Hello! In this post, I’m going to review the Amazon Boot Camp course that was created by Jessica Larrew. I bought it nine months ago and it’s a great course for beginners because it covers the basics of Amazon FBA. The categories of the new version 2.0 course are:
- Laying the Foundation
- Before You Buy
- Tools of the Trade
- Sourcing For Products in Person
- Sourcing For Products Online
- Amazon Inventory Prep & Shipping
- Amazon Seller Central Workflow
- Accounting & Business Setup
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Bonus Modules
As you can see, Amazon Boot Camp covers a lot of ground. I felt good buying Jessica’s course because she knows what she’s talking about. She and her husband Cliff are successful Amazon Sellers. I learned about them in Pat Flynn’s podcast and their story inspired me to start selling on Amazon too.
I didn’t buy their course right away because the $297 price tag scared me. So, I spent my money on inventory & supplies and decided to go the free education route. Here’s proof from one of my old blog posts. It’s my education action plan that I wrote nine days after signing up as a Seller:
Education – read blog posts, watch YouTube videos and connect with other people doing FBA.
Don’t get me wrong, I learned a lot and will continue learning from Amazon FBA blogs, videos and Facebook groups. But my problems with my action plan were that it took me too long to find the answers to specific questions, I didn’t know who to follow, there was too much online information to sort though and I didn’t feel confident that I was building my Amazon FBA business the “right way.”
So a few weeks later, I opened up my pocket book and invested in both Cynthia Stine’s book and Amazon Boot Camp. Luckily at that time, Amazon Boot Camp was on sale so I paid just $239 for the course. Cynthia’s book covers many of the same topics but I’m going to limit this review to Amazon Boot Camp only.
What Do You Get With Amazon Boot Camp?
You get video training, supplemental reading materials and access to their Facebook group and support forum.
There are over 40 video training modules. This is a screenshot from the current sales page that shows some of the lessons provided:
Now that you know what’s covered, here are a few topics that aren’t covered: Creating Bundles, Wholesale Accounts, Drop Shipping, Private Label Products and Outsourcing.
Please keep in mind that Amazon FBA is big. In no way does this course cover every topic and detail of running an Amazon FBA business. For example, the Sales Tax Basics course gives you the basic steps for registering for sales tax in your nexus states, but you’re not going to get specific instructions on how to register for sales tax in Arizona and Texas.
More About the Course
Once you’re a member, you’ll login to your account and you’re led to a screen with links to all of the lessons. What I like is that all videos are short (many under 15 minutes), to the point and not filled with extra chit-chat. You get in, learn the topic and get out. You’re not spending the first few minutes listening to Jessica tell you about her day.
In some lessons, Jessica shares her computer screen with you. My one regret after purchasing the course is that I didn’t buy it sooner as I spent a lot of time figuring out how to list in Amazon Seller Central on my own. The “Sending Your First Shipment” video makes it easy to learn as you’re watching Jessica’s screen as she goes through the listing process.
Additional accompanying materials are included with the videos. What you receive is different with each lesson, but it’s usually some sort of a combination of PDF downloads, checklists, frequently asked questions or links to other resources. I liked that in the “Setting Up Your Business Legally” lesson, you get a printable “Business Set-Up Checklist” that lists the steps discussed in the video.
The number of lessons offered will grow as they add new modules. Don’t worry, you’ll get them too. After I signed up, they added in the lessons on the Scoutify App, Getting Category Approval in Restricted Categories and Merchant Fulfilling. Also, a few days ago, I gained access to their updated Online Sourcing videos.
More About the Facebook Group & Forum
You’ll find that the private Facebook group is a safe place where you can ask questions, share your successes and challenges. It’s a community of Amazon Boot Camp members. Members ask all sorts of questions such as how to submit receipts for approval into the gated categories, how do I package up 3 boxes of cereal, what labels work with the DYMO printer, how to find reports in Seller Central, is Quickbooks or GoDaddy better, how to…….The questions vary across a wide range of topics and I’m impressed with the quickness that they are answered. The group has paid moderators and I feel that they do a great job. So far, I haven’t seen members insult each other like I’ve seen in a few other Facebook groups.
Tip: When you first join the group, read the first post on the page. It’s a sticky post with common questions.
I do admit that I’ve only spent one minute in the forum. This isn’t due to a lack of quality in the forum. It’s just that I’m a Facebook person. But for non-Facebook users or for those that like the thread organization, this may be your preferred place to go to for questions and support.
Extras for Being a Boot Camp Member
I can’t guarantee that these “extras” will be provided in the future, but these are the extras that I’ve seen so far:
Webinars: From time to time, Amazon Boot Camp members are invited to watch webinars on extra topics. I watched one last August on Bundles. Last month (February), they had a Tax Prep webinar. I don’t know if new members can watch past webinars or not. Again, I can’t guarantee if there will be more.
Discounts on Other Products: Grocery Goldmine, Liquidation Gold and Selling Health and Beauty Aids for BIG Profits are a few of Jessica’s other products. Sometimes her products (including Boot Camp) go on sale and if you’re a Boot Camp member, you’ll get notified of the sale dates. I always find out by email and from their Facebook Group page.
When I’m notified of a sale, I’ll let you know here. So, if there’s a course you’re interested in, check back here from time to time to see if it’s offered at a reduced price.
Besides discounts on their own products, they arranged for Boot Camp members to get extended free trials or a discounted price on other Amazon FBA products/services. For example, at this time, qualifying members get a two-month free trial of Scoutify.
Should You Buy the Course?
By now, you should have a good idea on what’s covered in the course. But now you’ll need to decide if you should buy it. Ask yourself:
- Are you a new or experienced seller? New Sellers will benefit more.
- What areas of Amazon FBA do you need help on? Does the course cover these areas?
- Do you like video training or do you prefer learning from books or podcasts?
- Are you spending lots of time learning on your own? Will it be better to learn the basics quickly so you can focus on sourcing?
For me, buying the course was a good decision. I bought it when I was in my second month of selling and recognized that I needed help. Figuring it all out on my own wasn’t getting me anywhere and was taking too much time. I learned a lot from the lessons but I believe the biggest benefit for me is that I don’t feel alone in this. At home, I’m the only person in the household doing Amazon FBA and I don’t know anyone personally that sells on Amazon. I know now that if I have a question or need help, I can find the answer either in the videos or in the Facebook group. Amazon Boot Camp isn’t going to give you a guaranteed profit or income – that’s up to you. But it will give you a solid foundation to get your Amazon FBA business started.
I hope my post helps you decide if Amazon Boot Camp will benefit you. If you’re still not sure, then you can visit the link below and download three free videos!
As always, please feel free to ask me any questions about Amazon Boot Camp in the comment section below or on my Facebook page.