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The Amazon Files, hosted by Kristin Ostrander, Amazon business strategist and one of the founders of Mommy Income, hits the airwaves every Tuesday with the real truth about selling on Amazon. This show isn’t about sugar-coated reality. It’s real truth - the good, the bad and the ugly - shared with practical action steps and strategies to help both new and experienced sellers tackle the world’s largest retail sales platform.

Feb 17, 2020

There’s a lot of Amazon FBA sellers out there waving their banner of achieving six and seven figure incomes. Whether those numbers are real or exaggerated, the reality is it takes money to make money. All kinds of legitimate businesses need investment in time and money, and you certainly need them before starting an Amazon business. But knowing how much you need is as important as having them. Setting your expectations is part of running a successful online business.

Today, we discuss how much money you need to invest to start an Amazon business. We explain why it’s important to know what to expect before starting. We list the initial fees you need to consider when starting on Amazon, including the operational costs you should expect as you grow your store. We also share some of the tools we use in our Amazon businesses as well as explain why we don’t recommend taking out a loan to start your Amazon journey.


“If you don’t want to pay fees, remember what Amazon gives you in place of that: warehousing, shipping, customer service, and all of your returns.” - Amy Feierman


This week on the Amazon Files:

  • The importance of investing in education before starting your Amazon business and why free courses and YouTube tutorials may not be enough
  • The difference between a hobby and a business and why you need to ensure your Amazon business is fun
  • Why you need money to start a business and how to start an Amazon business with as little as $500
  • Why we don’t recommend taking out loans to start with Amazon
  • The differences and similarities between operational and initial costs
  • Initial, selling, storage, and other fees associated with setting up an Amazon store
  • How much an Amazon Pro-Merchant account costs and why we recommend it
  • Paying for your taxes and the Amazon 1009-k
  • Tools and resources that we use and how to beat the shiny object syndrome


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