Amazon Home Services Expansion Provides New Opportunities for Houston Businesses

Posted on 29.July.2015 by Mike Winters | @amcomcap

Amazon Home ServicesLast week, Amazon announced that it had expanded the number of providers and services offered by Amazon Home Services in several areas of the country, including Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston. For those who don’t know, Amazon Home Services allows customers to hire local contractors and service providers directly on Amazon.com—everything from plumbers to interior designers. This expansion could prove to be an opportunity for local small businesses to increase their exposure and clientele through Amazon’s enormous user base.

Local businesses can quickly and easily apply to sell services on Amazon, but approval is based on Amazon’s background check—which includes online reviews, media searches, and reference checks. In other words, you probably need to have a sterling track record of excellent service. But when the application is so simple to fill out, it can’t hurt to apply, can it?

Of course, if your business is accepted as an Amazon Home Services vendor, Amazon takes a cut of any job scored via their website, so keep that in mind. Most other fees, however, have been waived—at least until December 31, 2015. So it’s probably best to apply before 2016 when Amazon may begin charging signup fees, subscription fees, and background check fees.

View current pricing and fees here:

http://services.amazon.com/selling-services/pricing.htm

Outside of the potential exposure to Amazon’s massive user base, the benefits of becoming a vendor on Amazon Home Services include no upfront costs or lead fees (at least for now) and the fact that Amazon handles the payment processing and any customer payment issues that might arise. You get to focus on your business.

“We are excited to expand our offers and availability across the country,” said Nish Lathia, General Manager of Amazon Home Services, “providing customers with a quick and simple way to purchase services and service pros with a trusted a familiar marketplace to reach local customers. We’re also excited to see the growth in custom service requests with completed projects ranging from central air installation to home entertainment setup.”

Meanwhile, small-business owner Sonny of Sonny’s Handyman Services in San Jose, California, said, “I had to hire 7 new technicians to keep up with the business I’m receiving from Amazon.”

All said, it sounds like a great way for service-oriented businesses to gain new customers—if you’re lucky enough to be approved for an invite.

Go here to apply as a service provider on Amazon Home Services:

http://services.amazon.com/selling-services/

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