Not many online businesses can be set up and ready to start as quickly as a dropshipping business. Thanks to the software that is available and the wide range of dropshipping suppliers, anyone can have their store up and running quickly.
Besides being the fastest online business to start, it is also a low-cost business. That is primarily due to not having to buy or store any inventory. Let’s explore how you can open a dropshipping store of your own even if you are on a limited budget.
- 1 How to Find No Fee Dropshipping Suppliers
- 2 How Dropshipping Works
- 3 Choosing a Dropshipping eCommerce Software
- 4 How Long Does It Take To Open a Store Using AliDropship?
- 5 What You Need To Get Started With AliDropship
- 6 The Possible Costs For Opening Your Dropshipping Store
- 7 How To Promote Your Dropshipping Store
- 8 Wrapping Up
How to Find No Fee Dropshipping Suppliers
One of the largest no fee dropshipping suppliers with both U.S. and China-based business owners is AliExpress. They are a popular option with many dropshipping store owners.
For one thing, you can start dropshipping AliExpress products immediately. You are not limited on the number of products that you sell or your profit margins.
You can also use a wholesale supplier directory such as Salehoo to search for dropshipping suppliers. Just keep in mind that there isn’t a way to (that I know of) to automate suppliers into an eCommerce store as there is with AliExpress.
In such cases, you would need to dropship from other eCommerce services such as eBay, Amazon, Etsy, etc. That is another reason why AliExpress is a popular choice among dropshippers.
How Dropshipping Works
If you’re not familiar with dropshpping, it really is a simple process. Once you have your dropship suppliers, you can then add their products to your store.
When a customer buys a product from your store, you pass along their shipping details as well as payment to your supplier. The supplier then ships the product to your customer.
You never have to store products or deal with shipping and handling. The difference in price between what you charged for the product and what the dropshipping supplier charged you is your profit.
Choosing a Dropshipping eCommerce Software
Choosing your eCommerce usually comes down to two options which are using WordPress or using something else. There are many popular eCommerce platforms available for dropshippers.
However, many of those platforms come with recurring monthly software fees. WordPress and the free eCommerce plugin for WordPress called WooCommerce do not.
Therefore, I often recommend using WordPress or WooCommerce for your dropshipping business. Two important reasons why:
- You retain 100% ownership of your store (no worry about account closures)
- You do not have any recurring software fees (both options are free to use)
The WordPress dropshipping software that I use and recommend most is the AliDropship plugin. It works with both WordPress and WooCommerce.
Below is a screen capture of a demo WooCommerce store that uses AliDropship which you can view here as well.
AliDropship’s store themes are created to sell products and they are constantly improving upon them. When you buy the plugin it comes with both versions for WordPress and WooCommerce. It also includes free lifelong updates and support.
How Long Does It Take To Open a Store Using AliDropship?
The timeframe for opening a store is really dependent upon how much time you have to work on it. For example, I can have a store up and running in a few days whereas someone else may have their store up and running in a week.
What is the most time-consuming process is importing products as you must edit titles, descriptions, and sometimes images. The AliDropship plugin does have a built-in image editor which makes the process go faster.
However, you can also take advantage of their product importing plugin called Dropship.Me. The company are experts at dropshipping and really have thought of everything to make store creation an easy process.
The DropshipMe plugin already has over 50,000 of the best selling products manually selected. The titles, descriptions, and images are already edited. All that you have to do is search for products and import them into your store. You can even import user reviews as shown below:
What You Need To Get Started With AliDropship
The first thing you will need is a domain name, web hosting, and WordPress installed. The plugin works with most commercial web hosting providers and AliDropship also has their own hosting plans.
You will then need to install WordPress and most web hosting providers have one-click WordPress installation. It is as easy as it sounds. You fill out a few boxes and click “install.” However, if you prefer not to worry about it, you can bundle AliDropship hosting when you buy the plugin and they include installing WordPress and the plugin for you.
The Possible Costs For Opening Your Dropshipping Store
By opening your store using the software recommendations I’ve talked about above, you will save yourself hundreds of dollars per month.
Here are some scenarios for what your costs could entail:
Using WordPress and/or WooCommerce with AliDropship
- WordPress = Free
- WooCommerce = Free
- AliDropshp Plugin = $89
- Total: $89
The Same as Above But With Bundled Hosting Plan
- AliDropship + Bundled Hosting = $89 + $48 = $137
Using WordPress and/or WooCommerce with Another Web Host
- WordPress = Free
- WooCommerce = Free
- AliDropshp Plugin = $89
- Web Hosting = $70+
- Total: $159+
How To Promote Your Dropshipping Store
You can promote your store using both free and paid methods. I’ll highlight some methods that you can use.
Free Promotion Methods
- Instagram posts
- Pinterest posts
- YouTube video reviews
- Facebook page
Paid Promotion Methods
- Facebook ads
- Instagram ads and shout-outs
- Pinterest ads
- Google Adwords
- Google Shopping
- Bing ads
I think if you stop and consider the various types of online businesses that you could open, dropshipping is one of the fastest and lowest-cost to get started.
There are many dropshipping store owners that are experiencing great success from one or multiple stores that they own and operate.
Operating a dropshipping store takes consistent effort just like any other business. It is important to treat your business like a business.
If you still have questions about how AliDropship works, I highly recommend reading the AliDropship blog and even reaching out to customer support. They are super friendly and always willing to help.