Lately, I’ve been really into the idea of running a Shopify dropshipping store. A friend of mine is pursuing her dreams of opening her own clothing shop, and hearing her talk about working in Shopify makes me want to try it myself.
Since I’ve been so interested in it, I’ve been learning about how to do it and playing around a bit. Depending on what your business goals are, what you’re interested in and how much you want to build another business, it might just be the thing for you.
So, here’s what my research and experience tells me about opening a Shopify dropshipping store:
Step 1: Sign Up for Shopify
There won’t be any Shopify dropshipping store if you don’t sign up for one, but luckily the process is super simple. Simply go to Shopify and sign up.
While it costs around $30 to start a basic shop, they have a 14-day free trial that you can play around with while you’re deciding if it’s the best plan for you.
Simply fill out the form, pick a store name and add your business email (you can change both of these down the line, so don’t worry if you haven’t figured out exactly what you want) and open your very first account!
Step 2: Find the Best Dropshipping Apps
If you’re trying to build a Shopify dropshipping store, the right app will make sure that you get the best product. There are a ton of great options, but some of the best ones I found include:
These apps range in price and quality. Make sure you check them out to make sure they fit your niche!
Step 3: Select and Import Your Products
Once you have installed the right apps, the next step in your Shopify dropshipping store is to select the products you want and input them. Make sure to set the right pricing, fill out the description and make sure they look great on your website.
Step 4: Set Up Your Store
Once you have your products, it’s time to set up the website for your Shopify dropshipping store. They have a ton of great designs for you to start out of. Then, modify them so they fit with your brand!
Step 5: Plan Your Marketing
You won’t sell anything if you don’t market about it. Seriously, selling is about 25% finding the perfect products and 75% marketing it to potential customers. Ok, fine, that’s not an exact statistic, but marketing is REALLY important.
So, make sure that you build a comprehensive marketing strategy and run it. Then analyze, evaluate and adjust.
Step 6: Start Selling!
Once your marketing is up-and-running, it’s time to start selling your products. Make sure you’re open to tweaking products and strategy, respond fast to customers and provide an amazing experience!
Do you have your own Shopify dropshipping store? What are your tips and tricks?
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Tae started out as a journalist before following the money into the corporate world. But it turns out that the grass isn’t always greener and now you can find her spending most of her time writing about all the things she loves. Namely, money, travel and business with a hefty dose of self-deprecating humor. She is a podcast fanatic, blogging aficionado and loves to find new ways to turn passions into cold hard cash!