Part 1: How to Start a Dropshipping Business in 5 Steps
Part 2: How to Find the Right Dropshipping Product
Part 3: Avoid These Mistakes When Starting Your Dropshipping
One of the positive things about dropshipping is that it offers an entry point for people who don’t have the capital to start a traditional retail store or ecommerce business. .Dropshipping can be used as an opportunity to grow a viable business but it is not a get-rich-quick scheme.
When you’re setting up your business, you’ll want to:
For more info on choosing a product read our article: How to Find the Right Dropshipping Product
The basic step to learning how to start a dropshipping business will be narrowing down the specifics of your dropshipping business idea.
How to Find a Niche in Dropshipping
The major players in the industry offer special plugins to make integrating with your ecommerce website a cinch. Although we encourage you to do your own research on dropshipping marketplaces, some names to be aware of include:
However if you want to use manufacturers and cut out the middle man, then use the following resources:
For domestic manufacturers:
For international manufacturers:
If you’re going to be a dropshipper, we recommend building your own ecommerce website. Choosing which platform to use for your business will partially depend on who your dropshipping supplier is, as some offer direct integrations. If you use Oberlo, for example, it makes a lot of sense to sell on Shopify.
How to Find the Right Dropshipping Product
Selling is just the first step, it's not the end goal. To grow your audience and your business your product must be reliable in order to retain customers and you need to generate positive reviews.The most important guidelines are:
For example:This dropshipper received an eBay award for having the “highest conversion rates” for selling UNBRANDED car GPS devices.
The gps listing design created professionally to increase sales
So, if you were to sell “Garmin”or “TomTom” branded devices, you would find yourself competing with big players with no competitive advantage whatsoever. By selling an “unknown” brand – you can offer your customers unique value and bite off the market share of the big players.The big players usually have no interest in unbranded items, as these require work that they are not set up to do – building the brand.
Choosing the wrong niche is one of the major mistakes every drop shipper is making every new day. Choosing your dropshipping niche is a major decision when you are starting your. When you’re ready to open your dropshipping store take care to avoid these common mistakes:
Heavy items are one of the most avoided products in the dropshipping business because heavy product weight means huge shipping costs! And heavy products are also very difficult to return. Customers may think twice before purchasing it from a supplier that doesn’t offer an easy return policy.
Selling delicate and fragile products make poor dropshipping products. They can break easily during shipment and you may be on the hook for refunds or unhappy customers when they open their box only to discover a product in pieces. This could lead to negative reviews and less repeat orders from unsatisfied customers. So avoid adding fragile items like glass, ceramics, etc on your online dropshipping store.
Advertising your store and products is a major pathway to bring in new customers to your dropshipping store. Examples of such items are drug-related items, surveillance-related stocks, and cannabis items (in most countries) too. Make sure to review the advertising policies of any platform you’re thinking of advertising on; Google, Facebook, Amazon, Instagram, etc...
Find links below to each part in our Series on How to Start Your New Dropshipping Business:
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