Attn Service Biz Owners: Use Amazon to Expand Your Company!
It seems that Amazon is set to take over the world when it comes to selling products and services. Everything from books to retail items to digital products can be bought through Amazon. Most items are lower in cost than anywhere else while others are about the same. Yet one thing stands over it all - Amazon has put together the strongest distribution network anywhere.
Many companies rightly choose to take advantage of this network. By having products listed and promoted on Amazon, their business grows.
Yet, did you know that as a small service business owner in Calcasieu Parish you can now list your local services on Amazon? Naturally, Amazon will take a small portion of the sale for marketing your business, but the expanded exposure is well worth it for most.
In this post, we will discuss the ins and outs of the latest Amazon service which is already helping many small service businesses better compete in their local markets. In future posts, we will offer tips on how to best use Amazon.
What SWLA Businesses Qualify for the Amazon Services Store?
Obtaining local business can be a hard struggle for many companies. Finding better ways to get a business exposed to prospective customers is important. For good reason, many small local service companies will be delighted to learn of the Amazon Services Selling program.
Designed to help small, local companies better compete in their communities, the program is open to a vast array of services. Following is a partial list of the services which may wish to use Amazon to promote their company in Lake Charles and all of Southwest Louisiana.
- Apparel and Jewelry Services
- Consumer Electronics Services
- Education and Classes
- Event Services
- Health and Beauty Services
- Home Maintenance Services
- Pet Products
- Vehicle Services
Amazon has also created a hierarchy of services which can help local business owners narrow the search field for consumers in SWLA. Some of the more targeted services listed include:
- Air Duct Cleaner
- Appliance Technician
- Auto Detailer
- Auto Glass Technician
- Auto Mechanic
- Car Electronics Technician
- Carpet Cleaner
- Carpet Installer
- Chimney or Fireplace Specialist
- Cleaning - Commercial
- Floor Cleaner
- Flooring or Surface Specialist
- Garage Door Specialist
- General Contractor
- Gutter Specialist
- Home Cleaner
- Home Inspector
- Home Security Specialist
- Home Theater Specialist
- HVAC Specialist
- Interior Designer
- Irrigation Specialist
- Landscape Contractor
- Lawn Maintenance Specialist
- Pest Control Specialist
- Pool Specialist
- Pressure Washer
- Tile Contractor
In addition to these very specific categories of local services, Amazon allows the company registering to list whether their services are residential, commercial, both, or retailer offering delivery and other services. Also, these listings are available to both registered businesses or freelancers. The only requirement is that the company or individual carries "General Liability insurance with a limit of $1,000,000 US dollars per occurrence."
Sign Up for the Amazon Services Program for Local Business Growth
Perhaps the best part of the Amazon Services program for local businesses is that it costs nothing up-front to get listed. Amazon then uses its network to promote businesses located in SWLA. However, this is not the best reason to join the program.
The best reason to join is that Amazon is the undisputed champ at taking over markets. If a small business owner does not sign up, they stand to lose out to their competitors in a big way.
Yet, one should also not forget that joining Amazon should not take the place of other online marketing. Many who initially opened Amazon stores a decade ago learned this the hard way. Those without a backup store, separate from Amazon, failed to hold on to buyers. Why?
Because a company website lends greater credibility than trying to operate without one. Many who try to sell their products and services via social media like Facebook are now learning this lesson. They get a few customers, mostly family and friends, but in the long run they start to lose business. A website provides credibilit and tells customers the business is on sound footing.
The same goes for the Amazon Services program. Although they will accept a business which does not have a website, continuing without one is a recipe for ultimate failure.
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