Amazon has become a worldwide leader in just about everything. Not only are they serving as a marketplace to take our money but they’re also providing us opportunities to earn some of it back.
I’ve made my fair share of dollars from Amazon. From taking online surveys to self-publishing books, I can confirm the company is paying people legitimate money.
Depending on your situation, you might favor some of these side hustles over other ones. Not to worry. I’ve included a blend of both online and in-person gigs on this list.
You might’ve known about a few of these on this list, but I doubt all of them.
1) Amazon KDP
First up is Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). This platform allows independent authors to self-publish books and earn money from royalties.
It’s print-on-demand so you don’t have to worry about holding any of the books at your home or shipping them out when you make a sale. Amazon is also the world’s biggest book seller so it excels at driving sales to your books.
If you’ve been following my writing at all, which I hope you have, you know I myself am on a self-publishing journey. Right now, all of my books are published on Amazon via KDP and I’ve earned hundreds of dollars in royalties.
2) Amazon MTurk
Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is where it all started for me. That’s right, I got my side hustle start taking surveys for quarters from college students doing research on MTurk.
My 3 months on MTurk resulted in more than $400 made. After you learn how the process goes, you can really start earning some decent extra income right from your couch.
MTurk gives you the option of getting paid every 3 days and also allows you to deposit your earnings into your bank account or Amazon gift cards.
Who said taking surveys online can’t be profitable?
3) Amazon Flex
I’ve never tried Amazon Flex before. Apparently, the service allows you to make deliveries for Amazon without actually having to be a delivery driver. You’d just be an independent contractor.
The way I look at it is like being an UberEats driver, except for Amazon packages.
You only accept orders that you want and can earn up to $25 per hour just driving packages around and making deliveries.
- Work on your own time
- Decent pay
4) Amazon FBA
You’ve probably heard of Amazon FBA before. It’s how you can become a third-party seller on Amazon.
I’m not going to waste too much of your time with how FBA works or how much you can make from it. There is literally a BILLION YouTube videos and TikTok influencers you can easily find for that.
What I will say is from my experience selling books on Amazon, it’s one of the best marketplaces to list items for sale. I’m more of an eBay seller myself.
5) Amazon ACX
I just received a direct deposit from my two audiobooks via Amazon ACX. I paired up with a super cool narrator, split my royalties with him and now we both earn long-term passive income from the book sales.
This Amazon side hustle is great because it’s double hustle. You can either write a book and make money from the audiobook as the author, or you can narrate a book and earn money that way.
ACX makes it insanely simple to start producing audiobooks and selling them on Amazon.
- Completely online
- Can write or narrate an audiobook
- Easy to complete
6) Amazon Associates Program
Amazon Associates is the company’s affiliate marketing program. In a nutshell, you earn a kickback from referring buyers to purchase goods on Amazon.
Affiliate links are another side hustle topic that falls under the category of TikTok creator’s dream, so I won’t go too in-depth about it. If you have a large enough following you can make money just by referring people to products they want.
So far in my journey, I’ve earned a whopping $7 from affiliate links (yaayy). I’ve only been doing it for 5 months so I’m still getting the hang of it.
- Easy to set up
- Can be done from anywhere
- Passive income once it’s set up
7) Amazon Handmade
Step aside Etsy, Amazon Handmade is trying to steal the show. Sell your handmade goods, on Amazon.
I don’t need to explain this one because it’s the same thing as Etsy is, just on Amazon.
One benefit of Handmade is you can send in your items to store at an Amazon warehouse until they sell, kind of like with FBA. They handle your shipping and storage for free.
- No need to worry about shipping
- No need to worry about storage
- Sell on Amazon
8) AWS Marketplace
If you’re techy then you might be able to utilize Amazon’s AWS Marketplace.
Users can piggyback on the company’s cloud platform service which has boomed in popularity recently. It allows you to deliver data, process data and even send operating systems on a virtual machine while earning a fee from users.
- Work from home
- Sell online services
Don’t just spend your money on Amazon, make some of it back from them! The company is expanding into a ton of different industries and needs side gig workers to fill quick task jobs and other roles.