It was around the end of August 2018, when I made a spontaneous decision, bought a domain name and opened Shopify 14 day trial account.
I was watching some random YouTube video from Alux channel, something about millionaires when a soft and lovely women's voice named some top 10 things to become a millionaire, covering basics like stock investments (check), crypto investments (check), affiliate marketing (check)... and suddenly she mentions dropshipping. Hammer.
It's not that I would be completely unfamiliar with the idea of the dropshipping business model. In fact, about a year ago I was thinking about Amazon FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon), but was guessing I would need at least $5,000 to start with and it kind of involves risk - like finding a product that you can actually sell.
I was reading some case studies, the one that inspired me the most is this one: How I Built a Dropshipping Store That Made $6,667 in Under 8 Weeks
I did find some obstacles, before actually launching my first Shopify dropshipping store - it took me about 3 weeks to open an account with 2checkout.com to process credit card data. Once I was confirmed I find the other obstacles, this time in my head - either start with a general store or a niche store. I thought about going with a niche store about watches (I just wanted to copy paste the strategy mentioned in the above link), but after messing with Instagram and trying to figure it out, how influencer thing works there, I decided to go with a general store and Facebook Ads instead.
In fact, I have been running Facebook ads for years, with good results in the past, so it seemed like a logical move.
I don't follow many users on YouTube, but after watching a couple of videos from Indian dropshipper / youtuber Ritoban I subscribed to his channel Flying Start Online and started to apply some of his mentioned strategies for running Facebook ads.
So far I have spent $35 on Facebook ads, got 0 purchases, and found that it's OK to spend at least $5 per day to test product ideas and figure out ideal target audience to find the best selling items. It's hard to tell whee this journey will take me, but for now, it seems a great area to explore more.