Nothing could be easier than opening an Amazon Web Services Account. You will need your business name and a physical address, a valid email address, a phone number, and a credit card. The basic account is free, and Amazon will only charge your card if you exceed the free services limits. You will receive an email should your usage exceed the basic account limits.
To get started, go the Amazon Web Services Internet webpage, and click on “Create an account.” The process is very similar to a million other web accounts – enter your name, your business name, an address, a phone number and your credit card information. If you already have a purchasing account with Amazon, a Kindle Unlimited account, or an Amazon Prime account, the process is already familiar. One of the big differences between this business-related account and the individual accounts is that when you have entered your information, you will receive an automated call from Amazon, requesting a verification code that will be displayed on your computer. This is to make sure that you are a real person, and that your telephone number is valid.
Once in, you can select from three subscription options: Free, individual and business. For now, let’s focus on “Free.”
The free account is mostly free. It is a pay-as-you-go option. Amazon, as previously mentioned, will only charge you for services that exceed your basic account limits. Amazon describes it as being like paying your water bill – you only pay for the things that you use. Amazon offers seventy plus services at this level, so it is a great place to get started learning about AWS. In fact, one of your options is “Learning and Certification.” Can it get any niftier than that?
However, if you focus on more business oriented, there are still plenty of options for you. One of the best things that AWS consulting does is simplify collection and organization of data. Unfortunately, that process is a big part of any business operation – even a minimalist self-employment operation. As the old education saw goes, “The more you know, the better you grow.” In business terms, that means keeping records, comparing this month to last month, and using your collected information to make decisions. Amazon can help you with that.
Not sure how to use your AWS account? There is a lot of good stuff from which to choose. That’s where a certified AWS consulting specialist can act as your guide through the process of getting to know AWS and all that it can do for you.