It's relatively straightforward to set yourself up as an Amazon seller and gain access to a potentially worldwide buyer audience. Here's how.
The first thing you need to do is login to your Amazon account. Then, scroll to the bottom of the page and find the column entitled ‘Make Money with us’. Click on the first available option ‘Sell on Amazon’ as shown in the picture below.
Once you have completed this step, you will be taken to this page:
Click on ‘Start selling’ and simply follow the procedure to create a Seller account.
First, you will be required to give personal information (name, country of residence etc). You will also have to select a type of business (charity, factory, privately-owned or individual etc).
Once this is done, you will be asked for selling information. This section will require your country of citizenship and country of birth as well as your passport or ID number.
After that, you will need to enter payment information and you will be asked to enter a store name. Then, you’ll be able to start selling! You will be taken to the seller central homepage. To be able to receive money, you will also be asked to add in banking information. This is what your screen should look like once you have created your account:
To start selling, you will need to add products.Go to the ‘Inventory’ section, on the top-left corner of the page and click on ‘Add a product’.
You will be taken to this page, which offers several ways to add a product to be sold:
If you are selling a popular product, chances are it has already been sold on Amazon. You can then select the first option, ‘search Amazon catalogue’. Type in the product’s name, select the matching product and click on ‘Sell yours’, as shown in the picture below.
Once this is done, you will be required to provide more information such as Seller SKU (a unique code you create to be able to identify your product), product condition and price, the quantity and the merchant shipping price. Afterwards, click ‘Save and Finish’ and your product will be added.
If you already have a product file, you can use option number 2, in the middle of the picture below. Simply click on ‘Continue’ to upload the product file.
You will be asked to confirm the product’s category, to match the product information and to create listings. Then, your product will be added.
If you don’t have a product file and your product is not available on Amazon’s search catalogue, you will need to create your own product file. Go to the third option on the right and press ‘Continue’.
First, select the type of product that you want to add (for example, a guitar). Click on the ‘+’ to add it as shown in the picture below.
Then, select a type of Template. Choose either ‘Lite’, ‘Advanced’ or ‘Custom’ depending on which best fits your product. Then, click on ‘Generate Template’.
Once you have done this, use the generated product file to fill in your product’s needed information. Then, add your product using the second section (‘Already have a product file’).
Your products will now be ready to be sold on Amazon.