Dropshipping is one of the most common ways for people to get involved with selling online. The extremely low entry costs mean that almost anyone can start a dropshipping store, which means there is a lot of opportunity for entrepreneurs who lack the budget to start a more traditional startup. However, with accessibility comes competition, and it can be difficult to get a dropshipping business off the ground.
Serious entrepreneurs know that while there are a lot of great business blogs and other resources for small business owners, it’s hard to beat a book when it comes to in-depth coverage of a topic. That’s why we’ve done a LOT of reading and voted on our choices of the 5 best dropshipping books of 2019.
Dropshipping: The Ultimate Guide to Building a Six-Figure Ecommerce Business by Timothy Winterborn
While a good broad-level walkthrough of dropshipping as a business model and how to begin with dropshipping, The Ultimate Guide to Building a Six-Figure Ecommerce Business lacks the in-depth insights provided by some of the other books on this list. However, it makes up for this by providing a very simple, well-organized beginner’s guide to getting started with dropshipping. While this won’t be the book of choice for someone with previous dropshipping experience or who is looking for a more expert-level read, this is a great indroductory primer into dropshipping.
Dropshipping E-Commerce Business Model 2019 by Steven Sparrow
Like many dropshipping authors, Steven Sparrow has crammed his book title full of keywords. Unlike many dropshipping authors, he has also crammed his book full of useful information. Focusing on the generation of passive income through dropshipping or retail arbitage, Steven Sparrow’s Dropshipping E-Commerce Business Model 2019 will teach you how to set up dropshipping (or other delivery-on-demand business model) on a variety of platforms. This book focuses more on the procedure of setting up a dropshipping store and fostering an entrepreneurial mindset than on the minutiae of how to select products and set pricing. It’s a great read for someone looking for a motivational, ‘let’s get this bread’ read.
Dropshipping: A Beginner’s Guide to Making Money Online by Brett Standard
Dropshipping: A Beginner’s Guide to Making Money Online is an excellent beginner’s introduction to dropshipping. While it won’t get too in-depth into advanced marketing techniques, it will walk an aspiring dropshipper through the store setup and creation process in full detail. With lots of examples and tips for new dropshippers, this dropshipping book is one of the best choices for inexperienced merchants.
E-Commerce by Chris McDonald
Chris McDonald’s E-Commerce is an ambitiously large overview of everything ecommerce, from arbitage to dropshipping. Weighing in at a full 243 pages, E-Commerce will walk you through everything you need to know to start making money with your online store. It does an excellent job of providing a beginner-level introduction to a topic and then expanding on those topics until you have a thorough and professional understanding.
While not focused entirely on dropshipping, E-Commerce nonetheless offers a great walkthrough of dropshipping including info on how to find suppliers, choose your audience, and market your product. With a huge amount of real-world, hands-on insight from a variety of online businesses, E-Commerce gives readers the perfect blend of beginner-friendly theory and practice-tested insights.
The Ultimate Guide to Dropshipping by Mark Hayes and Andrew Youderian
The Ultimate Guide to Dropshipping is an in-depth guide on how to create and run a successful dropshipping business. It gives great advice and in-depth walkthroughs of some of the most difficult aspects of running a dropshipping store, especially picking a winning product and finding a reliable supplier. With step-by-step instructions for how to use free tools and winning strategies to help you build your dropshipping store, The Ultimate Guide to Dropshipping is hands-down the best dropshipping book of 2019.
The Ultimate Guide to Dropshipping is hands-down the best dropshipping book of 2019.
Best Dropshipping Books of 2019
There are a lot of low-quality, self-published dropshipping books out there. (Trust us, we read a lot of them when making this list). However, for those who know where to look, there are also some absolute gems packed with tons of real world dropshipping insights by experienced pros. The books on this list are a great place to get started, or you can check out Volusion’s own Beginner’s Guide to Dropshipping for up-to-date insights on how to start dropshipping. Or, if you’re ready to get started, try a 14-day free trial of Volusion’s all-in-one dropshipping plugin to see for yourself why Volusion merchants sell 2.8x more than merchants using other platforms.