When you make the decision to start an Amazon business and begin selling online, you come to find there will be many tools and supplies you will need. It can be very exciting and overwhelming at the same time as there are SO MANY options out there for you to choose from. You wonder, "what do I NEED," "what can I afford," "will this even work," and even, "Ohhhh that looks fun."
As many of you may know, I began my Amazon business with $0. That's right, zero - nilch - nada. I was selling items I had around the house and I ALWAYS reinvested what I made right back into my business. All of the labor was done between myself and my family and I had no one guiding me on what products were necessary, as well as, successful. I began doing all of the research myself and in the interim my business grew. To make a long story short, I now have built my own "empire" with over $1,000,000 in gross sales, a team of full time employess, a personal coaching business for selling on Amazon, a book, and a 1,200 square foot warehouse that we base the business out of.
Now, I point all of this out because I KNOW what it is like to build a business from scratch, not have the capital on hand to constantly invest, and especially what it is like to be overwhelmed when it comes to "next steps." One of the most crucial values I try to pass on to those I coach is the importance of reinvesting your profits back into your business. To this day, I, as well as many other succesffu sellers I know closely, CONSISTENTLY reinvest the money we make back into our business. The tools and products you invest in coincide with this, as well, as many of the products you purchase will help to streamline your business processes and reallocate your time to the more essential aspects of your business. Believe me, I understand that when starting out many people want to take profits out right away and don't see the necessity in some tools.
However, if you are SERIOUS about your Amazon business, investing in your business and in the tools that help to streamline your processes, shoud be VERY HIGH on your goals and priority lists.
So, where do you begin? I have composed a list of tools that I, personally, have tested, use, and feel are essential for a successful Amazon business. I have an employee who tests and educates himself on what products and tools are out there, and we do all necessary research ourselves. The tools I am recommending below I use, my team uses, and many of the clients I coahc use as well. Now, understand that EACH indvidual is different. What works for me, in the end, may not work for you. What fits my business and financial goals, may not fit yours. I get that and hope you do as well. Now, some of the tools I list will make your packaging processes excessively simpler, some will be a necessity or required when selling certain types of items - Whatever their function, I have listed them, because, in the end, they will provide you with a better - more efficient business process, and save you the time normally spent on tedious portions of your business, so that you can designate that time to the more important aspects of your business (The ones that make you money - i.e. sourcing). on this page, we share the physical equipment that we use for our business. see our software page where we share the items that we use to make our sourcing and amazon business easier.