4 Ways Sellers Can Set Themselves Up for Amazon Success in 2019

With a new year comes the impetus to make resolutions and changes. All too often, we overreach on these good intentions and end up not meeting our goals; in turn, feeling as if we’ve let ourselves (or others) down Then the failure narrative sets in and we psych ourselves out for future success while adding to the already-plentiful obstacles of selling in the highly competitive, ever-changing environment that is the Amazon Marketplace.

This year, instead of going with all mega-ambitious life-changing resolutions, mix it up with some bite-sized achievable concrete steps for Amazon success. By doing so, you’ll get a lot of must-do’s crossed off your list, you’ll bag a bunch of attainable wins and find new confidence, and you’ll set up healthy habits going forward.

What specifics can this take for Amazon sellers looking to grow their sales and build their brands in 2019? Well, here are 4 practical, actionable things you can, should, and must do in order to position yourself for larger Amazon success this year.

1. MAKE UPDATES AND COMMIT TO KEEPING YOUR INFO UPDATED

  • Did you move to a bigger office with a new suite number?
  • Change your business name?
  • Switch to a new bank?
  • Add a staff member who is your new point of contact?

Basically, if you changed anything that identifies you to Amazon, allows Amazon to contact you or pay you without delay or interruption, and keeps you compliant with any of Amazon’s rules, your account needs to reflect those changes. And if you can’t think of any changes that you might have made that would put you in this category, log in and just double check that everything still looks right (peace of mind is priceless).

That said, here are your basic must-do’s for 2019 Amazon success:

2. UNDERSTAND THAT JANUARY IS NOT A NORMAL MONTH (AND ADJUST ACCORDINGLY)

Just as Q4 is not a normal quarter, January is not a normal month. What makes January that way actually has a lot to do with Q4 extrapolations and consequences, some positive and some negative. Regardless, these scenarios present the chance for Amazon sellers to provide stand-out customer service, the kind that makes shoppers choose you in the future and the kind that can turn a negative situation (let’s say a holiday item damaged in shipping or not delivered in time for the holidays) into the kind of make-it-right opportunity that gets you powerful positive feedback.

Here’s some need-to-know info so you can be prepared for January’s outliers and turn them into your own wins:

3. KNOW YOUR FEES, YOUR DATES, AND YOUR SALES-TAX OBLIGATIONS

Very little is trickier than keeping track of Amazon’s various fees and rates. 2019 actually bodes somewhat well in terms of the fees being laid out in a simpler, clearer fashion and some fees actually decreasing.

Here’s the important scoop on fees and fee changes:

4. YOU HAVE MORE RESOURCES THAN YOU MAY KNOW; USE THEM!

We’re all doing business faster than ever in this 24/7/365 global economy. This means that in order to be profitable, keep sane, and make time for yourself and the people and activities you love, you need to work smarter instead of harder.

Try these resources that save you time and money and effort, and put them to work for you.

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