The Off Farm Income

One of the hardest things about starting a small farm is the cash flow. When you have start-up expenses but no income what do you do?  While we both still work off-farm anyway, we need to set up a revenue stream that can continue when we transition to full-time farming.

After searching for ideas I came across Amazon selling! I didn’t even know that people selling on Amazon were small businesses, I thought Jeff Bezos was just a multi-trillionaire who owned everything on there. Silly me.

The vast majority of the sellers are small businesses, and while it is a learned skill, pretty much anyone can sell on Amazon.

There are plenty of courses out there to teach you how to sell on Amazon, as the budget was important I chose to go with Aussie Online Entrepreneurs. At the time I started I couldn’t find a lot of reviews so I decided to write one for those that might be interested.

Aussie Online Entrepreneurs – Review

So, you want to sell on Amazon? You heard you can make money while you sleep?

You saw a video of someone telling you how easy it would be right? Just sign up for their course? They’ll teach you everything and you’ll be a millionaire in no time.

I went through all that too. But some nagging words kept coming back to me, words I’ve heard all through my life.

“If it looks too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true.”

But you’re still keen to find out what it’s all about? So was I.

I looked at a lot of different courses and online learning groups. And then finally got sent something from Neil Asher about his group the Aussie Online Entrepreneurs. Seemed a weird name for some Pom to be running. 

Anyway, they had some special on where you could sign up for a month for free, if you didn’t like it or think it was for you then you could simply leave, no questions asked. I figured I had nothing to lose.

So, I started working my way through the “Amazon Domination Training”, the whole time I’m really liking the structure of the Modules. I actually followed them step-by-step, doing what he suggested the whole way.

So, got my business name (kinda had that idea for a while) and I’m setting up social media, emails, accounts with Alibaba! I’m on fire.

Selling your first product on Amazon. 

What a massively steep learning curve for me deciding to sell products on Amazon. I still can’t believe that I’m having a goat telling this however I would encourage any body considered working from home to have a look at this is an option. It’s certainly not what some of the gurus within Amazon will tell you that you make money while you sleep. Simply not the case. 

What is business is the ability to make money from home and make it without having to open a shot France without having to go to set hours without having to keep to a certain standard set by somebody else. Is a business weed you will only get out of it what you put into it and if you can only spend 2 hours a day or you’ll get that back? If you can spend 5 hours a day, then it’s likely that your business will boom ahead and the chances of you being a successful seller a very high. 

However, it is not an easy business to learn especially for somebody like me with no background in marketing or sales. I am enjoying the experience however at the same time I am terrified that I’m going to stuff this up. So, my first product I spent from February until July sourcing and deciding what I was going to fill. However, when I did decide what to sell I was pretty happy with my decision. 

Mojo Homestead has always been a business that I wanted to give back to the environment or that we wanted to produce products that would be good for the environment. And so, making the decision to sell beeswax wraps just goes in line with what we wanted to sell and what we wanted to do. And of course, this opened me up to options for other products that are all environmentally friendly and that all help reduce waste. 

So, from that the business of Mojo Homestead was born are because I wanted to have products and have a business that didn’t take from the environment and they didn’t take from the life that my children will have in 50 year’s time. 

There are many online courses that will help you learn to be. However, some of those courses that are very very expensive are certainly not in my price range. And if you’re selling on Amazon chances are you’re doing that to make money and we all know that you have to make spend money to make money however you don’t want to spend all of your savings to try and make money. It was important for me to find somebody who was selling in Australia and somebody who wasn’t going to charge me more than what I was willing to pay. And in doing that I found the Aussie online entrepreneurs which struck a chord with me partially because Neil Asher is a very very funny man. He’s an Englishman who migrated to Australia married his wife here who’s Australian and he currently lives in Portugal however that’s a long story. He was based in Manly in Sydney and he has perfected the art of selling on Amazon. You also offer a money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied which really struck a chord with me as I didn’t have the money to spend on a course the wasn’t going to work.

So I signed up with them. I think the initial sign-up I paid was $1 for the first month. I then went on to pay the $77 a month for the normal base course and was getting a lot out of it. After that, I made the decision to move to the Inner Circle at $177 a month and I still think I’m getting value for that. My final will be to go to Diamond group however I need to be earning some income from this business before I can afford to do that.

Neil also has other courses that he sells are wholesaling on Amazon, being a consultant on Amazon etc. I would like to go on to do those courses but at the moment I need to perfect my business on Amazon first so that’s what I’m doing. 

So back to my first product on Amazon – beeswax wraps 3 pack from China which I know a lot of people don’t like. However, at the end of the day, I wanted to sell a product that I can sell to the Australian public for a reasonable price for a reasonable quality product and still be benefiting the environment and I feel that that’s what this product is. I would like to be selling Australian beeswax wraps however the cost is prohibitive and unfortunately just not within my range at the moment.

It’s such a shame that Australian produce products are done at such cost and I do know that it comes down to labour being cheaper and China. I also am aware that this is not always the best thing however having done some research into the China Enterprises I can see that they actually produce products very well very cheap.

While some people still have issues with products produced out of China at the end of the day it came down to quality versus cost.

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