How to Get Started Dropshipping &
Run A Successful Online Store
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Dropshipping is a retail fulfillment method where a store doesn't keep the products it sells in stock. Instead, when a store sells a product, it purchases the item from a third party and has it shipped directly to the customer. As a result, the merchant never sees or handles the product. Here's what you need to do if you want to start a successful store. I look forward to being Business Boss Besties 😍
How to Get Started Dropshipping & Running a Successful Online Store
How Dropshipping works:
1. You post your products on an online platform (for example, your own website, or social media platforms). You don't own these products - you only take pictures and descriptions from your chosen supplier.
2. A customer finds your product, places an order, and pays for the product.
3. You contact the supplier who stocks the product, and you place the same order as your customer.
4. You ask the supplier to deliver the order to the address of your customer
5. The customer receives the order and the sale is completed.
Advantages of Dropshipping
LESS CAPITAL IS REQUIRED – Probably the biggest advantage to dropshipping is that it's possible to launch an eCommerce store without having to invest thousands of dollars in inventory upfront. Traditionally, retailers have had to tie
up huge amounts of capital purchasing inventory. With the dropshipping model, you don't have to purchase a product unless you already made the sale and have been paid by the customer. Without major upfront inventory investments, it's possible to start a successful dropshipping business with very little money.
EASY TO GET STARTED – Running an eCommerce business is much easier when you don't have to deal with physical products. With dropshipping, you don't have to worry about:
• Managing or paying for a warehouse
• Packing and shipping your orders
• Tracking inventory for accounting reasons
• Handling returns and inbound shipments
• Continually ordering products and managing stock level
LOW OVERHEAD – Because you don't have to deal with purchasing inventory or managing a warehouse, your overhead expenses are quite low. In fact, many successful dropshipping businesses are run from a home office with a laptop for less than $100 per month. As you grow, these expenses will likely increase but will still be low compared to those of traditional brick-and-mortar businesses.
FLEXIBLE LOCATION – A dropshipping business can be run from just about anywhere with an internet connection. As long as you can communicate with suppliers and customers easily, you can run and manage your business.
WIDE SELECTION OF PRODUCTS – Because you don't have to pre-purchase the items you sell, you can offer an array of products to your potential customers. If suppliers stock an item, you can list it for sale on your website at no
EASY TO SCALE – With a traditional business, if you receive three times as much business you'll usually need to do three times as much work. By leveraging dropshipping suppliers, most of the work to process additional orders will be borne by the suppliers, allowing you to expand with fewer growing pains and less incremental work. Sales growth will always bring additional work – especially related to customer service – but businesses that utilize dropshipping scale particularly well relative to traditional e-commerce businesses.
All these benefits make dropshipping a very attractive model for both beginning and established merchants. Unfortunately, dropshipping isn't all roses and rainbows. All this convenience and flexibility come at a price.
Disadvantages of Dropshipping
LOW MARGINS – Low margins are the biggest disadvantage of operating in a highly competitive dropshipping niche. Because it's so easy to get started – and the overhead costs are so minimal – many merchants will set up shop and sell
items at rock-bottom prices in an attempt to grow revenue. They've invested so little in getting the business started so they can afford to operate on minuscule margins. True, these merchants often have low-quality websites and poor (if any)
customer service. But that won't stop customers from comparing their prices to yours. This increase in cutthroat competition will quickly destroy the profit margin in a niche. Fortunately, you can do a lot to mitigate this problem by
selecting a niche that's well suited for dropshipping.
INVENTORY ISSUES – If you stock all your own items, it's relatively simple to keep track of which items are in and out of stock. But when you're sourcing from multiple warehouses, which are also fulfilling orders for other merchants,
inventory changes on a daily basis. While there are ways you can better sync your store's inventory with your suppliers', these solutions don't always work seamlessly, and suppliers don't always support the technology required.
SHIPPING COMPLEXITIES – If you work with multiple suppliers – as most drop shippers do – the products on your website will be sourced through a number of different drop shippers. This complicates your shipping costs. Let's say a customer places an order for three items, all of which are available only from separate suppliers. You'll incur three separate shipping charges for sending each item to the customer, but it's probably not wise to pass this charge
along to the customer, as they'll think you're grossly overcharging for shipping! And even if you did want to pass these charges along, automating these calculations can be difficult.
SUPPLIER ERRORS – Have you ever been blamed for something that wasn't your fault, but you had to accept responsibility for the mistake anyway? Even the best dropshipping suppliers make mistakes fulfilling orders – mistakes
for which you have to take responsibility and apologize. And mediocre and low-quality suppliers will cause endless frustration with missing items, botched shipments, and low-quality packing, which can damage your business's
Dropshippers Are Invisible
Despite its critical role in the ordering and fulfillment process, the dropshipper is completely invisible to the end customer. When the package is received, only Phone Outlet's return address and logo will be on the shipment. If I (your customer)
receives the wrong case, I would contact Phone Outlet, which would then coordinate behind the scenes with Wholesale Accessories to get the right item sent out. The dropshipping wholesaler doesn't exist to the end customer. Its sole
responsibility is to stock and ship products. Everything else – marketing, website development, customer service, etc. – is the responsibility of the merchant.
Finding Wholesale Suppliers
Now that you can spot a fraud from the real deal, it's time to start searching for suppliers! You can use a number of different strategies, some more effective than others. The methods below are listed in order of effectiveness and
preference, with our favorite methods listed first:
Contact the Manufacturer
This is our favorite way to easily locate legitimate wholesale suppliers. If you know the product(s) you want to sell, call the manufacturer and ask for a list of its wholesale distributors. You can then contact these wholesalers to see if they
dropship and inquire about setting up an account. Since most wholesalers carry products from a variety of manufacturers, this strategy will allow you to quickly source a selection of products within the niche you're exploring. After making a couple of calls to the leading manufacturers in a niche, you'll quickly be able to identify the leading wholesalers in that market. Search Using Google to find high-quality suppliers may seem obvious, but there are a
few rules to keep in mind:
1. YOU HAVE TO SEARCH EXTENSIVELY – Wholesalers are terrible at marketing and promotion, and they're definitely not going to top the search results for “wholesale suppliers for product X.” This means you'll likely have to dig through LOTS of search results – possibly hundreds – to find the wholesaler's website listed.
2. DON'T JUDGE BY THE WEBSITE – Wholesalers are also notorious for having poorly designed websites. So while a quality site may indicate a good supplier in some cases, many legitimate wholesalers have cringe-worthy homepages. Don't let the poor design scare you off.
3. USE LOTS OF MODIFIERS – Wholesalers aren't doing extensive SEO to ensure you find their websites, so you might need to try various search queries. Don't stop at just “[product] wholesaler.” Try using modifiers such as “distributor,” “reseller,” “bulk,” “warehouse” and “supplier.”
One of the most common questions aspiring eCommerce entrepreneurs ask is: Should I pay for a supplier directory?
A supplier directory is a database of suppliers that's organized by market, niche, or product. Many directories employ some sort of screening process to ensure the suppliers listed are genuine wholesalers. Most are run by for-profit
companies who charge a fee for access to their directory. While membership directories can be helpful, especially for brainstorming ideas, they are by no means necessary. If you already know the product or niche you want to sell, you should be able to find the major suppliers in your market with a bit of digging and the techniques discussed above. Plus, once you start your business you likely won't need to revisit the directory unless you need to find suppliers for other products. That said, supplier directories are a convenient way to quickly search for and/or browse a large number of suppliers in one place and are great for brainstorming ideas for products to sell or niches to enter. If you're short on time and are willing to spend the money, they can be a helpful tool.
What features make AliExpress appealing for dropshippers?
AliDropship is the most powerful solution for dropshipping business based on WordPress and WooCommerce.
AliDropship + WordPress (and + WooCommerce, if you like) works pretty much the same as Oberlo + Shopify, main functions are completely the same, I mean product import, pricing automation, auto orders fulfillment, etc.
But as you see the main difference is in the platform and moreover, we provide even more nice features, for example:
AliDropship plugin comes with 2 versions: AliDropship original for WordPress and AliDropship Woo for WooCommerce.
AliDropship plugin comes with free and paid themes that you can easily set up, switch, and customize.
AliDropship provides with 2 sources for import products:
unlimited product imports from AliExpress and
50 000+ edited best selling dropshipping products from AliDropship Hot Product Database. All AliDropship users get 50 product imports from the Database for free. By the way, 50 products are almost enough to start the first store.
The plugin Import product reviews in the store directly from AliExpress;
The plugin collects emails of customers to help automate email marketing;
An abandoned cart is already in;
AliDropship plugin supports all the most popular payment processors like PayPal, 2CO, Stripe, PayU, and others;
12% cash-back system from AliExpress;
30 days money-back guarantee;
Life-long free support and updates.
And all of that is for one-time payment only, no monthly fees plus a store owner has full control over the business.
It doesn't matter if you are a total newbie when it comes to running a drop shipping business, or you are a true expert with a multi-million turnover - we have the ideal solution for you!
AliDropship plugin is the only WordPress solution for creating fully-fledged web stores ready to bring you high stable profit. The tool offers a complete set of features that make it easy to start and run a successful dropshipping business
It’s developed BY dropshippers and FOR dropshippers
The specialists responsible for the creation of this plugin have their own personal experience of running dropshipping stores. This is why they are perfectly aware of all the technical tasks and marketing challenges that every dropshipping store owner has to face.
The headquarters is located in the US. There are 50,000+ amazing stores already built with AliDropship plugin. AliDropship Plugin is the most popular in India, the US, Canada, and Australia.
The plugin puts no limits on the store owner activity
AliDropship plugin lets a store owner have full control over the business, and means the absolute freedom in terms of the store management. It doesn’t matter how many orders you process and how much money you make – your store operation won’t be stopped because of ‘low turnover’, and the system won’t require you to pay any kind of commission in case the intensity of your store activity exceeds some ‘limit’.
First of all, if you use the plugin, you don’t necessarily have to buy extra managerial tools: generally speaking, the plugin automatically completes the majority of basic drop shipping procedures, which means you outsource all the daily tasks and get them all performed by a single tool.
The plugin doesn’t require to pay any recurring fees. You make a one-time payment to buy the plugin - $89, and after this, no extra weekly/monthly/yearly, etc. fees are charged. Through a single payment, you get the lifelong right to use the plugin and manage your own business the way you like.
Finally, the plugin doesn’t charge any commission on your dropshipping activity. You can import any amount of products, set any price markup, process any volume of orders, and reach any profit level – whatever you do, you get 100% of the money you managed to earn. It’s yours.
Working with AliExpress dropshipping the plugin gives a profit margin of up to 2000% with about 100 mln. products available.
Lifelong support is available
AliDropship team does much more than simply sell its product to entrepreneurs all over the globe. It doesn’t matter how long ago you have ordered a service from the team: at any point in your dropshipping journey, you can easily contact the support team and get the answer to any of your store-related queries.
AliDropship or AliDropship Woo
After purchase there will be an option to use standalone AliDropship or Woo Commerce version of the plugin called AliDropship Woo. All plugins support the English language, but now the original AliDropship plugin also supports Spanish.
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LOW SHIPPING COST
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An invoice will not be included in the package.
Order Processing time: 1-2 business days
Order Delivery time:
PRIORITY: 5-7 business days from the day you place the order
1 item: $3.75
2-3 items: $4.75
4-5 items: $5.75
6-7 items: $6.75
8-9 items: $7.75
10 or more items: $8.75
We will email you tracking info as soon as the order is shipped.
Currently we can drop ship to US addresses only. NO INTERNATIONAL DROPSHIPPING available.
Once you create your account, we will change your account to 'DROPSHIPPER' status.
As a drop shipper, you will be able to order just 1 piece at a time – with no dollar amount minimum required per order (the minimum dollar amount of regular accounts is $100 per order)
We will accept all authorized returns
To get an authorization number please fill out the return form on our website on ccwholesaleclothing.com
Once approved we will email you a prepaid label you can forward to your customer.
Your customer will have 30 days to send the item back for a full refund.
Please note free return labels are available for items being shipped within 48 continental states only
The shipping label will read
1732 Santee Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
After you have made a sale, you simply come to our website ccwholesaleclothing.com login to your account & place your order as a regular order with your info under billing info and your customer's info under the shipping info.
We will blind ship your order without any of our company information on the shipping label.
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Google Keyword Tool for Product Demand
The best way to measure demand for an item online is to see how many people are searching for it using a search engine like Google. Fortunately, Google makes this search volume publicly available via its keyword tool. Simply type in a word or phrase, and the tool tells you how many people are searching for it every month. There are entire training modules dedicated to using the keyword tool, and we're not able to cover the tool exhaustively in this resource. But keep the following three tips in mind, and you'll be well on your way to getting the most out of the tool:
MATCH TYPE – The tool will let you select a broad, phrase, or exact match types when it reports search volumes. Unless you have a good reason to do otherwise, you should use the exact match option. This will give you a much more accurate picture of the applicable search volume for the keyword.
SEARCH LOCATION – Make sure you look at the difference between local search volume (in your country or a user-defined region) and global search volumes. If you'll be selling primarily in the U.S., you should focus on the local
search volumes and ignore the global results, as that's where most of your customers will be.
LONG-TAIL VARIATIONS – It's easy to fixate on the broad, one- or two-word search terms that get massive amounts of search volume. In reality, it's the longer, more specific, and lower volume search queries that will make up most of
your traffic from the search engines. These longer, more detailed search terms are commonly referred to as “long-tail” searches. Keep this in mind when you're looking at potential markets and niches to enter. If a search term has many variations that are actively searched for, that's a good sign that the market is fairly deep with lots of variety and interest. But if search queries and related volume drop off precipitously after the first few high-level words, there's probably less related long-tail traffic.
The keyword tool is great for raw search figures, but for more detailed insights you'll want to use Google Trends. The tool offers you information that the Keyword Tool just doesn't provide, including:
SEARCH VOLUME OVER TIME: Ideally, you want the niche you're entering to be growing and Trends can let you know if this is the case. For any given search query, you can see the growth or decline in search volume over time.
TOP AND RISING TERMS: You'll also be able to get a snapshot at the most popular related searches, and which queries have been growing in popularity the fastest. Focusing on these popular and quickly growing terms can be
helpful when planning your marketing and SEO efforts
GEOGRAPHICAL CONCENTRATION: Another useful feature is the ability to see where people are searching for a term geographically. This can help you identify where your customer base for a niche is most heavily concentrated. For
example, if you're selling canoes the charts below can help you determine that the majority of your customers will likely come from the Northern U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii. If you were trying to decide between multiple suppliers, this
knowledge could help you partner with one closest to the majority of your customers:
SEASONALITY: Understanding the seasonality of a market – that is, if the demand for a product changes dramatically at different points in the year – is crucially important. Because the keyword tool provides data on a monthly
basis, you can draw some misleading conclusions if you measure search volumes during the wrong time of year.
For any product you're seriously considering, you'll want to spend time understanding the intricacies of the niche's search volume. Using the Google Trend tool to understand search volumes, geographic concentration, high-level search trends, and seasonality will offer insights that can help you avoid costly mistakes and optimize your marketing efforts.
One Final Note
Aspiring dropshipping entrepreneurs commonly want to know, How can I be sure that my niche will work out? The answer is, you can't! That's just part of the uncertainty that comes with starting an online business. Just do your research and gather as much information as possible. Then just make the best decision you can and move forward. If you wait for all uncertainties to be resolved with "the perfect market" you'll never get started.
The Real RISK is doing NOTHING