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Print on Demand, or POD, is a business model where you can create designs and then add them to a large variety of products which you can then sell. Third party fulfillment companies will print your design on their products and ship them directly to your customer. POD is a great business model for artists, designers and entrepreneurs alike.

There are many different fulfillment companies that carry different products depending on what you want to sell. You can also multiple multiple vendors to increase your range of inventory. Popular POD products include t-shirts, hoodies, mugs, jewelry, canvases and much more!

POD is similar to the dropshipping business model in that you don’t need to carry any inventory and don’t have to worry about fulfillment (shipping the products to the customer). Your focus will be on marketing your store and customer service. A POD business allows you to create your own unique brand as you’re able to add your logo to the product designs and with some merchants, to the labels, inserts and other packaging.

A POD business has low startup costs since there is no need to buy/store inventory (the largest expense for most e-commerce businesses), print the products, invest in fulfillment supplies, etc… Once you have a design (which you can create yourself or outsource), you can apply that same design to a number of different products. So in essence, 1 design can create dozens of different products. This allows your customers to have a greater choice in the products they want to buy.

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Difficulty Level

Affiliate marketing is generally recommended for people with intermediate skills in online marketing. You need to have a following on social media or decent traffic on your website. Also, you need to know how to write copy or make a verbal pitch through a YouTube video. Your persuasion and value-conveying abilities will determine how many customers buy the product or service on your recommendation.

Average Timeframe for Results

Most entrepreneurs start making money with affiliate marketing within the first month of getting started. However, they’re usually great with online marketing. For newbies, the average timeframe to see results is 3 to 6 month, as it can take a while to find the right affiliate partner and audiences to sell to. Also, you can put a few things (email campaigns, for instance) on autopilot once you start seeing results by to generate a passive income.​

Startup Costs

You can start up an affiliate marketing business with as little as $200. The startup expenses will typically include a domain name, a content management system, and a few tools that allow you to create landing pages and manage your email list.​

Profit Potential

Put simply, there’s no limit when it comes to making a profit with affiliate marketing. Google “affiliate marketing success stories” and you’d find several articles on affiliate marketers making a 7-8-figure income, and over $10,000,000+ in lifetime earnings. With the right approach and hard work, anyone can earn enough with affiliate marketing.​

Pros:

Passive income

Low-risk versatile business model with low startup costs
No inventory or fulfillment requirements
Wide range of products to sell
Can be run remotely from anywhere with an internet connection

Sell anywhere
Cheap to start

You just need a computer and an internet connection. You don’t have to invest in inventory or a physical office. If you need help with marketing, you can hire assistants from Upwork.

CONS:

Risk of fraud

Smaller margins than branded products
Competitive market
Quality and supply chain out of dropshippers control
More difficult to establish brand

No control over product quality

A major pitfall of affiliate marketing is that you don’t have control over the quality of the product you’re endorsing. This includes the item’s features, pricing, and more. The best way around this is to sign up with trustworthy merchants. For services, you can test out the offering first before making a recommendation.

Future profits belong to the seller

Affiliate marketing basically means you’re helping a seller build a group of customers. You get a commission just once, while the seller enjoys greater profits when the customer purchases that product again. Also, anyone referred by the customer will go directly to the seller to make a purchase.

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Dropshipping can be a profitable business venture, with some owners making up to or beyond $100,000 a year, with very little investment. A successful dropshipping business can be run from home — or anywhere — for a few hundred dollars each month. However, the success of a dropshipping business depends on a number of factors:
  • How aggressively the owner markets their store (Facebook, AdWords, SEO, etc)
  • Brand strength
  • Products sold
  • Understanding of dropshipping business/markets
As mentioned above, profit margins for products can be slim, and most of the price of the sale will return back to the manufacturer. By keeping prices low (accepting a smaller margin), a shop owner can become competitive in their market and increase the chance of a sale — thus relying on volume to drive revenue. By prioritizing the needs of customers through competitive pricing and high-quality customer service, dropshippers are able to see the pay-off in their profits. Also choosing products strategically, however, a shop owner can increase their margins. For example, selling products that are difficult to store, or are heavy can give you a competitive edge over traditional retailers. Most of all, a successful dropshipping business requires an owner’s commitment, creativity, and passion. Because the business relies heavily on front-end marketing, it is up to the owner to really sell the product, or someone else will!
 

Dropshipping is often criticized as either oversaturated or unreliable. Trends spark and die in a matter of months, leaving sellers looking for new trends or for more reliable products. A steady product niche can minimize a seller’s stress around whether their products will sell the next month.

The top steady categories of products are:

  • Women’s Clothing and Accessories
  • Jewelry
  • Home & Garden
  • Beauty & Health
  • Men’s Clothing and Accessories


These are also the highest performing niches of Dropshipping products. Within these top categories are some interesting popular item types. Within Beauty & Health, facial sprays and eyeliner stood out as most-purchased. In Women’s clothing, intimates were purchased more than any other clothing type. And in Jewelry, necklaces were hot. Understanding the categories that perform highest is crucial to setting up a successful dropshipping business. While keeping up with changing trends can also pay well, it is wise to offer a combination of steady and grossing products. There is also incredible value in capturing unexpected segments of the market. A store with hard-to-find items will pull in customers needing that item and lacking other options.

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Dropshipping is a type of e-commerce business model that allows you to sell products that are stocked by third party suppliers/companies who will ship the product directly to your customer. You only pay for the product after you sell it. As a result, you’re able to run an e-commerce business without the need to hold any inventory or handle shipping and fulfillment.

Dropshipping allows site owners to focus on marketing and customer service without the risk of having to pay for inventory that they’re not able to sell. This is a very attractive business models for those who are new to online businesses as it reduces the risk and overhead normally associated with traditional business models. From a vendors perspective, dropshipping is also attractive because it allows them to increase visibility and sell more products through the dropshippers relationship.