Hi everyone and welcome to my review of Dropship Lifestyle. Dropshipping is becoming an increasingly popular way to start an online business, many new entrepreneurs are attracted to its low start-up costs and simple business model. It is something I definitely want to do sometime in the future and this is the reason why many of my reviews and articles are related to eCommerce and dropshipping. Dropship Lifestyle is one of the most popular dropshipping courses and is the subject of my review today.
What is Dropshipping?
Dropshipping is simply an eCommerce fulfilment method, traditional eCommerce operations require you to store and deliver the products that you sell. Dropshipping is much simpler, you don’t need to stock inventory or worry about delivery charges. That will be taken care of by your supplier, the image below will provide a better visual representation of how dropshipping works
Who Is Anton Kraly?
Anton Kraly, the person behind Dropship Lifestyle, is a serial entrepreneur, he always dreamt of running his own business and when he found out about the opportunity that eCommerce provided, he didn’t look back.
In his first year, he did nearly $700,000 in sales and by year three it was close to $2 million, suffice to say he had a pretty good grasp on how to run a successful eCommerce store. In 2012 he shared is 7- point blueprint to starting a dropshipping business with the world and it has since grown to one of the most popular courses in dropshipping. The course has helped nearly 6000 people start their own dropshipping business and even won an award from Shopify.
Dropship Lifestyle Review
What started out as an internal document for Anton and his team to follow whenever they started a new dropshipping store is now a comprehensive course on how to run a dropshipping business.
There are a lot of reviews on Dropship Lifestyle and most of them are not kept up to date. This is primarily because the course is updated regularly. It is currently on its 6th version and from what I have observed, it’s a completely different course to what it started out as.
10 Day Mini Course – Free for 10 days
This is a 10 day course that is initially free but if you want unlimited access you will have to pay a one-time fee of $47. This course especially focuses on high ticket dropshipping, which is basically selling expensive products that will yield a larger profit per sale. It’s a video-based course drip fed over 10 days, if you are new to dropshipping, it will provide a firm foundation for understanding how dropshipping works.
DS Labs – $97 (3 Months)
This is their cheapest product and comes with multiple mini-courses, the topics covered include the following;
- Production research and selection
- Supplier Sourcing
- Checklists for launching new stores
- Generating traffic
It also provides a database of dropshipping suppliers, a selection of videos on paid advertising and access to their private Facebook group.
However, does it justify paying over $30 per month for this? In my honest opinion, no it does not and as you will find out, the price will be a huge factor as to why I believe Dropship Lifestyle is not suitable for everyone.
DSL Basic Course – $1297
Pretty expensive for a ‘basic’ course but it does include everything to get you up and running, the course is mostly delivered through video, although there is some text-based material.
You get access to their business forum, where you can get support and network with other members and access to their own Shopify theme and dropshipping app. They also recently added a comprehensive AdWords course that will teach you all the ins and outs of launching successful PPC campaigns on the Google ad network
DSL Premium – $1497
As well as getting everything in the Basic course, the premium gives you access to the following;
- Priority support
- Social Media Advertising Course
- How To Sell Your Store
- Supplier Directory
- Outsourcing Course
- Course on setting up a business if you live outside the USA
Personally, I don’t think these extra items justify the increase in price, most of the stuff can be found for free or much cheaper. For example, there are lots of resources and guides on how to set up a business in the USA and there are plenty of YouTube tutorials on how to run Facebook, Twitter and YouTube ads.
DSL Ultimate – $4997
With the DSL Ultimate course, in addition to everything else, you will get the following:
- Complete set up of your Shopify store
- Set up of your Social Media Marketing channels
- 1 Year of private coaching
- Bali retreat
This package is sort of like a done for you deal, I personally am not a fan of done for you business in a box deals but for some people, it is the easier option. Also, I wouldn’t really want to go on a retreat if I have just started a business, unless it started making money from day one, which is possible but most for most people it will be a while before they see a positive return on investment.
Dropship Lifestyle Affiliate Program
I was surprised to find that Dropship Lifestyle had a closed affiliate program, the only way to become an affiliate is if you purchase the products. For such a popular digital course, this kind of surprised me, however, upon further research, it looks like they did initially have an affiliate program that was open to everyone, but the owner closed it down.
Not that I am complaining, I don’t promote products that do not justify their price and Dropship Lifestyle is an overpriced course.
I do like that they have a 30-day refund policy, but it does come with conditions, you will have to prove that you took action on the material. In other words, you will have to show that you completed every task that the course asked of you. So, even if you do get back your money, you will most likely end up making a loss because of advertising costs.
There is no doubt that Anton has developed a solid dropshipping course and it has helped a lot of people, but it isn’t without criticism.
My first issue is with the price, for a dropshipping course it is really expensive, I have researched a lot of eCommerce programs and Dropship Lifestyle is up there as one of the most expensive and it is definitely the most expensive dropshipping course I have come across.
From personal experience, a lot of people who are looking to start an online business are on a limited budget and courses like Dropship Lifestyle will be out of reach for them.
My other issue is that the course only focuses on paid advertising methods, so not only will you be spending a lot for the course, but you will also have to budget for advertising costs which can be very expensive, especially if you are new to online advertising and have unsuccessful campaigns.
As someone who enjoys the challenge of ranking websites on the search engines, it was disappointing to find out that they offer nothing in terms of SEO training.
What Do I recommend?
Although Dropship Lifestyle is a good course, it is too expensive for my liking and this puts it out of reach for so many people.
If you have the budget and do not mind spending thousands on a digital course, then Dropship Lifestyle may be suitable for you, however, I do believe there are better options that will cost you far less.
Shopify, which is one of the leading eCommerce platforms for dropshippers has a fantastic range of resources just for dropshipping.
Check out these Shopify guides for more information.
I also recommend you read my reviews of Alidropship and Oberlo, both companies have developed fantastic pieces of software that will help you in running a dropshipping business. Both also have fantastic resources on dropshipping and provide excellent support.
They also do not cost anywhere near what Dropship Lifestyle is charging.
There is no reason to go spending thousands of pounds on courses when most of the information can be found for cheaper or free.
Have you tried Dropship Lifestyle? Do you agree with my review? Leave me a comment and let me know.