You probably know Amazon as the world’s largest e-commerce seller. But did you know that Amazon has a massive reach that includes videos, tech devices, publishing, groceries, fashion, transportation, and so much more? With all of this expansion comes a flood of Amazon work-at-home jobs and money-making opportunities!
If you’d like to get in on Amazon’s money-making empire and you want to work from home, here are some great ways to cash in with Amazon!
Amazon Work-at-Home Jobs
If you want to make some extra cash, try completing short tasks on Amazon’s MTurk!
MTurk is an online marketplace where businesses connect with online workers to have small tasks completed. Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs) are listed for workers to choose from. Many of the tasks are simple, such as differentiating between two images or categorizing products. Workers typically earn a few cents per task, which is goes into their Amazon Payments account. Tasks may take anywhere from a few clicks to a few minutes, and pay is scaled accordingly. Workers who have specialized skills may be eligible to complete higher-paying tasks like translation or transcription.
I’ve never tried MTurk, but it does get mixed reviews. Before you invest a lot of time there, I’d check out this in-depth review to see if it’s worth exploring for your situation.
Probably the most popular Amazon work-at-home job is that of the customer service associate. In this role, individuals work with customers and drivers to solve problems and issues. To be eligible for this position, you must have some basic qualifications like excellent communication skills, a high school diploma, computer skills, and knowledge of Microsoft Windows and Outlook. While this position doesn’t require any prior experience, they do prefer at least six months of customer service experience. According to FlexJobs, part-time virtual customer services associates earn $16 per hour.
You must live in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, or Wyoming to apply.
Another popular work-from-home job with Amazon is their stylist position. Stylists with Amazon help Amazon customers choose fashion items based on their preferences. Applicants must have two years of experience in the fashion or retail industry, excellent communication skills, and basic computer skills. While you don’t need a degree for this role, Amazon does prefer a bachelor’s degree and multi-lingual applicants.
You must live in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, or Wyoming to apply.
With warehouses worldwide and new products added every day, Amazon is growing at an accelerated rate. This means they have many work-at-home jobs for professionals with experience. Jobs categories include Human Resources, Account Management, Sales, Software Development, Project Management, Operations, IT, Business Development, Marketing, Advertising, Design, Finance, and more. Salaries are based on your experience, position, and availability. These roles are for residents of the US (29 different states), the UK, the Netherlands, Italy, and Costa Rica.
When you work full-time with Amazon, you get many benefits like health insurance, paid time off, adoption assistance, maternity and parental leave, employee discounts, and more.
Affiliate Marketing with Amazon
With Amazon Associates (Amazon’s affiliate program), bloggers, content creators, and publishers can earn money by recommending products. For example, when creating a DIY blog tutorial, a craft blogger may use an affiliate link for a specific paint they used in the project. The link directs the reader to the product page on Amazon. When the reader purchases the product, the blogger gets a percentage of the sale (up to 10%).
One of the great things about this program is that customers don’t need to purchase a specific product to earn money. Any purchase the customer makes on Amazon during their visit (with some exceptions) will result in a percentage of the sale. To maintain an active in the program, affiliates must have at least one sale per month, and you can not purchase products through your own Amazon affiliate links.
If you have an established social media following on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, or YouTube, you can apply to the Amazon Influencer Program. With this program, you’ll receive a customizable page on Amazon and a vanity URL to showcase your favorite Amazon products. The Amazon Influencer Program is an extension of Amazon’s affiliate program, so you’ll earn approximately up to 10% commission on items sold through your account. When applying, Amazon looks at how many followers you have as well as your engagement rates.
To get a better idea of what this program looks like, check out The Work at Home Woman’s Amazon Shop.
Publish Your eBooks on Amazon
Kindle Direct Publishing offers authors the option to self-publish directly to Kindle. With KDP, authors create their own ebook using their own manuscripts and cover. Content is uploaded right to the KDP program (provided it meets all content and quality guidelines). Authors retain control of their rights and set their own list prices. After writing a description and setting up the book in KDP, authors can expect their books to appear in the Kindle store within a day or two. Authors can earn up to 70% in royalties on sales.
If you’re interested in selling used books on Amazon, they have a couple of different selling options to choose from here.
ACX, an Amazon-owned property, is a marketplace where authors and publishers can connect with voice actors, engineers, and recording studios to create audiobooks. To start narrating audiobooks, create an ACX profile, upload your samples, pick your rates, and search for books you’d like to narrate. Interested parties will send you an offer, and once you accept, you’ll start recording. After the project is complete, you’ll get paid your production fee.
If narrating audiobooks sounds fun, be sure to check out this post for tips and a free training program.
Be an Amazon Entrepreneur and Start Selling Products
9. Amazon FBA
Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) provides an easy way for sellers to sell products on Amazon and then have Amazon use their fast and speedy shippers to deliver them! With this program, you’ll set up an account, create your product listings, and then ship them to an Amazon fulfillment center — then Amazon does the rest! Amazon has different programs and fees based on the size of your shipment.
Check out Tracy’s story and find out how she earns $1,200 a month selling through Amazon’s FBA program.
10. Amazon Handmade
If you’re looking for an Etsy alternative, check out Amazon Handmade. With Amazon Handmade, if you submit an application and become an approved seller, Amazon will waive the $39.99 a month fee. Once you’re approved, list your products, and promote them online. When you make a sale, Amazon will deduct a 15% fee.
11. Merch by Amazon
Merch by Amazon is a way to sell your designs on things like T-shirts, coffee mugs, and tote bags. With this program, you upload your designs, set your price, and then Amazon prints and ships your products. Designers earn a royalty on each product sold. There is no cost to join, and you can view average royalty rates here.
For other sites that allow you to sell your designs on T-shirts and products, check out this post.
One unconventional way to earn money on Amazon is by selling private label items through the FBA program. Sellers search for unlabeled products that can be sourced cheaply through a wholesale supplier like Alibaba and then sell under a private label for a higher price. This requires market research, finding the right supplier, and adding your own logo and branding to the packaging. After the initial startup cost (depending on the cost of the inventory, packaging, and design), private-label products can offer a great return. While profits vary by product, many experts say to aim for a profit margin of around 50%.
Deliver Packages for Amazon
13. Amazon Flex
Amazon Flex pays drivers to deliver Amazon packages using their own vehicles. While this isn’t an online job, but it does come with flexible scheduling. Drivers choose their own block of hours to work, then pick packages up from a local Amazon Fulfillment Center and deliver packages. The Amazon Flex app records package information, deliveries made, and it even provides route information. Drivers earn between $18-$25 per hour, and payments go out every Tuesday and Friday via direct deposit. You must be at least 21 years old to drive for Amazon.
You can learn more about the Amazon Flex program in Anna’s review here.
Be an Amazon Grocery Shopper
With Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods Market, they now offer flexible job opportunities for in-store grocery shoppers! Unlike other on-demand grocery shopping apps, with this position, you’re an employee, not an independent contractor. These positions offer flexible schedules, anytime pay, and a casual dress code. The average pay for a shopper is $15 per hour.
Amazon Trade-In Program – Earn Amazon Gift Cards
The Amazon Trade-In Program allows you to trade in used electronics and video games for Amazon gift cards. Amazon provides a list of items that are eligible for trade-in. Just browse the products, answer a few questions, and you get an immediate quote of how much they’ll give you for your product. If you agree to the terms, you’ll print a shipping label and send them the item. Once your trade is processed, you’ll see the trade-in value in your Amazon account under gift card balance.
Be Aware of Scams Mentioning Amazon
The opportunities listed above are all legitimate ways to make money through Amazon. But as with anything else, it’s important to be aware of scams. Read this article on a phone scam involving people posing as Amazon employees offering them remote jobs with Amazon. In this phone scam, callers ask for a phone number, email address, and a credit card number so you can open an account and “start making money.”
While you will need to open an account on Amazon to participate in their money-making programs, this should only be created through secure websites like those listed above. As always, never give out your personal information to unsolicited personnel over the phone or via email.
Amazon offers a lot of great opportunities to earn money from home. If you’re looking to supplement your income with part-time work, build a full-time business, or find remote career opportunities consider one of these many options for making money and working from home with Amazon!
Do you earn money with Amazon? If so, drop us a note; we would love to hear from you!
Originally published December 26, 2017. Content updated 2021.