Have you ever heard about Drop Service or Drop Servicing Business?
It’s one of the hottest business to make money online these days, even without any special skill than what you already know. It somehow works like a referral or affiliate marketing business but kind of different.
In this blog post, I will show you the nitty-gritty of what you need to know about running a profitable drop servicing business in Nigeria or anywhere in the world.
But before we get into it, let’s me introduce you to the business.
What is Drop Service?
This is the act of getting a service offer or job, and you hire someone to do it while you earn your own profit or commission.
Simply as that!
Let’s say you get a job to design a flier or banner (that cost $50), and you don’t know how to design anything, you can simply look for a graphics designer to do and you pay him or her about $30.
Then you get the final project from the graphics designer and deliver to the client.
You’ve just made $20… congratulations!
That’s just the simple concept of drop servicing business.
How Does Drop Servicing Business Works?
As explained above, drop servicing is simply by bridging the gap between the client and the freelancer who will do the job.
Note: You don’t connect, but you bridge or cover the gap between them.
The client believe you know how to do the job, he gave you the task, then you turn yourself to project manager and you get someone to do and finish up the task.
If you are familiar with drop shipping, you will notice that they’re of the similar but not the same concept.
Let’s talk about it.
Drop Servicing Vs. Drop Shipping: The Difference
Drop servicing business work more like Drop Shipping.
The difference between them is that Drop servicing deal with “SERVICES” and Drop shipping deal with “PRODUCTS”.
PRODUCTS involves physical shipping etc., but SERVICE doesn’t require that.
Although, you can do the same business digitally (on the internet).
But Drop shipping is not as fast as Drop Servicing when it comes to its versatilities. Why?
Because drop servicing business deals with hot services that business owners need to push their business forward. While in drop shipping, people might not necessary be interested in the products.
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Now that we are understanding, let’s talk about top services you can sell in drop servicing, then we will talk about how you can start a profitable drop servicing business wherever you are.
Hot Services to Sell or Render in Drop Servicing Business
- Web Design and Development
- UI/UX Design
- Graphics Design
- SEO Management
- Content Writing
- Copy Writing
- Social Media Management
- Virtual Assistance
And so on.
You may like to check these 18 hot digital skills to be familiar with these services.
The question you may want to ask is;
Is Drop Servicing a lucrative business?
YES! Drop service or drop servicing business is a very lucrative business.
I would have said it’s a lazy way to make money online without any skill, but not really because you’re still going to do the job in getting clients who need the service.
The best thing about this business is that, you can run it on your smartphone even if you don’t have a laptop and it is 100% online. So you don’t need to quite your job or drop out of school (happy?).
Personally, I’ve done this business before and it really paid off.
Although, I have the skillset to get some projects done, but there are things I don’t know but that will never stop me from taking the job from a client.
For Instance, I’m a web developer.
If a client said he need a website, I can handle that but If he says he need a logo for the website, I will still take the job though I’m not a graphics designer.
But I will outsource the job somewhere and ensure I make my profit from it.
You as a person, you can do the same…
You don’t necessarily need to know much about the service, just get someone who can do it.
I know people who make millions from this simple drop servicing business model and yours will not be strange or difficult.
Someone asked a question about this business, he said;
Is Drop Servicing Business Legal?
What do you think?
Drop Servicing business is 100% legal. In fact, it’s going to become a big industry very soon.
It’s a skill on its own, because hiring a talent to handle a project is not easy at all, but for you to get a job from a client, and get it delivered to him, there’s nothing wrong in that.
All you need to do is to be honest, don’t be greedy.
Now, let’s talk about starting, shall we?
How to Start a Profitable Drop Servicing Business
· Choose a niche
I’m not going to talk too much on this.
Choosing a niche is the first thing you need to do before you can delve into drop servicing business.
What is a niche?
Simply put, a niche is an area you want to focus on. Or a place you can be found anytime, any day.
In this case, a niche is a SERVICE you want to specialize on.
A SERVICE. Remember you’re just starting out, so I will recommend you choose a service that is hot in demand as your niche for now.
It can be web design, product design, graphics design, content writing or whatever service you know that people need the most. Please do your research on this.
Note again, you don’t necessarily need to know anything about the service for now, just ensure it is hot!
· Do your research on the niche
Okay, you’ve chose a niche, right?
The next thing is to sharpen your cutlass a little bit.
Let’s say you chose “Web Design” as a preferred service you want to render, you need to take a book and go to Google.com to do some research on “How to get web design job”.
Although the results might be a little bit tense or technical but don’t worry, you just need the theory, someone will do the actual job.
The reason for the research is to be aware of possible questions clients may ask from you.
Let me give you a clear template of the research you need to do;
- What are the requirements to do this (website, logo etc.)?
- How many days will it take me to do this…?
- What’s the minimum cost of completing this project?
- Do the requirements involve payment? If yes, how much?
Those are the basic thing you need to research on.
Let me take web design again.
Web design will require something that you must buy before you can build any website. This includes the hosting, domain, theme and logo.
Just do you research to know how much those thing cost, because this will help you to charge your client wisely.
In case you don’t really get it, the next point will help you.
· Look for talents
This is the most crucial part of drop service and you need to be careful and smart at this, if you really want to launch a profitable drop servicing business.
Go online and look for those who are selling that service and make friend with them.
Maybe you want to be rendering Graphics design as a drop service, look for graphics designers.
Talk to them, ask them about the charges to make different designs and note them down.
If they tell you they charge N50,000 for a logo, note it down and you can tell your client that you charge N70,000 for a logo.
You’ll negotiate for sure and maybe agreed of N65,000.
You can now go back and hire that graphics designer, pay him N50k and you hold the N15k profit.
I was just using that as an example though.
What I’m saying is that you should make sure you have those skilled people who will handle the job at hard.
Even if a client asks you a difficult question, just copy the question and ask the talents.
So, look for talents either on social media or anywhere you can find them.
Note: Tell them you’re going to be giving them projects, so they should give you discount.
Important Information: You can refer any client that needs website to me and I will give you 10% of what the client pays. If this is a nice deal for you, here is where to contact me.
· Join freelance websites
This will ultimately serve two purposes; to get jobs and hire talents.
There are tons of freelancing websites outside there to help you make your drop servicing business a success. I will not write too much on this as I have few blog posts on this topic.
Check here for the top 10 freelance websites to get jobs and hire talents.
Create your profile on these freelance websites and whenever you get a job, quickly check on another person on the same website or another one just to do the job.
Ensure you bargain the price with them.
For instance, it is possible to get a project for N150,000 and get someone to do it for N50,000.
I’ve seen someone who get a job for N2.5m and get it done with just N100,000.
So, it depends on how smart you are.
You may want to know the best freelance website, right? Well currently we have Upwork and Fiverr at the top, but Fiverr is the easiest to get approved.
Check the blog post on how to start your freelance career on Fiverr.
· Start Acting It
You need to start acting according to your new business now.
Update your Facebook, WhatsApp, and other social media platform. Tell people that you can help them get their website, or graphics design do.
Tell your friends to recommend you to those who need related service you’re drop servicing. But you don’t necessarily need to tell them you are into drop servicing business.
Do banners on Canva.com to advertise your new business.
· Learn negotiation skill
In everything you’re doing in life, negotiation is important.
If you’re trying to ask a lady out and you’re serious about it, you need to convince here why she should accept your offer.
Same thing applies to businesses.
Remember that you’re still new in this drop servicing business, you don’t know how much this or that cost. That’s the reason I said you should do your research before fully delving into this.
And you need to send counter-offer to your clients.
What do I mean?
If you’re sure that $50 will complete the task the client gave to you, and the client said he will pay $70, you will make $20 profit, right?
Well, that’s cool.
But there’s a rule in business that you should never accept the first offer. Negotiate!
Tell the client to pay $100 and you will get the job done, and gladly the client might agree to pay $80.
Also, if the normal price to get the job done is $50, tell the person you want to hire to $40 from you and negotiate till he/she give you discount.
If you’re good at negotiation, you will make lot of money from drop service business.
· Step up your game: Learn the skills
By now, you have known how to get projects and outsource it somewhere else.
And probably, the coming is coming is coming like “breeze” now. The next thing to do is to expand and grow.
If you’re been drop servicing web design and it really pay, why not learn how to design website and get the full payment instead of paying someone almost 70% of the money?
That is a great idea, don’t you think so?
Aside from learning the skill you’ve been drop servicing, you can learn the basics of other services too.
Maybe you’ve been doing web design, you can add graphics design to it and so on.
In everything you’re doing, look for a way to step up your game!
The next point will add some salt to this.
· Start your own agency
What are you waiting for?
Start your full-fledge agency or company since you’ve known how the business work and you’ve built your reputation online or on the freelancing websites, you should expect more jobs.
As more jobs flow in, you will not be able to handle everything, so you need some people to help you.
And these people are no longer the talents you pay per project, but talents that collects salary or wage.
Let say you have five (5) people working for you in your agency, what you will be paying them per month will still at profit to you compare to those you previously pay per project.
You will although need to do more research on starting a consulting agency.
But note that you must been making money off that service you want to be selling before you transit to an agency owner.
Since you’re now serious with this, ensure you register business in your country. If you’re in Nigeria, you can register your business with Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC.
Starting an agency will really expand your business and open many doors to you. For instance, business owners in your area, city or country will trust to give their project to you.
You can check out the top 10 digital agencies in your country to see if they’re really doing well 😉
· Don’t forget branding and marketing
You need to get people’s attention to be successful in consulting or drop servicing business.
And the best approach to this, is in two phases;
Branding and marketing.
Branding simply mean to great good online presence for your business. And this starts from your logo, website, social media handles and the type of contents you share.
Your branding needs to be unique, in the sense that when someone see it for the first time, it will create a patronizing impression on your business.
Branding is very important but often take for granted by some startups. So, go and do your research on creating the best brand identity for your business.
The next one is marketing.
Marketing will help drive sales and from that is where you can make money.
Learn how to run Facebook and Instagram ads. Then be relevant on other social media platforms.
Make money and invest on other business, maybe one day your name will enter Forbes list of rich men. Who knows?
That’s it – How to Start Drop Servicing Business and Make Money Online
If you’re reading this, you have read over 2,300 words which most people would have bounced off even before they get to 1,500 words.
I’m telling you this to remind you of your patience and tolerance.
Now, it’s time to take action.
Start today, start with your WhatsApp, Facebook account, Twitter etc.
Tell people you can help them get their website done. Start your drop servicing business with that smart phone.
Don’t forget that you just need to look for clients either on social media or freelance website and hire talents to get it done for you. And also, do your research on a niche before you delve into it.
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