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How Much Does It Cost To Start A Dropshipping Business? What Kind Of Budget You Need In 2020

By Andrey Y.

“When it comes to money, everyone is of the same religion,” a French writer, Voltaire, said.

For business, it’s especially relevant. No entrepreneur can ignore the money issue. Neither can you. That’s why in this article we’re going to tell you how much does it cost to start a dropshipping business in 2020.

It’s never been as easy, fast and cheap to start your own business as it is today. If you want to start your journey to financial independence, then – welcome! Dropshipping business model lets you live out your dream.

There may be some people who’re still waiting until it costs nothing to start a dropshipping business. Well, here’s the deal: even if your budget is significantly limited, you’ve come to the right place! With our solutions, you won’t need much money and effort to launch your business. Let’s talk about it in more detail!

How much does it cost to start a dropshipping business in 2020: a minimal budget


Who’s never dreamed of being the hero of those from-rags-to-riches movies?

Everyone wants to have this stroke of luck and come into money.

Well, you’ve got two ways.

You may either hang around waiting for this or get a grip on your life as Mousslim from France did.

His path to $455.000 in a year began after buying AliDropship plugin for $89.

Of course, it would be wrong to say that he had no other dropshipping costs apart from this. We don’t want to hide anything from you. And we won’t!

Let’s work out the minimal budget you need to start dropshipping in 2020.

At first, we should figure out what things are necessary to launch an online store.

Since dropshipping allows you to avoid the difficulties of any brick and mortar business, there essentially are only five steps to launching a store:

  • Choose a niche
  • Create a website
  • Find suppliers
  • Add products to your site
  • Come up with a marketing strategy

Let’s move on to the figures!

Niche research

Expenses – $0.

There is no need to pay money. Besides, if you don’t want to spend any time on carrying out a research by yourself, there’s an easy solution. Our team offers you a free niche research tool that estimates the niche potential and even gives some recommendations on how to use it in your business most efficiently.

Website creation

Expenses – $134.

Now let’s take a closer look at creating your site. What do you need to get it? Here is the list of the must-haves:

  • A domain
  • A hosting provider
  • WordPress content management system (CMS)
  • AliDropship plugin
  • Your creativity

Doesn’t look like a long one, right?

Now, it’s time to learn how big your startup costs are going to be.

Simply speaking, your domain name is the address of your website. It’s unique and it lets customers find your site on the Internet. On, you can buy a decent domain name for about $10 for the first year.


The next step is a hosting provider – in other words, a server for your website. You can search for one on your own or use our service. AliDropship offers you its hosting for only $48 per year.


Now, you’ve got a domain name and a hosting provider. What’s next? It’s time to build your website now!

Go to and download its software to your server.

The beauty of this software is that it’s absolutely free. You spend $0 again.


The next thing you need is AliDropship plugin. It’s going to wrap up the process of creating your online store.

Mousslim bought it for $89 in 2017, and the price hasn’t changed since then!


But, we’ve got a surprise for you. A little lifehack: just use the STARTER15 coupon code as it’s shown on the picture below. This way, you save $13, and pay less than $76!


Here, on the same page, you can also put a tick and add hosting for 1 year, which we’ve already mentioned.

Now when you’ve done it, there is one last thing left. Customize your website as you’d like to. Naturally, you don’t need to pay yourself for your own efforts 🙂

Let’s sum it up! Your domain name is going to cost you $10. Plus, you’ll spend $124 on hosting and AliDropship plugin combined. The rest is for available for free. So the total price for your website is $134.

Suppliers and products

Expenses – $0.

I could say a trivial thing that you need to find a reliable business partner for your dropshipping business, but I’m sure you’ve already guessed that.

The question is – how? How can you find such a partner and how much might it cost?

Let’s start with the “how much” part. It’s easy: the answer is $0.

All you need to do is go to AliExpress and make your choice. You can learn more about choosing a supplier from this article. What we’re interested in is the price. And you don’t need to pay any fees to anyone.

When you’ve chosen your business partners, you can add products to your online store.

You’ve already got AliDropship plugin. This means you can import as many products from AliExpress as you want. You pay nothing for this.


Expenses – $0.

Honesty is the best policy.

And we’re going to speak frankly to you. It won’t be easy to promote your online store with little or no money.


It’s possible.

For this purpose, you need to learn about SEO as much as you can. Search engine optimization (SEO) is the most powerful free marketing tool you could have under your belt. If you properly optimize your website in general and product pages in particular, people will naturally come across you online store.

Websites such as could be a great sources of free traffic to your shop. People post all sorts of questions there. Reply to those that your target audience might be interested in. Don’t forget to include links leading to your site into your answers.

Another must-do thing is your activity on social networks. Depending on your niche, you can successfully promote your store on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.

You need to create accounts on these platforms, find communities related to your niche, post comments and so on. In other words, you should manually promote your store there.

Yes, it takes quite a lot of time. But when you earn a bit money, you’ll be able to buy Social Rabbit add-on and pass the torch to it. The best news here? You can start with the Rabbit’s FREE 7-day trial before making your final decision! And of course, you are more than welcome to rely on useful marketing tips in the special section in AliDropship blog.

Well, we’ve found out that at least for the first time, you can get along without any marketing expenses.

So, you can spend only $134 to start your dropshipping business in 2020.

I’m sure you’ll have some money left to celebrate this, after all!

How much does it cost to start a dropshipping business in 2020: a medium budget


It’s said that money can’t buy you happiness.

I don’t even know… Wouldn’t you be a bit happier if the most difficult business tasks were done for you?

If you have money, you can avoid difficulties. And in dropshipping, you don’t really need much to get around many obstacles.

Let’s be honest. Getting a complete ready-to-go business for $500 is a good bargain.

Yet, it could be cheaper if it’s the dropshipping business.

You could order a custom store on AliDropship website. And within 13 business days, you’re going to be an owner of an online store built for you by the team of professionals. Let’s look closer at what you actually get when you buy a custom store:

  • A niche research
  • A domain name
  • Google Analytics integration
  • Website customization
  • AliDropship plugin
  • At least 50 products that has already been added to your store (you can add more later)
  • On-site SEO
  • Social page on Facebook

Not bad, right?

But the best part is that, you can start your dropshipping business for $299. And it’s a one-time payment.


But there’s more good news. It would be unfair not to tell you how you could save a bit more money. Use the coupon code CUSTOM10 to get $30 off your store cost!


Along with hosting for 1 year, it’s going to cost you $317.

The rest of your money can be invested in your PPC (pay per click) campaign, Instagram shoutouts, paid Facebook ads, etc. This is going to drive more traffic to your site.

Of course, there still exist some time-consuming task, for example, customer relationship management. But, you can’t deny the fact that spending a bit extra money significantly cuts the time and effort you invest into your venture.

So, you spend $317 on the custom store and hosting and, let’s say, $180 on paid ads. And if you have a medium budget, starting your dropshipping business in 2020 is going to cost you less than $500.

How much does it cost to start a dropshipping business in 2020: a maximum budget


How long may it take you to become a CEO of a prosperous company?

Usually, it doesn’t happen fast.

But dropshipping is an exception! Here, you can run your business and only be concerned about scaling it: the rest of the tasks won’t be your headache anymore.

Under the Ultimate package, you can get a custom store specifically created for you by AliDropship team. It will have extra advantages apart from the ones mentioned above – and only require a one-time payment of $899.

What’s the point?

Along with the benefits listed in the Medium budget section, you get:

  • 150 more products added to your store
  • More detailed SEO elements
  • Twitter, Instagram and YouTube pages created along with the facebook account
  • Promo video that shows your customers all the advantages of your online store
  • And the cherry on top – the Social Rabbit add-on which takes over all your social media activity


Whatever your financial situation is, saving money is always a wise move. If you choose this luxurious package, don’t forget to use the same coupon code CUSTOM10 – and $90 will stay with you.


As you can see, for only $857 you can buy a store and hosting for 1 year. At the same time, you get enough time to devote to your online store development. So you can properly think your marketing strategy through and invest as much money in it as you can afford.

Let’s make a conclusion. The cost of the custom store and hosting is $857 and the cost of your promotional activities is up to you. So the maximum price you pay for your dropshipping business is a bit more than $1,000.

That’s it!

Now you know how much does it cost to start a dropshipping business in 2020. You can size up your budget and start your journey as soon as you’re ready. If something remains unclear for you, feel free to leave your questions in the comment section below. We’re always glad to help you.

By Andrey Y.
Andrey has just joined AliDropship team. He’s exploring dropshipping business from the very beginning. And, he’s going to share with you the most essential things newcomers need to know.
Kate March 3, 2019 7:08:27

Hi. May i have the contact details of Chanong, the one you featured in one of your interviews. He said he’s from Baguio City, Philippines. I’m from the same area. Thanks much

Boris March 4, 2019 13:00:35

Hello Andrey!
Is it possible for somebody living in Cameroon to do dropshipping?
I am interested but i don’t no which payment gateway are available in my country.
Can somebody helps me please?

Andrey Y. March 5, 2019 6:38:02

Hello, Boris!
Year, it’s definitely possible.
As far as I remember 2CHECKOUT is available in your country. If you want to learn more about available gateways, go to this link
Good luck!

Rodolfo March 4, 2019 16:21:52

Does your plugin takes care of the whole order process?

Andrey Y. March 5, 2019 6:56:47

Hi, Rodolfo!
Year, that’s exactly what the plugin does

Victor Oyeks March 4, 2019 22:14:18

Thank you for the post. But please can I get a detailed explanation on the hosting image that contains “silver, 3gb disc space, control panel, etc.”. Thank you.

Andrey Y. March 5, 2019 6:51:50

Hi, Victor!
I’m afraid the detailed explanation is quite lengthy for a comment section. But, our help center contains all the necessary info about hosting. So, you can pin it down if you click on this link

Boris March 5, 2019 15:03:30

Hello Andrey Y.
Thank you for your nice contribution.
In Cameroon, you can send money by Paypal but you can not receive money trought Paypal.
Since Paypal is well known, how can I do with customers who like Paypal?
Is there a way through Paypal so that I can receive payments?
Thank you again for your help.

Andrey Y. March 6, 2019 5:08:01

Hi, Boris!
I think, it’s not a big problem to get along without PayPal. Our own experience even shows an increase in conversion after we stopped using PayPal for our stores.

New to the game March 6, 2019 5:16:10

Hello! I am totally interested but I have no idea what all these terms mean especially plugin. What does a plugin do ?

Yaroslav Nevsky March 6, 2019 7:38:18

Hello, I recommend that you check our guide first to learn how it works:

Bliss March 6, 2019 19:10:16

I’m in Nigeria, can I do a dropshipping business successfully

Andrey Y. March 7, 2019 5:15:51

Of course, you can. Here is the story about a guy from Nigeria who makes money with drophipping and affilaiate marketing

Akinbolade Samson March 8, 2019 2:39:14

Wow. This very cool am interested what is next step for Me to start.

Andrey Y. March 11, 2019 6:28:52

Glad to know you are in! Here are the guidelines for dropshipping newcomers

Leonard March 8, 2019 4:28:24

I have a dropship website setup and ready and want to sell it

Igor March 11, 2019 12:06:04

Where can I find more info. on the process of when customer make a purchase from the store…?

Yaroslav Nevsky March 11, 2019 12:48:09
Shafic lubulwa March 13, 2019 17:36:36

I don’t have a laptop now, can I start dropshipping using my phone?!

Yaroslav Nevsky March 14, 2019 4:13:33

No, it is not possible to build and manage such stores with a phone.

Ugochukwu Okere April 1, 2019 8:51:59

Hello, i must confess how insightful your teaching is.. Moreso, i’d like to if i can have a direct conversation with you on some things which i think requires more clarity.. kindly indicate b sending via email any other direct means of contacting you.. Thanks

Andrey Y. April 2, 2019 6:55:40

First of all, thank you for your comment!
I’m really sorry, but I’ve got my hands full with my work. If you want to clear something up, these guys from Dropship club know the issue inside out and can explain it to you better than me. So, click on this link and get in touch with them.

Robert April 1, 2019 23:11:04

I’m already hosting my site on Bluehost. I have Alidropshipwoo installed and a Flatsome theme. The site is not developed yet since I just completed the first couple stages of getting the hosting and stuff.

My question is that do you also develop custom sites hosted on other platforms other than alidropship?

Yaroslav Nevsky April 2, 2019 5:15:53

Yes, can use any other hosting and we can place your site there.

Ibrahim April 16, 2019 8:36:15

Pls am in Ghana, can I have a dropship and the product are they customized according to your country

Olga L. April 16, 2019 10:20:50

Hi, thank you for your question!

Yes, you can start dropshipping if you live in Ghana. You can sell products to buyers in your country, or in any other destination in the world, there are no limits. For example, here is the real-life experience of Godfred, our client from Ghana:

victor aina May 30, 2019 13:54:15

From my experience in dropshipping to Philippines, Africa and some few countries , one crucial method left out is when you start your dropshipping you need to first advertise to your friends, families and those close to you, as this will surely bring in your first sales.

Going by Seo and other methods it takes a bit of time, but once you get going then for sure you are in for weekly sales in profit .

Tochi December 14, 2019 10:18:26

Am a newbie in this field,
Please I have a friend who got your plug-in. Now he wants to sell his store, please can you help is with tips on how to sell his (our) webstore.

I’ll be grateful.

Olga L. December 16, 2019 7:48:11

Hi, thanks for your interest! Please, read this article:

Emma December 14, 2019 10:22:47

Please am from Nigeria,
Is there anyway it’s possible for me to get along with this business?
And also, is there any success stories from anybody in Nigeria?

Olga L. December 16, 2019 7:46:55

Hi, thank you for your interest!

Our dedicated team member will get in touch with you soon. Here’s a success story from Nigeria to keep you inspired!

Marco January 27, 2020 6:38:31

Hi, I just found this site, it’s not long since I found this type of business. Now reading this article I have cleared many unknowns. But I keep wondering, if this would work from Ecuador? What areas do potential suppliers come from? Assuming they are from Asia, are there extra shipping costs to this part of the world?

Olga L. January 28, 2020 5:18:39

Hi, thank you for your interest!

Yes, you can run this business from Ecuador.
And yes, mostly, potential suppliers come from China. Still, sometimes, they place their warehouses not in Asia, but in some European countries instead. In these cases, the delivery can be quicker and less costly. Please, read more details here

Ginika Oyeka April 12, 2020 9:53:16

Please I Will like to know more about drop shipping. How it works and how I can make money from it.
What is the cost implication and how can I start?

Olga L. April 13, 2020 5:15:52

Hi, thank you for your interest!
The costs are explained in detail in the video: please watch it, there are many options with different prices.
Our dedicated manager will get in touch with you soon via email!

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