Kamil Sattar got into shipping in 2017, let’s just say it wasn’t an overnight success. In the first year, the self-employed entrepreneur lost a few thousand dollars trying to sell more products and run more ads. He almost stopped swimming completely, but in the following year, he was able to turn his business around and earn more than a million dollars.
These days, Kamil is well known as The Ecom King on YouTube, where he makes videos teaching aspiring entrepreneurs how to make money from shipping and other online businesses. His goal in life is to help others achieve the same success.
Seasonal Stores Vs niche stores
For aspiring dropshippers, the first hurdle is deciding what kind of online store to start. Kamil recommends that beginners start with seasonal shops or niche shops.
A niche market may be a better bet in the long run, especially if you choose to sell something related to your interests. You will know the products well, you will be able to market well and you will know your customers well because you are one of them.
On the other hand, you can create a store this season to help people find gifts for the winter holidays. The bigger the audience and the more potential the market. Kamil said that customizable products, toys and tech gadgets often make good products for seasonal shops. He suggested searching TikTok for popular products.
Using TikTok for Organic Marketing
Kamil is not only using TikTok for search, but also for organic marketing. He says there is still room for small producers to discover and go viral on the platform.
“What works on TikTok is that the videos don’t even look like ads,” Kamil said. “So it has to be user-generated content, visual content, and it has to be between 10 and 30 seconds.”
Kamil recommends using viral sound, voiceover and quick editing to imitate other types of TikTok videos. TikTok also rewards new accounts with the algorithm, so the first 30 days are very important to build an audience. Start creating and saving videos so you can post 3-5 videos per day for 30 days to get promoted in the first month of your account.
Find good suppliers
AliExpress, a Chinese supplier owned by Alibaba, may be the most popular offering, but Kamil encourages people to go beyond AliExpress to other suppliers like USA Drop, Spocket, Hyper SKU and others to find that will meet your needs.
Is this product in your warehouse? This is the most important question you should ask your potential provider.
“Because if they have it in their warehouse, it will immediately reduce shipping by 10 days,” Kamil said. He cautions newbies to stay away from suppliers who are actually doing business.
Starting a dropshipping business with less than $500
If you go to the TikTok viral method, which gives you these products, creates content, and uploads it regularly, you can start this type of business with a shipment of $ 300 to $ 500 max more than you don’t.
The main attraction of water shipping is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money upfront for the goods. Often, all you have to do is pay for a Shopify website and start making a few TikTok videos.
“I believe that the best opportunity right now in shipping is the organic TikTok system,” Kamil said. “The profit margin is between 40% and 60%, but you can’t argue with those numbers.”
If you want to go the traditional digital advertising route and buy Facebook, Google and Instagram ads, you’ll need about $2,000 to $3,000 to get started.
In addition, selling expensive items will also require a large initial investment. Advertising is the place to sell, and Kamil says that the price for customers is often higher if your product is expensive.
How to avoid legal issues.
Kamil has one big piece of advice: “Don’t sell copyrighted products. So if Marvel is in it, if there’s a big brand like Coca-Cola, get out.
When looking for a supplier, ask if they have the right to sell a specific product to avoid any brands. When it comes to creating content, create your own content and don’t try to use someone else’s music or videos. Since laws vary by city and state, the best thing to do is to contact your local attorney if you have any questions.
Use print to look different
One way to boost your dropshipping business is to offer on-demand printing services. Post and request allows customers to customize products, either by adding words or images to the products they buy in your store. Kamil says that print-on-demand can be a good way to reduce risk and if print is used to buy products, it will help diversify the revenue stream.