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Sometimes selling on Amazon can be frustrating, but we're here to help. Hosted by Full-Time FBA's Stephen and Rebecca Smotherman, The Full-Time FBA Show is a podcast focused on helping you grow your Amazon FBA business to a point where you can make a full-time income with only part-time hours. We'll talk about the best Amazon FBA strategies and hear inspirational stories from those who have succeeded in making a full-time income with Amazon. The podcast features fresh content, proven strateg ...
 
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Welcome to the third installment of our 2021 October Fears Series! In today’s episode, we’ll be discussing a common theme in the world of FBA: the fear of branching out into new categories in the Amazon catalog. Many people, when they first start selling on Amazon, start by selling in only one or two different categories in the Amazon catalog. This…
 
This week, we'll be talking about a fear that many of us are all too familiar with: the fear of leaving a sourcing expedition with an empty cart. It’s easy to think that this fear only applies to physical retail shopping, but it’s actually relevant to any kind of sourcing, whether it’s in person or online. Today we want to help you overcome the fea…
 
For many people, fear holds them back from turning their part-time selling into a full-time income. In this episode, we address how you can overcome your fear of going too deep on an inventory item. Stephen and Rebecca take us through what it means to "go too deep" and how it affects your profit margin and turnover time. We break down where your in…
 
Google Chrome, in our opinion, is the best browser for doing online arbitrage or wholesale sourcing because extensions for Chrome are so widely available. Today on the show, we are going to be talking about the top Google Chrome extensions for Amazon sellers. These are going to be some amazing tools that you’re going to want to check out and see if…
 
Burnout, and avoiding it, is an important topic if you are wanting to run your business long-term. Building a long-term business is like running a marathon, not a quick sprint, so it’s vital to your business health and personal health to find a way to avoid getting burnt out, and that’s exactly what we’re going to be talking about on today’s show. …
 
If you’re struggling to know what to do next in your Amazon business, you are not alone. We are all at different stages with our business, and sometimes it can be tough knowing what to do next. In this episode, we’ll be sharing some of the tips and tricks we’ve learned over the years, as well as what we wished we’d known when we were first starting…
 
This week we celebrate episode number 100 with a jam packed podcast episode! In today's podcast we'll be covering the top Amazon reseller lessons that we've learned over the span of the first 100 episodes. It was hard to narrow down from 100 episodes to come up with our top ten, but that's what we'll discuss today. In today's show we'll cover four …
 
It happens to all of us; we end up with inventory that isn’t moving as fast as we would like. That’s why, in today’s episode of the Full-Time FBA Show, we share five different ways you can increase sales on slow moving inventory! You’ll learn more about price adjustment strategies, checking for improvements on the product page, setting up advertisi…
 
One of the questions we get asked a lot is “Is selling on Amazon a saturated business model?” Many people believe that there are just too many sellers for the current demand of items to buy on Amazon. Today we unpack this question. In a saturated marketplace, sellers can only achieve growth by taking the market share away from other competitors and…
 
If you feel like you are in a rut when it comes to sourcing inventory, then this episode is especially for you. While it's good to get into a routine of what you buy and where you source goods, it can limit your options and cause you to lose out on potential selling opportunities. In today's episode, we talk about seven ways to find more inventory …
 
Here at The Full-Time FBA Show, we do retail arbitrage, online arbitrage, and wholesale, and one of the questions we get asked a lot is, “When are you going to start doing private labeling?” Well, we’re not. Many people believe that the real money to be made on Amazon is found in private labeling, but this is not necessarily the case. Today we defi…
 
Due to legislative changes in the US, Amazon has had to send out a bevy of compliance requests to sellers for a seemingly unrelated series of product types, ranging from pesticides to towels to toys. In today’s episode, Stephen and Rebecca look at what exactly is causing Amazon to send these compliance requests, why particular products are being af…
 
On today’s episode, we give you a full rundown of what the The Wholesale Formula course entails, how it compares to others that cover the same topic, and how each of us has benefited from doing it to help you make an informed decision. We kick off our episode by sharing our personal experiences with the course and letting you know when it is next a…
 
“How can I make a profit while adding value to the brand whose products I am selling?” This is the question you need to ask yourself when starting an Amazon wholesale business, according to Dylan Frost, co-founder of The Wholesale Formula, who has sold over 30 million dollars worth of products on Amazon! Dylan joins us on the show today to share so…
 
There are a lot of factors to take into consideration when becoming an Amazon wholesale seller. In today’s episode, Stephen and Rebecca run through the 8 key elements which will ensure that you start this journey on the right foot. Among other things, they explain the importance of setting up an Amazon Pro account and selling wholesale items via FB…
 
When it comes to learning how to sell on Amazon, how to learn any particular Amazon reseller related skill, or how to improve your business, there is a ton of free information online. There is also a lot of paid information out there, which is why, in today’s episode, we are going to help you sort through the noise. Having our own Amazon FBA busine…
 
Whether you’ve just started selling on Amazon or you’ve been doing so for a few years, you are likely to have some questions about how the Amazon landscape has changed in recent times. In today’s episode, we go deep on that topic and give you some valuable tips to navigate the changed selling environment to get the most out of it. We confirm that t…
 
Today on The Full-Time FBA Show, we follow up on last week's discussion on the topic of replens: items you can source and send to Amazon which sell so quickly that they continuously need replenishing. In this episode, we’re going to talk about four types of replens that you should be selling on Amazon; not specific items, but the types of items. Yo…
 
In today’s episode of the Full-Time FBA Show, we talk about how replenishables (or "replens" for short), can boost your sales and your profits in your Amazon FBA business. We kick off our episode by defining the term "replens" and unpacking what constitutes a good replen. Next, we talk about our 2020 top sellers and tell you why we think that Amazo…
 
Here at The Full-Time FBA Show, we get lots of questions from the Full-Time FBA community. What we have found is that often those questions are based on misunderstandings. In today’s episode, we'll address the three most common wrong questions that Amazon sellers ask, explain why they are wrong, and tell you what questions you should be asking inst…
 
On today’s episode of The Full-time FBA Show, Rebecca and Stephen reflect on their tour of an Amazon Fulfillment center before the COVID pandemic. In their conversation, they discuss what they learned and how it has impacted the way they do business. One of their major takeaways was the phrase ‘customer obsession.' Since then they have adapted the …
 
At one point or another, you are going to run out of sourcing money, but that does not have to mean you cannot grow your business anymore. In today’s episode, we hear about seven ways you can grow your Amazon FBA business that do not require any sourcing. From improving your product listing to advertising and spending time on your education and min…
 
Wholesale bundles have numerous benefits; to you as the seller, and to your customers. As someone who has been on the retail and online arbitrage side of things, as well as the wholesale and wholesale bundling side of things, our guest today has a lot of valuable knowledge to share when it comes to the positives and the negatives of these markets. …
 
If you are looking for creative ways to differentiate yourself on Amazon while turning an extra profit too, think about starting to sell items in bundles! Creating bundles is all about batching items that match each other thematically, and today on the show you’ll hear all of our tips around how and why you should consider implementing this strateg…
 
While there are many products and services available that claim to be necessities for starting a new business, it’s hard to know if you really need them, especially when you factor in the cost. After running a successful Amazon FBA business for over a decade, we have gained a lot of valuable knowledge and experience. We do, however, have some regre…
 
Competing with Amazon as a third party seller can be a daunting task. It’s easy to feel that the odds are stacked against you. After all, it’s a huge company with tremendous resources and control over crucial elements, like who gets awarded the buy box. While it’s often wise to avoid competing with Amazon, it’s also important not to let fear blind …
 
It’s that time of year, where we spring clean various areas of our life, from our kitchens to our closets, to our computers. Just like everything else, over time our Amazon seller account can become cluttered and overwhelming for a multitude of reasons. Most of the time it’s because there are other more pressing and profitable issues vying for our …
 
If you've ever tried manual online arbitrage (OA), you know that it can take up immense amounts of your time to find what you are looking for. On today’s show you’ll learn about a tool called Tactical Arbitrage which can, among other things, help you drastically reduce the amount of time you spend looking for items to resell. Rebecca has been using…
 
Today we dive into the topic of how to profit from selling seasonal items on Amazon. You might be wondering, what are seasonal items? Well, this category includes anything that isn’t usually promoted all year-round. From Easter eggs and Mother’s Day gifts to snow boots and bathing suits and everything in between, seasonal items (if done correctly) …
 
A race to the bottom isn’t the kind of race you want to win. By beating your competitors' prices to the bottom, you can ruin your chances of making good ROI. In this episode, Stephen and Rebecca Smotherman go into detail about “racing to the bottom” and discuss some of the best ways to avoid it. To kick things off, we first look at how racing to th…
 
When selling on Amazon, there are occasions you will struggle to move certain items from your inventory. This can happen for a multitude of reasons, and you can address this issue in a number of ways. In this episode, we share a few top tips for helping the process along and cleaning out those lingering items no one seems to want! From using Keepa …
 
In today’s episode, we are going to blow your mind with some incredible Amazon stats. Not only are they wildly impressive, but these facts and figures actually impact you as an Amazon seller and could get you excited about continuing to sell on Amazon. We start off by sharing some of the stats around Amazon’s popularity and supplement them with som…
 
Whether it is a business partner or your significant other, working with a partner can have a hugely positive impact on your Amazon business. In today’s episode, you’ll hear our advice for successfully working with a business partner, from communicating risk tolerance and prioritizing the personal relationship over the business relationship to mana…
 
One thing you can never get back is time. You need to manage your time wisely so that you can follow the quickest, most efficient path to success. Welcome back to another episode of the Full-Time FBA Show! We are excited about today’s episode, where we will be diving into some really nerdy stuff like time management, how to better use your time in …
 
Today we sit with Ian Bower, who has been selling items on Amazon that he sourced via wholesale companies for over five years. In the time that has passed, Ian has managed to scale his business and averages around $40,000 in sales a month. In this episode, we start off learning Ian’s professional history and what he was doing before he got into who…
 
Selling products wholesale on Amazon can seem like a daunting undertaking -- not only because it seems like there are so many people who are already doing it, but because there are pervasive myths around aspects of the wholesaling industry that make it seem almost impossible to get started. Dan Meadors joins us on today’s show to debunk five of the…
 
Wholesale is a great sourcing strategy to add to your FBA business. Kicking off our month-long wholesale series, today’s episode dives into some of the reasons you should add wholesale sourcing to your business. We talk about the tremendous return on investment wholesale provides, some of the advantages it has over online and retail arbitrage, and …
 
Returns are the worst. But did you know it can still be possible to make nice profits from your returned items? Today, we want to help you make the most of those items that get returned, and then share some of the different ways you can make a profit in these scenarios. Just because something has been returned by a customer, for one of many possibl…
 
Most Amazon sellers know that when you run an FBA business there will always be periodic times when sales are slow. This is inevitable, no matter what your strategy is, but there are definitely a few practices and habits to employ that will help you keep sales more consistent, as well as be less emotionally affected by slower periods. We decided to…
 
The relationship between time and money is always changing, especially in an Amazon FBA business. In the beginning, time seems to be more expendable than money, but as your business grows and becomes more successful, your end goal becomes finding more time so that you can focus on the most important tasks of growing your business. We’ve been there,…
 
There are many ingredients to becoming a successful Amazon seller. You need to buy the right products to sell, price your items competitively, learn and execute different sourcing strategies, and the list goes on… but today, we’re going to be discussing the one essential success strategy that nobody seems to talk about: Focus. By eliminating the no…
 
As we stand at the beginning of the new year, you might be asking the same question many others are: Is Amazon trying to get rid of third-party sellers? Spoiler alert: The answer is "no." While common frustrations like increasing Amazon fees, storage limits, and brand restrictions seem to make it harder and harder to sell on Amazon, there are actua…
 
If you want to create success for your full-time FBA business, then setting goals should be your first step. Today we sit with full-time FBA seller Jo Ann Zimmerman to hear her secrets behind effective goal-setting. We open the show by talking about how Jo Ann sets goals for herself, first by looking at where she is in the present moment, assessing…
 
We have so many great guests join us on The Full-Time FBA show to share their wisdom but the person who joins us today is extra special because he is Stephen and Rebecca’s son, Peter Smotherman! Peter is here for a "snack-sized" episode to share some of the pieces of wisdom he has been learning in his 8th-grade class called ‘Skills for Success,’ al…
 
During the most lucrative part of the sales year, many sellers leave Q4 with high profits but without a clear plan on how to spend them. Today we give you our top tips on making the most of your Q4 profits. Early in our conversation, we highlight how investing in time-saving tools and software can unlock greater productivity and profit. After touch…
 
Since December is one of our most lucrative sales months, today’s episode is devoted to helping your business end the year with a bang and not a whimper. We open by exploring why you should reprice your items, with host Stephen Smotherman sharing his liquidation repricing rules for offloading gift items and decorations. After touching on the benefi…
 
Many Amazon sellers avoid deal lists for the well-founded fear that items appearing on these lists will soon flood the market, leading to inflated competition and price drops. Today we dive into the issue and show listeners how, with the right list, they can make healthy profits with little to no competition. We open our conversation by exploring w…
 
There are a lot of factors that can make your full-time FBA business successful, but sometimes it’s the simple things that can have the biggest impact. In today’s episode, we talk about how gratitude can help your bottom line and why you should make it a pillar of your FBA business. As we discuss, by expressing this attitude, you have the opportuni…
 
Here are our best sourcing strategies you can use to turn bigger profits in your FBA business, specifically at this time of year. Christmas is just around the corner, and we all know how well toys sell this time of year, but today we will be casting our net wider and covering eight strategies you can use to help you capitalize in the second month o…
 
Many successful Amazon resellers are studying and strategizing for Black Friday sourcing weeks in advance, but many people don’t realize how profitable Black Friday can be by just sitting on your couch at home with your computer. In this episode, Stephen interviews Rebecca about some profitable strategies for Black Friday via online arbitrage (OA).…
 
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