Imagine this: you’re earning thousands of dollars every month for almost no work done by you.
It sounds crazy, right?
This is possible through reselling Fiverr gigs on your own drop servicing website.
What is Drop Servicing?
Drop Servicing, also called service arbitrage is simply put the act of reselling an online service.
Most commonly these are services that are resold from freelancers on sites such as Fiverr, UpWork, SEOClerk, and more.
Not clear yet? Here’s an example.
John is a carpenter in need of a new logo. After some digging he lands on your website advertising logo-design services and he decides to make a purchase for $200. You then go to Fiverr and hire a logo-design freelancer for $50 to perform the job for you.
John gets the logo he requested, the Fiverr freelancer gets a new gig and you pocket the $150 difference for reselling the service.
That’s reselling from Fiverr or drop servicing.
All you need for this business model is a website and a method of finding clients.
Both sound a lot harder than they actually are so stay tuned as I will get to how you can create both an easy and technical-free website and how you can get clients for your drop servicing business.
Is Drop Servicing Profitable?
Now is drop servicing profitable?
It sounds too easy right?
Pocketing a $150 difference on a $50 sale?
Why would anyone buy from me instead of Fiverr or other marketplaces?
The answer is pretty simply actually.
Selling services on a freelance marketplace like Fiverr is incredibly hard.
These freelancers are competing with thousands of others who are doing exactly the same thing and are driving their prices down due to competition.
On top of that, not many regular non internet-savvy people know about Fiverr and other marketplaces. The ones who do, don’t really like the format of talking to unresponsive freelancers that barely speak English and don’t know how to keep a customer satisfied.
People want customer service.
They want to know they are being tailored towards.
They don’t want to be just another customer waiting in line for this online freelancer.
That’s why Fiverr reselling works. That’s why drop servicing is profitable.
As a drop servicing business you have a lot more room for personal branding and marketing methods.
Your reach is simply SO huge.
What is Fiverr?
Fiverr is an online marketplace where freelancers can offer their services for $5 or more.
Anyone can sign up to become a Fiverr freelancer and the platform is the biggest one out there so they have a huge number of services and freelancers available.
You can find the cheapest gigs on Fiverr that you could not find anywhere else.
The abundance of services and freelancers and the inexpensive prices make Fiverr perfect for drop servicing.
How does Fiverr Reselling work?
First you find a Fiverr gig you want to resell (e.g. logo design).
Then you add this service to your website and markup the price.
Once you land a sale, you hire the logo design freelancer on Fiverr to the job for you.
The Fiverr seller only deals with you directly and never speaks to your client.
Is Fiverr the best option for drop servicing?
There are many ways of finding freelancers for your drop servicing business but Fiverr is one of the best for 3 reasons:
- Inexpensive prices
- Abundance of freelancers.
Fiverr is a pretty strict platform and the sellers have to be responsive and deliver on time in order to keep their ratings up.
That’s why drop servicing from Fiverr is easy, you don’t have to worry much about your freelancers stating to slack because they will be penalized by Fiverr for it.
Moreover, Fiverr freelancers are cheap due to the big competition between individual sellers thus leaving more room for profits on your end.
What is Shopify?
Shopify is an online drag-and-drop website builder.
They are the #1 platform for eCommerce and widely used by drop shippers and drop services due to its simplicity and phenomenal support.
On Shopify, anyone can start a website or webshop regardless of their technical knowledge.
The platform is code-free and has a wide range of both free and paid themes to start from.
Shopify also comes with a built-in checkout system to make accepting payments for your drop servicing gig easy.
Is Shopify the best option for drop servicing?
Shopify is by far your safest bet when starting a drop servicing business.
You won’t have to deal with any technical issues as you would with other website builders such as WordPress.
Starting a drop servicing business with Shopify is quick and easy and any issues you run into can be fixed by their 24/7 chat support!
Shopify will only set you back $29 per month and you can start for free using their 14-day trial.
Start Drop Servicing From Fiverr
You can start drop servicing using Fiverr in 4 easy steps:
- Step 1: Find a niche
- Step 2: Find freelancers on Fiverr
- Step 3: Build your Shopify site
- Step 4: Promote your Drop Servicing business
Step 1: Find a niche
The first step to any kind of online business is to define a niche or microniche.
Starting a website ‘iselleverything.com’ and just throwing every Fiverr gig you can find on there won’t do the job.
Going to broad is never good.
Instead, you want to focus on a small, niche target audience and become the go-to ‘agency’ for that audience.
It’s very difficult to start a logo designing agency these days as there are simply so many options for that already.
But what if your agency creates logos specifically for yoga instructors?
Now you have leverage.
Why would a yoga instructor go to a generic agency when there is one specialized for their line of work?
By niching down you immediately have leverage that you can use to find clients.
Simply for free, by sourcing the web, or by using paid advertising methods.
You can also incorporate this in your content marketing strategy and start writing blog posts with yoga instructors as the target audience.
Too many internet entrepreneurs still aren’t niching down properly, and this is the main reason why many don’t succeed.
Step 2: How to Find freelancers on Fiverr
When looking for the right freelancer on Fiverr to resell, you want to pay attention to 3 factors:
- Amount of past and current orders
- Delivery time
Ideally, you’ll use a freelancer that can give you at least a 2x markup. 3 or 4x if you’re using paid advertising to find clients.
Be aware though that you don’t opt for the cheapest gig as that might give you subpar results and in turn ensue into an angry client.
For example, never use a $5 logo designer and upsell it for $100.
The $5 logo designer is clearly going for quantity over quality and will likely use free software to create a poor logo or even deliver a stolen logo.
Instead, you should opt for a $50 logo designer who you know will spend their time to get it just right.
You should only hire Fiverr freelancers who already have a good amount of 5 star ratings.
Newer sellers might not take their Fiverr account or the gig seriously enough so you should definitely stay away from them.
When looking at the reviews, pay attention to what people write and their country.
If the ratings all look generic and have third world countries attached to them, they are likely to be fake reviews.
I also like to look for reviews that come with a picture where you can see an already finished result, this way you can quickly see whether or not the freelancer is worth his price-tag.
Amount past and current orders
As I’ve already said, you don’t want to mess with new freelancers on Fiverr.
But you also don’t want to use freelancers that have a huge number of past and current orders.
When they are dealing with large volume, quality usually flies out of the window.
If the seller has multiple orders in their queue at all times, it’ll be very hard for them to deliver on time.
Every Fiverr seller has to specify their delivery times.
You want these to match your delivery times perfectly.
If you promise a 72 hour delivery to your client, you need to make sure you only hire Freelancers that can live up to that deadline.
Preferably, you give them a 24hour edge.
If your freelancer promises delivery in 48 hours, you can promise your client a delivery within 72 hours to avoid irregularities.
Good communication with Fiverr freelancers is really important for your drop servicing business.
This is why you want to test the freelancers’ communication skills beforehand.
You can easily do this by inquiring about their gig and showing interest.
By reaching out, you can quickly tell if a seller is good at their communication.
Do they respond quickly? Are they polite? Do they speak good English?
You only want to work with freelancers that are polite and are quick to respond;
They don’t have to be fluent at English, but they need to at least understand what exactly what you need them to do.
Lastly, I also want you to keep in mind the different time zone your freelancer might be in.
If your freelancer lives on the other end of the world, they will always be asleep while you are awake and vice versa.
You can quickly find out the time zone difference by googling the current local time of their country or using your iPhone clock app.
TIP: use the Fiverr categories to find inspiration for services, you’d be surprised how many different services there are out there!
Step 3: Build your Shopify Drop Servicing Store with Fiverr
Step 4: Find clients for your drop servicing business
Finding clients for your drop servicing business is the hardest part and the only thing standing in-between you and your success.
There are couple of methods (both free and paid) to promote your drop servicing business.
Free methods include:
- Reaching out through email
- Content marketing
- Social media marketing
Paid methods include:
- Facebook Advertising
- Google Ads
Drop servicing from Fiverr is a profitable business model that’s definitely worth checking out.
The setup through Shopify is a breeze and Fiverr makes finding freelancers easy and affordable, keeping your profits high.
Is Drop Servicing Easy?
Drop Servicing is easy to set up using services like Shopify and Fiverr. This doesn’t mean that starting an online business is easy though.
Starting an online business requires hard work and time investment, without it, you will not succeed.
That being said, with the right mindset and work ethic, I believe anyone can make a comfortable living through drop servicing.
Is Drop Servicing Profitable?
With drop servicing, you are fully in charge of your pricing model.
Yes drop servicing is profitable.
It’s very common to make a 2x 3x and even 4x markup within the drop servicing business model.
Is Drop Servicing unethical or immoral?
Many businesses outsource work to subcontractors.
I would say drop servicing is only unethical or immoral if you’re completely lying about your workflow.
If you’re pretending to be the person providing the services, that is unethical.
But if you’re upfront about being a business that works with qualified freelancers, there is nothing immoral or unethical about your business model.
What do I Need to Start Drop Servicing?
All you really need to start drop servicing is some money (around $100 minimum), time, a computer and an internet connection.
You can start drop servicing from anywhere in the world.
Is Drop Servicing For You?
If you’re looking for an easy to start online business model, drop servicing is likely a good option for you.
Expect to put in the work to see results, this is no get-rich-quick-scheme.