Drop Ship Lifestyle Retreat Recap

This is a recap of the 2014 Drop Ship Lifestyle Retreat held in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  It's not really a review as i'll leave that up for attendees, but it's a recap of what went on each day and what you missed.  It was an incredible event.

Drop Ship Lifestyle 2014 Retreat Schedule
Tuesday, October 7th
9:00am - 9:45 - Registration on the 8th floor of Ibis Styles
9:45am - 10:15 - Retreat introduction from Anton
10:15am - 10:30 - Member introductions
10:30am - 11:00 - eCommerce conversion tips from Johnny FD
11:00am - 1:00 - Open office sessions focusing on design, traffic, and conversions
1:00pm - 2:00 - Buffet lunch at Ibis Styles
2:00pm - Meet out front of Ibis for transportation to Doi Suthep
2:30pm - 4:30 - Explore Doi Suthep Temple
4:30pm - Meet at drop off point for return transportation to Ibis
5:00pm - 6:30 - Free time
6:30pm - Meet out front of Ibis for transportation to the Coffee Monster Party
7:00pm - 10:00 - Coffee Monster Party
10:30pm - Transportation to Ibis Styles from Coffee Monster ends.

Day one was awesome, I had already met a lot of members here in Chiang Mai and at PunSpace prior to the event, but all of the sudden there were people rolling in luggage, and getting off of their 18 hour flight coming straight to the event.

Anton opened the event and told everyone how excited he was that over 100 people flew in from all around the world to come and introduced the guest speakers for the weekend.

johnny fd speaker

I gave a talk on optimizing for conversions and ended it with a to do list for people to implement right away during the openoffice session.  The coolest part is seeing everyone cowork, help each other out and get to know each other.

Heather Jacoby I had no idea what to expect walking in but I definitely wasn't expecting that. Amazing! I have so much more knowledge. so many more ideas and I have met so many awesome people who genuinely want to help everyone succeed. I love that! What an awesome group of people, speakers and mentors. 

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Wednesday, October 8th
8:00am - 9:00 - Open office with coffee (Optional)
9:00am - 9:45 - Email Marketing for eCommerce talk and Q&A with John McIntyre
10:00am - 10:45 - Easy eCommerce Wins and Q&A with Brendan Tully
10:45am - 11:00 - Coffee and snack break
11:00am - 11:45 - Pinterest for eCommerce and Q&A with Nate Ginsburg
12:00pm - 1:00 - Buffet lunch at Ibis Styles
1:00pm - 2:00 - Open office
2:00pm - Meet out front of Ibis for transportation to Tiger Kingdom
2:30pm - 6:00 - Tiger Kingdom
6:00pm - Meet at drop off point for return transportation to Ibis
7:30pm - Buffet dinner at Kantary Hills (Optional)

John McIntyre talked about the importance of setting up a email marketing campaign for your dropshipping store.
Brandon Tully gave us a rundown of  the basics that most online stores are missing.
Nate talked about using Pinterest for Ecommerce.

Took some sick photos at Tiger Kingdom.  Then floated around in some Zorbs on the lake. =)  Ate a TON of food at the Kantary Hills Carvery buffet.

Thursday, October 9th
8:00am - 9:00 - Open office with coffee (Optional)
9:00am - 12:00 - Empire Workshop with Justin Cooke and Joe Magnotti
12:00pm - 1:00 - Buffet lunch at Ibis Styles
1:00pm - 2:00 - Empire Workshop conclusion
2:00pm - Meet out front of Ibis for transportation to the Sticky Waterfalls
2:45pm - 5:45 - Explore the Sticky Waterfalls
5:45pm - Meet at drop off point for return transportation to Ibis

Justin and Joe gave us some great tips on flipping our sites for 20x monthly profit, and for outsourcing our day to day activities.  Anton got us two huge charter buses to take us to the dopest waterfall in Chiang Mai.

Friday, October 10th
8:00am - 9:00 - Open office with coffee (Optional)
9:00am - 9:45 - Content Marketing for eCommerce and Q&A with Brandon Nolte
10:00am - 10:30 - Facebook Ads Session and Q&A with Jill and Josh Stanton
10:30am - 11:15 - Outsourcing your Life and Q&A with Vince Wong
11:45pm - Meet out front of Ibis for transportation to the Elephant Nature Park
12:30pm - 5:00 - Elephant Nature Park
5:00pm - Meet at drop off point for return transportation to Ibis
5:45pm - 6:45 - Free time
6:45pm - Meet out front of Ibis for transportation to the Closing Party
7:00pm - 9:00 - Closing party / Buffet dinner and open bar included at 90’s Bar

So much great content today from the speakers, now I have a huge to do list.  The Elephant Nature park was awesome.  It was my first time there but is now on my must dos in Chiang Mai list if anyone ever comes out here.  


Wow this was such an epic week.  I'd love to go into more detail about all of the talks, the meetups, dinners, networking lunches, awesome activities and the great people I met, but honestly, I'm exhausted. If you want to know a bit more about the retreat, take a listen to Episode 52 of the podcast where I sit down with Riley and Parker, two of the guests from the retreat.

If you want to come next year to the Dropship Lifestyle Retreat, I'd suggest you join Anton's program today and start working towards it, that way you'll have something up and running before the next one in announced. 

This was seriously one of the most awesome times of my life, and the learning and networking from this event was like packing an entire MBA Program into 5 days.  

See you guys next year!

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  1. Nice post! Wish I could be there. Hoping some info gets shared on the forums. I'm surprised at the 20x monthly profit sales price. In my day-job industry, we sell profitable businesses for 5x annual ebitda. So more like 60x months. 20 doesn't seem like selling yourself short.

  2. Hey Moddie, hope to see you out here next year! Anton is planning on putting all of the videos (with the speaker's approval) in the members area for everyone. They did mention the ratio can be 20x-25x but wow 60x sounds incredible. I also feel the same, I'd almost rather just wait out 17 months and like it coast for the hassle of selling it.


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