I didn’t realize how much I had to say about doing selling with Fulfillment by Amazon while traveling until I starting writing an ebook about it. The result was Amazon Autopilot: On the Road – detailing my system for funding US travel with FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon).
Here’s a little of what I learned from a lot of trial and error while sourcing and shipping from the road:
Compile an airtight source list before you leave: You’ll want to spend the maximum amount of time on your trip actually seeing and doing new things – not sourcing (though it can be fun). I optimize my sourcing time by spending about one hour doing research before my trip. I keep a checklist of potential sources to look up in advance, use Google Street View and other internet sources to get clues as to whether they are worth my time, and omit anything that doesn’t seem likely to offer higher-than-average profits. Bringing us to the next point…
Focus only on sources bringing the greatest chances of profit: At home, you may be willing to take chances and be more loose with your time. When traveling, your time is finite, and I will keep anything off my source list that doesn’t appear to have a high probability of bringing significant profit.
Have a profit target: You want to know when the sourcing should strop and the vacation begin, i.e. know when you’ve hit your target. This could be mitigating the cost of your trip, or covering it in full (personally, I am to cover all travel costs with FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon)). The net-payout feature of ScanPower makes it a simple matter to track your profit as you go, so know what you want and when you get there.
Put all your sources into a custom Google map: This is crucial to further streamline your inventory acquisition process and keep that portion of your trip as short as possible. You’ll want everything from church sales to auctions in one ready-to-go location.
Know where to find public and semi-public resources to pack and ship inventory: There is nothing you can do at home you can’t do from the road. Digital commuting and laptop moneymaking have blown up in recent years, and there are no shortage of resources one can utilize to pack, ship, and list inventory from the road. From hotel computers to FedEx Office printers, you are unlikely to be unable find a substitute on the road for anything you do at home.
If sourcing and shipping inventory while traveling interests you, I cover this subject in full in my ebook: “Amazon Autopilot: On the Road – A complete system for free travel using Fulfillment by Amazon.”