Work From Home for Amazon
Amazon consistently recruits new employees across its platforms, but the work-from-home customer service jobs prove most popular
Why? These positions are fairly entry level, and you can work from your couch. If you’re looking for something temporary, you can snag a seasonal gig around the holidays .
According to previous listings, customer service associates communicate with customers via phone and live chat to help answer their questions, solve their issues and ease their concerns.
Typically, requirements include a high school diploma , a year of customer service experience and proficiency in English. You should have basic phone and computer skills as well as a fast and reliable wired internet connection. Otherwise, Amazon sends you the required technology, including a headset.
In the past, we’ve seen pay listed at $10 an hour, plus opportunities for bonuses. Training is paid — and online.
You can keep an eye on these types of positions at Amazon’s virtual job listings page.
Use Amazon’s Affiliate Program
Tapping into Amazon Associates, its affiliate marketing program, is a great way to monetize your website or blog.
Basically, you make money with Amazon affiliates by adding Amazon’s special affiliate links to Amazon products you’ve written about or reviewed, and when a reader clicks your link and makes a purchase, you’ll earn a commission. This is called affiliate marketing.
Here’s an example: You use a fancy new kitchen gadget and want to write a product review. Use an affiliate link in your review. When someone clicks to buy that awesome gadget, you’ll pocket up to 10% of the purchase price.
Realistically, you might not earn a ton of money through the affiliate program, but it’s free to join, so there’s no loss in adding these into posts you’re already writing and sharing.
Join Mechanical Turk
This might sound like some kind of weird video game, but Mechanical Turk is an Amazon service platform where people can post work requests for specific prices. Think of it like Fiverr, TaskRabbit or Craigslist.
Each task is called a HIT, or Human Intelligence Task. You can complete these tasks from home and in your own time. Some tasks include opinion surveys, transcriptions and data entry gigs.
How much you make will depend on which tasks you accept and how much time they take. You’ll see a pay estimate before you begin, so you can gauge if a task is worth it.
If you know what you’re doing and the best HITs to take, you can make some solid side cash — like online entrepreneur Michael Nadd, who averaged about $500 a month through Mechanical Turk.
He accepted a lot of survey gigs and averaged about $10 an hour. He most appreciated the flexibility of the platform — and the fact that he gets paid in cash, not gift cards or credits like most other survey sites.
Ultimately, Mechanical Turk is a great way to make money through Amazon without having to sell physical products.
Link up With Amazon’s Influencer Program
Always wanted to be a social influencer? Well, Amazon has a program for that.
Here’s how the Amazon Influencer program works: You create a page on Amazon and recommend products to your followers. When followers purchase a product, you can earn money.
Really, it’s similar to the affiliate program, but you’ll use a “vanity” URL, one that’s easy to remember. For example, entrepreneur and “Shark Tank” star Mark Cuban has an influencer page at www.amazon.com/shop/markcuban. It’s memorable — and you get to see what Cuban’s promoting these days.
The idea is to share this URL across your social media platforms and accounts. The vanity URL makes it easier to share on Instagram, for example, where you can’t post an active link in captions.
To qualify for the influencer program, at minimum, you’ll need a YouTube, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook account. Amazon will look at the number of followers you have, your engagement metrics and the type of content you post to determine whether you’re a fit.