Amazon FBA: How To Find Suppliers Abroad (Step-By-Step)

Are you starting to source products overseas for your Amazon business but don’t know where to start? This video will show you how to find suppliers in four easy steps.

Step 1: Research suppliers using Alibaba.com. Alibaba is the best place to source products overseas without actually going overseas. The website is a directory of suppliers, including factory and trading companies. First, type the product you’re searching to source in the search bar. Then, filter the list to include trade assurance, verified suppliers and the country, if you want.

You want to focus on the price and the minimums of the product listing. Remember, listings are meant to attract your attention so that price listed may not be the actual price. When it comes to minimums, we want to look for minimums between 100 and 500. Be mindful to find suppliers with high quality photos and who have been in business for a while. A high response rate is also a good indicator for a quality supplier. Customized logo & lead times are important to consider and verify when contacting the supplier.

Step 2: Find 10 suppliers that meet your criteria and reach out to them. ALWAYS use the contact supplier button within Alibaba.com. Be honest with all of your communication with future suppliers, in order to build a strong relationship from the start.

You don’t want to ask them too many questions in the first email. You want to build trust with the suppliers and doing that slowly is important.

Here’s what we recommend you ask in the first email to show that you are an expert and that your company has the potential for growth:

  1. What is the price per unit, including packaging, at the following minimum order quantities: 100-500, 501-1000, 1001-5000, 5000+? We use this approach to let the supplier know you could be increasing orders in the future.
  2. What is the standard production time for this order?
  3. Are you able to provide custom packaging? What colors do you provide?
  4. What are the package dimensions?

Building relationships is critical when it comes to working with suppliers. This has to be a two-way street in order to create a long-term relationship. You want a supplier you can work with for years.

Once the supplier responds, then you can start asking other questions, like payment terms and where their factory is located. You want to know that piece of information because you want to have someone come and inspect the factory.

Step 3: Choose top three suppliers based on the responses you receive.

Step 4: Order samples. Some samples do have a cost associated but these costs are the least of your worries. If you want to get these costs eliminated, you can say, “I will pay for the samples upfront but with my first order will you take off the sample price?” Most suppliers will be happy to oblige.

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The #1 Strategy for Long-Term Brand Success on Amazon

Ezra Firestone from SmartMarketer.com shares what you should focus on as an Amazon seller, outside of Amazon.

Generate brand assets.

Whether it’s customer emails, Facebook fans, YouTube followers, anyone who has engaged with your brand, these are the people who you can sell directly to when you have a new product to launch.

Creating video & written content that’s relevant to your market will allow you to build followers that you can follow up with later, who will buy your product. You want to create content where the messaging is shared between your customers. For example, if you sell kitchen knives, you create content around knife skills, share recipes and more that builds an experience around your product.

Track the consumption of who is consuming your content. The people on Facebook who have watched 50% or more of your videos, for example, those are the people you reach out to sell your products.

This is a slow growth approach but it works. You are building assets that are way more valuable than if you just go out and try to sell products. For more tips on selling on Amazon, visit Amazing.com.

5 Reasons Why Your Amazon Business Is Struggling (And How To Fix It)

Amazon is an ever changing platform. What you were doing six months or a year ago doesn’t necessarily apply today to bring you success. If you’re struggling to put money back into your pocket, these 5 reasons could be why. And we’re going to tell what you can do about it to grow your Amazon business and be a success. 


  1. The products selected don’t have a great return on investment.
    Products with a seemingly high profit margin can be deceiving. There could be high minimum orders, which ties up thousands of dollars and delays your profit. You need to focus on your cost of goods, how much stock you need and understand your cost structure.
  2. Financial management usually in disarray. Most people are focused on top line sales but you need to focus on how much profit you make each month. That’s how you get money back into your pocket. 
  3.  Spending money on things that are not needed. Some subscriptions or services claim they can cure your business, like a keyword or email tool. But after you’ve purchased, are you really using the services? If it’s not building an asset or creating a return, cancel it. 
  4. Starting to sell random products. Trying to find that one product that will make you a millionaire will lead to an inconsistent portfolio in multiple markets. By not selling to the same customer and needing to start over with each product, you’re doubling your time and spending. To be successful on Amazon, you need to focus on who you are selling to and not what you’re selling.
  5. Not knowing how to properly plan for success. Focus on your goals and engineer your daily tasks in order to achieve those goals. Business is organic and knowing how to combat change is the best way to success.

If you want to learn how to take back control of your Amazon business, check out Amazing Accelerators, a program designed specifically for Amazon sellers to transform your business from floundering to prospering.

7 Reasons You’re Struggling To Live The Lifestyle You Want With Your Amazon Business


Isaac Kuhlman and Kirsty Verity, two successful Amazon sellers with over $10 million in sales, share the top reasons why you’re struggling to grow your Amazon business and achieving the lifestyle you want. By avoiding these reasons, you’ll be able to make money on Amazon, stop working for someone else and have the lifestyle you desire. 

  1. You think you don’t deserve it. The fear of failing is a big obstacle when it comes to selling on Amazon. Stop believing that you don’t deserve the lifestyle you want – start believing that you can. You do deserve the best things for yourself in life. 
  2. Thinking it’s impossible to achieve because you have no plan to get there. The adage, “What’s the best way to eat an elephant? One bite at a time,” appies when wanting to sell on Amazon. You need to commit to a plan, so that you have steps to take each day to reach your goal. 
  3. You’re too comfortable to push yourself. You might have a great job with a great salary and you don’t necessarily need to start an Amazon business. But if you commit to yourself that this is the thing that you want to do, you can fulfill your dreams. 
  4. You can’t commit the time to fulfilling your dream. You tell yourself that when something happens, like your child graduates or you receive your pension, that’s when you’ll start. There’s no time like the present to living the life you deserve. 
  5. You know you will make it happen someday. Someday never comes. Take action today and follow the people who have had previous success, like Isaac and Kirsty. 
  6. You don’t think you have the talent or experience. You need to be willing to fail, willing to make adjustments and willing to continue to move forward. Perseverance overcomes experience or talent. A strong enough why will lead to success. 
  7. The only thing you’re confident about is that you don’t have confidence. Do small things everyday that will bring you closer to your goal. Commit to doing just 1% more every day for 30 days. In that time, you’ll drastically increase your output. This daily action will breed a result, which leads to confidence. Celebrate your little wins each day. 

If you want to learn how you can take back control of your Amazon business and achieve the goals you desire, check out Amazing Accelerators, a course designed specifically for Amazing sellers to transform your business from floundering to prospering

Stop Running Your Business And Start Leading It

Do you remember that amazing feeling, that excitement of when you were first starting your business? That hope that it ignites in you. Of the freedom that you’re going to have when you have your own physical products business up and running.You’re going to be able to do the things that most excite you because finally, you’re going to be happy.

Along the way, challenges arrive. And when they do, it’s so easy to place blame. Blame on someone or something else, but what’s wrong with your business, it’s not some external factor. The source of your success or failure does not rely on being someone else, somewhere else. What I believe in my heart is that you need to take account for what you want. 

The difference between running a business and leading a business is the vision. I believe that when you start leading your business and you have a passion behind said vision, that vision isn’t to be rich. That vision is because of what you want to achieve. You’ll have so much passion that you’ll look at those hurdles as nothing but just everyday, easy obstacles. Yeah, you got to deal with them, but you’re happy to jump right over them because your vision is way, way bigger.

To prove this, here are the top 3 reasons why businesses fail.

  1. Starting a business for the wrong reason. If you’re not clear on your “why,” then it’s going to be almost impossible to follow through.
  2. Lack of planning. This could be not understanding the product you’re selling, who the customers are or why they want to buy your product. Businesses succeed because it’s not about caring what the product is but who the customers are and why customers want the product. Knowing what to focus on is key. 
  3. Poor management. This includes lacked financial management, managing the plans, and bad hiring. 

There are no excuses. Businesses that fail, the top three reasons are because of the business owner.

Your business and your life and going to overlap. Don’t lie to yourself and say, “No, they’re two different things.” You can’t be an evil business person, greedy for money and that not overlapping to your family life. If you’re not honest with yourself about what you want most in life, then how can you lead it? Because you’re going to be confused. You’re going to have no idea why you’re leading. 

I believe that with every ounce of my soul that you can gain control of your business. You can feel energized because you’re in sync with the life that you enjoy living. But it all starts with deciding whether you want to continue running your life and running your business or leading it.

The world doesn’t need more runners. It needs more leaders. Leaders that will make an impact on this world. That are going to feed the poor, protect the weak, and love the unlovable. I beg each of you to take this to heart. I know I am not the only person that’s lost a child. But I’m the only person on this stage talking to you right now, so please listen to me. Don’t let it be something like that, that’s going to make you change. You have the power to decide to do that now and lead. You are capable of so much more than you think. You deserve a life that makes an impact on this world. And you can. 

Don’t run a life full of regrets and doubts. Instead, lead your life. Lead your business. And let’s make a difference in this world.