Ultimate Guide to Starting Your Amazon Business and Virtual Assistant

Ultimate Guide to Starting Your Amazon Business and Virtual Assistant

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. What is Amazon?
  3. Opening an Account on Amazon
    • Types of Selling Plans on Amazon
    • Individual Selling Plan
    • Professional Selling Plan
  4. Account Creation on Amazon
    • Individual Account
    • Business Account
    • Required Information for Individual Account
    • Charged Method and Deposit Method
    • Business Details for Business Account
  5. Account Verification on Amazon
  6. Switching from Individual to Business Account
  7. Benefits of Business Account
    • Brand Registry
  8. Downgrading or Upgrading Account
  9. User Permission for Virtual Assistants
    • Child Account Access
  10. Conclusion


In this comprehensive guide, we will explore everything you need to know about starting your Amazon business and working as a virtual assistant. From understanding the different types of Amazon accounts to opening and verifying your account, we will cover all the essential steps to get you started. You will also learn about the benefits of a professional selling plan, the process of switching from an individual to a business account, and how user permission works for virtual assistants. By the end of this guide, you will have a clear understanding of how to navigate the Amazon platform and successfully establish your online business. So let's dive in!

What is Amazon?

Amazon is a renowned e-commerce platform that provides individuals and businesses with the opportunity to sell products online. Similar to physical shopping malls, Amazon serves as a digital marketplace where brands can showcase and sell their products to a vast customer base. By opening an account on Amazon, you can establish your own virtual shop and leverage the platform's extensive reach and resources to grow your business.


  • Access to a large customer base.
  • Infrastructure and tools for online selling.
  • Opportunity to build your brand and reach customers globally.
  • Convenient and user-friendly interface.


  • Competition from other sellers on the platform.
  • Fees and commission charges on each sale.
  • Strict adherence to Amazon's policies and guidelines.
  • Potential challenges with account verification and brand registry.

Opening an Account on Amazon

To start your journey on Amazon, the first step is to open an account. There are two types of selling plans available: the individual selling plan and the professional selling plan. Let's explore each plan in more detail.

Individual Selling Plan

The individual selling plan is suitable for those who are just starting and do not have a significant number of products to sell. One of the main advantages of this plan is that there is no subscription fee. However, it's important to note that you cannot sell your brand using the individual selling plan. Additionally, Amazon charges a commission of $0.9 on each sale, excluding the fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) fee.

Professional Selling Plan

The professional selling plan is ideal for individuals and businesses with a higher volume of products and a desire to establish their brand on Amazon. With a professional selling plan, you can sell products under your brand name. However, unlike the individual selling plan, there is a fixed monthly subscription fee of $39.99 that will be converted to your local currency based on your selected country.


  • No subscription fee for individual selling plan.
  • Ability to sell products under your brand name with the professional selling plan.
  • Access to additional features and tools with the professional selling plan.
  • Opportunity to establish your brand identity on Amazon.


  • Commission charges on each sale for individual selling plan.
  • Monthly subscription fee for professional selling plan.
  • Additional requirements and documentation for business account registration.
  • Potential challenges with brand registry and trademark requirements.

Account Creation on Amazon

Creating an account on Amazon is relatively easy, but there are specific policies and restrictions to adhere to that can sometimes be frustrating. When signing up for an Amazon account, you need to determine the type of account you want to create. Let's explore the process for individual and business accounts.

Individual Account

To create an individual account, you need to provide various personal information to Amazon. This includes a valid computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) with a chip, a bank statement, an email ID, a mobile number, and a debit or credit card from select banks that are accepted by Amazon. It's important to note that credit cards are accepted from some banks, while others accept debit cards. Once you have all the necessary information, you can proceed with the account registration process.

Business Account

If you are operating your Amazon business as a company, you will need to register a private limited company in Pakistan. To create a business account, you will need to provide your business details and credentials, including the business name, email ID, contact number, bank statement, and information about the company directors. Amazon may request additional documents during the registration process.


  • Flexibility to choose between an individual or business account based on your requirements.
  • Access to a variety of features and services based on the type of account selected.


  • Strict documentation and verification requirements for business accounts.
  • Challenges with bank card acceptance for direct deposit into a bank account.
  • Potential delay in account activation due to verification procedures.

Account Verification on Amazon

After successfully creating your account, you may encounter a verification stage where Amazon requires additional documents to verify your identity. For individual accounts, Amazon may request a utility bill and/or a copy of your CNIC or passport. It's essential to submit scanned copies of these documents following Amazon's guidelines. It's crucial to ensure that scanned copies are clear, separate, and meet the specified requirements to avoid rejection.

For business accounts, Amazon may require business registration documents and any other documentation they deem necessary for verification. It's important to carefully review Amazon's instructions and guidelines when submitting the required documents.

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