are located in a number of states across the U.S.

Amazon CamperForce

In addition to an hourly wage of at least $15 per hour, CamperForce associates are also eligible for other benefits like:

    • $120.00 weekly stipend for your campground expenses
    • Assignment completion bonus ranging from an extra $.50 to $1.00 per hour
    • Overtime pay
    • Medical and prescription coverage (after 90 days)
    • Weekly pay
    • 401(k)
    • $125 referral bonus

CamperForce Program Requirements:

    • Must be at least 18 years old
    • High school diploma or equivalent
    • Able to read and speak English
    • Meet the physical demands of the job (typically lifting up to 49 pounds, standing/ walking for 10-12 hours, and able to push/ pull/ squat/ stretch/ bend)
    • Operate standard warehouse equipment like dollies, hand trucks, forklifts, and others
    • Be able to operate powered industrial equipment (PIT)
    • Climb and descend stairs
    • Possibly work on a mezzanine that is 40 feet high

Additionally, all CamperForce associates must reside in an RV in a campground for the duration of the assignment.

Learn more about CamperForce.


14. Amazon Trade-In

If you’ve been wondering what to do with that old cell phone or other device, check out Amazon Trade-In.

Amazon Trade-In offers Amazon.com gift cards and discounts on certain Amazon devices in exchange for trading in your old device.

Visit the Amazon Trade-In site to see if your device is eligible for the program and, if so, what it’s worth. Then, you can either ship your eligible item for free to Amazon or drop it off at select locations across the U.S.

Amazon Trade-In Program Requirements:

    • A variety of devices in any condition from non-functional to excellent can be traded in.
    • Typically, the better the condition, the higher the trade-in value.

Even if your device doesn’t qualify, you can recycle your old device through the Amazon Recycling Program.

Get started with Amazon Trade-In.


15. Write Reviews for Amazon Vine

If you have a knack for writing compelling product reviews, then check out Amazon Vine.

This invitation-only program is for Amazon shoppers with a history of writing reviews for products that they have purchased. Amazon looks to feedback from other Amazon customers on those reviews. Reviewers who provide the most quality and reliable reviews are invited to apply for Vine.

Vine reviewers are provided free products to try out and review, but you won’t actually make money with Amazon with this program.

Amazon Vine Program Requirements:

    • Must have history of previous product reviews on Amazon
    • Those reviews are evaluated for quality and reliability, based on customer feedback
    • Recent reviews are given more consideration
    • Be invited to join the program by Amazon

Learn how to apply to become a Vine reviewer.


16. Amazon Home Services

Amazon Home Services offers a number of assembly and installation options for those needing these in-home services.

Home Services workers are available to assemble furniture, grills, exercise equipment and more. Amazon promises easy scheduling, transparent pricing and guaranteed satisfaction with the work performed.

This program is currently temporarily closed for applicants, so information on program requirements wasn’t readily available.

However, if you want to check on the status of this program to apply in the future, bookmark the link to Amazon Home Services.


17. Warehouse or Shopper Associate

Amazon is always looking for warehouse and shopper associates to work at their busy fulfillment centers.

These team members may work in roles like:

    • Sorting items
    • Order fulfillment
    • Processing returns
    • Assembling grocery orders

Starting pay is $15 per hour and up and hiring bonuses are sometimes offered. Full and part-time positions are usually available, along with health care benefits and 401(k) plans.

Warehouse or Shopper Associate Requirements:

    • At least 18 years old
    • High school diploma or equivalent
    • Able to read and speak English
    • Meet the physical demands of the job (typically lifting up to 49 pounds, standing/ walking for 10-12 hours, and able to push/ pull/ squat/ stretch/ bend)
    • Operate standard warehouse equipment like dollies, hand trucks, forklifts, and others
    • Be able to operate powered industrial equipment (PIT)
    • Climb and descend stairs
    • Possibly work on a mezzanine that is 40 feet high

Find Warehouse and Shopper Associate jobs here.


18. Accelerator – Private Label

Thinking about starting your own merchandise brand?  Accelerator helps businesses launch their professional brands through the Accelerator program.

The Amazon Accelerator program is geared for manufacturers who have big plans to partner exclusively with Amazon. It’s the first step to become an Amazon Private Brand Supplier

Program details are sparse as this is a fairly limited program. However, if this sounds like the direction you’d like to go in with your online selling business, check out Amazon Accelerator.


Final Thoughts about How to Make Money with Amazon

There are so many ways to make money with Amazon. If you are interested in any of these options, be sure to explore the ones you are interested in.

Think about your earning goals and time commitments involved with each one to help you find the best way for you to make money with Amazon.

If you’re looking for more ways to make money online, check out this guide to best places to sell stuff online or this post about online juror jobs.

How to Make Money with Amazon

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