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Fulfillment by Amazon

“I’m a big fan of Tim Ferriss’s book, The 4-Hour Workweek, and I’ve realized it’s much more efficient and much cheaper to outsource the hell out of things," the entrepreneur says. "Initially, my wife and I did all of our packing and shipping from the house. Then we became an Amazon merchant, and sales doubled. So we signed up with Fulfillment by Amazon. We own the inventory, but it’s stored in an Amazon warehouse. That means our product is eligible for free SuperSaver shipping, and Amazon does all the work to ship it out. We pay by the square foot of warehouse space we use, plus a monthly fee. Fortunately, our product--razors--doesn’t take up much space, plus, this has saved us hours upon hours of work each week.”