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How long does it take to start a drop shipping business? How many hours does it take to start a Shopify store? How many hours to run the actual drop shipping business? I’m going to answer these questions.


How much time does it take to have a drop shipping business?

First of all if you don’t have a Shopify store yet (Click here to get Shopify at a dicsounted price) you will need to build one.

Because it is your first store, it will probably take you about one week…It really depends of what you are trying to do and how fast you learn, but I would say you will need to spend at least 15 hours and probably a maximum of 40 hours to build your first store…

Once you do it once it is super easy to build another one though. I can literally open a new store and get it running under one day and a half at this point because I know exactly what to do.

Once you have your Shopify store, how many hours do you have to put in?

This is a tricky question, because ultimately it will depends of you. How much money do you want to make? Did you outsource all of the time consuming tasks on your store? Are you testing multiple products every day?

What I can tell you is that as of right now, I’m making a few thousands dollars per day with my drop shipping business and I spend no more than 3 hours per day on average.

I have other businesses that require my time though so this is why I’m not putting more time and I plan on actually putting more time into this and hiring more people in my team in the future.

Keep in mind that I am not new at this. I am still learning every day but I know what I’m doing when it comes to this so I need to spend less time than other people.

I remember when I first started with E-commerce, I was working more like 5-7 hours per day on this…I wanted to learn as much as possible. Selecting the products on Aliexpress, importing them to the store, writing the descriptions, doing the Facebook ads didn’t take a lot of time, but on top of that I was always reading and watching videos on how to become really good at this. So when I say 5-7 hours, the time I was spending on learning new things is included into this.

I highly recommend you to do the same if you are just starting out. Forget about the 4-hour workweek mindset. Yes it is possible to work only 4 hour per week, but ONLY ONCE YOU REACH A CERTAIN LEVEL. I could work only 4 hour per week now…but I’ve spent thousands of hours learning the skills I have now…I didn’t start with a 4 hour workweek at ALL. Even to this day I’m working way more than 4 hour per week because I actually love what I’m doing and I want to make WAY MORE money than I am making now.

Things are changing fast

Another thing you have to be aware of is that things are changing FAST when it comes to online marketing…This is why I think you should learn things EVERY DAY in order to stay in business.

If your goal is to make money online for a long time, then I would highly recommend you to see this as a REAL BUSINESS that require a high level of engagement. This is the main difference between those that are highly successful and those that make zero money or really little money.

Again, things are changing fast on the internet and only those that are keeping up to date with the new trends are going to survive!


As I said, I’m making a few thousands of dollars per day with my drop shipping business and on average I spend less than 3 hours per day….BUT when I first started I put a lot more than that because I wanted to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible.

The reality is that the number of hours you will have to put depends on your motivation and the amount of money you want to make.

If you are looking for more, or are wanting to seriously pursue making money with e-commerce, then I want to invite you to join my E-commerce University Program.


 E-commerce University is a step-by-step video training course that walks you through everything. The students in it are making a lot of money and the reviews are amazing.

 In the program, you get to see me create an E-commerce business from scratch. The program consists of over 45+ “over the shoulder” videos where you get to watch me do everything.

You will learn EVERYTHING you need to know to be successful with e-commerce/dropshipping in this program. I leave nothing out and I am 100% transparent! I share with you exactly what I do with my stores, and even how to scale this business by automating and outsourcing the whole process by hiring virtual assistants! You will learn how to pick a good niche, good products,how to do Facebook ads, Instagram ads, advanced promotions strategies and much much more. This is the exact system I used on all of my stores.

To find out more about E-commerce University, CLICK HERE.

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