Hiring Your First Employee

So today is a big day in my world – My first paid employee is currently packing up my online purchases while I am at my full time job. I have always been extremely hands on with everything related to Amazon and FBA, so it’s a little exciting/nerve racking to hand over the prepping and shipping to someone else.

Last night, we had an hour long training session where I showed him the ins and outs of using Inventory Labs and had him handle prepping a few shipments. I was super impressed with how quickly he picked up using the software and I have already seen 300 items processed, prepped, and shipped today.

A few questions that I know some of you will have:

1. How much are you paying him?

He is getting paid $10 an hour as an independent contractor. I also provide incentives such as “get it all shipped out today and I’ll give you a $50 bonus.”

2. Is he full time?

Nope – This is just on an as needed basis.

3. Don’t you worry about him controlling the pricing?

I have pricing rules set up in Inventory Labs and he simply has to scan the item and put in the quantity.

4. Will you start sourcing more?

That is the plan! I hope to essentially remove myself from the time consuming process of prepping and shipping of the products. I can spend my time finding products, writing blog posts, etc.

5. How do you find someone you trust?

I was hesitant on hiring at first – What if the person starts shopping for the same products? What if they start their own business? What if they steal product? I quickly realized that I had to have a personal relationship with the person before hiring (thus I went with a family friend).

If you have any other questions, please let me know!


One thought on “Hiring Your First Employee

  • July 5, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    What about items with conditions, do you have preset copy for each condition (or do you just sell new)?


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