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3 Ways You Can Automate Your Dropshipping Business So You Can Quickly Scale to 6-7 Figures This 2021

You probably already know 2020 was a disastrous year for most dropshippers.

Constant Facebook business manager ban…

Insane shipping delays due to the pandemic…

Shopify shutting down stores…

And PayPal holding funds because of the slow shipping…

Because of this, most smaller scale dropshippers were forced to end their dropshipping career…

While 7 figure dropshippers are diversifying their risks by opening branded stores or new niche/one product stores alongside their main store.

(And if you wish to scale to 7 figures this 2021, diversifying your risk is what you should be doing.)

Now, I know what you’re thinking…

“Ain’t nobody got time for that!”

Or

“How can I open more stores, let alone start a brand if I’m already spending all my time on my one store.”

The good news is, it’s actually possible to automate your dropshipping business just by using these 3 methods that we use in our operations agency to automate our ecom clients businesses and scale them to the moon 🚀

3 Ways To Automate Your Dropshipping Business, And Scale to 6-7 Figures This 2021

Now, when I say “automate your dropshipping business”, I don’t mean using apps or bots to run the entire store for you.

That would be impossible.

Sure, there are apps that can help you to automatically fulfill your orders or sync tracking numbers into PayPal.

But there’s no app that can fully automate the entire business from product research, to copywriting, to fulfillment.

The only way left to automate?

It’s to create systems, processes and get the best people to execute the tasks for you.

(Which is why top dropshippers focus a lot on building teams and systems to carry out their tasks for them while they create new brands, and attend high level masterminds to level up their skills and network)

And here’s how you can do so:

Step 1️⃣  Optimize, Simplify & Streamline Your Systems

The very first step to automating your dropshipping business is to first optimize and simplify your systems.

Meaning, your systems have to be:

1. Easy to implement

2. Takes minimal resources (like time, money, effort, manpower) to carry out

Why so?

This is so that it’s much easier for any new hire or team member to carry out the tasks effectively and efficiently.

Pro Tip: You want them to carry out their tasks at at least 80% of your own capacity.

Meaning, if you are able to find 10 high quality products a week, they must be finding at least 8 high quality products a week. Anything lower means that they’re having trouble with the system.

Remember, More complex systems = Less efficiency in the team = Less productivity = Less results

A common mistake that dropshippers make is that they have way too many unnecessary steps in the entire process.

This not only wastes a lot of time and effort, but it can also be more complicated especially to new hires and it’ll take a lot of your own time and effort to train them.

(Time that could be better spent elsewhere like strategizing on how to scale your business.)

So how do you know if your process should be streamlined and how can you do it?

In our agency, we do this:

First, map out the entire process in the form of steps.

For example, the product research process.

(A) Research for products on adspy

(B) Upload product details on product research sheet

(C) Check if there are any duplicates of this product on the sheet. (If there is, restart from step 1.)

(D) Inform project manager at the end of the day after confirming that there are no duplicates

Next, identify the bottle-necks or unnecessary steps in the system.

From the product research process example above, we can identify that step (c) is a bottleneck for most product researchers.

They have to spend the time to double check the google sheet to see if there are any duplicates.

Because of this, they can waste up to 90mins a day just by checking for duplicates.

Lastly, remove bottle-necks / unnecessary steps and see if the process still works. (Even when you scale it)

At our agency, we’re always focusing on helping our clients to remove bottlenecks and improve their workflow.

For one of our clients, we developed a unique product research method that only required 3 steps in total…

Allowing our clients to go from testing 2 products a day, to over 6 high quality products a day.

Here’s what we did:

Step 1: Conduct product research (either on AdSpy or any other methods you prefer).

Step 2: Upload product details on a google form that’s integrated to the product research google sheet. If a product is a duplicated product (via keywords), or if it didn’t meet the criterias set. The product will automatically be marked as red.

If they meet the criterias and are not a duplicated product, it’ll automatically be marked as green.

Step 3: Project manager just needs to go into the product research sheet and pull all the products that are marked in green.

By doing this, we not only reduced the amount of time to find a qualified product, and significantly reduced the chance of any mistakes happening.

Now that you have a well optimized system for your team to effectively carry out…

It’s time to focus on getting them to carry out their tasks WITHOUT coming to you and constantly asking you questions.

Which brings us to step 2.

Step 2️⃣ Create Delegation Systems

For most dropshippers, we started our journey by doing everything by ourselves.

From product research all the way to media buying.

And we believe that we’re the best people for the job at everything.

Which eventually leads to burnout, exhaustion and brain fog…

Ugh… brain fogs are the worst.

And when it comes to automating your dropshipping business, it’s crucial to delegate the execution to your team members.

But for most people, they’re afraid of delegating their work.

They’re afraid that their team can’t do a good job without them.

They’re afraid that they’ll lose control of their business.

They’re afraid that their team will not uphold the quality that they usually have, which will lead to a dip in revenue.

But after working with 6 & 7 figure dropshippers in my agency, it’s possible to delegate without having to fear about losing your business.

All you need is a delegation system.

I wrote a post about the “3PDS delegation system” that we use in our agency to automate our client’s businesses.

To avoid repeating and to keep this post shorter, you can check out the 3PDS post by searching my name in the group.

Step 3️⃣ Hire & Train A+ players

Without capable team members in your team (A+ players), it’s extremely difficult to successfully automate your business.

Which is why 8 figure dropshippers have HR teams sourcing for the best people out there.

But for those who don’t have the luxury to afford HR teams, it’s still possible to hire A+ players and train them to become superstars to run your business without you, ESPECIALLY if they’re VAs.

I wrote 2 posts talking about this.

First post talking about “How you can hire A+ players using our S.A.R.V. Hiring framework.”

Second post talking about” How you can create an Automated training system using 7D Training system.”

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Ultimately, as the dropshipping landscape is slowly changing, more and more higher level dropshippers are starting to open up new brands and niche stores to diversify their risks.

And they find time to do so by first automating and delegating most of their tasks for their main store.

And if you’re looking to automate your business as well, these 3 steps should bring you much closer to automation as this is what we do for our clients. You can find even more information here.

All the best, and crush this 2021!

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Dropshipping Business Earthquake, after one of the dropshipping tools Shopmaster shut down. Oberlo is shutting down too. Dropshippers have to find alternatives.

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Oberlo Is Shutting Down – What Are the Best Alternatives to Oberlo?
CJ Dropshipping
May 17, 2022
Oberlo Is Shutting Down – What Are the Best Alternatives to Oberlo?
What should dropshippers do?
What are the best Oberlo alternatives?
1. DSers
2. CJ Dropshipping
3. NicheDropshipping
4. Spocket
5. Printify
Today we got breaking news for dropshippers. Oberlo, one of the most well-known apps on Shopify will officially close its entry on June 15th, 2022.

Oberlo has been a successful dropshipping app. It provides a convenient method for store owners to fulfill orders with AliExpress.

Among all the various dropshipping apps on the market, Orberlo has got a great reputation in the community. It has helped countless people become successful entrepreneurs.

However, the sites will officially shut down on June 15th. For the people who are currently on a paid Oberlo subscription plan, they can cancel it now and get a refund.

What should dropshippers do?
There are many possibilities for Oberlo to make such a decision. And shutting down the Oberlo app doesn’t mean the Oberlo company is going to shut down.

We will talk about this topic in our latest articles and share some insights about the dropshipping industry in the short future.

For now, Oberlo will shut down soon. If you are one of the entrepreneurs who have been using Oberlo, you need to think about what to do next and find a solution for the incoming event as soon as possible.

In this article, we will present some best dropshipping sites as alternatives for Oberlo. If you wish to take this challenge as an opportunity with a new service provider, this is the chance.

If you are not using Oberlo, the event may also lead you to some deep thoughts about the industry. In case your current supplier or service provider got the same situation in the future, preparing in advance is always a good choice.

What are the best Oberlo alternatives?
1. DSers
On the official Oberlo FAQ page, Oberlo has suggested the users migrate to a trusted Shopify partner, DSers.

DSers is a dropshipping app that provides multistore management. You can use it to manage most dropshipping platforms such as Shopify, Wix, and Woocommerce.

Just like Oberlo, DSers allows you to sync orders from your store to AliExpress and then fulfill the orders in a more convenient way.

Also, you can use DSers to source the products on AliExpress. Instead of sourcing products on your own, using DSers will save you a lot of time to locate the specific product you want among the massive category.

In addition, DSers is also available for data transferring from Oberlo. If you wish to migrate your Oberlo account data to DSers, you can do it directly on the Oberlo admin home page.

What makes DSers unique?
Good Chrome extension
Multiple store order manage
Optimizing sourcing time
Allow data migration from Oberlo
Good chrome extension
Still, DSers is not the best choice if you wish to save your budget and justify the cost. This is because if you want to fully use the functions of DSers to manage more than 3 stores, you will need to subscribe to the paid plan first.

2. CJ Dropshipping
CJ Dropshipping is a one-stop dropshipping platform that provides a complete Dropshipping service.

The service of CJ dropshipping covers sourcing, shipping, order management and even filming ad videos.

CJ Dropshipping has both features of Oberlo and AliExpress, you can find products that come from various international suppliers at cheap prices on the site. By using this sourcing feature, you can easily find better suppliers different from AliExpress.

If you need some information about the recent trendy products or best-selling products, you can also explore the trendy products recommendation columns on the CJ Dropshipping site. Every season there will be brand new innovative products for you to choose from.

Besides, the overall shipping time of CJ Dropshipping is faster than AliExpress suppliers. This is because many suppliers on CJ Dropshipping got their own international warehouses.

Also, if your business volume is big, you can actually have your own private inventory in CJ warehouses. Then your orders can be shipped out within 1 to 2 days.

If you are not only looking for a store integration service provider but also suppliers with better prices, CJ Dropshipping will be a good choice for you. Unlike other paid-to-use platforms, most functions on CJ Dropshipping are completely free to use.

What makes CJ Dropshipping unique?
Free sourcing for better suppliers
Trendy products recommendation
Faster shipping time than AliExpress
International warehouses
Bulk order management
Various extended services (POD, Photography)
3. NicheDropshipping
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When you want to search for any products with better quality or price, you can directly consult the agents of NicheDropshipping to find the product you want.

If some products got higher prices than you expected, you can also negotiate with the agents. Agents of Niche dropship are also professional in getting the best quotation from the suppliers.

Besides, Niche Dropshipping got international warehouses in both China and the USA. So if your market is in the US and you wish to optimize the processing time of the products, you can also choose to bulk purchase the products to stock in their USA warehouse. Once products are stocked in the USA, shipping and processing time can be amazingly fast.

In addition, the photography service is available if you wish to see the actual quality of the products. You can also request photos or videos for advertisement usage. But keep in mind this service is paid, the cost will depend on your request content.

What makes NicheDropshipping unique?
Free product sourcing quote
China & USA warehouses
Automated dropshipping service
Photography service
4. Spocket
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Most of the suppliers on Spocket are from the USA & the EU. This special feature makes it an excellent tool to search for products within the US and the EU.

The best thing about domestic suppliers is the shipping time. If you buy products from domestic suppliers, shipping will only need takes 2-5 days to deliver. This is why international warehouses are also recommended by other dropshipping platforms

Still, the limitation of domestic suppliers is the product variety. If your wish to expand your business, you will need to explore more international supplier platforms.

If your target market is in the US or in the EU, Spocket is a great choice for you to find the supplier you prefer to work with.

What makes Spocket unique?
Available US & EU suppliers
High-quality products with samples
Winning products recommendation
Support multiple platforms (Shopify, Woocommerce, Wix)
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Specialized in POD products
Wide range of customizable products collection
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