Steve opened the show talking about the Chinese New Year and pointed out that there is no reason to get too worked up about those who are in the fear mongering businesses who talk about Chinese factories shutting down or 40% of factory workers not returning to the factory. This is normal and this kind of talk happens every year. Although the economic headwinds are strong in China we do not see any signs of massive issues there today. Steve talked about some of the good news for Amazon Sellers which includes the idea that some FBA fees are being lowered. He went on to suggest that prices will remain elastic and bend with the supply demand curve as it always has. It is welcome to see these fees lowered, but Steve pointed out that using 3PLs or other inventory staging ideas is a smart way to prepare yourself for future unanticipated price hikes which are inevitable. If you are interested in hanging out with Steve he will be in Costa Rica from Feb 13th-20 at a mastermind event. It will be fun and although that event is exclusive and closed, he is happy to hangout and have a drink when he is not otherwise tied up with the event for any awesomers out there. https://www.amzandbeyond.com/ How about Traffic and Conversion? Steve will be headed down to San Diego on Feb 22nd and if you are down at T&C go ahead and reach out to Steve on twitter, facebook, linkedin, or your favorite social media and he can tell you where he is going to be each evening after the show. There will be thousands of AWESOMERS in one place. https://www.trafficandconversionsummit.com In March come to Vegas and hang out with Steve at the Prosper Show. He will be on a panel with other Amazon Sellers and talk about some of the challenges selling on Amazon, especially at scale. https://www.prospershow.com There will be tons of opportunities to hang out all around the Vegas area! Don't forget to use the discount code SPEAKER19 to save $100.00. If you are in or around Prague in the Czech Republic March 28, and March 29 you should consider coming to the European Seller Conference. Steve will join a panel to help talk about the best ways sellers can grow their business. https://amzsummits.com In April Steve will likely pop over to the Canton Fair, probably around Phase 2. It is an extraordinary event and China is now of Steve's favorite places to find the VERY BEST meals on the planet. Yes, for those who haven't dined well in China - you are doing it wrong! http://www.cantonfair.org.cn/en/index.aspx In May you should put this on your calendar right now. The Empowery 2019 Seattle Summit. This will be 3 intensive days with Steve with a surprise field trip! This is the most extraordinary value you will find for a hybrid between a conference, training session, and mastermind. IT WILL BE AWESOMER! Get your tickets before the early bird goes away. https://www.empowery.org/2019-seattle-summit June brings a MASSIVE Amazon Seller event now called SELLERCON. Right now there is a huge discounted rate on the tickets so you should grab that bargain right now. It is predicted that over 3000 sellers will converge on Vegas for an unforgettable event. It's possible Steve may even speak there again... ;) To see a past speech go here: https://youtu.be/rxSOgx579Rk As a bonus, if you use this -->> SELLERCON <<-- link you can use the SELLER20 discount code to save even more. Plus Empowery shareholders who use that earn additional cash back. As a triple bonus those who use the link can join a special VIP Invitation list for a casual no-host meet up with Steve Simonson in Vegas during the event. It will be your chance to come and hang out and talk business. Once you make your purchase just goto empowery.com/contact to get your name on the VIP Invitation list. :) Thanks for being awesomer! Steve Simonson has no personal affiliate deals with any of the named resources and his time is volunteered for the benefit of the Empowery eCommerce Coop.
If you are an Amazon seller, ecommerce entrepreneur, ebay seller or you want to learn how to sell online this Podcast is for YOU! What is an Awesomer? An Awesomer is someone who through a series of long-term actions and behaviors has demonstrated that they are not satisfied with normal. They are achievers to a penultimate degree in their own industry specialty or area of interest. There are no monetary criteria to be an Awesomer, in fact, many mega-wealthy people are not Awesomers. Some of them are Normies. Others are even Basics! Awesomers want to thrive; not just survive. Awesomers are trying to improve their lives and the lives of those around them. They are trying to make an impact, in whatever way they can, on the world. Many Amazon Sellers are awesomers. They took the Amazon FBA opportunity and they siezed the moment by taking action. If you are an Amazon Seller or interested in selling in eCommerce you should take a moment now and listen to all the Awesomer origin stories. Entrepreneurs solve problems in the world. They don’t create them. Awesomers are never done learning or improving. To become an Awesomer one must realize the journey to improve is perpetual. In other words, you don't arrive to the land of the Awesomer as a destination. Being an Awesomer means you are on the path of achievement for the sake of improving your life and those around you. Awesomers are 75% more likely to listen to educational or improvement podcasts.** What is a Normie? A Normie is someone who is stable and well established in life and ultimately is satisfied with the status quo. They don't want to rock the boat. They don't want to take risks. Normies are satisfied to survive. Normies are fine, just ask them. Awesomers have no problems with Normies. In fact, most Awesomers are surrounded by Normies who are their close friends and even family. More often than not Normies do not understand the plight of the Awesomer so they will warn the Awesomer to “be careful” or “don’t do it” or provide other guidance they mean to be helpful, but it is really just negativity that the Awesomer must overcome. We all know and love Normies and we are not criticizing Normies. We're only delineating some of the differences that exist between Awesomers and Normies. Normies are 84% more likely to listen to news about the Kardashians than Awesomers.** What is a Basic? A basic is someone who doesn't care about anyone which is often including themselves. They self-sabotage, they create problems, and they are not people that anyone should hang out with. They suck the life out of everyone around them by manufacturing drama, problems, or other nonsense. These people have chosen a path for themselves often by years and years of behaviors and actions which lead them to the life they have today; which is ok with us. We’re not judging. We just choose not to have our journey detoured by crossing the path of a Basic. (We also refer to this as the no A-HOLE rule.) 63% of basics have a cell phone only to play games, consume news or "vent" on social media.** **The preceding statistics for each archetype above is 100% made up. We like to make jokes. But we'll always tell the truth and set the record straight. The Awesomers.com podcast, hosted by Steve Simonson, will showcase some of the amazing origin stories of Awesomers from around the world. There are so many truly inspiring stories from people from all walks of life, but most often the Awesomers that will be focused on will be those who are also entrepreneurs. We'll be launching in the last half of 2018 as we build the systems and a team to support this important effort. We hope you will join us for this exhilarating journey! Many of these awesomers are Amazon sellers who have built an Amazon FBA ecommerce business and have started to see positive financial and lifestyle results.