How To Open An Amazon Seller Account:
A Complete Step-By-Step Guide
Are you ready to join the over 1,065,850 sellers who have opened an Amazon seller account this year? If so, I can help you with that. Opening an Amazon seller account is the first step in your Amazon career. Although Starting your very own (and maybe first) Amazon FBA Business might sound a little intimidating at first, not to worry; I am going to show you every step of this process in detail. It’s very important that you correctly set-up your account so you can begin selling and earning money right away. In this guide, I am going to show you step-by-step, how to open an account. Make sure to read How To Sell On Amazon and What To Sell On Amazon; so you can be equipped with the right information for a successful Amazon career.
Before we begin the registration process, you should have the following things prepared:
- Your contact information – This includes your legal business name, address, phone number etc.
- Email address – You should create a designated email account for your business. You will frequently receive important emails from Amazon.
- Credit card – You need a credit card with a valid billing address. If your card is not valid, Amazon will cancel your registration. If you don’t have a credit card, a debit card will also work.
- Phone number – You will need to have your phone close by during the registration process for verification purposes.
- Banking information – You will need to provide Amazon your bank’s routing and account number to set up direct deposit.
- Tax identity information – Amazon is required by the IRS to collect and report your tax information. You will need to have either your company’s Federal Tax ID number or your social security number to register.
You should also review and consider the selling plan that would best fit your situation. You have two options on Amazon, you can sell as an individual or sell under a professional account. If undecided, keep in mind that you can also start as an individual seller and upgrade to a professional account at any time.
- Individual seller accounts are best for sellers who plan on selling fewer than 40 items a month. You pay $0.99 per sale as a fee to Amazon and no monthly subscription fee.
- Professional accounts are best for sellers who plan on selling more than 40 items per month. Under this account, you would pay a monthly subscription fee of $39.99.
How do I open an account?
To open an seller account, you need to first go through the registration process. Follow the steps outlined below and you will be registered and selling in no time.
1. Go to Amazon Services.
2. Scroll down and click “Selling on Amazon.”
3. Choose between the two account options: “Sell as Professional” or “Sell as an Individual.”
As mentioned before, the two selling plans differ in a few ways. With the individual selling plan, you pay $0.99 plus other selling fees per sale but no monthly subscription fee. With the professional account, you pay a monthly fee of $39.99 and other selling fees. What Amazon refers to as “other selling fees” are largely determined by the size and weight of your products. If you are just starting out or simply undecided on which plan to choose, you can always start out as an individual seller and upgrade to a professional account. You can also start with a professional seller account and downgrade to an individual seller account at any time. For more information on the two selling options, check out Amazon’s “selling plan features” page. Once you’ve decided on the selling plan, it is time to create your account.
4. Click ‘Create your Amazon account’. Fill in your name, email, and create a password.
Once you have entered your name, email and created a strong password, it is time to set up your Amazon Seller account.
5. Provide your legal name and agree to seller terms.
Under “Legal name” enter the name of your business if you have a pre-established business name. If you are registering as an individual seller, list your full given name. Make sure to agree to Amazon’s terms of service by clicking the “Seller agreement” box.
Next, you will have to provide Amazon with some information about your business.
6. Fill in your business information and verify by text or call.
In this section, you will need to provide:
- Business address – It’s important that Amazon has an accurate address for your business, especially when dealing with returned products.
- Business display name – This is a unique name to your specific business on Amazon. Your seller account is displayed to customers under this unique name in Amazon’s Marketplace.
- Website URL – Having a website for your products on Amazon has long-term strategic advantages but is not required. If interested you can check out those strategies in this $1 Amazon Course
- verify account – Amazon requires you to verify your identity to ensure you are not a bot. Input your phone number and choose “call” or “SMS (text)”. Amazon will send you a code to verify your number.
Once you successfully verify, proceed to the next page where you will set-up billing and payments.
7. Set up your billing and deposit methods.
In this section, you will need to provide Amazon your billing information. It is very important you sign up with a valid credit card or debit card. If your card is invalid Amazon will cancel your registration which you don’t want. You will also need to provide Amazon your direct deposit information so they can pay you every 14-days. To do so, you would need your account number and banks routing number. Once you complete the billing and direct deposit section, proceed to the tax section.
8. Provide Amazon your tax information
In this section, you will need to provide Amazon your tax information. When you press “Start” (as pictured below), the registration process will briefly detour to a “Tax Information Interview” portal.This is where your tax information is submitted and verified.
9. Fill out tax information interview.
Amazon is required by the IRS to collect your tax ID information so the IRS can be notified of any possible taxable earnings you have through your Amazon account. The actual responsibility of paying your taxes is strictly yours, but Amazon is required to track and report if you been a revenue-collecting Amazon seller during the past tax year.
Tax Information Interview:
Step 1. Under “Who will receive income from Amazon or its subsidiary” choose if you are registering as an “individual” or “business”. Step 2. Under “For U.S. tax purposes, are you a U.S. person?” answer “yes” or “no”. Step 3. Under “Tax Identity Information” you will use your Social Security Number if you are registering as an individual. If registering as a business you would provide your Federal Tax ID or Employer Identification Number (EIN). Step 4. Sign and submit your tax information as seen below. Make sure you click the “consent” checkbox.
Once you sign, Amazon gives you an option to “Save and Preview” your tax form. Your tax information will pop-up in a W-9 format with an option to print it. I recommend you print and save this form for your records. Now that you are finished with the tax portion of the registration process, you are almost at the finish line.
10. Exit the tax interview.
Before exiting the interview portal, notice the “Pending Validation” notification message at the top of the page; as well as the “W-9 Form” on the right side of the page. Review your W-9 form to make sure your information is accurate. You also have the option to change the delivery Preference for your tax form on this page. Amazon’s default method is to deliver the tax form electronically. If you would like a physical copy instead, you can request it by clicking “change delivery preference.”
Once you are ready to exit the tax section and proceed to the next step of the registration process.
11. Product Information:
In the last step of the registration process, Amazon will ask you a few questions about your products.These are multiple choice questions mainly consisting of “yes” or “no” answers.
After answering the questions about your products, Amazon will ask you pick the “product categories” under which you plan on selling your products. If you are unsure, not to worry; you can always add or edit your choices later or even completely skip this section for now by clicking “skip for now.” Click “Finish” at the bottom of the page.
Before you can start using your account and selling products, there is one final step that requires your attention.
12. Two-Step Verification.
Once you are done registering, Amazon will require you to enable Two-Step Verification before you can access your account. To enable the Two-Step Verification:
- Click “Enable Two-Step Verification”
2. Add a backup verification method Backup verification methods are essential because you might not always have access to your preferred verification method. Amazon gives you two options for a backup: verify by “phone number’ or using an “authenticator app”
I recommend using the “Authenticator App” as your backup method for verification. This way you are able to verify your account even with no cell service. Instead of a code being texted to you everytime you sign in, you simply scan the QR barcode on the screen and type in the code it generates.
After you type in the code, click “verify code and continue.” 3.Turn on “Two-Step Verification” You are now ready to turn on two-step verification and access your account. Before you proceed make sure to look over the information on “alternate sign in method.”
Note: you can also click “don’t require codes on this browser” for your trusted devices. This will allow you to bypass having to type a code in everytime you sign in on that specific device. Lastly, click “Turn on Two-Step Verification”. You will be redirected to your stores backend dashboard or “Seller Central.” Amazon Seller Central Congratulations! You have officially opened your Amazon seller account. Great job taking action and following through! You are now closer than ever to running your very own – successful – Amazon FBA business. If you want to learn how to sell on Amazon and do so successfully, all the information you will ever need is in this $1 Amazon Course. It’s simply the most comprehensive Amazon course out to date! With 200+ videos taught by 7-8 figure SUCCESSFUL Amazon sellers.
Amazon seller central is equivalent to home base for Amazon sellers. This is where you will add/track inventory, see all your orders and sales, as well as messages from customers. It is very important for you to familiarize yourself with the Seller Central dashboard along with its tools and resources.
First time logging into Seller Central.
**It’s very important you to follow the step discussed below directly after opening your Amazon seller account. To finalize your account registration, Amazon will require you to sign in to Seller Central using a “One-Time Password” your FIRST time logging in after you register. This one-time password is also time sensitive. You must use the code WITHIN 10 minutes of receiving the email. If the code expires, simply reattempt to log in using your original password created during registration. This will generate another one-time password and automatically send it to your email account. Once you successfully log in using the one-time password, you are good to use your original password moving forward. Below is an example of an email from Amazon, containing the code and instructions for properly logging into Seller Central on your first time post registration.
Conclusion To Setting Up An Amazon Seller Account
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