When we speak of Amazon, the first thing that comes to mind is online shopping. It’s our go-to place online for finding and buying just about anything – from tech and beauty items to food and home furniture. But did you know that the platform also offers great work from home jobs?
So, if you are looking for more ways to earn an income from the comforts of your own home, you might want to learn some of the best Amazon work from home jobs and make money on Amazon.
Why Make Money on Amazon?
Before we dive into what work you can do at Amazon, let’s first talk about what makes working for Amazon from home different from other online gigs out there and how you can make it work for you.
Work and not just a freelance gig
According to this report, Amazon was in the top 10 of 100 companies in 2019 offering a wide range of remote jobs and it’s not hard to imagine why.
With its extensive global reach, there’s a constantly high demand for skilled individuals in sales, advertising, customer service, administrative support, software development, accounting, and IT.
Some of these positions are part-time and some seasonal but a good number are full-time positions. It’s vastly different from a freelance gig where you can work on an assignment during convenient times on random days of the week.
As a full-time employee working from home, you’ll enjoy amazing employee benefits, including health insurance, a 401K plan, paid maternal and paternal leaves, and employee discounts.
The possibility of building a career
While you may start working for Amazon from home on a part-time contract, there’s also tremendous opportunity to build your skillset, transition on to higher positions and more stable contracts, and build a career in a specialized field.
For instance, there’s quite a high demand for people who can speak another language other than English in its customer service department, as well as those specializing in IT and cloud support services.
Amazing income potential
And of course, Amazon offers excellent opportunities to make an incredible income for entrepreneurs. Its global market reach brings your products instantly on the screens of billions of people, so it’s definitely one of the top platforms for an e-commerce business!
Important Tip When Finding Amazon Work-from-Home Opportunities
Amazon work-from-home jobs are classified by location. Make your search easy by heading over to Amazon’s Virtual Locations Job page and narrowing your search by state, job type, and category.
Most positions, especially for customer service agents, require an online interview, while other positions may require a training period that might entail some onsite visits to a physical Amazon store.
Are you ready to learn some of the best ways to make money with Amazon? Let’s get started!
Amazon Work From Home Jobs You Can Do
1. Amazon Customer Service
One of your top options is Amazon’s wide-ranging customer service positions that cover account resolution, customer care, call center, and others. You can earn about $22,000 a year while higher-level customer service representatives are reported to earn over $90,000 annually.
Minimum requirements are a high school diploma and at least a year’s experience of working in customer service. You’re also expected to have a stable internet connection at home, basic computer proficiency, and the most important, a quiet working environment.
Amazon’s customer service jobs are one of the more “set” positions of the company. You’re expected to work about 20-29 hours every week during Amazon’s customer service hours which include evenings, weekends, and holidays.
As a customer service representative, you’ll handle issues like product inquiries, complaints, promotions, refunds, etc.
2. Amazon FBA
This is probably the most common way to make money on this platform. While it’s not exactly a gig but a real business, in my opinion, it is the BEST opportunity there is on Amazon. You can do this from home or anywhere, in your spare time and you can set your own schedule.
You know that Amazon is an e-commerce platform, and you can make money on Amazon by selling products as a third-party seller. As such, what this means is you list your products on Amazon and keep your inventory in your own home. When an order comes in, you ship the product to the seller.
By taking advantage of the Amazon FBA (Fulfilled by Amazon) program, you don’t need to deal with the hoops and loops of packaging and shipping. Amazon will take care of the logistics for you.
As an FBA seller, what you’re only concerned about is finding your winning products, listing them on your Amazon store, and shipping them out to the company’s warehouses.
Once received, Amazon makes the product available for sale on their site, identifies if they’re eligible for Prime, and packs and ships them out to buyers once orders come in.
BUT, don’t get me wrong, making a profitable Amazon FBA business is not as easy as sourcing your products and listing them, and you’ll start making money. I’ve recently been working on becoming an FBA seller, and I’ve learned that to succeed on this platform, like in any business, it requires a learning curve and a lot of hard work.
Business Models to Choose from
There are also a few business models to choose from when you want to become an FBA seller, such as: retail arbitrage, private label, wholesale and dropshipping.
With retail arbitrage, you buy low-cost goods in brick-and-mortar retail stores or e-commerce stores and re-sell them on Amazon for a profit.
Meanwhile, wholesaling is the process of buying a product in bulk and then selling them as individual units on Amazon. Private labeling is when you rebrand or rename a product and sell it like your own.
With dropshipping, you don’t keep your own product inventory, but instead, transfer your customers’ orders directly to the supplier.
How to Get Started?
If this is your first choice, create an individual seller account on the Amazon Seller account page. Also, explore the page as it gives you free access to tools and guides to help you start your own Amazon FBA business. You can later on transition to a professional account that requires a monthly subscription of about $39.95 but entitles you to more perks.
I also highly recommend investing in Amazon courses that will teach you how to start a successful Amazon business.
My friend Jessica Larrew over at The Selling Family has an amazing course that teaches you how to buy low at big-box stores and make money on Amazon with retail arbitrage. You can learn more about Jessica and her business in this interview here.
I am more interested in private labeling, so I invested in a coaching program that focuses on this type of business model. There are a few courses out there, and I advise you to do your own research in selecting the best training program to enroll in.
But, if you’re Filipino and you want a Filipino mentor to teach you, I highly recommend Lish Aquino’s Filipino Amazon Seller Masterclass.
Lish’s Amazon business generates millions of dollars in revenue per year. She’s a living proof that anyone, even non-US sellers, can build a multi-million business on the platform.
3. Amazon Mechanical Turk
If you feel like wanting to try dipping your toes first into Amazon’s remote working environment, you might want to consider going for this gig.
Amazon’s mTurk is essentially a small task site where you can sign up as a worker and perform simple random assignments that you can complete in minutes for a small payment.
It could be something as simple as tagging objects in an image to improve searches, selecting the best pictures that represent a product, or filling out survey data. Some tasks require some time, effort, and skills, such as verifying restaurant contact details. Other examples of tasks include removing duplicate content from listings, transcribing audio content, or translating a recording into another language.
You won’t get rich from doing these tasks – the average earning is $2, with most tasks requiring 10 minutes on average to accomplish.
But like other similar gigs you can find on sites like Swagbucks, the key here is always quantity. The more tasks you complete, the more earnings you make. Plus, it’s one of Amazon’s online jobs for moms that don’t require set hours so you can still keep to your daily routine at home.
4. Amazon Direct Publishing
As a blogger and writer, this is another gig that I’m personally keen about. Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform allows you to self-publish your own book, put it up on their site for sale, and start earning money from book orders.
So while it isn’t exactly working for Amazon from home, it’s you creating something of your own that you can put up on Amazon for sale while giving you a shot at that dream of being a published writer.
Earnings come in the form of royalties, and you have a choice between 35% or 70% royalty depending on how your work fits Amazon’s price requirement for Kindle e-books.
Yes, this means that Amazon is getting a profit over the sale of your work, but it’s still a sweet deal. In traditional publishing, your book goes through a couple of middlemen, effectively making your cut from the sale lower than you’d expect.
5. Amazon Flex
This is not exactly “work-from-home” but it is flexible and allows you to set your own schedule.
As a giant online shopping brand that operates in most countries across the globe, it makes very good sense for Amazon to join the Uber and Lyft trains in offering opportunities for individuals to make money from delivery services. If you’re thinking along the lines of DoorDash or Postmates, yes, this is exactly what Amazon Flex is about.
By signing up as an Amazon Flex driver, you can choose convenient times you can do Amazon deliveries with your own vehicle. Like most delivery driver jobs, your earnings depend on things like your location, how fast you can complete the deliveries or tips you get from customers, but on the average, Flex drivers earn about $18-25 an hour.
And because Amazon pays in hourly blocks, you can have a pretty good idea of how long it will last, the work you can do, and how much you can earn.
A word of caution: Amazon continues to have an extensive delivery system in place, so Flex is more a supplemental delivery option. This means that demand fluctuates week by week, and there may be days there are no deliveries to be made.
It is only currently available only in 50 cities in the US. It’s a good source of income on the side that allows you to work on your terms and during your preferred times.
What do you think of these Amazon work-from-home jobs? Have you tried any of these money-making opportunities at the world’s biggest e-commerce site? Tell us in the comments below!
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If you’ve been here before, you know that my most favorite home job is blogging. It’s flexible and it allows me to earn a full-time income from home while raising my kid. If you are interested in blogging, be sure to check out my blogging guide above where I shared the strategies I use to grow this blog!