Through my journey to build up online income, I’ve discovered that Amazon Selling can be very effective. There are a lot of full time RVers making an income for themselves doing this exact thing.
But what exactly is Amazon selling? To find out more I talked to Jason Wyatt.
Jason is the Amazon selling expert. Everything you ever wanted to know about Amazon selling can be found on his site at touringfreedom.com. Jason is also the admin of the Facebook group Touring Freedom RV Living and Amazon Selling which has almost 1,500 members.
Jason was kind enough to answer a few questions I had about himself and Amazon selling. Here are his answers to my questions:
1) Why did you create touringfreedom.com and the Touring Freedom Facebook group?
It seemed like the most commonly asked question in other RV groups was, “how do you make money on the road?” I didn’t feel like Facebook comments were enough for people to understand how it works. I thought, “I really need a blog article on this,” but I didn’t have a blog. I thought If I was going to start a blog about it, I might as well teach others how to do it. The Facebook group was just a natural progression of that thought. People need a place to hang out and discuss problems and ideas.
2) What is Amazon Selling and how does it work?
Basically, you can store your inventory at Amazon and they ship it for you. Most people start out by finding items on clearance at local stores that they can flip for a profit. A full time living can be made out of just that business model, although I teach other methods as well. Traveling in an RV makes it easy to find inventory.
3) For someone new to Amazon Selling, where do they start and how do they get the most out of it?
I would recommend someone start with a professional seller account. There are many advantages, and most people who don’t choose this, regret it later. Once that’s done, download the Amazon Seller app. You will have a month to scan everything you can to get an idea of what you’re looking for before any fees are assessed to your account. Most people are able to send in inventory and make their first sales within the first two to three weeks.
4) What are some of the hot topics that seem to always be discussed within the group?
I think the most common post is screen shots from the Amazon Seller app asking if a particular item is a good buy.
5) If you could magically give all of your community members one thing in this world, what would it be, and why?
Experience. I want to help everyone, but there’s some things I just can’t teach. While I try to explain how to make product buying (we call it “sourcing”) decisions, some members of the group need the confidence that only experience will provide them.
6) If you could ask your group members one thing and get an answer from all of them, what would that question be?
I think the one thing I would really like to know from the group is what is the one thing that most helped them be successful. Understanding this could allow me to help more people. I ask frequently what the new people want to know, but many times they don’t even understand that there is something they need to know. On the flip side, it’s very difficult for the experienced sellers to explain what it is that helped them most, and of course it’s different for everyone.
7) Has anything surprised you about owning a website for Amazon Selling for full time RVers?
I think the normal answer to this question is to be surprised at the response, but that doesn’t apply here. I knew the response would be good because I knew the demand was huge and the business works. I guess the most surprising thing is the people I get the opportunity to help. I started this thinking that I would be able to help people live their dreams of traveling full-time in their RV. As it turns out, there was much more than that. I have gotten the privilege of helping those people, but the biggest reward has been helping the downtrodden. It didn’t even cross my mind that so many would find me that weren’t living in an RV by choice. Watching some of the people who were living in old campers because they had nothing else climb out of bad financial situations because of what I taught them is the most rewarding surprise that I could have never prepared myself for.
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