Amazon can be a user-friendly place to start selling online, especially if your business budget is tight. The platform comes with a trusted website and an easy checkout system that’s safe and convenient for customers. Whether you’re selling as an individual or a business, to start selling on Amazon takes just a few steps.
Registering to Start Selling on Amazon
Before you can sell on Amazon, you need to create an account on Amazon Seller Central. This is the website that contains your seller account, as well as resources to help you be successful on the platform. To create an account, all you need is an email address.
From inside your account, you can complete the seller registration. Amazon requires all of its sellers to provide a goods and services tax number. If you don’t have one, you’ll need to register for GST and then come back to your registration. If you are registering your business to sell on Amazon, you must provide the company’s GST number and presence across nation (PAN) information. You’ll also need to enter your bank account information so Amazon can send you the money from each sale.
Setting Up Your Amazon Store
The first step in setting up your Amazon store is to add the products you want to sell. The easiest method is to download the Amazon Seller app to your phone and use it to scan the barcodes on your products. If the product is already in Amazon’s database, it will automatically match your products. You can also enter your products manually in your Seller Central account.
Use the brand registry to add your products if you’re selling your own brand on Amazon. This tool also helps you protect your brand and make sure that any future listings stick to your guidelines. Once your products are in the system, you can create individual listings, set a price, and tell Amazon how many items you have in stock.
Choosing Shipping Methods
Amazon offers four different shipping options for sellers in India:
- Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA): If you choose this service, you’ll send your merchandise to an Amazon warehouse or fulfillment center. When an order comes in, Amazon takes care of packing and shipping the products to the buyer.
- Easy Ship: With this option, you store and pack your own merchandise. When you need to ship an order, an easy ship executive takes care of delivery. Prices for this service vary by location, product weight, and product size.
- Seller Flex: If you have a large warehouse and many products, you can use Seller Flex. For this service, Amazon executives come to your warehouse to pack and ship products.
- Self-Ship: Self-ship allows you to pack and ship items yourself, using any courier you choose. This is ideal for beginners and sellers with small inventories.
Selling With Amazon Local Finds
If you live in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, or Chennai, you can opt to sell on Amazon Local Finds. With this service, you list your products as usual. When someone buys a product, Amazon picks it up from your home or office, packs it, and ships it to the customer. No more than seven business days later, Amazon deposits the money in your bank account. If you take part in this service, you’ll pay ₹40 for shipping and a selling fee of 3% or more, depending on the item.
When you’re just getting started with online selling, Amazon can be a convenient option. With its trusted brand name and well-established procedures, the platform makes it easy to expand your business.