About

BlogShootMini2My name is Stephen, and I love my job! I get the honor of working for myself, at home. I’ve been using Amazon FBA since 2011 and have been able to completely support myself and my family almost from the beginning.

I got my first taste of e-commerce back in 1998 when I was finishing up college. Like many, I quickly got addicted to the rush of the online auction. I was buying things that I never thought I could find and was really enjoying myself. After a few months on eBay I realized that I could sell on eBay too. I started with selling my college textbooks (and getting way more than the used bookstores were offering as a buy back) and sold other items like baseball cards, music CDs, and posters. For over a decade eBay became a nice little hobby that helped bring in a few extra thousand dollars per year.

In 2009 life circumstances caused me to completely start over. I was jobless and didn’t know what to do. I thought that if I spent all of my time selling on eBay, I could make a full-time income. I was able to start making lots more than before (when I treated eBay like a hobby), but it was not enough to support my family. Selling on eBay, for me, was a good supplemental income, but not a good enough primary source of money. I started to search for different ways to make money, and that’s when I stumbled onto FBA.

FBA (Fulfillment By Amazon) was the answer I was looking for. I was finally able to get all of my inventory out of my house and garage. Amazon would now store, catalog, and protect my inventory. I now had a reputable company in charge of my shipping, returns, and customer service. 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.

On this blog, we’ll talk about what it takes to make FBA a full-time job. 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.

I invite you to join us on this journey. If you want to subscribe to blog updates, then please sign up on the form on the right side of the page. I look forward to sharing my experiences with you and hope to hear about your own journey toward full-time FBA.

Stephen

15 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

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