How much time do you need for a dropshipping business?

by bm2 16 replies
Can you start a dropshipping business while having a job? Can you do this stuff part time at first and then transition to full time? Or does it require a lot of time
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  • Profile picture of the author himarkus
    I'm in the same situation.
    It's so hard to answer this question, Since you have expenses you need a stable salary, my opinion is to work after your regular job + weekend till you will make a good saving and feel like you can get enough money in then you can quite and invest all your time in your new self-job.
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  • Profile picture of the author seodeveloping
    Realistically it doesn't take a lot of time upfront... But it depends on what you plan to sell! If you're selling thousands of items, it could take some time. If you focus on a specific micro niche, it would take very little time.
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    • Profile picture of the author bm2
      I`m thinking of a general store. And just test out some items with FB ads. See wich ones work and then have a couple of bestselling items wich I'm gonna promote and scale my ads. The ads don`t take up much time but what about ordering the items and all of that stuff. Or does Shopify keep track of everything.The ordering of the products and giving the shipping addresses how long does that take?
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    • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
      Originally Posted by MValmont View Post

      I started part time too (because I had other businesses).
      I think most of us started part time and eventually left our "real world" jobs when we saw the potential.
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      • Profile picture of the author GosuCommerce
        Originally Posted by dave_hermansen View Post

        I think most of us started part time and eventually left our "real world" jobs when we saw the potential.
        Yeah! That's true
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  • Profile picture of the author toydistrict
    Used to dropship few years ago with £0 capital. It can be done. Was minimal work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Leon Hamper
    Not really much time - just be ready to sacrifice your days off and after shift time for your self. Starting to take baby steps can be easily done while you are still having a day job. You can take small progress everyday. Try to have a flow or a to-do list where you can list down the next steps you are going to accomplish.

    Ex: Day 1: Finding Niche
    Day 2: Finding Supplier
    Day 3-Day X - Setting up Store
    Day XX - Setting up Social Profiles

    It would be a matter of time management as you go along. If you cannot fully quit your day job yet because you may need the salary to support your new venture, it will absolutely require a lot of patience. After all the setup, you can also use days off and after shift to market your products.

    Confession Time: In my 1st week, I only had 2 sales. For months, I could not hit the 'break even'.

    The beginning is always the hardest. When you reach the point that you will are already earning enough, you may consider quitting your job and divert your full focus to your new venture.
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    • Profile picture of the author airjixe
      what changes did you make that eventually made you successful and what would you consider as an above average month in terms of sales / profit for that month?
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      • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
        Originally Posted by airjixe View Post

        what changes did you make that eventually made you successful and what would you consider as an above average month in terms of sales / profit for that month?
        I got better at SEO and kept tossing up websites in different niches until I found the ones that made the most money for me.

        I'm not sure what the point of the second question is. Everybody is going to have a different answer for what an above average month is, depending on all sorts of things. It depends on the site. A site that averages $10,000/month profit is going to have an above average month if it does $10,300 but it won't really seem like anything great. A site that does $300/month is going to have a killer month if it suddenly does $600. Both sites had the same increase. And, are you talking an above average month for one site or your whole group of sites?

        I know we would not be crass enough to tell you what our websites make. Somebody here probably will be. Then again, are you going to believe them?
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    • Profile picture of the author Mysterious Robin
      at least you had 2...I'm in my first month I have none
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  • Profile picture of the author RalphThomas
    I'm planning to switch to my new business. Thanks for this new piece of information and ideas.
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  • Profile picture of the author rashedpwd
    I would like to do the business while I have a part time job. If I have been doing full time job, how I will give time to my business? After doing the both work, I will close one work which income is small than another. Thanks for your advance.
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  • Profile picture of the author jamie3000
    I think you can do a 9-5 as well. Just depends if you have kids etc. And just how fast do you want the business to grow. I'd advise you don't quit your 9-5 till you know it's going to work. Most online businesses fail to be brutally honest.
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  • Profile picture of the author chenbui
    dropshipping is the hardest business today. I think nice site is easier.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mysterious Robin
    marketing is the hardest part on any drop shipping business imo...

    by the way I am a part time too...

    Shopify + Oberlo made things easier tho...but currently I am not using it as I've migrated to WooCommerce as It's already 1 month without sales...

    so yeah marketing is indeed very hard
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  • Profile picture of the author GosuCommerce
    Originally Posted by bm2 View Post

    Can you start a dropshipping business while having a job? Can you do this stuff part time at first and then transition to full time? Or does it require a lot of time
    Don't be afraid to try something new! It will be a great experience anyway. And yes, of course you can start it as a part time, but do not expect to much (when you realize you can do better but oly need time - go ahead)
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