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eCommerce for Beginners: A Guide to Dropshipping Products

How to Find Retail Products at Wholesale Prices and Create an eCommerce Store to Drop Ship Products.
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What Will I Learn?
Gain access to any retail product at wholesale prices and have them drop shipped to customers.
Validate their retail product ideas and prove they sale by using eBay, Amazon, and Google.
Get a Tax ID and Business License in order to work with wholesalers in the U.S.
Start a business internationally and get retail products from anywhere in the world.
Learn the basics of selling on eBay as well as leveraging it to increase profits by using specific selling practices.
Gain customers loyalty with superior customer service, because a repeat customer is always cheaper than having to find new customers. Customer loyalty is a recipe for long term profits.
Get new and repeat customer email signups in order to increase sales.
Learn how to create an eCommerce store and rely less on eBay
Leverage an eCommerce store in order to increase sales.
Learn the basics of email marketing and become less dependent of eBay.
Avoid mistakes to save a few years of work and thousands of dollars (using case studies).
Maximize your time in order to achieve success. You have enough time to accomplish your goals and much of your time is wasted.
Learn BONUS Marketing Practices (selling on Amazon, creating YouTube videos, creating Kindle books, and a blog)
Ask unlimited questions to the instructor and get help along the way to their success.
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  • Only an internet connected computer/device (click the HD button for better video quality).
  • An hour per day to update inventory and fulfill orders. Check your earnings and make even more money.
  • Business license and Tax ID are required to show wholesalers you are a legitimate business (in the USA).
  • Google "starting a business in [enter your location]" Find your country's legitimate website and apply to become a business in your country. You need to prove to wholesalers you have a legitimate business (applies to international students).

Hi, my name is Matt Bernstein, successful Udemy instructor with over 50,000+ students across 192 countries. But, I'm going to make the proper assumption that you have no idea who I am.

From a business standpoint, I sold over $750,000 in retail products in the last 2 years.

Learn how to sell on eBay, gain access to retail products at wholesale prices and spend no money upfront.

It doesn't cost anything to open wholesale accounts, to work with legitimate wholesalers. You don't need to buy any inventory upfront.

You'll learn how to gain access to any product at wholesale prices. You'll be able to list wholesalers inventory, for free.

Only after you make a sale the wholesaler will ship your order to your customer. You never need to keep an inventory and you only buy the customers order after you make a sale.

You make a profit.

At the end of the course you'll learn how to…

  • Set up an eCommerce store.
  • Gain access to any retail product at wholesale prices and have them drop shipped to customers.
  • Validate their retail product ideas and prove they sale by using eBay, Amazon, and Google.

Who should take this course? Who should not?

  • Students with full-time incomes, who want to supplement with a part-time passive income, selling online.
  • Students must develop patience and discipline to know that success does not happen overnight, you have to put in the work.

As a very small token of my appreciation:

When you scroll down the page, you'll see some lectures are available to watch for free.

You'll get a look over my shoulder (step by step guide) to learn exactly how I became successful selling online.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to make money selling retail products online with no inventory upfront.
  • Students in the U.S. will have a step by step process to get a Tax ID and business license to work with wholesalers.
  • People from any country. The course is topic is based on the United States and different countries laws will apply and you need to figure it out for yourself by Googling "How to Start a Business [enter your location here].
  • This is not a get rich quick scheme, this guide will take time to implement, you need to put in the work to see the results.
  • People of any age or ability.
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How to See Proof Your Items Sell Online
6 Lectures 15:32

Do I have to buy more than one product?

With dropshipping, you are not buying the products upfront. So it doesn't matter the number of products that you list for sale. With the light bulk suppliers in our database, they have minimum orders of $500 or less, so you can keep your own inventory for better profit margins.

Do I have to pay for the product before I sell it?

With dropshipping no. The supplier will be sending the product on your behalf to the end customer. You will pay for the product once a customer orders from you.

Do I have to pay the supplier a membership fee too?

We do not list wholesale suppliers with membership or account setup fees.

What is a drop ship fee?

A drop ship fee is also called a “handling” fee. This is the fee to pay the wholesale supplier to split apart cases and pack one product to send to your customer.

How much is the drop ship fee?

If there is a drop ship fee, they typically range from $1.00 to $5.00. Sometimes you will see a higher drop ship fee, which is understandable once you see the type of product that will be sent. Delicate products take more to pack and ship them, so the extra cost has to be charged in the drop ship fee.

What kind of profit margins are there with dropshipping?

This all depends on the products that you source and the supplier that you work with. All wholesale suppliers have their own wholesale pricing structures, so you will have to contact the wholesale supplier that you want to work with to get those wholesale prices to see what type of profit you can make.

Sports Pulse, LLC would profit up to 20% or as low as 5%. The average being 10%.

What are middlemen?

A middleman is a company that was created to simply pass on orders. A middleman will not hold inventory and will send your order to the actual manufacturer or wholesale supplier to send the product. They charge extra fees to do this, and that is typically found in the increased "wholesale" cost.

How do I get images and descriptions of the dropshipped products for my website?

The wholesale suppliers that dropship, will provide you with all the images & product descriptions that you will need to sell the product once you have setup an account with the wholesale supplier.

Can you use a drop ship supplier and sell on eBay?

You can use dropshipping to sell on eBay. eBay is a good place to test the product market to get more instant results. It is difficult to compete on eBay, so it’s best to purchase in light bulk quantities to sell on the eBay platform. You will get even better pricing by purchasing wholesale products in this manner, and you will have the control over your shipping so there will not be an issue with feedback.

How do I know the product will still be in stock by the time I sell it?

Many wholesale suppliers have real time inventory. That means that at any given moment, you can go to the wholesale suppliers website, and they will tell you the number of items left.

Why does Dropshipping cost more?

Dropshipping wholesale prices are higher, because you are buying one product at a time. Bulk discounts occur when you can purchase the required minimum from a wholesale supplier. The more you buy, the higher the discount. This is how large chain stores like Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy and etc are able to keep prices so low. They are buying in HUGE quantities to stock their stores Worldwide.

Why don't all suppliers offer Dropshipping?

Dropshipping takes extra time and manpower. Many wholesale suppliers are not willing to do business this way and it will increase their overhead.

Do I need a Tax ID to work with a dropshipper?

Yes of course! Legitimate wholesale suppliers will require a business tax ID in order to sell wholesale to you. This makes the products non-taxable to you, but you can tax your customers.

Do I need a Tax ID to work with dropshippers if I'm outside the US?

60%-70% of wholesale suppliers will work with international retailers. If you are interested in a specific country, and only want to work with wholesale suppliers in that country, you are welcome to do so. Keep in mind, that since International rules differ from the US, there is no tax ID involved like you would need for the USA. So you will typically not need a tax ID in order to work with US wholesale suppliers. However, you will still need to obtain a registered business name and any other documentation required to prove you are a legitimate retailer. So you will need to check with your country or region to see what you need to show you are a genuine retailer. Quick tip! In a search engine, type Starting a business in XXXX and replace the X’s with your country name. There are a lot of great free resources out there that will provide you with what you need to know.

Do I need a Tax ID to work with dropshippers if I am only planning to sell on eBay?

Yes of course! The same rule applies as above. Legitimate wholesale suppliers will require a business tax ID in order to sell wholesale to you. This makes the products non-taxable to you, but you can tax your customers.

Can I use my website as my registered business name?

Your website or online store is your store name. Business names can differ from your store name. But the important thing is to register with your state.

I have an EIN. Is this the Tax ID the suppliers want in order to work with them?

An EIN is a federal ID number. This allows you to have employees and submit taxes on those employees. Many wholesale suppliers will accept an EIN, but you also need to get a Tax ID number from your state to charge sales tax to any customer that is also located in your state.

Will the dropship supplier use my company information on the shipment to my customer?

Many of the listed wholesale suppliers will send the product in your name, or they will blind drop ship, so the customer doesn’t know exactly where it came from.

If I give my customer's information to the dropshipper, couldn't they steal my customer from me and cut me out of the sale for any future purchases?

A wholesale supplier's business is selling to retailers, not the end consumer. Some wholesale suppliers have contracts you can sign that will state they will not market to your customers.

How are returns handled? Do my customers ship the products to me or the supplier?

This will vary from wholesale supplier to supplier. Each has their own rules on returns. You will have to adhere to the wholesale suppliers policies.

What is Blind Dropshipping?

Blind dropshipping is when the wholesale supplier will use a return label that reads something like "Fulfillment Center" or "Shipper" as the business name.

How do I figure out how much to charge for shipping when using multiple dropshippers?

This can be complicated, since a customer could potentially order 2 different items from 2 different suppliers. You wouldn't want to charge your customer too much for shipping, so you can do a few things; 1. You can make sure that your suppliers use one service like UPS to ship. Then you can use the UPS calculator to get shipping costs for the 2 products from one location. Or 2. You can calculate shipping charges on each product and charge a flat fee for shipping. You will lose money on some shipping charges, but you will gain on others.

What are the benefits of using a Dropshipper for my business?

No overhead is the first benefit. You are not storing and stocking the inventory, so there are no extra costs involved there. There are no extra costs for you to take the time to pack and ship the product. Dropshipping is also great for testing the product.

Can I use several Dropshippers?

Yes you can, but it makes shipping more complicated.

Are the products from the drop ship suppliers junk and cheaply made?

These are all brand new, straight from the factory products. Some are products that can be placed in a dollar type store, but other products are more for boutique high end stores.

Do you have a hot list of products so we can start selling right away?

Hot lists are not to be trusted. If you are looking at a hot list, then thousands if not millions of other sellers are looking at that hot list too. That increases the competition on those products, and you can easily be driven out of that product marketplace.

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Amazon Rankings to Prove Your Items Sell

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How to Source Retail Products at Wholesale Prices
4 Lectures 14:04
Tax ID to Work with Drop Shippers

How to Get a Business License to Limit Your Liability

How to Setup a Business Bank Account Easily

How to Start a Business Internationally
Product Sourcing ANY Product at Wholesale Prices
3 Lectures 07:00
How to Find Retail Products at Wholesale Prices

How to Signup for Drop Shipping Accounts

How to Place an Order With Your Drop Shipper via Email
How to Sell on eBay, Easily
6 Lectures 21:07
How to Create an eBay Account

How to Create a PayPal Account

eBay Presale Product Listing Research

Listing Products on eBay

How to Increase eBay Selling Limits

Simple Bookkeeping to Keep Track of Profits
Leveraging eBay to Increase Sales
6 Lectures 12:10
Following up with Customers on eBay to Get Repeat Customers

Using this "Best Selling Practice" to Increase Sales

How to PayPal Invoice to Create Repeat Customers

How to Convert eBay Best Offers into Sales

How to Get Banned From Selling on eBay

How to Say "I'm Sorry" When You Make a Mistake
Best Marketing Practice on eBay is Customer Loyalty
4 Lectures 07:57
Overview of Brand Values to Gain Customer Loyalty

Developing Customer Relationships to Increase Sales

Customer Satisfaction to Guarantee Repeat Customers

Gaining Customer Loyalty Hauls Big Profits
Email Marketing to Increase Sales and Create Repeat Customers
5 Lectures 18:11
Email Marketing is an Important Concept

Email Marketing for eBay Customers to Increase Sales

Increase Email Signups by Following This Best Practice

Creating an Email Followup Series to Sell Products

Creating an Email Broadcast Series to Sell Products
How to Create an eCommerce Store Easily with BigCommerce
20 Lectures 37:10
How to Create an eCommerce Store that Converts Customers into Sales

Choosing Your BigCommerce Store Theme

Choosing a Business Logo Nike Approves

Design a BigCommerce Store Carousel to Increase Sales

How to Make Your Customer Order Checkout Unique

Connecting Social Media to BigCommerce

Shipping Made Easy with BigCommerce

States Want Online Retailers to Collect Sales Tax

Selecting Currencies to Accept

Using Google Analytics to Improve Your Website

How to Use Low Inventory and Out of Stock Notifications

How to Use BigCommerce Customer Return System

How to Create a Business Email Account

Accepting Payments on BigCommerce is Easy

How to Create Gift Certificates

How to Purchase a Domain Name Easily

Is Your Website Ready for the Mobile Revolution?

Uploading a Favicon to BigCommerce

Create a BigCommerce Account

How to Create a BigCommerce Profile
How to Complete Creation of Your eCommerce Store
6 Lectures 11:31
How to Improve Your Website

How to Display Products on Your Website

How to Use Image Settings on Your Website

How to Add Social Media Sharing to BigCommerce

How to Create URL Structure with BigCommerce

How to Improve Miscellaneous Settings with BigCommerce
How to Leverage Your eCommerce Store to Increase Sales
9 Lectures 26:49
How to List Products for Sale on BigCommerce

How to Setup Abandoned Cart Notifications and Increase Sales

How to Setup a Blog to Market Yourself on BigCommerce

How to Setup Email Marketing and Increase Sales

How to Setup Marketing Banners to Increase Sales

How to Create a "Terms and Conditions" Page

How to Create a "Privacy Policy" Page

How to Create a "Shipping Policy" Page

How to Create a "Return Policy" Page
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Helping hardworking people start successful side businesses.

Why I Teach:

While studying to become a Communication Major at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, I built a successful eBay business on the side. 

After college, I moved to an apartment in Boston, MA (that I could barely afford) to create Udemy courses, teaching students how to sell on eBay. 

The goal is to help hardworking people start a successful online business at an affordable cost.

Currently, I'm teaching people how to emulate my successes by offering cutting-edge training courses and passionate support communities that help them start a side businesses more quickly and easily. 

The courses provide everything one could need to start and grow a home business. I've discovered principles, strategies, and technologies that produce real, measurable business results — without the expensive costs.

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The courses provide everything one could need to start and grow a home business. We've discovered principles, strategies, and technologies that produce real, measurable business results — without the expensive upfront costs.

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