How to Start Dropshipping in Canada
Why start dropshipping
Are you sick of getting a full-time job that restricts you in all directions? Are you dreaming of having a profitable business that serves customers all over the world? Do you wish to change your life for the better once and for all? If it’s all about you, start a dropshipping business!
Dropshipping is a business model that is available to everyone regardless of location, education, and so on.
In a nutshell, it gives the entrepreneurs the following benefits:
- No investments = no risks
- No need of background knowledge
- No boss = no bureaucracy
- No extra staff and stuff
- No limits of expanding your business
And this is not the entire story. If you would like to learn more about the concept of dropshipping, keep reading!
How dropshipping works
Why start dropshipping in Canada
As a Canadian resident, you have got everything necessary to start a dropshipping business smoothly and quickly.
- The opportunity to get in touch with your customers and suppliers 24/7 due to the stable internet connection that is available wherever you go and high level of mobile device usage.
- Globally approved payment gateways, such as PayPal, 2Checkout, Stripe, and others are available in Canada. That’s why you can safely receive and manage your well-earned profit.
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- The chance to define your target audience due to the national culture which lets you learn as much as possible about local residents and their ways of life.
That’s why as a Canadian resident you have an exceptional opportunity to start an interesting and promising business that is able to break geographic boundaries and let you run your venture on a global scale. Many Canadians have already started dropshipping and make a lot of money every day. So, what do you think about selling high-quality products from China to customers widely spread across the world, meanwhile, staying wherever you want? Does it sound tempting? If it does, you’re more than welcome to dropshipping.
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Should you dropship to Canada
As we have just found out, Canada suits dropshipping perfectly. But why should you limit yourself and target your business in this country only? In fact, you may conquer the whole world! Due to the scheme of running a dropshipping business, you can deal with clients from all over the world, whether it be a student from the US, or a freelancer from Europe, or a citizen of any other developed country. It’s not necessary to make extra efforts because your country is optimized for eCommerce. It only remains for you to start a business and enjoy high income!
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Is dropshipping legal in Canada?
Yes! When you are dropshipping, you are not ‘fooling’ anyone, and you are not breaking any laws. You are simply helping other people receive the items they want - and enjoy the perfect customer service you provide.
However, pay attention to your choice of products. It is illegal to sell branded, copyrighted items, or things like weapons (even their sports or hunting models), knives, smoking mixtures, etc.
How much money do I need to start?
At least $150 is necessary - let’s do the maths.
If you have some technical skills and can assemble and set up a website yourself, you will need around $150.
First of all, you will need to buy a domain name (a good one costs about $10-15, and you will need to pay this fee every year to prolong your registration).
After that, you need a hosting: a server that makes your store info visible to the Internet user. You can use the basic hosting service from AliDropship (‘Silver Plan’) and only pay $69 per year.
Then, you will need to install WordPress, which is absolutely free, and buy AliDropship plugin, which costs $89. It should be enough: WordPress + AliDropship make a proper basis to create a fully functional dropshipping store.
If you don’t have these technical skills, you can order a ready-made store based on the AliDropship plugin. It will be made for you personally by an expert team: the specialists will even add the first products to your store. So, technically, it will be ready to sell items from day 1. The basic ready-made dropshipping store costs $299; together with the annual domain fee, you will have to pay $310-315 to launch your business.
How to choose the store niche?
First, it should be something that you really like - or, at least, know deeply. You will be picking products, making advertisements, and advising customers, so you absolutely need to be a pro in this.
Also, this niche should be popular with buyers and easy to promote online. Here is a complete niche selection guide that will help you!
What country to target?
Living in Canada, you are not limited to your local market. You can serve customers all over the globe, even in the countries of Europe and North America. Remember your store niche and think who might be interested in these products. Where do these people live, most likely? That’s your target region!
Where to find the products?
AliDropship plugin lets you easily import AliExpress products on your dropshipping website. Basically, it transfers the products’ titles, descriptions and images in a single click. So, all you need to do is browse AliExpress and find good quality products from reputable sellers.
Alternatively, you can use a database of over 50,000 selected AliExpress products which are guaranteed to be in high demand. This database is available within AliDropship plugin: you can see it when you go to the Import section of your AliDropship-based store. The best part is that all the products’ titles and descriptions are already edited there, so you won’t spend your own time doing this yourself.
If I sell AliExpress products, how can I compete with AliExpress itself?
AliExpress is a large shopping platform where sellers offer everything at once. At the same time, your niche dropshipping store is focused on a specific range of products. Surely, you are more client-oriented than a large-scale store, and this is why buyers will choose you over AliExpress.
Will my buyers know they are actually buying AliExpress items?
It’s not likely. Even if they see Chinese names/addresses/characters on the wrapping paper, it won’t tell them anything. Lots of warehouses and manufacturing facilities of the largest global companies are situated in China, so there is nothing strange if a buyer receives a package of the Chinese origin.
Also, you can write your AliExpress suppliers directly and ask them not to put any promotional materials into the package. AliExpress sellers are always glad to partner with dropshipping store owners because this partnership is profitable, so they will be happy to help you.
Will my buyers agree to a long delivery?
Long delivery itself isn’t a problem. Your customers are not buying life critical items from you, so they don’t mind waiting - especially, if you offer them an appealing price and a low-cost shipping.
Besides, you can choose the ePacket delivery method which cuts up the delivery time significantly. With ePacket, it will take the packages 7-15 days to arrive.
What if a buyer asks me for a refund?
Refunds are the responsibility of the original AliExpress suppliers. Usually, they refund low-cost purchases really quickly, so there is nothing for you to worry about.
How to promote the store?
To make profit from your store, you first of all need to attract traffic to it. There are lots of ways to promote your store online for free, so pick the ones you personally like. Also, read the free marketing tips for dropshipping business: an experienced team brings them to you every week!
Will WordPress or AliDropship limit my activity and charge business fees?
No. The only recurring fee is the domain fee - you will have to pay for it every year, otherwise, your site won’t be visible on the Internet.
WordPress is completely free, and all the AliDropship solutions only require a one-time payment. Whatever AliDropship tool or service you get, you remain a full owner of your business. There are no limits on the amount of orders you can accept, or the volume of profit you make, or the quantity and the content of the products you import, etc. You are your own boss!