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DROPSHIPPING 101
Getting Started
With a Dropshipping
Business
Dropshipping is a simple enough concept: You set up
an eCommerce store and use suppliers to fulfill your
orders and ship t...
DROPSHIPPING CLASSIC
1 - The customer orders and pays
you for the product.
2 - Only after you get the money
from the custo...
PROS & CONS
Pros
Low Investment - One of the biggest
advantages of dropshipping is that you
can launch an eCommerce store ...
PROS & CONS
CONT'D
Pros Cont'd
managing a warehouse
packing and shipping
inventory tracking
staff
reordering products
hand...
PROS & CONS
CONT'D
Pros Cont'd
Location Flexibility - As long as you
have a connection to the internet, your
dropshipping ...
PROS & CONS
Cons
Low Margins - The biggest disadvantage
to operating in a highly competitive
dropshipping market means low...
PROS & CONS
CONT'D
Cons Cont'd
Lack of Visibility - When you work
with suppliers you are also
outsourcing some of your cus...
PICKING YOUR
MARKET &
FINDING
SUPPLIERS
A common misconception is that by having a
dropshipping business you can work within any
niche you want and you will turn ...
WHEN
RESEARCHING
PRODUCTS,
CONSIDER THE
FOLLOWING:
Are you a consumer of that niche?
Do you understand the products and
ho...
FINDING
SUPPLIERS
Fake Wholesale Suppliers
They want fees - Retail wholesalers
don't charge their customers
monthly fees f...
Per-order fees – This isn’t the same as a membership fee. Many
dropshippers will charge a per-order dropshipping fee that ...
HOW TO FIND
SUPPLIERS
Finding quality suppliers is
crucial to your success.
If you are working in a traditional
model wher...
It may seem obvious, but keep in mind:
Youhavetogetspecificwhensearching.Wholesalers
aren’tthebestatmarketingthemselvesand...
Ifyourtimeandbudgetallowforit,makean
appearanceattradeshowswheremanufacturersand
wholesalerswillbeinattendance.Makesureyou...
Asupplierdirectoryisadatabaseofsuppliersthatis
organizedbymarket,niche,orproduct.Many
directoriesuseascreeningprocesstomak...
Here are some suppliers to get you started:
This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to
starting a dropshipping business. We will bring you
more information ...
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Dropshipping 101: Getting Started With a Dropshipping Business

Dropshipping can be a great way to start an online business with little investment and the opportunity for a great return, without having to manage products in a warehouse, worry about shipping, and more.

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Dropshipping 101: Getting Started With a Dropshipping Business

  1. 1. DROPSHIPPING 101 Getting Started With a Dropshipping Business
  2. 2. Dropshipping is a simple enough concept: You set up an eCommerce store and use suppliers to fulfill your orders and ship them out to your customers. This retail fulfillment method means that the merchant doesn't have to handle or deal with the product. Dropshipping is designed so the merchant doesn't have to store any inventory and there is no worrying about any logistics or shipping costs. UNDERSTANDING DROPSHIPPING
  3. 3. DROPSHIPPING CLASSIC 1 - The customer orders and pays you for the product. 2 - Only after you get the money from the customer will you pay the supplier to fulfill the order. 3 - The supplier ships the product directly to the customer. 1 - You get the items from the supplier. You also pay them at this time. 2 - The customer orders and pays you for the product. 3 - You ship the order to the customer.
  4. 4. PROS & CONS Pros Low Investment - One of the biggest advantages of dropshipping is that you can launch an eCommerce store without having to sink hundreds or thousands of dollars into inventory. You aren't manufacturing anything yourself or storing any goods so there is no need to actually create a product. Easy to Start - Other than finding a supplier and setting up your online store, running an eCommerce business is easier to start and run when you aren't dealing with physical inventory. Low Overhead - You don't have to deal with purchasing inventory and managing or storage facility, keeping your expenses nice and low. You could run your dropshipping business from home from a laptop! There are some pros and cons to the dropshipping model.
  5. 5. PROS & CONS CONT'D Pros Cont'd managing a warehouse packing and shipping inventory tracking staff reordering products handling returns and incoming shipments With dropshipping, you don't have to worry about...
  6. 6. PROS & CONS CONT'D Pros Cont'd Location Flexibility - As long as you have a connection to the internet, your dropshipping business can be ran from just about anywhere. Just make sure that you are able to communicate with your customers and suppliers Scalability - A traditional business will receive 3x as much business as you will need to do 3x as much work. By leveraging dropshipping suppliers, the majority of the work will be borne by the suppliers, allowing you easier expansion and less work. Array of Products - The nice thing about not having to pre-purchase items means that you can potentially offer a wide variety of products to your customers.
  7. 7. PROS & CONS Cons Low Margins - The biggest disadvantage to operating in a highly competitive dropshipping market means lower margins. Because it's so easy to get started with low overhead costs, many merchants will start their store with super low prices in an attempt to quickly grow revenue. Shipping and Returns - If you're using more than one supplier, as many dropshippers do, this can complicate your shipping costs as they can vary from supplier to supplier. You also lose control over shipping quality and speed. Returns can be tough as well. Based on the agreement you have with your suppliers, customers might be required to return the products to you, not the supplier. There are some pros and cons to the dropshipping model.
  8. 8. PROS & CONS CONT'D Cons Cont'd Lack of Visibility - When you work with suppliers you are also outsourcing some of your customer satisfaction. Someone else is building and sending out a product which is a huge part of the overall customer experience. If anything goes south on the supplier's end, the customer will blame you. There is also less control over the inventory. When you're sourcing from multiple warehouses, inventory changes daily. It's important to take advantage of software solutions that allow you to view the inventory levels with your supplier.
  9. 9. PICKING YOUR MARKET & FINDING SUPPLIERS
  10. 10. A common misconception is that by having a dropshipping business you can work within any niche you want and you will turn profits. This is just not true. No matter which market you decide to sell, there will be competitors with a more established presence and customer loyalty. A common mistake is picking a product based on personal interests. This won't necessarily guarantee you business success. If your goal is to build a profitable dropshipping site, consider putting personal passions aside when researching your market niche.
  11. 11. WHEN RESEARCHING PRODUCTS, CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING: Are you a consumer of that niche? Do you understand the products and how they improve things? Having a first-hand understanding of a target audience can give you an instant edge in marketing efforts. If you have professional or academic expertise in the product this can help make you a bigger advocate for how the products can enrich and help people. You have seen other businesses attempt to sell in the same niche and you know their successes and failures, allowing you the foresight to avoid or follow them.
  12. 12. FINDING SUPPLIERS Fake Wholesale Suppliers They want fees - Retail wholesalers don't charge their customers monthly fees for doing business with them. If a supplier is asking for a membership fee or service fee, they are likely not legitimate. Available to the public – If you are getting genuine wholesale pricing you need to apply for an account, prove the legitimacy of your business, and be approved before ordering with the supplier. If the supplier offers products to the general public at “wholesale prices”, it is just a retailer offering items at inflated prices. Before looking for suppliers, it is essential to know how to differentiate between legitimate wholesale suppliers and retail stores posing as wholesale suppliers.
  13. 13. Per-order fees – This isn’t the same as a membership fee. Many dropshippers will charge a per-order dropshipping fee that can range from $2 to $5, depending on the size of the items being shipped. This is an industry standard as the cost of packing and shipping individual orders is higher than shipping in bulk. Minimum order size – Most dropshippers have a minimum order size, which is the lowest amount you have to purchase for your first order. This filters out any window-shopping merchants who waste their time with small orders and questions that never turn into meaningful business for them. This could potentially cause some complications for your dropshipping business, especially if you are required to have a minimum of a $300 order, but your average order size is around $100. Offer to pre-pay the supplier $300 to build credit with them to apply against your dropshipping orders. You are at least committing to $300 in product without having to place a large order of stock you don’t need.
  14. 14. HOW TO FIND SUPPLIERS Finding quality suppliers is crucial to your success. If you are working in a traditional model where you hold the inventory you are controlling the whole process. In the dropshipping model, if the deliveries go out wrong, it's not something you can fix yourself. The only thing you can really do is look for a new supplier.
  15. 15. It may seem obvious, but keep in mind: Youhavetogetspecificwhensearching.Wholesalers aren’tthebestatmarketingthemselvesandyou probablywon’tfindonebyjustsearching“wholesaler suppliersforproductX.” Don’tjudgebythewebsite.Wholesalersarealso notoriousforhavingoutdatedwebsites.Don’tlet qualityofthesitedeteryoufromagoodsupplier. Makeuseofthosemodifierswhensearching. Keywordslike“distributor,”“reseller,”“bulk,” “warehouse,”and“supplier”willyieldmorenarrowed results. SEARCH WITH GOOGLE
  16. 16. Ifyourtimeandbudgetallowforit,makean appearanceattradeshowswheremanufacturersand wholesalerswillbeinattendance.Makesureyouhave yourproductnicheinmindandpreparetonetwork. GO TO TRADE SHOWS
  17. 17. Asupplierdirectoryisadatabaseofsuppliersthatis organizedbymarket,niche,orproduct.Many directoriesuseascreeningprocesstomakesurethe supplierslistedaregenuinewholesalers.Supplier directoriesareaconvenientwaytoquicklysearchfor and/orbrowsemanysuppliersinoneplacewhilealso givingyoumoreideasforproductstosellornichesto enter. DIRECTORIES
  18. 18. Here are some suppliers to get you started:
  19. 19. This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to starting a dropshipping business. We will bring you more information to help you get started along with helpful hints and tips along the way. www.zenventory.com (602) 466-1706 QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?

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