The Location Independent Lifestyle Series – Dropshipping and Affiliate Sales

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I hope everybody had a great Christmas and New Year’s holiday!! We haven’t blogged in a little while because we were busy visiting family and friends, and enjoying the holidays ourselves. But now, it’s time to get back to work!!

Since it’s Monday, we will continue our Location Independent Lifestyle Series. This week we will be talking about drop shipping and affiliate sales. This is what Jim and I do to make money while we travel. For many years, we had a company that serviced pre-press equipment for the printing industry, as well as sold consumables to printing companies (film, chemistry, printing plates, etc.) Since we are no longer located in the Chicago area, which is where the companies we serviced were located, we had to drop the service end of our business. However, we can (and do!) still sell the consumables. We used to warehouse all of our products, but since that is no longer possible, we talked to our supplier who agreed to drop ship the same products directly to our customers. Win win!! We get to travel, we don’t have to pay for a warehouse anymore (yayyy!) and we still get to make enough money to fund our lifestyle.

Another way to make money drop shipping is to set up an Amazon Associates store, find a drop shipping company, place your products in your store, and sell sell sell!! One drop shipping company in particular,, will help make this as easy a job as possible. They have over a million products to choose from, all categorized nicely for you, and will even allow you to batch the products that you choose, and then push them all to Amazon with one click. Simple!! They take care of all the shipping of product for you, and they even handle returns if need be. Amazon handles the rest. No warehousing, no fuss. This seems fairly simple to do, and is something that I am currently learning more about in order to possibly implement it into my income diversification plan. I am currently reading Amazon Associates: Complete Guide: Make Money Online with Amazon Associates: The Amazon Associates Bible: A Step-By-Step Guide on Amazon Associates Affiliate Program.


Here’s a quick rundown of how it works:

  1. Set up an Amazon Associates account
  2. Choose your niche that you would like to sell products relating to
  3. go to and sign up for an account (an initial account to look at their products is free, but there is a small fee to have a seller’s account with them).
  4. Choose the products that you would like to sell in your store and push them to your store on Amazon
  5. When an order comes in, you simply contact and give them the order, and they ship the product directly to your customer. You pay
  6. The customer pays Amazon directly at the time of purchase
  7. Amazon pays you
  8. Everybody is happy! (Especially you!)

Sounds fairly easy, right? Of course there’s a lot more to it, like how to pick a great niche and how to price your items in the Amazon store, which is why I’m reading the book! This seems to me to be a great way to make a little extra income (or maybe a lot), and it can be done from anywhere! It’s worth a try!!


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