3 Drop Shipping Success Stories to Inspire Your Own Small Business

Regardless of their experience level in the e-commerce world, e-retailers have likely heard of, looked into, or established a drop shipping model for their online store.3 Drop Shipping Success Stories to Inspire Your Own Business

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, drop shipping enables a company to operate without maintaining inventory, owning a warehouse, storing products, or shipping them. All of this is accomplished by partnering with a drop shipping supplier. This can take a lot off of an e-retailer’s plate, which is why it’s becoming a more popular avenue for e-entrepreneurs.

Here are three drop shipping success stories to inspire your own business.

So Aesthetic

Justin Wong started his e-commerce store, So Aesthetic, after he was tired of his full-time job and going to school at night. He decided to set up an e-commerce store with a drop shipping model, and it has paid off in spades. Once Wong started his e-commerce store, he quickly made $12,000 within a month. Wong started his e-store with zero investment because of drop shipping; he didn’t need to keep any inventory, thus eliminating the cost of buying and storing his store’s products.

On top of that, a drop shipping model meant that Wong didn’t need to worry about shipping, either. According to Wong, “Drop shipping seemed cool because it made starting an e-commerce [business] seem easy. I didn’t need to buy products in advance, I didn’t need to have space to hold them and it didn’t require extra time and effort to ship the orders myself.”

For anyone looking to jump into e-commerce to sell beauty products from home for example, employing a drop shipping model like So Aesthetic can be a major launching point. Cosmetics are a product that will have multiple drop shipping options for e-retailers because it is a product that can easily be stored, packed and shipped.

National Parks Depot

Another drop shipping success story comes from Robert Nava and his e-commerce store National Parks Depot. Nava had a rough past as he found himself in and out of correctional facilities and struggling with drug use. Upon being released in 2007, Nava had a desire to make something of himself in the business world. Nava failed multiple times until he finally got it right with National Parks Depot, which is his e-store that sells outdoor gear.

Nava decided to try drop shipping with National Parks Depot, and the results were fantastic. He was able to expand his inventory without taking on additional costs, which is vital in the early life of any e-commerce business. His e-business ended up netting $1,000 in sales on the first day, and the numbers kept rising. Within a month, his business had completely taken off.

Vivo Masks

E-commerce stores don’t always take off as quickly as the two success stories above. Jackson Cunningham started Vivo Masks in 2013. Specializes in Venetian masquerade masks, Cunningham’s sales were initially sparse. After being in business for a month, he was averaging one sale a day.

The products were being shipped to him from Europe and he was then offering free shipping to customers. Eventually, Cunningham found a warehouse in the U.S. that would store and drop ship his products. The main benefit, besides lower shipping costs, was he could purchase inventory risk free, knowing it was going to be profitable based on Vivo Mask’s order volumes. Vivo Masks is now in the top one percent of e-commerce stores that started in 2013.

Drop shipping allows for more time to be put back into the business instead of worrying about packing, storing and shipping products. It also eliminates the risk that comes with keeping an inventory of your products.

These three success stories are examples of how drop shipping can really help an e-commerce business transform from an additional revenue stream to a high-level source of income.

About Nathan Fillion

Nathan Fillion is a writer and blogger covering the small business space.