It’s all over the place, inventory in your car, inventory in the garage, inventory in the front hallway. It is literally taking over your entire life. It can be a bit overwhelming for both you and your family, especially during Q4 when sourcing and shipping are at their peak for the year. During Q4 the workload can be so demanding for an Amazon FBA seller that we end up missing opportunities because we end up spending more time than we should on tasks that could easily be outsourced to someone else.
You can hire someone to prep, list, pack, and ship for you, either at your own house or a small warehouse. But what if you are uncomfortable with someone coming into your house to work? Or what if you don’t want to bother with renting a workspace outside the home? What if you aren’t sure how to line up the hours for an employee? What if you aren’t sure you would have enough work to keep an employee busy? Or how about the opposite — what if you have a ton of work to be done, but you can’t find someone trustworthy to do it?
If you want to eliminate dealing with these questions above, you might consider working with a prep center. The physical actions required for prepping, listing, and shipping your inventory are really only one aspect of dealing with your inventory on a regular basis.
You also need to consider these aspects:
• Bringing the inventory into your house/warehouse
• Storing the inventory in your house/warehouse
• Buying and storing poly bags, impulse sealer, heat gun, etc
• Buying and storing shipping boxes, packing tape, labels etc
Imagine what it would be like to run an FBA business without having inventory in your home. Imagine what it would be like to not have to worry about keeping supplies in stock or maintaining a work station with all of the equipment and supplies for prepping and shipping.
What is a Prep Center?
A prep center is a service that will receive your inventory, inspect your inventory, prepare your inventory for Amazon, and then ship your inventory to Amazon. A prep center can be used to drop off your retail arbitrage, if you can find one locally, or you can use a prep center to receive online arbitrage and wholesale deliveries across the U.S.
Benefits of Using a Prep Center
1. More time for other tasks
2. Less stress caused by inventory coming in and out of your house/warehouse
3. Less stress caused by having to keep shipping and prepping supplies in stock
4. Potentially save on sales tax
5. Potentially save on inbound shipping fees
6. Potentially faster turnaround
7. More freedom
Freedom is a huge reason to outsource any task, especially when it comes to removing the work and stress associated with prepping and shipping inventory from your house. Using a prep center gives you freedom to work on more profitable tasks — and freedom to use your time and space in your home as you desire. Let’s have a conversation and see if we are a fit to help you out.