298 episodes

Welcome to the 10K Collective e-commerce Podcast.



If you want hacks, you’re in the wrong place. Our philosophy has grown out of the 10K Collective London e-commerce masterminds for Amazon power sellers.



Our e-commerce businesses make between half a million and several million dollars a year in e-commerce, mostly on Amazon. Many have doubled revenue in the last 12-18 months.



If you’re that kind of person - this podcast is made for you.



We’re not puritanical; we use hacks; we just don’t think you should focus on them if you’re building a real business.



Instead, we focus on using business growth strategies to scale quickly, and build a real brand.



Clear strategic objectives;

10K Collective e-Commerce Podcast Michael Veazey

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    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Welcome to the 10K Collective e-commerce Podcast.



If you want hacks, you’re in the wrong place. Our philosophy has grown out of the 10K Collective London e-commerce masterminds for Amazon power sellers.



Our e-commerce businesses make between half a million and several million dollars a year in e-commerce, mostly on Amazon. Many have doubled revenue in the last 12-18 months.



If you’re that kind of person - this podcast is made for you.



We’re not puritanical; we use hacks; we just don’t think you should focus on them if you’re building a real business.



Instead, we focus on using business growth strategies to scale quickly, and build a real brand.



Clear strategic objectives;

    Unlocking Amazon Sales Tax Nexus: Do I Need to Register?

    Unlocking Amazon Sales Tax Nexus: Do I Need to Register?

    Welcome to another episode! Today, we're diving into the complexities of Amazon FBA and US sales tax compliance with Jared Smithson of RJM Tax Exemption. Jared's team specializes in helping American, UK, and other international businesses navigate the ever-changing landscape of US sales tax. With over 5,000 businesses under their belt, they're the perfect guide to ensure your e-commerce brand scales smoothly without unnecessary tax burdens.







    [00:00:00] - "Need to File Sales Tax Returns"[00:04:55] - "Necessity of Paying Sales Tax"[00:06:04] - "Penalties for Not Paying Sales Tax"[00:13:10] - "Nexus for Non-Marketplace Platforms"[00:15:16] - "Using Resale Certificates with Wholesalers"[00:16:55] - "Corporate Structures and Sales Tax"[00:18:49] - "Mistakes by Established Sellers"[00:22:12] - "Acquiring a Business with Tax Liabilities"[00:23:33] - "Sales Tax for Non-Marketplace Platforms"[00:27:13] - "Managing Sales Tax for New Platforms"[00:30:08] - "Need to File Sales Tax Returns"[00:31:45] - "Special Offer for Listeners"[00:33:33] - "Closing Thoughts"







    What is Sales Tax and Why Does it Matter for Amazon Sellers?







    Let's break it down. Sales tax, essentially the US version of VAT, is a tax levied on the sale of specific goods and services. The rate varies significantly by state, county, and even city, with over 11,000 jurisdictions to keep track of! But here's the catch: even if you're based outside the US, you can still be liable for sales tax under a concept called "sales tax nexus." Simply put, nexus signifies a substantial connection with a state, which can be established through physical presence or exceeding economic thresholds. Failing to register for sales tax when required can lead to hefty penalties and back taxes.







    The Common Misconception and How to Avoid It







    Many sellers mistakenly assume Amazon collecting and remitting sales tax in certain states absolves them of all responsibility. While this may simplify things in some cases, it's crucial to remember that individual state regulations vary. Some states might exempt sellers solely on Amazon, while others consider economic thresholds or physical presence (like using an Amazon fulfillment center) as triggers for registration. Additionally, some states, like Washington and Texas, have unique legislation requiring registration even if you only sell on Amazon.







    Taking Action: How to Register for Sales Tax







    The good news: registering for sales tax is generally a straightforward process. Most states allow you to register online through their Department of Revenue website and obtain a sales tax certificate. This process typically takes 1-2 hours and requires your Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS. Remember, many sellers overlook obtaining an EIN because Amazon allows them to operate without it. However, an EIN is crucial for tax compliance.







    Reseller Certificates and US Business Structures







    While this episode focuses on private label and custom product sellers, it's important to note that if you purchase inventory from US wholesalers, you can likely obtain a reseller certificate to avoid paying sales tax upfront. This certificate, based on your shipping address, allows wholesalers to recognize you're not the end consumer.







    Here's some good news for international sellers: you don't necessarily need a US LLC or Corporation to sell on Amazon USA. Your existing UK Ltd company can suffice, provided you obtain an EIN.







    Beyond the Basics: Considerations for Established Businesses







    For established businesses with significant sales volume, incorporating a US entity offers advantages. A US corporation allows you to open a US bank account,

    • 35 min
    Get Your Head in the Game: Handling Time and Financial Pressure as an Amazon Seller

    Get Your Head in the Game: Handling Time and Financial Pressure as an Amazon Seller

    In the fast-paced world of Amazon-centric e-commerce, mastering the art of juggling time and finances is non-negotiable. This guide aims to assist small business owners in navigating the relentless demands of running an Amazon-based enterprise, emphasizing the critical role effective time and financial management plays in achieving scalable success.



    [00:00] - Time Management

    [05:40] - Cashflow Management

    [12:30] - Practical Tips for Success

    [17:30] - Utilizing Analytics and Data

    [20:50] - Psychological strength



    Time Management: Your Most Precious Asset





























    Time, once lost, can never be regained. In the e-commerce realm, where every minute counts, efficient time management is a game-changer. Start by setting a schedule, understanding the pitfalls of multitasking, and embracing the power of focus. Learn the art of delegation and outsourcing to free up crucial hours, and don’t underestimate the importance of balance and rest to stave off burnout.



    Mastering SMART Goals and Prioritization Techniques



    To optimize time management, set SMART goals—Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Implement prioritization techniques like the 50/1 rule (identifying the 1% of tasks yielding 50% results) and the Eisenhower matrix for efficient task categorization. Explore time-blocking methods, reserving the first and last hours of your day for mission-critical activities. Embrace automation wisely, but avoid expecting last-minute rescues from tools.



    Cashflow Management: Navigating the Ebb and Flow



    Understanding and managing cash flow is the financial lifeline of any e-commerce venture. Dive into the strategies for effective cash flow management, including forecasting and inventory control. Maximize cash inflow by adjusting prices strategically—up for fast-selling items and down for slow movers. Implement proactive credit control to ensure timely payments from owed invoices. Minimize cash outflow through negotiation with suppliers and judicious use of credit.



    Surviving Lean Periods and Inventory Jedi Tricks



    Maintaining a cash reserve is paramount, especially for weathering slow sales periods. Uncover practical tips for managing inventory to boost profitability, steering clear of common pitfalls like trying to gain market share during Q4. Resist overspending on ads; instead, focus on maximizing profits. Learn the delicate dance of negotiating terms with suppliers and utilizing credit wisely.



    Practical Tips for Success: Analytics, Psychology, and Support



    Harnessing the Power of Data



    Dive into the world of analytics and data-driven decision-making. Leverage Amazon analytics and other tools to make informed choices and optimize business strategies. Discard reliance on intuition; instead, let data guide your actions. Avoid the temptation to average out exceptional weeks or months for sales projections—it's a common pitfall that can lead to costly mistakes.



    Strengthening Psychological Resilience



    Master stress management techniques to navigate the inevitable pressures of entrepreneurship. Discover the benefits of regular workouts, taking intentional breaks, prioritizing sleep, and injecting fun and connection into your routine. Recognize that a healthy mindset is a powerful asset in the world of e-commerce.



    Building a Robust Support Network



    Forge connections with fellow entrepreneurs and seek mentorship. Networking is not only about professional connections but also about building a personal support system. Lean on family and friends, as their encouragement and understanding can be invaluable during challenging times. Embrace the strength derived from building a community ...

    • 33 min
    How E-commerce Sellers Can Master Organic Social Media

    How E-commerce Sellers Can Master Organic Social Media

    When it comes to social media traffic there are two types –  organic (or unpaid) traffic. Which takes time and energy – and then there is paid traffic, which you get by spending ad budget. In this episode we’ll explain how to optimize organic social media traffic.



    * Why organic (unpaid) social media is a good place to start your traffic generating efforts.

    * How to use Facebook most effectively for organic social engagement

    * How Reddit and Quora can be used to generate organic social traffic

    * The most effective way to use Instagram for organic social engagement

    * Why Pinterest is frequently the powerhouse that gets very little time and attention – and how to correct that and profit.

    * Tools you can use to make your social media efforts simpler.

    * The Vayner Media (Gary Vee) content strategy that Jason learned from his interview with them for the Instagram Power book.



    Resources Mentioned:



    * www.9mountains.com

    * https://hootsuite.com

    * Planoly

    * Promo Republic

    * Instagram Power

    * Pinterest Power

    * Youtube Marketing Power

    • 42 min
    Getting started in eCommerce – How to Spend Just $100 for Max Impact!

    Getting started in eCommerce – How to Spend Just $100 for Max Impact!

    Getting started as an e-commerce seller can feel intimidating in quite a few ways. One of the ways is the feeling that you have to spend a large budget just to get started. In today’s show our panel explores how you can use just $100 to get started in eCommerce.



    We explore physical product options, how to work with Kindle and physical books. We touch on marketing on and off Amazon. We also discuss how to approach influencers in an original way. We touch on how to approach a potential business mentor, and how you might put together your own peer group for peer-to-peer learning as well.

    What you’ll learn



    * How to use Kindle books as cheap marketing tools

    * How to approach an experienced potential e-commerce mentor

    * Ways to influence multiple influencers for $100!

    * The easiest way to get started in eCommerce for $100

    * Why checking product-market fit might be the best use of your budget!

    * The hack for getting free marketing books to learn from

    * When should you quit the day job and go full time with your own ecommerce business?

    • 30 min
    The Secret to Successful Paid Social Media Marketing Part II

    The Secret to Successful Paid Social Media Marketing Part II

    In our initial episode about Paid Social” we outlined 3 big goals. In today’s conversation we’re continuing the discussion about how to engage warm traffic with effective social media advertising.

    What you’ll learn



    * A 2 Step Process for getting cold traffic very inexpensively, then retargeting them via (Facebook).

    * Engagement goals and other non-sales goals for warm traffic.

    * remarketing via (Google Adwords).

    * How Live-Commerce Techniques and goals are transforming e-commerce businesses

    * Forming direct sales strategies with social ads



    Resources Mentioned



    * www.streamyard.com

    * www.commentsold.com

    • 28 min
    The Secret to Successful Paid Social Media Marketing Part I

    The Secret to Successful Paid Social Media Marketing Part I

    In our initial episode about Paid Social” we outlined 3 big goals. In today’s conversation we’re going to give you “The Secret” and really unpack the 3 big ideas with tons of actionable tips and insights for each.

    What you’ll learn



    * Who Paid Social Media Ads are ideal for

    * The ideal sequence of when paid social media ads should be used

    * A budget rule-of-thumb for paid social media advertising

    * How long it takes to get results with paid social media ads

    * A terrific Facebook Video Strategy that works really well in support of paid social ads.

    * How Pinterest Promoted Pins factor into paid social media ads

    * Ad Instagram Ad strategy that you can start with just a few dollars.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

max-martin ,

A Must Listen - the original & still the best.

The original and the best. A must listen for all Amazon sellers and associates. The depth of knowledge here is astounding.

RS Seller ,

Awesome podcast for sellers that have their foot in the door

Been binge listening to these the past week or so. Super useful and unique content tackling the key challenges that face Amazon sellers once they get the ball rolling. We'll definately be implementing some of the tips discussed in variuos areas and will be looking to make contact with some of the guests in the podcasts to see if they can help us scale our business the right way. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED👍👍👍

Ashley J Pearce ,

Love the strategy focus

It’s about time someone in the eCommerce (particularly Amazon) space put hacks and tricks to one side and created a show on the bigger picture - the Strategy!
I’m honoured to have been a guest - the Calibre of the value delivered by the guests so far has been phenomenal (and I would’ve classed myself a big picture kind of guy!)

One of my favourites so far is from Bruce - Amazing eye-opening Finance advice, for strategic thinkers!

Awesome stuff Michael - keep the eCommerce strategy value flowing!

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