Our economy these days is very fragile and one always needs a plan B to fall back on should the worst happen. I know there have been times this year when you would hear of someone that you know has been with the company for some time, performs well and now has been let go. We all need something to lean on should this happen to any one of us. That is why because of the hard economic times we should start a second job just in case. This second job will do two things for you. It can help you earn and save more money and it can give you peace of mind. You will sleep more soundly knowing that should the office need to let people go you are ready. The presence of a second job ensures to an extent that you will still be able to keep things together until you next job comes about or until your business has grown enough to support you without a 9 to 5 job. Earning a second income in the comfort of your own home by becoming a drop shipper is a reasonable step.
This business is just right for those who want to join the online retail selling business but does not have the capital to buy their own stocks for their store. In drop shipping you get orders from your customers online and then you forward those orders to the wholesale dealers who will ship it to your customer. You then become a middle man of sorts since the stock is not yours to sell and you just pay the wholesale dealer when there is a sure sale. You make money because the price you will quote to the customer is marked up by from the price the dealer gave you.
An individual can start a drop shipping business with very little start up capital. In drop shipping you will be selling items most probably retail and usually this is online. The start up capital is very low because the retailer/drop shipper is able to maximize the technology the internet has to offer. First, there is no physical store necessary. As you know the top money drainer when you open a retail store is the store itself. You will need to lease store space, have interiors done and furniture has to be bought. In the virtual world of the internet “store space” is a website which might run yearly just $10 for the domain name, and perhaps $75 a year for hosting. The “virtual store” can be designed by you as many free programs are available online. Utility bills are next to nothing since its just the power for the computer.
You will also need a turn key application that will allow the customers to order from your site. If you want just a very simple no frills kind it will only cost around $50. The pictures for the items you will feature will even be provided by the wholesaler you will order from. You will also not need to hire staff since most of what needs to be done is online and can be worked around the hours of your regular job. Most of the leg work is also done by the wholesale dealers from inventory, to packaging to shipping. So why not try this second job today. Who knows it might one day be the only job you need.