Hey all, welcome to The Ecomm Clubhouse Review by me – someone who’s NOT affiliated with the course.
Meaning that the info that you’ll be getting here will be 100% unbiased and I won’t be profiting in any way should you decide to go with the course.
If you’re here, I’m sure you’ve heard of Wholesale Ted and wondering whether or not it’s worth it for you to get her/their (it’s a team behind the brand by the way!) eCommerce course.
Though I’m personally a fan to Wholesale Ted’s content on YouTube (many are too), I can’t say the same to her Ecomm Clubhouse course, for a few good reasons.
That said, some people might find value to her course. If you want to figure out whether this person will be you, then keep on reading!
Is The Ecomm Clubhouse legit? Here’s the truth..
|The Ecomm Clubhouse Summary|
Product: Dropshipping and Print-on-Demand course
Founder: Wholesale Ted / Sarah Chrisp
Price: $67 per month subscription
Recommended: Sure, but…
Summary: The Ecomm Clubhouse is founded by Sarah Chrisp – one of the most prominent YouTube personality teaching users how to excel in eCommerce business. Instead of offering a one-time payment course to students, she has a subscription based membership to her course.
It’s 7 days money back guaranteed with no-frills.
But is this the best course out there for you? And will this be the only or last eCommerce course you’ll need to get? Let’s find out..
What Is Dropshipping?
Dropshipping is when you promote and sell a third party product without handling the product creation, inventory and shipping.
When an order comes into your store, instead of wrapping and shipping out the products, the wholesaler or supplier will be the one that does the fulfilment.
Therefore, you only really need to focus on the front end and making sure sales are coming in for you to get your “cut”.
The cut is the difference on the retail price minus the wholesale price. If you’d prefer to learn this more through a video and animation, you can watch the video below:
What Is Print-on-Demand?
Print-on-Demand service, one of the two business models that Sarah teaches in the course, is when you create products such as printed t-shirts, customized merchandise with your own specific design and sell them to customers.
But instead of you printing and shipping the items, another company like Printify or Printful will do the fulfillment side – printing, shipping, and sharing the shipping tracking code to the customers.
Similar to dropshipping, you’ll only need to focus on promoting, selling and the backend admin processes. You can learn more on Print-on-Demand in the video below:
Now let’s see how The Ecomm Clubhouse can help you strategize and build your eCommerce business.
What Is The Ecomm Clubhouse?
Before we get into more detail with the course, let’s take a look at the founder or creator of the course first.
As mentioned before, The Ecomm Clubhouse is made by Wholesale Ted or Sarah Chrisp – a millennial New Zealander who’s had her success in running multiple eCommerce stores.
She first created her eCommerce stores not by dropshipping but by doing a more traditional way – getting supplies, selling them, and doing the fulfillment herself. She then realized that she doesn’t like the part where she needs to do the fulfillment (packaging and shipping) and wanted to find a way where she can just omit this process – comes dropshipping.
Honestly, I myself have tried doing both the “traditional” and dropshipping ways and there’s actually some sort of satisfaction when you package, bring the products to the post office (or the shipping guy comes to your place instead) and ship the products out.
Though I can relate to the hassle of providing the tracking code to the customers, the packaging process is actually pretty satisfying.
You’ll see with your eyes just how many products that you were able to sell that day and knowing your customers will get the best packaging/services that you’re shipping out.
It’s not as “passive” as dropshipping but you can totally hire another part-timer who can help you with this once your business starts to grow. So just know that there’s no shame if you were to go with the “traditional” way of doing eCommerce.
I still believe now that products, customer service, and brand value matter more than simply doing subpar business to make money.
Now that I’ve digressed completely… LOL sorry for that – let’s get back on track.
At this time of writing, their YouTube channel has garnered over 700k+ subscribers and I’m one of them. As someone who’s not her official student, there’s always something new you can actually learn from her channel.
Her videos are always easy to digest and she seemed like a genuine person trying to help out more people out there with eCommerce business.
And I’m sure you can still learn a thing or two from her eCommerce dropshipping course.
What Makes The Ecomm Clubhouse Unique?
1) Include Print-on-Demand Tutorials
One of the most prominent value that Sarah gives with her course is that, she teaches you step-by-step on how to get started with print-on-demand.
If this is something you will want to learn more about instead of sourcing suppliers from AliExpress, you can definitely learn this from the course. Though I believe you can also learn this from free content on YouTube.
Another part is that, her videos come with English captions – if this will be valuable to you, then you’ll appreciate this part. Not many courses do this, by the way.
How Much Does The Ecomm Clubhouse Cost?
The Ecomm Clubhouse is not a one-time payment course. You’ll be subscribing to their membership monthly at $67/month.
If you don’t feel like you want to be paying the membership every month, you can definitely give it a try for one or a couple of months and cancel your membership. Or take advantage of their 7 days refund policy – no question asked, to see whether you can really find value from the course.
This refund policy is RARE among all the dropshipping courses I’ve reviewed so far. So kudos to them for giving a no-questions asked refund policy.
What’s In The Ecomm Clubhouse?
Module #1: Select A Niche
This is probably one of the most thorough modules in niche selection, to be compared with other dropshipping courses.
I like the fact that Sarah has a system of identifying a niche that you want to work with for your store and making sure that you’re creating a brand – not only a store.
Sarah goes even further by teaching you how to choose a store name. I’ve enrolled in a few dropshipping courses myself and most if not all of them don’t actually go through this process as detailed as this module.
Module #2: Source & Choose Products To Sell
If you’re struggling to find or brainstorm what products to sell, you’ll learn it from this module.
But like any other course, don’t expect this module to be super mind-blowing. The steps are pretty standard and something that I’ve learned 5 years ago when I was doing dropshipping – things and processes should have evolved by then.
The content in choosing and picking out the suppliers – you can find these on YouTube for free. You really just need to do a bit of research.
What I like to do before is to just go through a few different videos on this topic on YouTube and see how everyone does it and test different approach.
That said, if you’re a total beginner, you can still learn a few things here in the module.
Module #3: Create A Store By Yourself
Here is where you’ll learn how to create your own store with Shopify. You will need to pay for Shopify hosting by the way at least at $29/month.
The module is pretty thorough with a step-by-step guide. So if you’re not the best tech-savvy person out there, you’ll appreciate how you can learn over the shoulder.
Module #4: Upselling To Big Orders
If you want to learn how to maximise your AOV (average order value) for the highest ROAS (return on ad spend) that you can make, this is where you’ll learn how to do so.
Sarah introduces a few paid apps that you will need to install on Shopify – and mind you that with all these apps combine, it’s not exactly cheap for you to get started.
And since Sarah is an affiliate to these Shopify apps, she will still make money when you buy through her links. You should wonder whether those apps that she recommends are the best ones out there.
Do your research and see what other alternative apps that you can subscribe to that are cheaper. Don’t only take Sarah’s words on those apps, please.
Module #5: How To Get Traffic & Buyers To Your Store
Traffic, traffic, traffic!
You’ll learn how to start your own Facebook Ads – Sarah does show the steps properly from the basics that you need to do to launching your first ads. If you’re a beginner, it’s always handy to have the steps laid down for you.
That said, the Facebook Ads strategy part isn’t exactly the most detailed to be compared with other courses. You can still learn more on YouTube though – there are so many tactics and strategies that you can learn and test.
Apart from setting up the ads, you’ll also learn how to create ad creatives which is super helpful if you’re new. Video ads is practically a must when you’re running Facebook Ads and it’s good that Sarah covers it here in the course on how you too can create them the easy way.
She also touches on SEO – which is totally awesome. Many courses out there don’t touch on this subject at all. But you must remember that SEO takes time to work. It can take months for your website to rank and get traffic.
Module #6: How To Run & Manage Your Store
This is where you will learn to expand your business once you’ve started getting more income from your business. Sarah mentions that this business can create a “semi-passive” income to you.
Semi-passive, because dropshipping or eCommerce business can never become a total passive business to run.
There will always be something you will need to check even when you have a virtual assistant helping you. And no, you will need more than an hour to work on this business every day.
Is The Ecomm Clubhouse A Scam?
No, The Ecomm Clubhouse is not a scam.
The course and the people behind it are legit and as a beginner, you can still learn a few valuable things from the course. If you’re not a beginner, I don’t think you will find much value.
That said, you will really need to weigh your pros and cons here.
You will be spending $67/month for just 10 hours+ length of tutorial videos. Is that really worth it?
Perhaps if you can digest everything in a month and cancel your membership afterwards, sure. But I honestly couldn’t see the reason to stay longer in the membership.
In my #1 recommended way to make money, it’s also a membership price at $49/month (which is lower than TEC) with hundreds of hours of tutorials from the creators & other members AND there are live webinars every single week. Plus, you’ll get a website for free.
Comparing that to TEC, I personally don’t think it’s worth it to stay in the membership longer than 2 months. There’s a dropshipping course that costs a one-time payment of $100 and you get lifetime updates.
So before you decide on which course to join, weight your pros and cons first.
If you don’t know where to start, let me share my pros and cons on The Ecomm Clubhouse below.
What I Like About The Ecomm Clubhouse
1) You Get To Learn Print-on-Demand Too
One of the things that I like about the course is the fact that Sarah shares how to also create a print-on-demand business – something that you can go for should you choose not to go with the “Shopify + AliExpress” route.
I’ve done print-on-demand before and it was more profitable for me compared to my other dropshipping stores.
The thing is though, with print-on-demand, you really need to find a targeted niche. Someone who really likes something that they would actually want to buy something printed with the thing they love. Like cat mums or Star Wars fans.
I created a Corgi specific print-on-demand shop before because… I personally love Corgis and have a lot of their stickers sticked everywhere in my life.
2) SEO Module
Not a lot of dropshipping module covers SEO – so it’s always nice to have it on The Ecomm Clubhouse.
That said though, you should know the SEO lesson is pretty brief and if you’re just starting out, you’re most definitely not going to get traffic right off the bat. SEO can take months or years to take off.
And if you’re only having a store without content marketing, that’s going to take even longer.
3) Easy to Digest
One thing you should know about Sarah is that, she explains things well.
It’s very easy to understand what she’s teaching and if you’re a beginner, you’ll find this helpful as well. And you also get PDFs for some of the module as guides.
4) Shopify Approved Course
I guess if Shopify approves it, it can’t do no harm. However, that doesn’t mean it’s the best dropshipping course out there for you.
What I DON’T Like About The Ecomm Clubhouse
1) Basic Content
The course only has about 10+ hours video length. For something that you’ll be paying monthly membership for, you usually want to have an ongoing lessons and mentorship.
But if you’re paying $67 per month for 10+ hours of tutorial videos… well, you have to ask yourself whether it’s truly worth it.
And even though she covers a multitude of topics, they are not exactly in-depth. Probably good for beginners to get started but once you’re getting the hang of it, you will need to find other courses that can give you a more advanced guidance.
2) Only Focusing on Facebook Ads
Facebook Ads is awesome but as a marketer and a business owner, you should also learn different ways to advertise. Google Ads should be included in this course if it’s a monthly membership.
Facebook Ads costs are increasing by the year as more advertisers (like you and I) are coming into the scene. We are bidding against the same audience, hence the rise of advertising costs.
So in order for you to really scale your business for long term, you NEED to learn other paid traffic sources.
Is Dropshipping Still Worth It?
1) Only When You Have Capital
Dropshipping is really NOT for someone who are strapped with money. There are so many other expenses that you will need to pay such as:
– Shopify hosting
– Domain name
– Transaction Fee
– Facebook Ads
– Instagram Influencer
– Additional paid apps
So unless you have at least $2,500 to spare to start this business model, dropshipping unfortunately is not for you. You’ll be spending at least $2,000 to get started – and that won’t even guarantee any sales coming in.
2) Not The Best Business Model
As I’ve mentioned in 2021, dropshipping isn’t exactly the best business model out there. A lot of people already know the trick of “free product + shipping” and asking them to wait for 2-3 weeks for product delivery is a deal-breaker.
Put yourself in the customer shoe, will you go and buy a product from a store that will take 2-3 weeks to ship the products to you or you’d rather go to Amazon.com and get your products delivered the next day?
I’d go with Amazon.com. And that brings me to the next point.
Alternative To Make Money
After I left dropshipping, I found a better way to make money online that is a lot more passive and won’t need me to fork out so much capital when first starting out.
I really wish I’d found this sooner.
I switched from doing a dropshipping business to affiliate marketing.
– it was free for me to get started
– I don’t need to be running ads all the time
– my traffic is organic, therefore a lot more sustainable
– I don’t need to handle refunds or customer service
– it’s much easier for me to do with a 9-5 job
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