How to Find the Best Drop Shippers Your Competitors Aren’t Using

The best drop shippers are the ones you can't find

Finding a good drop shipper can be a difficult and time consuming process.  The most common way retailers look for drop shippers is to search dropship/wholesale directories or by using google.  For example, if you’re looking for a jewelry drop shipper, you may google the keyword “jewelry drop shipper.”  You’ll be presented with a number of companies who offer drop shipping services to retailers.

Why can this be a problem?

If you’re finding a drop shipper like this, there’s a good chance so are your competitors.  Companies who advertise that they offer these drop ship services services are likely supplying a large number of retailers.  This means that now you’re competing with all the other retailers who are using that vendor for drop ship services. You will all have the same products so you’ll have to find a way to differentiate yourself since your products are not unique in the marketplace.  Content marketing and customer service are a great way to do that.  Remember, it’s never a good idea to compete on price, as it’s always going to end up as a race to the bottom.

Is there a better way to find a drop shipper?

Glad you asked!  There is a better option but it can be a little more time consuming – which is why so few people attempt it (and why this can be an advantage for you).  

Instead of searching for drop shippers, start searching for other retailers of the products you’re interested in selling and see if they’re willing to offer dropship services.  Many retailers are still unfamiliar with this type of model and it can be beneficial and lucrative for them to offer it as it could open a new opportunity for them to offer their products B2B (business to business).

By contacting companies who don’t offer drop ship services, you may be able to find opportunities to offer products your other competitors won’t have.  Having different products could just be the unique selling proposition your e-commerce store needs.

Etsy as Drop Shipper?

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One method that’s becoming increasing popular is to make this arrangement with Etsy sellers.  Etsy sellers have amazing products, many of which are unique and hand made.  You can contact the sellers to see if they would be willing to offer you special prices and ship directly to your customers.

One thing to keep in mind is if the products are hand made, you may have to give the sellers advance notice if you plan on driving a lot of traffic/sales for that product.  They may have difficulty keeping up with the demand so they’ll likely need some notice to expand their operations and create more products.

Steps to contact an etsy seller:

  • Go to
  • Using the search bar, find a product that you like
  • Click on the profile name/logo of the seller
  • Click "Contact" from the sellers profile

How to Start a T-Shirt Business with Zero Inventory Costs

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Have you ever thought about starting your own t-shirt business or brand?  With so many different tools and services currently available, it’s never been easier to jump into this lucrative field. The best part, it requires very little up front investment.  Starting an apparel business is usually expensive, particularly because of inventory costs. Assume you have 1 design, available in 5 colors, and 5 different sizes; that alone would require to have 25 shirts in stock (and that’s only having 1 of each).  You can see how quickly this number will grow once you start adding more designs and need to have larger quantities available in stock.

However, now there are alternative ways to start a t-shirt business.  The first type is called is dropshipping.  This would allow you to resell someone else’s brand, and have that company ship directly to your customer.  Your profit would be the difference between your cost and the cost of the product.

The second method, the one we will cover below, is called print on demand.  This allows you to start your own brand with your own unique designs.

Niche & Product Research

The niche refers to the category where your brand will sit.  For example, if you want to create a t-shirt brand that caters to nurses, you are in the nursing niche.  Generally, products in passion niches sell very well (e.g. nurses, fire fighters, police officers, hunting, fishing, etc…).

The reason it’s important to select a niche is for 1) branding and 2) marketing.

If you’re trying to build a brand, it should be focused on a particular topic.  It’s hard to maintain a brand image when there is no cohesion among the products.  If for example you have 1 product in the yoga niche, and 1 product in the dog niche, the consumer may be confused about what the brand is focused on.

Secondly, marketing in one specific niche is much easier than targeting a general niche.  When all of your products are in one category, you give the consumer options of what they want to purchase.  It allows you to have a defined marketing message and detailed targeting about your prospective customer.  However, if you’re selling products in a number of different categories, you may be limiting yourself.  For example, if a customer visits your website seeking to buy a yoga shirt, the may leave if they only see 1 design that doesn’t speak to them.  However, if all of your products are yoga related, there is a chance they may purchase some of the products.

Once you have decided on a niche, you should research the type of designs that your audience might be interested in purchasing.

Find out What’s already Selling

Deciding on a Business Name & Domain Name

Where to Find Designs for your T-Shirt Business

Unless you’re a graphic designer, you’ll need someone to create the designs for you.

Here are a few options:

Hire a designer on a freelance website:




99Designs, Crowdsourcing,


Print on Demand – Your T-Shirt Supplier

There are a number of different print on demand companies and new ones popping up frequently.  These are companies that can print your design on their products and ship the products directly to your consumers.

The main difference between all the various print on demand companies are:

  • The type of product they carry (e.g. mug, shirts, pillows, yoga mat, leggings, etc..)
  • The printing methods they use (direct to garment vs. screen printing)
  • The price of the products
  • Processing time and shipping time
  • Customer Service

Here is a list of the best print on demand fulfillment companies.

T-Shirt Mockups

Ht-shirt mockup exampleaving t-shirt mockups are an essential part of selling your own t-shirts.  Especially when starting out, you may not have the ability to have someone model your t-shirt. T-shirt mockups give you the ability to have your design turned into a realistic lifestyle photo.

Having lifestyle mockups can help increase conversion rate because it’s easier for a consumer to picture themselves wearing the design when they can see it on someone else.

Selling the T-Shirts

Once you have your designs ready and a POD supplier in place, it’s time to start selling them.  There are a number of different ways to sell your products.

  • Marketplaces
    • Etsy
    • Ebay
    • Amazon
  • E-Commerce Store

These are not exclusive so there is no reason your product should not be listed on as many market channels as possible.  That means you can sell the product through your own website as well as on all the different third party marketplaces.

How Much Does it Cost to Start a T-Shirt Business?

There are a number of costs you should take into account when starting a t-shirt business.  The main ones include (but not limited to):

  • Domain Name – ~$10.00
  • Website Platform:
    • Hosting – $5-$10/month (if you decide to host your own shopping cart, like by using wordpress + woocommerce)
    • If you decide to use a managed solution like shopify, there is no hosting fee, but there is a monthly fee associated with the service that starts at $29/month
  • Marketplace Fees: If you decide to sell on a marketplace, there are some minimal fees associated with listing your products.  The main fees, like the fee amazon takes for selling a product, are calculated when your products are actually sold.
  • Website Design – There are free themes/templates available but the recommended ones can cost $50-200.  The premium themes are usually better maintained, designed for usability, conversion and provide a much better user experience
  • Logo Design – $5-100
  • T-Shirt Design – $5-50 per design
  • Advertising – This is completely up to you.  Advertising can be a major expense, or a minimal one, depending on how you decide to run your business.  For example, if you decide to spend time to build a loyal following on social media, you can launch your business without a large marketing budget.  However, if you decide to do paid media (google adwords, facebook ads), this cost is ultimately decided by you based on many different factors such as profit margin, conversion rate, average order value, customer lifetime value, etc..

Here is a list of the best print on demand fulfillment companies.


Selling the T-Shirts

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Startup Costs

How to Market the Products

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How to Start a Blog – Beginners Guide

Most people are familiar with blogs and may even have favorite sites they frequent for information or entertainment. Have you ever seriously considered starting a blog site of your own? It is obvious that you have considered it at some level if you are reading this guide, but have you really dug down and thought about whether you can be successful?

There is no magic formula to success in the blogging world. It takes persistence, dedication and a lot of hard work to create many return and new visitors to your site. In the age of instant access to information you have to really impact them with good writing, correct and useful information, offer top-notch products and present a welcoming personality. This is not always easy to do through a computer screen.

This guide will break every part of the process to successful blogging into pieces that are manageable and understandable. You will know what it takes to get a blog site off the ground and heading towards the moon and stars. When you complete each part well it will function as it should. There is a formula for success that works no matter what your niche and interests are.

Some people create blogs to get more social recognition and build long-lasting friendships over the miles. Others start blogs to increase business or make it a revenue generating business as it stands. What is your motive behind an interest in blogging? If you know this it will go a long way to helping you create the perfect strategy for success.

This guide is straightforward and you can revisit any part of it at any time to refresh your memory as to what needs to be done at each stage of a blog site development, publication and marketing. Are you ready to begin?

Reasons to Start a Blog

Beyond the actual mechanics of starting a blog, many people wonder why it is that so many businesses and individuals start them to begin with. The reasons are always very individual, but make sense once you take a closer look at the more popular blogs already in existence. They generally fall into the following categories:

  • Imparting personal information or stories
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Best Print on Demand Fulfillment Companies

Below are the best print on demand (POD) fulfillment companies.  If you’re looking to start an e-commerce company without investing into inventory, POD is one of the best approaches.  POD is very similar to a drop ship service, except the products are custom printed specifically for your customer and shipped directly to them.  E.g. You design a graphic and would like it printed on a t-shirt (or shoes, leggings, yoga mat, mug, etc..).  Once someone purchases the product from your website, the POD supplier will print the product and ship it directly to your customer.  You keep the difference between the price paid by your customer and the cost of the product by the POD supplier. Most POD companies integrate with e-commerce platforms like shopify essentially making the entire experience completely automated.



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Gear Bubble offers a variety of POD products such as t-shirts, cell phone cases, leggings. hats, pillow cases, posters, shot glasses, mugs, jewelry (necklaces and bracelets) and more. You can sell products directly on their platform or through your own website which integrates with the Gear Bubble platform. No monthly fee, simple platform to use and great customer service through their facebook group.



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One of the first (if not the first) POD companies to ever exist. Known for their high quality products & printing as well as the customization they offer which is unmatched. Their prices on average are higher than most other POD suppliers as a result. Aside from carrying many different products like embroidered hats, leggings, posters, shirts, socks, dresses, and beach blankets, they also offer custom services like tag removals on shirts, printing custom labels on products, adding inserts for branding experiences, etc. No monthly fee to use their platform and it integrates with most major ecommerce platforms like Shopify, WooCommerce & BigCommerce. They also offer a useful mockup generator tool.

How to Improve Customer Satisfaction for Your Ecommerce Store

If you have an ecommerce store and you are selling products you have bought wholesale, or that you have acquired the rights to, then this puts you in an interesting position. While you will be running a business and communicating directly with your customers, in many ways their experience is going to be out of your hands. People will rate your store based to a large degree on how much they enjoy the products they buy – and this means that their satisfaction is in some ways out of your hands.

But don’t make the mistake of thinking there is nothing you can do to differentiate yourself or to help ensure your customers are happy. There are actually a number of ways in which you can improve or damage the quality of your service, so it’s important to think hard about how you’re going to approach your business.

Here are just some of the things you can do to improve satisfaction…

Over Deliver

Over delivering is an interesting idea. This essentially means that you are going to provide some free value. A common example you’ll see on Amazon for example is that phone cases will come with free styluses. A stylus costs very little for the vendor but by including them in the package, they can pleasantly surprise their audience and this will make a big difference to how happy they are and the review they ultimately end up leaving.


So you have ‘over delivery’ and then you have just good old delivery. This is one part of the experience that is entirely down to you, unless you are drop shipping. Essentially, it’s your job to make sure that your buyers get their products on time and in the best condition.

Partly this will come down to the carrier you use and partly it will come down to the way you package your item. Here it’s worth investing a little in good quality packaging just to ensure you always get a positive customer experience.

This is also an excellent opportunity for branding. Amazon does this particularly well and by including their logo on all of their parcels, they have managed to create an almost Pavlovean response to their own brand. We feel great when we see those parcels come through the door and now we associate that feeling with Amazon!

This is also another area where over delivery is a good option: get your items to your buyers sooner than they anticipate and they’ll be very happy indeed.

Customer Service

You can also improve satisfaction by offering the best customer service. This means offering returns with no questions asked and also going above and beyond the call of duty to improve your service. You can do the latter by doing things like sending follow up emails to make sure that your customers are happy with what they’ve received.

Another great option? Just say thank you! People love feeling valued as customers and this is an excellent way to make sure they feel that way.