My biz partner & I went through quite a lot of dropshipping courses over the last 2 years, in this review we're covering our top 5 favorites.
Disclaimer: We've made 2 successful 6 figure Shopify ecommerce stores to date.
We're not affiliates to any course, so we'll be critiquing harshly like Simon Cowell from American Idol, our criteria that we're rating include:
- Niche Research Training
- Shopify Training
- Clickfunnel Training
- Facebook Ads Training
- Support / Community
- Is the training up-to-date?
Hopefully this review helps you pick the best online class for dropshipping that's right for you.
They all have strengths & weaknesses so pay attention closely.
I also cover what it takes to succeed with dropshipping.
And how dropshipping stacks up against the lead generation business (which is quite the powerful biz model that I've had a lot of success in, more on that later)
|Rank||Product Name||Coach||Price||Weekly Calls||FB Ads Training||AdWords Training||Support||Overall Rating|
|1||Ecom Hacks||Jared Goets||$1999||Yes||Very Good||No||Very Good|
|2||Success Academy||Adrian Morrison||$2495||Yes||Very Good||No||Very Good|
|3||Ecom Elites||Franklin Hatchett||$297||Yes||Good||Yes||Very Good|
|4||Dropship Lifestyle||Anton Kraly||$1497||No||Very Good||Yes||Good|
|5||Shopify Ninja Masterclass||Kevin David||$997||No||Good||No||Okay|
My Top 5
1. eCom Hacks Academy - Jared Goetz
- Jared covers EVERYTHING from A-Z on how to set up your first store - he even tells you which plugins to use!
- The course teaches you which products to look at, where to get them and how to manage order fulfillment.
- Jared's tried and tested FB advertising and scaling method.
Niche Research Training: 70% Jared proposes that you copy others and/or use his website to find your products.
Shopify Training: 90% Setting up your store and tweaking with the dashboard and apps are well covered.
Clickfunnel Training: 50% Jared only makes use of FB Advertising and nothing else...
Facebook Ads Training: 85% Pretty comprehensive training - IF you have the budget to allow for Jared's preferred aggressive methods.
Support / Community: 80% Good community and not too bad feedback concerning course / technical issues.
Is the training up-to-date? 80% Jared continues to add new updated material, but the bulk of the course content is still stuck in 2017.
Overall Rating: 4.2/5
1. eCom Elites - Franklin Hatchett
Niche Research Training: 85% Pretty good. Franklin teaches several ways to find niche products.
Shopify Training: 90% Shopify store setup is comprehensive and Franklin also shows his preferred apps and tools.
Clickfunnel Training: 80% Franklin shows you how to setup and manage your email marketing campaigns.
Facebook Ads Training: 75% Not as comprehensive as some of the other courses out there, but does teach the basics.
Support / Community: 80% Great support with weekly webinars, Q&A sessions.
Is the training up-to-date? 75% Although Franklin offers an update section to members, the bulk of the training is still 2017 based.
Overall Rating: 4/5
eCom Success Academy - Adrian Morrison
Adrian Morrison's course was the first shopify course I purchased, its a very comprehensive dropshipping course, sometimes there's too much detail which can get overwhelming. What I like is the different upsell plugins he teaches which has been proven to increase sales for me. The only reason this is now a 4/5 is that the course hasn't been updated in 2 years. Community inside eCom Success Academy is great though. For any newbie, you can't go wrong with this one because of the on-going support and step-by-step training really does make a difference.
Course Price: $2495
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Dropship Lifestyle - Anton Kraly
Anton is very experienced in coaching dropshipping, he's been doing it the longest on this list, started his first program at 2012. He definitely knows what he's talking about at every step of the process. He specializes in high-ticket dropshipping, which I like more than selling low-ticket. 3 price points, I believe any newbie does need at least the premium. The Done4U comes with 1 shopify store that they made for you and 2 tickets to their annual retreat event.
Course Price: Done4u: $2997 Premium: $1497 Basic: $997
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Shopify Ninja Masterclass - Kevin David
Shopify Ninja Masterclass wasn't the most comprehensive course out there but it is brilliant in its simplicity and just getting you to take action. If you're a newbie sometimes keeping it simple & stupid is the best way to go. I recommend this course if you're the type to get overwhelmed too easily or you get analysis by paralysis. Its pretty affordable price tag and you get to connect with other dropshippers in the FB group for help.
Course Price: $997
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Which Dropship Program is right for me?
if you're strapped for cash, you should go with eCom Elites by Franklin Hatchett or Shopify Ninja by Kevin David. Ya Kevin is much younger but he comes across very professional in his videos, although I will say that he def attracts much younger crowd as you may find in his FB group.
If you ain't worried about couple G's to invest in yourself, then I really like eCom Elites by Jared Goetz and eCom Success Academy by Adrian Morrison.
Their course is very thorough.
Each one of these courses I took, I learned a new tip / trick so it was all worth the investment.
Especially when it comes to scaling FB ads and preventing ad accounts from getting shut down. Each coach had a unique strategy that I learned from.
And when you start having some success with drop shipping, you def might wanna try some high ticket dropshipping which is all that Anton Kraly of Dropship Lifestyle teaches & he does a great job at it.
So all in all all these courses will teach you everything you need to know to reach success. But if you're a complete beginner, I would go for courses that offer the best support and weekly coaching calls are massive help.
Jared, Adrian & Franklin provides weekly coaching calls which was the biggest factor that caused their courses to place 1,2,3 on my list.
Brandable Niches - Key to Success in 2019
Ya this might be the best lesson I learned through investing in these different courses, talking to coaches, other successful dropshippers that made the biggest difference.
Picking a brandable niche.
For example. This dropship store: beardbrand.com
Started off as a beard oil store, but has now expanded into a brand that offers all things related to men's beard care
They even have posters that are about beards.
This type of store provides even more optimization especially once they enter your email list and become fans of your brand.
This is how you can build brand loyal customers and repeat business.
FB ads can get expensive at times, the first sale you may break even but if that customer becomes a repeat customer and begins buying other products from you, it just increases your profit for each customer.
So you're not as vulnerable to sudden spike in ad costs.
My Dropshipping Experience Selling Shark Onesies
Like I said in the into.
I made 2 dropship biz successful.
One of them was selling shark onesies.
I capitalized on that baby shark song that went viral (swept the nation)
Found a supplier on aliexpress
Created my eCom store using shopify: shopcattywampus.com
And went ahead and started running FB ads to it.
Getting traffic with paid traffic is fine, but took a while before I was profitable.
This is when I realized that dropshipping does take much more upfront capital in ad spend than I expected.
I probably spent around $5K before I had my first profitable day.
What really began to work was when I started running Video ads.
This coupled with the fact that it was September and Halloween was quickly approaching around the corner, pushed it over the edge.
The biggest month was $49K in sales
Here's the breakdown of cost & profits:
- Each onesie sold for: $36.55
- Each onesie cost: $19.55
- (Net Profit of 1 onesie sold): $17
- Net Profit Before Ad Cost: 1340 * $17 = $22,780
- Total Facebook Ad Spend: $17,320
- Final Net Profit: $22,780 - $17,320 = $5460
$5460 in 1 month sounds pretty good on the surface, but unfortunately that was the very best month, sales began to teeter off the next month, and within 2 months I had to stop the ads because it was no longer profitable.
This is when I realized how fickle the traffic using FB ads can be & selling eCom with it:
- Yes you can scale quickly but you also quickly exhaust your audience as well.
- Products that are fads don't stay fashionable longterm
Yes I made some profits those 2 months but when I factor in the cost of testing different ads, it def wasn't the baller income I had hoped.
I also discovered the "super exciting" world of product order fulfillment and dealing with purchase charge-backs, complaints & returns from customers... which I never had to deal with before with my lead gen biz.
I understood now that you are not going to get rich off of 1 shopify store, you have to have at least have 2-3 going at all times, and constantly be look out for the next trend.
Is the juice worth the squeeze?
If you're still stuck at a 9 to 5, sure ANYTHING is better than that.
But for me, it wasn't.
I wrote my entire journey of creating this onesie dropshipping biz, step-by-step, if ya wanna read it click on the button below:
Competitors Stealing Your Dropshipping Business
Even the top 2 dropshipping courses on this list (eCom Hacks & eCom Elites) teach the method of researching competition and copying what's already working.
You can literally rip someone's FB ad, funnel, store, & even the product, in couple hours.
This takes all the guess work out of it.
Sounds great on the surface, but in actuality not a huge fan of this model.
Because what's preventing someone else from coming in and doing the same thing to you.
This makes dropshipping more of a short term play.
Eventually that niche will get saturated, CPC will go up, and the product becomes unprofitable.
Therefore, the dropshippers that have created a sustained business are investing serious capital to create their own unique product that cannot be duplicated.
You need to be a savvy product creator / innovator and have at least $25K for product design & production.
In business, "Easy" is overrated.
Because if a business is too easy for anyone to do, it gets saturated quickly.
You don't want to get into a business where the barrier of entry is so low.
Why do you think plastic surgeons make a lot of money for the rest of their career?
Because they have a skill that not too many people can acquire.
This is why I hedge towards businesses that actually require a high-level skill to operate, like lead generation. (Not so easy for someone to come in and copy your business)
So What the Heck is Lead Generation?
If you're a dropshipper through and through, more power to ya.
But I believe in diversifying your income. Especially on the internet.
It's very simple, we generate leads for small businesses and get paid for doing so.
Here's why I like it.
- More longterm because every small biz out there needs leads in order to survive till the end of time
- More passive because once our lead generation sites rank to the top of Google you don't really have to do much maintenance to it, just leave it alone and it'll keep generating leads & income for you.
- More impact because you're literally changing lives for these biz owners that were struggling to pay the bills because of lack of customers
Now are we creating flyers & magazine ads to generate these leads?
Simple website sites that rank at the top of Google like this
This site makes me $1500 per month on auto-pilot.
My tree care guy's biz has blown up because of my leads.
Safe to say, I have a client that loves me and will be with me for many many years to come. #customerforlife
This is a biz that I feel good about and tell people proudly because I know I'm changing lives.
With more customers, my clients can go on more vacations & spend more time with their family because they can now hire staff and have the biz run itself bit more.
Find out more by clicking here and watch the video with Dan & Grant Cardone.