Start Yours is a podcast about ecommerce, dropshipping, and all things launching a business.

Join us as we meet entrepreneurs who have gone through the triumphs and headaches of running an online store, and learn how they managed to survive and thrive.


Getting Funding, Changing Lives and Blowing Up On Twitter

As a brand, products that have an impact on your customers’ lives certainly help to keep your business top of mind. But they can also influence them in deeper, more impactful, and meaningful ways that they’ll carry with them for life. In this episode of Start Yours, Yelitsa Jean-Charles joins us to talk about how she founded Healthy Roots Dolls, a successful toy startup that creates dolls with a goal to empower young girls. Listen to Yelitsa discuss her inspiring entrepreneurial journey that started when she was a college student and her responsibility to educate, empower, and influence through her brand. If you like what you hear, don’t forget to subscribe and check out our past episodes. Prefer a condensed version? Here’s a five-point TL;DR summary: Before launching a business, research your idea to find out if anyone else is already doing it and if you can do it better. Going to events, networking, and building relationships allowed Yelitsa to find the right people who helped to build her business. Yelitsa’s Kickstarter campaign made $50,000 in pre-sales. She also went on to win a series of programs that brought in more grants and investments. It’s Healthy Roots Dolls’ first year of being fully operational with products and they’re already all sold out and pre-orders continue to flood in. Yelitsa says artists have a unique responsibility in the work they create to educate, empower, and influence, which is what she’s doing with Healthy Roots Dolls.

Will Starting a Podcast Build Your Brand?

Thinking about starting a podcast for your business? Then this is an episode you’ll definitely want to tune into. This latest episode on Start Yours is inspired by a listener who had questions about podcasting, its benefits, and the tools needed to launch. To really dive into it, we were joined by Rachel Corbett, the founder of PodSchool, a comprehensive course about starting a podcast. Rachel was also the Head of Podcasts for Mamamia, the largest women’s podcast network in the world. Today, she has accumulated nearly two decades worth of podcasting experience. Together, we dig into the pros and cons of podcasting, the behind-the-scenes work that people don’t realize, the equipment needed, how to outsource it, and more. If you’ve ever toyed around with the idea of doing podcasting for your business, listen on (or read on). As always, if you enjoy the podcast, we hope you’ll consider subscribing. Short on time? Here’s a seven-point TL;DR version. What you need to think about if you’re thinking about getting into podcasting is, “What would your ideal listener want?” Podcasting allows you to express your brand personality, establish trust and connection with potential customers, and maintain the relationship with existing ones. Your ideal listener should be someone who’s hopefully going to purchase your product. Sponsoring can be a good way to experiment with advertising in podcasts without having to create your own. Your podcast content doesn’t need to be specific to your product. As long as it’s in the same vague area of where you want to make your money, you’re good. While editing can be outsourced, learning its basics can help to cut costs. When pitching to be a guest speaker, show how well you understand their content, their audience, and how you can provide value.

Outsource, Save Time, and Make More Money

Running an ecommerce store means having to take care of many different aspects of the business. But that doesn’t necessarily translate to doing it all on your own. As a business owner, as much as you’d like to have full control over all of your store’s operations, you must learn to prioritize what’s important. That’s where outsourcing comes into play. Delegating parts of your business to others frees up your mind so you can dedicate more time, energy, and effort to what really makes your business grow. In this episode of Start Yours, we’re changing things up a little and have for you a handful of experts to talk about the benefits of outsourcing, how to strategize it, and what you definitely should NOT be doing. If you enjoy the show, remember to subscribe so you don’t miss out on upcoming episodes. Also, check out our past episodes and hop over to our blog for more information about launching an online business. No time to listen to the podcast or read through the transcript? We’ve got you covered with this seven-point TL;DR version: Don’t be shy about reaching out to people who can help your business and make sure your onboarding sets them up to succeed. When outsourcing videography or video editing, choose someone who uses a good editing program as it’s a reflection of their professionalism. If you delegate tasks and do the things that you really enjoy, you don’t burn out as much. Outsourcing frees up thinking time for you to focus on things that help your business grow. The two types of jobs to outsource: jobs that won’t make your business a success no matter how well they’re done and those that should be done well but don’t have to be perfected. An advantage of outsourcing Instagram marketing is that there are many different stages of that content creation process you can outsource. Ripping off videos and ads from other stores and businesses is immoral, not a form of outsourcing, and should NEVER be done.

How Two Teenagers Started a $70,000 Dropshipping Store Under Lockdown

With the world economy in uncharted waters, this may not seem like the most opportune moment to take risks – not least of all to start a business. But that's not a vision shared by two ambitious Aussie teens. Lachie and Taylor saw a chance to run an experimental dropshipping store to sell non-medical items as the world went on lockdown and they took it. The result? Their store made $70,000 in one month. In this episode of Start Yours, these teenage entrepreneurs join us to tell us all about how they launched their ecommerce dropshipping store in under three hours, the tests they carried out, their customer service techniques, and how they embraced past failures to succeed. We hope you enjoy the podcast! If you do, please consider subscribing. Short on time? We've got you covered. Here's a five-point TL;DR version: Lachie and Taylor face a lot of stigma because of their age. Most people think if they can be successful at a young age, others can too. Anticipating logistical delays, they created a fictitious customer service representative that is based on their target demographic to increase relatability. With an initial goal of $1,000 a day, they eventually made $70,000 in a 28-day period, which is equal to $2,500 a day. Dropshipping is first a hobby, then a side hustle, and then an income replacement. When learning about dropshipping from YouTube, pay attention to the similarities people say because there's probably some truth in them.

Boost Your Sales With Better Product Photography

“Good” product photography is the first step to getting a visitor to stay longer on your site, to click through, to learn more about what you do, and hopefully pull the trigger on a purchase. But what exactly is good photography, and how can you take professional images at home without investing in expensive gear? To answer that, we've invited photographer Ben Waugh, an Aussie who is now living the #vanlife dream, being his own boss, creating incredible visual content for major brands, and photographing some of the world's most scenic locations. Listen to this episode to hear Ben share what 'good' photography actually means, what to invest in when it comes to photography gear and how we can improve our product shots with lighting and a couple of sneaky little tricks that make more sales. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast, and if you do, please consider subscribing. We also got you covered for all things ecommerce, dropshipping, and entrepreneurship over at the Oberlo blog. Prefer a summary? Here's a seven-point TL;DR version: If you're happy with your smartphone's photo quality, there's no reason to switch to DSLR. To fix shadow issues, set up your shoot closer to a light source or use an additional light to fill in shadows. If you're struggling with lighting, hang up a white sheet or apply baking paper over the window or light source to diffuse the light. Set your scene properly before shooting to reduce editing time and the less editing, the better. Ensure colors aren't too different from the product's actual color and that lines in your photos make sense. Take photos of your product from all angles and its details, too. Text on photos does not look professional.

How to Dominate TikTok… Without Dancing

This episode, we are talking with Jade Darmawangsa, an entrepreneur and digital strategist who started making YouTube videos in her garage when she was just nine years old. Since then she dropped out of school, launched her own company, and now her content exceeds 10 million views via YouTube, Instagram, and Tiktok… All of this and she’s only 19. Jade was an early content creator on TikTok, which has become one of the fastest-growing social media platforms with over a billion users. This is a huge HUGE landscape and as you’ll hear in today’s episode, it’s the wild west for companies and brands who want to stake their claim in the TikTok ether. Jade shares some incredible insights into how to win with the TikTok algorithm, how you can market your physical products on the platform, and how NOT to stress about content creation and just… make it happen. As always we hope you enjoy the podcast and if you do, please consider subscribing. Oh, and here are some of Jade’s goodies – enjoy! YouTube channel Instagram feed Last but not least… TikTok! Short on time? Here’s a seven-point TL;DR version: If you want to learn, just start something. To find out what your learning medium is, you have to try a lot and fail. TikTok is one of the most underrated platforms for businesses but the number one platform for consumers. Most brands on TikTok don’t know what to post. If you’re struggling with selling physical products, leverage creators who can make your product more personable. Jade’s gut feeling tells her that TikTok’s algorithm only measures watch time and lookability. The biggest thing holding people back from publishing on TikTok is that they are creating to perfection instead of creating to publish. If TikTok doesn’t start providing more business benefits to content creators, they may soon migrate to a platform they can profit from. Ethics concerns and censorship will continue to be issues TikTok will face in the near future.

Are digital nomads in trouble? Well, not exactly.

Flexibility, freedom, and the ability to travel the world and earn money while you’re at it. The digital nomad lifestyle has got plenty to offer. But with border closures and travel restrictions being implemented all over the world, how has it been affected by the coronavirus pandemic? In this podcast episode, we check in with seasoned digital nomad, Amanda Gaid in Mexico. She shares with us how she’s been coping and provides some valuable and practical tips and advice on how digital nomads should approach traveling and work. Amanda explains how COVID-19 laid her personal plans to waste, and what it has done to the digital nomad community at large. As painful as it’s been, though, Amanda insists all is not lost. Not only does she cherish the lifestyle, but she explains why changes happening because of coronavirus – like businesses moving online and relying more on freelancers – might actually be an advantage for anyone with a digital nomad skillset. If you prefer a summary, here’s a five-point TL;DR version: The digital nomad communities have been extremely helpful and supportive during this unprecedented period of time. If you’re looking to land new gigs, reach out to your personal contacts and check in with digital nomad communities for opportunities. Now’s the time to start building a digital skillset to improve and increase your value moving forward. The three things to consider when planning a next move are finances, visa issues, and safety. Keep an eye on how certain industries are doing to check for signs that could indicate a need for a career change.

Meditate Now. Your Business Will Thank You Later.

This episode is all about meditation. Not meditation as a spiritual practice. Not as a way to chill out. Nope – meditation as a business tool that can help you make more money. (And still be sane when it hits your account.) We have two awesome guests. First up is Cory Smith, Co-Founder and CEO of Wisdom Labs, followed by Bill Duane, who has helped bring mindfulness and meditation to Google. Cory and Bill offer up loads of insights. They’ve seen and experienced first-hand what burnout does to people, and they share ideas that you can start implementing today, including: What meditation has to do with running a business The science behind why mindfulness is helpful for entrepreneurs How you can overcome even your most stressful business moments You won’t be able to levitate by the end of the episode. That said, meditation can be a vital hack for anyone launching or growing their own business. If you like what you hear, there are plenty more episodes. We also got you covered for all things ecommerce, dropshipping, and entrepreneurship over at the Oberlo blog. Short on time? Here’s the TL;DR version of what each of them shared. Cory Smith Stress is not a bad thing. But it is when it elevates to the level of chronic stress and it starts affecting your health and well-being. Going down an entrepreneurship path, you’re faced with more inherent stress than working in an office for a company. It’s important to do something you feel passionate about, that you have the skillset for, and that’s helpful for others. There are easy mindfulness practices, including deep breathing, that can help you disconnect for a short period of time. Entrepreneurs must try and let go of the inner critic in them to help them better control their environment and thoughts. Bill Duane Humans are, by nature, hard-wired to involuntarily over-react and get stressed out. There’s a certain point where you’re super burned-out and you end up creating more work for yourself down the road. When forming habits, do so in small doses to prevent you from giving up too easily. Meditate to build inherent skills of self-awareness, self-regulation, connection, and understanding. One of the most simple and profound ways of meditation is to just listen when someone is talking to you.

The Right Way to Grow a Business Today (Spoiler: Bigger Isn’t Always Better)

Two awesome guests joined us to explore how you can grow your business in this economy.First up is author Mike Michalowicz. Mike has written a handful of books about business and entrepreneurship, including Profit First, The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, and The Pumpkin Plan. His newest book comes out next week – Fix This Next: Make the Vital Change That Will Level Up Your Business. Mike joined us to talk about what entrepreneurship looks like these days, with the economy seeming to kinda sorta be falling apart. We also dig into Fix This Next and Mike’s biggest tips for your business.If you’re short on time, here’s the TL;DR version:For businesses to continue and flourish, they should keep their core competencies but change things up to attend to new, shifting needs.It’s not about changing your business to adapt your customer’s needs but aligning it to both their needs and yours in the long run.Fix This Next talks about the biggest challenge business owners have, which is knowing what their biggest challenge is.Don’t judge yourself by judging others. It’s about your comfort factor and how you define it for yourself.A right-sized business is one that hits the sweet spot of satisfaction and happiness.As we hit on in the podcast, Mike is a big advocate of the idea that bigger is not always better when it comes to the size of your business. And our second guest, Courtney White, is living proof of that.Courtney launched the beautiful ecommerce store Finer and Dandy, and she is living proof you don’t need to be making six figures a year on your store to have a thriving online business. She loves the community that has emerged around her brand, and she loves that she still has time to parent her three children and five (!) dogs. Courtney had a whole handful of side hustles before she landed on Finer and Dandy, we hit on those, we hit on her somewhat bizarre Instagram marketing strategy, and we also hit on how ecommerce has helped her find some confidence and some nerve that she didn’t know she had.Here’s the TL;DR version of our chat with Courtney:With limited knowledge and experience, her successful ecommerce store, Finer and Dandy, was actually started on a complete whim.Ditching conventional marketing strategies because she had no money for that, Courtney found success in building a community with her target audience.Courtney’s source of motivation and energy is the entrepreneurial success she’s achieved.The personal growth and confidence she’s gained from her ecommerce and entrepreneurial journey is worth much more than any revenue that she’s ever made.Despite having brought in nearly $20,000 in revenue in 2019, Courtney’s not thinking about scaling, preferring, instead, to continue building a foundation for her business.You can visit Mike’s website at and Courtney’s website at

What’s Actually Selling in the “New Economy.” Plus, Launching in a Recession.

The latest episode of the Oberlo podcast explains how to find products that will sell in the “new economy,” and then takes a first-hand look at what it’s like to launch a business in the middle of a recession. First up is Jessica, host of the online course Oberlo 101, who has been chatting with ecommerce entrepreneurs and digging into Oberlo data to see what’s selling in this “new economy.” She dishes out some awesome insights into emerging niches, talks about products to avoid, and gives tips on how to make sure your ad copy hits the marks in these weird times. If you’re short on time, here’s a TL;DR version of what’s selling: Women’s clothing Mobile phone accessories Home office items Jewelry Home storage products Selected kitchen products Plants and gardening products Home exercise equipment Next up, we talk with Gina Locklear, founder of the beautiful sock store at We got Gina on the line to explain what it was like to launch Zkano in 2009, just after the financial crisis and Great Recession kicked off, and right in the middle of month after month after month of horrible, horrible economic news. Here we are, 10+ years later, and is still home to some of the coolest socks that you will ever see. Gina explains what new entrepreneurs should be ready for if they’re launching now – in the midst of what appears to be a pretty dicey economic situation. Here’s a short five-point summary of the main takeaways: With a background in real estate, Gina had neither ecommerce nor fashion experience when she launched Zkano right after the 2008 financial crisis. Unable to hire a marketing agency, she had to learn everything from scratch. That includes getting trademarks, packaging, marketing, selling online, etc. Businesses that offer services that make it easier for people to live their lives now in these strange times could be successful. Amid the current uncertainty, there’s a silver lining in that people do want to support small businesses right now and they’re shopping online. If you’re thinking about launching an online business right now, persevere, don’t give up, and be stubborn.

Getting the most out of every penny when you launch your store

With such a crazy amount of uncertainty right now, we talk about what it’s like to get into ecommerce when you have no money, no safety net, no cushion to play with. For this one, we dialed up Chris Wane, who has stared down the same money headaches that lots of people are facing today. Chris does not sugarcoat his situation when he launched his online business. He. Was. Broke. Worse than broke, actually – he had 12,000 bucks in debt, and was, in his own words, in a pretty bad place. So bad, in fact, that the first day he turned a profit – a whopping five bucks – he was running around his apartment in ecstasy. Chris explains how you can be scrappy and how you can squeeze every last cent of return from each dollar you put in. And then he also talks about the stress involved with launching a business when your business funds count as the same pool of money that you need to buy food. Short on time? Here’s a five-point TL;DR version: Chris was in such a bad place financially at one point that he resorted to eating crackers and tea each night. When he discovered dropshipping, his aim was to make 200 pounds per month. Through a lot of perseverance and online learning, he made his business work and was making thousands per day. At the moment, amid the coronavirus, he’s reduced his ad spend to lower and better control his risks. Through his dropshipping business, Chris gained confidence and was able to step outside his comfort zone and grow not just his business but also himself.

10 Things to Do If Your Online Business Is on Hold

Things aren’t normal anywhere right now. Plans are on hold – and so are lots of online businesses. So we created a list of 10 things that ecommerce store owners can start doing today to improve their stores, even if sales are slow. We realize that it is a weird, uncertain time. But… while we’re dealing with that, there are still tactics to implement so that when things do bounce back, whenever that is, our stores and our psyches are better than ever and we are ready to roll. Here’s a 10-point TL;DR version if you’re short on time: Prepare for delays Reach out to your suppliers Learn Grow your social media channels Start email marketing Redo your website Create a budget Find alternative ways to bring in income Create a healthy workspace Stay sane

Ecommerce During the Coronavirus Pandemic: Expert Entrepreneurs Share Their Experiences

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned ecommerce upside-down. For entrepreneurs running online stores, coronavirus has created a whole new set of challenges. And for those sourcing products from China, it has been nearly two months of urgent questions – with very few clear answers. In the most recent episode of the Oberlo podcast, Start Yours, we talk with four ecommerce experts about their experiences navigating the coronavirus outbreak, and how they are holding their businesses (and sanity) together. If you’re short on time, here’s a five-point TL;DR version: Dropshippers everywhere are facing the same logistical issues with production and shipments out of China at a near standstill. It’s important to communicate with your customers and provide them with shipping updates. Take advantage of this lull for self-improvement and work on other aspects of your ecommerce business so you are ready to scale when things return to normal. Source out other shipping alternatives to ePacket, such as UBI, SF Express, and Yun Express. Consider looking for suppliers who offer shipping from the United States. The extra few bucks per shipment is a worthy investment in exchange for faster shipping times.

How Adrien Taylor United Sustainability and Fashion

In this episode, we break down exactly how you can sell trash. OK, not trash trash. More like trash in the sense of that old saying – one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. That’s definitely the case for our guest, Adrien Taylor. Adrien joined us from New Zealand, where he runs a hat business, Offcut, that uses discarded materials to create really, really cool hats. Adrien walks us through how he first conceived of Offcut, how he launched the business with VERY limited resources and absolutely no knowledge of hats, clothing, or anything else that would suggest he launching a fashion brand was in his future. No time? Here’s a five-point TL;DR version: 1. The inspiration behind Offcut was sparked by his father’s curtain wholesale business. 2. You can’t tell if something is going to sell by just thinking about it. You have to just do it. 3. Today, the fear of missing out (FOMO) is what sells. 4. Adopt an open communication policy with your audience to keep them engaged. 5. Authenticity is key when incorporating social causes into businesses.

Ezra Firestone Makes $30 Million A Year. Here’s How He Does It.

Ezra Firestone was doing ecommerce marketing long before Facebook was the go-to channel. He spoke to us at Start Yours on the key to business success today, how ecommerce marketing has evolved, and what entrepreneurs should focus on in 2020. If you’re short on time, here’s a five-point TL;DR version: 1. Algorithms today are so smart that you don’t really have to worry about placement or audience optimization. What you should focus on is the ad creative. 2. True wealth creation does not come from operating cash flow businesses. It comes from the liquidation of assets. 3. Focus on creative optimization and campaign objective optimization to be successful in 2020. 4. You need a 12-month business liquidity cushion to play the long game, not the 30- to 60-day cushion most businesses have. 5. Set boundaries and invest in your personal life, relationships, social life, and health to avoid burnout.

Student debt and starting a business: How to launch even if you’re in debt (or better yet, how to avoid debt)

Student debt has come up REPEATEDLY on the Oberlo podcast, Start Yours. And if all of these ecommerce wizards keep bringing up debt, we thought it was time to give this topic its due. That’s why we enlisted today’s guests – Vadim and Sergei Revzin. They joined us to break down how debt can get in the way of entrepreneurship, and on the flip side of that, how people can launch businesses to get OUT of debt.

How to Start a Beard Business in 2020

Paul Lee’s first crack at ecommerce came with a product that he knew would make him millions. The idea was to create an elixir to kickstart facial hair growth for dudes with weak beards. He’d study hair growth, he’d learn the chemistry behind hair growth products, he’d get FDA approval, and bam – he’d be pulling hundreds out of the big, fat beard he grew with his magical product. Yeah, that didn’t work. Paul ran into roadblock after roadblock, and was forced to pivot. He stayed in beards, but instead of selling this magical formula to grow a beard, he took all the knowledge he’d accumulated about the beard world and turned his fire toward beard care products. His store took off, and before long Paul quit college and was doing ecommerce full time. Actually, it was more than full-time. He never took breaks, he was pulling 10-hour days, he got obsessed, and by the time he sold his beard store on Shopify Exchange for $80,000, he was thoroughly, thoroughly burnt out. Paul joined Start Yours to talk about the crappy college teacher that inspired him to finally drop out, the branding strategy that fueled his success, his approach to product selection, his Facebook ads best practices and, first off, how someone who couldn’t grow a beard to save his life became a beard connoisseur.

Ditching Corporate Life to Start a Business

Before John Lee Dumas launched Entrepreneurs on Fire, he was… miserable. John had what from the outside looked like a nice shiny job in corporate finance, but on the inside, the whole scene was driving him nuts. He felt trapped, and to break free, he jumped into the deep end and started a business whose sole purpose was helping other people start their business. The first 13 months of this project were pretty underwhelming, as he’ll explain, but he kept at it, kept at it, and eventually… ka-ching. John now makes six figures a month from Entrepreneurs on Fire, and he joined us to talk about that success, sure, but also the self-doubt that used to haunt him, the morning routine that does religiously to keep his inner game in check, and how he knew it was time to ditch his steady, stable life and launch something of his own. You can find Start Yours wherever you listen to podcasts!

Ecommerce Marketing: Answers to Your Burning Questions

Ever wondered how much money you need to start marketing? And what about Facebook ads – what’s the best approach? We answered these questions (and a bunch more!) in this bonus episode of Start Yours. Check it out: The 10 most frequently asked questions about marketing.

Oberlo Dropshipping: How Repeat Failure Inspired the Oberlo App

In this episode we talk with Oberlo co-founder Tomas Slimas. Before launching Oberlo, Tomas was a dropshipper and ecommerce entrepreneur himself, trying – and often failing – to make money online. He eventually got it figured out and generated $3 million in revenue on a single store in a single year. Tomas sold that business and then doubled down on dropshipping, founding Oberlo in the hopes that anyone could do what he had just done – build a successful online business without ever holding inventory.

How to Overcome the Challenges of Running an Ecommerce Business

At first, ecommerce reminded Emma Reid of video games. It was addictive, exciting, competitive, and tons of fun. But then things fell apart. Her dropshipping supplier botched thousands of orders, she lost $10,000 in a month, and then the burnout set in. She joined us on Start Yours to explain what went wrong, the lessons she learned, and why she’s back in the game running another online store. You can read more about Emma's journey on the Oberlo blog.

Entrepreneurial Mindset: How Entrepreneurs Think Differently

Rodney Zachariuk (25) and Kory Szostak (27) have an entrepreneurial mindset. They were always thinking differently, and always dreaming up ways to make money here and there. That entrepreneurial mindset eventually led them to open an ecommerce store that, a little more than a year later, has generated six figures in revenue. It wasn’t always comfortable. For example, when they were preparing to launch their business, they remember politely declining offers to hit the bars, and instead spending then entire night lurking on Reddit and consuming hours upon hours of YouTube tutorials. They share their story about trusting their entrepreneurial mindset, shutting out the doubters, and scaling their business to the point that it funds trips around the world.

How to Monetize a Facebook Group for Your Business in 2020

Six figures of revenue with $0 spent on advertising? Yes, please! A pair of dropshippers from Utah, Mandie and Aubrey, joined us to explain how they’ve made six figures of revenue without spending a dime on advertising. The secret? Their Facebook group, which they’ve used to launch not one, but two successful businesses. They talk about how they keep their ad budget at $0, and how they get customers to keep coming back – even the ones who know their products are coming straight out of China. You can read more about Mandie and Aubrey on the Oberlo blog. If you want to reach out, shoot us a note at

Dropshipping Questions: 10 FAQs Every Dropshipper Asks

Every successful dropshipping story starts with questions. Lots of them. So in this episode, we answer the most frequently asked questions about dropshipping, sourced from, well, you. How much money do you need to start dropshipping? What to do about Amazon? How come I have traffic to my store but no sales? Why do, like, 85 different suppliers all offer me the same product? We hit on it all. Start Yours is available wherever you listen to podcasts. If you want to reach out, shoot us a note at

Finding Successful Products to Sell Online, with Ecomhunt Founder

There probably aren’t many people in the world who have devoted more thought to dropshipping than Mordechai Arba. In addition to running founding, he is a serial store launcher, and he’s the first to admit that they’re not all home runs. Mordechai explains what makes his successful stores successful, and what makes his less successful stores, well, less successful. Start Yours is available wherever you listen to podcasts. If you want to reach out, shoot us a note at

How Email Marketing Helped Build a 7-Figure Dropshipping Store

Yuliya and Mike didn’t know about dropshipping until they launched their store. Through the help of email marketing, they’ve created a 7-figure business in just a few short years. They tell us all about that journey, including the part where they got married. Dropshipping wasn’t actually their first ecommerce business. That would be the subscription box service they launched. The subscription box was fun… but packing boxes six hours at a time wasn’t so fun. So Mike and Yuliya took all the lessons they learned from the subscription box, and applied them to dropshipping. They’ve ended up with a store that kills it on some of the things that dropshippers often struggle with – email, repeat business, and a killer conversion rate. We talked to them about all of it. Enjoy! You can read more about Yuliya and Mike on the Oberlo blog, or stop by their YouTube channel. If you want to reach out, shoot us a note at

Starting a Business Instead of Going to College

A few years ago, Ryan Carroll was unemployed and living at home. Not ideal for an ambitious 20-year-old. But after a few fails, including an Amazon refund fiasco, Ryan stumbled across dropshipping – the first step toward launching a swimwear store that generated $300,000 in revenue. In this episode, Ryan talks with us about his dropshipping journey, including where he found the courage to ignore conventional wisdom – and ignore what he was hearing from his family – and choose entrepreneurship over college. Of course, a successful dropshipping business requires more than courage. So Ryan also breaks down the Facebook Ads tactics that he used to turn his favorite hobby into successful ecommerce stores.

Season 1 Trailer of Start Yours, a Podcast from Oberlo

Introducing Start Yours – a podcast from Oberlo about what it’s like to start a business. Here’s a preview of what’s in store in Season 1. Episodes coming your way on October 22! We’re going to take a deep dive into all things ecommerce, dropshipping, and entrepreneurship. We’ll also answer the questions that we hear most, and explain how anyone – seriously, anyone – can launch, run, and scale an online store. It’s not easy, but it’s doable. Start Yours will explain how.