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How Much Do Dropshippers Make In 2020? How Soon Will You Make Money From Dropshipping?

By Olga L.

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How much do dropshippers make? When to expect the first sale to happen? How long will it take for the dropshipping business owner to have a stable income? Let’s try to figure it out.

Money-related queries always top the list of the most frequently asked dropshipping questions. There is nothing surprising about it. None of us wants to engage in a demanding activity that ends up being unprofitable, right? We are all dreaming of lazy self-indulgent workless days on a warm calm seashore, and can’t wait for it to finally happen.

Still, questions like ‘how much money can I make dropshipping” are somewhat similar to ‘what’s the size of the Universe’… I mean, there is no way to answer them with a 100% accuracy.

Instead, in order not to make some disorienting assumptions (I really wouldn’t like to make any misleading promises), let’s consider real-life experience of the people who have already achieved some important business milestones. Everyone’s experience is precious, and there are lots of tiny tips and lifehacks we can learn from others.

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How much do dropshippers make with a newly launched store?

First of all, let’s speak about your possible income in case of starting a dropshipping business. You should understand that there are lots of factors which can influence your dropshipping journey. For example, a significant role is played by your location, the chosen niche, suppliers, products, and so on. It means that it’s difficult for us to talk about an average income of newly launched store owners. For this very reason I suggest you to pay your attention to some success stories of our latest clients, and you’ll have an opportunity to draw conclusions by yourself.

Meet one of our amazing clients whose name is Martin. He’s a sports coach from New Zealand, who has decided to go into dropshipping business. He started up his journey not long ago and has already achieved some results to boast. Today he owns only one online store and its total revenue in the first month of the store operation amounts to almost $300. Probably this sum is not very impressive, but the fact that Martin managed to make some profit during the very first month of his business existence without any relevant experience or background in the field is quite notable.

We can take a look at one more dropshipping entrepreneur. His name is Alex, and he is from Russia. His way in dropshipping is very interesting due to his education and previous experience. He has a PhD in IT, and he tried to design his own software for running a dropshipping business. Unfortunately, he hadn’t succeed until he decided to use our dropshipping solutions. To date, he owns nine online stores, and four of them are built with AliDropship plugin. Showing one of his stores as a example, Alex says that he has 3-20 orders every day, and his gross sales for a month amount to more than $200. This sum doesn’t seem like enormous, but, as an additional source of income, it’s still inspiring!

Next entrepreneur I would like to talk about is Mihai. He is from Spain. Recently he opened two online stores using the solutions of AliDropship. Well, despite the fact that he only made one sale so far, he has a highly positive attitude. He is sure that the success is within reach, because he knows it now from a real-life experience how to promote his stores.

You might be wondering: what about the prospects of your dropshipping store? These newcomers’ stories are motivational, of course, but how does the business generally progress? 

We cover this question a bit later in this article, but here is just a couple of stories to give you some idea on this.

Some of our clients started their dropshipping journies several years ago and already shared the stories of their success with us several times. For example, this is Otto, and he lives in the Baltic states. The most interesting fact about his way is that he gave up his 9 to 5 job and decided to risk everything to start dropshipping. And what do you think about it? Yes, it paid him off. After he had launched the second online store, his revenues amounted to more than $13,000 per month. Fortunately, there is more to come.

Now meet Mousslim. He is only 22 years old, and he lives in a small town in France. He doesn’t have any college degree, but he is fond of new technologies and entrepreneurship. In 2017 he was interested in AliDropship plugin, and decided to give it a try. After some time his revenue amounted to $3,500. As it turned out to be, this guy was going to move far higher mountains. 

If you want to know how these entrepreneurs operate right now, do not stop reading this article! The most exciting things are ahead!

How long should I wait until the first sale?

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Here, the answer is pretty simple: you shouldn’t wait at all.

When you run a newly launched store, it doesn’t have an established brand yet. So, the best strategy is to try out different marketing instruments, and test everything to the best of your abilities.

Let’s listen to the people providing their feedback on AliDropship forum: here, we have a special Our Dropshipping Journeys section that is exclusively dedicated to the authentic stories of dropshipping stores’ owners.

For example, from this thread we learn that it took the author about a week to achieve his first sale – but during this week being an experienced Internet marketer with a solid experience in building WordPress sites he did the following:

  • Picked the preferred promotional methods (AdWords and social media marketing);
  • Installed the Social Rabbit plugin to automatically manage social media marketing;
  • Connected Social Rabbit to the store’s Instagram , Facebook, Twitter and Facebook pages;
  • Got several additional external plugins that, in his own personal experience, prove to be beneficial for a website management;
  • Added and edited 3 times more products than he initially had;
  • Launched his first shoutout campaign;
  • Made several sitemap updates;
  • Launched his first AdWords campaign;
  • Made a conclusion on his pricing strategy and discounts policy;
  • Updated his product offer paying attention to their prices and SEO aspect

At this point, you’re probably thinking “Oh. My. God. This is WAY too much, I have no idea about any of this, and if I knew about such a huge amount of the work required, I would never even think about getting my own dropshipping store”.

But, let me assure you: there are literally no reasons for you to worry about these aspects. Yes, this particular forum poster already has a significant background experience in the field of Internet marketing; but how, do you think he got this background?

By practice, trials, and errors, of course.

No one is born with the full set of dropshipping skills and knowledge, right? It all comes in due time.

To prove my point of view, I will use another AliDropship forum post as a reference.

Here, the original poster is a ‘newbie in website’ who began with accumulating knowledge on stores management and promotion. As we learn it from the thread, it took this store owner exactly 1 month (since the moment of the AliDropship plugin purсhase) to get the first sale – which, by the way, originated as the result of making an Instagram shoutout.

In other words, even a lack of professional insights into dropshipping store management can not stop you from the sales generation: yes, it might take a slightly longer time, but you will still achieve it as you learn the marketing tips and management tricks gradually.

Let’s look at some more real-life stories!

In this case, the store owner wasn’t making any marketing efforts for about a week. Then, advertising campaigns on Bing and Facebook were launched, and in a couple of weeks, the first dropshipping income appeared.

This forum contributor doesn’t specify how long the store has been in operation – still, it gets clear that one week of advertisements through Facebook fan page and Instagram account was enough to generate the first sale ever.

And from this story, we can learn that the store owner concentrated on SEO in order to secure good business performance in the long run (which is actually a very smart move, so don’t forget to take a look at our SEO checklist for dropshipping stores). It took about 2 months for the first sale to happen, and the poster mostly attributes this achievement to the successful use of the Social Rabbit plugin.

This store owner had to wait only four days for the first purchase at his online store.  Can you imagine? Only four days! It’s nuts, really.

Do you see a pattern here?

There is literally no way to ‘calculate’ how soon your first dropshipping sale will happen. Nevertheless, it’s possible to identify the factors that influence the timing:

  • Niche choice

If you haven’t tried our free dropshipping niche tool yet, it’s time to give it a shot! This instrument tells you if the niche is a good choice in terms of the number of products available, buyers’ interest, and promotional potential. The more demanded and product-rich the niche is, the sooner the first sale will happen.

  • Payment gateways

If you read these and other dropshipping journeys shared on our forum, you’ll quickly notice that the range and quantity of payment methods supported on your website have a paramount importance. Quite often, people show interest to the product offers, but, due to the payment system inconvenience/unreliability, they leave the store before completing the order. Read this article to learn more about the best payment gateways you can use for your dropshipping store.

  • Intensity of marketing efforts

Well, this is obvious. It doesn’t matter if you are a marketing guru or you have never made a single sale, it makes no difference if you have developed multiple online stores or if you don’t know what a domain name is – as long as you are willing to push your business forward, none of this is relevant. Even with no market knowledge or industry experience, you can always start with understanding your target audience and trying simple, free ways to boost your store traffic. They cost you nothing, but they teach you a lot, and learning is essential for your business success.

How much money do dropshippers make in general? What average dropshipping income can I expect?

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And now, let’s (finally!) talk about the prospects regarding your income.

It would surely be interesting to learn the average monthly dropshipping income worldwide. But, it would only be possible if every country obliged these entrepreneurs to officially submit their revenues. I really doubt this initiative would see a warm welcome!

So, instead of the officially collected data, we can only base our profit estimates on the real-life stories that, again, can be found on AliDropship forum (by the way, this is one of the most valid reasons to join the forum), and in the ‘Success Stories’ section of our blog (if you haven’t shared your incredible dropshipping success story with our blog readers, you are more than welcome to do this asap!)

So, a brief overview.

This AliDropship forum contributor runs a general store aimed on buyers from the Philippines, the USA, and Brazil, and the average daily amount of sales exceeds $3,000. His road to success was quite bumpy. But, with some courage, confidence, and faith (and Google AdWords) it became possible to achieve these incredible results.

Another forum poster, Rewall, spent about a year learning as much about dropshipping as possible, and in about 2 months, the income of his 2 stores hit the mark of $26,700. Facebook Ads did the magic!

Pirn from Estonia also used the AliDropship forum to share his success story, but our team got so impressed with his achievements that we asked him for a blog interview right away. It’s quite understandable: having no background experience, this EU dropshipper managed to achieve an average dropshipping income exceeding $10,000 per month!

Similar results can be seen in the store of Kitty who runs her business in New Zealand. Knowing nothing about dropsipping or eCommerce, she went from 0 to $45,800+ in 3 years of pursuing her passion!

Godfred from Ghana used to run an eCommerce store before he became a member of the AliDropship family. Now, he owns 2 AliDropship stores that provide him with quite a steady income: he makes over $500 every week!

Still remember Mousslim and Otto? Well, they have already been doing dropshipping for several years, and now we can bring their intermediate results. To date, Otto has four stores, two of which were experimental. As soon as he realized that they weren’t profitable, he stopped doing anything with them. Now the revenues of his two other stores amount to more than $40,000 per year. Looks like a considerable sum!

Mousslim has also been succeeding in dropshipping. His revenue for less than a year amounted to $455,000. Can you believe this? By the way, he has only one online store, because he doesn’t have enough time to launch some more ones. He is happy that he doesn’t have a boss, work-schedule, and but he can allow himself to travel as much as he wishes.

The list goes on and on; if you’re curious, feel free to read the story of Rahul from India whose 4 stores went from 0 to $12,000 in 5 months, or the story of Martin from the Netherlands who made over €4,100 in 30 days, or the story of Yan from France who went from 0 to $1358.41 in 52 days despite zero experience – we’ve got plenty of such testimonials.

What conclusion can we draw from all these numbers?

  • Dropshipping puts no limits on your profits

As you can see, each and every particular dropshipping store owner has a dramatically different level of income. Still, there is a striking similarity: all the owners are not constrained by any specific terms or requirements. They saw no limits on the amount of conducted sales, pricing markup, overall revenue, etc. Whatever the income amount is, it’s all yours. That’s exactly the thing that makes you highly motivated to keep developing the store, and aim higher.

  • It’s not necessary to have any experience in dropshipping or ecommerce

When talking about the people who decided to go in for dropshipping, you may have noted that the majority of them had no experience in dropshipping at all. And despite this fact they successfully operate in this kind of business. The experience in IT, digital marketing, or exactly in dropshipping, certainly, will greatly assist you when running this business. Nevertheless, let me assure you that using AliDropship solution for dropshipping you can successfully launch a store and make it profitable even without a background knowledge.

  • No obstacles are significant enough to put your dropshipping income at risk

Life goes pretty fast, and lots of events can directly or indirectly influence your dropshipping business performance.

For example, Mousslim’s success story reveals that he has unknowingly launched his business during the Chinese New Year (the time when the majority of AliExpress sellers go on a vacation that can last for up to several weeks). Fortunately, he still managed to run his business with the maximum efficiency possible, thanks to the flexibility of dropshipping business model. With due preparation, your store will still make enough money no matter what the circumstances are: Chinese New Year, Black Friday, or your own vacation.

  • There is more to dropshipping business than just money

This idea is expressed very clearly in Otto’s success story: on numerous occasions, he mentions that there is a huge difference between running your own store and working for somebody. In Otto’s opinion, the fear of having to work for someone else’s benefit is the most powerful motivator to run your own venture.

As you can see, the answer to the ‘how much do dropshippers make?’ question depends on multiple factors which you, fortunately, can control and regulate by your own efforts. The best part? However much you earn in your self-owned store, it’s all yours!

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By Olga L.
Olga is a Copywriting Director at AliDropship. She works on guides, tutorials, and other educational materials to help you start and run your dropshipping business with ease.
14 Comments
Milos June 4, 2018 11:34:49

Realistically, 95% of dropshippers will start making $$$ only after 4 or 5 months of 24/24 hardwork IF and only IF paying accent on business and NOT on making money:

– Enhance web site(s) design and all its little bitty details: proof-reading, high-res photos, fast landing page, etc.
– Communicate with sellers to verify its response time
– Offer FREE Shipping only
– Sell AT LEAST on FB Shop, Instagram too (apart from Web site)
– Back-links & organic traffic
– and much more…

Abednego November 10, 2018 21:42:57

After an order is placed on my web store and payment is made, how do I get the payment and how will I transfer to the main seller on aliexpress so he/she can ship 🚢 it to the consumer? How’s commission sent to me after a transaction takes place in the web store I intend to setup? If at all the payment goes straight to the seller on aliexpress.

    Abdullah Masud January 2, 2019 9:16:02

    My question ok some one bye product my web store how I confirmed this person get this product also order its going automatically AliExpress and my webstore knows about that

Zsolt Papp December 28, 2018 23:24:07

The numbers does not say much at all, as these are gross sales numbers. Companies selling billions a year can still be in the hole. I dont care for sales numbers, profits would be interesting though. What if the guy selling 10.000/month makes 400 in profits and spends twice as much on advertising?

    Zsolt egy hülye segg March 31, 2019 8:47:03

    Next time pay more attention on reading: “income”; “in profits” they are talking about profits not about sales. faszkalap

Ande Saleh May 25, 2019 10:47:20

It’s really a good business to venture into, hoping to be successful like the other guys I read their success stories above.

Yinon Hever June 15, 2019 23:05:06

The income numbers you mention in this article – do they relate to the net *profits*, or the the income from sales without calculating the epxenses and commisions?

    Olga L. June 19, 2019 5:57:42

    Hi, thank you for your question!

    Most typically, these numbers only refer to the income and don’t reflect expenses and commissions.
    Please note that every story we cover in this article has a source link: you can use these links to access the original forum posts of these people and learn more about their experience.

Lesley Allan October 3, 2019 1:12:02

Sorry but how is ‘To date, he owns nine online stores, and four of them are built with AliDropship plugin. Alex says that he has 3-20 orders every day, and his gross sales for a month amount to more than $200’ … inspiring? How can anyone sustain a business that is 9 online stores and only makes $200? Are your figures correct?

    Olga L. October 3, 2019 4:50:38

    Hi, thank you for your comment!

    Please, refer to the original interview that is linked in this article: https://alidropship.com/dropshipping-in-russia/
    Giving these numbers, Alex only describes the performance of 1 of his 9 stores.

Robert Kisiel November 15, 2019 5:49:09

Hi.. What is a web Store?… Can it be on eBay…. I am desperate to learn dropshiping… If you can help me set up my first store and get me through my firs sale please contact me rkisiel@hotmail.com..thank you.

Stephanie Mers December 2, 2019 16:54:32

Hello! I desperately want to learn how to do dropshiping and would like to gain as much information as possible to finally launch my first store. If there’s anything you can do to help please email me at stephanie.mers@gmail.com or any articles or videos you think that would be helpful. Thank you!!

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