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Have you ever had thoughts like, “How can I start a dropshipping business from home? I work a 9-5 and know nothing about eCommerce” or “I don’t want to take out a loan and risk losing lots of money.

If so, you’ll be happy to hear that starting a dropshipping business from home is inexpensive, flexible, and very easy to build.

It’s one of the best businesses to start from home, especially for people who have never built a business before.

Let’s dive right into how you can start your own dropshipping business in just 21 days.

How to Start a Dropshipping Business in 2020

Realistically, I think there’s no reason why anybody, even if you’re brand new, cannot start a dropshipping business that gets sales within 21 days.

That’s 21 days of putting in a few hours a day.

That’s why in this blog post on how to start a dropshipping business I’m going to explain how those 21 days are broken down.

I’ll show you where I think you should put your time each day. In turn, you’ll be ready to go and start your own dropshipping business that’s ready to make sales in just three weeks.

Days 1-2: Brainstorm Niche Ideas

The first two days of starting a dropshipping business are for brainstorming niche ideas.

What I want you to do on these days is make a list. Doesn’t matter where: on your phone, in a Google Doc, on paper, wherever.

But I want you to make a list of 50 possible niches that you think you can sell.

The key point here is that they should meet my niche selection criteria.

If you’re not familiar with that, here’s a quick overview:

  • Price point has to be right.
  • They have to sell to the right type of demographic.
  • There cannot be brand loyalty.

I’m assuming you’re going to do this for a few hours a day. In that case, I really want you to take two days for this.

Now, there are a ton of different ways to brainstorm niche ideas. You can look around your house. You can go to the shopping mall and just look at like different items all around.

Additionally, we cover finding products in our Ultimate Dropshipping Guide.

I mean, there’s opportunity to start dropshipping everywhere.

In the beginning, the goal is just to get these ideas down. At the end of day two, have 50 ideas ready to go for the next few days.

Days 3-5: Market Research

Now what you would do on days three, four, and five is market research.

What you’re doing here is taking that list of 50 niches that you just put together, and put each of them through a series of tests to see, do they actually make sense? Is this actually a good business opportunity?

Remember, in the beginning, it’s just about getting those ideas out and having them listed. Now, we’re diving deeper.

During these days you’re doing your market research and you’re making sure that when you actually pick one out of those 50 niches, you’ve looked into things like:

  • Demand
  • Amount of suppliers
  • Competition

You’re not going to choose them all. You’re making sure that when you pick one, you’re giving yourself the best chance for dropshipping success.

This is also why I don’t recommend thinking of three ideas and picking one. If you have three options to choose from or you have 50, chances are if you have 50, you’re going to have a better chance of finding one that is gold.

How To Do Market Research

Check out your niche on popular online marketplaces, such as:

Make note of how many offerings there are already for a potential niche.

Competition

You want to find niches with some competition, but not too much. Shoot for niches that have 10-20 vendors.

If there’s too little competition, you either are extremely fortunate or there’s a good reason.

If there’s too much competition, you’ll end up spending a fortune on ads in order to get sales.

Reviews

Read reviews and look for common complaints. This will help you understand your potential customers and products better.

Take note of brands and products that review well and that you may be interested in carrying.

You can sometimes find a sweet spot by looking for items with a lot of reviews and a 3.5-star or lower rating. This generally means the product is in high demand but something about it isn’t working.

If you can figure out a way to solve this problem, you will potentially have carved out a nice profitable niche for yourself.

Note:

Don’t think there’s any limit to how many profitable niches you can find.

I have lists of thousands and thousands and thousands of niche ideas. It’s something that as you get comfortable looking for and as you get an eye for, you will literally see opportunity everywhere.

Now what I want you to do at the end of day five is actually choose which niche you’re going proceed with.

Keep your list, but pick one to move forward with. That’s going to be yours. Then on days six, seven, eight, nine, and 10, you are going to be building your website.

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Days 6-10: Building a Store for Your Dropshipping Business

The next five days will be for building your store. Yes, you need to plan for five days.

Because, guess what? If you’ve never built a website before, this step will be a bit painful.

There is going to be a learning curve even if you’re going through my Dropship Blueprint. Though we are there to answer any questions you might have.

So what are you doing on these days?

Well you can go through this blog post detailing the ten steps to building a Shopify store. But here are the basics:

  1. Sign up for Shopify.
  2. Set up your content pages like privacy policy and shipping and returns pages.
  3. Upload demo products.
  4. Upload images to your homepage.
  5. Create a professional email address with your store name.

You’re doing all this so if somebody goes to your store, they think it’s a nice looking site.

You’re not just throwing together some crap. You’re spending a few hours a day, getting comfortable in the Shopify ecosystem and building a website that’s presentable.

At the end of the five days, you should have something that you would be proud to show somebody else.

Make It Visible

Now what I want you to do at the end of day 10 is to remove the password from your Shopify store.

The way it works when you first make an account with them is they have it locked behind a password. So if somebody goes to your URL, they can’t see it.

That’s because they know you’re going to be building and it’s not going to be ready for the public.

But by the end of day 10, it should be ready for the public and you should remove that password and have it so everybody in the world can see it.

The reason you’re doing that is because what you’ll be doing next…

Days 11-15: Get Approved with Suppliers

On days 11-15, you’re going to be reaching out to suppliers so that you can actually have real products to sell.

The suppliers are going to want to see a store, so that’s the reason we build the website first! 

You can’t just call a supplier and say, “Hey, I’m thinking about selling tripods. Can I sell your stuff online?

If you do, I promise you, they will reply, “Can I see your website?” And if you say, “Well I don’t have a website, I’m thinking about building one.” They’re going to say, “Sorry, we’re not working with anybody right now…

So we call them after you build a store. Then, on days 11 through 15, we have these conversations.

  1. We tell them who we are, where we are calling from.
  2. We tell them why we would like to sell their products.
  3. We tell them what we know about their company.

This is how you start dropshipping the right way, by building real relationships.

At this point, what we’re doing is trying to get them to send us applications so that we can legitimately sell their products.

As soon as they send those applications, we’re filling them out and sending them right back.

So, hopefully we have at least 20 different companies we’re reaching out to at the beginning. We want at least five of them on board by day 15.

As soon as we get 5 suppliers to agree to work with our dropshipping business, then boom.

We stop making calls.

We start working with the people who we can work with.

Again, paperwork signed and everything.

We’ll also want to get product photos, descriptions, pricing, and all those things from them to start uploading their products to your website.

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Days 16-18: Optimize for Conversions

So by Day 15, you have five supplier approvals. That’s important because Days 16-18 are all about optimizing your website for conversions.

At this point, nobody has been able to buy from for your store and you don’t actually have products for sale.

So what you’re doing on these days, 16, 17, and 18, are uploading those products from the five suppliers you got approved with.

You’re also enabling Shopify payments so people can actually buy.

Then, you’re removing any demo products that you had.

What’s most important on these days is you’re going through every page of your website and triple checking it:

  • Does the checkout process work?
  • Does the “Contact Us” link to the “Contact Us” page
  • What do the products look like on mobile?
  • Do all the links on your site work?

You’d be surprised how many people just never do this sort of checking.

It’s really ridiculous because even though dropshipping businesses are simple to build, they are real businesses.

To recap, spend a few hours each day during these three days:

  • Uploading products
  • Setting up Shopify payments so you can accept money
  • Checking everything just like a real store owner would do before their grand opening

Days 19-21: Get Your Store “Buyer Ready”

Now, on Days 19, 20, and 21, you’re getting people to find you.

First things first, get Google Analytics on your website. 

Enable eCommerce for analytics so you can actually know where sales are coming from when people buy.

Then, you need to set up a Google Ads account and your first Google Shopping campaign.

You’ll also need to set up your Facebook Ads account. Make sure that the Facebook Pixel is on your website.

You’ll also set up a very, very simple Facebook campaign for retargeting using dynamic products ads. This will show your products again to people that viewed them but didn’t make a purchase.

What this means is now you’re going to have the two most profitable campaigns you could have running–one in Google and one in Facebook.

The Google campaign is in Google Shopping and that’s how people are going to find you when they search for your niche.

They’re not all going to buy right away, unfortunately, BUT they are going to go on Facebook at some point.

Which is great because you’re going to have your Facebook Dynamic Product Ads set up so that people come back to your website and can buy.

Recapping How to Start a Dropshipping Business in 21 Days

Now listen, you can start a dropshipping business in 21 days working just a few hours each day.

I don’t care if all you can…

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