How easy is it to sell on Amazon if you live outside of the USA?
It used to be pretty hard, now it’s pretty easy. About all you have to do is press the easy button
As I have contact with my readers and students, I am reminded every day that there are lots and lots of talented and capable people. Many of them are from outside the US.
I very quickly remember that the US population is only about 5% of the world population.
However, the US market is still the biggest and I certainly understand why someone outside the US would want to sell here.
With email, Skype, translations apps, cheap international shipping, google hangouts and lots of other tech stuff it’s very possible for non US citizens to do business in the US.
So today I want to answer one of the most frequently asked questions I get which is…
“How do I sell on Amazon.com (the US version of Amazon) if I live outside the US?
The real answer is that its not very different than if you live in the US.
When you sign up for an account as a US Citizen, Amazon will ask your for the following things.
- A credit card to charge any amounts such as pay per click advertising
- Your address
- A bank account number so they can transfer your profits to you
- A phone number so they can call you to verify your account
- You business info such as your Social Security Number (personal government number) or your corporation numbers or EIN (Employer Identification Number)
In the not too recent past if you lived outside of the US you had to have a US phone number, pay for a physical address and even have a US bank account and credit card.
No wonder so few people were able to do all of this. Thankfully, those days are gone!
Now when you sign up as a non US citizen, the process is significantly easier.
Amazon will walk you through a signup checklist and guide you step by step, it’s actually well thought out and helpful.
However, you will need the following as a non US citizen:
- A credit card that can be charged internationally, i.e, a Mastercard or Visa.
- A local bank in your country that supports ACH which stands for automated clearing house which really means your bank can accept electronic transfers
- Your local address
- Your country uses currency supported by Amazon. Click here to see the list. This is not an issue for most English speaking countries or non English speaking European countries.
- A phone number (you’ll also need your international prefix number)
- A US EIN number. You don’t have to be a corporation and have any type of legal status in the US to get this number. You simply fill out online form 10-BEN on the IRS.gov website (Internal Revenue Service which is the US government tax collection agency)
Things do change, so depending on when you’re reading this keep in mind that there may be slight variations but it should still be very similar.
You can now open an Amazon account and have your items shipped directly to Amazon. You never even have to touch the items. What a concept, huh?
In future articles I’ll touch on how to ship to Amazon from outside the US, but for now I just want you to realize how easy and possible it is to sell on Amazon.com if you live outside the US.
I’ve just eliminated several excuses for you. Stop coming up with reasons why you can’t do this and get off your duff and get started selling on Amazon!
What are your thoughts of selling on Amazon if you live outside the US? Comment below
See ya next time.
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Mark Scott Adams is a serial entrepreneur who has started, built and sold six businesses. He has sold millions of dollars of physical products on and offline over the last two decades. He is currently a speaker, author and successful Amazon Seller. To take his free amazon sellers training click here. To Get his free product checklist list click here