why do people get into dropshipping?
First off, it’s really fast and easy to get started and you can dropship with incredibly low investment costs.
- You also don’t need to have an established business entity when you start, though it’s smart to have one once you grow.
- You don’t have to worry about managing inventory, packing or tracking, which means you can focus almost exclusively on marketing, promotion and merchandising.
- You have access to millions of products instantly that suppliers are constantly researching
- to determine what’s trendy and what will sell.
- You set the retail price, so you control the margins.
Is Dropshipping easy or not?
dropshipping is really easy to scale because you can hire virtual assistants as your order volume increases. Of course, there can be some challenges with dropshipping:
First off, because it’s really easy to get started, there’s a higher potential for competition. That is why you’ll find a lot of advice out there recommends you start off finding a niche audience – like cat lovers, or gamers – so you can operate with less competition.
Next, there are supplier errors, though uncommon, it is inevitable that a supplier will mistakenly ship the wrong item to your customer. If this happens, don’t take it personally and handle the return like a professional either order a brand-new product from the supplier or offer a complete refund. Also, since many dropshipping suppliers are based on China, shipping times are generally longer, turning some consumers off. ePacket makes it easier, delivering some orders in as little as two weeks, but generally speaking, if you make your shipping times clear throughout the buying process, many visitors appreciate the clarity, especially if you’re selling an item or in a niche where delivery times are less crucial.
4 Steps to start Dropshipping
Start a free 14 day trial on Shopify.com
Go to Shopify.com/app-store and install the oberlo app
Find products from the app you’d like to sell and add them to your store.
Enable a payment gateway so you can start accepting money.
Shopify Payments is a great default option if you’re in one of the supported countries though you may want to enable a few other gateways like PayPal, Apple Pay, Amazon Payments or any of the 100+ payment gateways that Shopify is integrated with. Once you have all that, you’ll need to create a plan for sending traffic to your store. I won’t go into great detail about that here, but you can find a great resource for building traffic by clicking on the card above, or in the description down below.
Finally, try to produce quality content for your store, from eye-catching photography to engaging product videos to great posts for your blog, your audience loves to know more about your products, how they can be used, and the story behind them