There’s no denying that Amazon is an absolute behemoth. After all, it’s one of the “Big Four” of tech companies in the U.S. and a massive Ecommerce player.
In fact, Amazon sells more than 12 million products, and the average Amazon Prime member spends approximately $1,400 per year on Amazon. This sort of scale isn’t even easy to comprehend as a consumer.
Because Amazon is such a powerhouse, the company is in constant need of workers. Therefore, anyone willing to put in a bit of time and effort can make money on Amazon!
If you’re looking for a part-time or full-time job, the following methods to make money with Amazon might be exactly what you’re looking for.
How To Make Money On Amazon In 2023
Since Amazon is such a massive company, there are so many ways to make money online or start a side hustle through this ecommerce giant.
I’ve also been making money on Amazon for years with some of these ideas. So, if you’re looking for some new money-making ideas, you’re in luck.
Time to dive into some legit ways to make money on Amazon that you can use to boost your income this year.
1. Create An Amazon Affiliate Site
One popular way to make some money with Amazon is by building your own Amazon affiliate website. And, the Amazon Affiliate Program is quite simple.
With an Amazon Affiliate website, you get paid to promote many of the millions of products for sale at Amazon by creating links within your site that send readers to make a purchase. If someone purchases that product or any other product from Amazon within 24 hours, you earn commission.
- Example of a treadmill-focused Amazon Affiliate site. These sites are characterized by in-depth product reviews, top 10 lists, or general purchasing guides.
To make money with Amazon affiliates, you generally need to create a niche website. Usually, Amazon Affiliate websites take on the role of reviewing products or creating shopping guides for buyers.
Like making money with blogging, Amazon Affiliate sites are immensely competitive in terms of SEO and actually getting people to shop through your website.
But this is still a viable way to make money with Amazon in 2023. For example, one of my niche sites earned $554 in 2022 through the Amazon Affiliate program, and it’s just getting up and running:
Overall, these affiliate links can still bring in relatively passive income. Product commission rates vary from 1%-10%. Once you do the initial work, you can earn commissions from affiliate sales on Amazon indefinitely.
Just be sure to maintain your integrity by only recommending products you trust that fit with the theme of the site so your readers or followers won’t see you as trying to take advantage of them.
2. Drive For Amazon Flex
Another effective way to make money with Amazon is by becoming a driver with Amazon Flex. If you have a reliable vehicle and want to make money by delivering packages to Amazon customers, this is the perfect gig app to use.
With Amazon Flex, you get paid to deliver Amazon packages, groceries, and Whole Foods orders to customers. It’s free to sign up, and it’s one of the best ways to get paid to drive right now.
Amazon Flex drivers earn around $18-$25 per hour, depending on factors like where you live and how quickly you can make deliveries. And according to Indeed, $20.70 is the average hourly pay.
Delivery shifts, known as Amazon Flex blocks, generally last three to six hours. This means a single Amazon Flex block can pay $100 to $150 or more if you get lucky.
You have to be 21 or older to sign up for Amazon Flex in the United States. Additionally, there’s often a waiting list since this is a popular gig economy job.
However, this is one of the best ways to make money with Amazon if you want an in-person hustle and have access to a vehicle.
3. Amazon Retail Arbitrage
Want another idea of how to make money with Amazon?
Well, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel for this one. By using retail arbitrage, you can make money with Amazon and potentially scale to some pretty impressive figures if you find the right niche.
Retail arbitrage is the process of buying products from a retailer and then reselling them at higher prices on Amazon.
Retail arbitrage hustlers take advantage of moments when a certain store has an overstock and needs to move inventory for a lower price. Then, they resell their products on Amazon to turn a profit.
- A snapshot of inventory being sent to an Amazon Fulfillment Center from Nate and Alysha, a couple that run a million-dollar retail arbitrage business through Amazon.
Generally, retail arbitrage sellers focus on popular products and categories like:
Again, you need to find products on sale to turn a profit in most cases. But with enough inventory, you can make considerable income.
If you haven’t read the Young Money Interview of how Nate and Alysha created a million-dollar retail arbitrage business, be sure to check their story out!
4. Amazon FBA
Did you know that more than 50% of items sold on Amazon now come from third party sellers and not Amazon itself?
Amazon is making it easier for merchants across the world to access Ecommerce. A large part of this is thanks to the Amazon FBA Program.
The Amazon FBA program makes it easy for Amazon sellers to conduct their business without having to worry about handling merchandise.
Once you’re in the FBA program, you can begin adding products to the Amazon catalog and create your product listings. Then, you ship products to Amazon warehouses and have them handle customer purchases from there.
Using Amazon FBA gives you the benefits of Amazon’s quality customer service. Your customers will be drawn to the Amazon 2-day shipping with Prime membership as well.
You do pay something to store your items in their warehouses, and fees for other optional services may apply. However, if your merchandise sells regularly, the FBA program is an incredibly effective way to make money on Amazon and to remove logistical headaches.
5. Amazon Private Labeling
Here’s another idea for making money on Amazon: start an Amazon FBA Private Label business.
If you want to market products that are made by a third-party manufacturer, sold under a brand name, and are fulfilled by Amazon, this is for you.
People who use private labeling to earn from Amazon also mix in quite a bit of retail arbitrage to turn a profit. Usually, this involves buying cheap merchandise from websites like Alibaba in mass quantities, and then marking the product up under a ‘new’ brand on Amazon.
In this above example, you can see this nifty garlic crusher is going for $1.31 per unit on orders of 2,000 or more.
At the risk of having your garage full of hundreds of garlic crushers for the rest of your life, you could theoretically buy this product in bulk and then resell it on Amazon under your private label brand.
This is way harder than it sounds, of course. Amazon is ridiculously competitive.
Do your research to find out what kinds of products are likely to sell and produce a worthwhile return on investment for the risk.
6. Kindle Direct Publishing
If you’re an expert in a particular area or have a creative idea for an ebook, you can try Kindle Direct Publishing to earn money on Amazon.
Writing e-books is a flexible income-earning opportunity since you can literally write about pretty much any topic. You might choose fiction or nonfiction, and there are a ton of directions to go in from that point.
A friend of mine is really into historical trivia, so he’s published several books on Kindle. It’s a great side gig for him (he’s a lawyer and estate planner by trade).
Publishing your ebook on Kindle Direct Publishing is fairly quick and painless. Your book will also appear in Kindle stores within 24-48 hours.
Now, of course, you have to market your book successfully in order to make money from it. However, if you already have a blog with a decent number of followers, that’s a fantastic platform for advertising your book.
E-book writing isn’t easy by any means, but it’s definitely easier than going through a traditional publisher. Anyone can create passive income with this route since the more books you produce, the greater your potential income.
Do the research, writing, editing, and publishing your ebook once, and then you can reap the rewards forever!
7. Work For Amazon MTurk
Amazon Mechanical Turk, or MTurk, lets you make money on Amazon by doing simple tasks a human is better suited for than a machine.
MTurk is one of the most popular micro job websites around. Examples of the tasks it pays you to do include:
- Answering paid surveys
- Image annotation
- Data entry
- Content moderation
You won’t earn thousands of dollars a month with Amazon MTurk. But if you put in some time while watching television or on your lunch breaks, you can definitely put a dent in your monthly bills.
If you want to try other sites like Amazon MTurk, you can also check out Appen and Clickworker for more options.
8. Amazon Warehouse Jobs
Another straightforward way to make money working with Amazon is to find a job at an Amazon warehouse.
Amazon Warehouse associate jobs pay a minimum wage of $15 per hour, so those who live near an Amazon warehouse or fulfillment center can jump on this opportunity. Plus, no resume or previous work experience is required.
The different Amazon business lines you could work for in a warehouse include:
- Fulfillment center: The bulk of shipping work. Full-time, set schedules.
- Sorting center: Requires sorting products between trucks and the warehouse. Part-time opportunities, 16-24+ hours per week.
- Delivery station: The final frontier before packages are sent out for delivery. 15-25 hours per week, overnight or early morning.
- Prime Now: The super fast, 2 hour or less delivery service. Flexible 3-4 hour shifts.
- Prime Pantry: Snacks, beauty supplies, and household goods. Full-time scheduling.
- AmazonFresh: Amazon’s grocery delivery service. Mostly part-time up to 29 hours per week.
Warehouse work is typically very physically demanding, with long hours on your feet, so keep this requirement in mind.
But if you want to earn quick money and don’t mind this type of work, warehouse jobs are an excellent way to make money with Amazon.
9. Sell Amazon Web Store Apps
There are plenty of ways to make money programming. But, while many programmers try their hand at making and monetizing apps on the Google Play store or IOS store, the Amazon mobile app marketplace is still an option.
You can develop and sell your own apps on Amazon. These apps will be available to customers in almost 200 countries, allowing you to make money from customers all over the world.
- Yes, someone is making money on Amazon with an app called ‘Shark Sniping 2020.’ What a time to be alive.
Developing apps on Amazon is also free. Learn more about the payment structure or how to get started!
10. Sell On Amazon Handmade
Amazon Handmade is perfect for you if you’ve got some crafty skills. Amazon Handmade is basically the Etsy of Amazon. Basically, this section of Amazon is completely dedicated to handmade, artisan-only items.
You have to apply to sell on Amazon Handmade, and there are several guidelines to prove your products are handmade. You can check out the terms for selling on Amazon Handmade to learn more.
Amazon Handmade is free to join unlike the Seller Program, which charges a $39.99 per month fee. Sellers pay 15% in fees for each sale made on Amazon Handmade, but that’s it.
Ultimately, this is one of the best ways to make money on Amazon if you make artistic goods as a hobby or full-time job.
Extra Reading – My Etsy Dropshipping Store Experiment.
11. Use Amazon Merch
Amazon Merch may be a great way to make money on Amazon for anyone with graphic design skills.
On Amazon Merch, you simply upload your designs to the site, select the products you want them to be applied to, and set a listing price.
Amazon Merch then provides the marketplace to sell your designed products (such as T-shirts or mugs). Amazon handles the production, shipping, and customer service for you. It’s basically Amazon’s version of a print on demand service.
Using Amazon Merch enables you to get your designs in front of millions of potential customers, all of whom could order using Amazon Prime to get free 2-day shipping.
Like other POD businesses, this is tough business. You need to have great designs, the right pricing, a solid niche, and the ability to promote your stuff.
But, if you create eye-catching designs, Amazon Merch can turn into a nice source of autopilot income for you.
12. Use The Amazon Trade-In Program
Has it been awhile since you decluttered your old technology items? Don’t just have a garage sale or give the stuff away — make the most out of old tech products through Amazon’s Trade-In program!
Amazon’s Trade-In program is pretty simple. The program pays users with free Amazon gift cards in exchange for thousands of eligible items.
Some popular categories for the trade-in program include:
- Amazon devices like Kindle readers
- Gaming consoles like Xboxes and Playstations 5s
- Smart home appliances
- Streaming media players
- Video games
Amazon’ provides an immediate offer and free shipping. You don’t even pay shipping if Amazon returns your item.
This program is probably the easiest way to make money on Amazon. Plus, it’s never a bad idea to do a bit of Spring cleaning.
Extra Reading – How To Get $500 By Tomorrow.
13. Get A Remote Amazon Job
One of the easiest ways to make money from Amazon is to simply work for the company by landing an online job.
Since Amazon is such a massive company, it’s almost-always hiring people for different roles. If you want a work from home job or want to travel the world while making money on your laptop, this is excellent news.
Amazon virtual job listings are mostly for full-time employment, although some part-time positions are available.
However, this platform is great for anyone working in HR, software/development, or customer support. Some jobs may require you to live near a specific geographic location but still allow you to work from home.
Once you’ve gotten through the interview process, you could start earning money working from home for Amazon!
14. Join Amazon Vine
While this isn’t a direct way to make money on Amazon, becoming an Amazon Vine member is still an excellent way to get free products from different Amazon sellers.
Amazon Vine is an invitation-only program that invites the best Amazon reviewers to test out products and leave feedback. In exchange for your reviews, you get to keep the products Amazon sends you.
Vine members get all sorts of merchandise, including homegoods, electronics, food, and apparel. Overall, it’s the most legit way to make money writing Amazon reviews.
The downside is that the program is invitation-only. If you want to get paid to write reviews, start leaving them on Amazon regularly to increase the odds you get invited.
15. Join the Amazon Influencer Program
Influencer marketing has been all the rage the past few years, and it seems Amazon is finally getting on the bandwagon.
If you have a qualifying YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram account, you’re eligible to join the Amazon Influencer program to earn money.
With Amazon Influencer, you choose your preferred social media platform and then create your own page with a vanity URL. That’s where you’ll share the products on Amazon that you love and recommend.
This is different than making money with an Amazon affiliate website. The Influencer program lets you create your own storefront that is solely Amazon-related, and you can use different social channels to promote it.
Amazon will look at your number of social media followers on the platform you select, as well as other indicators of your social media presence.
Once you’re approved, you have another place to showcase products to your followers and to earn commission from any sales.
16. Offer Amazon Optimization Services
Utilizing your SEO optimization skills to assist Amazon sellers is another way to make money with Amazon.
Anybody who wants to make money on Amazon needs to be able to get eyes on their merchant pages. Becoming an expert in Amazon-specific SEO is a great way to make money by offering that service to other online entrepreneurs.
A quick search on Upwork and Fiverr for ‘Amazon SEO services’ brings up hundreds of services from sellers offering to optimize seller profiles, translate pages, or write killer product descriptions:
As you can see, some of these Fiverr sellers are near or have surpassed the 1,000 order mark, totalling thousands of dollars in revenue.
Product listings are only going to become more competitive, so learning how to optimize seller profiles is certainly a lucrative digital side hustle you can try.
17. Offer Amazon Services
Do you have experience as a handyman? Can you clean an entire house in two hours flat? Well, selling these types of services on Amazon provides a platform for pros in housecleaning, handy tasks, and assemblers to find work in their area.
Amazon Services is a flexible way to add jobs to your workload, whether you have a ton of free time or just a couple of slots open during a typical week.
The program lets professional contractors find local cash gigs by offering their services through the Amazon App.
Contractors can also view job offers in their area that are curated by Amazon and choose gigs that fit their schedule or expertise.
Electricians, HVAC specialists, plumbers, and general contractors will need to show proof of certification or licensing in order to operate through Amazon Services. However, the signup process is pretty straightforward.
There is no signup fee, no subscription fee, and no lead generation fee for contractors. Amazon takes 15% to 20% based on the type of service offered and the total dollar value.
Extra Reading – The Best Same Day Pay Jobs.
18. Work As A Prime Now Shopper
Thanks to Amazon’s grocery delivery service, it’s possible to make money with Amazon by shopping for groceries at Whole Foods.
Amazon Fresh is Amazon’s venture into the grocery delivery market. Since Whole Foods is the grocery store that partners with this service, Prime Now Shoppers are responsible for purchasing items from Whole Foods that are then delivered to the doors of hungry homeowners.
Some of the main benefits of this job include:
- At least $15 per hour
- 4-5 hour shifts for around 20 hours per week
- Complete flexibility, with just a 4 hour per month minimum work requirement
- 30 minute application process
This job is similar to delivery apps like Instacart and Shipt. But Amazon actually hires you, so you get a guaranteed hourly rate and a bit more stability.
Extra Reading – How To Make $500 A Week With DoorDash.
If you have ever wondered how to make money on Amazon, I hope this list of options helps highlight just how much opportunity is out there.
If you’ve got solid stretches of time to work on-site in a warehouse or as a driver, go for it. If you need ultra-flexibility, consider one or more of the online earning opportunities that are available.
It’s clear that Amazon is expanding their business into dozens of other industries. It’s incredibly easy to earn money with Amazon thanks to this rapid expansion, and I don’t see this ecommerce giant slowing down anytime soon.
Thanks for reading!
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This is an awesome list – and better than anything I’ve seen on the Amazon site itself.
I’ve done the Amazon Affiliate (although I don’t have a “niche”, MTurk, and Merch by Amazon. I also do Kindle Direct Publishing and I have an Amazon Influencer page, but I haven’t been successful with those two.
Amazon CamperForce seems interesting – I’m checking that out now!
Tom Blake says
Thanks so much for reading Joe! 🙂 I’m glad you like the list. That’s pretty cool you’ve tried so many of these methods! I’ve just done Amazon Affiliate and have looked into the influencer and MTurk route for more ideas to try soon. Pretty neat you do Kindle publishing too, sounds like you have a lot of irons in the fire man! 😀