So, you’re doing this dropship thing now, too??? I’ve been receiving this question quite a bit, so I thought I would explain my set-up. 🙂
First of all, NO I do not DROPSHIP. Nothing against any individuals or businesses who prefer this method, it was just not something I felt comfortable with. After researching the possibility of using this method of delivery, I decided it took the “personal touch” out of business practices.
I was raised in a small town, small community, with a lot of local business owners that have laid out a great example of how to operate a successful business. My parents, aunts, uncles, grandmother, and great-grandmother all have or had successful small businesses. The one common theme among the businesses – they care! I’ve seen the devotion, time, effort, sweat, blood and tears that go into opening a business. In fact, I’ve always said, I will never own my own business! (Lesson 1 – NEVER say NEVER!) It is the analysis of several business owners that helped me decide on how I want to operate a business. So, what do I feel is important? Communication, showing care and compassion, genuinely wanting to help others, going out of my way and expecting nothing in return, and personal thoughts with recommendations is what I determined were the most important aspects of MY business model and plan. I just did not feel like I could incorporate these aspects into my business by using the dropship method.
Therefore, I have transformed a former gameroom into an office space and inventory management. Using this method, I am able to personally inspect each and every item I will sell for quality, and ensure it is a product that I want to represent my business. Is it the easiest way? No. However, I value these aspects when deciding on a business I want to work with, so I felt it was important to incorporate these qualities into my own business plan.
I’m not sure how everyone else feels about it, but I will pay a little extra money to support someone who is LOCAL, TRUTHFUL, HONEST, and not obsessed with the profit margin. We all need to make a living, but I feel like this can be accomplished with the end goal of helping someone. I try to live my life by the philosophy “When you do good things for others, don’t expect good deeds to be returned. Do it because you enjoy making someone’s day” (Rita Zahahra). I do it because it makes me happy and fulfilled and truly believe in “good karma”. Everything comes back to you in some form or fashion, so it’s important to maintain a good character and work ethic, because it’s the RIGHT thing to do.
So, have questions about my products? Ask away! I will be more than delighted to share my experience, reasoning for selections, and any other question you might have!