Allen, a 24-years old student from Hangzhou, China never dreamed his side-hustle would turn into a viable business. Imagine his surprise when, after playing around with Shopify and Oberlo, step-by-step he led himself from getting to know how eCommerce works into hitting $800,000 in sales in the last year. Being an easy-going guy, he agreed to share the lessons he learned along the way with Oberlo readers.
Why Dropshipping? “There’s a paradigm that one should take business very seriously, but actually otherwise is true.” says Allen. He was always in favor of just doing things for fun to see where they might go.
Before launching Leo Gary, Allen had already played with a few stores, as he says, just for fun, but he never made any significant sales with those attempts. “It was interesting for me to see how eCommerce works and put my free evenings to good use.” Because he was funding his startup from his personal savings, he was looking for ways to cut costs at each and every step, which is why he got into drop shipping with Shopifyand Oberlo.
With dropshipping, eCommerce store-owners don’t need to stock inventory or buy products in advance and can efficiently launch and test a business with a very small budget. When you receive an order, you just buy it from a supplier and have it shipped directly to your customer.