Amazon Home Services connects parents with handymen, students with teachers, and job seekers with work – all backed with a Happiness Guarantee.
March 2017 marks the two-year anniversary of Amazon’s Home Services program. While most everyone is familiar with Amazon’s online store, the internet company’s latest brain child is still quite unknown.
In 1994, Jeff Bezos left his job as vice-president at a Wall Street firm and moved to Seattle to work on his online company. After trying business names like “Cadabra” and “Relentless,” by 1995, Bezos decided on “Amazon.”
Like the world-famous river, Bezos hoped to turn his Amazon online store into an exotic, unique, and life-changing experience.
What is Amazon Home Services?
After noticing that Amazon customers weren’t just looking for quality products but also quality people who could install those products, Amazon began testing a Local Services program in November 2014.
In less than 6 months, the test program was so successful that Amazon expanded it to more locations and renamed it Amazon Home Services.
Since its full launch in March 2015, the program has grown nationwide to more than 1,200 services – including anything from TV wall mounting, treadmill or furniture assemblies, plumbing repairs, yoga instruction — to goat grazing.
8 ways Amazon’s programs can change your life:
1. Relax when you buy a new product
Instead of buying a television, computer, faucet, or a door hinge online and then having to look for someone who installs it for you, you can purchase both product and service with Amazon.
Amazon’s Home Services handymen are background checked, reviewed by previous customers, and are competing for the lowest price they can offer.
2. Make giving a gift to someone else awesome
When you buy a gift on Amazon for someone else, you can include the installation service. Instead of just giving a crib to new parents, you can also add the handyman who will put it all together.
Amazon offers customers the possibility to purchase the Home Service in the same basket at checkout. A thoroughly vetted handyman will come to someone’s home and do the job – all backed by Amazon’s “Happiness Guarantee.”
3. Check Amazon for any kind of service you need
You do not need to buy a product in order to use Amazon’s Home Services program. The more than 1,200 services include house cleaning, paint jobs, garden work, treadmill or furniture assemblies, automotive jobs, tire installation, computers, electronics, smart homes, and pet boarders.
If you visit the Amazon Home Services website, the company lists all services offered. The Home & Business Services categories include Arts & Events, Automotive, Business Services, Computers & Electronic, Health & Wellness, Home, Lessons & Classes, Personal Tasks & Pet Care, and Yard & Outdoors.
On the bottom of the Amazon Home Services webpage, Amazon allows customers to search all service providers by state and cities — and to read reviews.
4. Amazon’s services for your child
Under its Home and Business category, Amazon features a Lessons & Classes webpage. Whether you are looking for piano, violin, guitar, drum, foreign language lessons, or any other kind of lesson — Amazon displays a list of lessons available for your zip code and the cost.
Unlike other online tutoring programs, Amazon runs a thorough background check on all of its service providers. Parents can be assured that any teacher or tutor for a child has been meticulously checked.
Once you click on a lesson type, you can decide whether you want a 30-minute or 60-minute session. You can also choose how many sessions you would like (1, 4, 8), and whether you would like the lesson to take place in your home, in a studio, or online.
In addition to answering all FAQs, the specific lessons page shows all service pros available, their reviews, and a map of their location. Parents can schedule an appointment on the very same page.
5. Amazon teaches some valuable work-ethics lessons to teens
Reading the Amazon Home Services reviews is eye-opening! Quite obviously, values like punctuality, craftsmanship, courtesy, and quality are in high demand and are what customers are looking for.
Unfortunately, too many schools nowadays teach (though unintentionally) that not being on time, cheating, and not providing quality work is acceptable. Amazon customers are teaching teens a different lesson – real life is different.
6. Find work and customers with Amazon
Despite what any media headlines write, too many families are struggling to survive in an economy where prices are going up, up, up.
If you have quality work to offer, whether it is house cleaning, pet sitting, craftsmanship, or any other type of work – you might find your customers with Amazon.
To offer your professional services with Amazon, you can go to Amazon Home Services main web page, scroll down to the page right before it says “Browse Service Providers by Location,” and click on “Apply Here.”
Once you click on “Apply Here,” you can select what type of service or skill you are offering. The application is easy and you can submit it right there.
7. Publish your own book!
If you have ever dreamed of self-publishing a book, Amazon’s free self-publishing service will guide you through all the steps with helpful videos.
Amazon offers 3 ways to publish. You can directly publish your book to Kindle, publish for print with CreateSpace, or publish your book to Audio with ACX. Within 24 to 48 hours your book can be published and reach millions of readers worldwide.
Here is a list of popular genres being published with Amazon:
- Business & Investing
- Comics & Graphic Novels
- Education & Textbooks
- KDP Kids
- Literature & Fiction
- Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
- Science Fiction & Fantasy
You keep all the copyrights for your work. In addition, you decide how much you want to charge for your book.
8. Help your child to get published
Amazon’s self-publishing program is not just for adults! Thousands of teen and young adult authors have already published their work at no cost with Amazon. You can read some of their success stories by clicking here.
There is an amazing ability in every “dis-ability.”
From Leonardo da Vinci, Beethoven, Hans Christian Anderson, filmmaker Steven Spielberg, to Oprah Winfrey, numerous famous people have shown that with the right support, the possibilities for success – especially for people with Emotional Disabilities, Dyslexia, or ADHD — are endless.
By providing numerous programs for adults and teens to succeed, Amazon is providing a rather unique and life-changing kind of experience. To see a list of all programs, scroll to the very bottom of the Amazon Home Services page and check out the “Make Money With Us” section.