15 Common Dropshipping Mistakes and How to Avoid Them as a Beginner

1. Do your research with paid advertising

For many dropshipping beginners, you will be focused on using Facebook ads to drive traffic to your store. It’s important to understand the different campaigns, adets and objectives.

When I first started dropshipping, I made the mistake of setting up my Facebook Ads campaign objective around Traffic.

I was getting a significant number of visitors to my store each day.

I was spending $20 a day even scaling my budget to $50 a day to see if I can make a small return just to break even at this point.

However, I did not make a single sale… Why is that?

The traffic that was coming from Facebook wasn’t targeted at people who are actively shopping online. I was literally pouring money down the drain and feeding Facebook’s wallet.

I recommend playing around with the Facebook ads dashboard to familiarize yourself with the platform before investing your money in paid ads.

YouTube and blog articles are great resources to educate yourself. Keep your budget small if you’re a beginner. 

To be successful with paid ads, you will have to test, test and test to find out what works best for you. 

You can increase your ad budget when you scale winning ad sets. 

2. Selling Tradmarked Products

Selling trademarked products on your store is a recipe for disaster. 

There are hundreds of products you can find on Aliexpress with Star Wars, Rick and Morty and Harry Potter designs and branding.  

These products are much easier to sell since the brands are already established with a passionate fan base.

However, selling these trademarked products on your store may get you into some trouble. 

When I first started out with dropshipping, I use to sell anime related products that were trademarked on my store.

Things were going well until Shopify payments, Stripe, PayPal and Facebook banned me from using their services. Just like that, I was wiped out.

Even though making sales was easy, it’s really not worth the headache. At the time, it was very unfortunate but it was a great lesson learnt. 

An easy way for beginners to find products to sell is to look for products that are problem solvers. 

3. Always Test New Ads

Facebook is constantly being updated with new ways to display ads on their platform.

Testing new ads will help optimize your adsets to find what works best for your store and your customers. It also keeps your brand fresh by using new ad creatives. 

Have a look at small and big brands to find inspiration. Analyze their copywriting and visual elements. Are people commenting, sharing and liking the ad?

Right now, if you check your Facebook feed and engage with an ad, I guarantee you will see a different version of that ad targeting you again. 

That’s because they are constantly trying new ads to see what makes the most ROI. 

Knowing which ads works best for your customers will allow you to make better decisions when you invest in paid advertising. 

4. Wrong Expectations

Most dropshipping beginners expect to make thousands of dollars by running $5 Facebook adsets. 

I’m not going to lie, I thought it was going to be easy at the start but I was wrong. 

Dropshipping is a business and you will have to treat it like a real business to see the right results.

Many marketing gurus make dropshipping sound easy so that people will buy their courses. 

The hard truth is, most of these gurus don’t make their money from dropshipping but from selling people their courses.

There’s a saying, when there is a gold rush, sell shovels. 

5. Giving up to soon

Similar to the previous point, if you have the wrong expectations from the start, you are setting yourself up for disappointment. 

Many beginners give up too early in their dropshipping journey and claim dropshipping is a scam or its “dead”.

There can be a variety of reasons why your store isn’t converting the way you want it to. It can also be your ad sets and how your marketing your products.

To make any business work, whether its a traditional brick and mortar or online store, you will have to focus, be determined and persistent in order to achieve success. 

6. Spending too much time deciding between a general and niche store

There’s going to be mixed opinions about starting with a general store versus a niche store.

If you’re a beginner, I highly recommend you start off with a general store so that you have the opportunity to test multiple products from different niches.

Once you find a winning product, you can branch out and start another store around that niche. 

This is where you can scale your dropshipping business by ordering in bulk and letting a fulfillment center process your orders. 

As a result, you will have your own branded products and more control over shipping times. 

7. Know your audience

Understanding who your customers are will help you target the right people who would benefit the most from purchasing your products or services. 

Knowing these small details about your customers will help you create marketing content that resonates with their pain points thus easier to convert them on your store. 

This also helps with lowering your adspend when your ads are placed in front of the right people.

8. Poor customer support

This is a common problem I see many dropshippers fail to get right.

They are too focused with making sales and ignore their customers who are asking questions or making a complaint about their recent order.

If you have a Facebook page for your store, please communicate with your customers like talking to a friend and avoid copying and pasting your product page URL when it’s not relevant to the customers enquiry. 

9. Having the wrong mindset

I get it, you started a dropshipping business to make money. But if you’re constantly chasing the money, you will eventually burn out and lose interest in your business.

Use your dropshipping business as an opportunity to help solve your customers’ pain points. Promote high quality products and be passionate about your customer service.

When I changed my mindset from wanting to make money to helping and providing value for my customers, it kept me motivated and more focused with my dropshipping business. 

10. Find trustworthy suppliers

There are thousands of suppliers on Aliexpress and it can be a bit overhwelming finding the right ones to rely on.

Don’t make the mistake of choosing any supplier and finding out later they haent shipped out your customers orders or become silent when you try to contact them.

Here are a few things I look for when selecting a vendor or supplier to work with:

  • Are they responsive to your questions?
  • Are the products high quality? (Check past customer reviews or order the product to test for yourself just to make sure)
  • Do they ship on time and honor their refund and return policy?
  • How old is their store and what is their overall rating?
  • Do they have high quality images?
  • Do they have related products for upsells?

It’s always a good idea to build a relationship with your supplier so that you can do business with them long term. You can also negotiate prices and even faster shipping times. 

11. Be clear with your Shipping and Handling details

Its important to display your shipping and handling times throughout your store and product pages. 

You don’t want a customer to freak out when they haven’t received their order in a few days. 

Being transparent and upfront will reduce the number of emails from ing from angry customers asking about their package. 

You can offer your customers a flat rate shipping price to make it easier for you and your customers.

12. Not enough branding

You want your brand to be seen throughout your store to increase brand loyalty and retain more customers long term.

Avoid using colors or fonts that does not match your branding. I have seen many stores use bright fluro colors with fonts that make is very difficult to read text on their store.

Make sure you have a high quality logo on your homepage and checkout page to ensure your brand is seen throughout the shopping experience. 

Some suppliers also offer custom packaging and branded packing slips printed with your logo. 

You can also send a follow up email to say thank you and ask the customer to fill out a survey about their shopping experience.

13. Supplier Marketing Material

When a customer places an order on your store, it is your duty to make sure you process the order as soon as possible to avoid any delays. 

One thing you should not forget is to leave a little note for the supplier to not include their own marketing material when they ship your customers package. 

You don’t want to confuse your customers or raise any red flags when they open up their package.

14. Not optimizing for Mobile

Many beginners focus on optimizing their store on desktop but forget to optimize for mobile devices. 

They often use images that are too big which takes forever to load on smaller devices. Let’s not forget about the plugins and extra apps that need to load every time a user refreshes the page.

Since you will be using Facebook to run ads, most of your customers will be viewing your store on mobile.

If you’re on a budget at the start you can opt of a free Shopify theme that works pretty decent for both desktop and mobile. 

But if you have some extra cash, I highly recommend investing in a premium theme and I guarantee it will make a huge difference in improving your store’s user experience on desktop and mobile.

Most premium themes include marketing plugins that will help you save money long-term compared to using a standard theme and installing apps which you have to pay a monthly fee to use. 

This can quickly add up and affect your profits. 

15. Be clear with your refund and return policy

Be organized and have a system in place to handle refunds and returns. It’s important to work with trustworthy suppliers and selecting high quality products to minimize your returns and refund rate. 

You can state in your store’s policy that you do not offer any returns on items that are on sale. 

If they are very unsatisfied with their purchase, just refund their money, no questions asked. 

Sometimes you will have to take a loss and move on as it’s not worth dealing with an aggressive customer.

15 Side Hustle Ideas To Make You Extra Money In 2019

One of the best ways to earn some extra cash is a side hustle.

Side hustles can help improve your finances since they do not require large, upfront investments or specialized skills to start.

For example, I was able to pay off my credit card debt by buying and flipping items on eBay for a profit.

In today’s post, I have compiled a list of 15 side hustle ideas which you can help you make some extra money.

Side Hustle Ideas to Make Extra Money From Home

1. Amazon Flex

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If you don’t mind driving, you can consider becoming a delivery partner with Amazon Flex.

With Amazon Flex, you get to work around your own schedule. You can make up to $18 to $25 delivering packages for Amazon.

All you need is your own transportation and a smartphone to install the Amazon flex app.

Pros

  • You get to choose when you work.
  • Flexible hours

Cons

  • Wear and tear on your car
  • Delivering to apartments with gates and gated communities can be challenging.
  • High chance of being chased by dogs
  • Weather conditions
  • Support is only available through email

2. Charging Scooters

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The next gig involves picking up scooters and recharging them.

If you live in the right place, this is something anyone can do. The two most popular scooter brands are Bird and Lime.

For Bird, they can pay you between $3 to $30 per scooter. The pay rate will be based on when the scooter was last charged and becomes available again.

With Lime, they will pay you $5 per scooter. It may seem like a small amount, but over time the money will add up.

If you live in a city with many scooters available, one way to recharge them is to collect them on your way home from work, charge them over night and drop them off on the way to work.

You will need a smartphone to install the app to find available scooters to pick up and recharge. If you have a large vehicle, you can pick up as many scooters as you like.

Pros

  • Flexible with your work schedule.
  • Chargers are similar to the ones we use for laptops. They are interchangeable with different companies.
  • Small costs of recharging a scooter
  • Scooters are eco-friendly.

Cons

  • Wear and tear on your car
  • Hoarders can make it difficult for you to find scooters

3. Providing a service locally (e.g car washing, car detailing, mowing lawns)

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Do you have skills in certain areas that can be used to help others solve their problems?

For example, I see one person in a Facebook group about cars advertising his car detailing business. The best part about this marketing method is it’s for free. he pays $0 and has access to a niche with passionate people.

How much you can earn really depends on your skills and experience. In the beginning, you might have to charge people a bit less to get your foot through the door.

It’s a great way to build your own brand and also make money doing what you love.

Pros

  • Get paid for doing what you love and good at
  • Great way to develop a brand locally
  • You can set your work schedule

Cons

  • Depending on your expertise, you may have to invest some money in tools and a vehicle for transportation.
  • Can take some time to find customers and establish a brand

4. Flipping items on eBay

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The next side hustle idea has been around for ages. This is one of my favorite methods of making some extra cash on the side.

You can go to garage sales or thrift stores to find items people want and list them on eBay for a profit.

There’s a small community of full-time eBay resellers on YouTube who teaches their audience about flipping items.

You can also use the Facebook marketplace to find items locally which you can pick up and resell.

The amount of money you can earn will depend on the items you list. You will have to take calculate your expenses which include packaging material, shipping costs, and eBay fees.

Overall, eBay is a trusted marketplace and the traffic is already there. All you can start off with selling items lying around your house which you don’t need. It’s a great way for you to learn how to sell things online.

Pros

  • Anyone can sign up to eBay and start selling today. User-friendly interface.
  • Great for introverts (like me!)
  • Develop skills for running your own business. You will have to package, ship and answer customer inquiries.
  • Fees are not as high as Amazon

Cons

  • Can be time-consuming. You will have to source products, take pictures and list them on eBay
  • Scams can happen from time to time. A customer will receive their product and claim they’ve received an incorrect item and make a claim with PayPal.
  • There is a learning curve when you’re first starting out but it gets quite easy over time.
  • Selling items does take some time. Certain products may sell faster.
  • Customer service and dealing with negative feedback.

5. Dropshipping – E-commerce Business

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Dropshipping is another side hustle you can consider. As a dropshipper, you are the middle man who connects a customer to a supplier.

The beauty with the dropshipping model is you do not have to worry about an inventory or warehousing costs. All you have to do is create an e-commerce website and send traffic to your offers.

How much you earn will depend on how much money and time you want to invest.

Dropshipping can be side hustle or scaled up to a full-time business.

To start a dropshipping side hustle, all you need is just a laptop and an internet connection.

There is a learning curve in the beginning and will take some time to get use to the tools and software you will need.

You’re most likely a one-man team and will be required of doing many tasks and learn new skills along the way.

If you’re interested with learning how to start your own dropshipping business, click here to read my eCom Elites review.

Pros

  • Minimum upfront costs (domain name, website, internet connection and a desktop/laptop)
  • You don’t have to worry about inventory and warehousing expenses.
  • There are many great business skills you can develop with running your own e-commerce business.
  • Many tasks can be outsourced.
  • Potential of developing a long term brand.

Cons

  • You will need some money to spend on paid ads to drive traffic.
  • There is a learning curve and you will be required to develop new skills.
  • You don’t have control over product quality and shipping times.

6. Renting out your car

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The next side hustle is kind of like Airbnb for cars. Instead of renting out a spare room, you are renting out a car instead.

If your household has multiple cars, you can make use of the ones that don’t get driven as much by renting them out to other people.

You can use a peer to peer service like Turo to list your car. The amount of money you can earn from renting out your car will vary.

You will have to make sure your car is well maintained and kept clean.

Pros

  • Rent out your can to make extra money when you’re not using it.
  • You can choose who can rent your car.
  • Services like Turo provides insurance for your car.

Cons

  • If your car becomes totaled or stolen it is possible you won’t see your car for an extended period.
  • Increase costs in car maintenance and wear and tear.

7. Online Chat Support

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Providing customer service online. You can work from home as long as you have access to a computer and internet connection.

You can up to $9 to $18 depending on the company and you will have to be able to type quickly with little error.

Pros

  • You can work almost anywhere as long as you have an internet connection.
  • Schedule is flexible
  • No commute to and from work

Cons

  • Be ready to deal with rude people
  • You may have to work an odd shift

8. Food delivery e.g Ubereats

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The next side hustle idea is becoming more popular around the globe with more people ordering food online.

You can sign up and become a delivery partner with Uber or other similar food delivery services.

How much you can earn will vary from different companies. Depending on the location you live, this can be a great side hustle you can do in your spare time.

If you like to drive, you can use your car or if you like to save some gas money, a motorcycle or bicycle can do the job as well.

Pros

  • You can work your own hours and decide how many times a day you want to work.
  • There is no limit to the hours you drive.
  • There is no limit to how long you work for UberEats. The contract is an independent contractor, so you are not an UberEats employee, and as long as your ratings are high, you will continue to work for them for as long as you decide.
  • You don’t have a boss or supervisor
  • Pay can be instant depending on the company your representing.
  • Learn how to navigate the city
  • Referral bonuses, when you add a customer or driver, you get a cash bonus, usually a discount of $5 for the first order, and you also get a discount, so it’s worthwhile using your referral code as often as possible.

Cons

  • The Uber fee is taken off your income
  • Waiting times at restaurants: you still have to wait for the food to be prepared and packaged. You also have to check to see if the order is full and correct and make sure there are condiments and utensils.
  • factor in depreciation, gas and other yearly costs for maintaining a car
  • You are not allowed to take tips
  • you have to deal with weird locations and finding a door in a building complex
  • Dealing with traffic

9. Private Parking Space – Kerb

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Do you have space in your front yard that you don’t use and would like to make some extra cash?

Well, you can consider renting out space on your driveway that doesn’t get much use.

This is a side hustle anyone can do since it’s so easy!

If you live in a certain area that is close to the train station or airport, this gig maybe for you.

There are people who are looking to park conveniently close to their workplace or spectators who need to park near to a concert or entertainment venue.

Depending on where you live, different rental agencies will offer different pay rates.

Pros

  • Can potentially make good money for little effort
  • No big investment required before you start earning
  • You don’t necessarily need to be at home when the tenant arrives
  • Helps relieve pressure on street parking in heavily congested areas
  • less intrusive and personal than letting a room or space inside your home
  • You are performing a useful public service by helping to meet the demand for parking
  • Flexible pricing means you can compete with commercial car parks and still turn a healthy profit

Cons

  • Your parking space may not be suitable
  • Possible home insurance and/or mortgage complications
  • Rental spots in low-demand areas may not be very profitable
  • If access is restricted, you may need to be available to give tenants entry
  • You won’t be able to use the space yourself while it is being used by a customer
  • You need to regularly monitor bookings, and respond to communications and queries

10. Freelancing e.g Writing content

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Helping others with your specialized skills is a great way to generate some extra cash on the side.

You can sign up to platforms like Fiverr and Upwork and list your services as a freelancer.

The best part about freelancing is  the opportunity to do what you love and get paid for it.

Pros

  • Flexible schedule, hours and location
  • You are the boss in control
  • You can select and choose clients you like to work with
  • Unlimited earning potential
  • No commute or commuting costs
  • Getting to pursue your passion projects
  • No office politics or annual performance reviews
  • Casual work attire
  • Learning new skills with running your freelance business
  • variety of projects and clients

Cons

  • Hustling for new gigs
  • Inconsistent work and cash flow
  • Juggling multiple clients
  • Answering to multiple clients
  • No paid time off, no maternity/paternity leave
  • No company-sponsored health benefits
  • No one to back you up if you’re sick or injured
  • Running every business aspect
  • Feeling scattered/unfocused and lacking structure

11. Rent-a-friend

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Did you know you can rent a friend? This side hustle is great for those who are outgoing and adventurous.

If you have some spare time and would like to meet new people, you can rent out your time at an hourly rate.

A website like rentafriend.com and can help you connect with others who are looking for friends to accompany them in social activities.

Pros

  • Opportunities to meet new people locally and from around the world.
  • As the person rented, you get to make money all the while having fun and exploring new places.
  • You can make long term friendships

Cons

  • You don’t know the person’s intention until you meet up with them.
  • As the person getting hired, your safety is not always assured.
  • Sometimes the needs the clients might be risky.

12. Domain Flipping

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Domain flipping is a money making method that involves purchasing domain names and then reselling the names for a profit. You can flip cars or even houses for a profit.

I recommend using a website like justdropped and sign up to their email list to be notified of domains that have recently expired which you can purchase and resell for a profit.

Domain flipping does take time to see returns and you will be required to spend some money to purchase these domains.

Depends on how much someone is willing to pay for the domain name. Some things you need to consider when purchasing a domain is things like the length of the domain name, age and authority and domain extension.All you need is an internet connection and some key skills when searching for domains to flip.

Cons

  • Time Consuming: This is the main challenge when it comes to domain flipping. You will need time to do research before purchasing any domains. As a domain flipper you will need patience and should not be expecting sales in the first few months. Some domains can take years to see a significant return on your investment.
  • Might Feel Discouraged: Domain flipping is not easy when you first start and not seeing any money in your bank account can be discouraging. Just be patient and stay focused on what you’re doing and you will see results, don’t quit.
  • It Involves Risk: Every online business involves risk. Some people buy domain names without even knowing who the buyer will be. Sometimes you might buy domains that violate trademarks or with bad back links which no one light be interested in.  You can minimize your risk by setting up a good plan and strategy.
  • Consumes Cash: If you like eating pizza while working you might need to give it a halt when starting your flipping business. At the start you need to put in cash in buying domain and if possible getting some email marketing tool or auto responder for your promotions and campaigns. This is just for the start, no one like to be broke. With time you might get back to your usual life style if things are done the right way.
  • You are Likely to Make Many Mistakes: This is very common with newbies in the flipping business. Some common mistakes you can make as a domain flipper includes: Include buying many domains, buying the wring domain, selling at a cheaper rate and more. In the next part we will see some mistakes which you must avoid when it comes to flipping domains.

13. Pet Sitting

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Similar to babysitting, pet sitting is simply taking care of pets in their own home while their owner is away.

If you love being around animals, this side hustle is right down your alley!

Pros

  • Your pet gets to stay within the comfort of their own home and can stick to their everyday routine
  • Sitters can do the housesitting chores in addition to caring for the pet
  • Visits will be done on your requested schedule. 
  • Pet is getting one-on-one attention and care.
  • Less risk for the pet to be exposed to contagious illnesses that may be lurking in a kennel.

Cons

  • The pet sitter will be in your home while you’re away. Make sure you choose a pet sitting company that thoroughly screens their sitters.
  • Could be stressful for pets that are used to having company throughout their day.

14. Rent out your place on Airbnb

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If you have an investment property or a spare room you would like to generate some extra income, you can rent out your space on platforms like Airbnb.

These services make it easier for tenants to find accommodation when traveling.

Pros

  • More Flexibility: you can block off certain dates on your Airbnb calendar in case you’re not in town or on vacation, friends or family staying in town or you need to repair something and require a bit of time.
  • More Control: By listing your place on Airbnb, you can check on your home regularly to make sure your tenants do not cause any damage to your property. When a tenant makes a booking for your place, you will receive payment straight away.
  • More Income: It’s possible to make more money monthly compared to listing your place for rent traditionally. If you live in the right area with enough demand, you can make more money as a host on Airbnb compared to being a landlord.  

Cons

  • Less Certainty: You’re not guaranteed to make a steady income each month.
  • Less Freedom: Depending on your lifestyle, you will have to dedicate some time to cleaning and preparing your place for the next tenants.
  • Less Early Profits: You will have to spend some money upfront to furnish your home and make it more welcoming for new guests.

15. Help someone with an odd task

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Similar to Uber, you can sign up to platforms like Airtasker or Taskrabbit that connects people who need help with completing a task with people who are ready to work.

Pros

  • Being your own boss and choosing when you want to work.
  • Negotiate how much you are paid for each task you complete.
  • You can decline certain tasks you do not want to do. However, canceling often can affect your account negatively.

Cons

  • Getting into contact with support can be challenging and time-consuming.
  • Hours can be limited to how much you can work.
  • Can be labor intensive.
  • More competition means a reduced amount of work you can find.

How to Invest Your First $1000 in 2019: 7 Ways to Make Passive Income

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In today’s post, I will share with you 7 ways you can invest your first $1000 to make passive income in the future.

7 Ways You can Make Passive Income at Home

1. Financial Literacy

“The most important investment you can make is in yourself.” – Warren Buffet

First on the is financial literacy. You might be thinking, “why do I need to care about financial literacy?”. 

You would be surprised with the number of people who do not understand about managing their finances and end up swimming in a sea of debt when they are adults.

As I started to reach my mid 20’s I was in a lot of debt which restricted my cash flow. I felt like I was stuck in the mud.

I wanted to use my hard earned money to invest in my side hustles but I couldn’t since I had to pay back my debt plus interest on top! Month after month it felt like this debt was never going to leave me. 

I realised school did not teach me about saving money, distinguish between a need and a want, managing budgets, paying bills on time or planning for retirement. 

Instead, they force you to learn subjects that have little value once you’re in the real adult world.

Financial literacy provides you with the information you need to adjust your lifestyle and help you create a roadmap for better financial decisions. 

You can read books and blogs about managing your finances. Your local library is also a great source of information. Spend a day at your local library, you will be surprised at the content you can find for free.

You can also purchase ebooks from Amazon, online video courses and attend community college courses.

Watching videos on YouTube is a quick and cost effective way of educating yourself about finance.

Becoming a financially responsible adult will free you from debt and provide you with enough money for you to enjoy when you retire. 

2. Blogging

You can start a blog for less than $100. All you need is a domain, hosting and a simple WordPress theme. It’s a great online business model to make money online for beginners. 

Decide what niche you’re interested in. It will help if you’re passionate about the content you will be creating. 

You will have to do some keyword research and find out what your audience’s pain points are and how you can add value and help solve their problems.

Overtime as your blog ranks in the search engines and traffic starts to come in, you can monetize your blog to make more money. If you don’t like to write your own content, I recommend outsourcing this task to freelancers on Upwork or iWriter. 

Creating your own blog is super easy. You can check out my tutorial here. 

Pros and Cons of Blogging

Advantages

  • Business Opportunity: You have the potential to monetise your blog and turn it into a full-time business.
  • Flexibility: You can work from anywhere as long as you have a laptop and an internet connection. 
  • Purpose: If you have a business website or e-commerce store, adding a blog and consistently updating your blog with quality content will help search engines rank your website and attract more visitors.
  • Daily Journal: Great platform to document your journey and business.
  • Outreach: When you create informative and engaging posts, your visitors are more likely to share your content with their friends. In return, you will gain new followers and subscribers.

Disadvantages

  • Laziness: Having a flexible workplace can often lead to laziness if you’re not careful. It’s always a good idea to have a clean workspace free from clutter and remember to take regular breaks so you’re not indoors for long periods of time.
  • SEO: You will have to learn SEO and it does take time to master. There’s no point of creating amazing posts if no one is going to read them. Google is constantly changing their algorithms so its important  to constantly learn new techniques to optimize your blog.
  • It’s a business: If you take your blog seriously and treat it as a business, you will be able to turn it into a full time business. It’s important to always optimize the user experience on your blog by making it easier for your audience to digest content. You want your audience to stay engaged with your content and keeps them coming back for more.
  • It takes time: Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme. To create a sustainable blog that will continuously make you money in the future will take time, patience and discipline. You will have to add value first by providing quality content which connects to your audience and then the money will follow eventually.

3. Start an e-commerce store

Another way of investing your first $1000 is starting your own e-commerce store. 

But you’re probably thinking, “what do I sell and where do I find this stuff”?

If you’re a beginner you can do this two ways. The first method is to dropship products from a supplier individually or you can purchase items at wholesale.

For beginners who would like to sell stuff online, I recommend the dropshipping method.

E-commerce platforms like Shopify have made it super easy for beginners to set up their first store. 

Pros and Cons of Dropshipping

Advantages

  • Low start-up costs: You only have to buy the items once you make a sale. Even if you didn’t have money to start off with, you can use a credit card to pay for the items.
  • Less risk: You don’t have to worry about keeping inventory you can’t sell.
  • No storage needed: You don’t have to worry about finding a place to store your inventory or warehouse expenses.
  • Hands-free: All the packaging and shipping is done by the supplier. You don’t have to make regular trips to your local post office.

Disadvantages

  • Low Profit Margins: With dropshipping, your profit margins will be lower compared to purchasing items at wholesale. 
  • Unreliable suppliers: Your goal as a dropshipper is to drive traffic to you store and convert your visitors into paying customers. A bad supplier can take your money and not send out the goods to your customers. When you receive too many negative reviews, it can destroy your business reputation. It’s important to research trustworthy suppliers.
  • Takes time: this is not a get rich scheme.

If you would like to learn how to create your own profitable dropshipping business, you can check out my eCom Elites course review here.

4. Pay off your debt!

You can’t go too far ahead if you’re stuck in the mud. Pay off your credit card debt with the most interest rate first. 

There’s no point investing your money if you have debt you need to pay off. The interest you have to pay overtime will 

To be financially independent, it’s important to have a financial game plan so that you stay positive cash flow. 

Pros and Cons of Paying off Your Debt Fast

Advantages

  • Save money in interest: Taking out a loan or using a credit card will involve interest payments. The longer you take to pay off your debts, the more interest you will have to pay overtime. 
  • Free up cash: Having debt will prevent you from having financial flexibility. Paying off your debt off quickly will help free up some cash that can be used for a rainy day. 
  • Sleep Better: Knowing you have debt from month to month can drain you physically and mentally. Paying off your debt quickly will reduce your stress and anxiety. You will also have the peace of mind, knowing you’re not burdened by debt.

Disadvantages

  • Depleting Emergency Fund: Paying off all your debt is ideal, but you need to be careful where the money is coming from. Make sure you have at least three months of living expenses saved away. When you have no money left, it can be difficult to cover medical emergencies or losing a job. Using different funds: At times, you may have to dig into your savings and other funds you may have in order to keep up with debt repayments. Paying off debt early can also decrease your investment funds and opportunities. 
  • No Money Back: Lenders will not send you your money back if you change your mind. Once the debt is paid for, your money is gone. 
  • Credit Rating: Paying off your debt early can potentially hurt your credit rating. Consistent repayments is the best way to build credit. 

5. Buy and Resell on eBay

  • User Friendly: Flipping things on eBay is very easy. All you need is an item, take some photos of it, list it on eBay and configure the shipping details. You can also set the handling time to suit your lifestyle in case you would like to take some time off to go on vacations. 
  • Flexible: You can sell almost anything on eBay besides illegal stuff like weapons and drugs. It’s a great way to test different niches to see what your customers love to buy. I have sold products from books, clothes and electronics. 
  • Vast Audience: One of the best things about selling stuff on eBay is the potential to reach more customers. eBay is an established e-commerce platform with millions of shoppers looking for products to buy making it easier for you to attract new customers. 
  • Gain new customers: Making a sale is one of the best feelings you can experience as an entrepreneur. It’s also a great opportunity to entice your customers to check out your eBay store for repeat purchases. 
  • Second Chances: When you’re selling things on eBay, it gives the item a second chance. You will be helping the environment by recycling stuff but also making money in return. It’s a win win!

Disadvantages

  • Motivation: You are your own boss and you are responsible for everything that happens in your eBay business. Its very easy to be distracted and side tracked with our environment You will be required to find and list items on your store.  However, if you keep practicing, you will get better and faster as time progresses. 
  • Time: With any side hustle, you will have to develop new skills. It will take time and patience to master these skills . You will learn how to use the eBay to list your items, how to find profitable products to sell and how to package and ship your order. Some products may sell faster than others so dont expect to make a return over night. 
  • Seller Fees: It’s important to understand the eBay fees that may affect your profit margins on certain items. Make sure you do some research to see how much your item has sold for in the past before listing it on eBay. You don’t want to waste your time by listing an item and later not making much profit after eBay fees have been deducted. 
  • Customer Service: With any e-commerce type of business, you will have to deal with answering your customers questions and resolving any problems they have with their order. There was one time I had sold a set of keyrings to a customer which got lost in the mail. Instead of the customer contacting me directly to resolve their issue, they left a negative review which affected my store ratings. When customers don’t see 100% positive feedback on your store, they are less likely to buy from you. I reached out to the customers explaining to them I have sent another set of keyrings and they should have contacted me first instead. Lucky enough, eBay was able to remove that negative feedback!
  • Tracking Inventory: As your store gets bigger, you will need a process or system in place to track your inventory. Let’s not forget you’re most likely going to store a lot of your items in your own home so it’s important to keep them organized and easily accessible. 
  • Competition: Depending on your item and niche you’re selling in, certain products will have more competition than others. Its always a good idea to do some research before listing any items. You will have to find ways to make your listings stand out from the crowd. This can be as simple as taking better photos, improving product titles and descriptions. 

6. Create an Online Course

Everyday I see a YouTube or Facebook ad promoting a new course from some expert living across the world. 

Selling online courses are currently trending and is a great way of leveraging your expertise and knowledge.

Platforms like Teachable and Udemy make it super easy to create and sell courses online. 

They handle most things like web hosting and payment processing so that you have more time to focus on creating awesome courses. 

The Pros and Cons of selling your own course

Advantages

  • Revenue and Profit: You can serve multiple clients at the same time and make more money while keeping costs low. 
  • Engaged Learning: Being able to deliver your content in different formats can offer more educational opportunities for a wider audience. Some people learn better by seeing visuals or listening to audio instead of just reading.
  • Ownership: You own and earn 100% of the profits. You can use your course as a way to reach more people and increase brand exposure. Top marketers all have their own courses and products which helps them stand out from the crowd.

Disadvantages

  • Technology Costs: Creating your own course will require the use of software and services which includes a monthly fee. You will also need time to learn how to use them.
  • Marketing Costs: Utililizing your own email list to drive traffic to your course is a great way to make your first few sales. However, if you do not have an email list to market to, you will have to utilize other marketing methods like PPC advertising, guest posting, affiliate programs etc. This can easily drive up your marketing costs if you’re conversion rates are low.
  • Difficult to Protect: One of the downsides of creating an online course is the difficulty to protect your course from being redistributed over the internet. There are many tools and tricks available that people can use to download your course and re-upload and sell them for a cheaper price. 
  • Takes Time: Creating and developing a course will take time and patience. If you’re producing video and audio content, you may need professional equipment and this can cost you more money.
  • Pricing: Deciding how much you should charge for your course is not a simple task. You will have to include costs of reformatting existing material, promoting the course and profit margins need to be considered. Conducting competitor analysis is a great way to see what is currently on the market.
  • Sales Funnels: Some marketers use their online course as part of their sales funnel. This leaves a bad reputation for online courses as more people are skeptical of marketers who flash their expensive cars and lavish lifestyle in their ads. 

7. Affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing is one of my favorite side hustles which I highly recommend for beginners looking to generate another income stream online. 

All you have to do is, recommend products and you will make a commission every time someone buys using your affiliate link. 

There are many marketplaces you can sign up to find products to promote. These include Clickbank, Amazon, MarketHealth and many more.

If you would like to learn more about affiliate marketing, you can check out my Savage Affiliates review here

The Pros and Cons of Affiliate Marketing

Advantages

  • Low Cost: To start your own affiliate marketing side hustle, all you need is a domain name, hosting and a website. It’s very easy to setup your very first WordPress website which I have shown here. 
  • No inventory: You don’t have to worry about storing inventory or dealing with packaging and shipping. Your goal as an affiliate marketer is to drive traffic, collect leads and recommend products to help your audience solve their pain points.
  • Customer service: If you’re an introvert like me, you don’t have to worry about dealing with any customers when you’re an affiliate marketer. The vendor will be responsible for dealing with customer enquiries on the backend.
  • Adding Value: Becoming an affiliate marketer is a great way for you to add value back to the world. You can create content that documents your own experiences which can be shared to millions of people. 
  • Scaling: You can leverage multiple platforms such as social media, forums, organic and paid traffic sources to promote your affiliate programs. You can also collect emails to build your email list which you can later market to through email marketing to make more commissions in the back end. Your email list is your money printing machine so its important to collect emails as soon as possible!
  • Cost effective: Your startup costs are almost non existent in the beginning of your affiliate marketing journey. All you need is  electricity, an internet connection and a computer. You also have the flexibility to work from home or remotely. Compared to other business models, you don’t have to worry about hiring employees or paying for a workspace at the start. 
  • Secondary Income Stream: As an affiliate marketer, you don’t have to quit your day job as you grow your side projects.   This ensures you have a steady   which you can use to invest in your affiliate marketing projects.  
  • Independence: Another reason why I love affiliate marketing is the independence and freedom to do what you want and when you want. I can work on my blogs wearing my pyjamas while playing classical music in the background without anyone interrupting. Compared to a regular job with rules and regulations, you have to put up with other people’s bad habits and a loud workspace.
  • Passive income: With affiliate marketing, you can make money while you sleep. One of the best feelings you can experience is checking your affiliate programs to see that you were able to generate money without lifting a finger. Passive income is possible if you put in the hard work at the start and reap the rewards later in the future. 

Disadvantages

  • Slow progress: This is where most people give up in their affiliate marketing journey and often say making money online is a scam. Affiliate marketing will take some time at the start before you see progress as there is a learning curve and many skills you have to learn and master. I must admit, I was also sceptical about affiliate marketing when I first started out. However, when I made my first commission, I knew affiliate marketing was going to be my freedom from the conventional 9-5 lifestyle. It may take you months and even years before you will see any returns. The key is to stay persistent and develop the right habits that’s going to keep you focused for the next couple of years. 
  • Additional Costs: With any trade, you will need tools to help you run your business smoothly. This includes email marketing software and outsourcing tasks that you can offload to someone else while you focus on the important stuff that takes your business to the next level. 
  • Relying on the vendor: You don’t have control over the affiliate program. You will have to adhere to the vendor/merchants rules and any changes they implement. For example, changes with commission rates or removing certain products.
  • Competition:  Depending on your niche and industry, there can be a lot of competition created by other affiliate marketers. However, don’t let competition scare you. As an affiliate marketer, your hard work and persistence will help you get a piece of the pie. All you have to do is take action.

Final Thoughts

When you hear people talk about investing money, its either in stocks, real estate or crypto currency.

However, I find investing your first $1000 into a side hustle is more profitable and sustainable in the long run. 

The key is to choose one side hustle, focus and master it before you hop onto the next. 

Its very easy to be distracted and fall for the shiny object syndrome. Stick to one idea, focus and stay persistent. Your results is an indicator of how much effort you put in. 

What side hustles are you currently focused on? Let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear from you!

eCom Inner Circle Review – Is Arie Scherson’s Course Worth It?

Hey, Darren here.

Are you looking for an eCom Inner Circle course review?

In today’s post, I will share with you my honest opinions to help you make an informed decision whether or not the course is worth its price.

Can you really build a successful 6-figure e-commerce business by following what Arie teaches?

Keep reading to find out.

Who is Arie Scherson?

Dropshipping has seen a wave of popularity in 2018.

There has been an increase in the number of Shopify gurus claiming to be making hundreds and thousands of dollars from dropshipping products from China.

They often create videos flashing their expensive cars and to try and persuade you to buy their course.

These gurus will make it sound as though their course holds the secret to achieving the lavish lifestyle overnight.

On the other hand, you have genuine guys like Arie Scherson.

I’ve been following Arie on Youtube since his first videos about dropshipping and it’s great to him progress throughout the year.

Arie constantly delivers value to his followers and has the results to back up his teachings.

He consistently uploads fresh new content with actionable strategies for you to implement straight away in your own business.

I remember he shared one of his stores used as a case study which he had to close down because many of his followers were copying exactly what he was doing.

His eCom Inner-Circle course is currently priced at $397 and is accessible on the Teachable platform.

Teachable is an amazing platform with high quality videos to provide you with the best learning new skills.

You can watch all the videos of a course on most devices as long as you have an internet connection.

Even though $397 is not a cheap price for the average person, it does however deliver a lot of value compared to other courses priced at $997+.

To access the eCom Inner-Circle sales page, you can find a link on one of Arie’s YouTube videos which links you to the sales page.

Its clean, simple and explains what to expect when purchasing his course.

eCom Inner Circle Review

Module 1: Warm Welcome!

In the first module, Arie welcomes you with a few videos and introduces you to the course and what to expect.

It is also great to see Arie mentioning about updating his course and Facebook strategies regularly.

You will only pay a one time fee and receive unlimited updates from Arie.

He does not charge any extra fees for updated strategies which shows that he cares about his students instead of making a quick dollar.

When learning any new skill, it’s important to make notes and take action rather than rushing through the course.

I made the same mistake of trying to consume as much information as I can and not taking action.

This lead to information overload which made everything much more overwhelming.

Analysis paralysis is real people!

Module 2: Store Setup

In the next module of the course, Arie will teach you how to setup your dropshipping store.

He further explains whether you should start a general or niche store.

He breaks down the information so that it is easy to understand and digest.

Similar to other dropshipping courses I have come across, I’ve learnt you should start off with a general store to find winning products before investing money into a niche specific store.

Arie shows different examples of other e-commerce business to give you ideas and inspiration for your own store.

Module 3: Product Research – Finding 4,5 and 6 Figure Products

Aire teaches you how to find winning products. The strategies will help you find products that can make you 4,5 or even 6 figures.

In total, Arie will show you six different methods for finding profitable products.

In the first few videos, the strategies covered are suitable for beginners with the extra videos covering more advanced methods.

Arie also shares some information on how to find relatable products to increase your store inventory and make you more sales through upsells.

Arie also recommends a software called ProductListGenie.io which costs $97 per month.

If you’re just starting out with dropshipping, you don’t really need this software.

Update: Arie does not own this software. It is currently owned by Gabriel Beltran and his partner Coach Gianny.

In one of the final videos, Arie will discuss about the difficulties of finding your first winning product. This is to give you a heads up in case you do not see the results you expected from the course.

Module 4: Instagram Influencer Marketing

Update: Arie has updated this section to include Instagram Influencer Marketing

In this section, you will learn about Instagram influencer marketing and how to find the profitable influencers to collaborate with.

He also shows you how you can get the best ROI from your influencer shoutouts.

This section is very short and the videos are straight to the point.

Module 5: Understanding Facebook Ads

This module is more theory based. Arie will give an overview as to why Facebook Ads is his preferred traffic source for dropshipping.

He also shows you an overview of how you will test your products, how to budget and organize your adsets so that you can easily understand the data and analytics.

Arie also teaches you how to manage failing campaigns.

He also explains what BEP is and why it is important. I haven’t seen any other courses that cover this.

In the last few videos, Arie will show you the importance of product cost percentage and the best ways to get consistent results with Facebook Ads by lowering your ad spend.

Although he does provide a lot of value in this section about Facebook but it is more limited compared to eCom Elites by Franklin Hatchett.

Module 6: Facebook Ads

This module is more of an introduction to Facebook Ads.

If you’re a complete beginner, Arie will walk you through the process of setting up your business account and installing a Facebook pixel for tracking user data.

He then shows you how to create a Facebook Page for your store followed by a video ad tutorial.

Knowing how to create high engaging ad videos is very important with driving targeted and lowering your ad spend.

Facebook loves to reward video content with lots of user engagement.

Arie also includes and over the shoulder demonstration of creating your first campaign and what kinds of data you should look for after 3 days of testing ads.

There’s also a video about split testing ad copy and thumbnails followed by videos about scaling winning ads and how to lower ad cost and everything there is to know about PPE.

Module 7: Advanced Facebook Ads – Going From 5 Figures To 6 Figures

This section of the course is a follow up to the previous module.

This module is more for dropshippers who have started making money through Facebook Ads.

Arie will teach you how to setup your campaigns for optimal scaling.

He will also teach you how to create custom and lookalike audiences, how to retarget, micro testing to scale your store from 5 to 6 figures and manual bidding.

There’s also a few videos about caste study which can be used for some inspiration.

Module 8: Maximizing Profits With Back-End Systems

In this module, Arie will teach you how you can make more money in the back end of your business.

He will show you how to use Shopify plugins to increase your sales and profits.

Arie will also show you how to setup an email sequence for people abandoning their cart.

Abandon carts will always happen on any e-commerce store so it is important to win those customers back.

There’s also a video about using Manychat to retarget Facebook users with no extra costs.

This is an interesting tip I haven’t seen mentioned in other e-commerce courses.

Arie also shows you how you can double your sales using Zipify.

Module 9: Building A Long Term Brand

Building a brand is very important for long term success with any business.

A brand helps you stand out from your competitors.

Arie only recommends building a brand once you have found winning products from your general stores.

He will also teach you how to outsource and create a team of virtual assistants to help you scale your store.

Arie also shows you how to private label your own branded products so that you can sell these products for a higher profit margin.

Arie also teaches you how to incorporate an affiliate program to your store to help with building brand awareness and generate organic traffic to your store.

Module 10: Resources

In this section of the course, Arie provides you with some case studies and templates which you can use as a guide.

Facebook Mastermind

Signing up to the course will give you access to a private Facebook group.

You can ask questions and interact with other like minded members, even Arie himself.

Its also a great place to fall back on incase you’re stuck.

How Much Does eCom Inner Circle Cost

At the time of publishing this post, the price for eCom Inner Circle has increased to $397 and $997 for the VIP Mastermind package.

Money Back Guarantee

You can try eCom Inner Circle risk free for 30 days. If you’re not satisfied with the course, you will have a 30 day money back guarantee as long as you do not view more than 20% of the course.

Final Thoughts

Overall, Arie does provide a lot of value and quality content throughout his course. The only thing I found kind of strange is the use of PowerPoint slides to show stats instead of showing the audience the data from his Facebook Ads manager.

With the current price tag of $397 and $997 for the VIP package  can be a little steep for beginners.

As an alternative, I highly recommend eCom Elites by Franklin Hatchett.

eCom Elties is perfect for beginners who would like to learn more about e-commerce and dropshipping.

The course itself has hours upon hours of valuable content for only $197. Franklin also updates his course regularly so that you are always aware of the latest marketing strategies and changes to the ad platforms.

If you have any questions about the eCom Inner Circle course, leave a comment below.

Top Video Sharing Sites for Backlinks in 2019

YouTube is definitely a great place for traffic but there are plenty of other sites you can also use.

Submitting videos to video sharing sites will create quality backlinks for your blog/website. All you have to do is submit your videos to these video sharing sites and add your URL in the description.

The key is to create useful videos related to your niche and providing added value to the audience.

This does take some time but its very beginner friendly and great for those who are creating video content using Content Samurai.

I’ve compiled a list of different video sharing websites below for you to build backlinks.

My Top Recommendations

http://flickr.com

http://vimeo.com

http://youtube.com

http://blip.tv

http://vodpod.com

http://atom.com

http://dailymotion.com

http://metacafe.com

http://multiply.com

http://photobucket.com

http://viddler.com

http://video.aol.com

http://video.yahoo.com

http://www.viddler.com

http://www.veoh.com

http://www.myspace.com/video/user-videos

http://www.break.com

http://www.tinypic.com

http://www.liveleak.com

http://www.ebaumsworld.com

http://www.vidmax.com

http://www.vidivodo.com

http://www.vidipedia.org

http://wistia.com

http://www.sproutvideo.com

http://www.vidyard.com

http://www.blinkx.com

http//www.dropshots.com

http://www.freevlog.org

http://www.vmix.com

http://www.veoh.com

http://www.zippyvideos.com

If you don’t have the time to submit your videos, I highly recommend using a service from fiverr to outsource this type of task.

23 Best Trending Dropshipping Products To Sell This Summer On Shopify In 2019

When choosing which products to promote on my Shopify dropshipping store, I follow a criteria to help me find potential winners.

The type of product I usually look for needs to be a problem solver has a passionate audience and unique product features.

In today’s post, I have put together a list of trending summer products which you can dropship on your own Shopify store.

Being able to notice trends will give you an advantage over other dropshippers since you will be offering products that are proven to sell. Don’t waste your time and money promoting products that no one is going to buy.

Trust me, I learned the hard way of promoting products I thought people would buy based on my own assumptions.

Keep in mind, seasons will vary depending on which country you’re targeting.

Trending Summer Products

  1. Paw Cleaner paw-cleaner

Why are these so popular? In summer the weather is warmer and people like to walk their dogs outdoors.

Paw cleaners are great for active dogs who love to dig and useful for rainy days when there’s a lot of mud outside.

The dog niche has a passionate audience and the product solves a common problem. The paw cleaner is portable and safe to use on dogs.

Promote this product with Google AdWords, Google Shopping and Facebook ads to target interests related to dog owners.

You can create a video ad demonstrating the before and after results of using the paw cleaner.

For an upsell, you can offer the fur comb or trimmer.

paw-upsell

  1. Beach Tents

Beach tents trend every year in during summer. People love to be by the beach and water when it is too hot at home.

Beach tents are cheap to buy and replace which makes them a very popular item to have when the weather gets warmer. You can upsell a sand-free beach mat or a waterproof dry bag.

Use Google Shopping ads to target keywords related to beach tents. Creating a roundup article and reaching out to influencers and asking them to share your article can help reach more customers.

  1. Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

The next product doesn’t just trend in summer but all year round. People love to head to the beach or hang by the pool listening to their favorite tunes.

This product can also work great as an upsell. For example, if a customer purchases a tent, you can offer them a Bluetooth speaker.

I’m not the biggest fan on dropshipping electronic products, but you can use Google Shopping Ads to drive traffic to your product page.

You can also use Facebook Ads and target outdoor interests.

  1. Solar Charger

You can test this product on multiple interests. For example, you can target hiking, fishing, camping, traveling, different smartphone brands like Samsung, iPhone, Xiaomi and many more.

This is a product that solves a problem and can be sold for high margins.

I absolutely hate it when I forget to charge my iPhone before heading out. The feeling of my iPhone shutting off when I need to use it can be very inconvenient.

These solar chargers also use the sun to recharge itself and have other beneficial features like a flashlight, lighter and compass. You can also offer USB charging cables as an upsell to make increase average order value.

Use Google AdWords and Facebook Ads to promote this product but be careful of the country you’re targeting. I have noticed some suppliers do not ship battery chargers to certain countries.

  1. Hiking Shoes

This product is always trending around summer time. Having a look at Google trends shows its an increasing interest every year.

It’s another potential winner which you can test on your store.

You can use Google AdWords and Google Shopping to promote this product. Just make sure you have high-quality product photos and video to showcase its benefits.

As an upsell, you can offer quick dry waterproof pants.

  1. Golf Clubs

Golf clubs are more on the high ticket dropshipping side. You can see from Google trends it’s always trending upwards every summer.

People who are passionate about golf are willing to spend a lot of money on their gear. Drivers, putters and golf club sets can be sold on your store for big margins.

Use Google AdWords and Google Shopping to promote golf clubs. You can also offer a golf swing trainer as an upsell to help golfers improve their technique.

  1. Grills Mats

It makes sense this is a trending product every summer. When you’re grilling food on the BBQ, you don’t want to ruin the food by having them stick to the grill.

Grill mats are low cost that you can sell this product on your store for a higher margin or as an upsell.

You can use Google AdWords (or Google Shopping) to promote this product.

If you can create a high-quality video ad demonstrating the grills mats being used, you can try using Facebook and Instagram to test some ads and see what results you can get.

As an upsell, you can offer an electric portable BBQ fan.

  1. Portable Grill

Similar to the previous product, the portable grill will go hand in hand with the grill mats.

People love to be outdoors and enjoy each other’s company over a home-cooked meal.

Portable grills can be promoted to multiple interests in the outdoor’s niche. You can use Google and Facebook Ads to target specific keywords and interests.

Portable grills can also be bundled up with grilling or camping utensils to increase your average order value.

  1. Dog Cooling Bandana

Dog owners love to take their dogs on outdoor adventures. Whether it be going to the local park or walking by the beach, they are exposed to the sun and heat.

Dog cooling bandanas can help prevent dogs from heat exhaustion. You can promote this product by connecting with the customer through emotions about their dog’s safety in summer.

You can promote this product by using Facebook ads and target interests like dog grooming, dog world, puppy, pug, rescue dog, and PetCo just to name a few.

Dog owners are passionate about their dog’s wellbeing. You can offer a dog cooling mat as an upsell which is useful for indoors.  

  1. Kayak Cover

This is another high ticket product you can test on your store. It solves a pain point and has a passionate audience.

Even though it is a small niche, it has the potential for big profit margins.

It is proven to trend during the summertime when we take a look over at Google Trends.

You can use Google ads to target specific search keywords or create a video ad and promote it on Facebook and Instagram.

If you can find influencers, offer them your product for free in exchange for some content which you can both share on each other’s social media profiles.

This helps create credibility and trust with new customers.

For an upsell, you can offer a backrest to help protect their back.

  1. Pool Floats

Pool floats are always popular every summer and can be seen posted all over Instagram every year.

Pool floats are great impulse purchasing products and can be used as an upsell with other pool related products.

They come in different shapes, sizes and designs. I’m pretty sure you have seen those giant unicorn floats popping time to time on your Facebook or Instagram feed.

You can reach out to Instagram influencers who can help you promote your pool floats to their audience in exchange for your products.

The influencer can take their own photos, share it on their own profiles and tagging your business in their post.

Creating a blog post and pinning it to various group related boards will also help generate traffic quickly to your store.

As an upsell, you can offer your customers a float drink holder.

  1. Beach Towel

There are over 40 000 monthly searches on the term “beach towel” which makes this product a must-have accessory each summer.

Beach towels usually peak around June and July and you should use it as an upsell on your store.

There are a lot of different and unique designs you can find on Aliexpress which you can use to target different niches.

You can use a combination of Facebook and Instagram ads since you can take photogenic lifestyle photos to showcase the product.

To promote beach towels, you can reach out to other niche influencers and ask them to take a lifestyle photo of your product and promote it on their social media profile.

When you share each other’s posts, you can gain new followers and make a few sales.

Bundling towels together can get customers to purchase more from your store at a discounted price.

  1. Fishing Lure

People love to head outdoors when the weather gets warmer and it’s the perfect time to go fishing. Fishing lures are always popular at the peak of June and July every summer.

Fishing is a profitable niche with passionate people spending hundreds of dollars on their own equipment.

You can use Google Shopping to promote your fishing lures by targeting key search terms or reach out to Instagram influencers in the fishing niche and offer them free products in exchange for brand exposure.

There are always new lures which you can find to test on your Shopify store. Fishing lures are cheap and can be used as an upsell and paired with other fishing related products.

  1. Sunglasses

Sunglasses are a no brainer when it comes to summer product must-haves. But marketing sunglasses can be a bit tricky since it is a very broad product so targeting can be a bit difficult with paid ads.

However, they can be promoted as an upsell on your store. For example, you can create a deal where the customer can purchase multiple pairs for a discounted price.

This also an opportunity for you to make some money from the shipping costs since they are paying for more shipping on multiple items.

A quick look at Google Trends shows sunglasses is consistently trending every year in summer.

  1. Travel Bags

Travel bags are a product that consistently trends during summer time each year and it is also slowly rising in popularity.

You can promote this product by reaching out to fashion, food and travel influencers to feature your product on their blog or social media accounts.

In return, you can do the same and repost their lifestyle photos of your product for your audience.

You could also use paid ads Google Shopping and focus on SEO optimized content to drive more traffic to your business.

As an upsell, you can offer travel accessories like luggage tags and organizes.

  1. Ice Cream Maker

Who doesn’t love some ice cold ice cream on a hot summer’s day?

Ice cream makers rise in popularity every year in summer. They are also a great novelty gift for housewarming parties and summer parties.

To market this product, I suggest using Google AdWords (SEO and Google Shopping) and Pinterest. You can target specific keywords in your blog articles about making ice cream.

You can pin this article on Pinterest to quickly build up web traffic to your site.

  1. Sandals

When the weather is warm, you don’t want to wear closed shoes that make your feet all sweaty.

Sandals are also easy to put on and quick to take off which makes them a must-have item during summer.  

People are more likely to do activities around areas with water. You don’t have to worry about walking in wet socks or shoes.

To promote sandals in your store, you can try a combination of paid ads and free traffic. You can contact influencers to promote your sandals on their blog or social media profiles.

For paid ads, try Facebook Ads, Google AdWords, and Google shopping.

You could also make a post on your Instagram profile using appropriate hashtags to drive traffic back to your store.

Pinterest can also come in handy by adding images of your products to specific boards related to your niche for more exposure.

  1. Laser Hair Removal

This product solves a common problem for most women. It can be sold for a high margin on your Shopify store.

A quick look at Google trends shows that this product will be around for a long time.

You can build a store centered around this hair removal product, reach out to influencers and make video ads demonstrating how your product helps with your solving your customer’s pain points.

I have seen a few ads pop up on my Facebook feed with a lot of engagement, indicating its a potential winner.

You can offer an eyebrow trimmer as an upsell.

  1. Swimsuits

Swimsuits are always popular when the summertime comes around.

You don’t have to create a whole new swimsuit store. However, you can test these products as a small collection on a general store or an accessories store which you can build a brand around.

To market swimsuits on your store, reach out to influencers and offer them some free products and ask them to take lifestyle photos to demonstrate the product.

They can also post these images on their social media profiles and tag your store.

You can also use a combination of Facebook and Instagram paid ads to make more sales. Offer discounts on bundled purchases to make more sales.

  1. Water Shoes

This is an interesting product you can test on your Shopify store. It helps solve a problem and you can target multiple interests with paid ads.

It’s a product that is always trending every year in summer.  

With your marketing, you can create video ads demonstrating the benefits of the product with outdoor water activities.

You can also reach out to social influencers in different outdoor niches and offer them to try out your product in return for some brand exposure.

When they tag you in their posts, it helps create more brand awareness for your business, hopefully leading to more sales and more fans.

  1. Pest Repeller

When it’s the warmer season, insects are more prevalent outdoors, preventing you from going outside.

Pest repellers can be used to deter mosquitoes and rodents from ruining your garden.

You can offer an indoor pest repellent as an upsell so that a customer remains protected from pests and bugs when they’re outside and also inside.

To promote this product, use Google Shopping Ads or Facebook Ads to target interests like home improvement, pest control, and insect sprays.

  1. Baby Beach Tent

Heading to the beach is a great time to bond with the family, especially for the little ones to get some fresh outdoor breeze. However, too much sun exposure can cause long term damage to a baby.

This tent has a built-in pool which is a unique feature of this tent and it solves a problem from dealing with the sun.

You can offer a sand free beach mat as an upsell. Everyone loves the beach but hates it when the sand lingers around.

There are multiple ways you can promote this product. You can use Facebook ads to target interests like baby food, sunscreen, parents with toddlers, diapers and many more.

Creating a video ad can also have the potential of it going viral. With more people engaging and resharing the video, it helps build credibility and social proof so that you make more sales quickly.

  1. Long plasma lighter

This product prevents you from burning your hand and won’t be affected by the wind when you’re trying to light a fire outdoors.

Compared to shorter lighters, the length of the plasma lighter provides you with enough distance to keep you safe from high temperatures.

You can offer fire resistant gloves as an upsell.

Use Facebook ads and target interests related to barbecue grill, smoking (cooking), grilling, fireplace, and camping.

Conclusion

So there you have it, a list of trending summer products which you can promote on your own Shopify store. Use this post as inspiration for more summer product ideas.

Always remember to upsell and bundle products together for more sales and profits. Customers are always looking for a bargain and ways to save them more money.

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Shopify Parallax Theme Review: Create a Stunning and Dynamic Dropshipping Store

Let me guess….you’re currently looking for a new Shopify theme but can’t decide which one to choose?

There are many Shopify themes which seem promising at first but eventually look outdated, and usually they are are not optimized for smaller screens.

That’s because these themes have been created by developers with minimum input from designers.

What you need to look for is a theme that looks modern, professional and responsive.

It’s important to choose the right theme to showcase your brand’s personality and has all the features you need to create a high converting store.

In today’s Shopify Parallax theme review, we will take a look at the key features and how you can benefit from using this theme over free Shopify themes.

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What is the Shopify Parallax Theme?

The Parallax theme was developed by an award winning team over at Out of the Sandbox.

The theme is fully customizable and includes a unique scrolling style hence the name Parallax.

The Parallax theme comes in three different styles. This includes Vienna, Aspen, Los Angeles, and Madrid.

At first glance, the theme looks amazing. What caught my eye was the full-width banner on the home page.

The Parallax scrolling effect makes the website dynamic and encourages interaction with the user.

Each style utilizes similar components and key features to showcase your business online.

Vienna Theme Style

The Vienna theme style helps with telling your brand’s story by using big images, slideshows, and video.

It uses a dark color scheme combined with a light round font style to create a balance between visual elements on the website.

The first thing you will notice is the full-width banner on the home page. You can also embed a YouTube or Vimeo video into the banner.

Clicking on the Play Video button will start the video in full screen.

Make sure you choose an image with a dark background to create a contrast between your primary navigation, business logo, and text.

Below the banner, you can display two featured products.

Clicking on the plus icon on each thumbnail will trigger a product page pop up.

Customers can add these products to their cart without having to access a separate product page.

Under the featured products, you can display another full-width banner to showcase your brand.

There’s also a section for your customers to enter their email address to receive newsletters from your business.

This is a great feature to help build your email list in the backend.

Scrolling further down, you can display customer testimonials, a slideshow, and unique selling points.

You can also showcase your latest blog posts, a featured product, another full-width banner, and image gallery.

If your business or products was featured on any publications, there is a section for you to display the logos of these publishing companies.

This helps boost credibility and increases trust with new visitors to your store.

The footer section is very simple and clean.

You can link your social media profiles, display quick links to your collections and contact us page.

There’s also an email sign up form for your visitors to sign up to your newsletters if they missed the first.

The product page layout is simple and uses a pyramid style structure.

Most important information for conversions is placed above the fold.

Further down the page, you can display more information and images about the product.

The tabs make it easy to organize your product information and look amazing.

On standard Shopify themes, you will have to install a third party app to have this feature on your product page.

Most of the time they won’t look consistent with the rest of your site.

The responsiveness of the Parallax theme is seamless on when viewed on mobile.

The menu navigation in the header is simplified to create less clutter on the screen.

When you click on the hamburger icon, the page will slide to the right, revealing the menu.

It’s a pretty cool transition which I do not see used very often.

The parallax scrolling effect will be disabled on mobile view. Images in the background will remain static.

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Aspen Theme Style

The Aspen theme style has a flexible framework which can be customized to suit your brand personality. It is suitable for businesses in the outdoors camping niche.

Aspen comes with powerful features, a user-friendly interface, and impactful imagery to leave a great first impression.

On the home page, you can display a slideshow to showcase your products and lifestyle photos. Each slide will automatically transition after a few seconds.

On one of the slides, you can enable a button to direct your customers to specific collections. This slide does not take up the whole screen like Vienna.

Just make sure your background images are dark enough to make your header navigation more visible.

I noticed the header is in a fixed position at the top of the screen when you scroll down the page.

Underneath the slideshow, you display unique selling points to build trust with your new visitors. You can use a combination of icons, images, and text.

Below the unique selling points, you can embed a YouTube or Vimeo video to your home page. Video content creates engagement and keeps visitors on your website longer. The longer they stay on your site, the more time you have build credibility.

Scrolling down further, there’s a section for displaying a quote, full-width banner and an email sign up field.

You can also display featured products, image blocks with text, featured media logos and a map to show customers where you are located if you have a physical address.

The product page is very simple and utilizes a lot of white space to put more emphasis on the product images and add to cart button.

The rounded font style helps with making the text legible on smaller screens.

Scrolling down the product page, you can display more images and feature points about your product.

I went ahead and added a product to test out the cart. I quite like the panel sliding in when you click on the cart icon. I noticed there is an area in the cart where customers can leave a note before they checkout

On mobile, the Aspen theme style looks amazing. The layout and content on the page are optimized to adapt to smaller screen sizes.

Los Angeles Theme Style

The Los Angeles theme style is perfect for fashion boutiques and accessories. It uses a black and white color palette and a combination of sans and sans serif font style.

Most people may think black and white is boring and outdated, but the Los Angeles styles does it with style.

Using this theme style will give you a timeless and chic looking store.

The first thing you will notice is the widescreen slideshow. This area is great to showcase your lifestyle photos to create engagement with your brand.

You can also display a button when clicked will take the user to a collections page.

The header menu is similar to the other styles. The menu is kept minimal to make it simple for users to navigate around your store.

Below the slideshow, you can display category tiles. This will take the customer to a specific collections page.

As you scroll down the theme, there are sections for you to display multiple full-width banners, featured products, As Seen In media logos and an image gallery.

Towards the bottom of the theme, you can display customer testimonials, Instagram feed, and an email signup form.

The product page is optimized to provide all the information a customer needs before purchasing your product.

There are tabs to help you organize your product page content such as product details, sizing, and shipping.

There’s also a size guide you can enable on your product page to help customers decide which size they should order.

You can also display product reviews and related products to keep your customers shopping on your store for longer.

Adding a product to the cart will trigger a slide out cart. Your customers can edit the quantity number if they change their mind.

When viewed on mobile, the theme looks chic and modern. If you have a dropshipping Shopify store in the fashion apparel or accessories niche, this theme is perfect for you.

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Madrid Theme Style

The Madrid theme style is bold and smart-looking out of the four styles. It is suitable for tech or products targeting men.

It uses a sophisticated color palette and tall font style that gives it an elegant look and feel.

You can display a full-screen banner on the home page to highlight your product features and finer details.

Under the home page banner, you can display unique selling points to highlight the advantages of your product or service.  

Scrolling further down the page, you can display featured products and multiple full-width banners to make your website impactful.

It is very similar to Apple’s website layout, taking you on a journey about their product from start to finish.

Customers can also quickly view the products listed on the home page.

There’s a section for customers to enter in their email address to sign up to your email list for more benefits. You can send email marketing material to make more sales in the backend of your business.

You can also display As Featured In media logos, customer testimonials, and recent blog posts.

The product page layout is kept minimal to put more emphasis on the product images and Add To Cart button.

On mobile, the theme is very responsive and adapts to smaller screens seamlessly. The smooth transition effects add to the theme’s polished look.

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What are the key features of the Parallax theme?

Here’s a list of features:

Parallax Effects: Add depth to your website with the parallax scrolling effect.

Hero Video: Feature a video telling your brand’s story on your home page. You can embed a YouTube or Vimeo video.

Sticky Navigation: The header menu will stay in a fixed position at the top of the page when you are scrolling down. Navigation is always visible and accessible.

Optimized for Large Images: Create high visual impact website by uploading high-quality images that best represent your business and brand personality.

Quick Shop: Customers can view product information quickly and add them to the cart without having to leave the page.

Product Filtering: This feature helps customers filter products by type, sort by price and best sellers.

Product Zoom: Similar to Amazon, customers can hover over a photo and it will zoom in to show smaller details. This very useful for businesses who are selling handmade products or jewelry.

Slideout Cart: Makes it easy for customers to find their cart and check what products they have added.

Customer Testimonials: Increase your trust and credibility with new customers by sharing your customers’’ reviews.

Google Maps: Customers can find out where your business is located. Some customers may not live close by, but they might have relatives or friends nearby who can visit your store for them instead.

Special Page Templates: Customize the content on your website with unique layouts templates.

Instagram Feed: Share your latest Instagram posts to showcase your brand and lifestyle photos of your products.

What are the benefits of using the Parallax theme?

Here’s a list of benefits:

Support and Resources: Out of the Sandbox provides video tutorials and guides to help you set up your store in no time. When you run into trouble, head over to their Theme Help Center.

Automatic Updates: The theme will automatically update itself. All updates are free and are quick and easy using the Shopify Theme Updater App.

Saves you money: This theme has all the features and plugins you need to start your own profitable Shopify store. Parallax theme is a one off payment without you needing to install any third-party apps like standard Shopify themes.

What are users saying about the theme?

So far there are 41 reviews and looks like it’s sitting at a 5 out 5-star rating.

The majority of customers who have purchased this theme for their own store comment on:

Look and feel: The theme looks modern, professional and functions flawlessly on desktop and on mobile devices.

Support: The support team is responsive to its customers, replying back quickly and super friendly. You can tell they really care about their products and reputation.

Customization: You can easily modify the theme to suit your business needs.

It looks like the Parallax theme is a real winner.

How much does the Parallax theme cost?

The Parallax theme will cost you $180 but it is worth every cent. You can pay with a credit card, Google Pay or PayPal.

Conclusion

To wrap up this Parallax theme review, I will give it a rating of  4.5 out of 5.

You can have a professional looking e-commerce website for an affordable price and takes no time to set up.

You don’t have search for a freelancer or hire a developer to create you a website and waste hundreds of dollars during the process.

This theme is packed with so many features, works flawlessly on mobile devices and looks amazing on smaller screens.

Out of the Sandbox has made it super easy for any business owner who wants to set up their own Shopify store. Their support team is ready to help you along the way.

Just be careful of overusing the parallax scrolling effect because it can slow down your website if you use images that are not optimized.

I hope this review has helped you with deciding whether the Parallax theme is suitable for you.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below.

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Shopify Booster Theme Review: Is it Possible to Double Your Conversions?

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Originally named Shopify Booster, the name was later rebranded to Booster Theme.

The Booster Theme is equipped with all the features you need to double your conversions.

In today’s Booster Theme review, we will take a look at the features, benefits and how it can help your online business.

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What is the Shopify Booster Theme?

When I was looking for a new theme for my dropshipping business, I noticed an ad on my Facebook newsfeed about Booster Theme.

I guess they targeted me since I visited other websites related to Shopify themes.

The Booster Theme is equipped with many features to maximize your conversion rate and average order value.

You can customize the layout, edit the font styles, colors, page format and many more.

Compared to a standard Shopify theme, you will have to pay extra fees every month if you wanted to certain features that are not included with the theme.

Booster has included all the addon’s you will need for a high converting store. This saves you money over time.

Booster Theme Demo Store

I spent a few minutes quickly browsing one of the demo stores available on their sales page. Overall, it looks very clean and user-friendly.

The first thing I noticed was the full-width banner at the top of the page. This is great for displaying high-quality photos of your products.

Below the banner, you can display products from specific collections such as your best sellers. Hovering over each product tile will display a button to view more details.

Under the products, you can upload images of your products and write a short description explaining the finer details.

Scrolling down further, you can display another web banner in the background with text. The parallax effect is a pretty cool feature.

Just below the banner, you can display product collections.

For example, if you are a dropshipping store selling watches, you can display collections for different types of watches.

You can also display customer testimonials to increase trust and credibility, collect your customer’s email addresses and display more images and text to further highlight your products and brand personality.

In the footer, you can display social icons, newsletter signup, payment icons and links to your pages containing important information about your business.

The Product page layout is very clean and clutter free. I love the simplicity and the twitch effect on the button to draw the customers attention to click on it.

You can also display related products to keep your customers shopping on your website longer.

I would use a better-designed set of trust badges. The ones used in the demo store looks very unprofessional.

The font used is very easy to read and looks great on mobile. The only thing I found kind of annoying is the product counter.

On mobile, it takes up a lot of the screen when stacked on top of the button.

When I clicked on the Buy It Now button, it took me straight to the checkout page, skipping the cart page.

This is an interesting feature not many premium themes offer on their store and it’s great to see Booster Theme has taken it into consideration.

The Cart and Checkout page are just the standard Shopify layout and navigation.

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Booster Theme Features

Mobile Friendly

The Booster theme is optimized for most modern smartphones and has made it easy to shop on mobile devices.

The theme will automatically detect and adjust its layout to fit on any size screen perfectly.

If you’re dropshipping, most of your marketing will be invested on Facebook and Instagram ads. Your customers are more likely to be using their mobile devices when they see your ad.

You can display the product price, sale price, countdown timer, product variations and add to cart button above the fold to minimize scrolling.

Studies have shown mobile traffic is increasing rapidly, so it’s best to have a theme that will keep your store compatible with the latest technology. Source..

Direct to Checkout

This is a very useful feature I have seen used on a small number of Shopify themes.

Enabling this feature on the Boost theme will allow your customers to skip the cart page and take them straight to the checkout page where they enter their shipping and payment details.

The fewer steps a customer needs to complete a transaction on the front end of your store, the more sales you will be able to generate with ease.

Social Proof Sales Notification

When enabled, these popups will be displayed on the left corner of the screen which shows recent customer purchases.

Yes, these are fake, however, it helps provide social proof and increase trust for new visitors to your website.

These popups can also create a sense of urgency for products currently on sale, persuading the customers to buy from your business more quickly.

I personally find this feature annoying every time I see it used on an e-commerce store.

Use these popups with caution.

Countdown Timer

This is another scarcity tactic used on Shopify stores to create a sense of urgency. You can set the timer to start from any time, but remember to be reasonable with it,

If you set it too short, the timer will end too soon. This will look kind of strange if the customer can see the product is still in stock or the discount is still applied to the product regardless of the timer.

Visitor Counter

You know that feeling when you walk into a store and it’s just you and the employee, feels kind of lonely and awkward…

Having a fake visitor counter can help new customers feel more welcomed on your store.

Enabling this feature will make your store look more popular and trustworthy.

This feature can be useful for new drop shippers with a new Shopify store.

I personally wouldn’t use this feature on more own store but it would be interesting to test to see if there are any difference in your conversion rate.

Cross Sell Pop up

This feature is great for increasing the average or value on your store. The popup will recommend related products before a customer checkouts.

For example, if a customer is purchasing a tent, you can upsell them a torch or a foldable chair since they are most likely going to be outdoors.

You can add and display up to 6 products.

Currency Converter

The currency converter in the Booster theme will automatically change product prices based on the customers Geo Ip.

For example, say your business is setup in the United States, by default the prices on your store are set to USD.

If someone from Australia views your store, the prices will be displayed in AUD.

This feature is useful for store owners who are targeting a global audience. It can also help increase your sales.

Most standard Shopify themes won’t be able to automatically change the prices on your store, you will have to use a third party app which has monthly fees.  

Free Plus Shipping Offer

You can offer free products on the frontend of your store. How this works is, you will offer a free product and set the price to $0.

However, the customer will have to cover the shipping costs. The strategy is to collect their email address so you can send them email marketing material in the backend.

Email Discounts

This is another popup to collect your customers’ email addresses in return of a discount code.

You can customize the popup to match your store’s branding and also adjust the timing, and which pages it should appear.

It is useful to collect email addresses from visitors who are about to leave your store so that you can later send them email marketing to make sales in the future.

Again, use this popup feature with care. You do not want to annoy your visitors with multiple popups on your store.

Product Reviews

By default, the Booster theme has integrated the Product Reviews App made by Shopify. After installing the Booster theme on your store, you will have to install the app and activate the app in the product page settings.

You can also use other review apps but it is not guaranteed to work with the Booster theme flawlessly.

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What are the benefits of using this theme?

Here are some of the benefits of using Booster:

High Converting Product Page: Booster has kept their product page design minimal, allowing the customer to focus on the product images and add to cart button.

With fewer distractions, customers can decide to make a purchase more quickly.

Mobile Responsive: The theme looks great and performs very well on mobile devices.

You can tell the developers have a great team with creating a theme that is so fluid.

Navigating the store is easy and intuitive.

Multi Language: Booster can be translated into a different language regardless of your location.

Support: Besides having a great product, Booster has a support team ready to help with operating the theme.

Video: According to the sales page, you can also upload a video onto the home page banner.

Only a small number of standard Shopify themes have this feature.

What are the negatives?

Besides all the amazing features that are included with the Booster theme, let’s take a look at some of the negatives.

Firstly, if there are any future updates for the theme, you will have to reinstall the theme again on your store and reconfigure everything again.

This can be quite annoying if you’re making consistent progress and have to a pause on everything just to make changes to your store.

Secondly, some of the themes included in the Booster theme can be found for free on the Shopify app store.

If you do not need all the apps that come with Booster theme, you can find alternatives for free instead of paying the $179 for a single license.

Thirdly, since the theme is quite popular, so it is important for you to customize the theme so that it looks different from your competition.

If you’re a beginner at dropshipping, your products will most likely be similar to your competition. It is also a good idea to be selective about the features you enable on your store.

Customers can easily pick up if a store is dropshipping products from overseas when they see

What are users saying about this theme?

Checkout the Booster theme feedback from other Shopify store owners.

It seems the theme performs very well for dropshipping and print on demand stores.

Booster Theme Pricing

Ok, so how much does this all cost?

Single License: $179 (1 Shopify store)

2 License: $297 (2 Shopify store)

5 License: $497 (5 Shopify store)

Each license purchased will also include:

  • Native English support 7/7
  • Theme updater app
  • Booster Theme security
  • Unlimited access to the Booster help center
  • Integrated Marketing tools

Conclusion

Overall, I will rate the Booster theme 4 out of 5-star review. I really like the layout and responsiveness of the theme on a smaller device.

The features included also helps improve your stores’ conversions on the frontend as well as the backend.

However, it is best to be selective when enabling certain features.

Too many popups on your store can make it look unprofessional and very distracting while browsing.

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Booster Theme Alternative

If you’re looking for a more affordable theme which focuses on conversions, read my Ecom Turbo review here. The theme comes with complete training from a 7-figure marketer.

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8 Best Affiliate Marketing Programs for Beginners 2019

Affiliate marketing is a great source of income.

You create value first by helping your audience and then offering an affiliate product to help them achieve their goals.

Recurring commissions depending on the type of product.

Here is a list of affiliate marketing programs for beginners to make money online.

1. JVZOO

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JVZOO is a marketplace for digital products. JVZOO makes it easy for sellers to promote their own products and provides affiliate marketers products to promote.

There are over 21 categories to choose from so you’re most likely to find a product related to your niche.

Spend some time finding good quality products when promoting to your audience.

Pros

  • Free to use for both sellers and affiliates
  • Instant payments: Affiliates are paid instantly via PayPal. As a new affiliate, the vendor may withhold payments until the refund period is over.
  • Affiliate cookies: You will be paid a commission everytime a referral makes a purchase from the vendor, even in the future.
  • Generous commissions: Sellers can offer you up to 50% of each affiliate sale. Digital products have no distribution costs!
  • Sales Statistics: Access to analytics to track which products are converting the best.

Cons

  • Not all products are equal: Some products can be complete junk. You don’t want to ruin your reputation online by recommending bad products.
  • Submitting Applications: You are required to submit an application to the vendor to request permission to promote their products. Sometimes there can be a bit of waiting.
  • Refunds: If a customer requests a refund, PayPal will take money back out of your account.

2. ClickBank

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ClickBank is one of the world’s largest affiliate network with a well established reputation.

You will often hear other affiliate marketers reference ClickBank, especially on YouTube.

This platform is great for beginners and also suitable for experienced affiliate marketers.

Pros

  • Inventory: Wide variety of categories and products for most niches. New products are regularly added.
  • High commissions: Vendors can offer up to 70% in commissions for each product sold. Great potential for long term passive income.
  • Easy access: Just sign up to ClickBank and start promoting products. Most vendors allow you to promote their products instantly.

Cons

  • Junk Products: Many digital products, programs and guidebooks can be low quality which adds no value to the customer. Spend some time to find quality products, it is worth it the long run.
  • High Competition: You will find high quality products which adds value for your leads. However, beginners are not likely to compete with more established affiliate marketers. More experienced affiliates are more likely to dominate the search engine results.
  • Earning Commissions: The maximum commission you can earn is $150 per sale regardless of the product.
  • Location: ClickBank is not available for certain countries.

3. Amazon Associates

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Amazon has one of the biggest affiliate programs in the world. Amazon associates program is great for affiliate marketing beginners.

However there are some disadvantages with Amazon so it is best to do your research about the risks first before you begin investing your time.

Pros

  • Reputation: Amazon is an established brand and credibility online. They offer fast shipping methods and efficient service.
  • Size: You can also reach an international market with access to hundreds of consumer products.
  • Revenue: You can earn referral commissions from not only the product you are directly promoting but also other products they purchase in 24 hours.
  • Sales support: Amazon will send out abandoned cart emails and follow up messages to help you make sales. They also recommend related products after a customer completes their transaction.

Cons

  • Low commissions: Commission rates can be as low as 4% and it can go up to a maximum of 10%. Depending on your niche, you can find products costing between $100-$1000.
  • Referral Time Limits: If someone clicks on your affiliate link but doesn’t complete a transaction within the 24 hour time limit, you will lose out on the commission.
  • No PayPal: Amazon does not use PayPal to pay their affiliates. This can cause problems for affiliates living outside the United States.

4. Commission Junction

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Commission Junction is a trusted name when it comes to affiliate marketing, with over 20 years of experience.

You can rest assure you will have quality products to promote on your website.

Pros

  • Reputable advertisers and brands: Higher quality products known to be reliable. This ensures your website has a good reputation.
  • Tracking software: Tracking of links can help you find best performing products.
  • Commissions: Paid directly through Commission Junction. You can choose from direct deposit or check sent in the mail

Cons

  • There can be inconsistent payment schedule.
  • Your account can be banned without any warning.
  • You may not be approved for the affiliate programs you like. Your website is not related enough to promote their products as a beginner.

5. ClickFunnels (Software Example)

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ClickFunnels is a landing page building software created by Russell Brunson. The ClickFunnels software is a great marketing tool for business owners and entrepreneurs to set up funnels and collect leads within a few minutes.

Pros

  • Generous Commissions: ClickFunnels offers a 40% commission on all sales.
  • Sticky cookies: Helps generate commissions from related purchases.
  • Big list of products to promote to your audience.
  • Free ClickFunnels affiliate training to help you earn commissions.
  • ClickFunnels community is responsive and helpful in case you need help.

Cons

  • Affiliate payments can take up to 45-60 days.
  • High price of ClickFunnels can lead to more refunds and subscription cancellations.
  • Customers awareness levels of ClickFunnels has increased. This makes it more difficult for beginners to attract new leads.

6. MarketHealth

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If you have a blog in the health and beauty niche, Market Health is for you.

Market Health is a company focused on creating high converting health and beauty products for the internet.

Pros

  • Affiliates are paid twice per month. Frequent payouts allows you to reinvest the money back into your business as a beginner.
  • 50% commission rate per action, lead or sale.
  • You can negotiate with Market Health for higher payouts if you generate at least 20 sales per day.
  • Products created for different regions will have landing pages in the same language.
  • 30 day cookies for all products on Market Health. You still have the chance to make commissions if a customer decides to make a purchase after a couple of days.
  • Advanced tracking tools to analyze your progress.
  • You can promote most products instantly.

Cons

  • Being a direct network, people who want to promote their own products won’t be able to.
  • Commissions are based on Cost Per Action (CPA), Cost Per Sale (CPS) and Cost Per Lead (CPL). No recurring income for each sale. Market Health does remarket for you via newsletter and coupon offers to attract old customers back.
  • There is a system defect which will automatically log you out of the platform. This can become annoying when you’re trying to look for products.

7. ShareASale

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ShareASale is an easy to use platform for affiliate marketing beginners. It has over 3900 merchants on its network with a healthy mix of products for affiliates to promote. You can find products from big and small brands to promote as a beginner.

Pros

  • Large Variety: With over 3900 merchants to choose from you can find affiliate programs to promote for almost every niche you can think of.
  • Ease-of-use: User friendly interface for beginners to navigate the platform. You can easily search and apply for affiliate offers you like or suits your audience.
  • Reporting Features: Customize reports to display information most important to you. ShareASale reporting tools make it easy to keep track of your progress.

Cons

  • Payment Threshold: ShareASale can hold onto your affiliate commissions until you reach a certain threshold before your payments are released.
  • Not notifications when affiliate programs are shut down without you knowing. You can miss out potential sales and commissions.

8. Google Adsense

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When you own a website for quite some time, you can monetize your efforts by enabling Google Adsense.

Adsense matches its text and display ads based on your website content and visitors. The ads are created and paid by advertisers promoting their products.

Pros

  • Free to use: No signup fees.
  • Ease-of-use: Suitable for beginners.
  • Efficiency: Ads are provided by Google. You don’t need to waste any time creating ads from scratch.

Cons

  • People using Ad blocking software won’t be able to see ads on your website. You will lose out a on small perentage of potential commissions.
  • Ads: Some Google ads can look very unprofessional in appearance. This can create a negative user experience.
  • Commissions: Google does not provide details about revenue numbers for displaying ads.
  • Traffic: Your website needs to be on the front page of search engines to maximise your visitors.

Conclusion

Affiliate networks and programs is a great way to monetize your website. There’s almost a product for every niche which you can recommend to your audience.

Remember to only promote products which adds value for your audience. You do not want to damage your online reputation by offering junk products.

I hope the list above has given you some ideas on affiliate marketing.

Let me know what affiliate networks you like best in the comments below.

12 Best Shopify Print on Demand Apps – Create and Sell Custom Products

Shopify is a great e-commerce platform that you can use to set up your own online business.

But what kind of products should you sell on your store?

If you’re a creative entrepreneur or graphic designer who loves to customize their own designs, you may want to check out print on demand (POD).

Print on demand allows you to print your own designs on blank products. Most print on demand companies also takes care of the fulfillment process, allowing you to focus on what you do best.

Here is a list of the best Shopify print on demand apps you can start using today.

1. Printify

Printify simplifies the process of creating custom products for e-commerce entrepreneurs.

Signing up to Printify gives you access to over 200 products at affordable prices. All these products can be finalized using Printify’s Mockup Generator.

Creating your own designs can be very fun if you’re a graphic designer or creative person.

Custom designs give you the freedom to market your products to specific niches and allows your business to have its own branding and uniqueness.

Printify also handles the printing and shipping with their Global Print Provider Network which includes over 90 printing facilities.

You can also integrate Printify with WooComerce and Etsy if you’re not using Shopify for your e-commerce business.

Printify Pricing

There are two plans which you can choose from. These plans are:

Free – This app can be used up to 5 stores which include unlimited product designs. You can also see a sample of your product by using the app’s Mockup Generator tool. This plan also includes 27/7 customer support.

Premium – This plan costs $29 a month and can be used up to 10 stores. You also have access to unlimited product designs and 20% off discount on your product costs.

2. Printful

Printful is a free print on demand Shopify app with no setup or monthly fees. This app is great for entrepreneurs who would like to give print on demand dropshipping a go.

Printful also takes care of the printing, packing, and shipping. All you have to do is focus on your product designs and marketing.

Compared to dropshipping general products from China, Printful also packages your products with custom branding so your customers think it was shipped from your warehouse.

Why you should use Printful

The benefits of using Printful includes:

Free signup and no monthly fees – You will only pay for the products you order when a customer makes a purchase from your store.

Automated Fulfillment – Customer orders from your store are automatically imported into Printful’s fulfillment system.

Easy Integration – You can use Printful on e-commerce platforms such as WooCommerce, Etsy, Amazon and many more.

No Minimum Order Quantity – Printful prints everything on demand. You do not need to worry about keeping inventory or operating any fancy printing machines.

Custom Branding – You have the option to customize labels, packaging and even packing slips to give your products a professional look and feel.

Affordable Shipping Rates – Printful partners with global carriers to provide you with the lowest shipping rates.

Guaranteed Delivery – Costs for lost and damaged products are covered by Printful.

Printful is a great platform for beginners to test the waters with print on demand dropshipping. With no monthly fees, you can take advantage of Printful’s services and test your creativity.

3. Pixels

Pixels.com is the top dog when it comes to print-on-demand. It is the largest company in the world with 15 manufacturing centers located all over the world.

The Pixels Shopify app allows you to create hundreds of products using your own designs and sell them on your own Shopify store.

You have a selection of over 100 different products. These products include canvas prints, wood prints, posters, T-shirts, phones cases and more!

To get started, simply install the Pixels app to your Shopify store, upload an image of your design, choose which products you want to sell on your store, set the prices and start marketing products.

Why you should use Pixels

Automated Order Fulfillment – Automation is key in any online business today. When a customer places an order on your store, Shopify automatically notifies Pixels with the order details.

Products are manufactured within 2-3 business days and are then shipped to your customer. Shopify will also notify your customer when their order is on the way. Talk about efficiency.

Global Manufacturing Centers – Pixels have 15 manufacturing centers located in 5 different countries and are ready to fulfill your orders 24/7.

These countries include: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Netherlands/Europe and Australia.

More manufacturing centers mean faster shipping times to your international buyers.

Set Your Own Prices – Pixels will set the base price for each product they manufacture. You have full control of the markup price for the products on your store. You get to keep the difference as profit for each sale you make.

Satisfaction Guarantee – If you’re customers are not happy with their purchase, they are able to return the product back to Pixels and receive a full refund within 30 days of the order date.

Pixels is completely FREE to use. This is great for those who are on a budget, saving money on monthly fees.

4. TeeLaunch

The TeeLaunch app is free to use and has been installed on more than 93 000 Shopify stores.

TeeLaunch will take care of the fulfillment process from printing to sending out your orders. TeeLaunch also deals with customer service if something goes wrong, letting you focus on what you do best.

The best thing about print on demand is that you do not need to worry about finding a place to hold your inventory and also ship them which can be quite expensive if you are just starting out with e-commerce.

You only pay for the printed items you sell, no hidden costs.

What products can you customize using TeeLaunch app

TeeLaunch offers the following products which you can customize with your own designs:

  • Mugs
  • T-shirts
  • Tank tops
  • Phone Cases
  • Bamboo Coasters
  • Accessory Pouch
  • Beer Stein
  • Beach Towel
  • Dog Bowl
  • Doormat
  • Headphones and many more

Why you should use TeeLaunch

Great User Experience – TeeLaunch is an easy to use app, making sure you are able to create your products quickly so you can focus on the more important stuff.

Low Prices – With low product prices, you can mark up your products for more profit

Worldwide Production Facilities – You can sell your products internationally, increasing your business reach globally.

TeeLaunch is a great app if you’re looking for a variety of products to sell on your store.

You will be spending most of your time creating designs so it is best to focus on a few products at a time.

If you prefer selling your products on Etsy instead of Shopify, TeeLaunch is easily integrated for both platforms.

5. CustomCat

This company has more than 500 products which you can customize with your own designs. CustomCat also offers embroidery, direct to garment and dye sublimation.

Why you should use CustomCat

Flat Rate Shipping – CustomCat offers flat rate shipping fees for both economy and International orders

Wide Product Range – With over 500 products to choose from, you will definitely find something for your customers regardless of the niche you are in. Offering more products on your store will increase cart size and profits.

Customization – Your customers also have the ability to customize their own products. All you have to do is add these products to your Shopify store

High-resolution direct-to-garment printing – CustomCat’s digital printing technology offers 1200 dpi resolution. Making sure the final product is high quality but also feels

CustomCat Pricing

For Shopify users, CustomCat has recently released their free plan called CustomCat Lite.

You will still have access to all the features of the app, however, you will have to pay $2 on top of each product you sell on your store when a customer places an order.

The paid plan will cost you $30 a month which includes all the features from the free app plus cheaper production costs.

The paid plan is a must if you are already selling a lot of products each month.

6. Printy6

Printy6 is free to use Shopify app with no monthly fees to worry about. The interface is very easy to use, making the process of customizing your products super simple.

You can also take advantage of Printy6’s free worldwide shipping service.

Production time can take up to 3-7 days and shipping can take up 5-17 days which isn’t too bad compared to drop shipping general products from China which can take up to 25 days now with e-packet shipping.

What products can you customize

Printy6 can provide the following products for customization:

  • Canvas shoes
  • Sneakers
  • bedding set
  • wrist watches
  • wallet
  • pillow
  • wall clock
  • Mobile accessories
  • T-shirt
  • wall art and many more

Why you should use Printy6

Free International Shipping – Enjoy free shipping to your customers all around the globe. All products include shipping fees so you know what you are paying for with no hidden costs to worry about.

User-Friendly – App interface is very simple and easy to use. Provides a great user experience. Just install the app to your store and you’re ready to start customizing your products.

Wide variety of products – Install the Printy6 app and you will have access to all their products. These include canvas shoes, bedding sets, wrist watches, pillows, wallets, shirts, wall art, and much more

Automated Fulfillment – When a customer makes a purchase on your store, the app will automatically notify Snaprinting of the order.

They will take care of the printing, packing and shipping. You will also receive a notification from Printy6 when an order is shipped out to your customers. This also includes tracking and shipping info.

Printy6 simplifies the process of print on demand products. Their app is super easy to use with its drag and drop functionality, perfect for those who are not tech savvy.

7. JetPrint

Next on the list is JetPrint, considered as one of the best print-on-demand Shopify apps. This company started off with watches and quickly expanded with its product range.

This app is easy to use, with the intuitive user experience. All you have to do is drag and drop a design you wanted to be printed on a product and JetPrint will take care of the printing, packaging and shipping.

What products can you customize with JetPrint

JetPrint offers a wide range of products which you can customize. These include:

  • Wall Clocks
  • T-shirts
  • Shoes
  • Phone Stand Grips
  • Phone Cases
  • Pillow Covers
  • Wall Tapestries
  • Blankets
  • Doormats
  • Aprons
  • Tote Bags
  • Drawstring Bags

Why you should use JetPrint

Ongoing Product Development – JetPrint is always improving its app and products. Making sure they deliver quality products to your customers on time.

Premium Product Range – Compared to other print-on-demand companies, Printful only uses high-quality blank products ready for your creative ideas.

Faster Fulfillment – Printful is committed to providing your customers with faster production times. Printful aims to keep production times to less than 4 days.

Trackable Drop Shipping – You are able to track your customer’s orders from when they are shipped so that you can keep track of when their orders are delivered.

Jetprint is easy to use with no extra costs. Just install the app, add your designs and let Jetprint take care of the rest.

The only costs you only have to worry about is paying for the products you sell every time a customer makes a purchase.

The difference between the cost price and the price you sell is your profit.

8. Tshirtgang

Tshirtgang is free to use Shopify app with the only real costs are paying for the products that you buy and sell.

The app is user-friendly, perfect for any beginner who wants to give print-on-demand a go.

What products can you customize with Tshirtgang

Products you can find on Tshirtgang includes:

  • Shirts
  • Hoodies
  • Aprons
  • one-piece suits for babies
  • V-necks and so much more.

Why you should use Tshirtgang

Easy Integration – If you prefer to sell your products on other platforms instead of Shopify, Tshirtgang’s app allows you to integrate their app to multiple e-commerce platforms.

These include Etsy, woocommerce, eBay, Amazon and many more.

Flexible Shipping Options – You can ship your products internationally and also have the ability to choose how you want them shipped.

Product Generator – You can edit your designs using the product generator in case you want to make more changes. T

his is a great way to tweak your products before they are sent to production.

The only downside to Tshirtgang are the shipping rates. Shipping rates vary and will depend on the destination of your customer.

You also have to pay a little extra to be able to track your customer’s order.

Overall, Tshirgang started in 2005 and are always improving their products and services.

9. PillowProfits

The next app on the list is not free. It will cost $29.99 per month but comes with a 30-day trial so that you can test out the app before paying for their services.

All the products you sell on your store includes shipping fees with no hidden costs.

What can you customize with PillowProfits

Pillow Profits offers a wide selection of products which you can sell on your Shopify store.

These products include:

  • Sneakers
  • High Tops
  • Low Tops
  • Car Seat Covers
  • Boots
  • Bedding
  • Pillows
  • Totes
  • Handbags
  • Socks
  • Flip Flops
  • Slip Ons
  • Wall Art
  • Backpacks
  • Luggage Covers and much more

Why you should use PillowProfits

Free International Shipping – Products sold through PillowProfits include shipping fees and can also be shipped internationally for free. Not only are you limited to the US market, but you also have the whole world which you can sell your products to.

Tracking is only available for orders being shipped to Australia, UK, Canada and the US.

Competitive Pricing – What makes PillowProfits stand out from other print-on-demand companies are their prices.

All products sold through PillowProfits include shipping fees with no hidden fees.

Customer Satisfaction – If your customer has a sizing issue with their product, PillowProfits will send a replacement at no extra costs.

Converting Mock-Ups – Market your products using Pillow Profits high converting mock-ups which are proven to make you sales.

Full Control Of Orders – The fulfillment app gives you complete control over your customer’s orders in case you need to change a customers address or cancel their order.

The PillowProfits Fulfillment app allows you to make edits in real time.

If creating designs isn’t your strong suit, you can use the free designs provided by Pillow Profits.

This will help cut down the time required for customizing designs for your products.

10. Kin Custom

Kin Custom is free to use Shopify app to bring your creative designs to life.

After installing the app, just upload your image or designs, select which products you would like to sell on your store and start selling. Simple as that.

You only pay for the products sold on your store. No surprise hidden costs.

What can you customize with Kin Custom?

Kin custom offers a wide variety of trendy high-quality products.

These include:

  • Bomber Jackets
  • Crop Tops
  • Handbags
  • Canvas Shoes
  • Tank Tops
  • Yoga Pants
  • iPhone Case
  • Laptop Case
  • Pet Shirt
  • Socks and much much more!

Why you should use Kin Custom

Free Shipping – Kin Custom ships your customer’s order to them for free. No extra hidden fees unlike other print-on-demand companies in this list.

Free shipping applies to the US and select countries.

Product Customization – Kin Custom offers a wide variety of products to suit many niches.

Merchandise and apparel options include men, women, and kids high top and canvas shoes, wristlets and handbags, bikinis, accessories and much more.

Design Templates – If you’re not the creative type but would like to own your own print-on-demand business, Kin Custom also provides pre-designed merch which you can add to your own store and sell.

Fulfillment and logistics – Focus more on the creative side of the business and let Kin Custom take care of fulfillment and logistics. You can also request custom packaging for a better experience with your brand for your customers.

If you are an entrepreneur with fresh and creative ideas, Kin Custom is for you. You can also contact the company and request for products which they do not stock. So many possibilities!

11. Voodoo

Voodoo’s Shopify app allows you to print on demand in 3D!

This means you can customize your own 3D products which help you stand out from other businesses who are offering the same generic print on demand t-shirts and mugs.

The app is completely free to use and you only pay for the products that are sold.

Why you should use Voodoo

Unique Products – You have access to high quality and trendy houseware products which includes: custom cookie cutter bundles, drink coasters, bottle openers, jewelry, trinket dishes, and much more

Low Costs – Production costs are kept to a minimum to maximize your profits as the business owner

No Upfront Costs – You don’t have to worry about stocking any inventory since Voodoo requires no order minimums.

All you have to do is design your custom products and add them to your store. You are only charged when a customer makes a purchase from your store.

Product Bundles – Increase average order value by offering your customers bundled product sets.

Voodoo products compliment each other and can be sold as a set for seasonal and special events.

Fast Fulfillment – Orders are fulfilled in 2 days. You can also order product samples from within the app.

Product Mockups – If you have no time to take your own product photos or just don’t like using a camera, you can use the mockup generator to sample your design on a product.

At the moment, 3D printed products are limited to cookie cutters, coasters and wall hooks. Custom packaging is also still in development.

12. Viralstyle

Last on the list is Viralstyle. Viralstyle is a free to install app, made user-friendly so that entrepreneurs can get products listed on their store fast.

You also have the peace of mind with tracking provided with every order made within the app.

With a variety of items to choose from their catalog, you can offer a wide range of products to meet your customers’ needs.

What products can you customize with Viralstyle?

Products which you can customize with your designs include:

  • Bottle and can sleeves
  • Canvas Prints
  • Baby Onesies
  • Mugs
  • Posters
  • Dog tags
  • Necklaces
  • Socks
  • Tote bags
  • Beach towels and much more

Why you should use Viralstyle

Automated Fulfillment – When a customer places an order on your store, Viralstyle will be notified where they will handle the printing and shipping.

All orders also come with tracking so you know where your customer’s orders are at all times.

Product Variations – Viralstyle has a large variety of products which you can add to your store.

Each product comes with variations in size and colors and you can also find sizes up to 5XL for select brands.

Personal Branding – If you would like to have your own branded tags Viralstyle can also provide small customizations at a small fee.

With over 60 products available, you can turn your ideas into products with zero risks.

Conclusion

With so many apps available it can get a bit overwhelming when choosing which company you want to go with.

Before deciding on which app to use, it is important to understand what niche you’re in. You can also test each app to see if they are easy to use on your store.

Don’t forget about production time and shipping rates. Factoring these small points can make a huge difference when making a decision.

Print on demand is a business model which you can start today with zero risks.

If you would like to learn more about creating a profitable e-commerce business, click here to read my review of eCom Elites.

It is a complete A-Z blueprint on creating your own successful dropshipping business.