Are you interested in starting dropshipping for free? Awesome, but starting a dropshipping store still equals starting a real business, a business where you not only need to put time and effort into but also your money. At one point, you will need to spend money to earn money!
Dropshipping for free, most people dream about doing that. The good thing is that you can start dropshipping for free. But “unfortunately”, you’re still starting a real business. Sooner or later, you will need to spend money to make money. Please don’t believe all these “gurus” that dropshipping can be done for free!
What Is Dropshipping and Why Do People Do It?
Let’s start by understanding what starting a dropshipping business means.
If you already understand it, then you can click here to scroll down to the first tip to start dropshipping for free!
If not, then I will explain it really simple to you:
- You got an online store where you sell products, but you don’t have any of these products in your storage, or in your house.
- When someone places an order on your dropshipping store, then you place that same order directly with your dropshipping supplier. Don’t worry. There are a lot of apps out there that help you with automating this. For example, Oberlo, or these 15 Oberlo alternatives.
- Then your dropshipping supplier will handle the rest. Think about preparing the package and sending the order straight to your customer.
- Now your customer will receive the package straight from your dropshipping supplier, and you never touched the product in between!
The most common question people have now is, won’t my customer know that the package didn’t come from me?
For example, aren’t there any advertisements or recipes from the supplier in the package?
You just need to make sure that your supplier accepts dropshipping and blind dropshipping.
You can learn more about blind dropshipping by reading this article here.
Alright, but why are people interested in dropshipping? And why do people want to dropship?
Most people that are researching about dropshipping, and want to start/are running a dropshipping store do this for one or more of these reasons:
- Earning more money. If done right, then dropshipping could earn you a lot. Just take a look at these success stories.
- Being their own boss. Some people don’t like to work for a boss, so they search for other ways to earn an income.
- Location-independent work. A dropshipping store can be run from just about anywhere with an internet connection. As long as you can communicate with suppliers and customers easily, you can run and manage your business. This is also called being a Digital Nomad.
If you’re interested in learning more about dropshipping, then I suggest reading this article written by me:
5 Tips to Start Dropshipping for Free in 2021!
I hope the beginning was helpful for you in case you didn’t understand the dropshipping business model yet or if you didn’t know why people do dropshipping.
So, let’s begin with the 5 amazing tips to start dropshipping for free!
1. You can start dropshipping for free, but you will need to spend money sooner or later
This article will guide you on how to start dropshipping for free, but please note that you will need to spend money sooner or later.
Starting a dropshipping store is the same as starting a real business.
Yes, it’s a lot cheaper to start in comparison to opening a retail store, and the taxes might be different if you’re just starting, but you’re still starting a real business! (More information about dropshipping taxes here)
This means that, sooner or later, you will need to spend money to make money.
I know that a lot of so-called “gurus” (more about these “gurus” below) talk about easily starting a dropshipping business with zero investment, but it is simply not true.
And if it’s true, then it’s almost not possible for a beginner.
You will need to learn so many new things like dropshipping, creating ads, and ecommerce in general.
And you will probably make a lot of mistakes, which will probably cost you money.
But that’s great! It’s great to make mistakes. Just a take a look at this amazing quote:
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.Neil Gaiman
I’m sorry if that just burst your whole dream.
But don’t worry. I’ll guide you through some amazing tips that will help you to get started for free.
This tip for you will be that you need to understand that you can start dropshipping for free, but you will need to save some money to keep your dropshipping store running!
If you want to learn more about the costs of running a dropshipping store, then I suggest reading the article I linked to below:
2. It is possible to extend your Shopify trial
This tip is for people that want to get their dropshipping store online with the help of the Shopify ecommerce platform.
If you’re not sure yet about which platform to choose, then I suggest reading one of these articles below:
- How To Get Your Dropshipping Store Online in 5 Steps? (2021)
- 13 Shopify Alternatives for Your Dropshipping Store (Ecommerce Platforms)
If you’re still reading this now, then that probably means that you’re interested in Shopify!
Well, I got great news to push it a bit further before you start paying your monthly Shopify payment.
You can ask the Shopify support to extend your trial one time! I saw that somewhere online, but I thought I ask it to them just to be sure:
The only thing is that your checkout is disabled while on a trial, but it’s still great to have some extra time to create an amazing Shopify store!
3. Prepare, prepare, and prepare!
Yes, you read that right haha!
Definitely, if you want to go with Shopify, then it’s great if you prepared the things that I’ll cover below!
This way, you won’t pay Shopify anything extra while you’re still preparing everything for your dropshipping store.
And it’s not only if you’re on an ecommerce platform like Shopify, but it’s also true if you’re hosting your dropshipping store yourself with, for example, WooCommerce.
Hosting yourself will cost you more money upfront (you will pay yearly instead of monthly), but it will most likely save you money in the end.
So it’s great that you prepared these things before paying your yearly bill for your host!
So, what can you prepare before opening your dropshipping store?
If you’re interested in learning what you can prepare before you open your dropshipping store, then you’re in luck!
I wrote another article where I cover 10 things that you can do before starting with dropshipping. If you’re interested, then you can click below:
4. Don’t spend money to learn dropshipping!
Alright, this is an important one if you want to start dropshipping for free.
Please don’t go into this with the mindset that you want to dropship for free, but then you purchase a dropshipping course of $500…
That’s a bit weird for me, I’m sorry.
Plus, you need to be careful, there are a lot of “internet gurus” out there claiming you will be rich the next day (or very soon) if you purchase their course and follow them step-by-step.
Maybe you have met them before; they are mostly found on YouTube.
The only goal that these gurus have is to sell you something, like a course. And trust me a lot of people purchase these courses. You can learn more about these “gurus” here.
The thing is that you can learn so much about dropshipping, ecommerce, digital marketing, and so on; for free!
Just take a look at this article:
You can get so much information from that already, and you didn’t have to pay for anything.
Well, okay, maybe your internet connection!
5. You can advertise your dropshipping store and products for free
Alright, this is an amazing one as well.
There are options out there that will help you keep your marketing spend on $0.
Just keep in mind that these free traffic tactics will take time and consistency. Don’t expect to start today with trying to get free traffic, and then except free traffic tomorrow already!
This could be shorter when your website or store is older and you published more content already, but if you’re just a beginner, then this will definitely be a tough pill to swallow!
Because you might decide to focus on free traffic, like organic traffic, but to know that it will take a long time before Google will show it in the search results (if they ever will), it might make you decide to not try it at all.
If you’re interested in learning more about getting free traffic to your dropshipping store, then I suggest reading my other articles that I linked to below:
- SEO for Dropshipping Stores: 7 Ways to Increase Your Organic Traffic
- 8 Amazing Ways to Get Free Traffic to Your Dropshipping Store in 2021
Do You Want to Learn More? Here Are My Recommendations!
Are you currently dropshipping? Or do you want to start dropshipping?
Awesome! I’ll link to the articles below that I recommend you read next.
This way, you will be fully prepared to take your dropshipping store to the next level in 2021!
I just want to say one thing; my blog doesn’t endorse any paid dropshipping courses. (I hate them, they are the reason I created this blog)
If you’re interested in learning why I think paid dropshipping courses are a waste of money, then you can click here.
Below you will find the articles that I suggest you read next:
- Dropshipping Basics: 7 Surprising Things to Know as Beginner
- 23 Most Successful Shopify Dropshipping Store Examples
- Shopify Dropshipping Complete Guide 2021: Create Your Store!
- How to Find Winning Dropshipping Products? (Product Research Methods)
You made it to the end! Congratulations!
I hope that my tips will help you further with your quest to start with dropshipping for free.
Just please understand that starting a dropshipping store is like starting a real business.
Sooner or later, you will need to spend money to make money.
It’s wise to learn a lot now about dropshipping, creating videos, ecommerce in general, and so on; and to earn more money in the meantime via your job!
Plus, keep in mind that learning more about digital marketing is important as well.
If you’re wondering now how fast you can earn money with dropshipping, then you can check out this great article here.
And if you got any other tips to start dropshipping for free or if you have any questions regarding dropshipping, then let me know by commenting below or contacting me directly by pressing the “Contact Us” button at the top!
I wish you the best if you’re going to start with dropshipping now!