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Is Shipping Stopping You?

 

 

 

I have been getting quite a few emails around the topic of shipping out your products, so I decided to hammer it out in this podcast episode. There is so much misinformation out there on this topic that a lot of people never start building their online store because of this one thing.  AND…I’m about to bust down that door for you!  

do i have to ship products

 

Is shipping stopping you?  Stop shipping your products out yourself!

The questions that come in start like this…

“Hey, Alison. I want to start an online store but how can ship products if I travel all the time”

Or “I live in Canada, Australia, or some other country”

Or “I don’t want to ship because my ‘helpful’ kids unpack everything.”

Have you ever had any of these thoughts running through your head? 

It can be tough enough with all the other big fat lies that our brain tells us, you definitely don’t need more stuff trying to hold us down.

You’re thinking that starting an online business means you have to be right there, touching the product, packing and shipping it. You know, with tape balls from those failed attempts at closing a box stuck all over you – or packing peanuts scattered all over the floor of your kitchen – or your kids unpacking things faster than you can pack it.

Well, I’ve got some good news for ya! 

You actually don’t have to be shipping your products out yourself at all. In fact, if you are shipping things out on your own, it’s probably hurting your business.

I mean, think about it. You’ve already got extremely limited time -you are working, being a mom, chauffeur, cook, and every role in between. So why would you spend time doing something in your business that isn’t helping it grow more? Seriously?!

To clarify one thing – I’m not trying to tell you to get into drop-shipping. I promise you can count on me to only teach you things that I personally know that work, and work well. I’ve never really had luck with drop-shipping and when I did have some exposure to it I noticed the customer complaints were sky-high. No bueno. (My Spanish is getting better 😜)

Ok, I just wanted to clear that up in case you might have been thinking I was trying to get you into the drop-shipping business model.

At this point, I’ve been shipping products out for over nine years, and for pretty much all that time, I haven’t personally packed or shipped any of the products. Yet, they all made it out the door, delivered on time, and had my signature piece of Laffy Taffy in each and every one.

I know how to do it – shipping, that is. I just choose not to. 

That’s because I realized that the secret to selling more is hiring out the things that are taking you away from growing and marketing your business.

Yes, the big reveal is… don’t do what doesn’t make you money and that includes shipping out your own stuff!   Umm..hum.

I want you to have a profitable online store around the life that you want!

Is your business up and running?

Before we get into how to automate the shipping process, I want to make sure that you’ve actually got your business up and running. If not, here are the 6-steps to making that happen.

#1 – Set up your store in Shopify. It will cost you $30 to get up and running. And yes, you can afford it, just skip out on that Dirty Diet Coke for a few times each month, and boom, it’s paid for.

#2 – Get a sample of the products that you want to sell. You can’t skip this step, and for the love of love, don’t buy a ton of them!

#3 – Build out your product. Take awesome pics, write great descriptions, set the price, etc. This is all the things that people will see when they visit your product page.

#4 – Order the minimum amount of products needed. Don’t buy 10,000 units if you are just getting up and running.

#5 – Get out there and let your customers know how awesome the products are. This is the fun part. 

#6 – Ship your products that sold. You got a new customer, now it’s time to get them the product asap so they can experience how awesome it is.

A lot of this you, the business owner, must do in the beginning but there are a few things that you can rethink even from early on in your business. 

You need to be focused on the jobs that give you extra commas in your bank account. Don’t do a $10-$15/hour job when you could do a $1000/hr job. (No, this isn’t unrealistic – promise)

Shipping your products out should be outsourced!

One of the first $10-$15/hour jobs that you should outsource is fulfillment.  That’s packing and shipping of your fantastic product so it can get into your customers hands!  Yes, you can hire this part out!

But you probably have a ton of questions about this though, so I’ll try and address some of those for you now comparing hiring someone nearby where you live versus a big fulfillment center.

How you can stop shipping your products out yourself.

Hiring Locally:

#1 – Can I hire a friend or neighbor to help? YES! I surely did.

#2 – How do they know how to ship? You tell them exactly what to do! Create step-by-step instructions. 

#3 – How do I ask them? It’s a win-win so don’t be nervous. They want to work from home or make some extra money in their spare time, and you give them the means to make that happen.

Fulfillment Centers:

#1 What does a fulfillment actually do? Just like the name says, they fulfill (pick, pack, ship) your orders as they come in.

#2 Can I just ship the product to them? You can ship directly to them – the product doesn’t need to come to your home, RV, or bus down by the river. 

#3 What if I want to add extras to the package? For instance a laffy taffy candy in each order to send sugar and a smile!!!  Ask them! They may charge but they will definitely do it.

#4 What about returns? They will handle them and ship out a new product. Again, there is probably a fee here so be sure to ask.

#5 Where does the money from the order go? It goes into your bank! Umm.humm.  The fulfillment center doesn’t have access to that part of your Shopify store.  

#6 Do they take a percentage of the order? Nope! They usually charge a flat fee or a per piece fee. I recommend going with someone that does a flat fee – it’s much more simple to set up.

#7 Do they handle customer service? Nope. You have to do this – or what I recommend is hiring this out as well.

#8 What about customs? If they are located in the country that your customers are, then you don’t have to pay fees! It’s magical!

I hope that gave you some clarity and direction on how you can quickly drop that $10-$15/hour job.

Feel free to stop working for $10-15/ hour when you could be making hundreds or thousands an hour.  Heck to the YES!

Stop with the excuses on why you can’t start or grow your business and focus on the things that free up your time to make more money and get more customers.

Key Points of Discussion:

  • I realized that the secret to selling more is hiring the shipping part out ([4:55])
  • All of that can happen if you have the systems in place ([6:26])
  • Set up your store online, and I recommend Shopify ([7:54])
  • Get a sample of the products that you want to sell ([9:28])
  • After you’ve approved your product, now it’s time to play. Dress up ([10:45])
  • Order the minimum product quantity needed to sell on your online shop ([11:06])
  • Get out there. Let your customers know how awesome your products are ([11:31])
  • You can either hire shipping out locally or use a fulfillment center ([11:39])
  • The questions I get asked about hiring locally, and fulfillment centers ([13:27])
  • Shippers usually don’t make hundreds of dollars per hour. Biz owners do ([19:14])

 

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00:00 Way too many people think that running an eCommerce business or an online store or any type of online business that ships out a physical product is virtually impossible. Maybe that's you. You're thinking that starting an online business means you have to be right there touching the product, packing, shipping it. The list goes on. Right? Well, do I have news for you? You actually don't have to ship them out yourself at all.

00:32 Hey, Hey, you are listening to the Because I Can Life podcast, where we believe we can decide our own income, choose happiness, kick fear in the teeth, and never ever stop. Why? Because we can. I'm your host, Alison J. Prince and I went from being a junior high science teacher to building four online, multi-million dollar businesses, with four kids, at my feet. Each week, I'm bringing you real conversations that have led me as well as other experts to step into our dream online business lifestyle, so that you can get the answers you need to craft your Because I Can life as well. Take that first step and commit now to your Because I Can life by downloading your free personal bundle at alisonjprince.com/bundle

01:19 Before I start, I want to tell you that I got my first one-star review on the podcast, but you want to know why it kind of makes me happy? I've always been told that if you don't have a one-star review, then you're not working hard enough. But here's the truth of how the one-star happened to be. I asked my mom to rate the podcast. I was on the phone with her and I told her to go to the Apple podcast button on her screen, find my podcast and scroll down to find the five stars. She did. And she thought she had to click each of the stars one at a time to get off five. So she started on the left, hit one star and then hit "Submit". My sweet mom, who loves me dearly, gave me my first one-star review.

02:04 And you know, I don't even know if I'm going to correct it. It makes me smile because she let me know that I am working hard enough. Now, this is your reminder to leave a review, but remember you can totally hit all five stars before you hit the submit button. Okay, so then that was a fun mistake that made me laugh. But here's my mistake. This podcasting is new for me, right? And in episode three and four I was super excited to get comments back from you and I said, leave a comment down below. Oh my goodness. I am so used to doing Facebook lives on Tuesday on my Alison J Prince Facebook page that it just kind of rolled out Facebook. You can leave comments. Podcasting doesn't really work like that. I had some people comment, email me, direct message me and said, Alison, you can't comment on a podcast.

03:02 This is when I put my hand to my forehead. I'm learning, but I do like feedback. So if you are on iTunes, rate and review, knowing that you can do all five stars at once or you can pop on Tuesday, Facebook lives 10:00 AM mountain time or answer your questions from emails. DM’s about the podcast episodes. Okay. Now let's dive into today's topic. Over the past two and a half years of teaching online about how to start your business, I've been thrown some unique questions. Some I won't repeat and others actually have to do with running a business. It usually begins something like this, Hey Alison, I want an online store, but how do I run out when night travel a lot? Or I live in Canada or another country or I live in Puerto Rico, or I live in an RV, live in a bus down by the river, or I just don't want to shit because my toddlers are just too helpful and unpack everything, whatever it is, fill in the blank.

04:02 Way too many people think that running an eCommerce business or an online store or any type of online business that ships out of physical product is virtually impossible. Maybe that's you. You're thinking that starting an online business means you have to be right there touching the product, packing, shipping it. The list goes on, right? Well, do I have news for you? You actually don't have to ship them out yourself at all. Par T I know partying the house because now you'll have room to invite people over versus staring at all the Brown boxes piled high on your kitchen counter and then your husband can celebrate knowing that he can get his garage back and park his car in there at once again, I've been shipping products out for over nine years and for pretty much all that time. I haven't personally packed or shipped any products.

04:55 I mean, I know how to do it. I just choose not to. I realized the secret to selling more is hiring that part out so I can concentrate on growing my business and marketing my products. You may know that I moved to Puerto Rico not too long ago. As you may expect living on an Island, it means that my shipping costs would be much higher than if I was on the mainland. That means for me to deliver quality products to my customers without losing it. A ton of margin due to shipping fees. I need to make sure that my online shops are set up properly with the right procedures and place. Right. Just a couple of weeks ago, I ran a promotion where I sold $13,336 of physical products. It was a product that had to be shipped to my customers quickly. I checked our system and every single item had been shipped out complete with my personal touch of adding a Laffy Taffy candy and each order.

05:54 I've done that for over nine years as kind of like my signature. And again, I wasn't the one doing the shipping. Now moving to an Island where shipping can cost an arm and a leg to get to other locations in the world. I needed to make sure my online store was ready so I could still get amazing quality products, intimate customers, hot little hands without losing a ton of margins due to shipping costs. I actually really like keeping my hard-earned money and I think you should keep yours too. Imagine that running an online store from anywhere in the world, being profitable and putting smiles on your customer's face and all of that can happen if you have the systems in place. Now one note, this is not, I repeat, not a drop shipping podcast. I don't teach drop shipping as I personally have not had any luck with that and it would ban vendors.

06:50 When I ran my own marketplace who did drop shipping as a customer? Complaints were sky-high when dropshipping took place. I teach what I personally know works. I know some people love drop shipping. I've personally don't drop shipping. Margins are too low. Higher competition, morals to follow, and the risk of customer service problems are way too high. I'm all about making my own roles, having healthy profits and happy customers. So what have you could do this too? I mean shipping out $13,000 of the product without having to touch a single Brown box or pulling the packing tape out of your toddler's hair because they thought it was fun and tell it had to get taken out. It sounds pretty magical, right? So here are my tips on how to create the online store while you can live the lifestyle you choose and the place you want, the place you need or the place that you have to be.

07:54 Number one, set up your store online and I recommend Shopify, Kate. So if you were to go to Walmart, load up your cart, get to the checkout and they didn't have a cash register for you to purchase your products, you'd be all sorts of frustrated, right? Heck yes. Is the same with an online store. Have you ever seen something you want to buy online but had no idea where to buy it? Shopify has one of the best easy to use systems on the market. You should get it. It makes it easy for your customers to give you cash. Listen, if you are manually sending out invoices to your customers because they commented on a Facebook, they wanted to buy you, my friend are doing manual labor. Yeah, you know who you are. You are working away too hard. The amount of time I knew it takes you to track down the customer and then actually get them to pay.

08:52 You are way too good for that nonsense. You are valuable. Your time is valuable. You don't need to chase customers. Shopify has plans that start at $30 a month and if you're like, ah, I don't know if I have $30 a month, well then for heaven's sakes, skip your sugar. Drink runt, local fizz, drink shop for a few days out of the month, you have $30 you just need to know how to allocate it to what will actually make you money and that might mean by skipping a few of your sugar buzz fixes number to get a sample. Now you've got the idea of what you want to sell for all the love of loveness. Don't buy a ton of them. I absolutely recommend you getting a sample of the products that you want to sell. No, you cannot skip this step. If you do skip this vital step, you can get yourself into major hot water.

09:50 There were times where I ordered a sample just to see the quality and for example, one was a shirt. When I got it, it was completely different from the picture and description. In fact, it was like a see-through jacket and it was about five sizes too small. It would have been so embarrassing to sell it to my customers. Needless to say, I didn't order anything else from that company. Now let me clarify that. Samples are not free. It's not like the food tasters at Costco, a little bit of something. Can you imagine your vendors, you shipping you a sleeve to see if he liked it? That's all sorts of mess, right? Order the smallest amount possible, have it delivered to the post office or mail shop or wherever you get your mail. If the products meet your expectations, great. If not, go get a new vendor or a manufacturer.

10:38 In other words, don't sell crap. Please get good products that you can sign off on. Number three, build out your product. After you've approved your product, now it's time to play. Dress up. You can dress that product up by taking great photos of your products and posting them to your site. Add prices, descriptions, and express precisely why your customers absolutely love them. Number four, order your products. Now, order the minimum quantity of products needed to sell on your online shop. Then you're going to have it shipped to the place that I'm going to tell you about in step number six. You do not need to have your inventory coming into your house, apartment, RV, rental, vacation, toddler land, or anywhere else. You may be living this exactly what you're stepping away from, right? Number five, this one's going to be short. Get out there. Let your customers know all about how awesome your products are.

11:39 This is the fun part. All right, here's the last one. Shipping your products. Remember, you personally don't actually have to do this. You've got a couple of options. You can either hire it out locally or use what's called a fulfillment center. Do you hear the angels singing right now? You totally should because taking this off your plate is heavenly. If you've been shipping from your garage, you can now actually clean it out and park your car there. Kitchen tables can be brought back for the reason they were invented and it's not a shipping station. Think about this. You can hire someone to ship your products for you for 10 to 20 bucks an hour depending on your location, right? What if you took the hour and you got someone a feature your product on social media instead and the helped you to sell let's say $3,400 then let's say half of that is profit.

12:38 So you put $1,700 in your pocket. Yes, you are worth $1,700 per hour. Quit saying yes to the $10 an hour jobs and focus on the ones that get you calmer in your profits. Now here's an example from Lydia from BA Dokie Kids. She messaged me last week that said she actually hit the $3,400 while she was sitting in a parent-teacher conference. She learned to hire out the parts of her business to help her focus on ways to make money with commas in it. And yes, she's absolutely worth it. If you've never hired out shipping or worked with a fulfillment center, you probably have some questions about what in the heck they are. So here are the questions I usually get asked about them and I'm going to start with a hiring locally first and then go to the fulfillment center next. When I say hiring locally, I mean you personally hire someone who can ship for you.

13:43 This is kind of like a DIY, do it yourself shipping set up. You have a friend or a neighbor who doesn't plan to travel the world, live in an RV or whatever you're doing right, and you can actually pay them to do the shipping work for you. So here are a few questions that you might have about that. So question number one, hiring locally, does that mean I can hire a friend or neighbor to shit for me while I travel the world or do whatever I do? Here's your answer. Abs. So, I've hired lots of neighbors when I first got started to help me get my products out the door. It was a really great set up. The next question, how did they know how to ship? Here's your answer. I told them, I told them exactly how I wanted it shipped out and they mean it happen.

14:32 And then the third question, how did I get the nerve to ask my friends and neighbors to work for me? Well, it's because it was such a great win-win situation. They wanted to work from home for extra cash and this allowed them to do just that. Kate, now I want to dive into the fulfillment center. And what if a filament center does fulfillment centers do just that? They either fill your orders, you can ship your inventory to them, these stores your products and ship them out to your customers as orders come in. I bet in some huge IST centers that have hundreds of companies, they work with shipping tens of thousands of products each day. Big huge shipping trucks are driving in and out very quickly. And I'll tell you what, it is so fascinating to watch. The fulfillment centers are in the business of helping businesses. They have processes in place to make sure that they don't mess up your orders, but you do have to play by their rules, which is fine if you understand them.

15:37 So let me hit some of those questions that you might have. If you're thinking about the fulfillment center option, question number one, can I just ship my products to them or do they need to come to me and then I ship them the inventory? Here's your answer. You can ship directly to them. You don't have to have big boxes come to your house. Just ship them to the fulfillment center. Okay, here's another one. What if I want to add tissue paper or Laffy taffy or a note with a discount into my package? How will they do that? Here's your answer. Ask them, and this is a huge thing to clarify because some do charge to add in extra things to your packages. You need to know upfront so you're not stuck with a surprise bill. Here's another one. What about returns? Here's your answer. They handle the returns and we'll replace them with a different item.

16:31 If it's a request for an exchange, keep in mind there's usually a fee to manage the return, so make sure you clarify this one as well. Here's the next question. Where does the money go from the order? Here's your answer. It goes in your account. Remember your cash register is your Shopify store. Fulfillment centers don't have any access to that part of your online store. Next question, Alison. Tell me about the fees. Do they take a percentage? Here's your answer. I've never heard of a fulfillment center taking a percentage based on the order amount, but they usually do church, either a flat rate shipping or charge per item shipped. Other types of fees can be involved too. I recommend companies that charge a flat fee. I don't recommend fulfillment centers that charge by piece. Oh, I tried that in a heated. That was complicated to set up and I always felt like I was being nickeled and dimed.

17:29 Okay. What about customer service? They do your customer service [inaudible] Nope. You need to handle your customer service, but I'm also going to highly recommend that you hire this out to remember that I mentioned that your focus should be on growing your business. Have someone else help your customers log into their accounts, which colors return products. All right, last question. What about customs? If you get a fulfillment company located in the country that your customer's located, you don't have to pay custom fees. I know it's dreamy. So some of my Canadian students, they actually use a film at centers so they don't have to pay the custom fees. Pretty magical, right? So again, make sure to ask this question specifically as you are choosing a fulfillment center. Some may not have it as fine-tuned as others, but I want to make sure you're able to keep more money in your pocket where it belongs.

18:26 Now, I've watched one of my students, Shera from Seven Degrees, crush this concept. She hired a fulfilment center so she can focus on her sales. And just in the past couple months, I've watched her grow to over $19,000 a month. Why? Because she can and because she's focused on the exciting part of her business - marketing. She's not focused on the sticky envelope that just folds back over on itself and got stuck together or the broken printer. She's out serving her customers with the best. And I can say this because those hoodies are the best I've ever worn. She's serving her customers by marketing and they're responding by pulling out their wallets. So here's the review. Are you working for 10 bucks an hour? Are you ready to start making hundreds and even thousands? Shippers usually don't make hundreds of dollars per hour. Business owners do. An hour is an hour. So if you're gonna spend it working, make the reward worth it. All right? It's time for you to kick the excuse that you can't sell because you live in an RV or on an Island or have overly helpful toddlers. Fill in the blank. Whatever it is, replace it with "Yes, I can". And create the online store so that you can sell from anywhere. You have got this. Thanks for listening in, and I'll talk to you next week.

20:01 Oh my goodness. That was so much fun. Thank you for listening to this episode of Because I Can podcast. Now, I've had a lot of you reach out to me and say, "Alison, what are some of the products you started with when you didn't have a lot of money?" So what I decided to do is I got 16 products. Some of my very first products online that got me to my first million dollars. And I have a feeling some of these products are going to absolutely shock you. So you've got to get this free downloadable PDF. Now, to do that, just go to BecauseICanLife.com/Gift. Alright. I can't wait to talk to you on the next Because I Can podcast.

Debbie

You will never learn more, you will never grow more and you will never enjoy more this course and community that Alison Prince has created. Alison is the real deal and the things that she shares is incredible! Do you want to be your own boss? Do you want financial freedom? Then follow Alison and get her course!! Best decision ever.

Debbie

5.0
2016-05-03T18:05:39-06:00

Debbie

You will never learn more, you will never grow more and you will never enjoy more this course and community that Alison Prince has created. Alison is the real deal and the things that she shares is incredible! Do you want to be your own boss? Do you want financial freedom? Then follow Alison and get her course!! Best decision ever.

Julie

Alison's commitment to her course and students is phenomenal. She offers an unrivaled level of support, with weekly trainings, course updates, expert guests and more. She's also created an online group unlike any other I've ever been a part of. Course participants help one another, encourage each other, and share information--and of course, Alison is right in there as well. Highly recommend this course for anyone who is looking to build a sustainable e-commerce business the right way. Definitely 5 stars!

Julie

5.0
2016-05-03T18:07:52-06:00

Julie

Alison's commitment to her course and students is phenomenal. She offers an unrivaled level of support, with weekly trainings, course updates, expert guests and more. She's also created an online group unlike any other I've ever been a part of. Course participants help one another, encourage each other, and share information--and of course, Alison is right in there as well. Highly recommend this course for anyone who is looking to build a sustainable e-commerce business the right way. Definitely 5 stars!

Shelly

WOW, WOW, WOW!!! I have been dabbling in trying to get an online store up and running for over a year, gave up, and then seen Alison's story! There was just something about her that drew me in and am I ever THANKFUL!! I joined the Clan just a couple of months ago. I have learned more in those two months than I think I EVER would have without this! I am already selling on my own site and pushing forward daily!! So excited to see what the future holds!!

Shelly

5.0
2016-05-03T18:24:44-06:00

Shelly

WOW, WOW, WOW!!! I have been dabbling in trying to get an online store up and running for over a year, gave up, and then seen Alison's story! There was just something about her that drew me in and am I ever THANKFUL!! I joined the Clan just a couple of months ago. I have learned more in those two months than I think I EVER would have without this! I am already selling on my own site and pushing forward daily!! So excited to see what the future holds!!
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