The big yellow “Start Selling” button is for the Pro Account. This is and account that costs about $40 a month. You get the first month free… which is nice but you need to ramp up your inventory right away.
Here’s why: When you have a Pro Account – Amazon doesn’t charge an extra .99 cent per item sold “fee”. (On top of all the other fees) With an Individual Account (which is free) you will be charged this extra .99 cent fee per item sold.
The way it “averages out” to your benefit to have a Pro Account is when you sell More Than 40 products per month. Of course you won’t know if you will sell 40 products or more a month… but if you don’t have a large inventory (at least 200 sku’s) you won’t average over 40 products a month.
This is not a hard and fast rule of course… I’m just giving you an idea of what to expect.
If you are going to start slow and build your inventory very cautiously – then sign up for the Individual Seller account. You can always upgrade later.
Some of things (functions and tools) that you will see from my own account will look different if you are using an Individual Account.
I set up a Pro Account right away. This proved to be a “kick in the pants” for me to get in gear and find inventory. It was such a shame when I paid that first $40 fee and had only sold 12 items. 🙁
One thing to note – when you sign up for an Individual Account you will use the same log-in info as you use for your regular “shopping” log-in info.
Once you click on the Individual Account link you see a page like this and can just start listing products.
Setting Up A Pro Account
You “can” set up this account using your regular info… but I (and Amazon) don’t recommend it. If you are serious about business – get serious!
Next you are going to need to enter your credit card information and then you will be entering some other banking information.
Yes – you must have a credit card. I suggest (to keep things legal) that you use a “dedicated” credit card just for your business.
The banking (checking or savings) information is where Amazon will pay you… this should also be a dedicated account just for your business.
This video from Amazon will walk you through a few more of the steps and give you and inside peek at what your Seller Account will look like:
This video shows you all about how you use an Amazon Seller account when you are NOT going to be using the FBA program. If you planning to sell on Amazon and ship everything yourself this is how it works.
Of course… I’m an FBA gal and ship everything to Amazon at this point… so we will get into more of those details soon.
I’m here for ya,