It may not seem apparent but there is big money to be made selling portable products. People are searching for portable products all the time for travel, home use, office use, dorm room use, and overall convenience.
There are a ton of portable products that people search for and that you can sell. The good news is that thanks to the dropship model, you can sell a large variety of products without buying and storing inventory.
What Kinds of Portable Products Can You Sell?
There is a wide variety of products that are portable and sell well. I have compiled a list below of items that you can easily add to your own eCommerce store.
Add the word portable before each:
- Air conditioners
- Coffee makers
- DVD players
- Espresso machines
- Mini fridge
- Washing machines
Who Buys Portable Products? Defining Your Audience
You are probably someone that has bought portable products in the past. Almost everyone has purchased a portable product for one reason or another.
However, there is an audience that buys these items more often than the average person. Some uses for portable products can include:
- Offices or cubicles
- Natural disaster preparedness
You can easily promote the products that you sell to any or all of these audiences by using paid advertising such as Facebook or Instagram ads.
Now that you know some of the products that you can sell and who to sell them to, you now need to find suppliers.
How To Find Suppliers for Selling Portable Products
Locating suppliers of portable products could take some time if you plan on searching yourself. Rather than do that, I recommend at least using a wholesale / dropshipping supplier directory like SaleHoo.
You can also source products from AliExpress.com AliExpress is a large online retailer made up of merchants primarily based in China but also in the United States as well.
You can buy items individually or in bulk. They offer a majority of their products at low pricing which enables you to mark up the items you sell for double, triple, or more. There are no limits on your profit margins.
AliExpress has no requirements or registration fees. You can begin selling any item on their website immediately. This is what makes them an ideal resource for dropshippers.
Begin Selling Portable Products With Your Own Dropshipping Business
As stated earlier, you will not need to buy or store any inventory when using the dropship model. Dropshipping is a low-cost and low-risk online business model.
What you will need is your own dropshipping store. There are multiple ways to open your own store.
However, I will go over one of the easiest ways to get started using a WordPress dropshipping software called AliDropship.
Defining The Dropship Model
First, let’s quickly define what dropshipping is. You may have an idea but for the most part, dropshipping doesn’t require you to buy or store any inventory.
Instead, you only place an order for an item when a customer orders from your store. You then buy the item from your dropshipping supplier and during the checkout process, you input your customer’s shipping details.
The dropshipping supplier then ships the item directly to your customer for you. You never have to package or ship any of the items that you sell.
You will need to locate dropshipping suppliers for your products. The easiest and most convenient option is to source products from AliExpress.
There are no requirements or fees to begin selling items from AliExpress. They do not limit you on the number of products that you sell nor do they limit your profit margins.
The no-hassle sourcing is what makes AliExpress one of the most popular options for dropshipping store owners.
What You Will Need To Build Your Store
I use the AliDropship WordPress dropshipping plugin for my store. If you are familiar with using WordPress then you will find it easy to use.
Here is what you’ll need to build your store:
- Domain name
- Web hosting
- WordPress CMS
- AliDropship Plugin
- Google Chrome browser and AliDropship extension
AliDropship Plugin Requirements
The web server requirements for the plugin is as follows:
- ionCube activated on your hosting;
- PHP 7.1 or 7.2+;
- File size upload limit: min. 16MB;
- Open incoming connection Hosting 32bit (64bit recommended);
- cURL libraries ver 7.58.0 recommended (minimum required version is 7.29.0).
Most commercial web hosting providers will meet these requirements. However, you can save yourself a lot of time by bundling in a year of AliDropship’s web hosting.
When you order the plugin, you can bundle in a year of their web hosting for $48! When you do, they will install WordPress and the plugin for you free of charge.
It also includes free SSL which you will need to encrypt user data in your store.
Eliminate The Hassles and Order a Custom Built Store
One of the easiest and fastest ways to begin dropshipping is to order a custom built store.
AliDropship offers three custom built dropshipping store packages. Each of these packages includes your own personal manager who will handle all of the details of your store’s buildout.
This option will save you the time of importing products, editing product titles, descriptions, and images. You will not have to do any of the product research yourself.
The AliDropship team will import only the best selling items in your niche. They do not bulk import random products into your store.
Note: They also offer a Supreme Custom Store option which includes everything you need for your store’s promotion. This package even includes Facebook and Instagram ads!
What To Expect After Your Store Is Built
Although dropshipping is a low-cost, low-risk, and easy way to get started in eCommerce, it is important to understand what is involved after your store is built.
Now it is time to begin promoting your store and the products in it. Without regular store promotion, it is difficult to make sales. Your priority is to market your business to your niche audience.
Since your store is selling portable products, you can target the audience that was mentioned above such as campers, RV users, college students, and more.
You can do this through social media as well as paid advertising. Paid advertising can include Facebook ads, Google Shopping ads, Pinterest ads, and Instagram.
It is important to set aside a marketing budget. The nice thing about using the AliDropship software is that you will not incur any monthly software fees to use it.
The money that you save can be put towards your advertising campaigns. Many dropshippers find success with paid advertising to their target niche audience.
Don’t worry if the marketing aspect seems overwhelming. You can learn a lot from the free information posted on the AliDropship marketing tips section of their blog.
My Closing Thoughts On Selling Portable Products Online
I really think the portable products niche is a profitable niche to consider. There is a wide variety of items to sell which means more opportunity to make sales.
Selling these products on a platform such as eBay is not worthwhile in my opinion. It is becoming increasingly difficult to make money on eBay due to stiff competition and low pricing.
That is why the dropshipping online business model is ideal. You can target your exact audience without worry about the fees and rules associated with other shopping platforms.