Merch by Amazon is Amazon’s newest platform and sells t-shirts based on a print on demand model. I applied for an invite in November 2015 and got approved in late February 2016. I created 25 simple designs on my computer and uploaded them for free to the Merch by Amazon website. My profit for my first week at the end month of February was $49.84. I didn’t have to buy any inventory (Amazon owned and printed the t-shirts themselves).
At this time I didn’t know how the marketplace was going to work. Was it going to be like TeeSpring where I had to drive traffic, or was it going to be something different? I was thrilled to make my first $49 with 100% organic traffic. It proved to me that if I can make $50 with 25 t-shirts and no advertising, then it’s just a question of scale and publishing more designs. Continue reading
- A number of years ago, I decided to start a blog and write up the projects I was already messing with for other people to learn from, with the end goal of maybe making a few bucks from advertising to fund hobby supplies. It wasn’t long until a random stranger found my blog and sent me an e-mail. “Hey, I saw you fixed a radio. I have that same radio, and money. Can we work something out?” So I took my first commercial job.
Fast-forward to today and now I own a stereo repair shop serving customers across the country, and I write a magazine column based mostly on my blog posts.
My local competition is all about to retire (not to mention most non-local competition)….things are going to get interesting in the next 3-5 years.
I started my drop-shipping store just after failing three other projects with few hundred dollars left in my account. During the first 15 months, it hit 3M in revenues and I successfully sold it to our supplier in China.
Together with my partner who happened to be a great developer we automated everything we could – from generating Purchase Orders to tracking failed deliveries and auto-asking the supplier to reship the parcels.
comments Q and A
What is your net profit of that 3m?
What did you sell your business for?
Why sell? Continue reading
Hey, guys. Listen. This is not a plug for anything, this is me trying to help you. In my opinion, all the info you need to start an Amazon business is on YouTube, Reddit, and podcasts. In my humble opinion, you’d be a fool to pay thousands for a course or bootcamp, when you could spend that on a product.
I did it with $1k and in about a month. Below is how I did it, step by step, with very specific examples from my process. Before I dove into this world, the phrase “start a business” was intimidating to me. What? How? Isn’t that for Stanford MBA’s, folks with millions of dollars, etc.? Don’t you need an earth-shattering idea that will change the world? No, and NO!!! You need some common sense, willingness to put in about 100 hours in a month, and a thousand bucks. Note: if you have anything more than $1000 to devote to this, it only makes it easier, but I did this with less than $1000. Continue reading
Congrats on the success! How many products in total are you selling for $350k? How many orders are being ordered within the day?
A/My average product price is $45, so around 8500.
December was a bit higher than usual, about 300 orders per day.
Are your products modified, if yes what kind of modifications do you go for? Continue reading