9 Reasons Why 99% Of Dropshippers Fail At Ecommerce

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You, the one reading this right now, have failed a hell lot of times, but if you really think that’s a huge problem, you’re wrong my friend.
Jeff Bezos the owner and CEO of Amazon have failed more times than you can ever imagine, the way he thinks of failure is the way it should be seen: “To invent you have to experiment, and if you know in advance that it’s going to work, it’s not an experiment. Most large organizations embrace the idea of invention, but are not willing to suffer the string of failed experiments necessary to get there”.
Think of a game in which you’re performance is impressive, did you know how to play it the first day? No, You sucked at it first, but you kept on trying until you became a better player. You should look at dropshipping as if it’s just another game.

Failure is a part of success
Learn from your failures…

This article is directed to an audience of dropshippers and future entrepreneurs who admit that they failed, so instead of talking about the failures of Priests and what can turn you into a better Priest, I’ll be telling you why you fucked up as a dropshipper, and how can you get your shit together and overcome your failures.
And instead of focusing on the problems only, we’ll have to dive into solutions too, so the dropshippers who need a little push, will have what they need and more to start taking action.
When I wanted to write down this article, I wanted it to be powerful, and help others find what’s the problem in their lives, and I couldn’t think of a better idea than sharing with you the videos and books that helped me find what’s wrong about myself, and helped me fix it. So make sure to read this article until the end.

Failure is a part of success

My Falilures as a Dropshipper:


When I first heard of Shopify dropshipping, I was given the impression that it’s very easy to jump in the game, and make a lot of money, which is misleading. I remember the day when I went to Youtube and typed in “How to create a Shopify store”, The first video I saw was Dan Dasilva’s video which was about 53min long.
I started watching and implementing what Dan was doing until I finished setting up the store. I already had an idea of what I’ll be selling even tho I didn’t do any research on what kind of product should I be selling on my store.
So I started importing hundreds of Apparel products into my store, I don’t remember the exact number of products, but it was over 700 product, all in the apparel niche.
I didn’t know back then that the Apparel niche was saturated, and that I needed a huge budget, and to be an expert marketer to get into that particular niche. But still, I decided to run ads, with my low budget back then (which was less than $200) and a lack of marketing skills. 
My campaigns sucked, but I didn’t want to blame myself for the lack of time invested in learning, which was the right thing I should have done. Instead, I was pointing fingers in every direction blaming Facebook for not bringing me the right visitors that would buy the stuff I’m selling.

learning from mistakes is the key to success
I’ve been there… we all did

After a month, I was doing what I was good at, watching youtube videos while analyzing but never taking the action, when I saw a video of Franklin Hatchett (one of my role models) talking about some upcoming trends, in which he mentioned Wooden Watches, so I created a new store for watches, started importing wooden watches, and then I found myself importing all the kinds of watches.
Once again, I didn’t have enough money, and at that time, I knew it’s not a good idea to start with a tiny budget, so I partnered up with 2 guys that were just like me, we wanted to make money, but we -for some reason, didn’t want to adopt the mindset, habits and take the sequence of actions required to make money.
If you didn’t notice, I did all the major mistakes dropshippers do at their very beginning, I made sure to bold them so you will notice them, and if you are numb (the way I used to be back in 2016) let me repeat myself and break them down to you again, BUT HEY… stay focused:

  • The urge to make money fast.
  • Not investing time to learn.
  • Going into the game with a low budget.
  • Lack of marketing skills.
  • Analysing a lot but never taking action.
  • Going in with the wrong Partners.
  • Having the wrong mindset.
  • Procrastinating.
  • The root of all evil: Bad habits.

If this is you, and you’re not doing anything to change who you are, trust me, you’ll be suffering for a long time my friend.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not judging, I just want you to know what’s coming, understand the reasons, so you can destroy the cancer at its roots…
If you think you suck, I was in worst scenarios than you could ever imagine, but I made it, and now I achieve almost every goal I set, and I’m gonna help you do the same by showing you how I did it.

How I Fixed Myself:

1- The Power Of Habit:

The first step for me toward fixing myself was knowing and understanding who I am, not who I thought I am, because if you really believe you are the one you think you are at your current situation, you are very wrong my friend.
You’re full of flaws, you do mistakes on a daily basis, and you haven’t changed the fact that you’re a failure yet.
You still have that thought that you’re perfect, and you’re better than the thousands of human beings around you which is absolutely wrong.
Once I knew that back in the day, I wanted to change who I used to be, and become a better version of myself. But to become a better version of myself, I learned that I had to eliminate all the bad habits I used to have within my chaotic daily routine, starting with all the addictions I had (smoke, social media, and so…) and changing the toxic environments I used to accept.
Addictions were just a bad way of investing my time, because what they do is bringing instant temporary happiness by flooding dopamine into my brain, and that happiness ends when I finish doing the activity, so I had to look for another activity that’ll give me a certain amount of dopamine, it’s just pointless.
While changing the toxic environments I used to somehow find myself in, helped me control the flow of information and emotions coming in and out, I stopped hanging out with stupid people that blame their own problems on everything and everyone else, because if you hang out with such people, you’ll only be a depressed guy who happens to also be a failure.

After doing so, I needed to design a daily routine that’ll help me achieve my goals, because I noticed that every successful person has a personal routine in which they do activities that help them make steps toward the goals they want to achieve in a certain amount of time.

2- Plan Your Future:

The second step toward success is taking the time to plan what you want to achieve by the end of the year.
I remember when I started understanding the power of habit and how the human brain works, I started watching a lot of motivational videos to go out the state of mind I was living at, and one day, I came across the Valuetainment video listed down below, which taught me how to write down a business plan.
What I did back then was following along the video, to make my own one age business plan in which I listed the goals I wanted to achieve by the end of 2017.
After getting it done, I started working on my business plan for the first month, and I had to create a weekly to-do list in which I write down the actions required to fulfill my monthly plan.
By that time, I already understood how my brain works from watching people like Tony Robbins and Jordan B. Peterson talk about this subject… so I developped habits that helped me achieve the goals witten in my business plan, I already stopped procrastinating, blaming others for my own bad choices, mistakes, and failures, and started getting things done and finding peace inside.
By the end of 2017, I was AMAZED how I managed to change almost everything about my life, achieved my goals for that year, and I was very happy that I don’t rely on smoke and stupid peope as a source of happiness anymore.

3- Educate Yourself:

As a part of fulfilling my one-page business plan, I had to develop myself, learn more, and work on developing more skills.
To achieve that, I started reading more books, and as an entrepreneur, I started with Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad, and Increase Your Financial IQ, those books changed the way I look at money, and made me eager to learn more, so that’s how I started reading books.
If you somehow for some reason don’t like reading books, listen to audio books. That’s the best way I could think of to control the flow of information coming in and out… That’s how people change their mindsets, and lives.
Another thing I needed to learn as an entrepreneur was how to develop my marketing skills. I read many books written by Russel Brunson, and trust me, that guy knows what he’s talking about. The first book I read was Marketing Secrets Blackbook, which is very valuable as a free 200-page ebook, and the latest one “Dotcom Secrets” is a must-read if you want to learn how you can turn your side hustle into a million dollar brand.

One last thing, I can’t stress enough how important it is to control the flow of information in and out, and there’s actually one thing that I used to do every day back then to help me let go of toxic habits, I’m subscribed to Youtube channels such as Evan Carmichael and Valuetainment, and I believe you should subscribe to them too, in order for you to stay motivated and focused on what actually matters, and adopt the routine that helps you overcome failures in life to become a better person first, and then a better entrepreneur.
If you want to educate yourself more on Dropshipping and Ecommere generally, make sure to read the articles I write and the strategies I share, I do believe there’s no such content as mine out there, because gurus teaching you on youtube don’t want you to learn the right and durable way of doing ecommerce, they always keep themselves steps ahead, while I make sure I share with you all the strategies I use today to make a 6-figure income from every Shopify store I own, so make sure to check my blog out.
Don’t forget: You are awesome, so start creating your own good luck to turn this all around, and hopefully, you’ll have a success story that you’d be proud to share with your loved ones.


About The Author:
Yassine Ouasbir
Yassine Ouasbir
Yassine is the Founder and CEO of Ecommerce Prophet. He started his own Ecommerce & Affiliate Marketing journey back in 2016. He’s now working with Ecommerce businesses and brands of all sizes to help them get more sales, leads, optimize their conversions and operations.

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