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The Amazon Files: The Real Truth About Selling Online

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The Amazon Files is hosted by Kristin Ostrander a dynamic seven figure super seller and teacher who dedicates her energy to helping others start and scale businesses on Amazon. With 18 years of eCommerce experience, she is fully equipped to teach the necessary skills online sellers need to take thei… read more

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How to Manage Your Amazon FBA Business for Beginners

January 24th, 2022

As business owners, it’s really easy to get overwhelmed by how much there is to do in a day and wind up procrastinating or getting distracted. You can find yourself sitting down at your desk without any idea what to …

How to Find Wholesale Products to Sell on Amazon

January 17th, 2022


In today’s episode, I’m talking about wholesale—specifically, how to find wholesale products and find them legitimately. I get a lot of messages from …

Grow Your Amazon FBA Business in 2022

January 10th, 2022


Today I'm going to tackle one of the things that this podcast is all about—growing your business. These will be your 2022 business growth strategies for your Amazon and your product-based business. In e-commerce, …

Wealthy, Rich, or Broke?

January 3rd, 2022


Happy New Year! We've gotten through a lot these past two years, and finally, breathing the air of 2022 is enough to be thankful for and to …

Your 2022 Amazon Business

December 27th, 2021


The year is coming to an end, and on this week’s episode of The Amazon Files, I’m encouraging you to take a moment and review the year that’s just passed before planning for 2022. Being aware of what we’ve achieved over …

Overcoming Perfectionism in Business

December 20th, 2021


Today I’m tackling an issue many of us deal with - perfectionism - and how to overcome it. Perfectionism can feel like a necessary part of becoming …

Characteristics of Successful People

December 13th, 2021


Today’s episode is all about the characteristics of successful people—what they are, and how we can adopt them in our own lives. It’s no secret that, …

Why Resellers Are Quitting Amazon FBA and How You Can Profit From It

December 6th, 2021


On this week’s episode, I’m talking about Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA) and why everybody’s quitting it. While this might look like bad news on the face …

10 Wealth Blockers

November 29th, 2021


Do you ever feel like something’s in your way, blocking you from getting out of debt and generating wealth? From not having clear goals, to lacking connections, to poor time management, there are lots of ways we block …

What If I Fail?

November 22nd, 2021


Do you worry about failure, about the things that get in your way when you’re trying to succeed? Is there a “what if?” monster living under the bed in your head? I know I’ve felt like that at times in my life, when I’ve …

Success Stories: From FBA to Subscription Box Creator with Trudy Armand

November 15th, 2021


Today, I am just so excited to bring to you all an incredibly inspiring story of success. Trudy Armand and her mom, Pam, are the founders of Her-Mine, a woman-owned business that is driven by their mission to support …

How to Get Unstuck and Bust Through Plateaus

November 8th, 2021




Are you feeling stuck these days? At some point in all of our businesses, we all hit a plateau where we just don’t seem to move past a certain level of success. I can tell you it’s definitely happened to me over the …

Black Friday Arbitrage Prep Guide for Amazon Sellers

November 1st, 2021


Are you prepared for the biggest weekend of the year? Here in America, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday form a huge weekend for us as resellers, and this year, it’s going to be record breaking. Now, this is …

Emergency Retail Arbitrage & Wholesale Sourcing Strategies

October 25th, 2021


In my 18 years of experience, I have never seen the kind of disruption and interruption in supply chains and getting products as I have this year, …

How to Build a Million Dollar Business Online: The Truth About Time and Money and Success

October 18th, 2021


Today marks a very happy 7th birthday for Mommy Income, and I couldn’t be more excited to have you all join me in celebrating it. Hitting such a …

Q4 Sourcing

October 11th, 2021


Q4, the fourth quarter of the year and the most wonderful time of the year for us as sellers, is upon us once again. Thanks to the many holidays that …

Urgent Quarterly Amazon Updates with Lesley Hensell

October 4th, 2021


Back once again for her quarterly update is our good friend, Lesley Hensell, of Riverbend Consulting. As many of you will remember, Lesley joins us …

Strategies for Successful Product Launching with Jordan West

September 27th, 2021


Jordan West is the founder and CEO of Mindful Marketing, and host of The Secrets to Scaling Your E-Commerce Brand Podcast. Today he joins the show to …

Amazon Sellers Q4 Retail Arbitrage Strategy 2021

September 20th, 2021


I don’t think anyone’s going to be surprised to hear that the past couple years have been, let’s say, unusual. The global pandemic and economic crisis have set off a number of unexpected events in our world, and today I …

Amazon FBA for Beginners: Understanding the Amazon Customer

September 13th, 2021


With all the things going around out there these days about Amazon and saturation and antitrust laws, and whatever else, I want to take today’s episode to clear the air and give you all a clear picture of precisely why …

Amazon FBA Business is Easier When You Have THESE

September 6th, 2021


As exciting as I know the life of an Amazon seller can be, I’m also fully aware that it can, at times, be isolating as well. Family members may not …

Jumping On Board With Wholesale

August 30th, 2021


On today’s episode, I break down the five main excuses people give for not jumping on board with wholesale, beginning with the idea that it’s too …

The Business Bucket List with Trav Bell

August 23rd, 2021


I can’t tell you just how excited I am today to check an item off my bucket list as I welcome Trav Bell, The Bucket List Guy himself, to the podcast. …

How to Succeed as an Amazon Seller

August 16th, 2021


If you have ever wondered what it takes to succeed as an Amazon seller (and, really, who among us hasn’t?), today’s episode has the answer for you: practice. I have found over the years that there is a common thread …

Can I Sell My Amazon FBA Store Business?

August 9th, 2021


Whatever stage your business is at these days, having an exit strategy is always super important, and today we have an expert in the field to not only explain why this is, but also to share his valuable advice on how to …

Trademarks and Amazon Brand Registry Help with Attorney Ben Becker

August 2nd, 2021


It’s time to talk all about trademarks and brand registry for your Amazon store again, and not just because we tend to get a lot of questions about this topic in general, but also because Amazon has changed some of the …

Common Mistakes to Avoid in Q4

July 26th, 2021


Continuing with our series about the very exciting and fun Q4 holiday season, today I’ll be discussing some of the mistakes I’ve made in Q4 so that …

Getting A Jumpstart On Your Q4

July 19th, 2021


Today I dig into one of my very favorite topics - Q4! This is the biggest selling season of the year for online retailers, and it accounts for at …

TOP Answers to Questions about Selling on Amazon Part 2

July 12th, 2021


Last week, I promised that we would have another ‘question and answer’ session, and here it is! So many really excellent questions have come in, and …

TOP Answers to Questions about Selling on Amazon

July 5th, 2021


This week, I am so excited to have a chance to answer some of the tons of questions that have been coming my way. Whether through email, our YouTube videos, or our Facebook group, so many of you have reached out to us …

Your Business Growth Depends on THIS

June 28th, 2021


What is success? What does success mean to you? I know that this is a term that can have different meanings for different people, but I also know that there are some common threads among those elite who have achieved …

Scale Your Business in 15 minutes

June 21st, 2021


Time is universally limited: we’ve all got 168 hours a week. It’s the same for me, the same for you, the same for every single human being on this planet. It’s even the same for Beyonce. So, with limited time in your …

GS1 UPC Codes for Amazon Sellers

June 14th, 2021


It’s important to be legitimate on Amazon, and to do this, you need the correct codes. You need to understand the difference between GTIN, UPC, and EAN codes and how they affect your Amazon business. To help me explain …

Improve Your Amazon Listings with Graphics, with Ian Bower

June 7th, 2021


Visual representation and professionalism are essential when it comes to listing products on Amazon. Someone that lands on your page is usually already aware of what they want; now, it’s your job to close the deal. Your …

GTIN UPC and Brand Registry updates 2021

May 31st, 2021


I have been talking about brand registry on Amazon for some time now; OK, it’s been over two years. I am going to say I told you so, but also follow …

Retail Arbitrage Updates

May 24th, 2021


I know a lot of you are using the retail arbitrage business model to build your Amazon business. I used to do it, too. It was the foundation of my business for many years and there is certainly profit in it. However, …

Exploring Private Label Options with Stephen Somers

May 17th, 2021


Around seven years ago, Stephen Somers started his path towards building an amazing Ecommerce business by Googling “how to build an online business.” What he found was an abundance of terrible courses. Real knowledge on …

It's Time

May 10th, 2021


We make a lot of excuses just to put off the thing we said we’re going to do to reach our goals. We say things like, “I don’t have the time!” But in reality, what really makes many of us procrastinate from taking the …

The Key to 7 Figures - It's NOT Wholesale Bundles

May 3rd, 2021


Throwback to 2010: A week after I had my third child, my husband got injured at work. The only income that we had was my eBay and Amazon online businesses, and they certainly weren’t enough to feed a family of five. …

Quarterly Policy Updates: Keep your Amazon account safe w/ Lesley Hensell

April 26th, 2021


Let’s be real: Amazon can sometimes be a mean, crazy beast, but it also allows us to create, run, and grow a long-term sustainable online business. And how do we keep our businesses safe from the beast? By knowing its …

Bookkeeping & Bundling success w/ Kris Loveless

April 19th, 2021


Bookkeeping and accounting are the two things that freak people out when it comes to running their Amazon businesses. In fact, they are some of the …

Branding your Amazon Bundles

April 12th, 2021


Getting trademarked and brand-registered for your Amazon business can be a little bit tricky. I hear you: Why should I go through all the trouble? …

22 Year old Entrepreneur Noah Bindschatel Tells All

April 5th, 2021


While getting a college degree is great, it’s not what it takes to be successful. Take Noah Bindschatel. A self-made entrepreneur at 22 years old, …

Secrets of Inventory Lab with Jeff Campbell

March 29th, 2021


Selling on Amazon isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do. Every Amazon seller has definitely wanted to pull out their hair at some point. Luckily, …

Wholesale is Easy and Affordable

March 22nd, 2021


People have limiting beliefs about money and personal finances all the time, and Amazon business owners are no exception. For instance, if you do …

Side Hustle to 7 Figures: How to turn your side business into a full-time income

March 15th, 2021


I receive a lot of emails and private messages from new Amazon sellers about what it really takes to build a successful Amazon business. During the …

Smart & Easy Amazon PPC with Joe Shelrud

March 8th, 2021


I have proven throughout the years that, through smart listing optimization, you can direct buyer traffic to your products without leveraging Amazon ads. But let’s face it: sometimes, Amazon takes time to pick up on …

Truth About Amazon: Don’t believe everything you hear

March 1st, 2021


There is a serious issue in the Amazon community that we need to address: fake “gurus” and fraudulent “experts.” You’ve seen their webinars, flashy …

Don't Do This Alone

February 22nd, 2021


Being an Amazon business owner can be incredibly isolating. No matter how much we love the people closest to us, it doesn’t necessarily mean they can …

Listing & Keyword Help with Guest Expert Karon Thackston

February 15th, 2021


Writing an Amazon listing can be a real challenge. Even the best Amazon sellers can struggle with coming up with an effective title, interesting …

Is Selling Wholesale on Amazon Right for You?

February 8th, 2021


When some people think about running an Amazon business, they think of sunbathing on a beach in Miami. They think they can just set up a seller account, leave it alone, then reap their reward. Let me get this straight: …

A Successful Private Label Strategy

February 1st, 2021


Amazon communities all over the interwebs have been abuzz about creating private label products. Private labeling on Amazon can be lucrative, but …

Guide to Trademarks with Ben Becker

January 25th, 2021


Whether you want to be a household name or a small Amazon business, trademarking and brand registration with the US PTO is essential to your …

Improve Your PPC on Amazon w/ Guest Expert Dr. Travis Zigler

January 18th, 2021


Dr. Travis Zigler is an optometrist-turned-ecommerce expert and entrepreneur. Three years into his practice as an optometrist, Travis felt that something was missing in his career. He soon took a course on how to sell …

The P.L.A.N Blue Print Part 4 of 4

January 11th, 2021


Do you want to be better than you were in 2020? If you do, merely reading self-help books will not magically improve your life and business. Putting into practice the knowledge you’ve gathered is critical to personal …

The P.L.A.N Blue Print Part 3 of 4

January 4th, 2021


Welcome to 2021! If you’re like me, you’ve probably heaved a sigh of relief the moment the calendar hit January 1. As we leave 2020 behind us, it’s important that we take its lessons with us. Learning, after all, is …

The P.L.A.N Blue Print Part 2 of 4 Prepare

December 28th, 2020


If there’s anything we’ve learned - especially after going through 2020 - it’s that anything unexpected can happen at any given time. Adapting to …

The P.L.A.N Blue Print Part 1 of 4 IAPW

December 21st, 2020


2020 has been crazy, to say the least. While some look forward to better days in 2021, the challenges of this year may have dampened the hopes and dreams of many of us. We all need a reset, a refresher - something that …

Protect Your Assets with Ashlin Hadden

December 14th, 2020


As an Amazon business owner, I know that building a legitimate online business doesn’t happen overnight: through sweat and tears, I’ve worked hard over the years to see my business grow. That’s why I want to protect my …

An Overthinker's Guide to Business

December 7th, 2020


Analysis paralysis is real. It can hinder everyone, from beginners about to take their first step to veterans expanding their Amazon businesses. Even …

Protect your Amazon Account with Lesley Hensell

November 30th, 2020


Lesley Hensell is the co-owner and Partner at Riverbend Consulting, an amazing team of consultants who help Amazon sellers with problems ranging from …

Finding Products to Sell with Isaac Kuhlman

November 23rd, 2020


What is the number one question every new Amazon seller asks? It’s how they can find the best products to sell online. Isaac Kuhlman has been an Amazon Brand Developer since 2013. He is the co-founder of REAL Coaching …

It's coming...are you READY?

November 16th, 2020


Over my almost two decades of experience in Ecommerce, I have always looked forward to the Black Friday weekend. And this year, pandemic …

2020 Holiday Prep Guide

November 9th, 2020


The holiday season is upon us! 2020 has been quite a year, and many of us wonder if sales will skyrocket as it did this time last year. COVID-19 has …

Top Bundle Questions answered: What you need to know NOW

November 2nd, 2020


From researching keywords and sourcing products to bundling and managing your finances, there is a lot to learn when it comes to running an Amazon …

Fixing Amazon Error Codes

October 26th, 2020


Getting error codes on Amazon isn’t something new. Receiving error notifications with listings is a regular occurrence, but with Amazon’s recent …

Is Amazon a BULLY?

October 19th, 2020


If you’ve been selling on Amazon for a while, it can feel like they’re trying to bully sellers into submission. Not only do they make drastic …

The S-Word

October 12th, 2020


When was the last time someone used the dreaded s-word on you? Did they tell you that you should do or be something, whether you should be farther in …

Success Story: He Quit his corporate job for Amazon

October 5th, 2020


Running a business could be challenging, but running one this year can be significantly more difficult. And in times of doubt, we need someone to …

Is Amazon Selling Still Viable in 2020?

September 28th, 2020


Whether it’s because they got laid off, want to work from home, or do a side hustle, many people want to start an Amazon business. Yet, they doubt doing so because they feel like it’s an unsafe venture. After all, it’s …

Top 5 Things Amazon Selling Beginners Need to Know

September 21st, 2020


Are you new to Amazon? Thinking of opening up your online business but don’t know where to start? Are you overwhelmed with all the information from YouTube and Facebook? It’s easy to get stuck in analysis paralysis when …

Lessons from a Football Coach

September 14th, 2020


I thought it was going to be the best year when 2020 started. Everything was going great: I had a vacation with my family in Puerto Rico, my Amazon business was booming, and we had a remodeling in the house. Then, the …

WARNING: This may Shock you

September 7th, 2020


Sometimes, people get this impression that coaches, business leaders, and mentors are impervious to mistakes and always have it together. So, let me …

Listing Revitalizer with Todd Welch

August 31st, 2020


Have you ever come across a product on Amazon that would have sold so much if it weren’t so terribly listed? Those listings are actually potential …

Stop Doing this NOW!

August 24th, 2020


It’s easy to get discouraged and de-motivated these days. After all, 2020 has been nothing like any of us have ever imagined. From pandemic to racial injustice, there’s a lot of issues that force us to adjust to a new …

Why should you sell on Amazon? Benefits revealed :)

August 17th, 2020


Are you thinking of throwing in the towel on your Amazon because it’s been hard, confusing, or overwhelming? Do want to get started but don’t know where to even begin with the wealth of information out there? Or do you …

Ask Me Anything About Amazon Part 2

August 10th, 2020


When you’re running an Amazon business, you want to make the best choice to grow and earn profit. But it’s easy to get struck with analysis paralysis, especially if you have no one to ask questions or bounce ideas. You …

Ask me Anything About Amazon Part 1

August 3rd, 2020


Running an Amazon business isn’t a get rich quick scheme. It’s an actual business. And whether you’re running an Ecommerce business or a brick-and-mortar store, all legitimate businesses have a learning curve. You’ll …


July 27th, 2020


Everything changes - for good or bad. While changes can make room for opportunities and growth, the adjustments that come with them could be

Seller Success Story With Lori Tomonto

July 20th, 2020


Change is inevitable in any business. And sometimes, in order to grow, you have to let go. You need to let go of things that are no longer serving your growth, whether that’s in your Amazon business or life. That’s a …

Keyword Best Practices with My Amazon Guy Steven Pope

July 13th, 2020


To beat your competition, you’ve got to work smart. And part of working smarter is using the tools at your disposal to their greatest advantage. In …

Listeners Q & A Session: YOU Asked, I Answered

July 6th, 2020


No matter how experienced, new, or something in-between you are, whether you’re reaping seven figures a year or just thinking of starting an online business on Amazon, you’ll find yourself in need of clarity and …

The Fail MORE Strategy w/Bill Wooditch

June 29th, 2020


One of the things that holds us back when it comes to growing our business is fear. And while we fear many things, it’s often the fear of failure …

Bundle Ideas: Back to School Edition

June 22nd, 2020


With the coronavirus persisting in the country and around the world, there’s a lot of questions from Amazon business owners on whether creating …

Expand Internationally with Kevin Sanderson

June 15th, 2020


Kevin Sanderson was once working in the corporate world. After realizing that he was working hard for somebody else’s dream, Kevin decided to work hard for himself, so he created his ecommerce business and focused on …

The Key to 7 Figures - It's NOT Wholesale Bundles

June 8th, 2020


Throwback to 2010: A week after I had my third child, my husband got injured at work. The only income that we had was my eBay and Amazon online businesses, and they certainly weren’t enough to feed a family of five. …

Start buying Wholesale for $300 or less

June 1st, 2020


When you think about wholesaling on Amazon, do you immediately think about how it’s unaffordable and financially overwhelming? You’re not alone. We …

Amazon Bundling Success Story with Al Bereznay

May 25th, 2020


If you’re sick of competition and want to scale your Amazon business to another level, then bundling is for you. I hear you: you are worried that you won’t find the right vendors or won’t be able to sell your products, …

The Truth About Wholesale for Amazon Sellers

May 18th, 2020


When it comes to Amazon wholesaling, I get a lot of ‘buts’ and ‘what ifs’ from Amazon sellers: “I want to wholesale, but I won’t be able to afford …

Recession Proof Your Online Business

May 11th, 2020


A lot of financial gurus and experts in the world are talking about how the economy is heading to a recession. I don’t want to be all doom and gloom here, but it’s important to avoid putting our heads in the sand and …

Selling on Amazon in 2020 - What to Expect Now

May 4th, 2020


2020 can be a little crazy for everyone. Many businesses have temporarily closed their doors, while others have closed shop indefinitely. If you had just started your Amazon business before the disease became a global …

Cash Flow Management with Cyndi Thomason

April 27th, 2020


We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: risk comes hand-in-hand with business. The same is certainly true for any Amazon business. But while the struggle is real, knowing your numbers and managing your cash flow …

Small Changes Equal Big Results

April 20th, 2020


Nothing happens overnight when it comes to growing your Amazon business. This doesn’t seem to be the case in social media, where you can see posts that look like instant success. We see these stories of overnight …

Top Reasons Amazon Accounts are Suspended in 2020 & How to Avoid Them

April 13th, 2020


Change - it’s the only constant thing in business, whether it’s a brick-and-mortar store on an online Amazon business. Over the years, Amazon has made changes that can impact how we run our business. Sometimes, they …

Do THIS and Lose All your money selling on Amazon!

April 6th, 2020


There’s a lot of hype about retail arbitrage on Amazon. Blog posts, ads, and websites are out there talking about retail arbitrage to people who want to start an Amazon business. It’s viable for you if you want to set …

Overcoming "I Don't Have Enough Time" - An Amazon FBA Success Story

March 30th, 2020


It can definitely feel like a real hurdle the first few times you create Amazon wholesale bundles. With all the steps involved in the creation …

Get More Done Faster in your Amazon FBA Bundle Business

March 23rd, 2020


Do you know the tasks you need to do each day to ensure that your Amazon business is running smoothly? Do you know how long it takes you to complete each step of the bundling process? If your answer is “no” or …

Use What You Know - Amazon FBA Success Story

March 16th, 2020


Debbie Joyce is a long-time member of the Mommy Income community. Not only is she a veteran bundle seller on Amazon, but she is also the Queen of Bundle Variations: she trusts in her knowledge bank, takes what she …

Your KEY to Finding Profitable Products to Sell on Amazon in 2020

March 9th, 2020


Do you spend an entire day researching products for your Amazon business, but always seem to come up short? Do you have thousands of Amazon bundle ideas but come up with no products? You’re not alone. Many new Amazon …

[2020 Update] Amazon GTIN Exemption Listing Solutions

March 2nd, 2020


Amazon is making changes, yet again. This time, product bundling on Amazon is at the crosshairs due to policy changes on GTIN exemption listings. But …

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