Are you wanting to begin dropshipping but it feels like an overwhelming process? It can be for many people. That is why I wanted to share the easiest way to start a dropshipping business.
Dropshipping is a popular online business model. Due to its popularity, there is a wider variety of dropshipping software and dropshipping suppliers to choose from.
If you want to get right to the point, the easiest way to start dropshipping is to have a dropshipping store custom built for you. I will still go into detail about your options and my recommendations.
Choosing a Niche for Your Store
Whether or not you want to use software to build your store yourself or you choose to have your store custom built, you will need to choose a niche.
I have several posts related to dropshipping store niches. Here are some to help you brainstorm:
- Dropshipping keychains
- Dropship bicycle accessories
- Dropship survival supplies
- Dropship massage products
It always helps to open a store in which you are familiar with the products or it is a niche that you have a genuine interest in.
When you actually like what you are selling, you will be enthusiastic about your business. This makes it fun for you and can definitely help you find creative ways to boost your sales.
A great free tool that you can use is the Test Your Niche Tool. Once you have narrowed down your niche, you can move on to figuring out some dropshipping suppliers.
The Hassle-Free Dropshipping Supplier
Yes, you can do a manual search for dropshipping suppliers but it is a time-consuming process and different suppliers have their own requirements and possible fees.
In order to keep this post on track by focusing on the easiest way to start a dropshipping business, I will save you time by talking about AliExpress.
AliExpress is a large online retailer made up of merchants primarily based in China. They carry millions of products and some of the merchants are also based in the U.S.
It is a popular dropshipping resource for many dropshipping store owners because you can begin selling any of the products that they carry immediately.
They do not have any registration requirements, monthly fees, or dropshipping fees of any kind.
You are not limited in the number of items that you sell and they do not limit your profit margins.
In fact, a majority of merchants on AliExpress welcome dropshippers because it creates more business for themselves.
Here are some other great reasons to source products from AliExpress:
- Worldwide shipping
- ePacket shipping (faster shipping method from China to the U.S.)
- Item tracking
- Buyer protection system with a money-back guarantee
- Wholesale pricing
Searching for suppliers in the United States is as simple as choosing “United States” in the product search drop-down menu as pictured below:
Ordering a Custom Made Dropshipping Store
The easiest and fastest way to have your dropshipping store up and running is to have it built for you.
Now that you are aware of niche selection and using AliExpress for sourcing products, it is a matter of choosing the right dropshipping platform.
There are custom dropshipping store services online but they are not all quality services. I would be cautious of any service that promises to have your “custom” store ready in 24 to 48 hours.
That signals a huge red flag for me. How can any online store be custom with a turnaround time of 24 to 48 hours?
Instead, I recommend a custom dropshipping store from AliDropship. AliDropship is the dropshipping software that I use in my own store.
It is a WordPress dropshipping plugin. It turns a WordPress website into a full-featured AliExpress dropshipping business.
You have the option to buy the plugin and build your store yourself or you can leave your store’s buildout to the professionals at AliDropship.
Custom Store Packages
AliDropship offers three custom store packages and one Supreme Custom Store Package. The three custom store packages include Basic, Advanced, and Ultimate.
All stores are custom built from the ground up so you can expect to receive your store anywhere from 10 to 23 business days.
No matter which store package that you choose, you will be assigned your own personal manager who will take care of all the details.
A custom store is the easiest way to start a dropshipping business because all of the details and technical items are done for you.
They will even do niche market research if you are stuck trying to figure out what niche you want your store to be in.
Once your store is delivered, you can begin making sales immediately.
Store Promotion and Making Sales
Having your own dropshipping store is quite exciting. You have your own eCommerce business to run.
It is important to understand what your primary job will entail as a dropshipping store owner.
A bulk of your time will be spent promoting your business online. You can use both free and paid methods of advertising.
Free methods can include promoting your store and product pages on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Paid advertising works very well for many dropshippers. The most popular paid ad platform being used by many is Facebook Ads.
Facebook ads enable you to target and retarget specific people that may be interested in your store’s niche.
Creating a winning ad can lower your cost per click and higher conversions (sales) in your store.
A Word of Warning Before Using Facebook Ads
Any form of paid advertising can become expensive very quickly. It isn’t wise to jump into using Facebook ads without understanding how it works.
You can easily spend hundreds of dollars per day without a return on your investment. I recommend learning as much as you can about Facebook ads before diving in.
Make the most of your ad budget by having some knowledge of how to create winning ads. Investing in a good Facebook ads course is an option.
There are many courses out there and you can even find free tutorials. Pick up some knowledge before spending your marketing budget.
It is no guarantee that you will make sales right away but you will be closer to making conversions than if you are starting with no information at all.
My Closing Thoughts On the Easiest Way to Start a Dropshipping Business
What I’ve shared in this post is what I consider to be the easiest way to start your own dropshipping business.
Having your store custom built saves time and removes any of the technical challenges you may have been worried about.
Besides that, an AliDropship custom store includes free lifelong software updates and free lifelong customer support.