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The Live Cricket Dropshipping Hustle

Yep, it’s true: a Pennsylvania man makes $700+ a month dropshipping live crickets to reptile owners across the country.
Animals Dropshipping Reselling Unique Ideas

What It's About

How a man creates a live cricket dropshipping reselling hustle. Fun fact: when mailing crickets to someone, never include paper instructions

Business Model
Reselling
Skills Required
Reselling & Research
Complexity
Low
Profit Potential
Medium

Words of Wisdom

Part of what lead to Jeff's success with his cricket dropshipping hustle, The Critter Depot, is that he knew to look for a niche market with little to no competition.

Throughout Side Hustle School this year, you’ll hear a lot of interesting and unique stories like this. Here are a few examples of previous episodes that dealt with a niche market:

  • Ep. 3: How a marketing executive created a six-figure, seasonal side hustle after being unable to find a custom candy heart manufacturer.
  • Ep. 10: After the loss of a beloved family pet, an engineer decides to improve on a saddle for chickens.
  • Ep. 11: How a woman creates a $2,000/month side hustle sharing specialized diet tips and recipes on her blog.

Fun Fact

Dropshipping has a long history in the hustle world. Pre-internet days there were companies that advertised in magazines and lots of people were attempting to start a dropship business, some successfully and some unsuccessfully.

Jeff learned about dropshipping while working at an e-commerce site that also sold a living product. He was able to use the success of their live product as a benchmark when building his own creative hustle.

Bonus: Did you hear about the two bedbugs who met in the mattress? They got married in the spring!

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Quote of the Day
"Between some customer service and emailing my dropshipper, I maybe put in about 1-2 hours per week and am still able to bring in at least $700/month—and that's a slow month!"
—Jeff Neal #SideHustleSchool

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