Dropship Lifestyle: An Honest Review of the Course that Changed My Finances

If you’ve done any research at all on creating passive online income, I’m sure you’ve come across some information on dropshipping.

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You might of even came across the Dropship Lifestyle program by Anton Kraley.

Am I right?

Some of the dropshipping gurus out there make it sound like a get-rich quick scheme and the fastest way to earn a buck. The truth is, the dropshipping business is a fantastic way to make a living, but without a roadmap, you might find yourself among the business owners that fail.

I know I was.

Dropshipping – When an online store receives an order, they send the order to the manufacturer. The manufacturer fulfills the order. In other words, the online store does not keep any stock.

Ever heard of Skippypets?

Didn’t think so.

Skippypets was just one of the dropship online stores I opened in the mid 2000s. And like most of the others I built, this one flopped hard.

Since about 2000, I have spent countless hours building dropship online stores only to watch them fail. And believe me, it wasn’t that I didn’t have the motivation or spend the time to make them succeed.

The problem was that I was spending my time on the wrong things. What I needed was an actual online business owner who had been in my shoes and could show me exactly how to build a successful online dropship store.

I needed a blueprint.

Enter Anton Kraly

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In December of 2012, I was on a business forum and came across a program called the Dropship Lifestyle  by Anton Kraly.  Click HERE if you want to visit! 

I had bought “start your own online store” programs before. They all promised you the same thing — easy success! Behind most of these programs seemed to be excellent marketers who were good at selling their courses instead of actual business owners who had built their own online stores.

But this one seemed different. 

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Anton Kraly struck me as honest and genuine. He didn’t promise easy money or salesy garbage. He let you know right up front that starting your own business would be work, but that he had a process to make success possible.

Like most of you, I wasn’t looking to get out of work. I was looking for a successful process to follow, so I could spend my time on the right activities. The activities that would actually produce a profit.

Needless to say, I bought the program. He offered a risk-free guarantee, so I felt I had nothing to lose.

Over the next several weeks, I devoured the information. I watched every single video and read every single word. I spent hours learning and building my online store. 

I was living off 3 or 4 hours of sleep a night, but the excitement of owning my own online business was the fuel that kept me going.  

By the end of January, I was open for business.

My First Order

Success wasn’t instant, but on February 19, 2013, I finally received that long-awaited text. My phone buzzed with a notification from Shopify, alerting me of my first order.

I was ecstatic! Someone actually purchased something from my store! I was hooked. I couldn’t wait to see the next text that said, “You just received an order.”

1st Order

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Since then, my dropship store has grown considerably and I now earn more there than from my day job.

Bottom line…

Anton’s program Dropship Lifestyle  was a game changer for my families finances!

1st Full Month – February 2013

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As you can tell by the image above, that I definitely  did not kill it the first full month in business.

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What I Love About Dropship Lifestyle

One of the things that makes Anton’s dropship program different is that it doesn’t focus on making thousands of sales per month. Instead, the focus is on niche stores selling high-dollar items so that there’s no need for thousands of sales.

Here is an example:

Store 1: Sells Watches

Average-Priced Watch: $20

Profit Margin: 20%

Gross  Profit Per Sale = $4

Store 2: Sells Robotic Lawnmowers

Average-Priced Lawnmower: $1000

Margin: 20%

Gross Profit Per Sale: $200

Get the picture?

Let’s say you want to make $4000 a month gross profit.

With store 1, you will need to make a 1000 sales.

With store 2, you will only need to make 20 sales. 

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Twenty sales is way more manageable than 1,000 sales. In the niche I am in, I make several dozen sales a month and those several dozen sales create a very nice income.

 Many others that have taken Anton’s course have gone on to build more than one store and duplicate their success each time.

My Top Five Tips from the Dropship Lifestyle Program

  1. Sell high ticket items. It is just as easy to sell a $1000 product as it is a $10 product.
  2. Don’t try to self-host. Use Shopify right from the start. It takes a lot of the headache out of building your store. 
    Years ago, I would self host the stores that I built, which meant I was responsible for setting up a payment gateway and making sure my store was secured. The past four years, I have used Shopify without complaints. Try Shopify for Free!
  3. You are building a real business. Do not treat it like a hobby.
  4. Set daily goals and work on the hardest task first. In order to stay motivated, you need to know where you are going.
  5. Some niches will be more successful than others. Do your research and choose yours accordingly.

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Conclusion 

I am extremely grateful that I found this program when I did, and credit Anton Kraly with changing my mindset and motivation for starting an online store.

But the truth is, this type of business model may not be right for you.   I would never set out to convince someone to buy something that wasn’t in their best interest. I only want to share what has worked for me and keep you informed of the best programs out there in case this is something you’ve thought about pursuing.

If it is something you’d like to check out, click here to signup for a FREE 10 day mini course of the Dropship Lifestyle  program.

And as always, I am here to help, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below.

Just take a step,

Michael

7 reasons why I have kept my day job while owning my own business

Does starting your own business mean you should quit your day job?

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Like you, I stay busy. I work a full-time job, operate a thriving online store and run the blog workathomeinspiration.com, all the while being a husband and dad.  The question often asked is,  should you quit your job while owning your own business?

I make as much money from owning my own business as I do with my full-time job, but I have yet to put in my two-week notice and don’t plan to anytime soon.

Why do I continue working a full-time job?

1. Base Income

I view my day job as my base pay and my work-at-home businesses as commission. I pay myself a regular salary every two weeks from my ecommerce store. The rest of my profit, we save or pay off debt. Having that base-pay buffer eliminates some of the stress that can come with owning your own business.

2. Insurance

The company that I work for offers excellent insurance at an affordable premium. Two summers ago, one of our sons had to be rushed to the emergency room, and two weeks later, our other son had to go to the emergency room. We would have been out several thousand dollars if we had not had excellent insurance coverage.

3. I don’t dread my job

If I had a job that I dreaded going to every day, I would probably take the risk and quit. But I work with great people and my job is not stressful. While I work, I am able to listen to podcasts and audio books that help me grow own businesses.

4. Meet financial goals earlier

Several years ago, we purchased a brand-new car and were able to pay it off within a year, thanks to the fact that we could pay at least $1,000 a month from my online business.    My wife and I are working toward paying off our home early. This goal is obtainable because we have several streams of income as business owners.

5. My wife can be at home

At one time in our marriage, my wife was working three days a week, cleaning an office and teaching on Saturdays. I hated it because we had always desired her to be at home as much as possible with our kids. Today, she only works two days a week and one of those days she is able to pick up the kids from school. I do not want to jeopardize her having to work more than two days a week.

6. Retirement

The company that I work with offers an excellent 401k plan. They match dollar for dollar. This benefit has the potential of being worth several thousand a year. Right now, I put in 5 percent of my salary, which is the maximum they match. Of course, if I was making $1,000,000 annually with my work-at-home business, then this benefit would not have as much holding power.

7. Security

I have worked for the same company for over 20 years and realize there is no security working for “the man”. My wife, however, feels more financially secure with me having a corporate job. I would not leave my job without making sure that we had enough in savings to last for at least six months and all of our bills were paid off. Of course, there are always exceptions.

Like many of you, I would love to work full time on my own businesses. But for now, I am satisfied doing what I am doing. I have certain financial goals that will need to be met before I quit my day job.

For those of you that work a job as well, what keeps you from quitting and owning  your own business full time?

Just take a step!

Michael