Start with Aliexpress. Any product you find there can be sold on your store.
First off, your average consumer does not know Aliexpress exists.
Second, your website should make it feel like you're shopping on a real ecommerce website... because, well, you are a real ecommerce website.
Most products you use today are made in China. You don't complain about it, do you?
This will be a theme of this entire thread...
Copy what works.
Take what someone else is doing well and put it on your own store.
No one knows how to do Facebook ads. They seem daunting to start with.
But don't even worry about that. Stick to Instagram influencers when you're starting out (or a different platform).
Method 1: Browse Aliexpress
Method 2: Find a successful store and sell their hottest product
Method 3: Scroll through Instagram/Facebook and find ads - products will come up.
Yep. People will. Especially if it's an impulse purchase.
Hire a VA. Upwork is where I found mine. $20/week max.
That's a good problem to have. Also, that's what the VA is for. 😉
The typical dropshipping store has profit margins of about 20-30% but it varies. Some are higher, some are lower.
Niches is another word for "passionate interests." What are you passionate about? What do you know a lot about?
This may give you an edge when you're just starting out.
It could. As with any activity, you choose your level of involvement. If you start doing well, you may find that you want to be spending all your time on your store.
Yeah... dropshipping isn't for you.
There are plenty of successful dropshippers who are doing it as a side hustle, even though their stores are doing well.
YouTube videos may help you - if you are watching the right stuff. You may need to cut Netflix for a little though.
Check out Canva for photo ads. It's 100% free and it's an awesome software.
For video ads, I made my first through iMovie.
At some point, it makes sense to outsource. You can figure that out later though.
I believe you can make it work with $1,000. It may take more, may take less.
Get a job. Or figure out how to get it. If you're starting with less, you're seriously hurting your chances of success (in my opinion).
Others have done it with less. But I wouldn't recommend it.
Think about how far you can get in a year...
That's not until 2020.
Also, this will probably create more U.S. suppliers which will lower shipping times.
Focus on the backend.
Your email marketing, FB Messenger marketing, and upsells.
If you have another high income skill, do that.
If you don't know where to start, dropshipping could teach you some high income skills.
Not gonna lie, I think this one's important.
Many successful dropshippers were trying to figure out a way out of their situation. They would do anything to create massive change in their lives.
Yeah. You gotta find out what works. Or rather, eliminate the stuff that doesn't work. So if you're not down to try different things out, don't bother.
No one can guarantee success. If you put in the work (literally pressing buttons on your computer) every day and learn from your mistakes, you'll be further along than most.
Nah. People still buy free + shipping. Admittedly, I haven't tested it in the last couple months. But it's a great way to get started and get sales.
Sure, there are more people dropshipping today than in 2017.
But there's a massive land-grab occurring RIGHT now where people are transitioning from retail stores to ecommerce.
Do yourself a favor and don't even start.
Are you adding value to the buyer?
If yes, ask yourself if you have a problem with selling.
You've made thousands of purchases in your life. Every time you bought - whether that be necessity or luxury - you were SOLD.
Do you view the seller as unethical? No, of course not. They added value to you.
Instagram DMs are actually crazy.
You can reach out to any person in the world and they might view your message. Sure, not every influencer will respond, but the ones that do can help you make a whole lotta money.
If you know someone who falls in your market in real life, ask them.
If you don't, check forums, Amazon, Facebook groups, Instagram, Pinterest. Endless possibilities.
On Aliexpress, I look for stores that have been open for 2+ years and have mostly positive feedback on products.
Less than a 4.5 rating, I'll try to find a different supplier.
High shipping costs, nah.
Foreign packaging and long wait times, possibly.
The app Oberlo makes this process as easy as pressing a few buttons.
I cannot give legal advice as I'm not an attorney. However, this is something you can do after you've validated your idea and are making a few sales.
Put your product in front of eyeballs who want to see it.
This is the most important.
Everything else is secondary.