Free Drop Shipping Guide Here – What Is Drop Shipping

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What Is Drop Shipping

In case you don't know, drop shipping is a way people can earn an income (part-time or full-time) by selling real products to real customers, and taking a profit, but without the risk and expense of having their own shop and buying stock in bulk.

Click here to access a free drop shipping guide.

How Does Drop Shipping Work?

(Apologies to those who are already successful drop-shippers, but stick around, you can also access the free guides above.)

Suppose you decide you’d like to start a risk-free business…. there are suppliers who will let online retailers promote their goods and when a customer places an order with you, instead of taking the item out of YOUR stock and posting it on, you ask the supplier to fulfil the order and send it direct to your customer. So….

  • Customer sends order to YOU —> You send order to supplier —–> Supplier ships to customer
  • (Say customer pays you $100) —–> You pay supplier (maybe $80) —–> Your profit is $20

Although you're selling an item you’ve never touched, $20 may not seem a lot of money to earn. But suppose that instead of listing ONE item, you announce that you have TEN in stock

You then have the chance to sell ten items for the same amount of work spent listing just one. And because the items are not in YOUR warehouse, NOT paid for before you sell them, there’s no rush to sell them.

Start your online business drop-shipping as fast or as slowly as you have time for. Simply set yourself a daily schedule and stick to it.

Will you list 10 of one item every day, or will you list 10 batches of TEN items every day?

You can see how, very quickly, you can build an ever-increasing “virtual shop” of products waiting to be sold, bringing you a risk-free profit.

Advantages of Drop Shipping

Start your online business with minimal outlay because you don’t:

  • Purchase and hold stock
  • Pay rent / storage space
  • Hire staff, with all the legal obligations that brings
  • Need marketing materials; a good supplier will help you out with product images and description

Disadvantages of Drop Shipping

  • You have to find customers…..well, yes, BUT this is a BUSINESS you’re talking about starting. If you’re not expecting to find customers, the brutal truth is you’re not cut out to be in business. (But see our fail-safe section on “Being your own customer”.)
  • You need somewhere to list your products. Maybe your own website / blog, or of course eBay / Amazon
  • You have to find suppliers who will offer you a good range of products AND look after you with reliable delivery systems. Depending on the type and number of products you want to sell, you may find yourself trying to negotiate with ten or more suppliers.
  • Suppose you have a “lean sales month” – how will you make your regular income?

Is drop-shipping starting to sound hard?

Finding Suppliers For Drop Shipping

You may have a product range in mind – in which case you need to:

  • Locate and contact a selection of suppliers
  • Decide which is the most profitable to deal with
  • Offer your services as a drop-shipper
  • Negotiate terms – possibly the most challenging…..

Before a supplier of good calibre is prepared to risk their good name with an unknown “shop” they may, or may not, want to check out your previous experience and take references. You may need to be approved for drop-shipping.

Because there’s a certain amount of work for suppliers to do preparing sales material etc, unless you can show a proven track record, with many customers, they may negotiate tough terms, keeping your margins slim.

It’s a balance of “who needs who the most”?

A corner shop may jump at the chance of you promoting their products online, but Walmart (for instance) may not feel the need to be so accommodating to a one-man-band’s requests.

Drop Ship Suppliers Found For You

  • Imagine you had prior approval to access hundreds of suppliers, with over 2 million different products ready stocked for you to sell to your customers.
  • Imagine a professional team had already handled the negotiations of terms in advance – and been warmly received – because the negotiators had over a million potential customers to tease the supplier with.
  • Imagine the negotiations team were regularly sourcing new product ranges for you to sell
  • Imagine the sales process was handled for you by ONE reliable head office, with just one shopping cart procedure to follow for all suppliers

How many hours would you have saved in setting all that up?

Hundreds! So how much do you think that would be worth to you?

• $200 a month would maybe cover the cost of an hour of one negotiator’s time?
• Maybe $100 a month to reflect the increased profitability the negotiator has been able to for YOU as one of over a million potential drop-shippers?

What Can You Expect To Earn As A Drop Shipper?

improve your incomeThat's impossible to predict…. But here are some hypothetical figures.

Suppose in one week you listed 50 items each clearing you $10, that’s $500 if you sell them all.

Listing 5 different products (one per day) selling 10 of each is an achievable part-time goal when you know the most efficient way to do it.

Remember – once they're listed, you can just sell them over again.

On the down side, if you only listed one item and cleared $10 profit, you’re going to be pretty disappointed. See “Retail Is Unpredictable” below.

I don’t know which you will do, or what you will do – so I can’t predict your drop-shopping income.

With ANY online business, rewards do not come without sales / purchases.

Drop Shipping Sounds Easy, What’s The Catch…?

Above, you have very basic information on drop-shipping to go off and start up by yourself, learning by your own mistakes.

OR….. you can pick up a Free Drop-Shipping Guide Here.

OR….  click the image below to learn about setting up your own online shop.
AliDropship is the best solution for drop shipping

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I left it too late to plan for a financially secure retirement. Don't make my mistake. Start building an extra income with a part-time (or full-time) business online. Think you don't have time? Can't afford the start-up cost? Can't meet sales targets? Contact me for free advice (no obligation) on the best fit for your circumstances.

Robin Khokhar - February 7, 2017

Hi Joy,
Drop shipping is something new I have learned from this amazing post. More importantly, thanks for sharing these pros and cons of it.
Have a good day ahead.

    Joy - February 10, 2017

    Hi Robin,

    Glad to have helped you find the free drop shipping course. Being part-time online, I don’t actually drop-ship myself, so I pass referrals for drop-shipping to someone in my team.

    Apparently some people earn enough for a full-time income from drop-shipping. Obviously that takes time and effort, but with the training and support in our groups, people are much better placed to be successful with it.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Amar kumar - February 7, 2017

Hey Joy,

Once again I have found very informative post on your website. You always comes with incredible subject and those are very beneficial for people. Dropshipping is not a new term, it has been around for quite some time.

But there are also misconceptions on what drop shipping really is. Most people who are starting their first online business via auctions or online stores don’t have a lot of money to buy a bunch of products or the space to warehouse and store the products they want to sell online.

This is where working with a real Dropshipper will save you a ton of money. Eventually, thanks for sharing your valuable thought in deep regarding this subject.

With best regards,

Amar kumar

    Joy - February 7, 2017

    Thanks Amar,

    I came across dropshipping a while ago, but only really took interest in it when it came to my attention as one of the ways that TPS affiliates can earn.

    I’m told that some dropshipping courses can be expensive, but ours is free for members.

    All the heavy lifting of dropshipping has already been done to people by the TPS corporate team.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Sue Bride - February 9, 2017

Hi Joy, I’ve started 2 drop ship sites. For one I decided to buy the products and sell myself. It’s early days yet but I’ve learned a lot and they are easy to set up and run. I’m always keen to learn more and will take a look at the free training.

Leslie Denning - February 11, 2017

Hi Joy. This is still on my list of things to do when I’ve got a handle on my business. I think it will work nicely with my niche. Don’t give up on me. 🙂

    Joy - February 11, 2017

    Hello DeeDee,

    I certainly haven’t given up on you 🙂 Your store is waiting when you’re ready. Hopefully you verified your ID, so your team will be accumulating.

    Easy way to check that is to login and look in Team / 138. That will tell you. Let me know on Facebook if you need any help:-)

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Mandy Allen - February 12, 2017

I’ve heard of TPS before and drop shipping seems to be a popular way of doing business. I have ever explored it myself for some reason.

Enjoy the journey!

    Joy - February 12, 2017

    Hi Mandy,

    TPS is becoming better known now – especially after their link up with Alibaba.

    Some people make a lot of money with drop shipping but it’s not something I have been involved with personally either. That’s why I’m passing people on to my team mate Tony if they are interested.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Chery Schmidt - February 12, 2017

Hey Joy! Thanks for sharing TPS with us, this looks like a great way to make some money here online..

Great Share My Friend.
Chery :))

    Joy - February 12, 2017

    Hi Chery,

    Yes, people (included me) are earning nicely out of the commissions on products sold through TPS. As those who chose to take the drop-shipping route start to increase their sales, this will increase.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Rajkumar - February 14, 2017

Hi Joy,

This is indeed informative post as I learned lot of new things about drop shipping. I think its really great business to learn good money.


    Joy - February 25, 2017

    Hi Rajkumar,

    I’m glad you learned about it. Please let me know if you are interested in taking it further.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

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