Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, many of us were able to take a step back and assess our financial situations, how we make our living, and whether we are satisfied with those methods. Professionals who previously did the nine to five grind opted to stay home and start YouTube channels, blogs, or Amazon e-commerce businesses – with outstanding results.
But there are a few – perhaps more than a few – people who feel left behind and curious about these new money-making avenues. If this is you, it’s not too late! The e-commerce industry, in particular, is ramping up with no signs of slowing down, and today is a great day to get in on the action. With a low barrier to entry, the e-commerce universe is an excellent place to start your new work-from-home career.
Amazon has unique options for entrepreneurs, varied forms of income streams, and, as you might guess, millions of visitors daily. These features are meaningful tools for ensuring your success as an e-commerce business owner.
Amazon offers a thorough kickstart guide for new sellers, which is a great way to begin. At some point in the planning process, though, you will need to decide on a selling plan, selling strategy, and brand strategy – in other words, what makes you, you?
If this part makes your head spin, you are not alone. Luckily, we sat down with the passionate experts of these topics to learn from their wisdom: Amazon Titans Athena Severi and Dan Ashburn. This powerhouse has some pointers to share to make you a surefire entrepreneur, almost overnight.
Learn from Your Past
Severi and Ashburn have lived it and are now teaching it to others: the framework to a successful, profitable Amazon business. On their Titan Network, the pair shares info and tips on keeping cash flowing through their community of sellers.
“Selling on Amazon is all about getting clear on your goals and taking consistent, daily action toward accomplishing those goals,” said Severi. “The same skills that served you so well in your past successes likely apply to selling on Amazon too.”
Think about ways in which the skills you use in your current job position might be helpful in e-commerce and exploit those traits. For example, maybe you work in retail and are abreast of the fashion trends – this is excellent knowledge to build a marketable inventory base. While going about your usual daily tasks, think about how those actions could benefit working for your future self rather than your current supervisor.
Learn from Others
In a similar vein, knowing your strengths and weaknesses will give you a leg-up, especially if you are honest with yourself from the very beginning. However, you don’t know what you don’t know – so learning from others who are already successful in the business is crucial. When it comes to systems and processes, pay-per-click (PPC), sourcing products, and dealing with distributors instead of learning by trial and error, follow the path forged by those before you.
The combination of knowing what strengths you possess and what you can learn from others is the secret sauce to a successful venture into e-commerce.
“Tap into the synergy of already-established Amazon sellers,” said Ashburn. “Why go it alone if relying on others can get you where you want to be – and faster? Severi and I make a brilliant team, and this allows us to set realistic goals, play to our strengths, and make money together.”
Team Up with Others
Short of seeking out advice and mentorship in the field, you might even go so far as to find a business partner or partners. At the very least, Severi and Ashburn recommend building a support network as the best way to keep yourself accountable.
“Having someone to mirror you when you are motivated and pick you up when you falter is invaluable,” said Severi. “No human can hustle 24/7, but two minds are much better than one when trying to accomplish that feat.”
In addition to straight-up mental support, having a partner gives you more access to the community that surrounds the e-commerce lifestyle. With two people able to network, your business can connect with key professionals who may steer you away from potential pitfalls.
“One beautiful thing about e-commerce is that there is room for everyone at the table,” said Ashburn. “The most successful of us aren’t afraid of competition because we know there is such a high demand for almost anything the internet commerce realm has to offer.”
Give Back to Others
You’ve planned. You’ve partnered up. You’ve networked – but don’t forget about your brand.
Like all business opportunities, a strong message, pure vision, and real action behind them can set you miles above the rest, especially in our current era. Brands need to walk the walk for any level of success in 2022.
“When I first started selling on Amazon, I put together a cruise in the Caribbean that brought sellers and elite professionals together,” said Severi. “I wasn’t looking to make revenue from this experience. Instead, my aim was to bring knowledge and innovation together in order to inspire, motivate, and uplift new Amazon sellers. The opportunity exceeded expectations and laid the foundation for many more business trips.”
Whether you want to close the knowledge gap, foster goodwill in the community, or bring awareness to a cause you are passionate about, having a clear ideology behind your enterprise makes a difference, helping you rise above the sea of noise.
By learning what you don’t know that you don’t know, networking with superiors in the field, and creating a solid, authentic image behind your brand, you will be well on your way to Amazon e-commerce success.
About Titan Network
Titan Network is the exclusive membership organization for elite Amazon sellers who wish to scale faster. Titan Network was co-founded by Athena Severi and Dan Ashburn, two of the leading figures in the Amazon industry. For more information, please visit: https://www.titannetwork.com/