You will find all the courses I bought, groups I joined and tools I use on a daily basis for my international Amazon business. If you’re a reader of my blog you already know that I am using affiliate links for some products mentioned in this blog. However, I can honestly vouch for every single tool on this page, because I have personally purchased and used all of them.
:: COURSES ::
The Selling Family
Jessica Larrew inspired me to start with Amazon FBA when she got interviewed by Pat Flynn in 2014. She quickly grew her business to over 300k in sales and was able to bring her husband home full time to help. Jessica offers several coaching programs. I picked up her Grocery Goldmine, Online Sourcing Strategies and Train a Virtual Assistant class.
Duane Malek’s coaching group was what I needed to get to the next level in my FBA business. He provides plenty of how-to videos, but most of all welcomes you into his private Facebook group of experienced sellers, who are eager to answer all your questions. Thanks to Duane and his group I learned to find off-the-shelf replens that are moving fast with steady profits.
Barrington McIntosh has one of the best success stories I’ve heard. He lives on an island and sells products all over the world online. With his coaching I got set up on Amazon.co.uk including VAT registration in less than 6 weeks. I now sell in 6 countries including my home land – Germany!!! He also offers the course “Get on AZ” especially for people outside the U.S.
This is a very insightful webinar series with Lance Wolf, Andy Dew and Barrington McIntosh – the 3 Amigos. They really pulled down the curtain and shared so much information on how they run their Amazon businesses, that my mind was spinning. This series is probably not for the beginner, but more the experienced Amazon seller.
:: BOOKS ::
The bestselling book Silent Sales Machine by Jim Cockrum is probably THE book that inspired many future online sellers to start this business. Many sellers I’ve talked to mentioned Jim’s book as the reason why they started selling online. It’s a great book for starters to put you in the right mindset and to find out if this business is for you.
My first eBook that I bought about selling on Amazon was Arbitrage by Chris Green – often referred to as the “Godfather”. Chris was amongst the first FBA sellers when Amazon launched this service. He is also the founder of Scanpower. His book Arbitrage will give you insight in how selling on Amazon works, why it works and how it can work for you.
The authors Charlene Anderson and Darla Flack, both with many years of wholesale experience, teamed up for this book all about Wholesale Sourcing. It comes at a higher price point for a good reason, because it’s a complete course packed in a book with lots of valuable information about the ins and outs of buying profitable inventory wholesale.
From A Corporate Guy Who Left His Job To Sell On Amazon Full Time
Find out why Robert Bagley decided to sell on Amazon instead of keeping his $200,000+ corporate job. He shares a lot of personal details about his early career, his thought process, the online selling lessons he learned during the transition and also…. why he decided to go back to the corporate world at last.
:: FACEBOOK GROUPS ::
Debra Conrad is known for her bundling strategies and finding treasures in thrift stores. She runs a weekly podcast called The Streamer Show (formerly the Thrifting for Profit podcast) and hosts the popular Facebook group Thrifting for Profit with currently over 17,000 members. I had the pleasure to listen to one of her bundling webinars, which gave me a lot of great ideas for new product listings.
Fast Turn Radio
Duane Malek runs this free to the public Facebook group all about finding off-the-shelf products that move… well, FAST – with steady profits. Duane is very humble and down-to-earth and shares a ton of knowledge for Retail & Online Arbitrage as well as buying wholesale.
:: SERVICES ::
Selling online is a lot of fun. Dealing with taxes not so much. Gathering all the sales tax you collected and matching them up to the individual county taxes is real challenge. Tax Jar makes this time consuming process a lot faster. It automatically pulls all your sales data from your Amazon store, summarizes it by state and county and submits your sales tax return for you.
If you’re selling in the United Kingdom this is for you. Claire Taylor started this service for business making sales in the UK. She and her team will make sure you pay the right amount of VAT (value added tax) on time to keep the UK government happy. I just completed my first VAT return with Claire and she made it very easy for me.
When you grow your inventory it becomes really challenging and time consuming to keep up with your numbers in a simple Excel spreadsheet. This is where Inventory Lab comes into play. I can finally analyze my inventory and review performance of individual products, overall profit and much more with a click of a button. I know exactly how much my business makes every day.
If you’re selling on Amazon.co.uk or any countries in the Euro zone, you will be paid in British pounds and Euros. Amazon will transfer that money right to your U.S. bank account, however they charge a fee for that. World First charges a lot less and you get both a British Pounds and Euro bank account on top of that.
Being signed up to multiple online stores, services to run my Amazon business as well as personal stuff, it’s difficult to have good passwords for all of them, let alone remembering them all. Instead of keeping a list of passwords I signed up for Last Pass. It remembers all my passwords on all my devices and I just have to remember one single password. Huge time saver!
You probably already use Evernote. Besides personal notes, it helps my Amazon business to keep track of buying opportunities, and most of all, receipts. I snap a picture of them and send it right to a specific Evernote folder. The beauty is that Evernote does text recognition, so all my receipts become searchable.
To keep a backup of all my business files, I created a folder that syncs with my Dropbox. It’s free and as soon as I change any of my files, Dropbox has a backup copy that I can access from anywhere.
Mileage is tax deductible and worth tracking. Unfortunately I usually forget to do it. This app for your phone always tracks your trips in the background without having to turn it on or off. It records every trip, splits it up into segments and gives you the exact mileage, cost and even a map with your trip. A huge time saver and well worth the subscription fee.
:: ONLINE SELLING ESSENTIALS ::
Some price labels just won’t come off easy and often times they leave a sticky residue on the product. That doesn’t look good and especially not NEW and professional. Goo Gone works miracles with any type of residue. Just sprinkle a little bit on a piece of cloth and it comes off instantly. Careful with uncoated paper packaging, because Goo Gone might leave stains on it.
I can’t believe it took me 3 months to finally invest in a Scotty Peeler. It is so much easier than fumbling to get the price labels off with your fingernails. And so much faster! Do yourself a favor and buy this right from the start. But stay away from the metal version. It’s too sharp and you will cut yourself bleeding all over your inventory.
I never go back to open polybags that I have to tape closed. Too annoying and time consuming! Self-Seal polybags cost a little more but are so much faster to use and it comes with a professional look. The suffocation warning is required from Amazon for openings of more than 5 inches.
Open Polybags with clear Tape
You’ll save a few dollars compared to the self-seal polybags, but you’ll need a lot more time to close the bag with regular tape. I only use open polybags if I ran out of self-seal bags.
I’ve tried many different types of shipping tape. Some are louder, other quieter. It depends on where and when you are packing your boxes and on your budget.
Speeds up the packing process tremendously. No more fumbling with tape.
These labels are very important whenever you’re creating a bundle or multi-pack. They have to be on the polybag, so that the Amazon warehouse staff knows that this is considered one product.
I started out just using 30-up labels on my inkjet printer to put on my products. After winning this Dymo at a contest I was able to cut down on the time spent on the packing & shipping process. The Dymo is fast and the labels come off easily. It’s a must have if you want to get more efficient.
I never buy the original Dymo labels. These here are fairly inexpensive and work great with my Dymo.
:: SOFTWARE & PLUGINS ::
When you’re doing a lot of research for profitable products on Amazon you’re grateful for every click you save to get to the information you need. Jungle Scout pulls data like ranks, who’s the seller in the buy box, estimated sales, etc. at a click of a button. I use it all the time, because speeds up my buying decision tremendously.
I have the Keepa extension installed in Chrome. It shows me how the price and rank developed in the last few months. Keepa also has a page with the biggest daily price drops for deal hunters. Check out Keepa »