Are you looking for ways to earn an income online? One great way to do that is to start a drop shipping business and to do it the correct way. There are plenty of people online and YouTube that claim they will teach you the best way to create a drop shipping business, introduce you to wholesale dropshippers, and get you going towards fast profits.
Drop shipping is a great way to make a profit online and if you already understand very well how to use pay per click (PPC) advertising and have an almost unlimited budget then possibly… just possibly you could make some quick money online.
If you don’t have a lot of money to start a drop shipping business with then it might be harder, but it still isn’t impossible.
I wish I could tell you that you could build a drop shipping business online for free and start making money, but that is not the truth. You will need a website, a domain name, web hosting, and a list of wholesale drop shippers that can provide you with the products you are going to sale and most of these cost money… OK, all of these will probably cost you money if you want to do it correctly.
If it was free and easy to make money with a drop shipping business, then I believe everyone would be doing it. if anyone could just start up a business online and be turning a profit in 24 hours, then everyone would know about it, everyone would be doing it, and there would be no one left to sale to. This is why I am glad that it isn’t easy and free to start a drop shipping business online.
Different types of wholesale dropshippers
There are a lot of wholesale drop shippers on the internet. Some are worth your time and others are… there is no polite way to put it… others are scams. It’s hard to tell the honest ones from the fraudulent ones so the best thing to do is to join a directory of wholesale dropshippers.
The best directories are not free. Yep, it is another business expense that you will have to use as a business tax write off once you get your business up and going. There is one free way to find reliable drop shippers, but there are draw backs to this method.
The free way is to purchase products from China or somewhere else in Asia. The products are normally cheap in cost and quality, takes anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks to arrive to your customer’s mail box, and could get caught up in customs and never be delivered at all.
I have used the China method before to provide products for one of my drop shipping businesses. Over the past 3 years, I have only had one problem getting a product to a customer and had to do a refund. I just put in the product description on my website that shipping may take up to 8 weeks so my customers are well-informed and I have never had a complaint. It normally takes 2 to 3 weeks for products to arrive from China, but now and then it has taken over a month.
Also, another draw back to ordering from China is the Chinese New Years Celebration. Every year during their New Years celebration the entire country stops working for two weeks. That means if you make a sale during that time then you can not fulfill it until they go back to work which adds more time to your shipping times.
Ordering products from China through Ali express and having them deliver to your customers is the only free way I know to find wholesale dropshippers.
Then there are American wholesale drop shippers
Legitimate American wholesalers normally pay to join a directory. The directory serves a purpose as being a place that people can trust. Wholesalers join a directory to find legitimate sellers and sellers pay to join directories to find accountable and legitimate wholesalers. I would be leery of any free drop shipper directory and you should be too.
There are many good reasons to use American drop shippers instead of drop shipping from Asia. First off, you can reduce your shipping time by weeks by using American drop shippers. You can provide your customers different shipping methods like; standard shipping, 3 day, 2 day, and sometimes overnight.
Normally products from American dropshippers is a higher quality than the ones you can get from China. I personally wouldn’t try to drop ship anything from China that is intended to be put on one’s skin (perfume, cologne, or make-up). I would trust American wholesale providers with these types of products because it would be easier to find out what is in the products.
An American wholesale directory that I trust
There are a couple of trust worthy wholesale directories that I can think of, but the one I use is called Salehoo. I know the name sounds funny, but they have been around for many years and are trusted in the industry. What I like about them the most is Salehoo is the first company that taught me how to start and grow my successful drop shipping business online.
If you are new to the world of drop shipping then Salehoo is the perfect place to begin. They offer essential training that any newbie will need and be able to use to successfully start a drop shipping business. Check out this screen shot I got from their website of just a few of the resources they have for anyone who wants to get into the business.
Salehoo is not a free directory, but it is very affordable and they offer a money back guarantee if you cannot make it work for you. They provide a monthly plan if you want to just try it out and they offer a lifetime plan.
The lifetime plan is very affordable. The monthly plan is around $50.00 and the lifetime plan is less than $200.00 dollars. Salehoo is the perfect place for me to learn how to be successful online and with work and dedication it will help you start a drop shipping business of your own.