Looking to start a home business? Thinking of selling products online from home and earn extra dollars on top of your normal working income? With the rapid growing of drop-shipping demand, more and more distributors and manufacturers start to provide drop-shipping service to boost their business.
Hence, your can utilize the advantages of drop-shipping service to start your home business and earn your extra dollars while continuing your current job.
To start your online home business and earn the extra dollars from it, you need to be able to:
· Let your potential customers know what you are selling. Hence, your need a website site or an e-store that can display your products.
· You need to be able to receive orders and process your customer’s payment, normally by credit card, PayPal or e-Check. So, you online store should integrate with e-commerce features such as shopping cart and secure payment processing system.
· You need to fulfill your customer’s orders by packing & delivery the ordered products to your customers. So, you need to have your selling products ready any time to delivery to your customers when they paste orders.
· You need to provide after sale support, handling refund and good returns for exchange.
Let see one by one what you need to have in order to get ready the above 4 items:
Online E-Store With Shopping Cart
Getting the online store up is pretty easy, you can utilize eBay to build your e-store and sell your products online through eBay network. Or you can purchase an e-commerce ready web hosting package, there are many web hosting package with site builder where you can get your e-commerce website up easily.
Receive Payment Online
If you want to sell your product online, then you need to be able to receive payment online. When talk about online payment system, PayPal is the most popular online payment processing tool. With PayPal integrated into your e-store, your customers can make payment either by using their credit card, e-check or pay with their PayPal account.
Stock, Packaging & Delivery
Home business is consider a small business and it might not be cost effective to stock your inventory and tie up your money for the stock and stuck with it if the product can’t sell. Most home businesses are “one-man show” or “few-man show” that has least man power to handle package & delivery. If you start your home business as the part-time job, you definitely have no much time to handle packaging & delivery to fulfill your customer orders. Hence, drop-shipping is an extremely perfect business model for home business.
With drop-shipping, you do not need to keep inventory, but instead passes your customer orders and shipment details to wholesalers. The wholesalers will handle the packaging and then dispatch the goods directly to your customers with your invoices. And you can make the profit on the difference between the wholesale and retail price.
After Sale Follow Up
After sale service is important to retain your customers and make repeat sales to the same customers if they satisfy with your products and services. A satisfy customer will refer new customers to your online store and you can make more sales. Hence, you need to proactively ensure the wholesalers are shipping out your orders to your customers on time and you could do extra step to follow up with your customer to see whether they have received their order and any issue about the product, often your help to resolve the issue if it occur.
Home business is a good option for you to earn extra dollars on top of your income and you even can convert it to your full time job once it gets success. With the enhancement of the ecommerce technology and the advantages of Drop-Shipping service provided by many manufacturers and wholesalers, you can start your online home business easily and without the need to big start up cost.