Chances are you are interested in learning how to dropship with AliExpress. In this post, I will explain why many dropshipping store owners source products from AliExpress.
I will also share one of the most cost-efficient ways to open your own AliExpress dropshipping business using an AliExpress WordPress dropshipping plugin.
Dropshipping is one of the lowest-cost and lowest-risk online business models that anyone can start. Sourcing products from AliExpress makes it easy to find and dropship a wide variety of products.
Is Dropshipping From AliExpress Profitable?
AliExpress is a large online retailer that is owned by the AliBaba Group. It is made up of merchants primarily based in China. Some merchants are based in other locations around the world including the United States.
They carry millions of products, a majority of which are sold at wholesale pricing. What makes AliExpress ideal for dropshipping is that you can order items individually.
Take a look at these bamboo toothbrushes as an example. They are sold between 0.59 cents and $1.21 a piece.
You could easily bundle them as a set and earn a nice profit. Sell two for $8 or four for $15. Your profit margins are up to you. AliExpress does not limit you on the number of items that you sell or your profit margins.
Due to the large variety of products and low pricing, it is easy to understand why so many dropshipping store owners find that dropshipping from AliExpress is profitable.
How to Dropship with AliExpress Dropshipping Success Stories
Here are a few dropshipping success stories that may give you some inspiration as well as a better idea of the type of money that can be made.
Felix – $350,000 in One Year
“At the moment, I run 3 stores, but initially, I built around 7. I dropped the stores which weren’t successful after a two week testing phase. With these 3 dropshipping stores, I made around $350k revenue last year.” [read the full interview here.]
Godfred – $500+ Every Week
“Business has been very good, I make a minimum of $500 a week even though I don’t get the time to run the dropshipping business.” [read the full interview here.]
Ryan – $51,004.83 in Eight Months
This is a story about how I made $51,004.83 in 8 months with dropshipping using Instagram Shoutouts while working a full-time job. [read the full interview here.]
Do You Need Money To Dropship?
You will need a small amount of start-up cash to begin dropshipping. In comparison to a typical eCommerce business, dropshipping is extremely low-cost.
A typical eCommerce business requires you to buy your inventory upfront. You have to buy items in bulk, pay to have them shipped, and then store them in your home or pay storage fees.
Getting all of your inventory can cost in the thousands of dollars. Then you have to take into account packaging and shipping fees.
Thanks to the dropshipping model, you can start your own dropshipping store for well under $150 and that is without recurring monthly software fees.
Other dropshipping fees that you’ll need to take into account include:
- Payment gateway fees
- Web hosting fees
- Advertising fees
Opening Your Dropshipping Store
The method I will explain for opening your own dropshipping store is the same method I used to open my store.
I chose to run my dropshipping store using a self-hosted WordPress website and the AliDropship Plugin.
The AliDropship plugin is a WordPress dropshipping plugin that turns a WordPress website into a full-featured AliExpress dropshipping business.
The reason I chose to go this route is that I didn’t want any recurring monthly software fees to run my store. The WordPress CMS is free to use and the AliDropship plugin is a one-time fee.
I also wanted to retain full ownership of my store. When you use third-party eCommerce software such as Shopify, you are building your store on their platform.
That means you must abide by their terms of service. They have the authority to close accounts at any time for any reason. Here is a screen capture of the Shopify TOS as an example:
If you are familiar with using a self-hosted WordPress website, then installing the AliDropship plugin is easy. Otherwise, I highly recommend having AliDropship build your custom dropshipping store for you.
Your Costs for Using AliDropship
You can save so much money by creating your dropshipping store with AliDropship.
Let’s say you want to build your store yourself. Here are your potential costs:
- WordPress CMS = $0 (Free)
- AliDropship Plugin = $89 (one-time fee)
- 1 Year AliDropship Hosting = $48
- Total = $137
Your total is under $150 for your own AliExpress dropshipping business. Ordering a custom-built store isn’t a whole lot more.
The basic store package starts at $299. For $162 more, you can have the AliDropship team build your store for you.
They will register your domain name, do your niche research, import your products, create your payment gateways, customize your store design, create your social media account pages, do your initial on-site SEO, and more.
It is a great value and time saver.
Setting Up Your AliDropship Store Yourself
If you choose to build your AliDropship store yourself, there are a few things to keep in mind.
First, you will need to ensure that the web hosting provider that you use has the ionCube loader installed. Most commercial hosting providers will. However, to avoid the hassle, I recommend bundling in AliDropship’s hosting during checkout.
When you do, they will install WordPress and the AliDropship plugin for you free of charge. Their web hosting also includes free SSL which you will need anyway.
Other things you will need to make sure you set up in your settings:
- A payment gateway (I chose Stripe)
- A mail service (for sending notifications to your customers)
All of your other settings are easy. Those are key settings so that you can begin accepting orders in your store.
You will also need to create a logo (or have one created for you) and choose a store theme. My favorite theme is the Andy Warhol theme. It is one of AliDropship’s paid themes but it is awesome! It was designed for high conversion rates.
What Happens After Your Store is Set Up?
Once you have your store set up, you can begin making sales! The AliDropship software will automate your dropshipping store for you.
It will automate order fulfillment, order tracking, pricing updates, and inventory updates.
Your primary job will be to promote your store and to provide excellent customer service when customers contact you with questions or concerns.
When orders are placed, they will be processed through AliExpress and the merchants on AliExpress will send the items to your customers for you.
As a dropshipping store owner, you will be marketing your store to your target audience.
You can promote your store and its products on social media as well as using paid advertising such as Facebook ads, Instagram ads, and Google Shopping ads.
Don’t worry if you are not accustomed to marketing online. Visit the AliDropship blog and click on the marketing tips section.
You will find a ton of free and actionable marketing information that they use on their own dropshipping stores.
My Closing Thoughts On How to Dropship with AliExpress
Learning how to dropship with AliExpress is easy when using the right software. You do not need any previous experience as a dropshipper to get started.
It is a low-cost and low-risk online business model that anyone can start. The thing to keep in mind as a dropshipping store owner is that you will have to market your store on a regular basis.
Without marketing, it is difficult to make sales. You can use both free and paid marketing methods.
I opened my dropshipping store using the WordPress CMS and AliDropship Plugin. You can build your store yourself or have it custom built by the AliDropship team.
You may want to check out the Supreme Custom Store Package which includes several promotion add-ons such as ready Facebook and Instagram ads, as well as promotional emails.