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Start a business: Buying in bulk, using a third party logistic VS dropshipping.

Hi guys,

I am 25 years old and I have been working for one of the biggest online furniture retailer for the past 3 years. Since I've started to work, I've felt unsatisfied professionally. I know from the bottom of my heart that I'm not built to work for someone else.

My journey starts with the COVID crisis and the fact that I've moved from my office to work from home. I'm now extremely motivated to start my own business so I moved to a 25 hours part-time shift in the same company to guarantee a secured income.

I decided to start an online socks shop. In fact, I've always wanted to open a physical socks shop but it makes more sense for me now, and it seems much easier to make it online with the experience I have.

My current company is based on the dropshipping scheme, and even if it works really well I don't want to use this business model.

I've already started to build my website and searched for different manufacturers. However, I'm stuck with a dilemma.

Buying in bulk, using a third party logistic vs dropshipping.

Considering that I don't want to pick and pack my products myself to make sure I can manage my work time efficiently toward my business. I also really want to avoid the dropshipping scheme which for me is a synonym for the ''middle man''.

I want my products to be branded, buying in bulk to make sure the quality suits my need and to guarantee a high standard delivery experience using a 3PL from the beginning.

I have a few questions for you guys;

  1. Can I test my products buying small quantities while using a third party logistic?
  2. Does 3PL like ShipBob work with new businesses without any recurrent orders yet?
  3. If third-party logistics needs a minimum order amount, what are my alternatives?
  4. Finally, are 3PL only to scale your business or you can actually use them as a springboard when you start?

Also, I just wanted to add that I don't mind losing a bit of money, I'm not afraid of taking risks. Buying socks in bulk, even 400 pairs are still really affordable compared to other products.

Thank you in advance for your answer, any help is really appreciated.

Apologies for any mistakes/confusion, English is not my mother tongue.

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