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November 30, 2021

Amazon Side Hustle: 15 Ways To Boost Your Income

If you're looking for a way to make extra money in your spare time, starting an Amazon side hustle is the way to go. But with so many options- from selling products online to publishing Kindle books- it can be challenging to know where to begin.

Do you want a side hustle you can do in your spare time or an opportunity that could flourish into a full-time business? Are you looking to make passive income or build your own brand? We know all the possibilities can be overwhelming at first. 

Whatever your answers are to these questions, we have an Amazon side hustle that will fit your needs. We've created this guide for anyone (with any skill level) looking to boost their income using Amazon. 

Let's get started!

1. Amazon FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon)

If you're looking to sell products on AmazonAmazon FBA is one of the most popular side hustles on Amazon—in fact, 73% of Amazon sellers use FBA. If you want an easy way to make money online, then look no further.

With Amazon FBA, you send the products you want to sell to an Amazon warehouse, and they handle the fulfillment, which includes storing, packaging, and shipping orders. An additional perk is that they handle customer service in the case of any returns or customer complaints. 

The other good news is that the fees you pay for FBA storage include shipping costs, and your products may be eligible for Amazon Prime free shipping, which can save money. 

To get started, you'll want to create an Amazon account and go to Seller Central. From there, you can create listings for your products and prepare them for shipment. 

Then, you'll ship your products to an Amazon fulfillment center, paying attention to Amazon's shipping instructions

That's all it takes! Pretty simple, right? But now that you know about the perks of using Amazon FBA, you may be wondering what products to sell. 

The following section will outline four different methods for acquiring inventory and making sales using Amazon.

Retail Arbitrage

Retail arbitrage is a business model based on buying low and selling high—the easiest way to do this is by finding a product that is more expensive on Amazon than it is at your local retail or discount store.  

You can compare prices by utilizing product tracking websites, like Keepa or the Amazon Seller app, which will show you the price history for any Amazon product. Then all you have to do is buy the product of your choice locally and sell it on Amazon for a higher price. 

Retail arbitrage is a great side hustle if you're a beginner with selling on Amazon because it is easy to set up and has low startup costs—it's also a great option if you love shopping!

Online Arbitrage

Like retail arbitrage, online arbitrage also involves buying products cheaply and then selling them for a profit. However, with online arbitrage, you buy products online instead of locally. 

You can purchase products on sites like eBay and Walmart that sell for considerably less than on Amazon (ideally more than half the price). 

Like retail arbitrage, online arbitrage is relatively low risk and easy to get started with, but make sure to account for the costs of Amazon FBA (if you decide to fulfill orders there) and other Amazon seller fees.

Wholesale

Selling wholesale on Amazon involves buying your products directly from a manufacturer, usually in bulk. This business model allows you to sell a greater quantity of products than you would with retail or online arbitrage.

With this method, it is essential to have a consistent and reliable supplier for your inventory. A great way to test out these products before purchasing is to order a sample from the manufacturer. Finding high-quality, affordable merchandise is key to long-term business success and it all starts with ensuring the samples you get are of the right quality.

Private label

If you have an idea for a product you would like to manufacture yourself, selling it on Amazon under a private label is another way of making money. Like with wholesale, you can sell large quantities on Amazon. However, the products will be under your own brand name rather than a third-party.

Selling using a private label comes with more starting costs and will take more time, but the profit margins are more significant than other methods. Although manufacturing and selling your own products won't happen overnight, you'll have more room to build your brand. When it comes to building your brand, understanding Amazon ranking factors also plays an important part. In fact, getting your products on the first page of Amazon is definitely a step in the right direction.

The above four methods will get you well on your way to becoming an Amazon reseller. Just ensure that you understand the ins and outs of each method before settling on the one that’s best for you.

2. Kindle Books

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If you love writing… Try your hand at self-publishing on Amazon's Kindle platform. You can publish your work for free and earn up to 70% on royalties through sales on the Kindle online bookstore

To get started, all you have to do is upload your manuscript, include book details (like the title, authors, and a description), and set the price for your Kindle book. 

Do keep in mind that there is a lot of competition with self-publishing on Amazon. If you want to make a profit, you'll have to employ an efficient marketing strategy or garner a social media following to advertise to potential readers.

KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) Print Books

If you want to sell print books… Publishing your work on Kindle's online bookstore isn't the only way to sell eBooks on Amazon. You can also publish paperback books through their KDP Print service. 

To get started with publishing paperback books, you will need to upload your manuscript and book details and choose distribution options for where you want your text to be available. You can check out the costs of printing here

3. Audiobooks

If you're a professional narrator or want to narrate your Audible book… ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange) is an Audible platform where you can record audiobooks for publication. If you're the author of a book, you can record an audio reading through it. Additionally, Kindle authors can hire you on other projects if you're a professional or aspiring narrator. 

If you narrate your audiobooks, you earn a royalty depending on which distribution program you choose: you can either select non-exclusive royalty, which means you can distribute your book elsewhere (for 25% royalty), or exclusive royalty (for 40% royalty), which limits you to selling your book on Amazon platforms. 

If you want to be a narrator, you’ll have to create a profile on ACX to audition for projects. If you are selected, your payment will either be an hourly rate or shared royalties with the rights holder of the audiobook.

4. Reselling books on Amazon

If you're a voracious reader… Another awesome (book-related) side hustle on Amazon is selling books. Similarly to retail arbitrage, you may have to find books locally, whether from garage sales or used book stores. You can use tools like BookScouter to compare prices to listings on Amazon. 

You'll have to set up an Amazon seller account to list and price your books to get started. You can either fulfill the orders yourself or use FBA to ship them out to buyers when they sell. 

Of course, the market price for any given book will vary slightly based on its condition and demand, so be sure to do your product research using the Amazon seller app if you want to make extra income reselling books.

5. Merch by Amazon

If you're a graphic designer or brand-owner… Merch by Amazon is a t-shirt printing service that allows you to sell your own branded products. All you have to do is upload your artwork and designs, and Amazon handles the production of the t-shirts. 

In addition to printing, Amazon handles the fulfillment and customer service. They act as the middleman, so you don't have to deal with the hassle of packaging and shipping yourself. All you have to do is create the design, which gives you all of the creative freedom with none of the hassles.

However, Merch by Amazon is an Amazon business that is invitation-only, so you may be placed on a long waiting list before you are accepted.

6. Amazon Handmade

If you're crafty… Amazon Handmade is an Etsy-Esque website that gives crafters and artisans a platform to sell their handmade goods. Amazon Handmade gives you the tools to make your storefront look professional and also helps sellers reach a large audience, making it a great side hustle.

To get started, you'll need to submit an application that involves uploading pictures and descriptions of your work. If approved, you can create your artisan profile, build your digital shop, and start listing and selling your products! 

If you choose to use Amazon FBA, they will handle all shipping and handling. They won't charge you to list your products, but they have a 15% fee per sale. 

Keep in mind that they have a limited amount of categories under which you are allowed to sell. Before signing up, ensure that your handmade goods fall under the approved product types. 

7. Amazon Trade-In Program

If you have old Amazon electronics laying around the house... Try exchanging them through Amazon's Trade-In Program. The payment will be in Amazon gift cards or, in some cases, credit toward new products. 

While getting Amazon credit as compensation may not be ideal, the Amazon trade-in program doesn't take much hard work. All you have to do is check that your device is eligible for exchange and if it is, answer a few questions about the condition of the product. Amazon will provide you with a shipping label, and you can send it in. 

Once you ship your electronic device, Amazon will appraise it and notify you whether they accept or reject the product - all within two business days. Don’t  worry if your tech products don't meet the standards—in that case, Amazon can recycle them at no cost to you. 

8. Amazon affiliate partner

If you're a content creator or blogger… Look into becoming an affiliate partner on Amazon associates. If you already have a platform or website, you can make money online by referring customers to buy items on Amazon through your personal referral link. 

By driving traffic to Amazon and creating sales through your affiliate links, you can receive up to 10% commission. 

This fantastic side hustle doesn't require any initial investment since you'll already need to have a blog or website set up to qualify. All it takes is partnering with Amazon to make recommendations, and you'll make an easy extra income. 

One common sticking point that holds people back from this type of business is not having a website. If you’ve ever had that concern (whether it came from feeling you are not a technical person or setting up your own site seemed like it involved hundreds of steps), rest assured that you can do Amazon affiliate marketing without a website. All it takes is having alternative methods to get your products across to potential customers.

9. Amazon influencer

If you have a significant social media presence… Consider becoming an Amazon Influencer. As a member of the Amazon influencer program, you'll create unique content on how to use Amazon services and promote products for your audience.

Once selected, you will build a digital storefront and create content to recommend products to your audience. Like with the Amazon affiliate partner program, you'll gain commission through your affiliate links when people buy something after clicking the links under your videos or blog posts. 

To qualify, you'll need to have a significant social media following on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, or TikTok.

10. Amazon Mechanical Turk

If you want to complete small tasks for money… Amazon Mechanical Turk uses crowdsourcing to outsource jobs virtually. Different options include transcription services, editing audio, or collecting information for surveys, which are all great ways to make a few extra bucks on the side. 

There are hundreds of tasks that pay relatively little but can be completed quickly and fit into your schedule. Therefore, Amazon mechanical Turk is a great side hustle if you're tech-savvy and looking for additional work you can do in your free time.

11. Amazon Appstore Developer

If you've developed an app… You can make extra money by becoming an Amazon Appstore developer. By publishing your app on the Amazon Appstore, you will gain the broad reach that comes with any Amazon business—Amazon claims that 67% of developers saw an increase in audience after using their platform

To begin, you'll have to create an Amazon developer account. Registration and publishing your app is free, and there are a few options to make money: you can get paid for targeted ads, enable in-app purchases, or set a download fee.

12. Amazon Alexa Skills

If you want to get creative with AI… Amazon Alexa is a voice-powered assistant that helps you control other smart devices around your home. Through Amazon, you can create custom skills for the Alexa system that Alexa users can download. 

Of course, this is a more technical skill that requires programming experience, but it's another fun way for people with relevant knowledge to make some extra money. You have the flexibility to set your price and will earn up to 70% of revenue if someone purchases your skill.

13. AWS Marketplace

If you're a software developer or vendor… The AWS (Amazon Web Services) Marketplace is a platform where you can make money by uploading your software. 

Like many Amazon side hustles, this is an efficient way to increase your reach to new users and let Amazon handle billing and customer service. To get started, you'll have to register as a marketplace seller and build your listings, determine the software delivery option, and complete product forms. 

14. Amazon Delivery Service Partner

If you want to build and manage a delivery team… Try becoming an Amazon Delivery Service Partner. Although the upfront investment makes this a more serious business venture (Amazon states that the startup cost is $10,000 at the lowest), you'll have the support of Amazon every step of the way. 

Becoming an Amazon delivery service partner is a long-term business venture. In the position, you will be responsible for hiring and coaching delivery employees and managing the delivery vans. Still, the average profit makes this a worthy gig—Amazon claims as a delivery service partner, you can make as much as 300k in annual earnings.

15. Amazon Flex

If you want to deliver packages with your own vehicle… Amazon Flex is an on-demand delivery service that allows you to be your own boss. With Amazon Flex, you can get paid to deliver packages for Amazon. 

Drivers make between $18-25 dollars an hour depending on location, the time it takes for them to make the deliveries, and tips. Additionally, as an independent contractor, you can work whenever you want, making this a great side hustle if you want to set your own schedule. 

You can download the Amazon Flex app to sign up and get started.

FAQs

What are some Amazon side hustles?

Below is our list of 20 Amazon side hustles to consider:

  • Amazon FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon)
  • Retail arbitrage
  • Online arbitrage
  • Wholesale seller
  • Private label seller
  • Kindle books
  • KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing)
  • Reselling books on Amazon
  • Audiobooks on Audible
  • Merch by Amazon
  • Amazon Handmade
  • Amazon Trade-in Program
  • Amazon Affiliate Partner
  • Amazon Mechanical Turk
  • Amazon Appstore
  • Amazon Alexa skills
  • AWS Marketplace
  • Amazon Flex
  • Amazon Delivery Service Partner
  • Amazon Influencer

Do Amazon side hustles work

In short, the answer is yes! Amazon is the world's largest marketplace, and there are plenty of opportunities for anyone looking to make extra cash or start their own business.

You should also consider what time commitment you want to make from the beginning: Amazon has options for part-time gigs, but you can create a full-time job if you really commit to the side hustle of your choice. 

The cool thing about Amazon is that there are options to fit anyone's unique niche. Maybe you're an influencer trying to find a way to make money from affiliate links, or perhaps you're a tech-nerd who wants to launch your app on a larger platform. Amazon will have a side hustle that makes sense for your passion or brand. 

You can refer to our guide above to find the perfect side hustle that fits with your schedule and budget—no matter what it might be!

How much can I make with an Amazon side hustle?

How much you make depends greatly on what Amazon side-hustle you've chosen and your business model. 

Suppose you're selling products through Amazon FBA. In that case, your profit margins will depend on how much you spend on inventory upfront (like deciding to bulk order products versus finding them locally with retail arbitrage). If you choose to go the private label route, you'll have to know how much it will cost to manufacture your products.

Some programs offer royalties, like Kindle books, Audible (ACX), and Merch by Amazon. Others offer commissions, like Amazon Influencer and Amazon Affiliate partner. Alternatively, Amazon's trade-in program provides credits.

For more immediate cash flow, you can sign up for Amazon Handmade (Amazon will take a 15% fee) or work jobs with opportunities to go full-time like Amazon Flex or Amazon Delivery Service Partners. 

To get more financial details on these and other Amazon programs, make sure to read our guide above.

Final Thoughts

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It's clear that Amazon side hustles can be a great way to make some extra income. However, choosing the right endeavor can be stressful, so we hope that the money-making ideas in this guide lead you in the right direction.

With just an Amazon account to start, you can locate your passion and use your creativity to invest in yourself and your business endeavor. Get started with an Amazon side hustle today and start boosting your income!

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