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The Beginners’ Dropshipping Guide To Starting A Business Selling Things Online

Are you interested in selling stuff online?

Perhaps you dream of quitting the rat-race and starting your own Amazon or eBay business (which means working in your PJs, taking long weekends whenever you feel like it, waking up at 10 in the morning, and answering to nobody since you are the boss…)

Or perhaps you simply want a few more dollars in your pocket.

Irrespective of your reasons for wishing to get started, e-commerce presents endless amazing opportunities for those with access to the Internet. Of all the ways to make money online, it is probably one of the easiest to understand and get involved with.

The following guide to the world of selling online will show you how to do it properly and exactly where to start!

However, like everything, there is the benefits and drawbacks you should be aware of.

First, the good stuff…

Why is Online Selling So Amazing?

Working from home in your PJs is definitely something great, but there are many other great reasons for working at home to build an e-commerce business:

You get to set your own hours, you work from home, and you determine the extent to which you want to take it. The possibilities are practically limitless. Wish to build an online business empire? Wish to make a few more dollars to save? In the world of online selling, there is no glass ceiling and you never have to worry about sucking up to a boss. It is pure freedom.

It is something you may have probably already experienced. If you have ever sold or purchased something on the Internet, you have an understanding of how it works, which is what makes online selling an easier skill to understand than most other home business options.

You will be free to pursue your own interests. Do you love fly fishing? Refurbishing antique dolls? Cake decorating? When you start to sell online, you can often establish a profitable business of your passions.

It is neither as risky nor as difficult as starting a conventional business. You never have to invest too much of your money when you first get started and don’t actually have to worry about leasing or buying a physical property. The barriers to entry in this business are quite low, which means that just about anyone can try it out.

What is stopping you?

You never have to bother yourself with storing inventory if you don’t wish to!

It is fun and by the end of the guide, you will most likely agree with this assessment.

 

So, what are the Drawbacks?

Online selling has a few drawbacks just like with anything else in life. It is important to know about these before you get started so that you can set realistic expectations for yourself.

It will take time. You may have to wait a month or two before you start to see consistent results. It is highly unlikely that you will accumulate over $100 worth of sales on your first day.

There is a learning curve. If you have previously sold things online, you are already a step ahead of the competition. However, you will have to step up your game if you wish to sell online professionally.

You will have to wear different hats. You are the business owner and the amazing team of one especially when getting started. You will have to play the role of a marketer, accountant, web designer, and various other roles as required. It means that you will be shouldering all the responsibility. You cannot blame anybody but yourself if something goes wrong.

Not all the income is passive. Hopefully, you will be dealing with regular customer inquiries, sales, and shipments. This means that you will be very involved with the business until you are able to afford to hire staff. Even then, you will have to continue being involved in all that happens.

Simply put, it is not a scheme for getting rich quickly.

However, if you are ready to spend some of your time developing your brand, building a reputation, and optimizing the processes then the opportunities are endless.

 

Are You Ready for a Challenge?

Brace yourself since you are ready to embark upon an incredible journey.

With a bit of persistence and hard work, you could be soon handing in your two-week notice at your current job to take on your online business full-time.

So where should you begin?

Getting Started: Sell Things Around Your House

The first recommendation is that you head over to eBay (or a local equivalent) and try to sell some of the things lying around your house.

Why should you start by selling household items instead of driving straight into the things you really want to sell?

There are several good reasons for doing this first:

You will receive some seller feedback. People are often cautious about new sellers and this will give you some notches under your belt so that people are comfortable buying from you.

You get experience. You will learn how to capture photos, create listings, and deal with customers positively.

You will earn some extra cash. You can then use your earnings towards your first “real” stock purchase.

Here are a few tips for getting the first few sales under your belt.

Step 1: Find Items to Sell

You might not think that you have anything lying around in your house worth selling. Your trash might be another person’s treasure to paraphrase the popular saying.

A quick word of wisdom: If you find something you believe might sell but are not completely sure, check to see whether anyone else is selling it. If another person is selling a similar item, chances are you can too.

However, even if nobody is selling a similar item, it is still worth a shot. Experiment with various products to find those that sell the best. You might even find a lucrative niche doing this.

Once you have had some experience selling second-hand items, move to the next step…

Step 2: Taking Pictures

Pictures are the foundation of a great product listing. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.

The best thing about taking pictures of your items is that you don’t have to use an expensive camera to do it, and you don’t require a fancy studio setup.

Your phone camera should work just fine. The important thing is to capture clear images so that people are able to see what they are buying.

For this, you just require some common sense…

Use a plain-colored background. Having other things in the background of the pictures for the listings can be very off-putting and distracting. Ensure that the focus is always on the product by eliminating any background distractions.

Keep your camera still. Blurry images are the worst and completely unprofessional. It usually happens if you don’t have enough light, which means that even the tiniest shake of your hand blurs the image. The best way to ensure good quality images is by moving to an area with better lighting, putting the camera on a steady surface, or using a tripod.

Take pictures from different angles. The best way to show off pictures is capturing them from different sides. It helps customers build a better picture of the item in their minds.

Show the product in use. For instance, if it a used dress, capture photos of somebody wearing it rather than simply laying it flat. It will help customers see how well it fits since it will ultimately affect their decision as to whether to buy or not.

Step 3: Create An Awesome Description For Each Item

After you have your products accounted for and eye-catching photos for each one, an awesome description will really help you bring it all together. Don't be too vague or short. Minor details won't cut it; you really need to make the product sound as essential as possible. If anyone is ever to feel inspired to make the purchase without seeing the item first hand, the text needs to convince them that it's just as good as the photographs make it seem. Make sure you include the following details:

The Composition Of The Product

If you have an item like a bracelet, you need to let your customers know what type of material is being used. Be sure to include every detail that you can, even if it's plain to see in the photos.

The Dimensions And Weight

The dimensions and the weight will help give a better "mind's eye view" of the product. Photographs can easily make items seem larger than they really are, resulting in guaranteed returns and disgruntled feedback.

Flaws And Damage

No matter what, you always have to account for any flaws that the product may have. If you attempt to brush over it, it's only going to hurt your reliability and future potential for business. You should also be sure that your images show off the flaws as well. This will help build the trust of your customers, a feat that is absolutely priceless.

The Benefits Of The Product

Don't focus solely on stating how amazing the product is. You need to let your customers know what's actually in it for them if they make the purchase. Try to come up with just as many potential benefits as technical features!

Passionate Text

You need to write with passion and emotion in order to evoke the same feeling from your audience. Plainly stating facts won't get you very far. Be sure to jazz up your descriptions with fun adjectives (where appropriate) and a cheery (albeit not corny) attitude.

Step 4: Create Your Sales Listings `

Now that you have all of the tools necessary to get the point across about your products, it's time for you to make them available to the public! The details of how you go about listing items will differ from one online marketplace to the next, but all of the major sources should have help pages to assist you if you get lost. Some of the most useful online sources right now are eBay and Craigslist. You might also have success with Facebook groups, or even your own personal website.

Step 5: Watch Over Your Sales

Once your listings have gone live, you might feel as if all you need to do is sit and wait. If you notice there's not much attention being drummed up however, you need to take action. Lower the prices and advertise the listings more if need be. You should also be sure to have plenty of shipping supplies on hand for when everything does eventually sell; speedy delivery is always important!

Although it isn't quite fair for individual sellers, major online retailers such as Amazon have such lighting fast service and relatively low pricing that everyone else has to do their best to keep up. You need to keep in regular contact with your customers and provide excellent packing and shipping for them. This will help you develop positive feedback and the possibility of return customers, both of which will keep you afloat as you move forward.

Be sure to include a tracking number for your shipments as well; this will help give you a layer of protection from customers claiming they never received their packages. You can also use the tracking to note when you haven't received any comments or feedback. In that event, you might want to send a friendly e-mail along these lines:

"Hello, (customer name)!
Thank you so much for your purchase of (the product)!
I'm reaching out in order to make sure that your package arrived as expected. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to get back in touch!
If everything was to your liking, I'd greatly appreciate if you could leave some review comments or feedback at (relevant link to your seller page).
Thank you!"

After you've made even a small number of sales, you'll slowly start getting the hang of it. You might even find the entire process fun! As long as you honor your customers' needs, you'll be growing a strong reputation in no time (and it will only get better from there).

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How To Move On To Professional Sales

Have you really gotten the bug for selling? If you find that selling items is something you're really cut out for, you might want to consider making it your full-time job. Many people operate wildly successful online businesses this way; you're more than welcome to give it a go yourself! With that said, here are a few steps to help you get off on the right foot:

Find Products You Believe In

Selling anything and everything might help you get started, but you'll likely tire of it. To keep yourself motivated, you really need to pick a product that you fully believe in. Operating within smaller niches will put you in the best position, but anything that you're passionate about will serve you well.

Find A Reliable Supplier

You should also look into finding product suppliers to help keep your costs at a minimum. Salehoo is a great resource! Once you have a few wholesale suppliers in mind, it's as simple as reaching out and seeing who might be able to work something out with you.

Assure The Legality Of Your Sales

You should also be sure that you're selling official products rather than bootlegged materials. Do your research on every aspect of your products and the suppliers you aim to rely upon.

Decide Upon Your Marketplace

Don't sweat it if you decide that eBay isn't for you. (You should never rule out the option, however). Between the likes of Amazon, Facebook, and Etsy, there are a wealth of alternative options out there. You should pick one to rely upon over all others in order to make your life a little easier, but spreading stock throughout several venues may occasionally prove useful.

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Choosing Your Products

There's quite a difference when it comes to getting rid of random belongings and becoming a professional seller. Deciding exactly what you need to sell is often the most difficult aspect of the process. Of all the countless items that are on the marketplace, how do you know where to start? Above all, make sure your products meet these requirements:

  • A Profit Can Be Made
  • The Product Has Demand
  • The Competition Is Bearable

Steps For Finding A Supplier

When you've decided what you want to sell, the next step is nearly self-explanatory; find a person who can supply it for you!

Of course, just because it's obvious doesn't mean it's easy. Finding someone to supply can take quite a bit of time, and that's presuming you find a supplier that's honest and helpful.

If you want to find a supplier, there are two ways:

Wholesale directories are the first place to go. SaleHoo! is a popular one, but it's not the only one. As you might suspect, these are directories full of wholesale suppliers. The best are carefully organized and searchable.

These directories can make it quite a bit easier to find those suppliers you need. If you really want to find a good supplier, you may want to look into membership-only directories. They may charge a fee, but they also tend to do background checks and other checks on supply companies in order to ensure they're legitimate.

Google search. If you haven't figured out how to use Google by now, then you probably shouldn't be trying to sell things online! It's fairly simple to do a Google search, and you'll no doubt get a large number of results if you have a few useful keywords.

That said, there are a number of things you have to watch out for. It's hard to tell if a company's website looks terrible because the company is terrible, or if they simply don't have the money for a good website even though they're a good company. And then there are the companies that spend plenty on marketing so that they don't have to spend anything on actually helping customers. If you're considering an unverified supplier, be cautious.

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Contacting A Supplier

Once you have a few different suppliers that you'd like to do business with, it's time to actually make contact.

We always recommend a telephone call rather than other forms of communication. Email contact is helpful since you have everything in writing. But for the initial contact, it's helpful to speak directly with the other person. It will give you a much better idea of who they are and whether or not they're on the level.

It's not always easy to call a supplier on the phone, so if you need some help check out our guide to contacting a supplier. We can help you find out what to expect, what questions you should ask, and what red flags to look for in order to ensure you're not getting taken for a ride.

Negotiation

Are you finally happy with your choice of suppliers? Great! Now it's time to get down to the brass tacks.

Suppliers want to charge as much as possible, even the good ones. This is no different from you or any other business. That said, the lower the price you pay, the more profit you make.

So what can you do in order to get the best possible deal? There are a number of things you can do that may entice the supplier to give you a lower price. These include:

  1. Ordering in bulk - If you're making a large enough order, the supplier may be willing to drop the price per unit. Some suppliers only offer a basic discount for first-time buyers, but if you become a repeat customer you may get an even better price.
  2. Developing a relationship with your supplier never hurts - Just like with anyone else, the more trustworthy and dependable you are the more your supplier will be willing to work with you. Try not to take advantage of them, since you wouldn't want to be taken advantage of. But there's no harm in asking if you can get a bit of a discount if you've been buying long enough.
  3. Buy directly from the manufacturer if at all possible - Just like buying something at retail price means buying smaller amounts for a higher price per unit, buying wholesale means the same thing when you compare it to buying from the manufacturer. Of course, manufacturers often demand you purchase enough to fill a wholesale order. There are ways around this, however. Your best option is to find other sellers to split the cost. If you're all buying the same product, then there's no reason you shouldn't work together to save money.

So, you have your supplier, you have your product, what's next? Actually ensuring you can sell the products online!

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Making It Legal

While there are generally federal level laws involving online sales, many smaller jurisdictions will have their own laws that must also be followed. You may need to register as a local business or have certain kinds of licenses in order to buy from local suppliers.

If you need some advice on setting up your business, check out our "Business Basics" article. Here are a few things you'll have to consider:

Choosing the name of your business: You should think carefully about this one. The name of your store is something you'll have to plaster all over the internet. It has to attract people's attention, but it also has to convince them to visit your shop. Naming your shop after a witty double entendre may be amusing in theory, but it's a lot less funny when no one visits your page because they think it's a joke.

Make absolutely certain you apply for a tax ID or a reseller license, depending on what your local laws demand. Having these certifications keep the government from taking everything or charging you with illegal selling.

Make sure you have a solid understanding of what business structure you should use. You're building an empire, not a short-term tent city. Plan for the long-game, rather than taking actions that seem immediately profitable but lead to diminishing returns. Empires are meant to last forever, and yours should be no different.

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Choose Where You Want To Sell

When it comes to online sales, there aren't a lot of options.

When you're starting out, your best bet is to stick with the two big marketplaces; eBay and Amazon. Why?

eBay - eBay has been around for nearly 20 years now, so it's no wonder so many people use it for online sales. It's a great website for used goods and one-off items you're hoping to get rid of quickly rather than keep in stock. The downside of eBay is that it's not a highly profitable marketplace. There are certain products that can command a high price, but for the most part, eBay sales are priced cheap. Plan your sales appropriately, and don't go to eBay expecting to rake in the cash.

Amazon - Part of why eBay runs cheap is because of the ease with which a person can become a seller. All you have to do is set up an account, and you run an online store. Amazon has a much more rigorous screen process, which means only companies profitable enough to prove their worth can sell on the platform. In addition, Amazon has a certain credibility that eBay simply doesn't have. Amazon is considered a place for online stores, whereas eBay is considered an online garage sale. In addition, Amazon offers sellers quite a few options that eBay doesn't offer. One of the more popular options is the FBA (fulfilled by Amazon) program. With this program, you can pay Amazon to store and ship products on your behalf. While it's not suitable for every business, you may find it a better option than drop shipping or attempting to find product storage on your own.

Amazon and eBay are the biggest marketplaces, but there are a number of smaller online marketplaces that might be suitable for your company.

And of course, you can always set up your own website with an online shop feature.

This gives you a lot more freedom in terms of how you offer your product and what customer services you're able to perform. In addition, you won't have to pay a seller's fee to a third party. That said, it takes a bit more time and effort to set up. If you'd like some advice on doing so, check our article "Setting Up Your Own Webstore". It should help you decide which direction you want to go.

 

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Salehoo Success Story: Carolyn Newsom

"At present we are Bronze Power Sellers and are very pleased with the way their business is growing" -Carolyn Newsom

Turning disaster into accomplishment: How 2 sisters grew their e-commerce business to $50K+ in a year to support their seriously ill brother.

Texan sisters Carolyn Newsom and Virginia Ehrlich, of Bootsie's Boutique, are among SaleHoo's excellent success stories. Here they offer their individual pointers and techniques for how they grew a flourishing e-commerce company in order to get more family time and versatility, while still making good cash.

Carolyn Newsom and her sis Virginia 'Bootsie' Ehrlich were working well-paid, full-time jobs when their parents regretfully died within a few months of each other.

The household catastrophe likewise meant the sisters needed to take over the care and financial backing of their brother, Neill, who was a diabetic and double-leg amputee.

But with Neill living a number of hundred miles away from their Texas house, the siblings required work that was more versatile.

They also needed something that would provide a reliable income.

The people who were managing their moms and dads' estate recommended that they look at offering things on eBay.

Offering products online was a foreign idea for Carolyn and Bootsie.

Carolyn was an executive director at a non-profit with 20 years experience in the industry, and Bootsie was a former monetary coordinator, insurance representative, and instructor.

How to start selling on eBay

They started in 2007 selling Gorham plates, flatware, and China that can fetch good money on eBay.

But they quickly found they needed more stock to keep bringing in customers, and sales ticking over.

" We initially built the business around things my sister Bootsie liked: Dolls, bears, children's clothing," Carolyn says.

" Of course, we were very excited when all the plates offered, and then other things we purchased or discovered."

They were quickly approached by wholesale providers and began buying some items, such as plus-size females' clothing, in bulk.

They called business, Bootsie's Boutique, and started noting items on eBay more regularly.

In the early days, Carolyn and Bootsie were just making a couple of hundred dollars a month from eBay.

So they started searching forums for creative methods to grow their company, which is when they found Salehoo - see the review here.

Choosing a wholesale provider directory service

Carolyn and Bootsie joined SaleHoo about a year into their company when their initial providers stopped offering the items they required.

Carolyn states they chose SaleHoo over other directory services because of its extensive lists of suppliers and product categories, along with the "incredible, practical" staff.

" It resembled being a kid in a sweet-shop," she states. "No one else compared."

Utilizing SaleHoo, the siblings were able to find the vendors and products they required, most of which they still use today.

They include wholesale sites such as FashionGo for ladies' clothing; The Immediate Resource for senior prom gowns; Entertainment Earth for action figures and toys; and Crayon Kids Fashion for kids' clothes.

Finding a niche

Carolyn says they chose plus-size women’s clothing as their niche early on as the market was “very underserved”.

“Plus size ladies love to look great and sexy, too,” Carolyn says.

However, they have since expanded to all types of women’s clothing, prom dresses, flower girl dresses, christening clothing, porcelain dolls, action figures, tea sets and Disney/Mattel and Hasbro dolls.

They also sell gift baskets for different occasions, such as a birthday gift basket, a cheerful “get well” basket, and a romantic anniversary basket via drop shipping.

Carolyn says SaleHoo helped to connect them with great suppliers for each new niche they picked up.

SaleHoo also provided data and information on potential new niche markets, she says.

Some of their most popular products include Halloween costumes, flower girl dresses, christening clothing, children’s play clothes, and toys.

Today, their product range includes pet costumes, Star Wars action figures, lace-lined cocktail dresses, and Kreative Kids soft toys.

Carolyn’s tip for new sellers: “Try to find your niche, but also try to find things that will sell well in all the seasons or holidays.”

Sometimes when one niche is booming, another falls flat which means it helps to spread your business across multiple markets.

Buying in bulk versus dropshipping

Carolyn said they primarily decide to buy wholesale from wholesale suppliers, however, they utilize drop shipping for some products.

Drop shipping is a technique where the seller does not keep items in stock, but rather transfers customer orders and shipment information to a producer, retailer, or wholesaler, who then ships the goods.

Carolyn says drop shipping can be a great way to get begun offering online.

" You can begin by drop shipping so you do not need to carry stock, bundle and mail all the products, and SaleHoo has a lot of great drop shipping vendors for you to use."

She suggests calling drop shipping suppliers to make sure that they can meet your needs in a prompt way.

" You will want a drop ship business that ships their items in 1-2 days to the pleasure of your consumers, not one that takes 2-3 days or has inconsistent stock levels."

Earning a stable income

Within a year of using SaleHoo, Carolyn and Bootsie had grown Bootsie's Boutique from earning a few hundred dollars a month to more than $50,000 a year.

" It has grown considerably larger than we had ever pictured," she says.

" Connecting with SaleHoo was certainly a turning point."

She puts the success down to "the quality products from trustworthy vendors" discovered on SaleHoo.

SaleHoo has helped Bootsie's Boutique progress from bronze to silver level on eBay where they are now a "premier seller" and have favorable feedback from more than 5000 happy customers.

The forums, newsletters, blog posts, videos and other content from SaleHoo has also helped them to expand beyond eBay. They now have stores on Bonanza.com, Addoway.com, and Etsy.com.

The revenue margins on most of their items are double the wholesale cost, however hard to get products can cost "absurd quantities".

Some products, such as present baskets and silk arrangements, have lower profit margins of 20-25% as there are extra expenses connected with drop shipping.

Diversifying their product range along with their online existence has actually assisted the sisters to sustain steady earnings.

They even established a subsidiary of their company in the name of their sibling, called Neill's Deals, where they primarily offer children's toys.

The sisters used the proceeds from Neill's Deals to assist pay for their brothers living costs and health care.


More flexibility and time

Carolyn and Bootsie have actually likewise handled to attain their essential goals - more flexibility and household time.

Carolyn says when she was working as an executive director at a non-profit, she was doing 65 to 80-plus hours a week.

" Now it is more like 40 hours. Plus you can work while taking a trip, and can even do drop shipping from practically anywhere."

This allowed the siblings to invest crucial time with their sibling Neill throughout the years prior to he passed away.

They now donate the earnings from Neill's Deals to different charities for children and veterans, along with the Salvation Army, Red Cross, and the National Kidney Foundation.

Carolyn says it's simple to put business "on vacation" and take care of more pushing things.

But the best benefit of offering online is "that household can be first at any time".

Top tips for e-commerce success

In her 9 years of offering online, Carolyn has fantastic guidance for anyone seeking to earn a living in e-commerce.

“Start selling something you love, no longer need, or take advantage of the fantastic help videos on SaleHoo for ideas and data on niche markets.

“When you decide what you want to sell, check the Salehoo directory first for details and reviews on suppliers that sell just about anything you would want to sell or drop ship.”

She says it's crucial to make your eBay listings as "total, truthful and fascinating as possible" to improve search engine optimization (SEO).

“List often, so there is life going through your site.

“Also, update things regularly by adding pictures, changing prices, adding details to the description, title or drop-down menu options/traits. Fill in all that you can, as data is king.”

Carolyn says she and Bootsie likewise took online courses, read articles, and watched academic videos.

“We took advantage of so much that SaleHoo offered and benefitted exponentially.

And posting on social media regularly also assists produce brand name awareness and sales, Carolyn says.

Carolyn and Bootsie have a combined 70,000 followers on Twitter and also use Instagram and Facebook to push their products.

“Set up automatic tweets to post any new items you list or that get re-listed,” Carolyn says.

“Get your friends involved to retweet or post your things on their Facebook or Instagram. Reciprocate.

“If you do not have time to do all the social media posts and marketing, there are many resources available to help. The idea is to get lots of backlinks from such posts to your items.”

At the core of the business was treating their consumers and vendors well and enjoying the ride.

" Thank each customer and supplier," Carolyn states. "Build your business one sale at a time. Have a good time.

To learn more about Salehoo - check out the review here

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SaleHoo Review – Is It Legit Or a Scam? Check Out If SaleHoo Is Worth It

Updated: 2018/01/16 – Are you on the hunt for the perfect drop shipping supplier?

You know the one that sells you things for super cheap, always delivers on time and does all the dirty work for you?

That’s exactly what SaleHoo promises it will help you do. But does it actually work? Or is it another B.S. internet marketing scam? Keep reading to find out!

What is SaleHoo?

SaleHoo is a New Zealand based organization that was founded in 2005 by Simon Slade and Mark Ling. It is a wholesale directory that connects individuals with over 2.5 million branded products and 8000+ manufacturers, wholesalers, drop-shippers, and liquidators. SaleHoo acts solely as an intermediary and is not a direct supplier so they do not exchange any merchandise.

Essentially SaleHoo is a must-have for serious drop shippers. Especially if you’re new to drop shipping and you’re trying to get your store built and making you money. It’s going to take a lot of sweat and due diligence when looking for the right supplier.

SaleHoo does all that work and due diligence for you. They also have a really impressive training center and support team that wants you to succeed. Most importantly, it’s really affordable (click here for a 7-day $1 trial)

Trust me, you should be using a directory if you are considering drop shipping. Whether it’s SaleHoo or another, we’re going to look at the good, the bad and the ugly all inside of this review.

 

How Does SaleHoo Actually Work?

  • Use The Lab to research and find profitable products that you can sell
  • Once you have selected a proftiable item, use SaleHoo’s directory to find suppliers that sell that product
  • Using SaleHoo’s outreach templates, contact a few supplier to see if they are the right fit
  • Negotiate prices with the supplier and select the best one to work with

SaleHoo Review – Is SaleHoo Legitimate?

SaleHoo has been in operation for over 17 years. An overview of reviews from the Better Business Bureau revealed that SaleHoo received an A+ accreditation from 47 customers and clients alike. Therefore SaleHoo is a legitimate business solution that assists online retailers with locating reliable companies to structure beneficial relationship with.

For those who can’t be asked to read through everything, let me just say this. It’s the perfect directory for some people, but not for everyone, and in this article, we’re going to explain who it benefits and who should be looking elsewhere.

At The Lazy Plumber, we’re all about earning more by working smarter. So when we decided to investigate and review Salehoo, we were immediately excited by the concept of someone taking out all the hard work that comes with drop shipping.

But does Salehoo actually deliver on its promise? How does it compare to the other drop ship and whole directories online? Let’s jump right into it and see.

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SaleHoo Benefits

SaleHoo offers a tool to make your life easier. That’s the crux of it. But, with over 2.5 million different products, they actually do it really well. You gain access to Salehoo, search for what you’re looking for and you’ll find the different suppliers of that product. Then, you access the supplier’s details and figure out lead times and minimum order quantities, etc

Salehoo in numbers:

  • 8000 suppliers
  • 2.5 million products
  • 100 countries represented
  • 100,000 registered users

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You know it’s all about the brands, about the brands… No fakes

What Salehoo really do well is they have hunted down all the major brands and have them on the platform. That makes it great for eBay, Amazon and your own e-commerce store. I could start to list all the major brands they have on the platform, to get you excited and spark your imagination, but it’s just too many.

It’s really difficult to find the suppliers of genuine brands or products that actually are licensed. Either they are unbranded or they are fakes. Fakes are a killer because if you end up selling a fake that you’re advertising as the real deal you’re opening yourself up to some legal issues down the line. At the least, an aggressive letter from some serious lawyers.

Having the peace of mind that your product is what it claims to be has to be worth the subscription fee, never mind the time you save not having to check out the supplier for every product in your store.

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Amazing for noobs

If you’re new to drop shipping then you’re going to want to simplify the process. You don’t want too many options to have to play around with at the start, you need to master the basics. Over time, you can obviously build your knowledge base and really refine your drop shipping business but let’s just KISS ( Keep It Simple Stupid!) when we are starting out on our drop shipping journey.

This is where Salehoo helps, they start by removing the frustration of trying to find the right supplier. They verify the supplier for you,  to make sure they are the real deal, that their products are genuine and they have the right licenses in place. All you need to do is search the directory to find the right product for your market or audience.

From there, they have tons of free training and support from real experts who have run a successful e-commerce business with popular platforms like WooCommerce and Shopify. Unlike others, they want to really help you.

Which is strange because if they help you too much you’ll probably end up going to find your own suppliers and negotiating a better deal which means better profit margins. So they’ll actually train you to not need them in the long term. But in the short term. It makes them the best directory for beginners.

The same guys are behind the extremely successful website Affilorama. It offers extensive training to help entrepreneurs make money promoting affiliate products. It’s one the best training solutions online today and has been for a while.

That means they are experts in how to present products, how to target an audience and how to generate traffic that delivers an ROI. Masters at it. And they share a lot of that expertise with the members of Salehoo because a lot of the skills are very similar.

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The Marketing Labs

It’s all very well having great suppliers offering great products at competitive prices. But the art of e-commerce is being able to spot a product that will sell. It requires a lot of knowledge. You can do the research by checking out your competition, what’s selling on platforms like eBay and Amazon and that will give you a starting point, but you will need to make a small leap of faith.

Salehoo has made it a lot easier. They actually have a team that is collecting data on sales, profits, trends, so when you’re a Salehoo member you’re getting some great insights into which products are selling and making good margins. It just helps to remove a little bit of the doubt you might have in adding a product to your store and spending money on advertising it.

It’s another example of Salehoo going the extra mile to help people setting up and running an e-commerce business. They act like they really do care if you’re successful or not.  You have to respect that.

 

Protection against fraud

If you’ve ever tried to drop ship from China you know it’s the land of opportunity. But it’s also the land of a quick buck. There are as many authentic product suppliers that are the real branded products as there are suppliers of fake products and with today’s technology being so advanced, it has become increasingly difficult to tell the real deal from a cheap imitation.

The problem is, you’ll have to purchase a test product for yourself, or take the risk and send it to the customer and keep your fingers (and legs) crossed it’s the genuine product, otherwise you’re having to deal with the legal side of selling a fake, giving a refund, having a bad review, and all that negative stuff that no one wants to deal with when running a dropship business.

This is where Salehoo really shows their worth. They take away all the risk and stress. They have verified each specific supplier and put them through a really vigorous vetting process to ensure they are only selling genuine products. You can order and shop with ease knowing there are going to be no nasty surprises.

 

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Competition

There’s a few. Worldwide Brands is probably the biggest competitor and the most well known. It’s a bigger directory but it’s geared to power drop shippers who have done it a while, rather than beginners. They have over 16 million products to search through.  It’s also a touch more expensive setting out, there’s a one time fee that’s more than 3 times more than what Salehoo ask for their directory and support services.

Other than that, another worthy mention is Orbelo, they offer a similar kind of service but they are a little more focused on making it easy to add to your e-commerce store, so the practical side of things.

 

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SaleHoo Pricing

Right now, SaleHoo is  offering their directory for only $1 for a 7-day trial. After that it costs $67 for the year. That’s significantly less than their competitors. As I’ve mentioned, their biggest competitor is Worldwide Brands and it’s over 3 times the price. Yes, they have a larger directory but when you’re starting out you need all the support you can get and your budget is probably tight. A lot of people of prefer to spend less than $70 than over $250.

They also offer a 60-day money back guarantee. Whenever I see a guarantee like that it gives me the impression that the company knows how good they are because they put their money where their mouth is.

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SaleHoo Customer Reviews – What Are Other People Say?

Curious as to what other people think of SaleHoo? Don’t take my word for it! SaleHoo has received high marks from other customers on Trustpilot.com giving it a trust score of 9.6 out of 10:

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SaleHoo also recieved an A+ from the Better Business Bureau:

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SaleHoo Review Summary

We give SaleHoo a thumbs up. In fact, we give them 4 thumbs up with a score of 4 out of 5. If they have a slightly larger directory, so you’d have more choice as your e-commerce store developed, then we’d give them the full 5 stars.

This New Zealand based team take all the stress and concern out of the drop shipping process. They’ve done all the hard work for you by validating the suppliers and their products. You know you’re selling genuine branded goods. That’s always the main concern when dealing with Asian suppliers because the fakes are just so good and you don’t want your customers to be duped.

The other thing they do is over deliver in terms of customer service and free training. They want to help you get your drop shipping business up and running and it really shows because they actually put in the effort.

Overall, they are the perfect startup directory. They have 2.5 million products, 8000 suppliers and a platform that’s really user-friendly. They give you a ‘safe space’ to find decent and respectable suppliers. There are larger directories but none that give the same level of service and support as Salehoo. To get SaleHoo for only $1 click here

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Frequently Asked Questions

In this SaleHoo review, we have covered most of the major question of what SaleHoo is about and whether it’s worth your investment. But in case you have any other questions, we’ve put together a quick FAQ to cover everything we can think of. If there’s something that we have haven’t covered then feel free to comment or contact us, we’d be happy to help.

Why do I need a directory for drop shipping?

You could start drop shipping without a directory. But why would you? When you’re drop shipping it’s about finding the right product, at the right price, targeted to the right audience.

There are a lot of moving parts. You find the right product, then you go out and have to find the right supplier. You need to be able to check the quality of their product and the efficiency of their product, customer service, refund policy.

Then there are the delivery options. If you’re drop shipping you need to have that all worked out. These days, people hate waiting. The problem is, it’s ok to go through this process a couple of times, but if you have an e-commerce store with hundreds or thousands of products, you need to do this again and again.  It’s time-consuming and soul destroying.

The time-consuming part comes with vetting the quality of the supplier and the authenticity of their product. You don’t want to start growing a reputation as a retailer offering poor quality or fake goods.

Whilst you’re doing this, you’re having to set up your branding, your e-commerce store, which is time-consuming as well. For each product, you need a separate page. That’s enough to make you give up the will to ever do e-commerce.

Don’t even get me started on SEO and setting up your website to rank in Google. It’s a minefield but getting it right could mean being given the keys to the kingdom.

On top of that, it’s then all about marketing. If you’re using paid adverts you’ll be spending a good amount of time setting them, making your targeting super focused and on point to get the best possible ROI. Split testing, the list goes on.

The point is, with so many things to have to focus on, you should be using tools that are going to take on some of the burdens or make tasks quicker and easier. That’s what a directory does, especially a directory like SaleHoo. You don’t have to trawl tens or hundreds of suppliers to find the right one, offering the right product, at the best price. When you do find them, you don’t need to concern yourself with checking the authenticity and quality of the supplier because SaleHoo has done that for you. It’s merely about pricing and delivery. Are they able to offer you the product you want at the price you need? And can they deliver to the time frame your clients would be happy with?

By using a directory, you’re literally halving the time you need to spend on product and supplier search which means you have a lot more time to spend on other parts of your business. That’s worth its weight in gold.

But let’s not talk about generic savings, let’s get specific.

The most expensive commodity you have is your time. It’s limited and you should consider it expensive, especially with e-commerce. For the sake of this example, let’s say you value your time at $20 p/hr. I imagine it’s a lot more, and rightfully so. In fact, if it’s not then you are completely devaluing yourself.

So, $20 p/ hr. Let’s say it takes you 2 hours to check everything about the potential supplier for a product you want to drop ship. Often you might even buy a product for quality control. You want to check it’s the real deal if you’re going to put your brand’s reputation on it.That’s a $40 cost per product, at least. Just on the time, it takes you to check the supplier.

Now, let’s say you have 100  products in your store. That’s $4000 in cost. Just in your time to validate the suppliers and the quality of the products and service. You’d spend $4000 in time….

You can do that, or spend $67 and have SaleHoo do it for you.

Not the most difficult choice to make. Using a Directory is a must.

 

Why Dropshipping?

If you’re not sure if drop shipping is the right path for you, you’re going to want to read this. We’re about to lay out your options and what benefits you might find with drop shipping so you can make the decision for yourself.

Dropshipping is the ideal solution for someone who is looking to make money online by selling things people actually want. You don’t need to be a master salesperson. If you are selling fidget spinners then you’ll be showing the fidget spinner to people who might want to buy one. If they do great, if not, then no worries. No hard sell and no special sales skills required.

The other important aspect is the cost of set up. With a standard store or e-commerce store, you have to pick a product to sell that you’re sure people will want to buy, then buy inventory and deliver. That requires financial investment up front. Not a lot of people have that kind of cash free.

If you’re not really sure if drop shipping works then you’re mistaken. Websites drop ship millions of dollars of products each day. That’s not from ‘gurus’ making videos about how great they are, and then selling their secret sauce to drop shipping. Obviously, they are going to inflate their successes. These figures come from neutral platforms who just record data.

Let’s delve a little deeper. Here’s an example of the difference between drop shipping and standard e-commerce, with stock and fulfillment. Very simply:

George decides to start a standard e-commerce store. He buys 100 t-shirts, stores them in his garage. They cost him $1000 dollars.  ($10 per t-shirt)

George puts them online and sells 20 of them at $20 each. BOOM. Great. He makes back $400 in a week. He’s happy if things carry on like this, he’s going to convert $1000 into $2000. Which is a pretty decent return for someone just setting out. Slap on the back. Job well done.

But, the other T-shirts don’t sell. They are not very popular. It happens. After all, we’re making a judgment call when we pick a product, the proof is in the testing.

In this case, George can’t seem to shift these t-shirts, the advertising costs are too high so he can’t really drop the price too much. At this point, he’s $600 down struggling to really get his money back never mind make a profit.

Next time, he tries again, but this time he goes the drop shipping route.

Let’s replay the same situation but assuming he went the drop shipping route. He sells the very same t-shirt online. But he doesn’t need to spend the $1000 for the 100 t-shirts. He just puts the product in his e-commerce store and promotes it.

The same thing happens, he sells 20 t-shirts but can’t seem to sell anymore. Not really a big seller this one. It happens.

This time, he only pays for the product as someone buys, he doesn’t need to buy any stock. The cost is a little higher. They cost $12 to buy and dropship rather than the $10 to buy in bulk. But that’s not completely true because he’d have to ship them himself if he paid $10 and bought stock.

Still, he sells 20 t-shirts for $20. That’s $400 in sales and a cost of $240. Which is a profit of $160.

It’s not an earth-shattering amount, but the risk of failure is far less. At the same time, when you have your numbers right, every sale is bringing your profit. Then you’re always going to make money, the only determining factor is picking the right products to make the most money.

Between those two examples, the first made a loss, the second, a small profit.

Drop shipping allows you to be flexible too.

Let’s say, you see that people are going crazy for fidget spinners. But you’re not sure if you can tap into that audience. It’s not something you’ve tried before.  This is where Dropshipping really stands heads and shoulders above other types of e-commerce

You just need to find your supplier on SaleHoo. Add the fidget spinner to your store and send some traffic to it. A great way to do that is to create an advert on Facebook. The fidget spinner is really hot and promoting it on social media means it can be shared.

You spend $5 on an advert. If it goes well you have sales. Then you can spend $20, $50, $100. You can scale it up and up. You don’t need to guess or estimate how successful it will be, test it, for very little cost.

Someone jumped on fidget spinners at the right time and made hundreds of thousands of dollars using this exact same technique. No risk, massive gains.

Who wouldn’t want to make a quick buck with very little risk?

 

How frustrating is dealing with shipping?

In the example, George bought 100 t-shirts and decided to do the shipping himself. That means he’s a slave to his business. He can’t really go anywhere, or if he does he needs to find someone who’ll ship the sales he makes. As soon as someone makes a purchase, the clock is ticking.

He has to physically pack up the t-shirt and get it sent. It’s an added cost and added frustration. If you only sell t-shirts then fine, but if you have products of varying sizes you need to make sure you have the right packaging to be able to send the various sizes.

The other option is to pay to have someone else store and ship your products. Fine, it’s an option and if you’re sure something is going to sell. It can be the best option. Amazon FBA is a perfect example. But again, you need to be sure you’re going to be selling products.

Drop shipping just takes this whole headache away. The suppliers do this for hundreds, probably thousands of products a day, They are better at it, and they have the system in place to do it. You have nothing to stress about, you just focus on selling the products.

If you’re not sure e-commerce is for you, or you want to keep things flexible, then drop shipping has to be the go-to option for e-commerce.

 

Exactly who are SaleHoo?

They are actually a New Zealand based company, They are a team of 29, working out of Christchurch. Founded in 2005 they’ve been doing this for 12 years now, so they’re damn good at it. They are a genuine success story, a “rags to riches tale”. The founders, Mark Ling and Simon Slade started out by investing $500 each. They had to beg and borrow to get things going but within a year they had 10,000 members. Now they don’t just offer the directory, they have SaleHoo Stores, they have a platform to help you set up your store so you don’t need any technical expertise, which is pretty awesome.

At the same time, these very same people brought the world Affilorama. The best platform for training and building an affiliate business. They truly are experts at marketing. And that can be found in their own marketing lab where they are always trying to find new and profitable ways to make money with drop shipping.

 

Do SaleHoo have a community or forum?

Yeah, they do and it’s pretty active. Having experience of Affilorama I know the company is into being able to share experiences and you can see that with SaleHoo. They put a lot of time and energy in promoting their community and getting people to share. It’s something they’re proud of and a great tool.

It’s an interesting split to get your head around. You would think that the other people in the community are your competitors, and they might be. But in many ways, the community want others to do well. They want to help if they can. There are hundreds of thousands of e-commerce stores, sharing your experiences and learning from others in a community of a few thousand is going to help everyone, it’s not going to destroy your business. They get that and as explained in this Salehoo reviews – it is another feature to being a member.

 

How can I use Clickfunnels with dropshipping?

As discussed in this Clickfunnels review, it is actually a great way to sell products that you want to dropship. You can build your store using the Clickfunnels then send Facebook traffic to your site. This is a great way to quickly set up a store and get people excited about the product your selling.

 

What are some other ways I can make money online?

Not ready to start looking for suppliers yet? Think you need to get more training on starting an ECOM business? I recommend checking out the 7 Figure Cycle review first I get an A to Z training program on everything e-commerce related.

Not too sure about ECOM?, Don’t worry its not for everyone. There are many ways you can make money online. For beginners, I recommend reading my Wealthy Affiliate review, affiliate marketing is a multi-billion dollar business – and still growing! Get a cut of the action by checking it out.

Need to brush up on your e-mail game? Then check out Anik Singal’s Inbox Blueprint 2.0 Review here. It’s the hot new training that gives you what you need to know to make money with your email list. No fluff, no B.S like Anik’s other courses.

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