Setting up a Seller Account in Uganda. Amazon gives you a big opportunity to make money online by selling there. You can earn some extra income from it, or you can even quit your job and set up a full-time business on Amazon if you want to. It gives you a lot of freedom and you can take out more than what you put into it.
Let me list down some of the benefits of selling on Amazon: Flexible work schedule and freedom of work
- Financial security
- Good returns on your investments
- More free time to enjoy the things you love doing
- Experience to carry out bigger projects in future
It’s so easy that pretty much anyone can learn to do it, and that’s the best thing about it. You have control over how profitable your business will be. Your efficacy in applying the strategies mentioned would decide how successful you are. Gradually, you will also learn the ins and outs of the trade, and this will boost your income further. All of that, however, comes later. Right now, we must start with some baby steps. Creating an Amazon Seller Central account is your first step to starting your business.
The process is pretty straightforward. Amazon has given helpful tips to get you through it easily, and you don’t need to follow anything else. I’ll simplify the process for you here:
- Open the following URL in your web browser” sellercentral.amazon.com.
2. There will be a login page. When you click on the “Register Now” button on the login panel, it will take you to a different page.
3. The first thing you have to do here is to choose whether you will be selling as an “Individual” or as a “Professional. Let’s take a look at the differences between these two.
- An Individual seller can only sell a maximum of 40 items in a month. A Professional seller, on the other hand, can sell any number of items in a month. There are no restrictions.
- An Individual seller is charged a commission of 99 cents on each item that he sells. There’s no monthly fee in this case. In opposition to that, a Professional seller pays a monthly fee of $39.99. In both cases, you may have to pay some additional fees at times, like referral fees & variable closing fees.
- Professional sellers can sell items in all categories available on Amazon. Individual sellers can’t do that. They’re allowed to sell in only a limited number of categories. So it’s advisable that you go with the “Professional” plan for your business.
4. Once you choose a plan, you will have to read a seller agreement and sign it.
5. Print out this agreement before you go any further. This will help you iron out any issues in the future. Once you’ve read it, agree to the terms and conditions, and then proceed further. 6) In the next window, you will need to fill in some important information, like your credit card details, billing address, seller name, and business address.
6. After this, you will need to verify your identity. A PIN will be given to you through a text or a phone call on a number that you provide them. This is a standard procedure that many sites follow.
7. A Professional seller also has to provide the necessary tax information to Amazon in order to proceed.
8. Once you’ve provided your tax information, the registration procedure will be complete and you’ll be taken to the home page of your Seller Central account. From here, you can manage all activities in your account.
There are several tabs in the top navigation bar of your home page. Let me give you a walk-through of these tabs.
- Inventory: You can add new products and manage existing ones from here.
- Reports: This tab lets you view all your payment reports and tax info.
- Orders: Check all the received orders and handle all the returns from here.
- Performance: All the feedback you receive from customers is shown here along with any claims made by them and other performance-related information.
- Settings: In this tab, you can change any account information.
Setting up Your Seller Profile
When your account has been activated, you will need to complete your public profile. This is what prospective customers will look at so consider it as the Amazon version of your Facebook or Twitter profile. Your customers will get to know who you are, what your business is all about and what you offer in terms of shipping. They will see your returns policy; they can see feedback from other customers and much more besides.
The main parts of your profile that you should concentrate on are:
About Seller. This section is where you get to introduce yourself and your business to your customers. You need to tell people exactly who you are, how your business started, and what was the inspiration behind it.
Talk about your business philosophy, what you want to achieve and offer to your customers and tell them anything else that is relevant. You are trying to create a connection to your customers and you need to be as transparent as possible. This will help to build up trust and your customers will be more likely to choose you over your competition.
Your Logo. Prospective customers will be able to see your logo in a number of places, including the Offer Listing page, on your storefront, and on your At a Glance page. Keep your logo to 120 x 30 pixels and do not include any URLs or references to your website in it.
Your Return and Refunds Policies. Give your customers full instructions on how they can return items for a refund or a replacement. Let them know the address they need to send returns and tell them approximately how long it will take you to process a refund or send out a replacement product.
When you are setting up your policies do bear in mind that Amazon has a requirement that all sellers allow customers to return goods for a minimum period of 30 days after the sale. With this information in hand, you can create your Amazon Seller Central account, start listing your products, and make money.