Monthly Archives: March 2018


ROBS: Rollover For Business Startups – How To Fund Your Business 2018

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In this video, I discuss something called Rollover For Business Startups or ROBS. This is a possible way to fund your new business, to buy a business, and to recapitalize an existing business using funds in your personal retirement account without suffering a withdrawal penalty or having to pay income tax on the withdrawal. You can use your existing 401k or IRA to fund your business startup, but there are various pros and cons to setting up a ROBS. I discuss these issues so that you can decide whether a ROBS might be right for you and your business in 2018.

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Amazon’s Small Item Packaging Requirements

In this video, I am going to talk about Amazon’s small items packaging requirements for 2018. Amazon also has certain requirements for when your products are packaged into poly bags instead of the conventional cardboard packaging. Amazon also requires suffocation labels to be affixed to polybags over a certain size limit. I discuss these policies that tend to trip up new Amazon FBA sellers, especially if they are dealing with a supplier who does not know Amazon’s small item packaging requirements.

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Recommended Books For The Amazon FBA Entrepreneur 2018

These are my top ten recommended books for the Amazon FBA Entrepreneur to read:

  1. Tribe Of Mentors:
  2. Tools of Titans:
  3. Crushing It:
  4. Outliers:
  5. Deep Work:
  6. The Power of Broke:
  7. Smarter Faster Better:
  8. The Lean Startup:
  9. The Motivation Myth:
  10. The Tipping Point:

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Amazon Professional Seller Account Liability Insurance Requirement Threshold

Amazon has certain threshold requirements for Professional Amazon Account sellers that specifies when the professional seller needs to have general product liability insurance.

Pro Merchant Insurance Requirements

Pro Merchants who sell on Amazon must provide proof of Commercial General Liability insurance when monthly sales exceeds a certain insurance threshold. This insurance, obtained at the merchant’s expense, shall cover up to $1,000,000 per occurrence and in the aggregate and must include product liability, bodily injury, or personal injury, property damage, and other requirements as stated in the Amazon Services Business Solutions Agreement. The insurance must indicate that “, Inc., and its affiliates and assignees” are added as additional insureds.

The Amazon Services Business Solutions Agreement states:


If the gross proceeds from Your Transactions exceed the applicable Insurance Threshold during each month over any period of three (3) consecutive months, or otherwise if requested by us, then within thirty (30) days thereafter, you will maintain at your expense throughout the remainder of the Term for each applicable Elected Country commercial general, umbrella or excess liability insurance with the Insurance Limits per occurrence and in aggregate covering liabilities caused by or occurring in conjunction with the operation of your business, including products, products/completed operations and bodily injury, with policy(ies) naming Amazon and its assignees as additional insureds. At our request, you will provide to us certificates of insurance for the coverage to the following address: c/o Amazon, P.O. Box 81226, Seattle, WA 98108-1226, Attention: Risk Management.

Amazon fails to mention this insurance threshold directly in their professional merchant’s insurance requirement policy page which has led to confusion as to whether all professional account sellers need this insurance or if there is an exception to this requirement.  There is indeed an exception – there is a threshold given is minimum volume of sales per month where you are required to purchase general liability insurance.

“Insurance Threshold” means the applicable one of the following:

  • Ten Thousand Canadian Dollars ($10,000) (if the Elected Country is Canada),
  • One Million Japanese Yen (¥1,000,000) (if the Elected Country is Japan),
  • One Hundred Thousand Mexican Pesos ($100,000) (if the Elected Country is Mexico),
  • Ten Thousand U.S. Dollars ($10,000) (if the Elected Country is the United States).


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