By now, you’ve probably heard the term dropshipping quite a few times. But, you might be wondering what exactly dropshipping is, how it works, and how you can get started with it.
In this post, I’ll answer some of the most commonly asked questions about dropshipping and provide you with a list of helpful resources so you can start your own dropshipping business. I also have a video at the end that explains the basics of dropshipping business.
Put simply, dropshipping is an e-commerce business model where you don’t actually stock any of the items you sell in your store. Instead, when someone buys a product on your site, you buy it from a third-party who then ships the product to your customer. This means you never have to worry about your inventory or shipping and handling fees as all of that is taken care of by the third-party who carries the products for you.
There are several benefits of dropshipping:
To start your own dropshipping business, follow the steps below.
The first thing you need to do is create your dropshipping website. I recommend WordPress as WordPress is free to download and use and you can create a feature-rich store even if you have no coding knowledge. WordPress has thousands of themes that will make your store look great and thanks to numerous plugins, you will have all the tools you need to create a successful online store.
Once your store is set up, you will need to purchase the AliDropship plugin so you can start importing products from AliExpress into your store. AliDropship also comes with a browser extension so you can easily pick and choose which products you want to import. What’s more, the plugin allows you to control the prices for the products and customize product titles, images, and more.
Next, you need to market your dropshipping website so people can find your store. A few ways to market your site include:
Once you start getting more followers and fans on your social media profiles, make sure you link to your store in the website section of each and every social media platform you’re active on. This will make it easy for your followers to visit your store and make a purchase.
As soon as your customers make a purchase, you can then purchase the product from your supplier and they will package and ship the product for you. You can send a notification to your customers that their item is on the way and sit back and relax as the entire process is automated and taken care of for you.
The way to make money with dropshipping is to mark the product up. For example, you get the product for $10 and than RESELL it for $30 making a 20 dollar profit.
Now that we’ve covered how dropshipping works and how to get started, here are a few additional resources that will help you get started on the right foot.
In this tutorial, I walk you through the entire process of setting up your first dropshipping website using WordPress and AliExpress. We’ll cover the following topics:
The post includes both video and text tutorial so it’s easy to follow along.
If you’re a complete beginner, you can also follow along with this tutorial that walks you through a step-by-step process of creating an e-commerce website with WordPress.
If you’ve never heard of AliExpress or AliDropship, then this article is for you. In it, I go over the features and benefits of using AliDropship plugin and show you how to set it up.
This video is the companion video walkthrough to this article which explains the basics of dropshipping and answers some of the more commonly asked questions about the dropshipping business model.
In this video, I show you how to set up your Google Merchant account and go over the benefits of using it.
Lastly, here’s a list of the best dropshipping websites that you can use to start your dropshipping business:
As you can see, dropshipping can be a lucrative business and a great source of income for complete e-commerce beginners. Use the tips in this article to set up your own website and start your dropshipping business off on the right foot. Happy selling!
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