Complete dropshipping guide

Drop Shipping 101: Complete Guide to Drop Shipping 2019

This complete dropshipping guide is created for beginners and even for those who have tried but failed. This training will cover the complexities and problems and how to resolve them in a very straight-forward and easy to understand explanation.

A lot of people get excited from hearing success stories of people who have made it big in the dropshipping industry. 

However, not everybody understands how it actually works…

For some people who are new into the freelancing world and are having a tough time finding their place in it, this topic can be a little intimidating. Imagine getting out of the corporate world and trying to find your first gig as a freelancer for months yet unsuccessful, this maybe a whole lot of idea to swallow. 

This doesn’t mean you can’t, with hard work, determination to learn and consistency everything is possible. So in this training module I will cover everything from scratch to running a dropshipping business. 

One of the most important things I will share with you in this dropshipping course, is how to put up your dropshipping business with as little expense as possible.

Also please note that this dropshipping training is taken from the most simple and low cost perspective business model. This is the complete dropshipping guide for beginners.

What is Dropshipping?

Dropshipping is a type of business model which enables a company to operate without maintaining inventory, owning a warehouse to store their products, or even having to ship their products to their customers themselves. How it works is that the retailer partners up with a dropship supplier that manufactures and/or warehouses products, packages the products, and ships them directly to the retailer’s customer, on the retailer’s behalf.

In short, this is how dropshipping works: 

Drop shipping model
  1. Your customer visits your store and places an order for a product you sell.
  2. You as the seller, automatically or manually forwards the order to the supplier.
  3. The supplier packages and ships the order directly to your customer.

The biggest advantage of this business model is that you don’t have to shell a single dollar to process the order. How so? When the customer places an order, you can use the payment made to place an order to your supplier. 

This then eliminates the need for a physical store to run this business. All you need is a computer and internet connection. 

Benefits of Dropshipping

There are many benefits of running a dropshipping business as opposed to having an actual store location. Here are some of the benefits you will enjoy:

Easy to Set Up 

It is so easy to set up this business that all you need to do is find a supplier, set up your website and sell! If you have the knowledge in creating a website that’s definitely a plus! Don’t worry though if you don’t, there are websites such as Shopify and some WordPress themes which are drag and drop so you won’t have to hire a web developer to build your online store. This eliminates a big cost to set up your business! 

Low Capital Required

There is literally very minimal to zero expense needed to put up a dropshipping business. The only basic expenses you will need to incur are hosting fees for your store domain and dropshipping service. (I will discuss this in detail in the next lessons) You do not need to buy and store the products you’re going to sell but let the supplier do this job for you. 

If you have knowledge in customer service, you also do not need to hire a customer service representative to take care of your customers because you can actually do it on your own. There are so many tools and apps that can help you simplify this which I will discuss in section I of this training.

Zero Risk

What I like about dropshipping is that you have very minimal risk. If the products on your store doesn’t sell, then you lose nothing! There is no pressure to sell these products because you’re not paying for a stall or warehouse rent. All you need to do is wait for the sales to come in! 

Flexible Location

Just like freelancing, you can run your store anywhere you want. As mentioned earlier, all you need is a computer and an internet connection to make sure orders are fulfilled and customers are emailed with updates of their order. 

There are also tools and apps that can help you do things automatically even if you don’t touch your laptop. This will be covered in Section I of this training.

Wide Variety of Products to Sell

There are thousands of products from thousands of suppliers for almost anything that you would like to sell. You can even choose the lowest price from hundreds of suppliers that sell the same product. 

Easy to Scale

It’s very easy to scale compared to a traditional business. With traditional business, the more sales you get the more work you do, but with dropshipping, your supplier will do all the work from packaging to shipping!

Disadvantages of Dropshipping

Slightly Lower Profit Margin

Depending on your niche, there may be too many merchants selling the same items as yours at a very low price. This is because it is very easy to set up a store and very minimal costs to start up. 

This doesn’t mean you can’t sell at a higher price than your competitor. Some of those who sell at very low prices have very poorly built websites and poor customer service. It is also a very huge advantage to be able to give value to your customers whilst selling products to them. (I will discuss this in detail in section C of this training)

Shipping Issues

Because you are shipping from global suppliers, shipping can take longer than usual. If your supplier is from Asia such as Aliexpress which most dropshippers use, shipping time can take from two weeks to more than a month. 

Depending on supplier location, type of product etc. they can have different cost of shipping. Some businesses tend to overprice their products to cover this but can have a negative effect on your business!  

Supplier Errors

Since the customer orders directly to your website, without any knowledge that you are not the direct supplier of the product, you have full responsibility of any product issues. So when the supplier messes up, you take full responsibility of it. 

But don’t worry, based on my experience both from work as a VA and as dropshipper, suppliers are very amenable to solving these kinds of issues. (I will teach you how to avoid these issues and how to resolve these in lesson A-3).

So how profitable is dropshipping? Is it worth it?

Depending on the niche this business can actually earn you a fortune. Yes it does have low profit margin but depending on the niche, product you sell and the value you give to your customers, this can give you a good income. 

If you are a freelancer planning to venture into dropshipping, I suggest you make this as a side hustle when you start out. Once you feel the income is good and steady, and it needs more time from you than taking care of someone else’s business as a VA then by all means focus on this alone. 

Dropshipping isn’t perfect and isn’t stress-free and there’s so many complexities that come with it. But with careful planning and consideration, this can be a thriving and profitable business to have. 

With this training, I will teach you exactly how to solve these problems and avoid them as much as possible. This complete dropshipping guide can help you work your way in becoming successful in it.

Up next is picking the right product to dropship… see you! 

If you have any question about this topic comment below and I will respond to you as detailed as possible.

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My name is Gracie, a mom of three and Filipina momblogger. I share freelancing tips, parenting advice, home recipes and travel blogs for the whole family.

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  • Anonymous

    hello, can you also help us with choosing the product please 😉 thanks

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