How to Automate Order Fulfillment in Clickfunnels and AliExpress

You may already be making money through Clickfunnels sales funnels. But you want to automate the order fulfillment process. If you’re already branding and sourcing your own products and looking to easily fulfill your orders through Clickfunnels and AliExpress, there are a few solutions that can help get the job done right. Keep reading to learn how to automate order fulfillment.

Use Dropton to Automate Order Fulfillment

Recently, Dropton released easy-to-use software that can help with order fulfillment. The great thing about Dropton is that it can serve as your order hub with plenty of features. A couple of one-click functions you can handle with Dropton include:

  • Performing all tracking
  • Transferring orders from Clickfunnels to Dropton

Ultimately, the Dropton software can help you avoid a lot of the pains of order fulfillment. While we may have recommended a different kind of software to use for order fulfillment in the past, other software with similar functions tend to take a commission off of sales. Dropton doesn’t. That alone makes Dropton a good option as you’re deciding how to automate Clickfunnels.

Keep in mind that not everything done in Dropton is automated. You will need to perform some manual tasks. But they mainly entail clicking a button to fulfill orders, followed by clicking another button to send tracking information. All of this should take no longer than five minutes.

Hire an Experienced VA Through FreeUp for Some Assistance

If you want to further automate the order fulfillment process with Clickfunnels and AliExpress, you can do so by hiring a virtual assistant, or a VA. With the help of a VA, you can have some tasks outsourced so that you can focus on more important matters. 

FreeUp is a great source for a reliable VA. It has pre-vetted Ecommerce freelancers who are familiar with order fulfillment and who can give you the help you need at a price you can afford. Simply let FreeUp know what skills you’re looking for. The site will return results featuring individuals who are pre-vetted to ensure they have the expertise they claim.

Why FreeUp?

screengrab of FreeUp

Compare this to, say, Fiverr or Upwork, where anyone can claim to have a level of expertise and experience without the credentials to back them up. You’re likely to find plenty of professionals with experience in dropshipping on FreeUp.

Working with a VA can be a simple process. For example, you can have Clickfunnels export a Google Sheet with your orders and have your VA manage all the orders. You can also have the VA send that sheet as a bulk CSV file to your company’s supplier to handle all orders.

With a VA behind you to automate your order fulfillment process, you can spend more time on growing your dropshipping business. That includes more creative tasks such as focusing on the sales funnel, increasing conversions, and creating offers. These tasks are more important than worrying about order fulfillment.

However, you may not need to hire a VA. You may be able to work with someone else or spend the minimal amount of time needed to manage fulfillment through Clickfunnels on your own. Regardless, it’s always a good idea to have a VA in mind as a possible resource if things get too hectic for you to manage by yourself. With the right VA, you can help make sure all order fulfillment takes place consistently without worrying about other aspects of your business going overlooked.

Pro Tip:

Before you hire help, get used to performing some of these tasks on your own so that you know what the process entails.

Warning: Avoid Using Clickfunnels for Shopify Integration

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Do you rely on Shopify for order management, even if you don’t sell through Shopify? If so, then it’s best to stay away from Clickfunnels’s Shopify integration. We have experienced many issues with Clickfunnels when it came to using it in conjunction with Shopify order fulfillment. (But that may change with future updates to the Clickfunnels platform.)

Instead, we recommend using AppTrends so you can use Shopify for backend order management. Using AppTrends, you can connect Clickfunnels to your Shopify store. It works much more dependably than Clickfunnels’s current native integration. Once you use AppTrends to connect Clickfunnels and Shopify, you can then take advantage of all the Shopify apps available. If you want to, you can further automate the process with the help of a personal VA.

Use ShipStation for Sourcing Your Product

warehouses and inventory centers connecting with dropshippers for seamless order fulfillment

If you want to begin sourcing your product into your own fulfillment houses or have your current manufacturer dropship for you, we recommend using ShipStation. This platform can help manage email delivery and other tasks that something like Dropton would handle.

Now, it’s important to remember that your supplier or manufacturer might use entirely different platforms than ShipStation. They may not want to have to learn how to use this platform. For example, if your supplier relies on Shopify, you may have to accommodate this. However,  ShipStation can be ideal if you’re looking for additional ways to automate your processes or looking for new suppliers.

If you try out these platforms and steps, you can more effectively automate order fulfillment in Clickfunnels and AliExpress. By automating things as much as possible, you’ll be able to focus on what really matters when growing your business. Even better, you avoid some of the headache that you might otherwise experience with order management.

Consult With the Pros

Want to learn more about how to build your dropshipping business and make a full-time income online? Check out our exclusive free Ecommerce masterclass. In this webinar, we’ll teach you how to make money by selling products that you never need to see, touch, or pay for at any point.

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How to Make $10,000 a Month With an Automated Dropshipping Business

Empire builders, have you been looking for a way to get into ecommerce without having to invest a ton of time? While all great things in life take a great deal of hard work and diligence, there are ways to get into the ecommerce industry without being very hands-on. Start learning everything you need to know about having an automated dropshipping business today. 

Is Automated Dropshipping Even Possible? 

I have been in this space for a while now, and I know that there is a ton of opportunity within the ecommerce industry. There are various ways to get involved in the ecommerce space, but is an automated dropshipping store actually profitable? 

The answer to this question is a resounding, yes

Through automating your ecommerce business, it is possible to generate $10,000 every month while your store is essentially on autopilot. So, you might be wondering, if automating dropshipping is actually possible, how do you do it? Don’t worry. I’m about to let you in on all the best secrets.

It’s About Asking the Right Questions 

screen grab of the two dropshipper mindsets: involvement and investment

Before you start the process of automating your dropshipping business, you have to ask yourself some questions. Essentially, there are two ways you run can your automated dropshipping business. The first is through a more involved approach, and the second is through a more hands-off approach. To decide which method is for you, ask yourself these two questions. 

  1. How involved do I want to be in the business?
  2. Do I want to treat this as an investment opportunity? 

What to Expect from an Automated Dropshipping Business

If you don’t want to be hands-on with your business, then think of this as simply another investment opportunity for yourself. If you don’t want to be hands-on, that’s fine. You can still easily generate $10,000 in sales once your sales funnel is built out and automated. You may love your day job and just want the opportunity to create a little side hustle. That’s fantastic. 

However, without hands-on involvement in your dropshipping business, you will experience a plateau. The ability to reach that seven to eight-figure sales level can really only be achieved through steady involvement in the business. Automation is still possible through a hands-on approach. But your time will be spent on branding, sourcing, and building teams to scale the business.

There is nothing wrong with either of these two strategies. However, you need to weigh the pros and cons of each approach and decide which will fit your plans, goals, and busy schedule best. 

How Ecommerce Empire Builders Can Help

At Ecommerce Empire Builders, we build funnels out for our clients that run on autopilot. We also manage everything that has to do with the funnel. For these hands-off type of clients, having an ecommerce business is simply another investment strategy. They pay us to keep their store running and, in the process, generate thousands of dollars of revenue each month. 

However, most of the clients we work with at Ecommerce Empire Builders like to have a hand in their business. I would say out of all the clients we work with, about 80% like to be involved in the business. Ultimately, no matter what strategy you go with, there is a way to automate your dropshipping business. 

Setting Up Your Automated Dropshipping Business in Four Steps 

screen grab of the four key steps for setting up an automated dropshipping business

If you’re trying to set up an automated dropshipping store on your own, I have some tips to share. Keep in mind that you need to think about beyond the here and now when creating an automated store. This store should still be able to generate revenue years into the future. It’s futile to automate a store that has no promise of longevity. The four steps below have been my recipe for success in creating a profitable automated dropshipping business. 

1. Identify Your Niche 

The first step of any ecommerce business is to identify your niche. When you’re selecting your niche, it needs to be passion-based. Don’t try to jump on trends that may or may not be here in the next five years. Do your market research — find hobbies or niches that people have been involved with and will continue to be involved with. The best advice I have for you is to go into a niche that you’re not only passionate about, but that has also stood the test of time. 

2. Build Out Your Funnel 

After selecting your niche, it’s time to create an evergreen product offer and build out your funnel with a simple subscription feature. Creating an evergreen offer means you’re looking for a product and unique offer that is going to have an appeal both today and years down the line

The key to building a profitable automated funnel is having an excellent evergreen offer. So create an offer that will always be appealing to newcomers in the niche or hobby.

3. Send Traffic to Your Store 

After your funnel is built out with the automated subscription feature available, you need to start driving traffic to your sales funnel. The most efficient way to attract traffic to an automated funnel is through Facebook ads. The copy and creativity in these ads need to be evergreen, meaning that they will continually appeal to customers. 

4. Automate Your Fulfillment 

The final step in creating your automated dropshipping business is putting automated fulfillment into place. If you’re going into this alone, then you need to invest in automated tools like Dropton. 

If you’re looking to or have the means to have help running your business, I would also hire a virtual assistant. I like to use a blend of both automated tools and support from virtual assistants to keep the orders filled without any hiccups. Hiring a virtual assistant is an excellent investment. You can hire them for cheap, and they will oversee all of your customer service and order fulfillment. Having a virtual assistant to manage these elements is nice because it also gives you more time to focus on other tasks like building funnels and scaling your business. 

Consult With the Pros  

student learning how to build both a hands-on business and an automated dropshipping business

I dropped a lot of knowledge on you today, and I hope you can use some of it to create your own profitable automated dropshipping business. With everything being said, the key takeaway when creating an automated dropshipping business is to go into an evergreen niche and create an evergreen offer. There will always be people coming and going into different niches. To stay profitable, the evergreen offer you come up with has to be exciting now and in the future. 

If you want more guidance on creating your automated dropshipping business, feel free to connect with us today. At Ecommerce Empire Builders, we can help you build, launch, and scale your own profitable dropshipping business. Sign up for access to our exclusive free webinar today. Be sure to check our YouTube channel for even more free resources and insights into the dropshipping industry. Remember, your empire starts now. 

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Learn How One of Our Ecommerce Empire Academy Students Generated $100,000 in Just One Month of Sales

Empire builders, are you ready to absorb some insider secrets of the ecommerce industry? I sat down with an Austin Eckman, one of our Ecommerce Empire Academy students. I asked him what his secret to success has been with creating profitable ecommerce dropshipping businesses. Austin was able to generate $109,000 from his sales funnel in just a month’s time and has graciously let us in on his winning formula to success below. 

Getting Started in Ecommerce 

Austin started his first ecommerce endeavor in November 2017. He launched his first store using Shopify and did pretty well. In the first two months with his Shopify store, Austin generated $10,000 in sales. He had a 9% conversion rate, which is extremely impressive for a Shopify store. However, after about three months, the traffic and sales started to taper off significantly. 

After his first ecommerce endeavor fizzled out, Austin went back to focusing on his original career of website consulting, as he is a web designer by trade. It wasn’t until a year later, in November 2018, that Austin decided to give ecommerce another shot after being inspired by Ecommerce Empire Builders YouTube videos. 

After watching Ecommerce Empire Builders on YouTube, Austin decided to give the ClickFunnels platform a try. Austin has found a ton of success through utilizing ClickFunnels and has achieved a 33% conversion rate on his order form. After generating over $100,000 in sales in just a month’s time, Austin has not looked back.

Choosing a Profitable Niche 

During my interview with Austin, I asked him how he went about choosing a profitable niche. Austin told me that he dove into his passion when it came to choosing a niche for his ecommerce business. I was thrilled with Austin’s response, as I encourage all of my Ecommerce Empire Academy students to go into a niche that they are genuinely passionate about. Being passionate about your business makes it so much more enjoyable. 

Austin advises everyone getting into the ecommerce industry to choose a niche that they are passionate and knowledgeable about. He has seen how his passion and knowledge about his niche has given him an advantage over his competitors. Because Austin truly understands the products within his niche, he can see problems that exist within the space and come up with product solutions to these problems. This first-hand knowledge also allows Austin to create well-rounded offers that customers simply can’t pass up. 

How to Pick the Right Product Niche

woman working on her ecommerce dropshipping business that sells dog products

My advice is to pick a niche you’re passionate about and figure out how you can provide value to your customer through a physical or digital product within the space. Austin is an entrepreneur who understands that you have to really understand the psychology behind why a customer wants your product and then fulfill that “why” through an exceptional offer. 

Every product out there, no matter how small, solves some sort of problem for a person. Austin likes to solve customers’ “why”s through an offer that combines both a physical and digital product. Austin’s strategy for getting digital information products is through working with content creators. Austin has actually paid creators on Udemy to produce information products that teach customers how to use the physical products that he sells. 

Ultimately, combining a physical and digital product together in your offer is a great way to set yourself apart from competitors. To be successful in the ecommerce industry, you have to create exceptional offers. You have to give customers a significant reason to buy from you rather than from Amazon or Walmart.  

Advice for Ecommerce Empire Academy Students and New Ecommerce Entrepreneurs 

screenshot of Austin Eckman emphasizing the importance of reading

Towards the end of our interview, I asked Austin what his advice would be for those just getting into the ecommerce industry. Austin’s first piece of advice is to keep your ecommerce business simple. The most profitable funnels are the ones that keep the buying process simple and easy to follow. Austin created his first funnel from our Ecommerce Empire Builders sticker template. This template is a straightforward funnel that allows us to:

  • Hold the hand of our customers.
  • Walk them through the buying process.
  • Provide an overall excellent customer experience. 

The second piece of advice Austin has for newbies in the ecommerce space is to be passionate about the products that you are trying to sell. If there’s no passion behind your business, it won’t be sustainable. It doesn’t matter what your passion is. Within every niche, there is a way to frame an offer that provides value to the customer. You just have to be willing to put the time and effort into your market research to create a winning offer. 

Tip: Build Reading Into Your Schedule

man reading books about ecommerce and dropshipping

Austin’s final piece of advice is to invest a ton of time into understanding buyers’ psychology. He suggests that all ecommerce entrepreneurs dive deep into books on the subject and read every day. 

I couldn’t agree more with this piece of advice. I truly believe that reading has become a lost art. If you’re looking for a mentor in this space, then there is no easier way to find one than through a book. If you’ve been struggling to figure out the why behind your business, a great book to invest in is Expert Secrets by Russell Brunson.  The book provides key insights into choosing a profitable niche. It also explains how to market your products in ways that are proven to generate sales.

Consult With the Pros and Join Our Ecommerce Empire Academy Students Today

Austin presented some useful nuggets of information for Ecommerce Empire Academy students and new ecommerce dropshippers. It’s my hope that you will be able to take this information and implement it into your own ecommerce sales funnel. Do you feel like you need a little more guidance in setting up your own profitable ecommerce business? If so, then feel free to reach out. We can help our Ecommerce Empire Acamdey students build, launch, and scale a profitable dropshipping business.

To get the ball rolling, sign up for access to our exclusive free webinar today. Be sure to check our YouTube channel for even more free resources and insights into the dropshipping industry. Remember, your empire starts now. 

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How to Scale Your Dropshipping Business to $20,000/Month

When the excitement of opening your ecommerce store and selecting your first products begins to wear off, the real excitement begins. You are ready to scale your dropshipping business up with more sales and profits. You are ready for what we call ecommerce empire building.

Unfortunately, scale-up also is where a lot of us get stuck. The effective scale-up of sales and profits demands not only marketing strategies and sales techniques, but also adapting them to new technology and new online buyer habits. Let’s start by getting the big picture clear and our basic strategy solidly on track. Tactics do matter, of course, but tactics can’t save a flawed strategy.

The classic sales funnel (or buyer journey) is still the best framework for thinking through how to convert buyers at each step. That requires attracting initial contacts, informing them and gaining credibility with them, presenting your products, employing a pricing strategy, getting the shopping cart to the check-out, and working payments. Then, at the end, there’s another whole vista called “follow up.”

The “Moving Pieces” of a Sales Funnel

We want to focus here on a few of the moving pieces of the sales funnel that you may not be using optimally. At each step along the sales funnel, you might offer a one-time offer, or OTO. For each OTO, you will have a certain success rate, of course, and that is what we want to increase.

At the same time, however, our priority is not the number of sales. Our priorities are your average profit per sale and your customers’ lifetime value to your business.

Both priorities are addressed most profitably near the end of the sales funnel. Once the customer is in your online store and has been converted to making a purchase — or declining to make a purchase — some valuable strategies can come into play.

There is a cardinal rule here: If possible, you do not want to lose either a buyer or a non-buyer

You probably paid for that first customer contact. In many cases, in making that first contact, you will have obtained an email address and possibly other information. (We will talk in a moment about response automation by email.) But after your customers at OTO2 have either made a purchase or declined to purchase, they are still in the store and you have new and crucial information about them. Right here is a significant, immediate opportunity with non-buyers.  OTO3 should be a follow-up offer that is less expensive, less of a commitment, easier for the customer to accept. We call this “down selling.”

How to Convert a Non-Buyer

non-buyer debating whether to purchase another offer

For example, if you are selling an annual membership but a customer rejects this option, you can offer a one-month trial membership. If you make a sale, you have made a customer at OTO3. The trial memberships will have a cancellation rate after the month, of course, and the profit is far less than on the annual membership. Therefore, your crucial step is to follow and convert this new customer to higher-priced purchases.

At OTO3, which is a price offer, you once again see customers divide themselves into buyers and non-buyers. If their answer is “yes” (a purchase), the customer goes to your thank you page.

Email Automation Is Indispensable

Engage with your non-buyers, not just your buyers, to scale your dropshipping business from hundreds of dollars to tens of thousands.  For almost all stores that I see, this is a great missed opportunity. Again, you probably paid to get that customer to your store. So don’t just throw that money away — use the connection.

For easy and highly effective email automation, check out the Ecommerce Empire Builders website for a program called Active Campaign. It largely automates your email follow up to both buyers and non-buyers. 

You want to reach out to non-buyers again and again

After all, you know that they are aware of your store, have some knowledge of your product, and considered a purchase. Timing, new products, new offers, and increasing knowledge and familiarity with you and your store all can factor into a purchase by that customer in the future. You will use automated email to approach these customers at intervals say of one hour after leaving your site, one day later, two days later, and beyond.

Customize Your Emails Based on Their Purchase Behaviors

email automation workflow for interacting with non-buyers

Your priorities, as mentioned above, are profit per sale and the lifetime value the customer brings to your business. Automated email works in part by segmenting your customers into categories to guide customized messages to them.

You will sell far more to your list of existing customers than to any list you probably can purchase. You usually can count on a buyer’s excitement with your product to be highest immediately after the purchase and in the days following. So that is the time to introduce related products, “step-up” offers, and bargains.

It should go without saying that when you are drafting the email messages to flesh out your active campaigns to buyers and non-buyers, differentiate the messages. Speak to segments of each group, and feature different intervals and offers.

Remember: you are writing directly to the customer, as an individual, in a friendly tone. Any other approach wastes the most important advantage of automated email responses: the connection.

The Sales Relationship Gets Longer

The real money in ecommerce is achieved by buyer evolution through successive points in the sales funnel. When you make that first sale, your customer has only completed the first leg of the buyer’s journey. Scale your dropshipping business by continuing the interaction. Your more expensive products are where the big profits are made, and these purchases rarely come from first-time, one-time buyers. The most profitable sales funnel represents your entire — sometimes your permanent — relationship with a customer.

Succeed With Ecommerce Empire Builders

As you strive to scale your dropshipping business from one level to the next, consult with the experts. We offer presentations, classes, and the spectrum of related materials available at Ecommerce Empire Builders, and we’re ready to help you at every step.  Be sure to check back here for information, insights, and updates. Right now, sign up for our exclusive free webinar. We’ll introduce you to the simple five-page ecommerce funnel that works.   

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How to Make Millions With Dropshipping Through Shopify and Clickfunnels in 2020

Empire builders, are you ready to take your dropshipping business to the seven-figure level in 2020? You can make millions with dropshipping. This may seem like a daunting task or maybe an unachievable goal, especially for those who are just getting started with ecommerce. But once you understand the systems and processes that go into creating a winning Shopify or Clickfunnels operation, anything is possible. 

Learning these processes takes a great deal of time and effort. There is definitely a learning curve when it comes to the dropshipping industry. But I’m here to help cut your learning time in half. You don’t have to keep spinning your wheels, trying to figure out the secrets behind profitable dropshipping stores. Read on to learn more about the systems and processes I use to create seven-figure funnels consistently. 

Lead Your Customers to Your Product

The three most essential elements of all dropshipping stores are ads, sale pages, and order forms. These are the three elements that you must perfect to create a profitable dropshipping business. Everything else is truly just icing on the cake. So, how do you perfect these three elements? Well, it all comes down to understanding your customers. 

The bottom line is that customers need to be led. This is where many dropshippers simply get things wrong. Many dropshippers that use Shopify or WooCommerce have general storefronts or landing pages that simply have too much going on. There are too many options to choose from, and customers, especially new customers, feel overwhelmed. 

As humans, we silently like to be led. It makes everything a bit easier. When creating your landing page, you want a select few products on the page. You also need to tell customers what each of these products can do for them. Think simplicity when it comes to your landing page. Ultimately, a confused mind never buys. 

Drive Your Ad Traffic to the Right Location  

example of a clear sales page

Now don’t get me wrong, you do need a landing page or storefront. Landing pages are especially great for returning customers. However, they’re not so great for your new customers. These first-timers need a bit more guidance when they come to your store, and here’s why. 

Every ecommerce store sees a drop off from the add to cart page to the end of the purchase process. However, the stores that take the time to learn their data systems and customer behaviors are the ones that minimize this drop off rate. When you analyze your data, you come to see that how you interact with new customers is vital to your success. 

Most of you are already using ads if you’re in the industry, as you should be. However, most of you are not utilizing your ads correctly. A vast majority of dropshippers use ads to drive traffic to their storefront page when, in reality, they should be using their ads to drive traffic to a sales page.  

1. What’s a Storefront Page?

Your storefront page or landing page is where you show off the products you have to offer. This is great for returning customers. They have already formed a relationship and a level of trust with your store. They know what your products are, what they can do for them, and which products they like best. 

However, this is not an excellent space for first-time customers. When you use your ads to send traffic to your storefront, new customers are bombarded with many products. There is simply too many options and not enough direction. That is why in order to convert clicks to sales, you must use your ads to drive traffic to a sales page and not your storefront page. 

2. What’s a Sales Page?

Creating great sales pages is how you convert new customers into loyal customers. A sales page only highlights one specific product. There are no distractions on this page. You’re giving customers one option to focus on and telling them what his specific product can do for them. On your sales page, you want to have elements like testimonials, reviews, and guarantees. These are new customers that know nothing about your business. You want them to feel as welcome and comfortable as possible. Creating this atmosphere on your sales page will ultimately lead to higher conversion rates for your business. 

Optimize Your Order Form 

After customers add products to their cart, they reach the order form. To minimize the drop off from cart to purchase, you have to optimize your order form layout. Simplicity is always key. The first step in optimizing your order form is to keep it to a single page. You don’t want customers to have to jump through hoops just to get your product in their hands. Make sure your order form asks for billing and shipping information all on a single page. 

While keeping the order form simple, you also need to utilize simple ways to increase the customer cart revenue easily. This can be done by offering order bumps and quantity break discounts right on the order form. 

Keep your order bump products complementary to the product they are buying. If they’re buying a toothbrush, offer toothpaste as a simple order bump. 

With the quantity break discounts, offer a “buy two get 20% off” deal. You always need to be looking for simple ways to add revenue to a single customer’s order. You will reap many benefits when you can perfect this technique. 

Perfect the Funnel 

new dropshipper trying to perfect her sales funnel

Ultimately, to create a seven-figure ecommerce business, you must perfect the funnel. In the Shopify world, the funnel is simply too long. This creates friction. With Clickfunnels, the funnel is much tighter. 

A tighter funnel converts to more sales for your business. 

The hardest aspect to overcome in dropshipping is that first sale. You want those first sales to be as frictionless as possible, by getting customers to purchase in as little as three clicks. That is why you must direct your ad traffic to simple sales pages that lead them to optimized order forms. This is the recipe for success when it comes to perfecting the funnel. Once you get your first sale, you can reach hundreds of dollars in sales in the first few days and keep building your momentum.

Keep in mind, creating the perfect funnel won’t happen overnight. You will have to put the time and effort into conducting market research and analyzing your existing data to create a funnel that converts at the highest rate. 

As a closing piece of advice, always look to maximize the total revenue a first-time customer spends with your business. This is best maximized through:

  • Opt-Ins
  • Order Bumps
  • Quantity Breaks
  • Upsell Offers

Remember, research and diligence are what separates the seven-figure stores from the rest.

Consult With the Pros 

Are you ready to make millions with dropshipping? At Ecommerce Empire Builders, we can help you build, launch, and scale your very own profitable ecommerce business today. Attend our exclusive free webinar today to get started on your dropshipping journey. 

We can set you up with all the tools you need to be successful in this industry. Don’t forget to check our YouTube channel for more valuable tips and insight into the ecommerce industry. 

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How to Start Dropshipping With $0

Empire builders, are you ready to transform your life through the power of dropshipping? Anyone can become a dropshipper, but only the ones ready and willing to put in the work will prove to be successful in the end. You’re ready to start your new business today, but can you start a profitable dropshipping business with $0? Read on to learn how you can create your own successful ecommerce business through the most low-cost measures possible. 

Is It Possible to Create a Dropshipping Business With a $0 Budget?

Is it really possible to start dropshipping with $0? The simple answer is yes. It is feasible to start a brand-new dropshipping business with no money. However, your success depends on a number of factors. One of these factors is your previous experience. If you already have experience in business, marketing, or the dropshipping industry, then creating a profitable ecommerce business from nothing is a much more doable feat. 

However, it’s not logical to believe that you will draw riches from thin air. 

While some individuals are able to build profitable dropshipping businesses without investing any money, I recommend having an investment budget of $250 to start your dropshipping business. If you’re doing something you’ve never done, then you’re going to have to put a bit of risk into it. For starting a new dropshipping business, this risk is given through your time and money. 

There is some risk to dropshipping. However, if you want to start your own business, dropshipping is one of the lowest cost and lowest risk endeavors to get started with. 

I have seen so many people invest their life savings into business inventory that they are never able to sell. This is common with Amazon sellers. They invest in a large amount of inventory at the start of their business, and then can’t sell it. They end up having to sit on all their unsold inventory, and their investment wastes away. 

That’s the great thing about dropshipping. It requires a low startup cost, and there is no inventory to deal with. Overall, I have found that the sweet spot for investing in a new dropshipping business falls between the $0 to $250 range. If you’re willing to invest a little cash, you will find success within the industry — especially if you follow the tips I’m about to share.

What Do You Need? 

man setting up the website for his dropshipping business

So, what do you need to start your brand-new dropshipping business with $0 or $250? Many people try to over complicate the process. But when it comes down to it, dropshipping is a very straight forward process, especially if you choose the right niche. There are only two things you need to create a profitable ecommerce business. The first is a website, and the second is traffic. 

1. Your Dropshipping Website 

Creating an ecommerce business will require you to have a website. You can purchase a domain and email bundle for about $7 a month. Remember, your domain name doesn’t actually matter. I have seen individuals pay hundreds on a specific domain name. Don’t be one of these people. Your domain name has nothing to do with how profitable your dropshipping business will be. Always choose the cheaper domain and email bundle option.

Along with purchasing a domain and email bundle, you have to choose a platform to sell on. It doesn’t matter if it’s Shopify, WooCommerce, or Clickfunnels, you need to have a website and platform to sell products from. 

Choose Clickfunnels As Your Platform

That being said, all my successful dropshipping endeavors have been created through Clickfunnels. I’m not affiliated with Clickfunnels in any way, but this software has changed my life, and I want you to experience the same type of success. 

I have had tremendous success with Clickfunnels, and I believe it’s the best platform to use for your dropshipping business. Clickfunnels gives you a 14-day free trial. During my free trial, I took a new funnel from $0 to $1000 a day in the first three days. After the free trial, a Clickfunnels account costs $97 a month. However, as my sales show, a Clickfunnels membership can more than pay for itself. Ultimately, your Clickfunnels membership will be the most expensive investment to get your store up and running. However, keep in mind that the cost is worth every penny. 

Clickfunnels vs. Shopify

The Clickfunnels platform allows you to do so much more than Shopify or WooCommerce does. On Shopify, you can kind of piece things together with your store like you can on Clickfunnels, but it’s going to cost you $500 to $600 just in apps to keep your Shopify store running smoothly. 

Don’t get me wrong. I love the Shopify business model. But Shopify does not generate the most profits for dropshippers. Shopify makes tons of money off apps alone, as stores have to purchase at least 10 to 15 apps to get their businesses up and running. Shopify overcomplicates the process, especially for newbies. 

5 Key Clickfunnels Features

With Clickfunnels, you have access to all the features you need for a winning business. Plus, you don’t have to pay for each individual feature like you do on the Shopify platform. 

With a Clickfunnels membership, you automatically get access to the five most important features every profitable dropshipping store has. These features are:

  1. Opt-In Pages
  2. Order Forms
  3. One Time Offers (OTOs)
  4. One-Click Subscriptions
  5. Automated Emails

Opt-in pages give you access to email addresses from the start. OTOs provide you the option of creating one-click upsells. Shopify charges for this feature and takes a portion of the money you make. With Clickfunnels, this is just a built-in option that comes with every membership. 

With Clickfunnels, you get access to all the necessary features right out of the gate. Ultimately, you can make three to four times more money through a funnel than through a Shopify store. As a marketer, that’s all that really matters.   

2. Traffic Generation

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After creating your website, the next step in your dropshipping endeavor is driving traffic to your store. Building the store was the easy part. Marketing is where the real challenges come into play. After your business is built, advertising is where the majority of your money will go. Advertising is expensive, but it’s an essential investment. Advertising is how you get your product into the hands of customers. 

Now there is a difference between advertising and profitable advertising. There is a great deal of research that goes into profitable advertising. Not many people are willing to put in the work it takes to research and understand how the marketing platform works. 

Research is hard. It takes time and effort. 

When it comes down to it, there is no magic pill. 

If you want to make money, you have to put time and effort into your marketing strategy. The willingness to research is what separates profitable dropshippers from everyone else in the industry. Building your funnel was the easy part. Driving traffic will prove to be the most challenging. 

Consult With the Pros 

Are you ready to start your own dropshipping business today? At Ecommerce Empire Builders, we can build, launch, and scale your very own profitable ecommerce business. Check out our website today to sign up for access to an exclusive free webinar on creating your own profitable ecommerce funnel. You can also check out our YouTube channel for free resources as you work to create your own profitable dropshipping business. 

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Dropshipping Business Case Study: How to Make $300 in Sales by Day 5

Empire builders, are you ready to launch a brand-new dropshipping funnel? We can help you create your own profitable dropshipping store today. We have launched brand-new stores that went from $0 to $100 on their first day. Then, the store reached $300 a day in sales within their first five days. Want to see the results for yourself? Check out these case study findings and watch my video below to set yourself up to make $300 a day with your brand new dropshipping business!

Your Business in a Box 

At Ecommerce Empire Builders, we have a program called Business in a Box. In this program, we build you your very own dropshipping store. We create your business from start to finish. However, if you’re looking to create your dropshipping store from scratch, I’m about to drop some serious knowledge bombs for you. 

Check out the steps we follow at Ecommerce Empire Builders to create profitable dropshipping stores in record time. 

Step 1: Figure Out Your Niche 

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The first step is to figure out your dropshipping niche. You have to have a niche that you — or shoppers — care about. Remember, you don’t have to be personally passionate about this particular niche, but it helps if a large chunk of the population is. People spend money on their passions. With people spending more time at home these days, they are pouring more money into their passions. 

If you’re not sure where to start, hop on over to Wikipedia. Search the word hobby on Wikipedia, and the site will provide a list of hundreds of hobbies that people are into. This is the market research you need to do upfront before you start your Ecommerce store. 

At Ecommerce Empire Builders, we do a ridiculous amount of market research before even thinking about creating a new dropshipping funnel or store. Make sure to do thorough market research on the physical products you want to sell in your niche. Also, keep in mind that your business will be more enjoyable in the long run if you choose a niche that you find personal enjoyment from as well. 

If you want to dive into product research, follow our guide (and learn about seven profitable market areas) here.

Step 2: Figure Out Your Offers 

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The next step is to figure out your offers. This is the most important piece of the pie when it comes to creating your new dropshipping store. A common mistake among new dropshippers is that they hurry to build their new funnel or website — without doing market research and figuring out how to set up prime offers. 

Building your website is not essential right away; you must research and create a marketing strategy before anything else. What you need to understand about offers when getting started with dropshipping is that there are multiple types of offers inside a business that you must utilize to make your store profitable from day one. 

Front-end offers are what your dropshipping business is centered around. 

The front-end offers are the products you are running ads on, whether they are Facebook ads or YouTube ads. This is where you run the “50% off” ads or “buy two, get one free” type of ads. You want your ads to be enticing to your potential customers. These ads are the first interaction you have with customers, so you have to get your marketing strategy right. 

You must over-deliver to your customer and create an experience for them that has them returning to your store again and again. At Ecommerce Empire Builders, our strategy for profitable front-end offers is to pair a physical product with a couple of digital or information products. 

Outperform Your Competition

Why do we do this? 

The simple answer is that it sets us apart from our competition. You never want to compete on price. When you do this, it’s just a race to the bottom. What you want to do is compete on customer experience. This is where digital or information products come into play. 

Digital and information products are where you can beat your competition every time. Take this as an example:

You are selling fishing lures. This is your physical product. To set yourself apart from your competitors who are also selling fishing lures, you pair this product with a digital quick start guide on using fishing lures, as well as a digital guide on how to use different fishing lures depending on the weather. 

This is the winning formula that sets you apart in a space that already has so much noise. Your first sale is always the hardest. But you build momentum by creating a unique front-end offer keeps customers coming back for more. Most dropshippers end up failing because they only focus on selling a single product — the physical product.

Step 3: Utilize Order Bumps 

Once you create a winning front-end offer, you need to utilize order bumps on your dropshipping store. Using order bumps is an easy way to increase the average amount of money a customer spends with you. 

Simple order bumps are offers like expedited shipping, limited edition products, product warranty, or gift cards. You never need to overcomplicate the process. If you’re selling toothbrushes, then a simple order bump would be to offer customers the chance to pair it with toothpaste. 

Simple strategies like order bumps set your business apart from the competitors. 

Step 4: Create Two Upsell Options 

After creating order bump options, the next step is to create two upsell options. 

This simply means that you either present the customers with offers of more of the same product or an offer to a premium product. You want to keep offering customers a better and better deal. You want to create an enticing offer that a customer simply cannot pass up. 

Step 5: Implement Subscription Services 

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The final step in creating your dropshipping business is to implement a subscription service. Creating an enticing subscription service for customers generates monthly income for yourself.

This is the hardest sell, but by over-delivering to customers early, you gain their loyalty. Customers that have a pleasant experience with your dropshipping site will be more likely to buy a monthly subscription to receive more of your products. 

Consult With the Pros 

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Does starting your dropshipping business sound like a winning idea? At Ecommerce Empire Builders, we can build, launch, and scale your very own profitable Ecommerce business today.

Check out our website today to sign up for access to an exclusive free webinar on creating your own profitable Ecommerce funnel. You can also check out our YouTube channel for free resources as you work to create your own profitable dropshipping business. 

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Top 7 At-Home Niches with Profitable Dropshipping Products

As empire builders, you already know the potential that lies within dropshipping. As more people are at home now than ever, home-related niches are exploding in sales right now. Now is the time to capitalize on these types of sales, and we can give you the tools and strategies to make it happen. However, you must do your market research before jumping into any one niche. In marketing and sales, nothing will ever trump research. Start by taking a deeper look at mass markets, niches, and these seven dropshipping areas. Read this quick breakdown and watch our video for an in-depth look at how to explore niches.

Mass Markets and Niches 

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The first thing you need to understand in dropshipping is that there are both mass markets and niches. Mass markets encompass all of the niches in the market. Every mass market has a ton of niches to tap into. Niches are where your opportunities as a dropshipper lie. For example, fishing is a mass market. There are a ton of niches within the mass market of fishing, including rods, poles, line, lures, magnets, boxes, bait, bobbers… and the list goes on. You need to tap into these niches when researching what products to sell in your dropshipping business. 

Market Research 

To be successful in dropshipping, you need to put a great deal of effort into market research. Google is the place to start all of your market research. My favorite keyword to use when researching new dropshipping products is the word “hobby.” 

If you type “home hobbies” into Google, a ton of suggestions will automatically pop up. These automatic searches are important to note, as they provide insight into what potential customers are already searching for. This Google search process is just to gather information. 

You want to be on the lookout for products that are:

  • Physical
  • Not brand specific
  • Sellable within a specific niche

It’s important to remember that a good portion of your time in the eCommerce and dropshipping industry will be spent gathering information and conducting market research. You can’t skip this process if you want to find success within the eCommerce industry.

Validate Your Market Research 

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Once you conduct some market research on potential dropshipping products, it’s time to validate your findings. To validate your market research, head on over to Amazon today. Search for the products you’re thinking about buying on Amazon. You will be able to discover if these products are selling well and what their selling rank is on the site. 

If your potential dropshipping products are performing well on Amazon, then go to Ali Express to check the products’ price and selling rank. 

Remember: competition is good in the market place. You want your potential products to be performing well. This means there is a tremendous amount of opportunity to tap into this specific product and niche. 

Once you find a product that is performing well, all you have to do is get the product cheaper. Then put some information products together to make your offer more enticing compared to your competitions’ listings. 

7 Mass Markets and Niches to Tap Into 

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There are many mass markets and niches to tap into as a dropshipper. I always suggest that you get into a niche that you like, as it will make your work more enjoyable. 

However, never get into a niche that is not already profitable. Market research is your best friend in the eCommerce industry, and your business will never be successful if you don’t properly research your products and the overall market. 

Here are the top seven mass-market ideas to research during this time to find the right niche for your dropshipping business. 

1. Home 

Home is a huge mass-market industry in the eCommerce industry. There are tons of niches and opportunities to tap into in this specific niche. Think:

  • Cleaning
  • Organizing
  • Games
  • Home improvement
  • Lighting

The possibilities are endless in the home market industry. Start your research, find well-performing dropshipping products in the home goods industry, and you should be well on your way to a seven-figure dropshipping business. 

2. Hobbies

Hobbies are another huge mass-market industry with endless opportunities in the eCommerce world. An excellent place to research hobbies and potential niches is on Wikipedia. Wikipedia breaks down all the major hobbies from inside hobbies to outside hobbies and more. This will give you a good starting point when looking for a good hobby niche and best-selling dropshipping products. 

3. Writing 

Writing is another good industry for dropshippers to look into. There are a lot of niche products within the writing market. From pencil grips to typewriters to premium pens, there is a variety of products to make a profit on in the writing industry. 

4. Garage

The garage is another very profitable area with a lot of opportunities for dropshippers to tap into. Garage lights, for example, are a great niche product to center a dropshipping business around. Think about who you are selling to, like car enthusiasts who love to spend their free time out in the garage tinkering with cars and tools. 

Thinking about what type of person you’re selling to and what products they would be likely to buy is an essential element in your market research. 

5. Health

Health is another mass-market industry that has an endless supply of niches. Think:

  • Free weights
  • Yoga mats
  • General fitness equipment

People are working out from home now more than ever before. This is a great niche market to tap into right now. 

6. Kids 

Parents are always looking for ideas to keep their kids learning and entertained. Kids are a huge mass-market industry with a variety of great niches to capitalize on. Think toys, learning tools, sports equipment, baby supplies, and more. There are so many routes you could go down within this industry. 

7. Garden 

A final promising industry to look into is gardening. There are tons of niches within gardening and a variety of great products to sell. Put in the time and do your research on what tools and supplies are hot right now in the gardening market. Remember, market research will always be your key to success. 

Consult With the Pros

Are you ready to start your own profitable dropshipping business? At Ecommerce Empire Builders, we can help you build, launch, and scale your very own profitable eCommerce business today. We can teach you how to stand out in the market and where the right noise already exists. It’s not enough to have a good idea or product — you have to create a packaging and marketing strategy that creates high perceived value. If you’re ready to take your dropshipping business to the next level,  get started by attending our exclusive free webinar today. 

We will set you up with all the tools you need to be successful in this industry. Don’t forget to check our YouTube channel for more value bombs and insight into the eCommerce industry. 

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