Starting an Amazon FBA business can be quite overwhelming, especially if you are starting with little money.
There's a lot to learn, and it's hard to figure out where to start. That's why I decided to put together this guide for anyone looking into starting their own Amazon FBA business on a budget.
This step-by-step guide will walk through each part of the process for setting up an Amazon FBA business on any budget. Learn how to choose a niche, find a popular product within that niche, source a manufacturer or supplier, ship products to Amazon fulfillment centers, and more.
With loads of tips and tricks on how to advertise your Amazon business inexpensively, this article is worth reading for all budding entrepreneurs out there - so let's dive right in!
How Amazon FBA works
Fulfillment by Amazon means that you ship your product to Amazon's warehouse, and they ship it on your behalf. They handle all customer service issues, refunds, returns, etc.
This means that there are several steps to take to get started with an Amazon FBA business.
First, you need to choose a niche, research products within your niche that are popular and easy to sell on Amazon.
Next, you need to find a supplier or manufacturer of the product. Then, once your product is ready for sale on Amazon, you will ship it to an Amazon warehouse. Finally, you will need to advertise your product and get it in front of potential customers on Amazon.
Let's go through each step in detail, so you know what needs to be done.
Pick A Niche
One of the most important things you'll have to do when getting started with an Amazon FBA business is to find a niche. The niche should have popular products that are easy to sell.
If you choose a niche where there isn't much competition, it will be easier for your product to rank high on the search results page and get more sales organically. More sales mean a low BSR (best seller rank), making it easier for Amazon to put your product listing in more relevant searches.
If you choose a niche with too much competition, it will be harder for your products to rank high and get customers organically. You may end up making fewer sales than expected.
You want to choose a niche that has enough competition, but not too much. Before you settle on a niche, ask yourself these questions:
By asking yourself these questions, you will understand how difficult it will be to sell your product. If other sellers are getting a lot of negative reviews, read the comments to see what buyers are looking for. Doing this will help you understand what features your product should have.
Find A Product Within Your Niche
The next step of the process is product research within your niche. Let's assume you have picked the fitness niche. Since you want to start selling on a small budget, focus on lightweight and small products. Fitness is a competitive niche with many active products on Amazon. It would help if you narrowed it down further by researching what's trending among similar niches before settling with one particular item.
While choosing between similar items might seem difficult, it is vital to make a final decision. If you are not sure, stick with the most popular product. You can always switch products in the future once you have gained better insights on selling online.
So how can you find popular items within your niche? There are several different ways:
Let me explain each method of finding products. Then I will show you how to narrow it down further and select the best item based on several factors: price, earnings, reviews, and more.
Using The Amazon Best Sellers List
The Best Sellers list is a great place to start because it shows you the top 100 best-selling items on Amazon. You can see how many reviews each product has, what price they are sold, and even which colors or sizes are most popular among customers.
To view the best sellers list, search “Amazon best sellers” on Google or click on “Best Sellers” on the Amazon homepage as highlighted in the image below.
To narrow your search click on the department you wish to sell on and look at the top products. For example, if you wish to start selling smartwatches, click on electronics - wearable technology - smartwatches. Look at the features, colors, and sizes common in the top products. This will give you a good idea of what to sell and how to list your products.
Using Amazon's Search Bar
Using Amazon's search bar is another way to find products that you can start selling in your niche. Type something like "fitness watches" or "running shoes for women." You will see the most popular items within that particular niche based on customer reviews and ratings.
Fitness watches return over 8,000 items. From here, you can narrow it down even further by looking at the average customer ratings. Click on four stars rating to reduce the results.
You can reduce the results further using price, product condition, and features.
Once you have found an interesting product, click "other sellers" under the price to find similar items. This will help you understand how much competition this niche has and if you should take further action.
You can also scroll down the page to see other product suggestions on "More to consider from our brands" and "Customers who viewed this item also viewed" that may be relevant for your niche as well.
Before settling on products to sell, make sure you first review the list of FBA product restrictions. Doing this will save you time and money in the long run.
Searching On Google
Google is another good resource for finding products within your niche. If you search something like "best selling (your niche) products", Google will return top results within your selected niche. You will see ads for some of the items in your niche.
You will also see sites that recommend products that you can sell. I wouldn't use this as the primary source for finding products, but it's something you can use to see what other people are recommending. You need to be careful because some of these sites will recommend products that may no longer be making sales.
Google will also suggest items you can sell when you type "best selling (your niche)."
From my search, you can see that Google suggests fitness books, bands, trackers, and watches. This means that the products are popular and might be profitable once you decide to start selling using Amazon FBA.
Searching On Pinterest
Pinterest is another excellent place to find ideas for what kind of products you should be looking at when starting an Amazon FBA business. You can search for something like "fitness products," and Pinterest will give you hundreds of results with popular items within your niche.
By now, you should have found a product idea, and you also know there is demand within this market segment. The next step would be sourcing for products.
Sourcing For Products
Now that you know what kind of products to look at, it's time to source for them. You now need to find suppliers selling these products at wholesale prices so you can sell on Amazon FBA and make money. There are two ways to go about finding suppliers.
The first option is contacting manufacturers directly through their website and asking them if they will sell you the products. This can be a time-consuming process, but you can find high-quality manufacturers that can meet your needs and offer competitive prices if done correctly.
Option two is finding a supplier on Alibaba or another wholesale site where many manufacturers list their products. This is usually much quicker than contacting manufacturers because you will have fewer suppliers to choose from, but it comes with more risk since they may not be able to meet your needs or provide competitive prices.
For example, you've decided to sell fitness watches. Go to Alibaba and type "fitness watches" in the search bar. You will see a list of suppliers who sell different versions of these products, so make sure you look at all of them before deciding on your supplier.
When looking at a supplier's profile, you will see their ratings from other buyers. You can also view reviews to have an idea of the quality and service they provide before deciding on who to work with.
It is essential to read reviews as it gives you more insight into how the company operates, if there have been any issues in past transactions, and what you can expect during the process. Narrow down your search based on supplier type, product type, minimum order, location, ratings, and price.
After finding a supplier, it's time to negotiate on price and how much they will charge for shipping. Shipping costs are significant because they determine how much money you are going to make.
Contact suppliers using Alibaba or email (if possible). Ask what products they can provide, minimum order quantities (MOQ), price per unit, and delivery time. This is also the right time to negotiate the best possible deal.
The negotiation process can be tricky if you don't know what makes a good offer or how much money should go into each part of your costs. The goal is to minimize shipping costs and product price while still getting a good deal.
Here are tips to help you with your negotiation process:
Once both parties agree on selling prices, place an order with your suppliers. This should be a sample order to make sure they meet your requirements.
Make sure you've settled on profitable products that are within your budget. If they cost more than you can afford, return to the drawing board and go back through your product research process.
How To Calculate Amazon FBA Business Profit
To calculate how much profit you'll make, use the Amazon FBA calculator. There are two ways to get the information needed for this. The first is using the search box, and the second is using your numbers and entering them manually.The first option works when you want to sell an exact product to what is listed on Amazon. From our example of fitness watches, let's use this product as a reference.
We will use the product ASIN (Amazon Standard Identification Number), which you'll find under "product information" by scrolling down the product page.
Copy the ASIN and paste it in the search bar, then click on search.
The next step is to input these details:
Click on calculate after filling in the information. You will see the image below.
The other option is using product dimensions, weight, and category. Use this option if you can’t find an exact product listing on Amazon.
For example, let’s use the following figures:
Click estimate and then fill in the item price as $25, ship to Amazon $3.55 and cost of the product as $8, and then hit calculate. You can have a look at the below image for an example.
Using the FBA calculator is the best way to ensure that you will spend money on profitable products.
After receiving your samples, test them to make sure they are of good quality. You cannot just send your products straight to Amazon without first checking them because you will lose money if they aren't up to standard. This is a crucial step that many new sellers fail to do.
The quality of products can make or break your Amazon business. For example, if you are selling watches, and they stop ticking after two days or the strap breaks within a few weeks, this will reflect poorly on your Amazon business. All of these factors need to be tested before putting them up for sale on the Amazon marketplace.
After you've tested the products and are happy with them, it's time to start selling on Amazon.
Creating An Amazon Seller Account
To sell your products on Amazon, you will need to create a seller account. A professional seller account costs $39 per month. Visit Amazon to set up your seller account.
Make sure you have the following:
With an Amazon seller account created, you can then list your products.
List Products On Amazon
To list products on Amazon, you need to log in to your individual seller account. Your product listings should show you're using FBA. Change "fulfilled by" from merchant to Amazon. There are two listing options:
When listing products, remember you're building your product detail page. Below is an image showing the product detail page.
The key to building a good product page is images and keywords. Let's discuss these two in detail.
Product images need to be high quality. Amazon recommends that sellers provide at least six product images and one video. You can either take your product photos or hire someone else to do it for you.
If you are photographing products yourself, remember these two things:
You can also learn more from Amazon self-service imaging products videos.
Keywords are part of Amazon SEO (search engine optimization) and are very important to get right. There are two types of keywords:
It is best to use a mixture of both short and long-tail keywords when listing products on Amazon. You can also read our blog about how you can optimize your product listings to rank on the first page of Amazon.
There are three things you need to remember about keywords:
Now that you know how to list products on the Amazon platform, let's talk about shipping your products to Amazon fulfillment centers.
Ship Your Products To Amazon Warehouses
Before shipping your products, you need to prepare them first. Preparing products means properly labeling and using appropriate packing materials for packaging. After preparing your shipment, you can use Amazon shipping services or your own.
After your products have arrived in Amazon’s fulfillment center, they will be scanned and recorded. This now means your products are ready to sell on Amazon.
When you start selling, it is important to plow back any profits to grow your Amazon business. Here is how you can do this:
Tips To Increasing Amazon FBA Sales
Branding is an integral part of any business, and Amazon FBA is no exception. To brand your Amazon business, you need a name and a design that will help you stand out.
A brand name that is memorable, easy to spell, and sticks in people's minds will give you an edge. You can set up a website under your brand name where visitors can buy products via Amazon FBA directly from you.
Your brand design should be simple, clean, and professional. You can use the design by printing it on products or packages. This helps create trust with customers who are not familiar with your Amazon business. Either way, it will help build your brand.
Amazon pay-per-click advertising is an effective way to generate targeted traffic. It's important that when you are running ads on Amazon, they are placed under the right keywords so customers searching for your products can find them faster.
Set a daily budget and start with automatic ads to see how they perform. Once you better understand how well the ads are working, you can start to run manual campaigns.
Using influencers to generate interest in your products is an excellent way of getting more people interested in what you’re selling on Amazon. Influencer marketing works by having influential figures promote your brand for you.
You can use platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, TikTok, & Instagram. When starting, test micro-influencers first to see how successful the promotion is and then use bigger influencers if you find that people are interested in buying your products. Be aware that some influencers will ask for free products and still charge a fee.You can also use Amazon influencers or sites like Shoutcart to connect with relevant influencers for your niche.
Get More Reviews
Getting more reviews is a simple way to increase your Amazon FBA sales. Getting reviews takes time and effort, so you must build a good strategy around it from the beginning. Here are a few tips to help you build reviews for your Amazon FBA business:
Use Other Platforms To Get Customers
There are a lot of different places where people buy products online nowadays. It is important to take advantage of these platforms and promote your own brand as best as possible. One of the most effective ways is through social media. There's no better way to connect with people than on their favorite platform. Here are some examples:
How To Start Amazon FBA Business With Little Money FAQ
No, a minimum investment in this business is needed. You need to ship products to an Amazon fulfillment center even if you want to start selling what you already have. This will cost money, so you need to have a certain amount of capital beforehand.
There isn't one specific type or style that works better than another. It all depends on your preference and what customers are looking for in today's market. It's important to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and hot items.
There is no set amount of how much you need to invest, but it's best not to spend all your savings on starting up an Amazon FBA business. You will most likely have some initial costs such as buying products and shipping; as such, you’ll need to have some money available to get the ball rolling.
As we've seen above, you can start an Amazon FBA business with little money. Let's recap on the tips that help you improve when selling on Amazon:
With the above information, you should be ready to start an Amazon FBA business. If needed, take time to go through this post again as well as the other links that we’ve recommended in it.
When you have all the right knowledge available, you’ll be well on your way to setting up a successful FBA business and be up and running within a short time.