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Hi there! My name is Stephen Smotherman, and I’d love to share with you the story of how I was able to turn part-time hours into a full-time income with Amazon FBA.

In 2011, I was recently divorced and unemployed. I desperately needed a way to make a full-time income from home so that I could support myself and my four boys. After much trial and error, I found the financial freedom I was looking for by selling items online via Amazon FBA. With selling on Amazon, I was finally able to make a full-time income to support my family.

Making a full-time income with FBA was only just the beginning of what was possible with selling on Amazon.

Here’s the whole story:

Amazon FBA Profit Potential

When I was desperately seeking a way to make a full-time income from home, FBA (Fulfillment By Amazon) was the answer I was looking for. Amazon would now store, catalog, and protect my inventory. I now had a reputable company in charge of my shipping, returns, and customer service. Finally, I was able to get all of my inventory out of my house and garage. I could spend more time looking for more quality inventory and, most importantly, make more money!

Working at home has had its share of challenges, but since 2011 I have been able to make selling on Amazon my full-time job. In 2013 my wife, Rebecca, joined me in this business part-time, and she helps out tremendously. We both enjoy different aspects of the business and are both committed to making this work.

The Full-Time FBA Promise

On this blog, we’ll talk about what it takes to turn part-time hours into a full-time income with Amazon FBA. We’ll discuss ways to increase your productivity and raise your profits. We’ll share insider secrets about how to maximize the funds you currently have in order to grow an FBA business that can support you now and in your retirement.

We’ll also share all the best resources that have helped make selling on Amazon easier and more productive. We promise to only promote resources that we have personally tried, tested, and found success with.

Join us on the Full-Time FBA Journey

I invite you to join us on this journey. If you want to subscribe to blog updates, then please click on the Subscribe button below. Rebecca and I both look forward to sharing our experiences with you and can’t wait to hear about your many success stories on how you’re making a living with Amazon FBA.

God bless,
Stephen Smotherman

20 responses to “About

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  2. Stephen,

    I posted a question a couple of days ago, but I’m not sure how to monitor your blog to see if you or anyone else answered my question.

    How can I access your blog?

    Bill

  3. Stephen,

    Is is a normal practice for FBA resellers using Retail or Online Arbitrage purchase their inventories using their LLC sales tax number? In our area, sales tax is 7%, that’s 7% of my profits out the toilet. Ultimately, the stuff we buy is not for use for for resale. So basically, is it normal (and legal) for Amazon resellers to purchase from big box stores and use their company sales tax number to avoid paying sales tax?

    • Yes, it’s normal to purchase items you intend to resell with your tax exempt certificate… but for items like office supplies, boxes, tape, etc, you need to pay tax. Only non-profit organizations can buy supplies tax free.

  4. Hi Stephen,
    If i buy a small lot of cosmetics from a wholesaler or distributor, closeout or whatever, can I ask the company to send it to a FBA Center directly? Thanks.

    • You could, but it’d be a complicated mess. You’d have to turn on inventory placement (a small fee per item), and you’d have to also send the FBA labels to the wholesaler so they can put the labels on the item. Then, you’ d need to hope that everything was done correctly.

      If you don’t want to deal with prepping and shipping the items to Amazon, there are inventory prep services where you have the wholesaler ship to a business that will, for a fee, prep and ship your inventory to Amazon for you. One of the best ones can be found at http://www.fulltimefba.com/my-inventory-team

  5. Hi Stephen,

    I’m “simply” looking for a consultant to help me setup my few items that already exist on Amazon in my Amazon FBA on an hourly basis and can’t find anyone that either has the ability or charges a “reasonable” rate. I want to learn so I can be self-sufficient, but I need to move on this and am crazy busy.

    Any thoughts?

    Seth Fischer

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  7. Hey Stephen,

    One of our users recently told us about Full Time FBA.

    Could we line up a phone call this week to discuss a possible partnership.

    Thanks!

    Julius

  8. Stephen, my husband and I are new sellers (resellers?) to FBA and have similar challenges like everyone else. We are set up with FBA and have a few items listed. Our challenge thus far is sourcing. You mentioned earlier about coaching. Is that something we could discuss? Thank you. Lila

  9. Rhonda Lefebvre

    Hi I was wondering if you offer a service that you can get me ungated in food and beauty. Thank you

  10. Hi Stephen,
    been watching your videos on KEEPA and Camel Camel Camel, tried to instal Keepa, but it keeps coming up , error. Camel Camel Camel was successful.
    Has this been discontinued. your help appreciated.

  11. Laurie A Staz-Schelich

    Hi Stephen,
    Your story is so inspiring. I started FBA in Feb 2017. Building slowly, but making progress. Your blog and resources have been a tremendous help to me. Aside from your FBA success, what I find more compelling, is your commitment to your children. You are an awesome dad with your priorities in the right order. I am so happy for you and Rebecca. I encourage you to continue on helping others and changing lives. Thank you for all you do. I’m working towards the goal of bringing my husband home, from his job.

  12. Chad Swinford

    Great rundown, Stephen.
    Always amazes how our stories run in parallel with one another.
    Blessings to you and your family.

  13. Thanks for your honesty and being voulnerable! I’m sure your testimony of how God worked to restore can help many

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