Amazon is a massive marketplace that offers sellers a great way to sell their products. However, if you’re just starting out or have never used Amazon before, there are some steps that need to be taken in order for your account to be activated.
The Amazon Seller Central account is the backbone of any business. It allows you to manage your products, do amazon account management, track listings and sales, communicate with customers and more. It can be difficult to get started with Seller Central because of the many steps involved in activating your account. In this blog post we’ll walk through 7 easy steps on how to activate your account so that you can start selling on Amazon today!
1. Create Your Amazon Seller Central Account
In order to begin the process of activating your Amazon seller central account, you will need to create an Amazon seller central account. To do this, you must be at least 18 years old and have a U.S address in which you can receive mail from Amazon.
You also need to have one of the following:
- A bank account (checking or savings) with direct deposit of funds from customers into your account;
- A credit card that is automatically billed against when purchases are made on Amazon;
- A phone number on file with a valid area code (for example, if your phone number is 987-654-3210 then *987 would be considered invalid).
Finally, in order for activation to occur successfully, it’s necessary to provide proof that you’re a United States citizen by providing either a social security number or an ITIN identification number (ITIN stands for Individual Taxpayer Identification Number).
2. Add Your Account Information
Your name, email address, and password.
This information is provided by Amazon during the sign-up process and must be provided again when you log in to your Seller Central account.
A phone number
This is for receiving customer service calls or requests for assistance from Amazon staff members.
This can be a PO box or physical address; if it doesn’t appear on your account screen after you log in, don’t worry! You can add it at any time later on if necessary by visiting Settings > Shipping Settings > Add New Address under “Addresses” on the left side of the screen.
Your bank account information
This is required so that Amazon will know where to deposit funds once sales have been made through their platform (if applicable).
3. Choose a Selling Option
Once you have created an Amazon seller central account, you can choose between two different selling options: Individual or Professional. The difference between the two is that professional accounts are for businesses that sell more than 40 items per month, while individual accounts are for individuals who sell fewer than 40 items per month.
If you are an individual seller, Amazon is the best option for you. This will allow you to sell your products directly on Amazon and have access to their fulfillment services. If you are a business, however, then selling through third-party marketplaces such as eBay or Etsy may be better suited for your needs.
Individuals can start out with an Individual Account, but will need to provide their social security number and pay $39 annually if they plan on making more than 40 sales annually.
You can also take help from a good and reliable ecommerce consulting agency for this purpose as well.
4. Add Your Product Details
Now that you’ve verified your account, it’s time to get started adding products! You can add up to 10,000 products in Seller Central and each product has its own unique attributes, such as photos and videos, product descriptions, specifications, features, categories and variants.
Product Details include:
- Product Title (e.g., “Red Lace Dress”)
- Price & Availability (e.g., “$15 USD”)
- Category (e.g., “Clothing”)
- Variant (e.g., “Large Size)
5. Payment Methods and Tax Settings
Add your Bank Account.
In order to receive payments from Amazon, you must add your bank account information. You can also choose to set up a payment method for each individual sale, which is useful if you want to collect funds before shipping out the item that was purchased.
Add Your Credit Card.
Similarly, you can use this section of Seller Central to add credit cards as payment options for customers who wish to pay with their credit card instead of using a bank account or another method such as PayPal or Amazon Pay.
Add Your PayPal Account and Other Payment Methods (US only).
If you have a PayPal account, adding this information allows buyers on your listings an alternative way of making purchases other than through Amazon Payments or directly depositing into an associated bank account—although some sellers may prefer these methods because there are no fees associated with them (except when receiving payments via direct deposit).
6. Shipping Settings
To select the correct shipping settings for your products, Amazon has different shipping options for each category. You will need to be sure that you select the correct one for your products. For example, if you sell toys and games on Amazon.com, then you will have to choose between ‘Standard Shipping’ or ‘Expedited Shipping’. If you don’t pick one of these two options carefully, then it may affect whether or not your product is eligible for Prime or Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA).
If you are selling in the clothing category on Amazon.com then there are different brands and categories available depending on what type of clothing item it is (e.g., Shoes & Bags > Footwear > Sandals). When selecting the right Shipping Method Brand and Category combinations for these types of items, make sure that they match up appropriately with each other so that their shipping rates do not change drastically between various locations within United States territory.”
7. Set Up Two-Step Verification
Two-step verification is an extra layer of security for your Seller Central account that helps prevent unauthorized access. With two-step verification, you’ll receive a confirmation code before you can sign in to your account or make any changes to it.
It’s easy to set up two-step verification and it only takes a few minutes. Once you turn on the feature, you’ll receive a confirmation code via text message each time you sign in to your account or make any changes to it.
The confirmation code will be sent to the phone number you used when creating your account. Your two-step verification codes will expire after 30 days. If you don’t sign in within that time frame, we’ll send a new one to your phone number.
If you have made your account, you’ve made a great choice in choosing to be an Amazon seller and we’re excited to help you on your journey. We want you to know that selling on Amazon can be very profitable, but it takes time and patience to build your brand and establish yourself as a successful seller. However, with proper planning and execution, we believe that anyone can achieve success as an Amazon seller.
By activating your account today, you’ll be able to start selling today!