You know that saying, if it is too good to be true, then it is? Well, this is one scenario where this rule does not apply in the least. Yes, dropshipping is convenient, you need not own any physical shop, no inventory to freeze your cash, stock no goods and yet make money and be your own boss. It is legal and it is no scam.
How dropshipping works
Dropshipping simply involves listing specific products you want to sell and consequently selling these products in an ecommerce shop without having to stock these products by yourself.
Rather than buy wholesale goods to sell to customers, the customer places an order on your online shop at retail price but you only need to forward the order to your supplier. You pay the supplier at wholesale price while your supplier packages and ships the goods directly to your customer using your business name. Your customers will locate you via your retail website which you can set up using WordPress.
You add value to the process through advertising, product marketing and customer service while the supplier as your partner takes care of the logistics. It is a win-win situation for everyone involved.
Dropshipping with WordPress
WordPress is among the most popular systems for content management raking about 26% of the industry. It provides WooCommerce platform for dropshipping offering a more affordable alternative.
WordPress’ WooCommerce makes it easier for newbies to venture into ecommerce. You can easily open a dropship store on this platform as it comes with various free plugins, easy self-hosting, automation option and an array of customizing options all at no monthly fee.
What about product listing from your supplier to WooCommerce? It is all taken care of too. For instance, if you choose to go with Aliexpress like most people do, there is a plugin (Alidropship) that allows you to automate product listing from Aliexpress to your WooCommerce shop. Alidropship helps you import the various products you wish to sell from Aliexpress to your website automatically. It is not stagnant either, it works with Aliexpress to automatically run new information and updates on the products from the seller.
In case you are bothered about inputting all the information and product description necessary to market each product, fret not. WordPress has some automated plugins to do the work for you.
To make the journey even smoother, WordPress offers automatic order transfer. You only need to confirm the transaction by clicking the ‘Pay Now’ button.
While Alidropship is a one-time payment option, there is Woodropship from WooCommerce that offers monthly payment with better options.
Open your dropship store
Here are some steps to follow:
- Choose a niche. Carry out in depth research to find out the hottest selling products. Then determine your target market and how to reach them and research your competition too.
- Find your supplier, could be small or medium-sized manufacturers or wholesale dropshippers. Search online or use wholesale directory.
- Get your sales tax ID
- Select a selling platform or create your own online shop.
- Start advertising and marketing, preferably with Facebook and Google ads.
To open dropship store can get complex, but WordPress has various automated processes and plugins to make your ecommerce experience easy and profitable.