Below is a list of my favorite resources that help me (or have helped me) make a living online! This list includes tools, supplies and courses!
My Favorite Marketplaces to Sell on:
Other Marketplaces I’ve sold on with some success:
Buy.com (now “Rakuten”)
Craiglist.org (sell locally)
My Favorite Research Tools (to find GREAT products to sell!)
Jungle Scout (by far the BEST tool to find amazing high demand popular products!)
Amasuite v4 (one time price vs monthly fee. This software has great features including product research, reviewer finder and more!
AMZ Seller Browser (totally free extension for Google Chrome. Shows sales rank and price history INSTANTLY!
If you’ve sold online for a while, you know that the key is finding a product that will sell consistently over time. These tools will help!
I use camelcamelcamel.com for research (to pull data from other people’s products
I use amztracker to track my own products over time! This is one of the most useful tools in my arsenal!
Salesbacker: I should have signed up for this a LONG time ago! This has exponentially improved my product reviews and seller feedback! It’s super easy to set up and the price is right!
Getresponse.com: If you want to run a business long term, you’ll want to build your own list of customers. Getresponse.com will provide everything you need!
Finding good health coverage for the self employed can be difficult. I personally use Priority Health and have found them to be the most reasonably priced insurance with great coverage! I highly recommend checking out priorityhealth.com and signing up for your health insurance needs!
Essential Equipment for your business:
FBA labels (for stickering products to send to FBA)
Shipping labels (for easy printing and sending to UPS/USPS etc)
Laser Scanner (speed up entering your products!)
Printer (with built in scanner- trust me, you’ll need this down the line!)
Shipping Scale (for weighing your packages to send to Amazon and/or customers)
Packing Tape (for sealing boxes to send to FBA or for merchant fulfilled orders)
Make Cash Fast (great for start up capital)
Paid surveys and offers*
(if you’re going to fill out these surveys, I’d recommend picking up roboform to make the process quick, painless, and as close to “automated” as you can get!)
*The paid survey sites above are legitimate- paid surveys will pay you money with no strings attached. Be aware, however, if you complete a “trial offer” be sure to cancel a product or service if you don’t want to use it, or you will be charged
usertesting.com (test websites- get $10 for each one! scroll to the bottom of the page and click “get paid to test!:)
You can pick up a cheap headset to test these HERE
Find Money that you’re owed and didn’t know about!
Donating Plasma (for cash!)
Advertise Your Paid Service
My own course, Six Step Six Figure System is everything you need to build a real business! I go through the entire process of the 6 steps I use and recommend to make a full time living selling online!
If you want to get even more ideas and perspectives and dig into entire courses devoted to a single topic (like arbitrage, wholesale, private labeling etc, keep reading!
Below are courses I’ve ACTUALLY purchased AND that have benefited me or courses from authors and creators I trust- I’ll note if I haven’t purchased
(the most extensive book I’ve read on the subject- fantastic!)
Proven Amazon Course: This is essentially a “mega course.” It contains numerous individual courses as well as exclusive interviews, articles, audio plus a LOT more! Please note, I have not purchased the course, but have gone through most of the ebooks and courses that are included in this “mega-course” and they have helped me get to where I am today!
UPDATE: The Proven Amazon Course now includes courses on wholesale and a mini course on private labeling as well!
Wholesale Resources (finding and working with legitimate suppliers)
Sourcing the RIGHT Products Wholesale to Sell on Amazon (by far the best course I’ve ever gone through on this topic. If you buy this, prepare for your head to spin… There is an overwhelming amount of good information from the leading sourcing expert (Lisa Suttora). However, she does a GREAT job of giving “assignments” to take action TODAY! This course is geared toward Amazon sellers but contains information that will help you throughout the e-commerce journey!
Private Label Resources
Proven Private Label Course This is one of the few reasonably priced courses on private labeling and features a teacher who has private labeled products for major companies!
Importing Directly from China:
Import Direct From China (despite the fact that I had already been importing for years when I read this, I learned a GREAT deal that has saved me time AND money. When I started out, this book could have saved me a great deal of grief (had I known of it!). If you’ve never imported, do yourself a favor and pick this up! Importing is not essential for private labeling, but will provide a massive benefit to you!
Create your own website for selling (see below)
WordPress (wordpress can be installed directly from within Hostgator)
E-commerce wordpress plugin
Free Full Featured Carts
Hosted Cart Solutions:
Google Wallet -I have not used this since it was “Google Checkout” but I found that service to be great! I believe it is essentially the same
Other money making methods:
Affiloblueprint – Although affiliate marketing is now a small part of my business, I learned so much from this course that I’ve carried with me from proper keyword research, to creating sales copy, to ad placement, building a website, marketing, promotions gaining loyal customers etc. I highly recommend the course to develop these much needed skills or to make a full time living out of affiliate marketing as the creator of the course has done and has taught hundreds of others to do!
Market Research Tools (to find WHAT to sell and your AUDIENCE to target)
Keyword Research Tools
Tools to find trends and ideas for products to sell:
and let’s not forget:
(both Amazon and Ebay are amazing research tools in themselves. I cover methods of using these tools in my resources- both my book and my blog!)
Please note that SOME of these links are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you buy the product or service through the link (at no extra cost to you). However, please know that every link above is to a product, service or site either created by someone I fully trust or that I have used personally and has benefited my business. I hope you find the links helpful!