If you are still asking yourself why you should start mini importation business, I have done justice to that in the previous episode of MMI(master mini importation). After reading, you would conquer your fear and hold the bull by the horn this year.
ooh, you you came to this extent? meaning you have already decided to start this lucrative business, Congrats!!! You might be asking yourself, now I have decided to start, how do I start?. One thing is to desire to start something, the other thing is to know how to start it. Worry not anymore, for being in Learnwithspeed, you would learn how to start for free. The quick start-way is to appreciate smart phone technology, which can ,make you the be here and there or rather ubiquitous, thanks to internet which can bridge the distance between you in your room in Ajegunle,Lagos state and a manufacturer/supplier in China Mainland
The same way you cannot be a farmer without cutlass or a fisher without a hook/net, is the same way you cannot be an importer without some certain tools/equipment; these things, I call them apps or softwares for importation, fortunately,I would explain them here.
1. Smart Phone or Laptop
Can someone who claims to be a farmer posses no land? Even if he/she does not have full ownership, he can lease or buy. The same way you cannot be an importer without smart phone or laptop, it is better to have the two, however only phone can server. OMG, I don’t have smart phone of my own, what do I do? Buy or borrow_before you borrow, read the next paragraph
Imagine a young family of five persons(with a 1 year old baby) going to shoprite , jumping from one keke to another, is that not strenuous and inconveniencing? Compare another family of five (with a year old baby) going to shoprite on just a small personal car, which of these families would enjoy the outing more? Someone borrowing smart phone for importation biz can be likened unto the family jumping from one keke to the other, e go hard for am. In this era, just like a car is not a luxury but mobility for a young family, a smart phone is not luxury but necessity for an importer. Now we have explained the root equipment to start with, we can now head to the others.
For coming this further, it means you have a smart phone or planning to buy. Now another thing is internet data. The young that has a car, can the utilize the car’s acceleration function if there is no fuel in the cars tank? Similarly you cannot utilize the ability of your phone to bride the gap between you in Nigeria and manufacture in China, if you don’t have data, the smartness of your phone can only be potential, the difference between a smart phone and Nokia torch is Internet-ability. So you need data for this business or do you want to travel to China? Freight fee is even expensive and the process is energy consuming , you would still even need smart phone and internet data to process your Visa.
If data is not conveniently affordable for you, you can use night subscription which is way cheaper that the daily sub, if you can only stay awake in the night. If you are using laptop, know that you have to buy Modem or wifi router to be able to access internet.
Now this young family has a car and there is fuel in its tank, would he just enter the car and land to shoprite? No, he has to drive the car through the road to shoprite peddling the accelerator with relation to the acceleration he desire and not neglecting traffic rules. Similarly, you have smart phone or laptop, you have to get yourself to the E-market and do your shopping(not for consumption but for reselling).
How do you do that? you type the E-market place website address into your browser and click go, was that hard to understand? Lets take Jumia as example, the same saw you type Jumia.com.ng into your browser and shop from Jumia.
Although some browsers in Apples App store or Google play store can serve, I recommend the latest Chrome browser because of its abilities which I would explain in another article. You can download/update to the latest chrome HERE. If you are using chrome on laptop you would need google translate extension
The apps or softwares for importation would not be complete if Evernote or similar app is not in the list. Atimes you visit a market place like Aliexpress or others and seen item you like/wish to buy; what would you do? Th simplest/saves action is to copy the link and paste it somewhere you can access it later. Where do you paste this link? Evernote is the perfect answer, and added advantage of the Evernote is that it gives you a room to name the link whatever you like, assuming you see a watch you like to buy, just copy the link, paste it in Evernote and name it whatever you like(maybe Wrist Watch). That’s not all, Evernote can store those links in your google account, meaning even if you misplace your phone, you would not loose the links.
Another reason you should copy and paste this links is that there are millions of products in market place, the item you see in the website, you might not be able to see it again, not because it is not there, but because there are other millions the website could show. You can download Evernote HERE, it is also available for windows PC and iphones.
Now you have know the Apps or software you need to start importation business, in the next publish, I would highlight and explain the various marketplace/website you can buy from. Am sure your importation business journey would be smooth and successful if you always fuse in to the knowledge in this Learnwithspeed website.