10 Unique Ways To Make Money With Amazon in 2018 (For Regular Folks Like You and Me)

If you didn’t already know that Amazon is hands down one of the very best companies in the world right now, you must living be under a rock.

And they are the best not just because they do billions of dollars in business each year but because of the opportunities they give to regular people like you and me to make money with their platform and prosper.

If you have followed me for any length of time, you know I am a big believer in side hustles.

Any one of the following 10 Amazon business opportunities are things you can delve into and make serious income with this year.

Let’s get into it.

10 Ways To Make Money With Amazon in 2018

Amazon Flex

Have a vehicle that can carry 20-50 small to medium-sized packages at one time ?

You can sign up to become a delivery person for Amazon Flex.

Here’s the 411 on that :

People who have signed up for Amazon’s Prime service can have their packages delivered to them within just one day of ordering.

One of the ways Amazon is able to accomplish this is by having independent contractors use their personal vehicles as delivery trucks to deliver ordered goods to people who have ordered within a particular city.

So if you live in New York City, you could be delivering packages to such customers within a day or two of them ordering their items from Amazon’s website.

On Amazon Flex, you can expect to earn between $18-$25 an hour.

How it works :

Once you sign up, you will download the Amazon Flex app and will get notifications when there are available “blocks”. Based on a personal acquaintance’s experience, these blocks are typically between 3 and 6 hours. And you can pick up as many blocks as you want within a day.

Payouts are currently twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Sign up for Amazon Flex here.

Amazon Home Services

This one right here definitely surprised me !

I was like “Amazon is taking over the world! They are not even leaving cleaning services to the cleaning company anymore.”

Haha !

In any case, if you have your own cleaning business, you can apparently now sign up to be one of the many independent cleaning services contracted by Amazon in your city to provide cleaning services to homes and places of business.

Having trouble finding your own cleaning business customers ?

Well, here’s your chance!

In order to be approved as a cleaning service provider through Amazon you will need to be :

  • Licensed (where applicable)
  • Be background-checked
  • Insured
  • Have a proven track record

Learn more about becoming a cleaning service through Amazon Home Services.

Become a self-published author through Amazon

Self-publishing is still a very new model of publishing books and yes there is still room for you to win in that world if you want to.

Interestingly, it is not incredibly hard to start your self-publishing business although like anything in this life, winning massively will require you to be patient and to build an audience that will rush for your books every time a new one is released.

You are also not limited to publishing your book as an e-book.

You can use Amazon’s CreateSpace to create physical copies of your books that will be printed and shipped on demand by Amazon.

Additionally, you can turn your book into an audio book and sell it through Amazon’s ACX platform.

Three ways to earn on ONE book.

Not bad at all.

Amazon FBA

Fulfillment by Amazon (or Amazon FBA) is a way to go if you would like to earn an income selling physical items.

Pros : You send the physical items you want to sell to the nearest Amazon FBA facility to you and they handle all the inventory and shipping of your product. Yes, you will have to put up some work upfront but then Amazon takes care of the rest for you.

The downside to Amazon FBA is the fact that it usually involves a substantial upfront cost of you buying the items you want to sell.

If you don’t have the capital, it is going to be a challenge to start and sustain your business.

Nonetheless, I have heard some pretty incredible stories of people who have made huge profits with Amazon FBA.

Learn more about starting Amazon FBA here : How to start an Amazon FBA store on a tight budget

Amazon Merch

I first heard of Amazon Merch two years ago and got interested in it immediately.

Basically, you upload designs that can go on T-shirts and upload them to the Amazon Merch platform.

If someone buys a T-shirt with your design in the Merch store, you get a cut of the sale.

No upfront costs.

Just upload your designs!

The only drawback (but maybe it is their way of weeding out people who are not serious with the platform) is that you have to apply to get approved to upload your designs. I applied almost two years ago and never got an approval or rejection.

On top of that, you are not told the criteria required to be approved (Someone please correct me if I am wrong).

Nevertheless, Amazon Merch is promising once your request to join is approved.

 Amazon Associates

Amazon Associates is Amazon’s affiliate program. Just like any affiliate program, you can recommend just about anything in this world to people on your website and if people click through and buy within 24 hours, you will be earning a commission.

What I love about Amazon’s affiliate program is that if the person who clicked through your original affiliate link buys anything on Amazon within that 24 hour period – ANYTHING – you will get a cut too.

So if you recommended a $2.99 book and they went ahead and bought a $2000 camera, you can get a cut there too !

The only problem I have with Amazon’s affiliate program is that their cookie is only 24 hours long.

A lot of other affiliate programs give you 30 days, 60 days, 90 days and even a few give you a year from the time the person clicked your affiliate link to when they purchased in order for you to get that affiliate cut – if the person does not clear their cookie cache.

Twenty-four hours I find is too short a cookie length in my opinion.

But hey, it’s their company ! They get to do as they please.

Still a great way to make money though.

My friend Ashli Dawn from MillionDollarMama.com kills it with Amazon Associates ($2000+ months) and wrote an eBook on how to optimize your blog for it. Check it out here.

Sell your apps

If you have an Amazon Fire device, you know that Amazon has its’ own app store where you can purchase apps onto your device.

If you are an app maker who is already on Android and Apple, this is another market worth delving into.

You can sign up for Amazon’s Developer Console here.

Sell your services

I already mentioned selling your cleaning services through Amazon.

Handyman services, window cleaning services, furniture assembly, automobile services and even home theater installation and set up can now all be requested through Amazon’s Home Services.

As mentioned earlier, you would have to be licensed where necessary, a background check would need to be completed and your business would need to be insured to become an approved service through Amazon.

I think the biggest advantage of selling your services through them would be Amazon’s advanced reach. Plus they are constantly marketing their new ventures on the main sales pages.

Your customers are most likely already shopping on Amazon. So why shouldn’t they book their services through there too ?

Closing Thoughts

To be completely honest, I do think we live in one of the very best times in history.

Although all these opportunities may not be currently available in your specific country, something like self-publishing is in fact open to anyone, anywhere in the world and there is money to be made there if you are willing to do the work.

The year is still young !

If it was your goal to improve your financial situation this year, Amazon is calling your name with one of these 10 opportunities to earn extra cash or even turn the whole venture into your main gig.

It is entirely up to you.

I will be happy to hear your thoughts in the comments.