Start a Dropshipping Business

Start a Dropshipping Business

When starting to sell products online, there are many options available to you. For example, you can sell your own products, or you can sell someone else’s products. In order to get the products you sell to your customers, dropshipping is a way to do so. 

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After the customer visits your online store and places their order, You will purchase the item from a physical store then package the product and hand it over to B&N delivery service so the order can be delivered directly to the customer.  

Sound like a good option for you? If so, you’re going to want to learn more. And you don’t want to start searching for retailers right away. Read all about dropshipping first to make sure this selling method is right for you.

Dropshipping Cons

As with any business method, there are going to be pros and cons with dropshipping. Let’s start with the cons first.

Low profit margins

With dropshipping, low profit margins are inevitable. Let’s face it. You’re having someone else do much of the work for you, so it’s easy to see how your profits may not be as large as with other types of business models, such as private label manufacturing, a topic that will be discussed later. 

On the bright side, you can charge the price you want for products sold on your website. Therefore, you decide what your profit is for each product. 

Highly competitive and easily duplicated

You should also know that companies that use a dropshipping model are a dime a dozen. This method is one of the more straightforward sales methods to use, so it stands to reason many different ecommerce website owners would choose this route, too. And because selling online through dropshipping is easy to do, it’s duplicated by other online stores as well.  

However, if you choose the right product niche and unique products, you can make your ecommerce store stand out from the competition.

Hard To Build A Brand

Dropshipping provides a way to divide up your tasks as a business owner and have others handle specific jobs for you. This process can make it challenging to build a brand, especially when the products are being manufactured and distributed by others. If you’re eager to build a strong brand name, dropshipping might not be the right sales model for you. On the flip side, if your primary goal is to sell products and make money, dropshipping deserves a closer look.

Dropshipping Pros

Okay, so we’ve covered ways in which dropshipping may be lacking as a business model. Now let’s focus on the shining points that make dropshipping a practical business method to choose.

Beginner Friendly

There are many moving parts to running an ecommerce business. So, if you want to ease into selling online, dropshipping can alleviate some of the pressures and duties that go along with operating an online store. 

With the beginner-friendly aspects of dropshipping, such as only having to set up and monitor your website, you can see why businesses choose this sales method, especially newbies.

Low Investment

When you start a general online business,  you should know that a lot of money often goes into getting it up and running. With such a significant investment, you want to alleviate costs wherever possible. Dropshipping can reduce some of the high costs that go into ecommerce selling. For example, you won’t have to pay for renting out expensive store space, you won’t experience high shipping and customs fees, and you don’t have to hire people to work in your company.

With dropshipping you will have to pay a few things upfront such as product advertising. However, when you compare it with what it would cost if you did everything on your own, the cost difference is easily noticeable.

Location Independent

When you operate an ecommerce website with a dropshipping process in place, your business can be located anywhere. You don’t have to base your business next to your warehouse or only sell to customers in specific locations. You can have location independence and sell wherever you like since JOY- Marketplace will be handling the advertising, island wide delivery, payment processing and other duties for you. This location independence is high in demand these days and you can acquire it with dropshipping on JOY- Marketplace.

Dropshipping is also an excellent method to choose if you want to sell trending, height ticket products. These items are high in demand and high in supply as well. You can rest easy knowing that the stores you work with can supply these items, and customers will want to buy them, too. The more popular an item is, the more profit you’ll make by selling it. 

Quicker to Test and Scale

With dropshipping, you can quickly test out new products, and scale your inventory based on the results. Since you don’t want to sell something that nobody wants, test out the products and react accordingly. If you test out selling a type of product and find out it doesn’t sell, no problem. You can take the item off your website, and try something else the supplier offers.

How Dropshipping Works

Now that you’ve uncovered the pros and cons of dropshipping, do you think this ecommerce sales method might be right for you? If so, now’s the time to learn more. Here’s how dropshipping works: 

Once your online store is set up with products listed on it, the store is ready for customers to visit and start buying. When a customer buys a product, JOY will automatically send the new order update to you. 

When you receive the order update, you will purchase the product from the store you are using to dropship. They will provide you with packaging. You will place your delivery labels on the package and request the order to be picked up by B&N delivery service which will deliver it directly to the customer under your business name. 

With their purchased package in hand, the customer is happy, content, and likely to be a repeat buyer if the experience was a good one. With all of this in mind, you can see why it’s crucial to pick an excellent dropshipping company, otherwise, you might have a one-time customer, and not a frequent buyer like you would have hoped.

How To Start a Drop Shipping Business

If you decide that a drop shipping business is for you, the next step is to get the ball rolling and start selling online. The following will take you through the steps of setting up a drop shipping business, from choosing your product niche to making sure people visit your site and want to buy the products you sell.

Research Your Product Niche

The first step to take when starting a dropshipping business is to research your product niche. You want to choose a product niche that interests you, but you also must make sure it’s a profitable one. To start the search, check out the trending products. When you do so, figure out what sells and what people have an interest in buying. Make sure you look at the price points and determine how much you can make from selling these items. After all, if you have to sell many products to make a reasonable profit, you might want to consider other product options. 

Some product niches do better in dropshipping models than others. For example, fitness, electronics, and fashion are all good options to consider. There are many products within each of these niches, which results in greater bandwidth for your sales capabilities. You can check out trending products by researching Google Trends and noting popular keywords to see which ones get used the most. All these things will help you to pinpoint the best product niche, and you can tailor your product choices from there. 

Find and Choose A Drop Ship Supplier

Once you know what you’re going to sell, you have to find a drop ship supplier that offers these items. Search around stores in your community to help you achieve your ecommerce sales goals. 

When you have your list of potential stores, consider product availability, company reviews, customer service, locations, and cost to help you make the final decision. And look carefully into the stores warranty options as this is a vital piece of the puzzle, and you want to choose the best stores out of the bunch.

Create A Business Plan

Before you set up your online store, you have to create a business plan. This business roadmap can help you through every step of the process. 

The business plan will cover everything from who your target audience is to how you’ll reach potential customers and more. It should also cover essential details such as profitability, expenses, and who your competitors are in your product niche. 

Your plan doesn’t have to be long, but it should contain all of the essential components needed to get your online store off the ground. When you have a detailed plan in place, you’ll know where you want your business to go, and how to get there.

Set Up an Online Store

So, now you have your products selected, your dropshipping research complete, and a business plan created and ready to roll out. The next step is to set up your online store.

Once you set up your online store, you’re ready to welcome online shoppers who will buy the products you sell and help you earn a profit. 

However, your work doesn’t stop there. You have to market your online store and entice individuals to shop on your website instead of visiting the sites of your competitors. 

Marketing Your Dropshipping Store

Marketing is crucial, and fortunately, there are plenty of ways to do so with your dropshipping store. From social media posts to blog articles, you can create content that will draw customers to your website and turn visitors into actual buyers. 

But you have to make sure you use a variety of marketing means to do so. And you have to continually market your dropshipping store, not just create an article or social media post once or twice and think that tons of sales will continue to flow. Continuity is key.

Use Facebook Ads and Instagram

Facebook Ads and Instagram posts will help get the word out on your ecommerce business. Use Facebook Ads to target the audience that would want to buy your products. With Instagram, create eye-catching posts with hashtags to draw people to your online store.

Check out B&N advertising plans for your store or products. 

Start your free online store today with JOY- Marketplace 

 

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