Today, i am going to show you how to start dropshipping business anywhere in the world.
If you are looking for a way to run an e-commerce business without worrying about inventory and shipping process, then go and get a cup of coffee ☕, come back to your computer and read on…
Ecommerce has taken over! And i am super excited that anyone can run and manage an active e-commerce website, make a lot of money out of it without having a product or worrying about inventory.
Ask me how?
Well, let me Introduce you to Dropshipping.
Dropshipping is a supply chain management system whereby the retailer transfers order details and customer’s shipping information to either the manufacturer, a wholesalers or another retailer, who will now process the order and ship the goods directly to the customer.
This is now it works in picture…
Ones a customer places order on your website, you shift the order to the supplier who will then process and ship the product to the customer without you worrying about the process carried out in the background.
Drop shipping is one of the best ways to make a living through the internet from the comfort of your home. It does not require much effort and capital to start this business.
How to start Dropshipping
Before i show you how to start Dropshipping business, I would like you to understand how it works…
How Dropshipping business works
In drop shipping business, there are three key players involved. Just like normal business chain. The manufacturer whose duty is to create a product, carry out inventory, ship to the customers on behalf of the retailer. The retailer whose duty is to sell those products created by the manufacturer, and then, the consumers.
Your duty as a retailer is to set up a website, where customers can come and place order.
Good thing about drop shipping business is that you don’t have to buy products before you can sell them. You only buy when customers place order and make payment. That makes it look as if you own the product, and 100% profit becomes yours.
If for example, cost of a smartphone is $65 on a suppliers shop, you can choose to sell for $75 and make profit of $10 per sale.
1. Find a niche
Notice i talk about niche selection a lot? That’s the honest truth! It is very necessary to scale down your target to a specific selection of audiences, so that they would not be difficult for you to convert.
When finding a niche on which you want to start your dropshipping business, head over to top ecommerce sites such as Amazon, ebay, etc and know the variety of products they sell most, and figure out the category of people that buy such.
2. Find product idea
If you are just starting, you may be tempted to hop on every kind of product you find! But That’s not the way. You should always look for products that are trending, and of course selling.
How do you do that? By doing some market research. Online Market research starts from keyword planning. Keywords are terms or phrase that people enter into a search bar to get results either for information, or to buy a product.
So, for you to get a good product idea, you need to carry out a keyword research. My favorite too for that is ahref but below are few alternatives
Some helpful tools to help you find product idea
3. Find supplier
Now that you have chosen a niche and have a product idea, the next thing in line is to find a supplier that will make it work.
There are many suppliers out there who will dropship for you, but you should also remember to research very well to know which supplier to work with.
While choosing a supplier, look out for the following :
- Good-quality products
- Fast Shipping
- Good product photos
- Attentive customer care
A good dropshipper will always make life easier for you, by providing you with the best dropshipping experience.
Below are some of the dropshipping suppliers you can trust.
Oberlo is senior in the game. They are the most popular dropshipping suppliers which integrate directly into your shopify shop.
With oberlo, you only need to select the products you want to sell and the app automatically adds them to your store. When an order is received, it automatically sends it to the supplier who will then sort and ship the product.
Oberlo is free for the 1st 500 products you add to your shop. Then price increases as you make more sales and grow your shop.
Here is another master in the business of dropshipping.
Alidropship integrates with any wordpress website with or without woocomerce plugin to bring your drop shipping business to a successful state.
With alidropship, you will need to add products from aliexpress into your WordPress site through a browser extension.
Alidropship offers one time payment of $89.
Did i say oberlo was the senior in the game? Oh Doba is more flexible and more comprehensive than oberlo and aliddopship.
Doba will provide you with a list of suppliers to choose who you want to work with. And if you don’t want to choose, they will use their dropshipping services to save you the stress.
14 days free trial, then $29 per month.
4. Build a website that looks professional
Peoples will buy from you if they find any reason to trust you, and for you to get them trust you, you must look professional.
Getting an already made website will only cost you about $200 or slight more. But its nothing compared to the profit you will be making from your dropshipping business.
If you wish to create a website by yourself, i have some articles related to that already
But Make sure it’s search engine friendly
Even if you have the best product idea, and the most easily convertible niche, if you don’t create a website people can easily find, forget it!
The internet is already accommodating over 1.94 Billion websites, making it more challenging to get noticed easily. But with basic SEO, you can make your site more discoverable to potential customers.
5. Start Selling
If you must start a dropshipping business, you should be ready to hunt products to sell. You do so by browsing through vendors store such as aliexpress, and then pull contents to your site.
But the problem is always selling those products…
Lets face it! selling anything on the internet is not always easy. NOT because people are not buying, but because there are many competitions you are battling with.
Who would like to buy from you when they know they can buy from Amazon with full trust?
The truth is,
Amazon once started just like you are about to, though it was easy for them, because there where less competition then compared to today’s market.
To make your Drop Shipping Business Count, you need to make a little sacrifice. of cause you need to invest little money of adverts.
Below are the best ways to market Your Dropshipping Business
1. Content marketing
To help sell you dropshipping products, you should be able to create contents that will appeal people. Content creation involves Videos, blog posts, social media post and of course a good product page.
If you are on the internet business, you will know that, people who buy your products are the people you where able to convince through your content marketing strategy.
2. Search engine marketing
What happens if your effort in content creation doesn’t get you any result? Could be because it has not gotten to anyone yet! People have not seen them.
Search Engine optimization is Good, but you should rather not depend on it.
Now what is Search Engine Marketing?
SEM is a kind of internet marketing where you try as much as you can to get your product pages up to the first page of Search Engine Result Page (SERP) with the help of paid ads. as seen in the image below.
3. Social media marketing
Most simple and most-effective way to sell any product on the internet is using the social media. SMM is winning! there is no two ways about it.
For you to succeed in your dropshipping business, you should associate with your audience where they gather – Social Media. but That’s not enough. Use promoted stories and social media adverts to better your chances of winning.
4. Email marketing
You should also make your customers feel at home. let them feel the human communication and trust me, your sales will increase.
Email marketing is my favorite marketing strategy. i use it a lot and i am very okay with my results.
If you want some extra cash, you should start Dropshipping business. from what you have read so far, starting a dropshiping business is something you can do right from the comfort of you home, with little capital. A lot of success stories has been told already! and believe me, if you start dropshiping, success will be your only option!
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