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How to Start a Dropshipping Business with No Money & Earn a Living

how to start a dropshipping business with no money

So, by now, you are probably aware of what drop-shipping is, if you’re not, then you can read more on that here. The next most frequently asked question tends to be, “How much money do you need to start dropshipping?” Well, the good news is we know how to start a dropshipping business with no money. That’s right, you can start today. Interested? Read on to find out more.

What you need to start a dropshipping business with no money

So, although you don’t need money to start your own dropshipping business, you do still need to make an investment: time. And the second thing you need: a niche. You want your offering to be unique, you need something that makes you stand out from everyone else; you need to give people a reason to buy your product, and not Maureen-from-down-the-street’s product instead.

How do I start dropshipping?

So, you’ve got some great ideas that are yours and only yours, and you feel like you’ll have the edge to come out on top. What do you need to do to actually take things to the next level? How do you go from a great idea to an actual working business model?

idea for your business

Step 1: Create a store

That’s right, you need a store. How can people but things from you if you don’t give them a place to shop? Sounds pretty self-explanatory, huh? Well, there are many platforms that you can use to start a dropshipping business, with no money investment at all. Some of the major players are eBay, Amazon, and Shopify. Alas, none of them are completely-and-forever-free. However, you can get started on any of them for free. They all work slightly differently.

Some of Your Options

  • eBay: pay a fee when you sell an item, you can list your item and a percentage of what it sells for you’ll pay to eBay. This is subject to certain conditions. For example, using a standard auction listing. This is great if you want to shift your old lawnmower, but less so if you want to set up a business. There are other options for setting prices and other features, but unless eBay is running a free listing event they often cost to use
  • Amazon: pay a fee per item sold, plus some additional fees too. As above, this is great if you’re clearing out your DVD rack, but less so when you’re trying to sell large volumes. Amazon has introduced a professional account for those who sell more than 35 items a month, where you pay a monthly subscription fee and it eradicates the per-item-sold fee.
  • Shopify: pay a monthly subscription depending on the features that you want to access and how big you want your e-commerce empire to be. With a basic plan that starts at $29USD as well as a lite plan and more comprehensive plans, you have plenty of options.

Our Choice

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten that this guide will focus on how to start a dropshipping business with no money. We are going to opt for Shopify as they offer a 14-day free trial. Unlike many free trials, Shopify lets you sign up without adding your card details. That’s right, the only thing you agree to when signing up for the free trial is marketing emails. No hidden “if you forget to cancel we are going to charge you” types of things.

You can set up a Shopify account here. For a full step-by-step guide on how to do set up your store, check out this blog post.

start a dropshipping business

Step 2 – Find a supplier

*ahem* That’s where we come in. We offer dropshipping on every one of our 450+ products. From fashion and fabrics to homeware and decor, we have a huge range of products that you can customize, design and sell through a third-party e-commerce platform (the store that you found and set up in step one).

We won’t charge you any fees to set up a drop-shipper account – hidden or otherwise. No free trial, just total free-freeness. Simply click the image below, fill out the form, and check your email. Sign-up is as simple as that.

sign up to dropshipping

Once you have set your account up, you’ll need to sync it to your Shopify account.

Step 3 – Invest Your Time

Here is the part where the hard work comes in. Sort of. If you want to start your own dropshipping business, with no money or otherwise, we would like to assume that it’s because you love designing things. By that logic, this part will be you designing somewhere you normally don’t in order to earn a living doing what you love. Either way, whatever you call this part, it’s the bit where you need to invest your time, and set up your product range.

This is super easy to do as we have built a simple design interface specifically for this purpose. Within this tool, you can upload your designs, to your chosen product. You can add, remove, resize, reposition and add effects to your designs. You can add text, you can remove it, and what’s more, you can see each and every change in real-time. Our design preview lets you see exactly what your product will look like when it’s done – whether it’s a kitchen towel or a tea dress.

dropshipping for free

Step 4 – Market, market, market

A little bit more time investment here. You need to market your products. It’s all well and good having them, but without any kind of marketing, you’re kind of relying on people just ‘falling’ into your store. There are a few ways that you can do this, although again, this is a ‘how to start dropshipping for free‘ guide, so we are going to ignore any of the paid advertising options. (For those who aren’t specifically looking to start a dropshipping business with no money, take a look at PPC. That’s paid advertising, which you can do via Google, Facebook, Instagram etc, and it will target your intended audiences specifically).

Social media is a powerful tool. You might recently have seen the story about the guy from the little bookstore in Petersfield, who tweeted about the fact that nobody had been in, for perhaps the first time ever. Sci-fi author Neil Gaiman retweeted this and the little bookstore was inundated with orders. A heartwarming tale, but also a true example of the power of social media and why it should be embraced. So, while we aren’t all internet-buddies with Neil Gaiman, we can harness the power of digital-word-of-mouth and use this to get your name out there.

Congratulations – that’s how you start a dropshipping business with no money!

There you have it. A business plan. That’s how you start a dropshipping business with no money, how you earn a living with your passion. Check out how easy it is to dropship with Contrado below!

If you want to try for yourself, then why not click below to get started.

contrado drop-shipping sign up


  • How can I start a drop shipping business with no money.

  • I’m thinking about diving in. A little afraid that I will be sorry. What have you done so far?

    • Hi Janice! I totally understand your hesitation but it’s so worth it to dropship with Contrado. We’ve got over 450+ products to seamlessly integrate with your Shopify store. It’s an amazing business opportunity with very little upfront cost. I’d say go for it. 🙂

      You can start your dropshipping journey here:

  • I really want to start drop shipping store but, i have few questions How to start, How to find best suppliers, Top trending Products, Which country to Start, do i have to register a company before starting?
    Thanks in advance 🙂
    Please reply

    • Hi Tarinderjeet! Thanks for your questions. Contrado offers more than 450 high-quality products that you can design and they can be shipped worldwide. All you need to get started is a Shopify store, which can easily be linked to Contrado.
      Everything you need is here:

  • what can you say to convince me that with quallity products i will actually make money within the 14 day trial? i have tried many methods all dead end scam. i am wery about agreeing to market spam emails as they often do not comply with opt and often share or sell my email address to others ……

    • Hi there! While our products are high quality, there’s no guarantee that you will make a sale within 14 days. Making a sale depends on reaching your target audience and marketing your products. We have plenty of tips on our blog for how to do this.

  • Hi There!

    Whats the best products to sell in the online store as I have many ideas, how long will it take to Start earning money from this site???

  • When designing my product, can I upload & use my own photo’s / design’s? Or do I have to choose from your print’s?

  • I am interested in drop shipping, and I have already started my free trial. when someone purchases from my site, do i have to then order from your site or does the order come to you automatically?

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