Do you want to buy a dropshipping business but are not sure how this all works? Keep reading to learn what it takes to make a new online store.
Some people who want to start an online business have little knowledge of how websites work, what a CMS is or the difference between plugins and add-ons. Although AliDropship provides comprehensive information on these and other topics, these articles and videos are located in different sections of our site.
Therefore, we’ve decided to compile these pieces into a single text. From this article, you will learn what exactly you get after purchasing AliDropship’s solutions, what they are necessary for and where you can read more about them. Regard this as a list of everything you need when you buy a dropshipping business from AliDropship.
Domain name & hosting
Before moving on to more complicated stuff, I’d like to say a few words on what these two are.
A domain name is your website’s name, the one with the “.com” or “.net” parts at the end. It serves as an identification code for site pages just like a postal address on a house. Here are a few things you should remember.
If you have purchased only the AliDropship plugin, you have to buy a domain name on your own. If you have purchased one of our ready-made solutions, you don’t have to do it: the product is handed to you along with your new domain name.
You actually cannot buy and own a domain name but rather rent it for a year. It also means that you must pay again in order to renew your domain.
Hosting is a service allowing you to store website data (its content) on a server by renting a certain amount of space on a computer called a server. While a domain name is similar to a postal address, hosting is similar to an apartment of a building where you want to keep your furniture and stuff, i.e. your website. Without it, internet users cannot receive the site’s data such as its structure, pictures, texts, etc.
Just like domain names, hosting services must be renewed every year if you want your site to keep working. But there’s no risk someone will take away your server space if you forget to pay in time. Even if it happens, hosting providers will find another server for you.
Sometimes people have trouble trying to understand what WordPress is and how it’s related to their new website.
WordPress is a content management system, i.e. a software application for building and customizing content. In this case, WordPress serves as a platform for creating websites.
The AliDropship plugin and dropshipping stores based on it will only work on WordPress. However, despite this, you DON’T need to register an account on WordPress to get access to your new dropshipping site.
Note that the AliDropship plugin can also be installed on WooCommerce.
WooCommerce is an ecommerce plugin for WordPress that allows you to create different types of ecommerce business. So, technically speaking, AliDropship can work as a plugin for WooCommerce, which is in turn a plugin for WordPress.
All customers who purchase AliDropship, get both the original and the Woo versions and can use any of them. However, note that you can activate the plugin only on one site, so building two stores (one on WP and one on WooCommerce) with one license key is impossible.
In order to start your dropshipping business, you need to install the AliDropship plugin to your WordPress site. The ready-made dropshipping businesses for sale our company offers (Custom Stores, Premium Stores and Established Stores) are also built on this plugin.
The plugin is what lets you customize the website, import products from AliExpress, arrange them into categories and subcategories, edit product pages and order goods from suppliers. But its main function is to help you process dropshipping orders.
If you purchase only the plugin, you will have to customize the site’s design on your own. The first thing you need to do is to choose a theme. The plugin comes with a few free themes.
Themes are layout templates that determine the site’s structure, the size of banners and product images, the location of categories and so on.
Any theme can be customized further: you can pick colors, turn off certain blocks, upload banners and change texts. Some templates also allow you to change the functionality of certain elements as well (for instance, how the shopping cart works).
Customers who buy one of the ready-made solutions get dropshipping stores designed by our team, so there’s no need to worry about customization.
Although you can change how the site looks at any time, I don’t recommend playing with it unless you’re a professional designer or an artist. If you definitely want to customize your store and change the initial color palette, read the article on color psychology to get a few tips.
You can also use our Theme Switching service. Our team will change your current template, create new design elements for the site and customize it the way you want.
Along with the AliDropship plugin, you get access to our own database of best-performing AliExpress goods. We offer the first 50 imports for free, and you can buy more import packages at any time.
Premium and Established stores contain an ever-changing number of goods. As for customers who purchase Custom Stores, they get a number of pre-selected goods depending on what package they chose – 50, 100 or 200 respectively.
At any time, all store owners can import products directly from AliExpress. Just make sure you edit the corresponding product pages.
Those who don’t want to spend time and money on finding and testing top dropshipping products to sell, can subscribe to AliDropship’s Premium Products service. It’ll let you get new, best-performing goods imported to your store automatically every week along with marketing materials and recommendations on how to promote them on Facebook and Instagram.
When you buy a dropshipping business, you also need to set up payment gateways.
If you don’t want to set up the gateways on your own, consider our AliDropship Plugin Setup service which includes payment gateway integrations among other things.
AliDropship add-ons (Optional)
Here you can not only buy a dropshipping business, but a number of additional tools to increase your profit margins, the average order value, automate certain tasks, etc.
These add-ons are software components compatible with the AliDropship plugin that enhance its work. They perform different additional functions. After buying and installing one, you will see a new tab in your site’s dashboard. There you can activate the license key, and the add-on will start operating.
Sometimes people use terms like “apps” and “plugins” to refer to them, which causes confusion. That’s why we call them add-ons.
Here are a few things to know about them:
Buying add-ons for the AliDropship plugin is totally optional as the plugin will work fine without them.
To make sure they work properly, one has to update them as new versions get available.
One add-on can be activated only on one site, so there’s no way to use one and the same add-on for multiple ecommerce stores.
An email for social media. You can either use your regular gmail account or create a new one for your store.
Social media accounts
After you buy a dropshipping business, you will also need to create social media pages. Facebook and Instagram are probably the best choice as they provide access to a large number of users. In this case, you will also have to create a Facebook Business account to launch advertising campaigns.
Lastly, you’re going to need a regular AliExpress account. Remember, although you can contact AliExpress sellers and make agreements directly, you order products just like a regular customer.
Business is the business. To make money, it comes down to the basics of having a product or service that solves a certain need of consumers. Whether it’s offering something essential like antibacterial and sanitation products or something fun like a party-planning service, the key to having your own business is finding something that resonates with you. Once you find what moves you to provide solutions and products that people want, you’ll be unstoppable.
Today, we’re going to talk about entrepreneurial spirit and how you can better shape your mindset to grow into a full-fledged business owner!
What it takes to have that entrepreneurial spirit
Find a passion
It’s cliche, but find something you have interest and passion for. Once you find that, you can invest yourself more wholeheartedly since you’re working on something you truly believe in and have knowledge of. Once you’re an expert in your field, you’ll be more inclined to grow and expand your business.
It’s not always in your blood
Hey, not everyone is born a natural leader. Some people are luckily great minds and boundary-pushers by nature. Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t catch up or accumulate skills or a mindset that can take you far. Entrepreneurs are usually defined by these characteristics:
Unwavering in the face of failure
Aware of his/her offering to the marketplace
Have general business and finance acumen
Flexible with ideas
But remember, this doesn’t mean you have to embody all these (or other traits that come to mind). Because not every entrepreneur is alike. No two persons with a vision or business idea are the same; and that’s good, because it goes to show how differently we can all think and brainstorm.
Catch up (and build up) where you fall short
As noted earlier, you can learn and gain what you don’t have. Because hey — neither you and I are perfect. But we can take courses and workshops or turn to resources such as podcasts and seminars online to boost our self-confidence, finance skills, or knowledge of the market.
Best resources boosting your entrepreneurial spirit
Probably one of the most recognized online platforms for inspiration, Ted Talks are speeches and presentations given by prominent figures or up-and-coming stars in sectors such as education, business, science, tech, and the creative sphere, and much more. Ignite something within and be moved by someone’s story or wisdom. Ted Talks are also fit for the international market since talks are transcribed in over 100 languages of subtitles. Watch anything for free right on the website.
Ah yes — old-fashioned reading. Many entrepreneurs such as Eric Ries, Elon Musk, and Timothy Ferriss have authored books sharing their wisdom, experience, mindset, and advice to those out there with hungry minds and visions. Sometimes, it helps to read straight off paper to really encapsulate the words and thoughts of some of the most successful names in our world, right? And advice is always great when taken straight from the source. So, it’s like teachers in middle school used to say — “read for success.”
On the go with that brilliant mind of yours? Some books are available as audiobooks as well, so you can listen as you brainstorm.
Obviously, right? As the go-to platform for video content, YouTube is a great destination to connect with and learn from entrepreneurs of all backgrounds. There’s a ton of channels, such as EntreLeadership, which feature inspiring stories and thought-provoking videos to help you churn your creative mind. From small-name business owners to big-time hot shots, you can find on YouTube interviews, documentaries, and speeches from just about anyone who once had an idea and made it a reality.
If you feel you need some brushing up on some skills, or just need to start from scratch on something, Skillshare is a go-to destination for classes ranging from photography to business and writing. You can become a one-man team by equipping yourself with a multitude of skills and knowledge, anytime, anywhere. Skillshare offers a free three-month trial to help you decide if the learning platform is right for you.
And sometimes, you’ve just got to talk it out…and get a fresh perspective on things. Whether you’re seeking unbiased feedback or critiques of a model and idea, the Internet is a great place to get mocked and jeered, right? But no — connecting with other like-minded individuals (however cynical they may be) can be a great way to sharpen your ideas, thought processes, or get ideas on how to secure funding and investors. Whether a specialty forum like The Fast Lane Forum or a casual discussion site such as Quora or Reddit, talking and sharing your story online (or just seeking advice) can be incredibly helpful.
So how do you start?
If you have the right idea, a well-thought-out business plan, a product/service secured in mind, it’s then time to secure funding. This is usually the biggest hurdle for most entrepreneurs. They have to pitch and sell their business vision to investors to secure funding, and it’s not easy. You usually need a working and tested prototype of your product or a well-rung-out website or service platform that has proven success and potential to grow.
But remember: for most people, entrepreneurship means freedom — to be one’s own boss, to call one’s own shots, and to have a business to just call his very own. People with an entrepreneurial spirit just want to go out and find solutions to people’s or society’s problems. Whether a service or a product, it’s about identifying and creating profitable solutions.
And at AliDropship, we luckily specialize right in that area. Because we create websites that, through dropshipping, allow any average Joe or Jane to become an ecommerce owner in a specialty product niche in just a few days.
How does dropshipping play into entrepreneurship?
Well, let’s start with how dropshipping benefits someone new to business. Dropshipping fits for people who want to sell products online; to sell something, you need inventory. And that means costs for you — sourcing suppliers, buying inventory in advance, and creating a functional website where shoppers can browse and buy your stuff. This all adds up, and it can take time to set up and get the right stuff and people in line.
At AliDropship, we simplify that process but either creating a custom dropshipping store for you or providing you ready-to-go established and premium stores you can buy and run as your own — product and suppliers all secured — all for just a one-time payment.
If you’re struggling with the logistics of starting up a product-based business, we deliver a service that can make getting up and running on your own feet quicker than you’d expect.
If you’re looking to create a service-based business, you can consider drop servicing.
The AliDropship difference
You can embody all the knowledge and vision of an entrepreneur. We, in turn, can help create a profit-oriented solution for you.
How do we make the road to entrepreneurship easier? Our expert team can work with you (or do all the work) by searching high and low for a promising, high-sales niche you can do business in. Our AliDropship plugin makes finding reliable suppliers on AliExpress a cinch, allowing you to import items straight to your WordPress- or WooCommerce-based store in just a few clicks.
Plus, from social media marketing to SEO and pay-per-click ads, our team of experts can help bolster your website so you can make more money, build a better fanbase, and live out the dream of being the own boss of your own business.
SUMMARY: Identity your strengths and what you can offer to the world. Every entrepreneur has different traits, but you can embody the entrepreneurial spirit through learning skills and being inspired by successful business owners. If you want a quick, hassle-free start to selling stuff online, AliDropship’s dropshipping stores are a great custom solution to helping you start your own empire.
Do you happen to live in the Middle East? Are you keen on starting your own ecommerce business in the Middle East but worried about running into various obstacles? Well, today we are going to clear up the most frequently asked questions about the industry of ecommerce in the Middle East, so you can start earning with dropshipping!
The ecommerce industry is rapidly growing and evolving. According to studies and statistics, the Middle Eastern region is one of the fastest growing ecommerce markets in the entire world. Although it is still far from achieving an ecommerce hub status like the United States or European markets, the region is still expecting to experience sufficient growth.
And with dropshipping, what better way to start your business venture? This model has many benefits that make it so widely appreciated and used. Among its advantages, there’s an opportunity to start a business from anywhere in the world. This includes the Middle East!
We have observed an incredible volume of rising interest towards dropshipping in the Middle East from people that live in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and many more. That’s why we have decided to clear up some key aspects about the process of creating a dropshipping store and running such a business in this region.
In this article we will cover the essentials to starting a business in the Middle East, why this business is worth starting, how to dropship to or from your market, and different business aspects that require extra attention.
Ecommerce in the Middle East: general thoughts
Creating a dropshipping business can sound challenging at first but be sure, anyone can do it regardless of their age or knowledge background.
In the next couple of years, the Middle Eastern region, and the Gulf region specifically, are expecting to hit exponential growth spurts. The ecommerce in the Middle East market is estimated to reach 69 billion dollars in 2020. Thus, almost doubling in size in just a few years!
What is the cause of such an increase? A huge part of the younger population is progressing towards constant smartphone usage and drives to fulfill orders online. Additionally, according to various trends, 56% of shoppers shop using their mobile phones.
The UAE alone leads the region in internet penetration, with more than 80% in the state. This is one of the biggest percentages in the world! Furthermore, it has the world’s highest social media penetration, while Saudi Arabia had the highest social media user growth on the planet.
Ecommerce in the Middle East: How to start a dropshipping business
Among the many benefits of the dropshipping business, you can start selling products with ease, and with minimal startup costs. The general process of starting a dropshipping online store is no different from any other part of the world. However, upon starting the business, you need to carefully think through the plan to establish it.
What do you need to start your business?
Find a promising niche
The number one thing you need to focus on is to find a profitable niche, as it directly impacts your business success. For this, you’re going to have to spend some time researching various markets.
Be sure to find a niche that you are, at the very least, familiar with. Being an expert in what you do significantly improves customer experience, as you’ll be able to provide help if there are any issues.
In fact, the most popular type of a dropshipping company is one where the owner deals products and services that he is interested in.
Discover trustworthy suppliers and products with high selling potential
The next step, after you’ve managed to find your niche, is to search for the best products to dropship.
You can try to find them yourself, by analyzing the latest trends and demands of certain products with the help of different analytical tools.
Or keep up with our solutions to get numerous ideas for your future online store.
Create an online store
After you have successfully found a niche and the products you are going to dropship, it’s the time to launch an online store.
How can you do it? Actually, there are multiple opportunities for you to achieve this with AliDropship. And the best part? You don’t have to be a computer genius to do this!
All it takes is a few clicks and you’ll receive a perfectly operational store that meets your preferences.
Ecommerce in the Middle East: Legislation and regulation aspects
As you know by now, it is incredibly easy to start and launch a dropshipping business. Although, entrepreneurs from this region should be informed about certain aspects for the benefit of their business. Now, let’s look at some of the region-specific aspects more closely.
Ecommerce in the United Arab Emirates
We have a whole separate article on this wonderful country, so be sure to check that out! Nevertheless, here we will cover the most frequently asked questions from entrepreneurs from this region.
Regardless of your type of business, in the UAE, to start selling anything you need to officially register your business and receive a license. If you are going to sell products online you are going to require an Ecommerce License. In case you are going to sell products in a physical store, you need a trading license.
To establish an online company, you will need to register a license with the Department of Economic Development (DED).
It is important to mention that if you are going to sell foreign products, you need a trading license. However, if you are going to deal with products from local markets, an ecommerce license should be enough.
The cost of such a license mainly depends on the region of the business establishment, the type of business activities, the number of partnerships, and so on. In many cases, the license price ranges from $1,500 or more.
It is a mandatory requirement from the government to register your business. If you don’t follow the requirements, you risk facing fines and will be obliged to pay from $1,500 to $15,000.
Since a large part of the population are deemed as expats, they have somewhat different requirements. Within the region, for expats to open a business they must partner with local representatives. It can be either an individual or a local business. And more often than not, they don’t have any responsibilities, besides managing procedures of acquiring visas or applying for licenses and permits.
Furthermore, the business’ expatriates also require licenses, even if they are not selling to their local markets and are planning to sell worldwide.
Ecommerce in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is a large country with a growing market of enthusiastic and internet-savvy consumers. Recently there has been a new law issued that ensures the safety of both businesses and buyers. It applies to both registered and unregistered businesses that are engaged in offering products and services to Saudi customers.
The new regulations have the following requirements:
Obligations to disclose information
The owner of the online store has to show the following data on the store:
Name, and address, if it is not registered with an e-store certification authority (i.e., Maroof)
Name on the commercial registration certificate (if applicable)
VAT number (if applicable).
Protection of personal data
Consumer’s personal data has to be protected from any access to it, disclosure, alteration or illegitimate processing
Consumer’s personal and electronic communication data must not be retained beyond the period required for the ecommerce transaction, unless the consumer and service provider agree otherwise
If an ecommerce service provider is hacked and consumer information is obtained, the service provider must report the breach to the MoCI within three (3) days
Consumer right to terminate the ecommerce agreement and return products
A consumer can cancel the online agreement and complete a full refund within 7 days following the date of the receipt
There are certain conditions where the consumer is not eligible for a refund, more on that here.
Those who don’t comply with the new law risk being banned permanently or temporarily and are subject to certain sanctions, like a warning, a fine, or a suspension.
To ensure that you’re a legitimate business, you should consider registering your online store with Maroof. This is a website created by the Saudi Government to set up a verification program to ensure the legitimacy of websites. This is not a requirement, but a simple recommendation for the betterment of your online business.
Starting an ecommerce business in Qatar, you are first and foremost obliged to legally register it, so that your business can function without any problems. Without proper registration, you won’t be able to import any products or open a bank account.
Additionally, you need to ensure that you’ve specified your activity as “ecommerce” or “Trading through Internet” in your Commercial Registration before you start trading online.
When it comes to legal technicalities, one way you can minimize the obligations is to conduct your business in the so-called free trade zones in the Middle East. Here your business will get a few benefits, for example, in some areas you can get partial or complete exemptions from tax obligations.
Overall thoughts on legislation in the Middle East
Usually, dropshipping business is an enterprise that you can effortlessly start with no drawbacks or excessive startup costs. However, you need to comply with the laws and regulations of the country you are operating in. Specifically, it’s crucial when it comes to registering your business.
Be registering your business you protect your personal possessions and finances in case of any disputes from you clients. And if your business isn’t recognized as an entity, you might be considered a fraud.
Of course, you can ignore any requirements concerning business regulations, but by doing so, you risk being fined or even having your business terminated.
Please remember to consult your local law representatives for a better understanding of what laws you need to oblige.
Ecommerce in the Middle East: details to focus on
Even though dropshipping represents a unique opportunity to establish an online store, certain aspects need to be kept in mind when starting a business in the Middle East.
Since you are going to sell products online, you must set up secure payment gateway options. What payment method is the most popular in this region? In the Middle East, there are several paying methods: credit card payment, cash on delivery, and prepaid systems. Though the preferable payment method of choice for online purchases is cash on delivery – about 62%.
Ecommerce businesses with a license have permission to open bank accounts in local banks to receive payments for their sales. Middle Eastern ecommerce businesses don’t have a lot of options when it comes to choosing a payment gateway.
The most commonly used gateways, which AliDropship supports, include:
Tap (works only in countries that are located in the Middle East)
Shipping to the Middle East
For ecommerce in the Middle East, long shipping and delivery times can push away lots of potential customers.
In this region, ecommerce entrepreneurs are recommended to cooperate with local suppliers. This is particularly true for dropship business owners who cooperate with suppliers from China. In many occasions the product delivery times can last from 30 to 60 days.
That’s an impressive amount of waiting time, and not everyone is willing to wait for that long. Unless, of course, the goods are exclusive and cannot be shipped from anywhere else.
To avoid long shipping times, you can simply partner with AliExpress suppliers who have a warehouse located near your target region: let’s say, for example, in Turkey. This can significantly lower the shipping times and ensure the satisfaction of your customers. For more details on how you can find a supplier who stocks the products near your location, kindly read this article.
It is a premium service for customers from the Middle East, specifically Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The courier will deliver the order directly to your door. You might be wondering what are the shipping times? It takes approximately 7 to 15 days for your package to arrive. Also, even if you ordered from different suppliers, all your items will be placed in one order.
For UAE consumers, you can use this service by completing an order of $40 or more that consists of products that qualify for the AliExpress Direct service. In Saudi Arabia the amount is a little bit higher – $50. By meeting this conditions, the shipping will be free.
Standard AliExpress delivery is available in countries like Kuwait, Oman, and others in this region.
One of the most important aspects of any dropshipping online store is the website. Is it user-friendly? Does it look professional? Is the design modern and visually appealing?
You have to meet these criteria, for your potential customers to not click off your online store straight away.
It is essential to create a clean and readable site in both Arabic and English languages. The thing to focus on when creating a bilingual website is that both font styles need to match aesthetically. The pages need to look as similar as possible when you switch between them.
Much depends on what audience you are going to reach. If you are looking to attract customers in the local market, since most of the populations speak Arabic, you have to make sure to set it up so that your website is SEO-friendly for them. This means adjusting your titles, meta descriptions, alt texts, etc. in Arabic. Additionally, it is recommended that you have a country-specific domain name.
However, you still need to have an English version of the website to reach other potential buyers.
Ecommerce in the Middle East: dropshipping in the local markets
Entrepreneurs from the Middle East have a lot of questions considering what are the most popular products and services in this region.
Amongst more popular product categories we highlight:
Seeing that these are the most popular goods, make sure your product offer stands out from your competition. And if you do decide to focus on selling the items listed above, ensure the best possible experience for online shoppers.
Take your time to thoroughly review and analyze your potential target audience’s needs and preferences, especially considering the particularities of the Middle Eastern markets.
Is it possible to sell to other countries?
With the dropshipping business model, you can choose to sell to anywhere in the world. So, you can target consumers from the US, Canada, Europe, even Australia!
Generally, you don’t have to register your business activities in any county but your own, as long as your venture is complying with the regulations of your own countries.
Nevertheless, each country has its own specific laws and regulations. To ensure your business is 100% safe and legal, advice with your local law consultants.
Final thoughts on ecommerce in the Middle East
All in all, we can come to the conclusion that dropshipping is a type of ecommerce business that is easy to set up and doesn’t require a big amount of startup costs. It’s a unique opportunity to launch a beneficial ecommerce venture and create a steady source of passive income.
Though there are some particular aspects that you should focus your attention on upon establishing such a business in the Middle East, the end goal is far too promising to miss out on. With how popular the dropshipping business model is becoming, now is the best time to get into it.
If you’re ready to start your ecommerce business, feel free to choose a store to your liking. With AliDropship you have an opportunity to quickly start your ecommerce business and enjoy the incoming profits!
Are you wondering how to adapt your business to different countries? Would you like to target not only English-speaking countries, but the whole world as well? Are you choosing between worldwide and domestic dropshipping? This is NOT A PROBLEM ANYMORE!
Many entrepreneurs face the challenge of adapting their businesses to different countries. In some cases, they even don’t have an opportunity to target their home country because of the language barrier. But why do you have to limit your business to a narrow target audience if you can target the whole world?
And since there could be some problems with adapting your business to lots of countries at once, now it’s over! Meet our well-known Premium Stores that are now available in 6 languages!
Do you want to learn more about this? So stay tuned!
How to switch from domestic dropshipping to international business?
Certainly, if you want to move mountains and make the most of your dropshipping business, it’s a great idea to target the whole world.
But how to go in for both worldwide & domestic dropshipping if the most entrepreneurs commonly create online stores in English only? Where to find a solution that lets you adapt your business to other countries and target all of them at once? And AliDropship has an answer: it’s well-known and well-loved Premium Stores!
Target the whole world with Premium Stores: available in 6 languages now!
We greatly appreciate our clients and always try to provide them with solutions to simplify the process of running their business and offer broad horizons. Due to this reason, the team of AliDropship decided to go ahead and let you go in for worldwide & domestic dropshipping at once so you could make the most of your business!
Our clients and Premium Stores go way back. And some time ago, these online stores were available in English and Spanish only. And the good news is that we lift these restrictions: Premium Stores are available in 6 languages now. So you don’t need to choose from worldwide and domestic dropshipping, you can easily target the whole world!
To date, this option is available for 3 online stores only. These stores are marked with a green sign ‘Now in 6 languages’. But rest assured, our team does its best to localize others Premium Stores also.
Regional versions of Premium Stores: FAQ
Certainly, you’re supposed to have lots of questions at the moment. So we are ready to answer them!
What is it about?
To date, there are 3 Premium Stores that are available in 6 languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Dutch, Portuguese.
And do you know what’s so special about these regional versions? You don’t need to choose one of them. You can take even all at once!
How to go beyond domestic dropshipping and get a multi-language Premium Store?
If you want to get a regional version of Premium stores, you should pay attention to the stores marked with the green ‘Now in 6 languages’ sign. So you need to choose a store, move to its page, and choose an option you like more on the right.
Are there additional packages for each language?
We have also prepared for you the relevant installation and marketing packages for each regional version.
Please note that these packages are available for each regional version of each Premium Store. So you won’t have any difficulties with both installation and marketing.
How does it work?
Well, let’s assume you have purchased the Portuguese version of a Premium store. In practice, what can you count on? Actually, you get two versions of the same online store.
For instance, if your domain name is yourdomain.com, the Portuguese version of your online store will be located here: yourdomain.com/pt/. The same is true for all the other regional versions.
Are there any differences in regional versions of your Premium store or it’s only about switching the interface to another language?
In some cases, a website localization is not about translation only. That’s why, indeed, there will be from two to six online stores which you’re able to customize in an individual manner to make the most of your business.
How will you benefit from adapting your business to other countries?
Well, indeed, are there any objective reasons to adapt your business to different countries? What are the benefits?
Broader target audience
Actually, in most cases, when entrepreneurs start dropshipping journeys, they create ecommerce stores mainly in English. Little wonder, English-speaking audience means a huge number of potential customers worldwide. And, as a rule, this is quite enough for online store owners to derive profit from their businesses.
However, the broader your target audience is, the higher potential profit you can count on is, right? That’s why, if there are several languages your online store is available in, it’s highly likely that more people from all over the world will pay attention to it.
Chance for people worldwide to get the products they need
Don’t forget that your online store is not only the way to make money. Beyond this, it is a destination providing people worldwide with an access to the products they need.
Opportunity for you to target not only people from English-speaking countries
So what to do if you live in a country where English is not the primary language, but you would like to target your home country as well? Actually, this is quite logical: you are likely to know better which particular products are unavailable offline here.
This way, it becomes clear that it’s not only profitable to adapt your business to other countries. In some cases, this is crucial for your potential customers. And now, you know what steps you should take in order to take your business to a whole new level and go in for worldwide & domestic dropshipping!
Worldwide vs domestic dropshipping: final takeaway
Summing it up, if you don’t want to constrain your business, but you’re eager to go in for worldwide and domestic dropshipping at once, when starting your business you should pay attention to the options that can let you adapt your ecommerce journey to other countries.
From now on, you are able not only to create an online store in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and so on. With the regional versions of Premium Stores, you can even run a store in all the 6 languages we are ready to offer!
Well, would you like to go beyond domestic dropshipping? Are you looking for the ways to adapt your business to other countries? Premium Stores with their handy regional versions are your perfect solution to succeed!
Recently, we’ve been posting quite a lot of articles about the updates in our dropshipping software and extra services. We understand that this flood of offers might be confusing for some of our readers 🙂 So, if you’ve lost track of the solutions you can get from us, here’s the latest overview of our tools and services!
Historically, AliDropship company has started as an experimental local project.
AliDropship plugin was the first dropshipping-related product that we have developed and introduced. We tried it on our own stores first, and documented every step of this experiment on the most reputed eCommerce forums: Warrior Forum and Digital Point.
The external AliDropship plugin users got satisfied with the product, too! Our forum writings turned into the most popular threads in the history of eCommerce sections of Warrior Forum and Digital Point. Even the first plugin buyers spoke highly of it, and we realized that a huge audience needs the solutions of this kind.
So, we started the testing and development of new, supplementary dropshipping software that serves the same purpose – making the entrepreneurs’ lives easier and better. Now, we offer our customers a wide range of handy dropshipping tools, and there are more to come!
Dropshipping offers from AliDropship: turnkey solutions
In this section, we will talk about the AliDropship solutions that help you create an online store that automatically performs some of the most important dropshipping tasks.
By the way, the plugin is perfectly compatible with WooCommerce websites as well. Read this article to learn more about the differences between the original AliDropship plugin and the AliDropship Woo plugin versions.
A niche that is proven to be demanded and profitable
A long history of operation
A solid amount of sales
An audience of loyal customers
An extensive social media presence
Don’t you want such an exceptional store to work for your benefit?
All these Established businesses are the stores created, enhanced, and advertised by AliDropship team members. As soon as these websites start demonstrating stable performance numbers, we put them on sale – and give you the chance to become their rightful owners. Don’t you want to seize this amazing opportunity already?
Tired of choosing the greatest niche to take, the hottest products to add, and the best marketing strategies to apply? Why bother? Premium dropshipping stores from AliDropship let you start a booming online business with no worries at all!
Buying a Premium store, you receive a FULL COPY of a money-making, well-equipped online store – and start earning with it right away!
More specifically, you get:
An exact copy of our long-performing online store with lots of sales and traffic
A winning product range consisting of pre-edited, best-selling items only
A set of powerful marketing elements that are proven to attract and engage the audience
Guidance and support from our dedicated team of skilled developers and marketers
There’s all you need for a successful business start!
Dropshipping software from AliDropship: supporting add-ons
Have you already built your awesome dropshipping store? Great! Now, it’s time to let everyone know that you have one!
It’s hard to overestimate the importance of marketing for the growth of a dropshipping business. This is why we have developed a number of additional tools that help you boost your sales, increase your profits, and save even more time that is typically spent on marketing tasks.
This add-on lets you create catchy notifications on your product pages. You can modify the settings and change the sale duration and the amount of products available to create a so-called ‘fear of missing out’.
Certainly, your guests won’t like to miss out an appealing offer! Therefore, they will be more likely to complete their purchase with no second thoughts – and bring you a bigger profit than usual!
Thanks to this add-on, your guests will see the bursting activity on your website. It will let them understand that lots of other people are safely buying products from you, and there’s no need to worry about the reliability of your store.
Besides, as they will see the exact products that have been purchased, it will give them even more ideas of the items they can safely buy from you.
Who knows – maybe, they will end up ordering something that they weren’t even expecting to buy?…
Our Social Rabbit plugin can automatically promote your store across 4 social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. With its help, you can not only create engaging human-like posts, but also raise awareness about your store and attract new followers easily.
As for our estimates, this plugin saves you about 6 hours every day! How about dedicating this free time to more urgent tasks? Note that the plugin goes with a FREE 7-day trial!
Create highly efficient Facebook ads in a blink of an eye!
If you have ever tried making Facebook ads, you know it’s really challenging and time-consuming to create the so-called product catalogues – the basis for the your product-related ads.
Nevertheless, these ads show incredible results! Our client Alan from China says that he spends about $2,000 on Facebook and Instagram advertising every month, and, as the result, he has an average monthly profit of $17,000!
It would be really sad to miss out such incredible opportunity to make money just because of the inconvenience of Facebook ads setup, right?
To solve this issue, we have created Facebook Business add-on: it organises the store products into a special logical system, and automatically creates a catalog that you can later use as the foundation for your Facebook ads.
Isn’t it a brilliant opportunity to cut down the time expenses and simply enjoy the financial effect of the ads?
Do you want to showcase your products on Google Shopping platform?
Martin from the Netherlands made over 4,100 Eur in 30 days of running his business, and, in his experience, AdWords text ads and Google Shopping promotion were the 2 most efficient ways to generate revenue.
To help you create winning Google Shopping ads and get your products featured on Google Search, Google Images and YouTube, we have developed the Google Merchant add-on – feel free to read more about it here!
Are you announcing a huge sale event? Do you want to display new product offerings you’ve got for the store? Nothing solves these issues better than a catchy banner on top of your page!
You can easily make one with the help of our Promo Banner add-on!
It goes with a set of professionally designed templates that make your website pages look trustworthy and appealing. What is more, these banners are customizable: it means that it’s totally up to you to achieve a unique AND purchase-motivating look for your pages.
Import and customize all the offered AliExpress shipping methods in a couple of clicks!
Improve your buyers’ shopping experience with no extra effort! Display a wide range of the shipping options to choose from, and customise their prices and names to give your store an even more professional, branded look.
Use this 3 in 1 solution to let your customers know they can’t miss out on your amazing, time-limited deal!
Motivate your store visitors to place their orders right here, right now, before your tempting offer is expired! Use a variety of the motivational instruments integrated in the add-on to achieve the highest conversion possible.
Minimizing your site pictures without lowering their quality, it dramatically reduces the loading speed of your store. Having an extended functionality of optimizing the images’ ALT tags and file names, it also lets you add branded watermarks to make sure you’re using the potential of your images to the fullest!
Offer your buyers irresistible discounts – and encourage them to buy MORE!
Wondering how to motivate your customers to spend a little more in your store than they originally planned?
In fact, they will even be happy to do that – all because of this exciting add-on letting them save with bulk buying! Whether you want to make a tempting offer to wholesalers or entice end buyers into purchasing multiple product units, Bulk Discounts add-on has got it all covered.
Make an irresistible offer when your buyer’s loyalty is at its peak!
Is your buyer excited about the successfully processed purchase that has just happened? Don’t let this magical feeling of satisfaction and trust disappear!
Use the power of Purchase Upsell add-on to offer wonderful additions to every recent order and make higher profit from every sale without extra customer attraction efforts! Just check out the screenshot above to see how this piece of dropshipping software transforms your buyer’s experience 😉
Treat your buyers with gifts to build long-lasting relationships and multiply the number of repeat purchases!
How about creating an offer that’s too tempting to ignore? Gift Box add-on does just that!
Who, indeed, would say no to an adorable gift? Show the colorful array of presents, discounts, and other tempting offers your buyers can get if their order meets specific requirements – and enjoy the difference it makes to your orders volume!
Free dropshipping software from AliDropship
Since we’ve started to talk about saving money, it’s an appropriate moment to mention that AliDropship has a number of free add-ons!
That’s right – you can enjoy our promotional solutions and boost your business with no extra expenses!
Let your visitors know that your buyers are IN LOVE with their purchases!
Do you know how important it is for online shoppers to know that your business is trustworthy and your products have a perfect quality?
To help them make their purchasing decision and to stimulate them on impulse purchases, you can safely use our Customers Gallery add-on.
With its help, you can create a lovely gallery out of the happy buyers’ pictures. What is more, you can link each of these pictures to the the product this person is demonstrating. Certainly, it will give a major boost to your store reputation and your revenues!
Get in touch with the visitors who left your store without making a purchase!
Our client Pirn from Estonia uses email marketing as one of the most efficient instrument to promote his dropshipping store. With a 90% open rate and a 85% open rate, there’s no wonder that he makes $10,000+ in monthly revenue even with a 0 previous experience!
If you want to use the power of email marketing as well, start with our free Abandoned Cart add-on. It lets you send appealing emails to the people who left their shopping carts without making a purchase. These clients already got interested in your offers – why not persuade them to finally order the things they liked?
Add only the greatest AliExpress items to your dropshipping store!
That’s probably one of the most time-consuming projects we ever did 🙂
As you can see, it’s a sort of a product database. As of today, it consists of over 50,000 items, and the list is growing daily. We’ve selected the most demanded and high-rated AliExpress items, and brought their descriptions to perfection.
It means that you don’t have to spend endless hours on browsing AliExpress, and you certainly don’t need to take any efforts to edit their picture galleries and descriptions. It has already been done by us for you! All you need to do now is click the ‘Import’ button and add these wonderful items directly to your store.
The best part? You can import up to 50 products for free!
Get the relevant data about your store performance and modify your business strategy in the best way possible!
If you want to know where your cash flow comes from, or what channels lead Internet users to your store, you can spend long hours setting up Google Analytics and modifying your tracking code.
Alternatively, if you don’t have the right background or the money to hire professional developers, you can use our Google Analytics Enhanced Ecommerce add-on. It collects the necessary data and makes it easily available in the Reports section within your store. This way, you don’t even need to use any external resources to get the priceless stats about your business!
What principles do we use to create our dropshipping software?
When you run your dropshipping business, obviously, you don’t need a ‘random’ piece of software. Instead, you want a handy solution that solves your issues.
But what should it be, exactly?
You can’t even imagine how important is the the answer to this question for us.
This is why we actively communicate with the global dropshipping community through our forum. There, we collect the suggestions and preferences from the entrepreneurs all over the world, and do everything possible to help people meet these needs through our products.
We even offer our readers to take part in beta testing! This way, we can test our new tools on their production stage, and listen to the audience’s opinion. It gives us the opportunity to tailor our solutions to the clients’ preferences. So, this is how we create the dropshipping software that meets the public’s expectations.
So, what are the defining features of our dropshipping software?
That’s a pretty much obvious point. For many people, dropshipping model is the only suitable option for starting an affordable eCommerce business. Naturally, they want to have the lowest startup costs possible. This is why they commonly prefer affordable solutions that don’t require massive investments.
Curious fact: for the affordable price of $89, we offer our customers the plugin that can turn a basic WordPress website into a fully functional dropshipping store. A number of FREE supporting promotion-oriented products is also available!
The range of these tasks is quite wide – actually, almost any procedure from niche research to social media promotion can be automated easily. It gives the entrepreneurs the opportunity to find more time for the work that includes the human factor – most importantly, the customer relations.
Did you know that? AliDropship plugin covers lots of dropshipping management issues, from searching & importing products to creating a unique and memorable in-store design. What is more, with the help of our add-ons, you can broaden the scale of your business operations even further.
If a piece of dropshipping software slows your website down or works incorrectly, it’s obviously not a good choice. The same goes for tools that can only be installed on some specific types of websites. Surely, they limit you in your business choices.
Interesting fact: AliDropship plugin works on any WordPress-based website – even if it’s built with WooCommerce! There are differences between the original and the Woo-friendly versions of the plugin, but they are identical in their core. Both of them are aimed on turning your website into a user-friendly and moneymaking shopping destination, and they handle this job perfectly.
At the beginning of their dropshipping journeys, most of the newcomers don’t have the relevant experience, and aren’t well aware of the eCommerce world in general. Therefore, they need the intuitive solutions that are easy in daily use, and are understandable to the people of any professional background.
That’s curious: the already mentioned Pirn from Estonia, along with Alvaro from Chile and lots of our other clients, had a 0 experience in dropshipping at the moment of the AliDropship software purchase. Still, the lack of the knowledge hasn’t troubled these people’s user experience – they are happily working with AliDropship solutions and making pretty good money with them!
Easy to learn
When newcomers start to combine their 9 to 5 jobs with a dropshipping venture, they lack a vitally important resource: time. Typically, they can’t even find a couple of hours per day to learn more about the business they’re exploring. Surely, it slows down their progress and doesn’t really motivate them to keep going.
To solve this issue, we are offering a wide range of educational materials. They give some basic insights into the dropshipping business in general, and explain how to use our products.
Over to you: you can choose any type of our educational materials – just go with your personal preferences! If you don’t mind reading, explore our Guides and Knowledge base – you can find lots of priceless tips there. Alternatively, if you are a fan of videos, take a look at our YouTube channel. Or, if you prefer real-life communication with the field experts, you can hang out on our dedicated forum, and learn from the experience of skilled store owners.
That’s it! Now, you know much more about our current product offer and the strategies that we use to create our solutions.
Do you have an experience of working with our dropshipping software? Feel free to leave your feedback in the comments section below!
Do you live or currently reside in Singapore? Are you unsure how to start an online business here? Luckily for you, you came to the right place. Here you will find all you need to know about Dropshipping in Singapore.
In the world that we live in today dropshipping is becoming more popular by the day. People from all over the world are eager to try their luck in creating and establishing a profitable ecommerce venture.
Recently, we have experienced an exhilarating amount of demand coming from Singapore. That’s why we want to cover all the core aspects of establishing a dropshipping business in Singapore. From finding the niche to the creation of the store, all the details you should pay special attention to are here.
In this article, we will go over the reasons to start dropshipping in Singapore, the aspects that make the dropshipping business model convenient and easy to understand, the strategy of finding your niche, and the elements you should approach with diligence.
Dropshipping in Singapore: general thoughts
First of all, it is important to mention that the dropshipping model allows you to run your business from any corner of the world.
What makes Singapore such a great opportunity for dropshipping entrepreneurs? Well, according to Statista, in the Southeast Asian region, Singapore had the second highest rate of internet penetration, with 88.4 percent. With a population of almost 6 million people, approximately 4.8 million are internet users. Furthermore, children in Singapore receive their first Internet-accessible device at the age of 8, when the average around the globe is 10 making them among the youngest in the world to go online.
As a result, sites oriented towards gaming, online shopping, content sharing, and social media platforms remarkably profit from the native digital market.
Nothing is standing in your way of establishing an ecommerce venture in Singapore. Furthermore, since you’re going to be running a dropshipping business, you can target countless other countries. That’s the beauty of the dropshipping business. You can run a full-scale online store from the comfort of your home while receiving profits from customers all over the world.
What’s more, another beneficial distinctive feature of a dropshipping business is minimal startup investments. It is possible because there is no need to keep the products in stock, manage the warehouse, hire the staff, and pay for all the other money-gobbling aspects of a regular wholesale business.
The one thing that you shouldn’t be afraid to invest your money in is the creation of a dropshipping store. It is one of the most crucial elements of a dropshipping business.
How to start a dropshipping business in Singapore
As we mentioned before, starting a dropshipping business is pretty easy and cost-effective. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, this statement applies to everyone.
So, what should you focus on before creating your business?
#1 Search for a profitable niche
Your priority in starting an ecommerce business should be to conduct market research and find promising niches as it will have a direct impact on your business’ success.
Your potential customer audience may be large, but it is crucial to find specific niche products they are intrigued by so you can attract them.
It is essential not only to find a profitable niche market but one that will be suitable for you. You can try to find it yourself, or you can turn to AliDropship Insights, our database of the most promising niches. The best part? It’s absolutely free!
#2 Search for beneficial products and trusted suppliers
After you’ve found your niche, it is time to find the best products to dropship. How can you find them?
Well, you can try to search for them yourself using various analytical tools to see what’s trending and in demand. Or once again turn to our database, as there’s also information on the best selling products and the most trustworthy suppliers. Another great source can be our blog, where you can find many more articles on the most beneficial products.
#3 Create a unique online store
Once you’ve found a niche to establish your business around and the products you’re going to sell, it’s time to create an online store.
There are several ways you can accomplish this with low startup costs and zero IT background.
By using our plugin, you have the opportunity to create a unique online store. You can design and customize it according to your needs and preferences. Furthermore, it has many useful features that will help you at the start of your way, as well as a variety of tools to automate your store management.
For those of you who want a dropshipping store that will be made with your ideas in mind, but by the hands of experts, this is a great possibility. All of the most important aspects of any ecommerce business are taken care of such as niche research, creating a unique design, implementing a domain name, the creation of social media accounts, and much more.
For people who want to receive a ready store that will bring in profit straight away, where every feature is already configured, this is a perfect solution. By purchasing an Established Store, you get a one of a kind dropshipping store with a proven track record and active social media accounts. All that you need to take care of is the marketing side of your business. And then you can enjoy the benefits of a passive income.
Get a Premium Store – an exact copy of a dropshipping store that’s proven to be profitable
For those who want to start a business right here right now, another great cost-effective option is to purchase a Premium Store. What do you receive? You get a copy of an already profitable dropshipping store that has been created by ecommerce professionals. What’s more, for an additional payment you can receive packages that will help you seamlessly install the store to your hosting service, lists of products to sell, and reliable suppliers, plus the marketing materials.
Once you’ve found your niche, the products you are going to dropship, and built the website that will be your base of operations, all that is left to do is to promote your store brand and its products. Then you can enjoy the incoming profits.
Particular aspects to focus upon establishing a dropshipping business in Singapore
As you can see, it’s pretty easy to start a dropshipping business in Singapore. The general idea and strategy are the same as in any other country. However, there are certain country-specific aspects that you need to be informed about.
Business registration in Singapore
One of the most frequently asked questions is whether you have to register your business in Singapore. Generally, you are not required to register your dropshipping business. However, each country has its own legislation demands.
In Singapore, before you can start your business, you have to incorporate it according to the country’s laws and regulations. By registering your business, you ensure your personal financial safety if any issues arise.
All online services in Singapore fall under the supervision of the SBA (Singapore Broadcasting Authority). This means that all Internet content in Singapore is considered to be broadcast media content. And in accordance with the SBA, all ecommerce businesses must have regulatory permits.
Ecommerce entrepreneurs who wish to establish a business in Singapore can consider the following licensing structures:
Sole Proprietorship (SP)
Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
Private Limited Company (Pte Ltd)
Keep in mind that the Sole Proprietorship and Limited Liability Partnership structures are available only to Singapore citizens.
If you’re a citizen of Singapore, you should carefully consider all the advantages and disadvantages of each form of business structure.
If you’re a foreigner wishing to set up a business in Singapore but live outside of the country, you will need to do the following:
Engage the services of a registered filing agent (e.g. a law firm, accounting firm, or a corporate secretarial firm) to submit the online application on your behalf.
Employ a director who resides in Singapore (if applicable).
The reality is that if you are willing to set up a business in Singapore, you must register your business.
How long does it take to register your business?
Believe it or not, the business registrations process is really quick and can take as little as 1 day.
We’d like to put you at ease and let you know that you don’t need any sort of license to purchase, set up, or even launch your online store. The business registration aspect is only relevant after your “planning stage”. After you’ve found your promising niche, quality products, and reliable suppliers. It is required for your bank account needs, manage customer orders, and find customers.
Since you’re going to make a profit out of your venture in Singapore, you’re going to have to pay a personal income tax as well.
If you live in a different country, however, that means that Singapore’s income tax doesn’t apply to you.
Many ecommerce entrepreneurs choose the Private Limited Company. It allows you to run your ecommerce business in Singapore in the most effective way. By providing benefits in the form of tax incentives, exemptions, and other bonuses.
However, some aspects of the taxation don’t exactly apply to ecommerce businesses, as it deals with electronic borderless transactions and not physical products. If you’re a resident of Singapore and wish to know more about the legal side of the ecommerce business and what form of business structure is best applicable to you, be sure to check in with your local legal representatives.
Payment gateways available for dropshipping in Singapore
For your customers to successfully purchase products from your online store, you need to set up the most commonly used payment methods.
In Singapore, the most popular payment gateways are:
These processors are among the most reliable, trustworthy, and highly flexible. Luckily for you, AliDropship stores support these popular payment processors!
Dropshipping from Singapore to local markets
Wondering what’s in demand in Singapore? Amongst commonly sold items, ecommerce entrepreneurs highlight the following:
You must keep in mind, for your dropshipping store to achieve success, your product offering has to stand out. That’s why carefully researching niche products is so crucial. You can try dropshipping specific products. Ones that are not easily accessible in the local markets, products that satisfy the needs of certain hobbyists or groups, or goods that are unique in that market.
If you’re thinking about dropshipping to other countries, let’s say for example the USA, you won’t experience any trouble with that. As we mentioned above, dropshipping is a unique type of business that allows you to sell products to any corner of the world.
Dropshipping in Singapore: final thoughts
All things considered, if you wish to start an online business in Singapore, the dropshipping business model is one of the best methods to launch a profitable venture.
It has lots of benefits both for new and experienced entrepreneurs. Considering how popular it is becoming, it’s high time to develop your own steady source of income.
With AliDropship you can seamlessly start such a business, whilst receiving help from experts from the ecommerce industry. Additionally, we offer various IT solutions, installing which will allow you to create a coherent experience to manage your business.
Now, you’re aware of the main aspects of dropshipping in Singapore – and basically, in any other country, too! And if you need even more specific guidelines, you’re more than welcome to check out this free guide that introduces you into the exciting world of dropshipping!
What does drop servicing mean? Is it the same as dropshipping? Can they be viewed as alternatives to one another? Today, we’re explaining what’s the difference between these two popular business models that get mixed up all the time – and what they have in common!
What is drop servicing?
Not to be confused with dropshipping (they honestly sound so similar), drop servicing is a business model where you sell services – but instead of being the actual person or persons performing said services, you have outsourced talent such as freelancers to do the work. You are essentially the marketer of these services and make money by selling the services upfront to people who need them.
How does drop servicing work?
With drop servicing, you create and market the service (or services) through a website and social media, as you would with dropshipping. The difference is once it comes time for the paying customer to be given what he/she has paid for (be it web design, SEO, or creation of pay-per-click campaigns), the labor you have outsourced will perform the actual work. You then present the finished work over to the customer. Once the customer pays, you pay the freelancer, and the job is complete.
What can you drop service?
Drop servicing is popular for online marketing, and services often available include:
Social media management
Video editing and creation
What is the advantage to drop servicing?
Drop servicing is great if you know how to manage and market a business. You are like an agency in a way, offering a range of services or specialization in one service to people who need it. If you have great relationship-building skills with clients and vendors, you can do well in recruiting freelancers to do your work. Drop servicing can also be a money-savvy business model if you depend on freelance talent hubs to assign your work to (as opposed to creating an entire website to market your service).
What is the disadvantage to drop servicing?
Drop servicing requires you to actually find freelancers or talent to perform the work (and there isn’t a guarantee that they will accept). You have to essentially recruit talent – whereas with dropshipping, suppliers are generally open to accepting orders at any time since they already have inventory in production. Also, drop servicing can’t always guarantee an exact turnaround time since for your service, it will depend on how busy a freelancer is. Plus, you’ll have to build a website from scratch to market your service if you don’t utilize talent hubs directly.
Using a platform like WordPress or Wix, you can create a website to market your business and its services. Customers hire you by finding your website, and then you scour talent to work on the tasks paid for. We generally recommend to go this route because having an actual website boosts your credibility as a business tenfold. It’s also easier to run social media marketing and pay-per-click ads, as visitors have a place to actually land on and research.
Create an account on a hub
An alternative way to starting a drop servicing business is to open up an account on a talent-sourcing website such as Fiverr or SEO Clerks or Code Clerks. That account will act as your business front, and customers can hire you by discovering your account and seeing what you specialize in.
Once you are hired to complete a task such as coding a page or designing a landing page’s banners, you can scour alternative sites such as UpWork or PeoplePerHour for people to perform your services for you. With this method though, it does take some work in creating accounts and setting up profiles, so there is a pay off as opposed to just building your own webpage as the storefront.
Note that no matter which route you take, you have to be aware of what a client who hires you is paying versus what you are paying the talent you hire to do the work. Generally, you want to charge more for your drop servicing but search for freelancers who aren’t charging as much for their service so you can actually make a profit. But remember it is hard to determine how finished work quality will be from a freelancer, so always be sure to check the talent’s portfolio or profile page on a talent hub to make sure they can create work up to your standards.
Where can I find resources for drop servicing?
We noted some great sources above, but some other popular ones include:
Also remember, some up-and-coming talent in the creative space generally take pro bono work (work for free). Reach out to family and close friends, as sometimes designers or writers or editors who are just starting out are more than willing to work without pay to add more work to their portfolio.
SUMMARY: Drop servicing is definitely a different business model than dropshipping, but it’s a great business idea for someone who knows how to manage client/talent relations. If you know how to source talent and align jobs, you could make money by selling in-demand marketing or coding services.
Do you want to start a venture you’ll enjoy? Are you ready to become a business owner, acquire new skills, and answer only to yourself? Today we are going to talk about how to sell products from home and start a profitable ecommerce business.
Starting a home-based business by selling products can be a great way to create a steady source of passive income. It allows you to operate based on your preferences and goals. Working from the comfort of your home, you get all the flexibility and freedom to do whatever you want. It’s a dream job for millions of people and many are already making thousands of dollars, benefitting from a full-time job from home. And you can be among them, while others continue to simply dream of success.
To sell products from home you need to be aware of all the basic aspects that are required to start such a business. In this article, we will discuss the best ways to start a home-based business, show how to set up a store, and give you some product ideas you can start selling right away.
Getting ready to sell products from home: what you should begin with
Home-based businesses often start with the owner having a certain interest in a specific area and channeling that interest into an earning opportunity. The most common way of making money this way is by selling items you are passionate and knowledgeable about.
Let’s go in more detail about what you need to know to sell products from home.
Selling products from home is a pretty convenient way to start a business, as there is almost no start-up cost. Basically, all you need is a little bit of a workspace, a computer, and products you are going to sell.
Here, it’s crucial to highlight that you don’t necessarily need inventory to launch and run this kind of venture! Specific business models such as the dropshipping one let you sell products online without manufacturing or buying them in advance, which means you don’t have to create and manage physical stock.
How to sell products from home with dropshipping
Experienced ecommerce entrepreneurs already know the meaning and benefits of the dropshipping business model.
To keep it simple, imagine you are selling products from home but all the logistics and inventory are managed by someone else for free. You don’t even have to touch the goods to sell them! All the packaging and shipping duties (as well as costs) will be handled by your supplier.
Sounds too good to be true? Well, fortunately, there is a time-tested business model built around this idea and proven to be more than reliable. These are the core principles of the so-called dropshipping business model.
Dropshipping means you simply set up your online store, fill it with the information on the products you’d like to sell from home, and transfer the incoming orders to the original product supplier. It’s that easy. As we said, your supplier manages the orders and ships them out directly to your customers.
Starting with the essentials, of course, you need an idea. Your business will revolve around your idea of what products you choose to sell, what approach you’d take to market your products, and how you will cater to your audience’s needs.
But before we touch on that, let’s go step by step on how you should set everything up.
So, let’s say that you’ve already thought through what products you are going to sell. But how are you going to sell them? If you want to properly set up your business, you are going to need a platform to showcase your product offers.
There are several ways to establish your platform where you will sell your products. You can try to create your own website, use an already existing marketplace as your platform, or purchase a ready solution.
Getting started with selling products from home
Option #1 Creating your own online store from scratch
Getting into ecommerce has never been as easy as it is now, growing and expanding at an outstanding rate. One of the key aspects of success in any ecommerce business is a distinctive online store.
Long gone is the time where you have to be a technological expert to create a fully functional internet store. Now, anyone who owns a computer can find a guideline or a tutorial on how to create a working website. Speaking of which, let’s go in more detail about how you are going to create your website.
Establish a domain name
Before you start creating your online store to sell products from home, you need to select a Domain name. What’s a domain name? It’s a part of the URL – your online store’s address.
Let’s take for example https://alidropship.com/. The domain name is AliDropship.com. It’s what everyone is going to type in the search engines when they will try to find your site on the Internet.
To see how to find and purchase a domain name that represents your business best, kindly go to this article.
Amongst many concerns, one that most online shoppers take to heart is the store’s security, or as it’s known, the SSL. SSL means Secure Socket Layer – it encrypts the data of your store’s visitors.
How do you know if your Internet store is secure? It will have a green or gray padlock next to its URL. To learn more about making your website safe and appealing to customers, kindly go to this article.
Choose the right layout for your online store
Once you’re finished setting up your domain name and hosting services, it’s time to pick your ecommerce layout. It’s rather easy to do, as you simply need to navigate to the marketplace of your website builder and choose the one you like best.
How do you pick the right layout for your online store?
It all depends on what features you want your store to have, how you want your store designed, how do you want your visitors to navigate through your site. These are the essential features that need to be carefully thought out to build a unique online store. You are welcome to read more about it in this in-depth article.
Find the right suppliers for your products
How can you find trusted suppliers ready to provide your business with high-quality products? Well don’t you worry about that, we’ve got you covered. You can try to find them yourself on AliExpress by sorting out the products and carefully evaluating the reviews left by other buyers. Or you can sit back, relax, and use our complete database of the most reliable AliExpress suppliers. We tested them out so that you already have the working solution.
If you simply navigate to AliDropship Insights, you get a whole database of the best selling products, the most trusted suppliers, and most promising niches completely for free! All you have to do is register there, which will take less than a minute of your time, and import the desired products to your store in a single click.
Make catchy product pages
Edit the info about the products you are going to sell. It is incredibly important to properly present your products and showcase them in the best way possible. Be sure to try out different combinations of styles to create a unique look for your product pages.
Typically a product page should include:
High-quality images showcasing your product in the best way possible
Convincing product descriptions that should be SEO friendly
When you finally sort out your product pages and product catalog, remember that you need to set up payment options. Many of the website builders already include various payment options. Among the most common ones are PayPal, Stripe, ApplePay, Amazon Pay, etc.
The more payment gateways are implemented into your store, the more options to finalize an order your potential customers will have.
If you think your store is ready, make sure to preview it and test out all the features to see that everything is looking like you want it and working as it should.
Option #2 Purchasing a ready online store
AliDropship provides you with several options to start your home business. There are three main products that we offer:
If you want a complete store that is made in accordance with your needs and preferences, a Custom store is the bestoption for you. The AliDropship team devote their time to the most important aspects of any ecommerce business that will play a crucial part in your ecommerce endeavor. We are talking about niche research, a unique design, domain name, creating and establishing social media accounts, implementing widely used payment gateways, and much much more.
One of the best solutions for ecommerce entrepreneurs, where you receive a profitable, one of a kind, Established dropshipping store that’s been functioning for some time and is bringing steady profits already. In fact, buying an Established store, you’re investing in a successful business with an impressive track record. All that is required from you is to keep promoting it and count the profits!
By purchasing a Premium Store, you receive a copy of a successful dropshipping store that has been created by our ecommerce experts. Furthermore, for an additional payment, you get complete guideline packages of the store’s installation, promotion, and lists of trending products to sell, as well as reliable suppliers. This is a great and cost-effective option for people looking to start an ecommerce business and selling products right here, right now.
AliDropship offers a business opportunity for anyone that allows them to sell products from home and start making money right off the bat.
Selling products from home: promoting your business
It is really hard to deny the importance of advertising and promotions. How will people know about your store? If you want people to buy your products, you need to reach them first. How can you accomplish this?
You can attract potential customers by providing them with relevant content they will interact with and enjoy. It can be some articles, tips, or insightful information. Test out different variations to see what will work with your customer audience.
Search engine optimization
If you want to create a way for people to find you and create a source of organic traffic, you need to ensure that your online store is SEO friendly. Everything from product descriptions to categories, to titles, has to be optimized to meet Google requirements.
Social media platforms
People tend to spend a lot of time on their social media accounts, so it can be a great source for advertisements and promotions. You can easily determine peoples’ interests and target them without any problems.
Need expert assistance to promote your online business like a professional digital marketer? Choose from this wide range of marketing services and make your venture perform to its best!
The best products to sell from home: top ideas and selections
If you’re unsure what products to sell from home, you no longer have to worry about that. We have spent countless hours researching various niches and product categories for you to find everything you might ever need.
Now, let’s see the top ideas to sell products from home:
Hopefully, after reading this article you have a better understanding of how to sell products from home! Remember to stay focused and head steadily to your goal of becoming a successful entrepreneur with a blossoming business. Keep up with our blog for the latest insightful ideas and helpful information. We wish you the best of luck to you in your future endeavors!
Are you one of those entrepreneurs who were able to launch a dropshipping business and start making money? Congratulations! But what are the best things to do next? Here are several tips on how to grow your business further.
Why you should aim at growing your business
Launching your own independent business is an exciting yet challenging venture. And when you have achieved some long anticipated milestone, resting on your laurels isn’t a good idea for two reasons:
Obviously, the first reason to expand your enterprise is to earn more money. With more resources to invest, you can expect larger profits.
Another reason to grow your business is to make it more steady. Everyone knows that even successful companies’ performance can fluctuate a lot if they are dependent on unstable market niches. But large and diversified companies show more consistency and predictability
But how do you grow your business if you’re a dropshipper? In this article, you will find a few tips that can be applied to ecommerce in general and dropshipping in particular.
1. Set clear goals
Before moving on to more precise tips, I’d like to emphasize the importance of setting clear goals. Of course, any successful business owners want to expand their operations and increase the profits they get. But you can’t grow your business in all directions at once.
Clear goals also let you know when you achieve them. For example, if you aim at increasing your organic traffic to 1,000 unique users a day, it’s a clear milestone. In contrast, if you aim at simply making more sales, you don’t know how many sales should be enough or what channels you should use.
So, it’s a good idea to set small and clear objectives and complete them one by one in order to grow your business. If you’re not sure what you can do to improve the business, try looking for ideas among customers’ reviews.
2. Gather analytics
Since you can’t act blindly, you will need clear data on how your dropshipping store performs. Various analytics show traffic sources, buyers’ behavior, the site’s conversion and bounce rate, what pages users visit, etc. Knowing all this, you can decide on what aspects you should concentrate your efforts on.
To analyze your dropshipping website, use Google Analytics. There are also various tools for social media.
While seeking new opportunities for growth is a necessity, it would be a huge mistake to lose sight of your previous achievements. If there’s something that works well for the business, don’t you dare change it – at least not before a careful testing.
For example, if video ads on Facebook bring you a good number of sales, it’s Ok to test new ad formats as well. But giving up on video ads completely would be simply unreasonable. So, when analyzing how your business performs, make sure you understand not only your pain points but strengths as well.
4. Attract new customers
Another obvious way to grow your business is to convince more customers to buy your products.
Even companies that have a stable customer base always seek to expand it as much as possible. To do that, one can either attract more clients from existing sources or try attracting new target audiences.
Dropshipping embraces dozens of niches. Often it’s not a big deal to define your potential customers. For example, if you want to dropship toys, it’s clear that you should focus on children’s parents and other older relatives.
However, AliDropship’s experience with our self-owned stores has shown that sometimes the real audience can be a bit different from what you expect. In other words, even when you do have an audience that actively buys from your store, there still may be other people interested in your products about whom you had no idea.
5. Offer more products
Extending the offer is another efficient business strategy often used for business growth. On the one hand, this move actually carries certain risks. Even after a thorough research, there’s no guarantee new product lines will become popular among new and existing customers. On the other hand, the dropshipping model is less vulnerable to this factor.
After finding a new product, dropshipping business owners don’t have to purchase hundreds of goods in bulk. Instead, they can test the offer which costs much less and either move on with the new product or give up this plan if things don’t go smoothly. In the worst case scenario, you will have to turn off new advertising campaigns as soon as you see they’re not working.
If you don’t want to spend time and money on testing new products, try AliDropship’s Premium Products. After subscribing to this service, you will automatically get a new bestseller imported to your store every week.
In order to grow your business, you can not only add stand-alone products from AliExpress but also change the store’s niche by broadening the offer or going beyond it.
6. Start a blog
Starting a blog or a YouTube channel is a good way to grow your business if you work in a more or less narrow niche. In this case, one can make use of strategies based on content marketing.
You can promote your business by offering potential buyers useful information on a given niche. And it works great in ecommerce since there are many channels to use.
For example, entrepreneurs who sell products for pets can create a blog to tell pet owners how to take care of different animals, how to choose healthy food for them, how to school a dog, etc. Such a blog can not only attract potential customers from Google search but also build a trusting relationship with them, thus promoting your brand.
Don’t forget about the simplest way to extend your current business, i.e. by hiring people. Simply speaking, even a team of two people can do more than the owner alone. So, paying someone else to do routine tasks can be very beneficial.
One can also employ professionals specializing in different digital marketing jobs such as social media marketing, design, email marketing, SEO, etc. But be careful here.
A skillful professional isn’t cheap. In addition, hiring one doesn’t guarantee success, so this step carries certain risks. Besides, there’s always a chance to employ an incompetent guy who just knows how to throw dust into eyes.
8. Launch more dropshipping stores
Finally, if you have succeeded with one dropshipping store and have gained valuable experience, consider launching another one. Some AliDropship’s customers have several websites in different niches. Some entrepreneurs make their living by building and selling ready businesses.
Just like companies get bigger by opening subsidiary enterprises, you can grow your business by launching new dropshipping websites.
Expanding your business is always risky and requires investments. On the other hand, being able to expand means you have already built a business that generates stable income, which means you can afford it. All you need to do is be careful and consistent. Don’t tumble over yourself and don’t abandon strategies that already work for your business.
Here were the most important tips on how to grow your business. But one can also improve the performance of a dropshipping website by usingAliDropship’s add-ons, various tools designed to enhance different aspects of your business.
Managing your own online dropshipping business may be challenging unless you know what tools you can arm yourself with! In this article, we have collected the best free WooCommerce plugins that work for the benefit of WooCommerce store owners.
Online shopping market is constantly growing, and the competition is sharp. To gain the upper hand among online retailers, you should make your dropshipping store as user-friendly and functional as possible.
It might be quite a challenging task…unless you use special tools that extend the functionality of your site and improve its performance.Various add-ons can provide stable organic traffic from socials, promote your products, improve page loading speed, stimulate purchases, and whatnot.
But there are thousands of plugins and add-ons available on WordPress.org. How can you know what satisfies your needs in the best way? You hardly have enough time to try them one by one in order to find some gems in this pile.
The AliDropship team has eased the problem of this choice. Below, we will list out the best free WooCommerce plugins and extensions that can save you hours of routine work. Their unique features are really helpful for everyone who wants to boost sales of the WooCommerce dropshipping business. All of them are tested on our stores and fully compatible with AliDropship Woo plugin.
Best free WooCommerce plugins for ecommerce facilitation
Dokanis the top marketplace builder plugin for WordPress powered by WooCommerce. With over 20,000 active marketplaces around the world, now it’s moving forward to power up the community of entrepreneurs through more advanced features and functionalities. You can turn your single WooCommerce store into a multivendor marketplace using Dokan in minutes. It has a stylish and user-friendly dashboard. It also comes with the Easy Order and Shipping Management System.
Dokan made everything easy for anyone wants to start an ecommerce marketplace from creating a site to manage everything he/she could need to meet the success. Dokan offers dedicated store management for every vendor. So your vendor will be able to manage their stores on their own.
You can easily build a site like Amazon using Dokan and add countless vendors and brands. It’s a never-ending process. So your earning also will increase day by day. So now it’s time for you to make a decision and start your dream journey with Dokan!
DropshipMe plugin is a groundbreaking solution for AliExpress dropshipping. It makes the process of filling your WooCommerce dropshipping store with the best and promising products from the most reliable suppliers as easy as ABC.
This free WordPress plugin suits dropshippers’ needs when it comes to product sourcing. It allows importing thousands of carefully selected and manually edited AliExpress bestsellers to your store. You can easily search, choose and import the best items from the huge and ever-growing database with dozens of thousands top selling products and add them to your store in one click.
Pro dropshippers handpick products and edit their titles, descriptions, images, variants, etc. manually. So, you can save tons of time on niche/product research and editing and enjoy your perfectly pre-optimized product pages without tiresome manual work. Just select a category, import products in a couple of clicks and start selling. Besides, the plugin has other useful features – product ratings and reviews, recommended pricing markup, etc.
This plugin is a must for every eCommerce entrepreneur who takes care of SEO. It is created to enhance all necessary aspects of your store’s SEO – and we don’t need to explain why it is so important for eсommerce websites.
The plugin performs thorough content and SEO analysis allowing to create more SEO-friendly texts. Yoast SEO is great for working with focus keywords. It automatically checks if your articles and meta tags include your focus keyword. You can preview the snippet to look how the webpage will look in the search results.
With Yoast SEO you can optimize your site structure using the options of cornerstone content and internal linking features. You can also set canonical URLs to avoid duplicate content and forget about Google penalties.
The plugin can be integrated with Google Search Console with allows to control your online store performance in the search engines and fix crawl errors. Besides, it is possible to manage SEO roles if your colleagues need to have access to specific sections of the plugin.
Top free WooCommerce plugins to improve visitor engagement
How often do your customers add some products to their cart but leave the store without completing their orders? You can solve this annoying problem with the help of the Abandoned Cart plugin. It creates automatic scheduled email notifications that remind the customers to return to your store and confirm their orders.
With this WooCommerce plugin, your customers can recover their abandoned carts at the touch of a button. When the customer recovers the order, you will receive an email notification.
The plugin can capture abandoned cart even if the user did not log in. A guest user’s cart can be held on the Checkout page, if the site visitor has already entered the email address.
The plugin provides one default email template, and you can create your own unlimited customized email templates. You can define time intervals to send repeated notifications as well.
Pixel Caffeine was made to manage Facebook Pixel and Facebook Product Catalog, as well as to create highly tailored custom audiences on WordPress.
The plugin is installed instantly, and then, you can track conversions, create custom audiences for various parameters, manage your product catalogs – and do all this in just a few clicks! Try and see for yourself: this is one of the most useful free WooCommerce plugins for your store.
With Pixel Caffeine, you can create audiences based on standard/custom events, referring sources, categories/tags of content, specific URL and many other parameters.
The plugin includes Facebook Dynamic Ads with WooCommerce. This option automatically tracks visitors based on what they viewed – product name, category or tags, and then dynamically retarget them with advertisements on Facebook or Instagram.
The plugin generates and uploads product catalogs on FB really quickly. It can also constantly sync your catalog with FB. Using the plugin’s advanced filters, you can select particular items for your product catalog to be promoted. All these features make Pixel Caffeine one of the most useful marketing tools.
WooCommerce Wishlist is an effective instrument that can increase the amount of your site visitors and convert them into regular clients. More conversions mean more sales, and your profits shoot up. Let’s see how it works.
Quite often, site visitors cannot (or don’t want to) purchase a product at once. But if they have an opportunity to save some products that they like, it encourages them to return to your site and complete the purchase. When the customers can add products to Wishlist easily, it may motivate them to buy even more things than they previously planned.
There is also an option of sharing wishlists. It’s very convenient for users who would like to give their friends some ideas of a gift. Every time someone shares a Wishlist, you have new potential customers without any efforts!
Great free WooCommerce plugins to improve your store appearance and visitors’ trust
A picture is worth a thousand words, right? High quality pictures can stimulate your store visitors to buy products as they provide deeper understanding of how these products actually look like. And everyone knows how impressive the images of satisfied customers can be.
With the help of FooGallery, you can enjoy all benefits of impressive pictures. Albums are built in and activated as an extension. You can add and manage your albums as well as galleries using a special menu item.
FooGallery supports higher quality thumbnails on retina displays. Now you can forget about blurry thumbnails and be sure that your thumbnails will look great on any device.
This add-on is designed to display different popular social icons via widgets and shortcodes. It allows you to select and change the optimal social profile icons sizes and shapes. The plugin supports lots of the most popular social icon profiles – there are more than 200 icons at your disposal.
The add-on is easy to use: you can quickly sort your social icons by putting them into the appropriate order, drag the widget in your sidebars, and change the settings directly in the widget form. You can also use the shortcode and paste it on your page, post or wherever you like.
High-class free WooCommerce plugins to manage your email marketing
This plugin for WooCommerce provides delivery of emails to your audience and prevents them from going into spam or junk folder. It configures and sends all outgoing emails via a SMTP server and can be used with Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail SMTP servers.
The plugin allows connecting your WordPress store with a mail server to handle all outgoing emails. It looks like all emails come from your email account.
Easy WP SMTP has an option to enable debug logging to check if the emails go out successfully. It also provides an opportunity to specify a Reply-to email address.
Pepipost is one of the most popular email delivery services – and our favorite one. It is another free WooCommerce plugin designed for sending outgoing emails that helps to make sure your emails satisfy all filtering requirements.
All your email marketing efforts can fall flat if your emails go to spam or other unimportant folders. With Pepipost, your emails get right to your customers’ inbox. The plugin replaces the WordPress wp_mail function, using API integration to send emails from your WP installation.
Just enable your PHP-curl extension, go to the plugin settings page, set the Pepipost credentials, and select how your email will be sent – either through SMTP or API.
User-oriented free WooCommerce plugins for convenient store management
If you have a huge online store with several administrators, editors, authors, followers and other types of users, then you know how crucial it is to manage roles and capabilities. Advanced Access Manager is a powerful and flexible developer-oriented WooCommerce plugin for improving security and managing the access to the content of your WordPress site.
The plugin allows managing access to all types of the website content for different roles and users, define the default access to posts, pages, categories, etc. You can manage Backend Menu, Roles and Capabilities, temporary user accounts. Using the Backend Lockdown option, you can restrict access to the backend side of your online store for any role/user.
Such valuable features as 404 Redirect and Access Denied Redirect set the redirection area if the page does not exist or the access is denied.
If necessary, you can filter or replace parts of your content, define custom login and logout redirect for different roles or user, and all that. In other words, you can enjoy full control of your website.
Currency Switcher Plugin for WooCommerce
This simple but useful extension has lots of features that are highly helpful for any international online store. For example, it updates currency exchange rates automatically. It can use the user’s IP or the chosen language to select the suitable currency. The original currency can be restores on checkout.
Prices in Currency Switcher for WooCommerce are set on per product basis. The extension provides the opportunity to place the currency switcher in different places and select various format options. Besides, you can add currency switcher as widget or as shortcodes.
WP Super Cache is the number one WordPress caching plugin that speeds up and optimizes your WordPress online store. With WP Super Cache, your website will load faster as it will use less server resources.
The mechanism is the following: the plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress website. Your server will serve that file instead of processing the heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.
The static html files will be served to the most part of your users (users who are not logged in, who have not left a comment on your blog or who have not viewed a password protected post, that amount to 99% of your site visitors). One cached file can be served thousands of times. Other visitors will get custom cached files according to the specifics of their visit. If they are logged in or have left comments, those details will be displayed and cached for them.
The plugin serves cached files in 3 ways with different speed. You can choose among editing PHP files and using simple mode. The latter is fast and very easy to set up.
WooCommerce dropshipping business owners have to solve lots of tasks every day. And it’s great that there are so many useful instruments that can save you countless hours of manual work. Try these free WooCommerce plugins and enjoy the precious time that you can spend more effectively and get higher income!