Dropshipping seems to be all the rage lately. And for a reason, dropshipping has very low entry requirements, and you get to be in the resale game without keeping inventory.
But with all the great things that dropshipping has to offer, it can also be a bit hard to start, as most dropshipping gurus tend to keep their secrets to themselves. So, that’s why we’re here to share our five favorite tricks to run a successful drop shipping operation.
Ready to go in? Let’s start then.
It’s all about starting small.
The truth is, you don’t need a huge, fancy website to do dropshipping. You can do it through Instagram and Facebook as well.
Start with a couple of products first (more on that later). This will allow you to test out providers and their quality, as well as to start gradually and not overwhelm yourself with a thousand things.
Start with five products, find a way to market them and then grow what you offer. It’s also a great way to test the product before you start selling it.
Focus on delivering faster than anyone.
Maybe the thing that stops most people to venture into dropshipping is the fact that you don’t have control over most of the shipping.
While that’s true, you can find ways to contact the people you’ll be working with and find a way to arrange who they’ll ship with. And it’s all about finding reliable couriers, which will take up most of your time.
So, start hunting those phone numbers and find a way to arrange the shipping process.
Know the products that you sell inside and out.
Yes, that means that you’ll most likely have to purchase some of them and spend some money. But knowing the products you’re selling can help you with writing better copy for the product, thus converting more visitors to clients and, of course, you earning more money.
Not only that but spending some time getting familiar with the products you’ll be dropshipping can help you with providing better customer service if something goes wrong.
And once you start growing…
Invest in a proper website.
Dropshipping can be a legitimate business. Just because most dropshipping places don’t invest in building a reputable brand, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t.
Invest in a well-designed website and in some SEO to start riding the wave of organic traffic and you’ve got yourself an unbeatable recipe for success.
And lastly, talk to your customers.
Having a back-and-forth conversation with your customers can help you with a better understanding of what types of products they would want to see from you, and if problems arise, you’re more trustworthy as a provider.
Have active social media channels, answer texts and always make sure to go above and beyond if your clients have some problems related to the product or the shipping.
And don’t forget to be fearless about the whole thing. The best thing about drop shipping is that you can start small, with a very small investment and grow from there.