Your business plan is your path to your goal. What is your goal; to be a drop shipper or to make money?
To be a drop shipper is probably not your real goal. Drop shipping is just a solution to an order fulfillment problem. Your goal is really something that you have probably already defined and you think that drop shipping is the way to achieve that goal.
As you plan your business, you should ask yourself the question, “Why did I choose drop shipping?”
Did you choose drop shipping because you want to run a business from home and it seems like a good thing?
Or did you choose drop shipping to satisfy a particular need for your current business?
What are you trying to do? Are you looking for a home business that will make you money or are you trying to be a drop shipper?
If you are looking to make money you should look at all the drop shipping options and, perhaps, choose the most rewarding.
What is the most rewarding drop shipping method to make money on the internet?
The most rewarding way to make money on the internet is to follow in the footsteps of the people who make the most money on the internet. And the people who make the most money on the internet use the power of internet advertising to sell products and services offered through affiliate programs.
The people who use the power of advertising to sell products and services offered by affiliate programs make thousands and tens of thousands of dollars per month. They do it from home, from the beach and from their boats.
Compare that to most budding drop shippers that spend hours on their auction sites, spend months perfecting their internet stores and web sites, wait months for their web sites to be indexed by the search engines and then barely make break even. And they don’t do it from the beach or their boats.
You should ask yourself some tough questions.
Do you want to be an eBay Power Seller because it will make you feel prestigious or do you want to be an eBay Power seller because that means that you are making more money than before?
If you say it is because you are making more money, then maybe it is money that is your goal and you should be looking at how to use your time most efficiently to make money? But, of course, if you are looking for prestige, then being an eBay Power Seller is for you.
Do you want to find products to sell by drop shipping because you want to sell something on the internet or do you want to sell something to make money?
If you want to make money, the answer is the same. Make money the most efficient way.
Be honest with yourself. Why do you want a home business? To make money or to make yourself important? No one is looking. You can keep the answer to yourself. But do be honest about it. Because that will set your goal in your business plan.
It all comes down to whether or not your goal is to make money or to have a hobby that may not cost you much money.
If you make money like those who use the power of internet advertising, you will have something that most web site owners are struggling to get. Money. And you can spend it on as many hobbies as you want.
Most web site owners, drop shippers included, struggle to even make a profit no less have some extra spending money. You can either be like them or do what so many others are doing.
You can do it. You just have to follow some very simple steps. And what is absolutely amazing, is that the search engine advertising departments will help you more than you would believe. They actually want you to succeed – at least the people in the advertising sections do.
With support like that it will just be a matter of time before you get the hang of it and start making good money. Yes, you will have to experience the joys of your own learning curve. But if you approach affiliate programs as business venture, and work to shorten your learning curve by reading how to books and subscribing to free tutorial series on internet marketing, you will learn quickly.
We are not trying to discourage you from drop shipping on auction sites or from your own store. We want to be sure that you have looked at all the options before you start spending time and money.
Do take the time to study before you start your business plan. You might see a drastic difference in your financial results if you look before you leap.
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