The old saying is true. “Behind every good man is a great woman.” My wife, Rebecca, is a tremendous help in making FBA our full-time job. She’s a part-time writer and a full-time homemaker, but she still finds time to help the family business. She’ll join us along the way and give us valuable and unique insights. I’m looking forward to seeing what blog posts she’ll bring to our community here at Full-Time FBA. But enough from me…
Greetings, everyone! Until recently, my experience with Amazon was mostly related to purchasing books, one of my favorite things to do as an English major and freelance writer. But a few months ago Stephen and I began exploring the idea of my joining him in his FBA business, and I started to see Amazon in a whole new light. As I understood more about how Fulfillment By Amazon works (how it frees up the seller to do more sourcing, the part of online selling that I’m most intrigued by) I was willing to give it a try.
Before we joined forces in the business, Stephen was limited in the amount of inventory he could send in — limited by the time he could spend driving to retail stores, thrift stores, and garage sales, as well as the time he could spend preparing the inventory to be sent in to Amazon. Stephen has a sharply focused mind for business and is always coming up with creative ideas for how to increase the profit margin or find new inventory, but he needed help carrying out tasks that require a few hours of time in a chunk.
That’s where I could help. He handles the financial side of things and developing the direction of our business. I help him strategize how to prioritize our time to accomplish those goals, and I help to carry out the more mundane aspects of the business, like removing stickers, scouting local thrift stores and garage sales, etc. The flexibility of the schedule means I’m able to work part-time helping him with the FBA business and continue writing part-time to pursue my personal publishing goals, as well as keeping the household running smoothly (we have lots of laundry with four boys!).
We’ve found that FBA works well for us as a family and allows us to have the kind of schedule we prefer, as well as allows us to pour as little or as much of ourselves and our time into the business on any given day. We work extra hours some days to make lighter days for family outings at other times. Stephen spends more time with the boys than the average dad who works outside the home at an 8-to-5 job, and we wouldn’t trade that for the world.
My contribution to the blog will be occasional posts about the support aspect of the business. Also, I’ll sometimes add a few lines of my own perspective within Stephen’s posts. I’m looking forward to getting to know the FBA community through this blog and to hearing the experiences of others who are in this business.