What’s this picture got to do with selling on Amazon, I hear you ask?
It’s because this article is all about getting your ducks in a row with regards to setting up your Amazon account properly so you can successfully embark on your seller journey.
To set up your Amazon Australia account you’ll need the following ducks:
- An Australian Business Number (ABN) – This is a unique 11-digit number that identifies your business to the government. It’s free and easy to get, just head over here: Applying for an ABN
- A bank account
- A debit or credit card linked to your bank account
- A recent bank statement
- A mobile phone number
- ID – This can be a passport or driving license
Now, to move things along smoothly, you must keep things consistent.
This means the address you’ve added to your seller’s account should be the same as for your ABN and your bank account – the same goes for your phone number. The more everything matches up, the more you look like a professional seller in Amazon’s eyes and the less likely your account will be to get flagged – which can be unnecessarily messy.
What if I don’t have a fixed address? Can I use a PO box address?
I understand many Amazon sellers take full advantage of the laptop lifestyle and choose to live and travel around the world. So, you may wonder, what address do I use?
Amazon wants to see a physical address, whether it be your home or a virtual office address but it does not allow PO boxes.
A virtual office address is a cool solution, especially if you travel a lot. For a monthly fee, you get an address where your mail will get sent to, and after checking you truly want it forwarding, they send it to you – anywhere in the world.
The above is all the things you need to get started and moving as an Amazon seller. If you’re starting to get serious, you might consider setting up a company and/or getting yourself a trademark.
Although not essential, these extra steps have certain business advantages that I won’t go into here, but check out my other articles regarding trademarks and brand registry.
It doesn’t take a whole lot to get started selling on Amazon, that’s why it attracts so many people. Now, to become successful enough that you can quit your day job is another matter.
We’ll take it step-by-step…
Thanks for reading everyone! Good luck out there.