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How Low-Cost Marketing Tools Let Janos Make $1,800+/Month With Dropshipping

By Yaroslav Nevsky

How A Hungarian Dropshipping Store And Low-Cost Marketing Let Janos Make $1,800+ In June, 2019

Can low-cost marketing strategies work for an online business? 

Janos runs a dropshipping store in Hungary, doesn’t spend a single forint on his business promotion, but enjoys the profits anyway! How does he do it? Let’s ask him to share his first-hand experience!

Disclaimer: all the success stories published in AliDropship blog are the results of interviews conducted in the written form. Even though the editors may make some minor changes to the grammar, spelling, and/or punctuation, the respondents’ writing styles, views, opinions, stores screenshots and personal photos are left unchanged.

Hi, please, introduce yourself!

Hi, I’m Janos! I live in a small town in Hungary. I’ve graduated from university here as an economist. After I have worked at several companies as an employee, I decided to launch my own business.

About a year ago, I began building websites and online stores for my customers, and started to run my first AliDropship business. Now this business is almost 1 year old, and the next similar project is in progress.

Sounds nice! Did you have any experience in eCommerce before that?

Yes, I had some experience in a related sphere. I have built basic online stores for myself and was selling products on eBay.

But why did you decide to switch to dropshipping in Hungary? How did it happen?

Because it’s easy to begin, simple to maintain, and also very cheap to start.

I have read a blog post about dropshipping and got interested. So I began searching for opportunities on the Internet, discovered AliDropship, and the rest is history. 🙂 

I read all the information on AliDropship website I could find, checked some of their YouTube tutorials, and made this decision.

That’s how I got AliDropship Woo plugin and started my dropshipping business. I also use AliDropship hosting to power this store. These are really helpful and I think that without them, the business couldn’t run as efficiently as it does.

Do you remember the first sale made from your store?

Yes, of course! It happened in about a month. 

Then, the store has not been done perfectly, but the customer had still found it and made a purchase. I think it happened because I was already promoting my store at that time: I shared product photos on Pinterest. It’s suitable for my store niche and it’s free, and I prefer low-cost marketing. And it worked! It was a huge excitement! 🙂

How does your business perform now?

As I already said, as for now, I only run one store. Here’s how it’s been performing since the business launch:How A Hungarian Dropshipping Store And Low-Cost Marketing Let Janos Make $1,800+ In June, 2019

For its niche, I took my wife’s favorite hobby 🙂 As we know something about it, it was easier for me to do market analysis and see how I can organize this business.

When I choose products to import to this store, first of all, I make sure they meet the most important requirements in this field. Also, I check the number of sales and see if the product has a positive feedback and a free delivery option. To make profits, I simply double the products’ price.

You’ve mentioned that you prefer low-cost marketing. How does it work for you?

So, I mentioned that my store has a hobby-related niche. The people who enjoy this hobby are a quite specific customer segment, so I know it pretty well who’s my target audience.

And so, I am able to choose the marketing channels that work best for them. In my case, it is Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google organic results.

I tried them all, and I didn’t even have to give up any of them: they all work fine, just like I expected with this niche and this audience 😉

And actually, I don’t spend anything on advertising at all. I promote my store for free, with a zero marketing budget.

Impressive! What does your daily dropshipping routine look like?

Every day, it takes me 2-3 hours to manage my store. The most time-consuming things, of course, are customer service and product related tasks. I don’t simply import the products – I also need to translate their descriptions.

For my business, a high quality customer service is vital. Long delivery time is one of my main challenges, so I need to compensate for this inconvenience. That’s why I always try to be helpful for my buyers and offer them good prices. There are difficult customers sometimes, but if you’re flexible and helpful enough, you can change their minds and make things work.

How is dropshipping in Hungary regulated from the legal point of view?

You need to be registered as a self-employed person, or register a company. I follow these regulations: my business is officially registered here.

How has your life changed?

I am fully flexible now. I have a lot more freedom. My friends and family like what I’m doing even though they don’t fully understand it 🙂

This store performance is inspiring me, and I’m planning to launch at least 2-3 more stores with AliDropship.

What can you advise our readers – those who already run their stores and those who didn’t start the business yet?

If you’re already owning a store, you are on good way, keep on track! 

And if you haven’t started yet, don’t be shy and try it: you can’t lose anything. This is one of the easiest ways to start a business!

As you can see it, when you know your dropshipping niche inside out and are well aware of your target audience’s habits and preferences, you can run a profitable online store even if you don’t invest anything in marketing. Janos’ first-hand experience proves it really well and shows that you don’t need much to launch a successful dropshipping business!

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By Yaroslav Nevsky
Yaroslav is a founder of AliDropship Community helping people worldwide to start and run a successful dropshipping business.
10 Comments
Arjun kumar September 16, 2019 2:54:14

I am your all peoples joining

Mike O'Toole September 16, 2019 11:04:00

I read this wanting to find out how Janos advertised for free with no budget for marketing. Does he just post on social media and rely on organic traffic?

    Olga L. September 16, 2019 11:42:30

    Hi, thank you for your question!

    As you can see it from this interview, here’s what Janos did to make the zero marketing budget possible:

    – Took his niche choice seriously and picked the niche he’s well aware of
    – Paid close attention to the specific features of his customer audience
    – Chose the most appropriate marketing channels relying on the target audience’s preferences
    – Tried a variety of promotional channels and measured their efficiency to see if anything doesn’t meet his expectations
    – Invested time and effort into making customer-friendly single product pages
    – Set the standards for the customer service he’s going to provide

    For an entrepreneur with a limited marketing budget, that’s a solid action plan that allows the business owner to run the store with little to no advertising expenses.

Alexandru Cristian September 16, 2019 13:26:01

Hy.
I want to know how Janos fixed the payment gateways…What payment gateways use? Stripe? Paypal?
Stripe is not available for Hungary. I living close and have same problem.

Bedan September 16, 2019 14:55:25

I was expecting a detailed explanation on how he earns that much per month I must say I was left hanging…But congrats to Janos Well done.

    Jacqui September 16, 2019 18:31:47

    Yes I agree. The heading is misleading. Great work Janos and congrats to you but all we know is that you didn’t spend on marketing but we don’t know what you did. I don’t get the point of the article sadly.

      Olga L. September 17, 2019 7:33:00

      Hi, thank you for your feedback!

      As you can see it from this interview, here’s what Janos did to make the zero marketing budget possible:

      – Took his niche choice seriously and picked the niche he’s well aware of
      – Paid close attention to the specific features of his customer audience
      – Chose the most appropriate marketing channels relying on the target audience’s preferences
      – Tried a variety of promotional channels and measured their efficiency to see if anything doesn’t meet his expectations
      – Invested time and effort into making customer-friendly single product pages
      – Set the standards for the customer service he’s going to provide

      For an entrepreneur with a limited marketing budget, that’s a solid action plan that allows the business owner to run the store with little to no advertising expenses.

Clement September 17, 2019 8:20:39

It’s easy to set up PayPal. With PayPal, you can accept all major credit cards on your store.

If you need help, comment under this reply, and I’ll be ready to help.

Solomon September 17, 2019 10:14:37

Hi, I am from Nigeria where paypal is not under functional I mean not working as a means to receive and payout money and I want to go into Alidropshiping business. what do I do? Plus Do I need to register my business name with my country corporate affairs commission?

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