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10: $50K/mth Amazon Account SUSPENDED!

How do you deal with any roadblocks that may come up along your journey to Amazon success? Danny did plenty of research and preparation, which paid off in a big way, as he was quickly making $10,000 a month on Amazon after starting, and that soon soared even higher! However, an unexpected problem brought Danny’s success to a screeching halt, and he questioned whether or not his eCommerce business would be over for good. His 5-figure Amazon account was suspended, cutting off his source of income, and destroying what he’d worked so hard to create. In this episode, Danny shares the story of transitioning from being a carpenter to selling online, the innocent mistake he made that led to his Amazon account being suspended, and how he picked up the pieces and carried on.   Show Highlights: How Danny moved from a blue collar job to selling online Is a 4-hour work week really a realistic expectation? Why Danny chose Amazon over other eCommerce options Choosing winning products Having a 5-figure Amazon account suspended Avoiding trademark infringements and Amazon rule violations What to do if your Amazon account becomes suspended. Resources: 

09: Wilson’s $10,000/mth Amazon Sales Journey One of the most important factors in succeeding with your Amazon business is mindset. The wrong mindset and expectations can cause things to go wrong, and may even lead you to give up on your business far too soon. As Wilson reflects on his early days as an Amazon seller, you’ll hear about tons of mistakes that are common with new sellers. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll be that much farther ahead while starting your Amazon business. Whether it’s cutting corners for short-term savings that affect your business in the long run, starting at the wrong time of the year, or not taking the proper steps when sourcing products, you need to hear this episode before spending another second on your business! Show Highlights: The mindset shift that allows Wilson to make $10k a month selling on Amazon. Common beginner questions he had, such as: What is eCommerce? What is selling on Amazon? What is a PPC campaign? What is optimization? How to deal with suppliers, sourcing products, and samples. Should you visit the supplier in person? The scalability of eCommerce vs other businesses. Common, easily avoidable mistakes of new sellers. How cutting corners can have unintended long-term effects. The importance of a proper mindset.   Resources: 

08: Rob Schad’s $275,000 in 13 Months Strategy Rob Schad is a 20-year-old entrepreneur who made $275,000 in just  13 months of selling on Amazon. That includes $130,000 in a single month.  Rob is currently building a digital nomad lifestyle, travelling and staying in different places around the world.  Hear why a smart kid with a college scholarship decided to opt out and start a business instead, a move that paid off! Topics include: Why Rob decided to start a business rather than go to college Balancing work and play How much money Rob invested for his first Amazon product Rob’s unsuccessful second product and the lessons learned The launch strategy Rob used for his first product and his current launch strategy Why Rob wants to sell his business Advice for first-time Amazon sellers If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review on iTunes!  Links: Rob’s Twitter Rob’s Medium  Rob’s Facebook  Dana Derricks Copywriting Professor 

07: Communication with Alibaba

Whether you are a first-time seller on Amazon or are just now branching out and finding a supplier in China, it is time to develop the skills you need to communicate effectively with your manufacturer. Thinking critically about communication is essential for your profits and your success in online business. This is a time and money investment, but we know it is well worth it.    It’s just time to put on your human decency and do the diligence that is due. You are not working with a computer; there is a real human on the other end of the Alibaba messenger. We want you to have an efficient and effective means of communication so that you can get to production quickly.    We have generated a list of sample questions and laid out the best framework to help you communicate with suppliers in China. Avoid the most common pitfalls and eliminate frustration from your vocabulary with a few easy to execute strategies. Learn the skills that will allow you to communicate effectively with suppliers, and you will end up saving so much money and time. Take it from our experience and mistakes, there is a way to make the communication process painless and effective.   Show Highlights: A few guidelines to get you started.  Wilson’s sample questions to save you time.  Make sure you find out the lead time.  Check out the samples, and show that you are serious.  Compare suppliers side-by-side.  Cutting down communication time can save you money.  Straightforward communication on both ends is essential.  Red flags for suppliers.  Number your questions and use pictures.  Questions for evaluating samples.  Strategies for working out shipping.  Common pitfalls that new sellers need to understand.    Resources:   

06: How to Find Your Supplier

This is a very important episode, so pay attention! Now that you’ve chosen a product, it’s time to get connected with the right supplier. Sure, there are domestic suppliers out there in the U.S. and Canada that you could use. For us, we rely on suppliers in China because they are easy to find, have regulated policies, and are generally more cost-effective.    Finding a supplier in China is easy with Alibaba. It is a search engine similar to Google or Amazon that allows you to locate and message a representative from different suppliers in China. We have a few strategies for you that will make communication less frustrating, as well as some words of wisdom for those of you who have not supplied in China before.    In addition to an episode filled with great content, we also have a challenge for you at the end of the episode. Listen to find out what it is, and learn just how easy it is to get connected to the right supplier.    Show Highlights: Where can you find a supplier?  The advantages of supplying domestically.  The advantages of sourcing in China or Internationally.  Agents are available, but that is not our focus starting out.  There is no Alibaba equivalent for the U.S.  All about Alibaba and the Trade Assurance Program.  Suppliers are really motivated to get the product right.  The different suppliers you will find on Alibaba.  Reach out! There is a human on the other end.  Our experiences with communicating with the suppliers.  Our challenge to you!    Resources Alibaba: