Crisp new dropshipping course or a playful clubhouse for youngsters with no real substance?
Ecomm Clubhouse is a dropshipping/Shopify course presented by Wholesale Ted's Sarah Chrisp.
This course is 1 of only 12 approved Shopify courses and Wholesale Ted is therefore seen as an official Shopify Education Provider. You can verify it for yourself here
This is a big deal as there are dozens of dropshipping courses out there. To be endorsed by Shopify says a great deal about your course.
Is it worthy of the Shopify Approved Course badge?
Stick with me to find out.
To access the course you have to pay a monthly fee of $67 (which is a little weird). It includes 40 tutorials and PDFs with just about 9 and a half hours of video content.
Oberlo also had nice things to say about Ecomm Clubhouse, "The Dropship Club, while a little bit shorter than some of the other courses on this list, is undoubtedly one of the best dropshipping courses in 2020."
You can read the full Oberlo blog post about their Best Dropshipping Courses here. I do feel they are biased though, as all the courses on their list (naturally) suggests using Oberlo.
If you want an unbiased, unaffiliated and honest opinion, look at my list of the Best Dropshipping Courses for 2020.
Ecomm Clubhouse Course Overview
Ranked #9 out of 8 dropship courses (See full list here)
Unrivalled value for money
$67 per month (Feb. 2020)
Introduction to Sarah
Wholesale Ted has a popular YouTube channel with over 448k subscribers, 135 videos and almost 16 million views.
Those are very impressive stats and it's easy to understand why it is one of the most trusted dropshipping channels on YouTube.
The YT channel and company is run by Sarah Chrisp, New Zealander who has been making money online for over a decade now.
She started her first online store when she was only 16 and despite many setbacks and failures, she kept at it, learning along the way.
Anyone who has been doing eCommerce for longer than 10 years, certainly has something to offer and it is well worth listening.
Let's find out, however, if what she says makes sense and whether it will help new dropshippers.
Before I get to the nuts and bolts of the course, MY DISCLAIMER:
I AM NOT AN AFFILIATE. Fullstop. I earn nothing from doing my reviews. This means you don't get ANY bias at all.
What to Expect in this Course
The premise behind the course, is that you can learn how to build an online store with print on demand dropshipping.
Does this mean the course only covers Print On Demand?
What if you have no interested in print on demand?
Or, what if you don't know what print on demand dropshipping is?
Read on to get the answers!
This is what the Ecomm Clubhouse claims to offer you:First Sarah says that her course offers more than most of the $500 courses out there with up to 4 times the content. Well, I haven't come across a $500 two hour long course yet...Apart from their claim to great content, this what Sarah and her team from Wholesale Ted also offers:
Over 10 hours of premium video training. It's not a lot of content, but you're only paying $67 per month until you're done with the course. You can probably finish the course within a month, two months tops, depending on your work rate.
- You'll learn how to create brand new and unique products with their Print On Demand training video library.
- "Learn how to find & sell hyper-viral, super-popular products with Dropshipping, even if you have a low start-up budget!"
- Sarah will teach you different scientifically proven sales psychology techniques to get customers to spend more MONEY!
- Unique videos that expand on their YT Channel tutorials. For example, the YT Channel video tutorial on SEO is 34 minutes long, whereas in the club, it is over 2 hours long.
- You gain access to lessons not available on the Wholesale Ted YouTube channel.
- Sarah will teach you her strategies for getting free traffic and customers from Google using SEO.
- All the video tutorials have English Captions for students who don't use English as a First Language. - It's a nice touch for foreign students.
The Ecomm Clubhouse Course Breakdown
This course contains 40 different video lessons, with 9 and a half hours viewing time.
The course dashboard looks nice and crisp 😉 and is easy to navigate. Sarah also offers tick boxes after every tutorial which helps you on your drosphipping journey.
This module contains 5 videos, with a combined video length of 1 hour and 18 minutes. Additional resources include 4 PDF documents.
The first lesson is a standard welcome video to the course.
From lesson 2, Sarah helps you choose our niche based on reduction and data. It's a clever technique and one that is sure to help those starting out. Sarah helps you identify 20 different niches and then shows you how to get the list down to your single specialized/winning niche.
She suggests you build a store that you can brand. This is very important if you are looking to build a dropshipping business that focuses on the long term.
Part of branding is choosing your store name. Sarah offers a 4 step formula to help you make the decision.
STEP 2: SOURCE & CHOOSE PRODUCTS TO SELL!
This module contains 6 videos, with a combined video length of 1 hour,
24 minutes. Additional resources include 6 PDF documents.
This is an extremely
important module and one where most courses fall flat. Choosing the right products is essential to your business success.
Sarah's tips for finding products don't offer any new insight and are pretty stock standard. You actually need a little more insight to choose winning products than what was offered here.
In the rest of the module, Sarah shows you how to choose the right suppliers, how to spy on other POD (Print On Demand) dropshippers, how to find T-shirt designers on Fiverr, designs on Shutterstock and suggestions for pricing.
Just a side note: Sarah uses a range of spoons as an example of AliExpress products. A spoon costs $3.35 with shipping and you sell it for $9.95.
Sarah mistakenly refers to the remaining $6.60 as your profit.
THIS IS NOT YOUR PROFIT.
You still need to subtract other costs such as your marketing, app subscriptions, admin.
Your profit margin in dropshipping can be as low as 10%... If that's the case, then you only make $1 profit, NOT $6.60.
Be warned: many of the courses (and YouTube videos) lure people into buying courses by showing you how much money you can make with dropshipping. They rarely talk about your true profit...
STEP 3: CREATE A STORE BY YOURSELF
This video is 9 minutes long
This module takes you through the steps of setting up a basic Shopify Store.
These steps include basic Shopify setup and settings, Oberlo, Printify. It includes tutorials on some basic admin tasks such as setting up shipping and payments, importing products and images, and creating pages and collections.
It's a decent module covering most of what you need to open your first Shopify store.
STEP 4: UPSELLING TO BIG ORDERS
This module contains 5 videos, with a combined video length of 22 minutes. Additional resources include 5 PDF documents.
In this module, Sarah shows you how to get and install different paid apps to help with your conversions.
First she suggests adding trust icons, then a discounted pricing app (for $90.99 a month! This is very expensive for beginner dropshippers
and there are cheaper alternatives).
Sarah also suggests an upsell app (for $47 per month), a spinner pop-up app (for a more reasonable $10 per month), and a coupon app (for $30 per month).
Add it all up and you're already on $177.90 per month without having sold anything yet.
Remember that these app subscriptions eat away at your profit.
I suggest an app like Vitals, which is a combination of all these apps and costs only $29.90 per month.
Oh, and something I didn't like:
Sarah is an affiliate for some of these apps, which means she gets money from the developers whenever one of her students subscribe to the app. This is not a questionable business practice.
What is questionable, is whether she suggested the best possible
apps, or whether she suggested these specific apps because she gets a kickback..?
Things like this always make me wonder whether the "gurus" have the best interests of their students at heart, or whether it's all about making money?
Some might say that because she found the "best possible" apps for you, it's only fair that she is allowed to make some money in return for sharing that knowledge. (But you're already paying for her expertize by paying for the course...)
Anyway, you can make up your own mind about it.
STEP 5: HOW TO GET TRAFFIC & BUYERS TO YOUR STORE
This module contains 16 videos, with a combined video length of 4 hours, 4 minutes. Additional resources include 16 PDF documents.
This module starts off with everything Facebook related. It includes how to set up a FB Business Account, Fan Page, and how to install the FB Pixel. It's straightforward enough for complete beginners.
This is followed
with instructions on how to make FB Ads, including video ads. These video ad tutorials are very informative and some of the best I've seen in a course.
Sarah then shows you how to target audiences and launch your ad(
s) on a tight budget.
I like the fact that Sarah has a step-by-step PDF guide for every tutorial. This is a super resource to have.
Sarah also teaches you a few SEO tactics to get your site and products easily ranked and found on Google.
STEP 6: HOW TO RUN & MANAGE YOUR STORE
This module contains 3 videos, with a combined video length of almost 10 minutes. Additional resources include 3 PDF documents.
The final module deals with Product Fulfillment and store management.
Sarah suggests you spend at least an hour a day on the 7 tasks she identified as crucial to your success.
This includes basic things such as checking and placing orders, checking ads, etc
I feel that you will not get through your list in one hour. Expect to spend about two to three hours.
Is it a worthwhile course?
Value for money is certainly there. You can probably finish this course within a few short weeks (it's only 9 and a half hours). Depending on your available time and pace, the course could cost you only $67! That's a steal!
The catch, however, is that you don't have access to updates and support if you don't renew your membership.
With only 40 videos and less than 10 hours content, the course is purely aimed at beginners. So, after you've worked through the course, you probably don't need to go back for any updated course content. You can always upgrade to a more advanced course from someone else... Great things about Ecomm Clubhouse- The course is well laid out.
- Sarah is one of the better YouTube Dropshippers out there and it shows in the content and the way the course is presented.
- You get PDF documents to supplement the tutorials. Things I didn't like about the courseFinding your products is the cornerstone of your business.Sarah's first tutorial of Step 2, shows you how to find winning products on AliExpress. It's a VERY basic approach.
Be warned: many of your products will be failures if you only judge them on the two criteria she lists.You cannot label a product as a "winner" based on its reviews and whether it has ePacket. This approach might have worked in 2016, but definitely not in 2020...
Sarah should have shown you how to check if this product has already peaked or not.
Yes, it might have 7,950 average votes of 4.8 stars with 7,845 orders. BUT, you don't know when last those orders were fulfilled. This product could have peaked two years ago and not have sold any products in weeks...
(For more comprehensive Product Research Methods, see my Ultimate Dropshipping Guide. More details on it later in the post.)
Sarah's supplier criteria is also basic. Choosing a supplier with just 50 orders is a bit dicey if you ask me.
The inclusion of SEO to rank organically is a good addition, but Sarah neglected to offer any worthwhile methods to get your site ranked quickly. The way she proposes could take as long as a year...
SEO is much better utilized when you know what you're doing. I have several lead generation sites that I managed to rank to Number 1 on Google.
BTW, Lead Gen is my Number 1 business model for 2020 and beyond. Click below if you want more info.
Overall, this is a good course for beginner dropshippers.
However, you will need to find additional information or do another course or two before you can start dropshipping with some confidence.
Ecomm Clubhouse is lacking in some areas, such as supplier research and the fact that Sarah only focuses on FB Ads.
In 2020, you need to expand your marketing efforts to include a combination of different social media platforms - not place all your eggs in one basket.
Most disconcerting was the product research tutorial. It is seriously lacking in content. With all Sarah's experience, she should offer better advice.
If you want to know more about product research, then visit my Product Research Guide here. It's part of my FREE Ultimate Dropshipping Guide, which you can access here.
Is dropshipping still worth it in 2020?
The short answer is yes, and no.
It all depends what your personal expectations of dropshipping is.
If you expect to become a millionaire from dropshipping within your first year, then no.
Do not believe the hype surrounding YouTube videos with headings ike these:
They don't tell you the full story (they don't tell you how many times they failed before, or which methods they used or how much they spent on ads) and they never share what their actual profits are...
Don;t get me wrong, you can still make money from dropshipping. - If you're willing to build a long-term business building a brand, then yes, you can eventually quit your day job. Just don't make the mistake thinking you can quit your job and do dropshipping full-time from day one.
I'll be honest with you. Dropshippers are finding it increasingly difficult to make a killing. The days of this business model producing millionaires within a few short months are gone.
DON'T LET THE HYPE ON YOUTUBE FOOL YOU!
Dropshipping requires a lot of hard work and time to turn it into a success.
The dropshipping industry has turned around from easy money in 2016 to a full-out grind in 2020.
You really need to know what you're doing and can't do dropshipping on the fly anymore.
If you want some guidance, have a look at my 100% FREE, Ultimate Dropshipping Guide. I outline 14 Steps to help you get started on the correct way to opening your first dropshipping store.
I've been doing dropshipping for several years now. I've had 6-figure stores and I have worked through just about every dropshipping course out there.
I've combined all that knowledge and actual dropshipping experience into my Guide. It's really free, I don't even ask for your email address. You can access it here
Read through the entire guide and only make a decision about dropshipping then.
But first, here are some of the reasons why I quit dropshipping:
If it looks like too much work (for most people it is!) with too few rewards, there is a smarter alternative.
Is there an alternative to dropshipping?
First off, let me make it clear: it is still possible to make money from dropshipping.
I do suggest however, that you proceed with dropshipping as a side hustle. Don't quit your 9 to 5 just yet. Very few dropshippers get substantial sales or make a profit in their first month.
It could take a while before you make some money.
I can't stress this enough: dropshipping takes time and effort in 2020.
I still have dropshipping stores and I still make some money from it, but it is by no means my biggest earner. I have other income streams from other online business models that outperform it every month.
My biggest earner, which incidentally requires less effort than dropshipping, brings in a constant $50k per month. At the best of times, dropshipping only brought in $10k per month. On average it was around $4,5k per month...
I touched on it earlier. My Number One business choice for 2020 and beyond is Local Lead Generation.
Here's an example of just one of my lead gen sites. My Grand Rapids Tree Service site sends 300 leads per month to my client and he happily pays me $2k per month for the service.
The best thing about lead gen sites?
Once they rank, there's no maintenance on them. That means you basically get a passive monthly income. You can't get that from dropshipping!
But what is lead gen?
In a nutshell - lead gen is a business model where you become a virtual landlord. You build and rank websites that generate leads for a local business. The business either rents the site from you, or pays you a commission per lead that is sent to them.
Lead gen offers some major advantages above dropshipping:
There's no competition, really.
Local lead generation is hands-down, my number one business choice for 2020 and beyond.