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Starting Drop Shipping Business: Checklist For Beginners

by Olga L. Marketing tips
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Feb 23, 2018 10 minute read
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drop shipping business checklist for beginners

There is nothing difficult about starting drop shipping business. Even if you are a newcomer with no background knowledge whatsoever, you only need these 15 things to start your super successful entrepreneurial journey.

What are the must-have things for a person who wants to start drop shipping?

Go through this checklist to find out!

If you have at least 10 things out of this list, you can safely begin your drop shipping journey today!

General things you will need to start drop shipping

1. Strong desire

Each and every person has a very specific reason for launching their own business.

These reasons vary a lot: someone wants to get an additional source of money, someone is just sick of a regular 9 to 5 job, and some people are just curious to test and improve their technical and/or business skills.

It doesn’t really matter which of these reasons motivated you to step on this road; as long as this driver is powerful enough, the success of your business is guaranteed.

2. PC or laptop

To create, set up and run your online business, you need to own at least one gadget.

It’s up to you to choose what exactly to use; if you feel more comfortable using a personal computer, go for it. If you are a fan of laptops, you can totally rely on them as well.

It’s only about your own preferences and possibilities. Modern technologies let you create a drop shipping store with a good-looking responsive design that will work perfectly on any type of gadget – this is exactly what you need to generate a healthy amount of sales. You, as this ecommerce store owner, have the opportunity to conveniently manage it through laptop or PC.

3. Stable Internet connection

Well, this part is obvious. When you run a drop shipping store, you don’t heed to be online 24/7, but still, you will have to access your online store, mail, payment gateways and social networks from time to time.

Necessary market knowledge for starting a drop ship business

4. Understanding of the drop shipping model

It’s not really possible to succeed in drop shipping if you have no idea how it works 🙂

It will only take you 3 minutes to watch this video, but, when it’s over, you will feel much more confident, and it will be easier for you to proceed with the business launch:

Plus, whenever you need an additional piece of knowledge, you can safely access our knowledge base, read the detailed guides, or join the community of like-minded entrepreneurs who share their experience and learn by each others’ examples.

5. Real-life feedbacks

When you engage in some activity that is completely unfamiliar to you, it’s easy to get confused with all the new duties and responsibilities.

Relax and don’t worry! You’re starting a business that is affordable to start, convenient to run, and easy to sell if you ever get tired of it.

With due effort, you can literally change your life: numerous interviews of successful drop shippers can prove it to you and inspire you to keep going!

6. Knowledge of AliExpress

For lots of reasons, AliExpress is considered to be one of the most convenient and safe places to look for drop shipping suppliers. Sellers are willing to cooperate with entrepreneurs, plus, they offer millions of products that are perfect for drop shipping.

This is why it is essential for you to know how the platform works, how the orders are processed, and how the returns and refunds are handled.

7. Niche idea

In our experience, a correctly chosen niche is the key to the sales and profits growth.

The dropshipping products sold in your online store should be related in some way. This thematic consistency is called a store niche: for example, you can sell various home decor elements dedicated to the space topic, or you can sell geeky stuff for people who spend a lot of time in front of their computers, or anything else, really.

We strongly recommend to choose a niche that you know well. Ideally, you should be a fan of the products you’re selling – this way, you will set up and manage your business in the best way possible.

When you are choosing a niche, it is a good idea to check if there are enough relevant items on AliExpress that can be efficiently promoted. Plus, you need to make sure that the competition in this niche is not too fierce. You can use our new free tool to test the niche you have chosen.

How to start an online business: technical preparations

8. Domain name

Domain name is the basis of your website address, so it should be related to your online store concept, plus, it needs to be good in terms of SEO.

To buy a suitable domain and make sure no one is already using it, use the GoDaddy service.

9. Hosting

If you don’t have a hosting, you can’t make your store content visible to Internet users. In other words, you need to buy hosting (and pay for it every year) to ‘activate’ your webstore and make sure it’s really running.

We understand that no one basically wants to deal with technical tasks like this one, which is why you can safely delegate all your hosting issues to us.

10. Website

With a ready niche idea, catchy domain name, and a pre-paid hosting you can start making a website that you will later turn into a fully functional drop shipping website.

Here, you have 2 options: you can either do all the job yourself (in this case, go to paragraph 11 to learn the next step), or you can order a custom store that will be built by skilled drop shipping experts to 100% suit your business needs (in this case, go to paragraph 13 to learn the next step).

It’s up to you to decide!

11. WordPress

WordPress is a system that helps you arrange all the elements of your website. Nowadays, 29% of all the websites globally are functioning thanks to this system: it is super easy to use, and it suits everyone, even the people who have no previous experience of creating and running a website.

So, you need to download and install WordPress to get a well-working basis for your drop shipping store.

12. AliDropship plugin

With the use of the plugin, you make your drop shipping journey an enjoyable and relaxed experience.

Here, you can take a look at an average set of daily operations typical for a drop shipping store owner.

It might seem a bit long, but hey, here’s good news: you don’t have to do it all manually. There is a much more convenient solution developed by high-profile programmers with an actual experience in drop shipping.

The semi-automated solution, AliDropship plugin, can be used for adding products, changing their prices and descriptions, importing product reviews, transferring orders to AliExpress, viewing the online store statistics, and in general, managing all the routine drop shipping processes.

If you can save tons of your business (and personal) time, why not go for it?

Action plan to launch dropship business

13. Find products

Your store can’t function with no products in it.

If you have AliDropship solutions installed on your website, you can casually browse AliExpress, explore it, and add any items from the platform to your own store. Every product is literally imported in seconds, and you can import as many items as you fancy because there are no limitations (still, we recommend you to read this guide on choosing the best AliExpress offers).

14. Pricing strategy

To get your rightfully earned profits, you need to think about your pricing strategy.

The price of an item in your store should be higher than the original AliExpress price of the same product.

The difference between these two prices is your profit!

Still, while increasing the prices in your online store, you need to remember that your buyers should be satisfied with their purchases. Ideally, you need to set a price that is low enough to lure your customers, but at the same time is high enough to bring you some revenue.

15. Marketing strategy

Without marketing, your drop shipping store is nothing but an unknown website that can’t even be found.

You need to understand what marketing tools and channels you will use and how exactly you will attract potential buyers. Remember that your decisions heavily depend on the profile of your target audience.

Plus, you should consider your own financial opportunities: for example, if you are not ready to invest into paid promotions on Instagram, you can efficiently use a bunch of free promotion methods instead. The same is true for Facebook: you can either spend more money on precisely targeted Facebook ads to engage with the audience efficiently, or you can try more affordable promotions in social media if you like.

That’s it!

If you can cross at least 10 things out of this checklist, nothing stops you from starting your own drop shipping business at any convenient time – how about today, for example?

By Olga L.
Olga is a content creator at AliDropship, and she aims to explain the most complicated drop shipping concepts in the simplest terms possible.
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Emil Y. February 23, 2018 12:50:18

Hi, could you please tell me why someone will order from my website and pay a higher price instead of ordering directly from Aliexpress (nowadays almost everyone knows about it).

Def February 23, 2018 15:10:35


Point 16 – Customers?

Ravinder Singh February 23, 2018 16:27:23

Good idea Ali drop shiping

Erdem Arslan February 27, 2018 16:02:38

What about legal side?

Angel March 3, 2018 19:47:39

Hey that web it´s really good thanks for sharing

Lucinda March 3, 2018 19:49:27

Thanks John, your link was very helpful

Julio March 7, 2018 7:46:22

ok, bad and profit control, is there any erp for integration to know what the real profit?

Laxmish June 9, 2018 17:21:20

I read many of your blogs about dropshipping. Its all very good. Now I have doubt about cancelling a order from the customer and return. How are these things handled

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