Drop Servicing Suppliers: Finding Your Supplier
Traditionally, when we speak about ‘suppliers’ and ‘fulfilment’ we’re usually talking about eCommerce stores selling physical products. You know, Amazon FBA or Dropshipping. We can however apply the same terms, ideas and principles to our drop servicing agency.
At this point, you should have at least a few niches you think might be viable. Ideally you want to be pretty solid on one idea but don’t fret if you’re not.
The following guide is a ‘niche finding’ exercise in itself. And, as you go through the tools and platforms below you’re likely to come across some additional niches you hadn’t thought about before.
So, what’s ‘drop servicing suppliers’ all about?
In terms of your Drop Servicing business, your supplier will be the person, people or company that will fulfill your order. In other words, your supplier will be the one doing the work.
So let’s dig with the most obvious one on everyone’s mind at this point…
Drop Servicing Suppliers: Fiverr.com
I’m going to put out there and take a wild guess that the first, or at least one of the first times you heard of ‘drop servicing’ the idea was to outsource the work to Fiverr.
And that makes sense. Known primarily for offering mostly good quality services at low prices, Fiverr has come a long way since it was first started.
Originally starting off as a marketplace for freelancers to offer their services for $5, the platform has grown in huge popularity over the last few years.
Wisely, they changed their business model, where now freelancers can literally charge what they want for their services. That said, there are A LOT of services on offer, and you can get a variety of very good services for an even better price.
The idea goes like this. You find a client who needs some work done. You charge them a marked up price and then outsource the work on FIverr.
Many people have actually been doing this for some time now and have made good money with it. In fact, the case study drop servicing example I’m creating for this website uses this exact model.
You have to be careful however…
This is likely to be the first place to be saturated. In fact I’m already seeing it happen. That said there will also be a niche and therefore a supplier to find on Fiverr, it’ll just get more difficult as time progresses.
The other thing to be aware of is the quality of the work and quantity of the listings. If you’ve found a really niche service the chances of having multiple listings to fulfill this order decrease. So, if that person goes on holiday, missing or loses his Fiverr password you’ll be left high a dry with a whole load of orders to fulfill. So have an idea of what your plan b backup plan will be.
And order the service for yourself first to check the quality of the service. Usually the reviews would be enough to be confident enough in purchasing, but if you’re familiar with Fiverr, you’ll know they’ve had an issue with fake reviews (just like other major marketplaces for that matter) in the past.
It’ll save you a lot of headache going forward.
So that’s Fiverr. A strong platform that can be a useful asset to your agency. I use it myself for one of my drop servicing businesses and if you can find the right niche and supplier that can be fulfilled on their, then go ahead and use it.
But don’t rely on it…
..Next up we’ve got…
Drop Servicing Suppliers: Upwork.com
This another platform that’s really useful for your drop servicing agency. It’s also another platform I use for different drop servicing business I have.
Upwork is now, by far, the biggest freelancer marketplace on the net. With thousands of projects posted daily and even more freelancers ready to take the work, you’ll have no shortage of people waiting to complete the work you need.
Many people have both a freelancer and client account. This allows them to pick work up as a freelancer but then get work completed yourself as a client. So, I’d recommend having both.
FOr the purpose of this post, I’ll keep talking about ‘client’ account only – as this is the account we’ll need to fulfill our orders.
As a client (someone who needs work completing) I’ve tried a number of things over the years and have learned a LOT about best practices, getting the best bang for your buck and the platform in general.
First thing to note is you will likely pay more on Upwork than you would for the same work on Fiverr. This is just the nature of the beast and while it doesn’t ring true every single time it’s keeping in mind.
Second, you’ve not only got access to freelancers who can deliver your orders for you but agencies too. Now, again you’ll probably pay a little more for agencies as they’ll need to take their cut before paying the freelancer that works for them. But, the upside of using an agency to fulfill your order is less chance of things messing up.
If you just use one freelancer, what happens when they don’t reply to your messages one day and you’re sitting there with 5 orders to deliver?
If you’re going down the freelancer route (as opposed to hiring an agency), try to hire and keep 2 or 3 freelancers ‘on the beat’. Balance the work out between all three. That means if one disappears then you’ll have another one ready to fulfil the order.
Finally, Upwork provides a really good analysis of freelancers covering things such as; reviews of previous work, work success rate, portfolio showcase, where they are located amongst a whole host of other really helpful things.
While generally on the more expensive side, Upwork is a very viable solution to fulfill your orders. I use it myself and many others in the drop servicing space do too.
Now onto our 3rd and final place to fulfill your orders…
Drop Servicing Suppliers: Using 3rd Party Businesses
3rd party businesses refer to anyone (person or business) that you find outside of traditional project marketplaces.
So how do you find these people?
Well, a quick search on Google will bring up a million a 1 results, all you gotta do is find the right one for you.
These businesses usually fall into 2 categories:
- The Standard Business: This is type of business that is offering your services but at a cheaper price than you can charge your client
- The White Label Business: These are the businesses are essentially built for people like you who offer the service you’re looking for, on a white label basis.
White Label? What’s that?
White-labeling is where one company produces the work while another company can brand the work as their own.
There are tonnes of examples of this online but here’s one from personal experience…
A few years ago I was managing a website for a sports company in london. Every month I would need to send them an updated report of all the tasks completed, a situational analysis and plan of actions for the next month.
I could literally outsource 90% of this work to an automated tool. This tool would do most of the tasks for me, produce a monthly report And then AUTOMATICALLY send this report to the CEO at the end of the month. Everything would be branded (the report and work done) from my agency.
But I hardly lifted a finger to do the work. This my friends was some of the easiest money I ever made.
So how do you find these types of service for YOUR drop servicing business?
Search for keywords like: ‘[SERVICE] white-label’ and ‘[SERVICE] companies online’
The great thing about fulfilling your orders like this is that while it does depend on their service your offering you might be able to find a tool to complete your orders as opposed to a freelancer cutting your costs down even further.
If a tool can’t be found, You’ll have to rely on a good human to do the work – but fear not my friend. White label companies can have a higher standard of work allowing you to charge a premium price for your service.
Drop Servicing Suppliers: Wrapping it all up
Finding a list of drop servicing suppliers to fulfil your orders should be a non-laborious process. You’re looking for a good person, people or business to complete your projects.
It’s also a great way to really solidify your niche market if you haven’t already done so.
So, by now you should really have your niche market locked in, found a list of drop servicing suppliers, contacted and even ordered a sample from your them.
At this point your offer is technically ready to be offered the world..but hold your horse my young skywalker…
In order to increase the chances of your drop servicing agency success, you’ll need to build a funnel. And that my friends is what we’re going to talk about in our next post…
See you there..