Have you been reading all the success stories about Shopify Dropshipping? Itching to get started? But there’s no spare cash under your mattress?
Well, hold on tight because this post is detailed and it’ll blow your mind. 💥
How much money do you REALLY need to start Dropshipping?
In a world where information is everywhere, it can be hard to make decisions. Everyone’s throwing out arbitrary numbers like $500, $1000, $2500.
Chances are you’ve heard this from a Guru. Maybe it was on YouTube? Well guess what, they make a lot of their money from mentorship. And they want their audience to save up for that too 😉
So lets flip this on it’s head. Because I have a secret to share with you!
On my last successful Dropship store, I hit $560K in sales with a startup budget of ONLY $10.
No, I didn’t forget a 0 there.
My startup budget was TEN FREAKIN’ DOLLARS
Truth be told, I’ve always held on tight to my money. Everyone said you had to spend money to make money. But I had no job at the time, so it was a precious resource to me. *my preeeecioussss*
And I didn’t want to part with any of it. Why? Well duh, in case I failed… and lost it all.
But lucky for us both, I found a way to do things at a super low cost 😉
When I first got into Dropshipping, I spent hours researching the best way to set up a Shopify store. Referral links.. 60 day trials.. ways to extend the trial, etc.
And then one day I stumbled on a neat little trick to create Shopify stores COMPLETELY FREE!
Now, telling you this means I miss out on sweet sweet affiliate commission. That’s why nobody mentions it. They get money from referring you to the trials. So you better appreciate me for this.
Drum-roll please… 🥁
You can get an UNLIMITED FREE TRIAL through the Shopify Developers Platform!
Usually this is used for, well, developers…. The people who design custom stores for clients. But if you sign up there, you can create as many eCommerce stores as you want, for FREE.
Developer stores have a few limitations though:
- It only works for the first 50 sales. After that, you have to start paying for Shopify.
- You can’t install paid apps until you upgrade.
Some of the trials and free apps will work (like loox reviews). But a lot of them don’t. This is fine because we don’t want to spend money on apps yet anyway! (more on that later)
Shopify normally costs $29 a month. So if you don’t make any sales in your first 6 months, this tip alone saves you $174. Cha-Ching!
You can find the link to the developers program here: developers.shopify.com
Need step-by-step instructions? I made a FREE PDF that shows you what buttons to press!
But don’t other parts of Dropshipping cost money?
Okay. So now you’ve got a completely free Dropshipping store. But you might be wondering about the rest.
Firstly, to start getting sales, YOU DON’T NEED:
- To pay for facebook ads
- To install paid apps or premium themes
- To buy a course
I’ll explain why in a minute. But:
You WILL need a domain name!
These cost money. That’s where our $10 comes in.
You need a good URL for for your store. Otherwise people access it through “storename.myshopify.com” and that’s not very attractive.
Sure… you can actually get sales with it like that! But I really don’t recommend it.
When a domain name only costs $8.99, it’s a no brainer to grab one. You’ll gain more trust from customers and get to look all official. Woohoo!
The cheapest (and most reliable) way I’ve found to get domains is via namesilo. All dotcoms are $8.99 FOREVER.
I go into this in depth in the PDF. But if you’re not that desperate to save money, you can get one directly in Shopify for like $14
So now we have a shopify store & domain name. What else do we need?
Idk, maybe an Email Address! 💌
Look, I highly recommend using google suite for this. It’s $5 a month. But for you extreme couponers, there’s a totally free method too!
A good way to get a free email inbox is through Zoho Mail. The limitations are:
- Only 1 free account per phone number (so 2 stores = 2 phone numbers)
- It can’t be logged into through your gmail app
If you’re not tech-savvy, then you’ll definitely want my step by step instructions for this. The setup can be a bit complex.
But once all linked up in Shopify, you’ll have a shiny new email@example.com ready to go! Not bad for 30 minutes of work.
Now (assuming you’ve added products & the store’s ready) it’s time to get some traffic!
Yeah but how do I get sales without Facebook Ads?
Uh.. okay so it’s 100% possible to get sales without running Facebook Ads.
Haven’t you heard the words “organic traffic?” There’s a million ways to promote your store without paying for it.
- Posting in Facebook groups related to your niche and product
- Commenting on blog posts
- Interacting with people on Instagram
- Ambassador programs
So get out there and start finding where your potential customers are! The more you interact with them, the more people will click your store.
The real trick is TO NOT BE A SPAMMER. ✅
But Emma, you just told me to interact a lot! Doesn’t that mean posting a ton of comments?!
But I mean organic, natural comments. Have human interactions. Add value. Ask them questions related to their posts and the niche.
Build a community around your store. And the sales will come. It might be slow at first, but stick with it (just make sure to link to your store in your profile, or the blog comment if posting on blogs).
Once you start making a profit, then you can use that money to start running ads. Or even pay for shoutouts on Instagram.
Build up the balance in your bank account & scale up slowly. The more sales you get, the more money you’ll have to spend on ads! 💰💰💰
This is called bootstrapping. And if you’re careful with cash flow, then your Dropship business won’t need any more of your personal money to grow.
That’s exactly how I did it.
Just remember, low budget = more time spent
You may be thinking.. well what’s the catch? Well of course there’s a trade-off to going the low budget route.
For one, it takes longer… 🕖
The less money you have to start, the more TIME needed to make it work.
This means you’ll spend a lot of extra hours learning and figuring things out. But honestly, that’s a GOOD thing in the long run.
Us humans are born to take action. And through action, comes wisdom. Nobody can ever take that away from you.
In fact, even if you have a budget, I recommend starting your Dropship journey without it.
Because the less money you have, the more creative you’re forced to be!
And good things happen when you’re creative.
That’s all for now, but if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll have the best chance at chatting with me on Instagram: @realemmareid
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