Everyone has been trying to find different business options ever since the pandemic hit us. If you are also exploring different options lately, there is a high probability that you must have heard of drop shipping.
However, drop shipping is an old business model and a new idea (keeping in mind today’s digital age) has surfaced for the past 4-5 years.
People are exploring drop servicing business model (spin-off of drop shipping) which basically is an online business with high potential of scalability.
What’s best about the drop service business model is that you do not ‘necessarily’ need to have technical skills to flourish AND you can manage it remotely.
Sounds too good to be true, right?
The drop service as a business model has proved to be an instrumental success as it guarantees a stable revenue stream without a hefty investment.
So, how does drop servicing business work?
As long as you have a PC or laptop, a stable internet connection, basic understanding of how the online world works, and a website – you are good to go!
The most basic need is to have a good-looking website that lists all services you plan to offer to your potential clients and outsource the work to professional individual or agency.
So, in simpler words – you work as a middleman who is responsible for advertising and marketing all high-paid services and getting the job done from someone else at a lower rate.
But you might be wondering; what actually can you offer in the drop service business model?
To be fair – you can drop service any and every thing!
Mainly it’s directed towards digital services (quite popular these days) which includes, but not limited to, website design and development, SEO, content, logo design, graphics, and more.
5 Things to Know Before Starting Drop Service Business Model
Are you convinced? We always recommend people to explore different avenues to reach newer horizons of success.
So, if you are planning to consider the drop service business idea, here are a few things you should know before starting.
CONDUCT MARKET RESEARCH
If you are JUST beginning, a good rule of thumb is to take your time and perform market research. We do not recommend jumping in on the bandwagon on a particular niche or service just because everyone is doing it.
Conducting market research will not only help you find which niche to target but allow you to understand the basics of the niche or any particular service.
Shortlist multiple niches to make an informed decision.
OPT FOR A PROFITABLE NICHE
Once you have a list of services you are interested in, it is time to compare them and pick one. List pros and cons of all chosen niches and select the most profitable one.
This does not mean you just look at the ‘money’ aspect. For instance, Design is a profitable niche but with a cutthroat market where competition is fierce. The market is saturated. Even though it is profitable, you will have to either be EXCEPTIONALLY good or offer services at a lower rate.
A good profitable niche is one which guarantees sustainability and scalability.
FIND A SERVICE WITHIN NICHE FOR RESELLING
You can either provide all services within a niche or pick a single service and start from there. We recommend you to not enter in too many markets in the beginning.
HIRE FREELANCERS OR AGENCY TO OUTSOURCE
Depending on the service(s) you choose, you should also secure freelancer or an agency who would be fulfilling the requirement on your behalf.
A drop servicing business mainly relies on outsourcing all the tasks to meet client requirements. Therefore, you should look for people or an agency who is experienced, reliable, and trustworthy.
AESTHETICALLY APPEALING WEBSITE
As you will be offering digital services, it is important to have a fully functional website with a payment merchant. The best thing about drop servicing is that you get the payment upfront for the services. This allows you to make initial payment to the freelancer or agency you plan to acquire for fulfillment.
Benefits of Drop Service Business Model
Over the years, more people have started to explore this business model. The reasons drop servicing has become as scalable and sustainable as drop shipping are:
- Less overheads
- More flexibility
- Remotely manageable
Everything takes time – as you are only responsible for marketing and advertising the services, make sure you target the right people. Building a successful business (specially drop service) is easier said than done.
With the right mind and proper research, you will be prepared for all the difficulties you may experience during the journey. We recommend you talk to a professional to get a clear idea about how you can get started.