First, create your Seller Central account at https://services.amazon.com
(this is your seller account, not the usual customer account). During the registration process (which is very intuitive and not difficult), you'll have to choose between Individual and Professional plans. The Individual plan is suitable for small sellers who plan to sell less than 40 items per month. This plan does not have a subscription fee rather, it charges a fee per product. To be honest, it's not a drop shippers' choice. You likely want to choose the professional plan which has a small monthly service fee ($39.99) and allows you to list thousands of products without charging you a fee for each item. By the way, sometimes Amazon has the first-month-free promotion for this type of account.
The registration process will ask require:
- your credit card number for the case of advertising charges
- your bank account information for depositing your funds once you make a sale
- company name, address, and contacts (e-mail, phone number)
- tax ID (your social security number or your company's federal taxation number)
- the categories of product you'd like to sell.
After filling all data your account will be activated and accessible at https://sellercentral.amazon.com/
Note: Amazon restricts and limits some product categories to ensure that customers can buy with confidence from all sellers. To register as a seller of those types of products you will need to satisfy additional requirements. Those restricted categories are: Automotive and Powersports, Clothing, Accessories, Shoes, Luggage, Collectible Books, Collectible Coins, Entertainment Collectibles, Fine Art, Fine Jewelry, Gift Cards, Grocery and Gourmet Foods, Kindle Accessories, Major Appliances, Sexual Wellness, Sports Collectibles, Textbook Rentals, Toys & Games (Holiday Guidelines), Video, DVD and Blu-ray, Watches, Wine.
Familiarize yourself with Amazon's policies and restrictions. You can find Amazons drop ship policies and agreements at the Amazon Seller Central Help center. It can seem that there are too many rules but really, it's not so difficult to follow them, especially if you'll use special Amazon oriented automation software. For example, the TrackMyOrders App has special options to exclude restricted products from future listings, so you can only upload items that will not cause restrictions to you.