Believe it or not, there are plenty of ways to capitalize on the e-commerce giant’s reach without ever having to deal with sourcing and fulfillment. These business models allow you to make money on Amazon without selling a physical product.
1. Affiliate Marketing via Amazon Associates
This is a great way to make money on Amazon without selling anything. The program allows you to earn up to 10% in advertising fees from qualified purchases.
It’s easy to join and get approved. Amazon also provides you with a wide range of linking tools to embed on your website.
Since Amazon is so ubiquitous these days, you end up getting commissions on all sorts of random products that people buy during the cookie window after clicking your link. If you can build high traffic sites and get lots of clicks to your affiliate links, the earnings add up fast.
2. Sell Professional Services
Most people don’t realize it, but Amazon is more than just a marketplace for tangible products. You can also sell professional services through Amazon services.
There are no upfront costs or monthly fees to join this program. You’ll only pay a portion of your revenue share for completed jobs based on the service type offered.
3. Work From Home as an Amazon Rep
Amazon is quickly becoming one of the largest employers in the world. You can get a job working directly for Amazon from the comfort of your own home. The customer service team supports 16 languages from over 130 locations worldwide.
Many of Amazon’s employees work remotely.
You can become a virtual customer service representative and do the same. If you want to help Amazon customers while sitting in your pajamas, this could be the job for you.
4. Deliver with Amazon Flex
You’ve probably realized by now that Amazon runs its own delivery service. I’m sure you’ve seen drivers delivering packages around your neighborhood and even to your own door.
If you’re looking for a part-time job, you can become one of those drivers through Amazon Flex.
The majority of drivers earn between $18-$25 per hour. All of your earnings can be tracked through the Amazon Flex mobile app.
As the name implies, the position is flexible. Create your own schedule with available opportunities seven days per week.
5. Trade In Used Goods
Technically, trading in your used products won’t put cash in your pocket. However, you’ll receive an Amazon gift card which is almost as good.
There are thousands of eligible products that qualify for Amazon’s trade-in program. Those products include cellphones, gaming, books and amazon products like kindle
If you have unwanted merchandise lying around the house, see if it appropriate for trade-in.
6. Join Mechanical Turk
MTurk is Amazon’s crowdsourcing marketplace.
The platform allows businesses and individuals to outsource tasks and processes to a virtual workforce. Things like data validation, content moderation, data entry, research, and surveys fall into this category.
If you have the time, ability, and resources to perform microtasks, then consider joining MTurk. Many tasks will earn between $0.10 and $1. They’re pretty easy to complete, so the goal is to complete as many as you can.
Some of the tasks are pretty boring and tedious. But you can work part-time on your own schedule and get paid for it.
7. Write Reviews for Amazon Vine
This is another example where you won’t actually receive any cash for participation. Amazon Vine rewards you with free products.
If you’ve already written lots of helpful reviews for products on Amazon, you could be eligible for the Amazon Vine program.
The purpose of Amazon Vine is to encourage honest, unbiased, and helpful feedback. Products are sent for free in exchange for reviews.
You’re not required to leave a favorable review just because you got the product for free. That defeats the purpose of the program. The best way to increase your chances of getting invited to Amazon Vine is by leaving reviews for Amazon products you’ve already purchased.
8. Become an Influencer
The influencer program is designed to promote products via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. It’s a great opportunity to leverage your existing social following.
If you become an approved influencer, Amazon will give you a unique URL to your own Amazon page. The page will showcase products that you want to recommend to your followers. You’ll earn a commission for qualifying purchases.
9. Sign up for Amazon CamperForce
This option definitely isn’t for everyone, but it’s a unique way to make money on Amazon while living life on your own terms. Amazon’s CamperForce hires RV’ers for seasonal rushes in their warehouses across the country. If you’re living life on the road but need some extra cash, consider joining CamperForce to work either part or full time as a picker, shipper, or packer with Amazon.
10. Offer your services through Amazon services
Amazon isn’t just a platform for e-commerce. They’re jumping on board the gig economy, too.
Essentially, Amazon Services allows entrepreneurs to sell their services online.
So, if you’re a plumber, a lawn care specialist, a dog walker, or a piano teacher, Amazon Services can help connect you to people who want your help.