For many small business owners, the boundary between work and personal life gets fuzzy. Knowing where to keep things separate can make your business more efficient.
When it comes to purchasing, some small business owners we talk to, particularly sole proprietors, use their personal Amazon.in accounts to buy for home and for work. Let’s look at five of the most common misconceptions we hear from small business owners about their purchasing behavior and see how separating your work and personal shopping can help.
Myth #1: “I can easily find everything I need for my business on Amazon.in."
Amazon.in is built for personal shopping. Amazon Business is built for business purchasing, which means we've curated each storefront with your needs in mind. On Amazon Business, you get access to business-relevant selection from hundreds of thousands of sellers. For small businesses, it's a one-stop shop where you can consolidate purchases.
Plus, with a free Amazon Business account, you can save money with business-only pricing on eligible items and everyday deals tailored to businesses. And because we know that you’re more likely to purchase in higher quantities for work, we offer Quantity Discounts starting at just 2+ units on eligible items on Amazon Business.
Myth #2: “I save time by buying for my home and my business all at once.”
While it may seem like it saves time to add that bag of dog food to your cart while you’re stocking up on supplies for your office at work, you’re actually making your job harder. When you mix your business purchases with your personal shopping, it’s harder to track business expenses, invoices, and taxes separately from your personal purchases, and you miss out on critical time and money-saving opportunities that can help you run your business better.
Moving your business purchasing to an Amazon Business account can help you:
Myth #3: “I’m the only one buying for my business, so it will be a hassle to switch back and forth from my personal to my business account.”
It’s easy to switch between your personal Amazon and business accounts. You don’t need to log out and log back in to switch accounts, and you will maintain a safe separation of information for better security. Just go to go your account drop down menu and tap on “Switch Accounts.”
Additionally, consider your goals. Most small businesses want to grow, which means they need to build to scale. Adding more team members to your Amazon Business account will help. You'll be able to delegate responsibility, and you'll maintain visibility and control over team members' purchases with built-in features for multi-user account management.
Myth #4: “Since I’m always on the go, I need to make purchases from anywhere. I can only shop on Amazon Business when I’m at work.”
The Amazon Shopping app supports both your personal and business accounts. You can switch seamlessly between accounts on any device, including your work computer, home computer, mobile phone, or tablet. You can purchase for your business wherever you go, whenever you want.
The mobile app also makes it easy to manage your team’s purchasing when you’re on the go. When team members make purchases, you can use the app to quickly approve or reject their orders with just a few taps.