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How Much Does It Cost To Start A Dropshipping Business In 2021? [5 Options]

By Artyom Kopylov

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Well, here is #1 dropshipping FAQ: how much does it cost to start a dropshipping business in 2021? So let’s figure that out!

Time goes by, but starting your own business is still the most attractive and reliable option to get a stable source of high income.

Are there any ways to start a business easily and with small investment? In fact, there are a number of options that look really tempting. Due to the fact that ecommerce is growing rapidly, this is dropshipping that is undoubtedly one of the surest and most promising ways to start your own venture.

So how much does it cost to start dropshipping in 2021? Do you really need thousands of dollars to get in dropshipping? In practice, how much funds should you have to start thinking of your own venture? And with whom is it better to build your business if you want to start dropshipping easily with a minimum budget?

AliDropship answers!

Can I start dropshipping for $0?

There are lots of views on how much money you need to start dropshipping. Fortunately, AliDropship has been in this game long enough to know this for sure. The point is that we have been assisting our clients to easily start, run, and promote their dropshipping ventures for almost 10 years.

This is exactly why we know first-hand how much funds you need to have in order to launch your dropshipping business. What is more, we are happy to offer ecommerce newbies different options, for any taste and budget.

Actually, you can try to start dropshipping for $0. If you already have a website and enough IT skills, you have a chance to launch your online store for free using free trials, etc. However, if we speak about building a business that is supposed to bring you profits on a long-term basis, you would rather spend some.

But this is all about a small sum that lets you not only create an online store, but get a complete launch, get your store on track, and start gaining profits.

How much does it cost to start a dropshipping business: a minimum budget

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So let’s work out the minimal budget you need to start dropshipping in 2021.

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

Well, 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 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.

However, you should understand that choosing a niche for your business plays a crucial role in your future success. So if you have an opportunity to pay particular attention to this stage of your business launch, we recommend that you learn more about the service our marketing experts offer – it’s Deep Dropshipping Niche Research.

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:

  • Domain

 Expenses – $10.

To launch your dropshipping business, you need to buy a domain name. 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.

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  • Hosting

Expenses – $48.

The next step is hosting. In other words, you need a server for your website. You can search for one on your own or use our service. Please pay attention to hosting from AliDropship. It suits dropshipping perfectly and costs only $48 per year.

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  • WordPress content management system (CMS)

Expenses – $0.

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.

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  • AliDropship plugin

Expenses – $89.

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

By the way, the AliDropship Plugin price hasn’t changed for many years!

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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!

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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 about $10. Plus, you’ll spend $124 on hosting and AliDropship plugin combined. The rest is available for free.

So the total price for your website is $134.

Suppliers and products

Expenses – $0.

The next step is to find a reliable supplier you are going to deal with.

But the question is, how to do that? How can you find such a partner that will provide your clients with high-quality products?

All you need to do is go to AliExpress and make your choice. Please pay attention to our guide on how to find a dropshipping supplier. 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 the AliDropship plugin. This means you can import as many dropshipping products from AliExpress as you want. You pay nothing for this.

However, if you’re eager to make the most of your business, you should consider your product strategy completely. The fact is that you need to have several extremely popular products in your online store that you’ll advertise. These products are supposed to bring you most of the profits.

So if you want to find a really promising product for your business and not to make a mistake at this essential step, let our dropshipping experts find a winning product and consider an ad strategy for you!


Expenses – $0.

In fact, you can reduce your marketing costs to minimum and promote your online store yourself with $0. In this case, it’s a great idea to learn about SEO as much as you can. Search engine optimization (SEO) is one of the most powerful free marketing tools you could have under your belt. If you properly optimize your website in general and product pages in particular, people will naturally come across your online store.

Websites such as could be great sources of free traffic to your store.

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 the niche you’re dealing with, 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. If you want to save it, we recommend you pay attention to 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, there is an opportunity to get along without any marketing expenses.

It means you can spend only $134 to start your dropshipping business in 2021! Sounds tempting, doesn’t it?

Dropshipping startup costs: a medium budget

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It may seem to you that despite the fact that it’s extremely cheap to start a dropshipping business, there are a number of tasks that require you to have special skills and a lot of time. This is exactly why AliDropship is happy to provide you with different options to launch your dropshipping venture.

Would you like our highly qualified personnel take over technically complex and time-consuming tasks?

It means if you are ready to expand your budget a little bit, you can avoid some 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 deal.

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

Here are two main options to get a ready-made online business AliDropship is happy to offer.

Custom dropshipping store

You can order a custom store from AliDropship. And within 12-25 business days, you’re going to be an owner of an online store built for you by the team of professionals according to your preferences only. 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 pay your particular attention to the fact it’s a ONE-TIME payment.

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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!

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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, Google ads, etc. This is going to drive more traffic to your site. These are the people which are highly likely to make a purchase in your online store.

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 2021 is going to cost you less than $500. That’s a bargain!

Premium dropshipping store

Besides custom dropshipping stores, AliDropship has developed one more option for you to get a quick and easy start in dropshipping. It’s all about our well-loved Premium Dropshipping Stores.

How do they differ from our custom stores? Actually, we answered this question in our detailed guide on how to choose a dropshipping store, feel free to read it. But the point is that Premium Dropshipping Stores are the exact copies of the most successful dropshipping store AliDropship has ever run.

So what do you get in case of a purchasing premium dropshipping store? You get a ready-to-go dropshipping store that you need only to upload to your hosting.

How much do such dropshipping stores cost?

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Here is great news again: prices of Premium Dropshipping stores start from the same $300.

What to buy: custom or premium stores?

Custom Dropshipping Stores suit those entrepreneurs best who are eager to get a store made according to their preferences only: they will have an opportunity to choose a niche, influence the selection of products to sell, the website design, etc. However, you will have to wait for such an online store for 12 business days or more.

Premium Dropshipping stores suit those entrepreneurs best who want to get their store right here and right now. After completing a purchase of a premium store, you will get the materials you need to upload to your hosting almost on the same day, almost instantly. Meantime, you have to choose one of the stores that already deal with a niche and number of products. If you want to change the niche or something else after purchasing a store, you will have to do this yourself.

How much to invest in a dropshipping business: the maximum budget

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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.

Actually, AliDropship is happy to offer you two options.

Ultimate custom store

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

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In fact, whatever your financial situation is, saving money is always a wise move. If you choose the most advanced package, don’t forget to use the same coupon code ‘CUSTOM10’ – and $90 will stay with you.

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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 consider your marketing strategy properly and invest as much money in it as you can afford.

Premium dropshipping store + Marketing & Installation packages

Besides ultimate custom stores, it’s also premium stores with additional packages that suit you best in case you’re ready to invest more money in your startup. So what will you get if ordering a Premium Dropshipping Store with Marketing and Installation packages?

  • An exact copy of an online store that is ready to be uploaded to your website.
  • A wide range of marketing materials our specialists used to promote the original store and benefited from.
  • Prepaid 1 year hosting, 3 domain names to choose from, store logo editing, assistance in setting up a payment gateway, uploading the online store to your website

As you can see, if you buy such an online store, you won’t have to do anything – you get a ready-to-go online store from scratch that also provides you with ad materials to promote it. It will only cost you $700! Doesn’t it look like a bargain?

However, you can save EVEN MORE! If you use the ‘PREIMUM15’ coupon at the checkout, you will get 15% off your copy of a profitable dropshipping store and enjoy a ready-to-earn business for $595 only!

The cost of a Premium dropshipping store with the extra packages added and the coupon applied

Summing it up: how much does it cost to start a dropshipping business in 2021

So let’s make a conclusion. The cost of a ready-made custom store together with hosting is $857, and the cost of your promotional activities is up to you. The cost of a premium dropshipping store with all the additional packages is $595, and the cost of a dropshipping store you’re making completely on your own is up to $150.

So how much does it cost to start a dropshipping business? In fact, the maximum price you pay for your dropshipping business is $600-900 or more in case you’re ready to invest in your online store promotion. Actually, these dropshipping costs are not much for your own fully-functioning ecommerce business that has all chances to become your stable source of high income, is it?

So how much does it cost to start a dropshipping business in 2021? Now you know this for sure. You can size up your budget to get a smooth start in dropshipping and build your own profitable ecommerce platform you’ve always dreamed of as soon as you’re ready. So wait no more!

By Artyom Kopylov
Artyom is a copywriter at AliDropship. Having received a BA degree in International Communication and MA degree in Advertising, he started his career working in a multinational petrochemical enterprise as a marketing specialist. To date, for a number of years, Artyom has been sharing the latest ecommerce trends with you, creating guides on how to start an online business from scratch, and keeping you updated on new IT solutions that help you optimize your venture.
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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