How I Started My Online Business From Ukraine: Vladimir’s Story

How do you start an online business if you live in Eastern Europe? Who do you target it at and what promotional channels do you use? How do you make it legal? There are many questions that an ecommerce newcomer needs to deal with!

Today, we’re talking to Vladimir, an owner of 2 online stores, and discussing his personal experience in the field. As a successful dropshipping entrepreneur, he surely has some bits of wisdom to share. Let’s welcome him and ask how he started his business from Ukraine!

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Hi, please introduce yourself!

Hi, I am Vladimir, born and raised in Ukraine. I’ve been working online for over 12 years and making money from online marketing and advertising on the Internet. 3 years ago I also started my own dropshipping business.

Can you tell why and how you started your business in Ukraine with the dropshipping model?

I chose the dropshipping business model because it’s one of the few ecommerce strategies that lets you make decent profit without experience and spending much time and money. My education is technical and I wasn’t taught how to be a businessman. But my long history of doing digital marketing was more than enough to help me start.

I first heard about dropshipping quite a long time ago but didn’t initially consider it as a serious business. It was only in 2017 when I changed my mind after I came across some AliDropship materials explaining how this business model works. I liked that there are instruments that make dropshippers’ life easier and a qualified support service that helps a lot. The knowledge base was also detailed and priceless for a beginner with no experience. So that’s what convinced me to try it.

How did your dropshipping journey begin?

My first dropshipping sale happened in 2 days after my store started working. It was a client from the USA who bought a multifunctional screwdriver set. My net income from this order was almost $20. I was really happy and satisfied with it.

In fact I did nothing extraordinary or complicated to achieve this first sale. All that I did was buy a domain, pay for hosting, import products from aliexpress.com using the free extension from AliDropship and post links to these products on social networks. And the result was not long in coming.

Now I have 2 dropshipping stores. Here are their recent performance numbers:

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What is your product strategy?

When I was choosing business niches, the most important things for me were the products’ demand, popularity and price. Now I constantly monitor aliexpress.com to see new arrivals and add them to my stores if I like them. I pay attention to suppliers’ rating, number of orders and customer reviews when I choose products. A reliable and proven supplier is very important if you want the business to work well.

Usually I double prices and get a 100% price markup. But sometimes it’s less than 100%: I compare final prices to Amazon and eBay prices and try to make them not very high.

How do you manage your business on a daily basis?

I spend 1-2 hours every day on management. Mostly I spend this time to create interesting video reviews for my products. Sometimes there are business tasks that demand a lot of time and I look for solutions to help me complete them quicker. For example I use AliDropship plugin, Social Rabbit plugin, Google Merchant and Facebook Business. These instruments are of great help when I need to import new products, create ad materials and see detailed analytics on store visits, sales and profits.

How do you promote your stores?

When I started my business I was placing paid ads in Google Merchant and Facebook. Now I try to step away from paid advertisements. I mainly promote my stores through social media: Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and some others. Mostly I post video reviews of the products on social media. And I have a very diverse target audience. Even my returning customers are people from different countries, of different ages and genders.

How do you deal with difficult customers if there are any?

I set up my business in a way that minimizes customers’ complaints. So buyers don’t usually have any problems with their orders.

There was a difficult case last year. A person mixed my store with some other store where he previously bought something and got scammed. So he wrote to me and demanded to return his money and insisted on it even after I explained that he’s wrong. He then wrote a complaint to PayPal but PayPal didn’t take any actions on me because I truly never received any payments from this person. And he even wanted to sue PayPal after this!

I asked him to make a screenshot of his payment with the name of the product he bought. After he sent it to me, I typed the name of his product in Google search. From the search results, I selected several sites with products matching the product name from the screenshot and sent them to him. I asked him to look at them and remember which one he really bought. In a few days, he wrote to me and said that he really was wrong and apologized a lot.

Did you register your online business officially?

Yes, my business is 100% legal. I registered it in the USA, in Wyoming. There are simple requirements, especially if you are a non-resident. Now I only have to pay the registration fee and the payment for intermediary service. It is about $200 per year.

After you started a business, how has your life changed?

In many ways! First of all, I earn more now. I am not dependent on a fixed workplace, I have no boss, I plan my free and working time on my own, and I am emotionally satisfied with this business.

I plan to keep working on the business, develop it further and improve my sales and profits. Also I am thinking about new strategies that I can try to promote my products better.

My family helps me run the business and my friends are also interested. They constantly ask how it’s going but none of them have yet decided to start their own business.

What can you advise our readers – those who already run their stores and those who didn’t start the business yet?

If you already have a store, I wish you the best of luck. And if you are only thinking about how to start an online business, stop worrying and doubting and start making money!

Now, you know much more about how to start an online business with little experience – and what to expect from it! And if you want more detailed, step-by-step guidelines to help your online business idea come to life, you are more than welcome to check this free in-depth guide for newcomers!

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Dropshipping Automation Software You’ve Been Looking For

Helpful dropshipping automation software is a must-have for every entrepreneur working with this business model. Let’s see what the right tools can do for you!

Why dropshipping automation software is a must-have

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Technically speaking, dropshipping is definitely an easy business to start. You can get your own store without much effort and even background experience, and you’re good to go!

However, when it comes to managing this newly made ecommerce business on a daily basis, you might feel a bit overwhelmed. There are lots of monotonous tasks you need to complete every day in order to keep the store performing at its best. Uploading products, automatically updating their prices and stock availability, editing product data, redirecting sales orders to the supplier(s), collecting tracking information from them…

Here’s when dropshipping automation software comes into play!

The steps you need to take to complete routine business processes repeat over and over again. And by some point, they might even start annoying you!

As a dropshipping business owner, you surely want to dedicate more time and effort to your store promotion and customer support, but not to these boring duties.

Fortunately, you can easily fix your working schedule thanks to special software that completes routine managerial tasks on autopilot. But where to find such tools? Pay attention to the AliDropship Plugin. It makes it really easy for you to run your dropshipping business with great pleasure and even greater profits!

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AliDropship plugin was developed by a highly skilled team of experienced developers, designers, digital marketers, and other IT specialists who have first-hand experience of running dropshipping stores. The knowledge of each stage of the dropshipping process allowed us to create a unique product. This is an easy to understand, multifunctional solution for you to automate your dropshipping venture.

So, what makes this plugin so helpful to those who have no experience at all and those people who have already tried themselves in this business?

What is dropshipping automation software capable of?

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Generally speaking, it should help you forget about as many boring ecommerce procedures as possible. 😉  Below, we will review 6 amazing things that AliDropship plugin does to make your dropshipping life fun, easy, and rewarding.

#1 Saves your time when you import products

As soon as you’ve chosen your primary suppliers and selected your future business partners, you are free to pick any of their items for your store.

It’s great that there are plenty of products! You can add a wide range of items to your store, and renew your offer from time to time. This way, you open up lots of opportunities for your customers, and increase the chances they will make a purchase.

But.

How do you choose the products for your store, make these deals look appealing for customers, and secure your profits?

There is a guide you can use to find the right dropshipping products. However, going through dozens of products and checking EVERY SINGLE ONE sounds like you’ll spend hours and days on it. Besides, it will take you even longer to add each and every of these items to your dropshipping store and edit their details manually!

What does AliDropship plugin do to fix this?

The solution we created for this purpose is automated product selection and import.

It works simply and efficiently. You can either import the desired products directly from AliExpress and edit them manually later, or import products from AliDropship’s database to get pre-edited, polished product pages in your online store immediately. Just take a look at how easy it is:

In other words, you don’t have to do all the job manually – it takes a few clicks and several minutes to complete these processes. Plus, there is no limit on the number of products you can upload. Also, all of them can be imported with all possible variations in size, color, etc., and together with authentic customer reviews that significantly boost your store visitors’ trust.

Want to sell the hottest and most demanded items only? Receive WEEKLY updates on the most popular items on the market – and get every week’s bestsellers imported to your store AUTOMATICALLY!

#2 Helps you edit product information easily

So, you’ve added all the chosen products to your dropshipping store. Now the fun begins: your goal is to make your items look appealing to the website visitors!

While importing the suppliers’ products directly from AliExpress, you automatically transfer their original photos, text descriptions, and even titles on your website, too. As a rule, it makes these pages’ content look a bit messy – and not always unique. Does it mean you need to edit every product page manually?

How does AliDropship plugin solve this?

If you prefer direct import from AliExpress, our powerful AliDropship Google Chrome extension will let you edit product info quickly and easily – just watch the video below:

This solution lets you edit multiple product parameters (title, description, variations, etc.) before importing, update products stock and prices, and more! Learn more about AliDropship Google Chrome Extension and it will become clear how it can help you save plenty of time on routine dropshipping business tasks.

And of course, your store will also benefit greatly from automated reviews import – just look how easy it is and what a difference it can make:

By the way, please note that it’s extremely important to create perfect product pages since it influences your store’s performance a lot. So this is one more piece of automation software you should pay attention to – this is Sellika!

Sellika is an example of automation dropshipping software that lets you automatically create product descriptions, drives traffic to your website, gets your business ready for launch in no time, etc.

#3 Lets you set prices for the whole product catalog

One of the most important parts of a good dropshipping product is its low price. As a rule, AliExpress products don’t cost much.

Therefore, when you’re dropshipping from AliExpress, you can set a markup that secures you a nice profit and, at the same time, leave the buyers happy with the price. But how exactly will you change the price of each product you’re adding to your store?

How our dropshipping automation software sorts it out

Meet automated price setting: it lets you easily increase all the product prices at once, with no need to edit them manually.

We have developed a special markup formula that automatically increases the product price the way you prefer. You can apply this formula to all your products, or to some specific categories. This is how you automate your dropshipping business’ pricing tasks:

We review this formula from time to time, and it gets more and more advanced options and settings. What’s more, you are able to create your own pricing formula for your store’s best performance, and AliDropship Plugin will switch to it! Stay tuned to be aware of the newest updates.

#4 Takes note of suppliers’ inventory levels

One of the key benefits of dropshipping business is staying free from many product-related concerns. You don’t manufacture products yourself, you don’t buy them beforehand, and you don’t keep them in a warehouse. All you need to do is to keep in touch with the suppliers you’ve chosen, and promote their items in your dropshipping store.

But what if your supplier decides to change some features and details of the items, stop producing them, or even runs out of stock?

These and many other situations will negatively affect your relations with customers if they decide to order these exact items. Customers’ loyalty and trust are the keys to your store’s success, so letting them down is simply dangerous.

It means that you need to keep up with all the changes your suppliers make into their offers – even if there are hundreds of them!

How you can overcome this dropshipping challenge

With our software, you don’t have to check your AliExpress suppliers everyday to make sure there are no product changes. Thanks to the automatic info updating feature, AliDropship plugin connects to AliExpress and makes the necessary edits in the product info on autopilot.

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How cool is that? The plugin checks the necessary data by itself, and your automated inventory management goes seamlessly!

By the way, even if your seller stops selling a product you’ve added to your store, it’s not a big deal. Follow the instructions here and keep going!

#5 Allows automatic order fulfillment

So, an Internet user comes to your dropshipping store, chooses some of your items, and makes a purchase.

What’s next?

You need to recall who is the seller who’s provided you with this item description. And then you have to get in touch with them as soon as you can. The seller needs to get the order details (quantity and specification of the items, the buyer’s name and address, etc.) to assemble and ship the package.

You, in turn, only need to notify your customer that their orders are dispatched, and provide them with the tracking code so they could monitor their package location.

Can you do that at short notice and efficiently if your store receives lots of orders?

Is it always possible to keep everything in mind without forgetting or mixing something up (especially if you’re working with multiple suppliers)?

As soon as your store becomes popular (and that’s your goal, right?), managing multiple orders might become tricky. You even start thinking you need to come up with a whole management system!

How can AliDropship Plugin help you with this issue?

To streamline your order management, feel free to use AliDropship plugin’s automatic order processing feature.

When a customer places an order in your dropshipping store, you don’t have to contact the AliExpress seller by yourself. The software transfers the necessary information to your supplier automatically, so that you don’t need to do it manually. It means you get rid of the risk of forgetting and mixing something up.

What is also great, when the supplier sends the package, AliDropship plugin provides you with detailed data on the order tracking.

Surely enough, it does a lot for your convenience – and for improving your clients’ shopping experience!

#6 Improves your conversions

Your dropshipping store needs to compete with a huge number of similar online marketplaces. So, you want to create a memorable shopping destination, and build a community of loyal customers and followers around it.

Do you think it’s an easy task for a person who has little to no previous experience in running and promoting online stores? Most certainly, it’s not.

What can our dropshipping automation software do to help you?

If you run your dropshipping store with AliDropship plugin, you don’t have to worry about converting visitors into buyers.

First of all, the plugin goes with built-in best WordPress themes: you’re free to choose any of them as the basis for the layout and appearance of your store.

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Thanks to this opportunity, you can be absolutely sure that your store is professionally designed. Meanwhile, it’s mobile-friendly and easy to navigate. That’s a great foundation for a pleasant shopping experience, right?

What’s more, you can heavily benefit from the power of social proof thanks to the plugin’s feature of importing authentic product reviews! Seeing that other people are happy with these exact products, the store visitors will get much more likely to place their orders, too.

To make your visitors even more interested in purchasing from you, it’s also possible to enable catchy discount coupons. No one is able to resist a tempting deal!

Dropshipping automation software: do you really need it?

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As you can see, dropshipping software lets you overcome the most common ecommerce business challenges and enjoy:

  • Effortless store management

Setting up your dropshipping store has never been easier! You don’t have to spend days and weeks on figuring out how this business works or developing management procedures. The software does all that for you. All your data is gathered in your Personal account. So that you can easily see, run, and improve all the business processes.

  • Time and money savings

Why waste your time on something that can run effectively without your direct involvement?

Besides, the automation of dropshipping processes means that you don’t need to hire anyone. Even when your business starts growing really fast!

However, it also means that you can use the time and funds you’ve saved in order to run ad campaigns, promote your business by means of other channels, and benefit a lot from it!

  • Easy business expansion

If you don’t perform all of your business operations manually, nothing stops you from further expanding your business. Want to try out a new customers’ segment, add a new product category, or open a couple of new stores? Why not! You can always rely on the automated software which you already know and trust.

How can you automate your dropshipping business?

So, using AliDropship plugin in your online store, you can save multiple hours of your time every day, and enjoy the hassle-free performance of your fully functional profitable dropshipping business. Now, you must be wondering: how can you launch such an ecommerce business from scratch? There are 3 options we’re excited to offer you!

Create a store through your own effort

A cool thing about AliDropship plugin is that it lets you easily create a full-scale dropshipping store by yourself. In this case, you simply need to install and activate the plugin on any WordPress or WooCommerce website. Then, it requires you to adjust some settings. Here are the first steps you need to take in order to build an AliDropship-based dropshipping store.

Order a custom dropshipping store

Do you like the idea of the plugin that manages your online business on autopilot? But are you eager to get a smooth start in dropshipping? And don’t you want to bother yourself with technical details? In this case, that’s the perfect option for you! A custom dropshipping store is a unique ecommerce website that our team is happy to develop for you on your request. Of course, this store is based on AliDropship plugin, too – that’s what makes it so convenient in daily management.

Do you already have the idea of what to sell and how your store should look like? Our digital marketing experts will be happy to consider all your preferences and ideas. Check out this article to learn more about the easiest way to start a dropshipping business!

Get a copy of a premium dropshipping store

As you can guess, it takes some time to develop a custom store even if a whole team of specialists works on it. No doubts, you will also spend some time on the store creation if you want to assemble it by yourself.

But what if you want to start selling immediately? What if you’d like to start your business with no guesswork or experiments, and enjoy its profitable performance from day one?

In this case, we’re thrilled to show you our Premium dropshipping stores! These are AliDropship’s self-owned stores: we’ve created them on our own initiative, not on some client’s request. We’re managing and promoting them to the best of our knowledge. This is why their operational data is so impressive – you can check the numbers yourself!

And what’s most exciting, we offer you the opportunity to buy an exact copy of any of these stores. This way, you can instantly become an owner of a venture that fully recreates a successful business model. So you can easily achieve the same – if not higher – performance results with a Premium Dropshipping Store!

What would you say to the opportunity to get user-friendly dropshipping automation software that can change your business life for good? It’s time to make your decision!

Learn more about dropshipping automation software.

How Much Does It Cost To Start A Dropshipping Business In 2021? [5 Options]

Well, here is #1 dropshipping FAQ: how much does it cost to start a dropshipping business in 2021? So let’s figure that out!

Time goes by, but starting your own business is still the most attractive and reliable option to get a stable source of high income.

Are there any ways to start a business easily and with small investment? In fact, there are a number of options that look really tempting. Due to the fact that ecommerce is growing rapidly, this is dropshipping that is undoubtedly one of the surest and most promising ways to start your own venture.

So how much does it cost to start dropshipping in 2021? Do you really need thousands of dollars to get in dropshipping? In practice, how much funds should you have to start thinking of your own venture? And with whom is it better to build your business if you want to start dropshipping easily with a minimum budget?

AliDropship answers!

How much does it cost to start a dropshipping business in 2021: can I start dropshipping for 0$?

There are lots of views on how much money you need to start dropshipping. Fortunately, AliDropship has been in this game long enough to know this for sure. The point is that we have been assisting our clients to easily start, run, and promote their dropshipping ventures for almost 10 years.

This is exactly why we know first-hand how much funds you need to have in order to launch your dropshipping business. What is more, we are happy to offer ecommerce newbies different options, for any taste and budget.

Actually, you can try to start dropshipping for 0$. If you already have a website and enough IT skills, you have a chance to launch your online store for free using free trials, etc. However, if we speak about building a business that is supposed to bring you profits on a long-term basis, you would rather spend some.

But this is all about a small sum that lets you not only create an online store, but get a complete launch, get your store on track, and start gaining profits.

How much does it cost to start a dropshipping business in 2021: a minimum budget

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So let’s work out the minimal budget you need to start dropshipping in 2021.

At first, we should figure out what things are necessary to launch an online store.

Since dropshipping allows you to avoid the difficulties of any brick and mortar business, there essentially are only five steps to launching a store:

  • Choose a niche
  • Create a website
  • Find suppliers
  • Add products to your site
  • Come up with a marketing strategy

Well, let’s move on to the figures!

Niche research

Expenses – $0.

There is no need to pay money. Besides, if you don’t want to spend any time on carrying out research by yourself, there’s an easy solution. Our team offers you a free niche research tool that estimates the niche potential and even gives some recommendations on how to use it in your business most efficiently.

However, you should understand that choosing a niche for your business plays a crucial role in your future success. So if you have an opportunity to pay particular attention to this stage of your business launch, we recommend that you learn more about the service our marketing experts offer – it’s Deep Dropshipping Niche Research.

Website creation

Expenses – $134.

Now let’s take a closer look at creating your site. What do you need to get it? Here is the list of the must-haves:

  • Domain

 Expenses – $10.

To launch your dropshipping business, you need to buy a domain name. Simply speaking, your domain name is the address of your website. It’s unique and it lets customers find your site on the Internet. On GoDaddy.com, you can buy a decent domain name for about $10 for the first year.

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  • Hosting

Expenses – $48.

The next step is hosting. In other words, you need a server for your website. You can search for one on your own or use our service. Please pay attention to hosting from AliDropship. It suits dropshipping perfectly and costs only $48 per year.

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  • WordPress content management system (CMS)

Expenses – $0.

Now, you’ve got a domain name and a hosting provider. What’s next? It’s time to build your website now!

Go to WordPress.org and download its software to your server.

The beauty of this software is that it’s absolutely free. You spend $0 again.

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  • AliDropship plugin

Expenses – $89.

The next thing you need is AliDropship plugin. It’s going to wrap up the process of creating and running your online store.

By the way, the AliDropship Plugin price hasn’t changed for many years!

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But, we’ve got a surprise for you. A little lifehack: just use the ‘STARTER15’ coupon code as it’s shown on the picture below. This way, you save $13, and pay less than $76!

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Here, on the same page, you can also put a tick and add hosting for 1 year, which we’ve already mentioned.

Now when you’ve done it, there is one last thing left. Customize your website as you’d like to. Naturally, you don’t need to pay yourself for your own efforts 🙂

Let’s sum it up! Your domain name is going to cost you about $10. Plus, you’ll spend $124 on hosting and AliDropship plugin combined. The rest is available for free.

So the total price for your website is $134.

Suppliers and products

Expenses – $0.

The next step is to find a reliable supplier you are going to deal with.

But the question is, how to do that? How can you find such a partner that will provide your clients with high-quality products?

All you need to do is go to AliExpress and make your choice. Please pay attention to our guide on how to find a dropshipping supplier. What we’re interested in is the price. And you don’t need to pay any fees to anyone.

When you’ve chosen your business partners, you can add products to your online store.

You’ve already got the AliDropship plugin. This means you can import as many dropshipping products from AliExpress as you want. You pay nothing for this.

However, if you’re eager to make the most of your business, you should consider your product strategy completely. The fact is that you need to have several extremely popular products in your online store that you’ll advertise. These products are supposed to bring you most of the profits.

So if you want to find a really promising product for your business and not to make a mistake at this essential step, let our dropshipping experts find a winning product and consider an ad strategy for you!

Marketing

Expenses – $0.

In fact, you can reduce your marketing costs to minimum and promote your online store yourself with $0. In this case, it’s a great idea to learn about SEO as much as you can. Search engine optimization (SEO) is one of the most powerful free marketing tools you could have under your belt. If you properly optimize your website in general and product pages in particular, people will naturally come across your online store.

Websites such as Quora.com could be great sources of free traffic to your store.

People post all sorts of questions there. Reply to those that your target audience might be interested in. Don’t forget to include links leading to your site into your answers.

Another must-do thing is your activity on social networks. Depending on the niche you’re dealing with, you can successfully promote your store on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.

You need to create accounts on these platforms, find communities related to your niche, post comments and so on. In other words, you should manually promote your store there.

Yes, it takes quite a lot of time. If you want to save it, we recommend you pay attention to Social Rabbit add-on and pass the torch to it.

The best news here? You can start with the Rabbit’s FREE 7-day trial before making your final decision! And of course, you are more than welcome to rely on useful marketing tips in the special section in AliDropship blog.

Well, we’ve found out that at least for the first time, there is an opportunity to get along without any marketing expenses.

It means you can spend only $134 to start your dropshipping business in 2021! Sounds tempting, doesn’t it?

Dropshipping startup costs in 2021: a medium budget

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It may seem to you that despite the fact that it’s extremely cheap to start a dropshipping business, there are a number of tasks that require you to have special skills and a lot of time. This is exactly why AliDropship is happy to provide you with different options to launch your dropshipping venture.

Would you like our highly qualified personnel take over technically complex and time-consuming tasks?

It means if you are ready to expand your budget a little bit, you can avoid some difficulties. And in dropshipping, you don’t really need much to get around many obstacles.

Let’s be honest. Getting a complete ready-to-go business for $500 is a good deal.

Yet, it could be cheaper if it’s the dropshipping business.

Here are two main options to get a ready-made online business AliDropship is happy to offer.

Custom dropshipping store

You can order a custom store from AliDropship. And within 12-25 business days, you’re going to be an owner of an online store built for you by the team of professionals according to your preferences only. Let’s look closer at what you actually get when you buy a custom store.

  • A niche research
  • A domain name
  • Google Analytics integration
  • Website customization
  • AliDropship plugin
  • At least 50 products that has already been added to your store (you can add more later)
  • On-site SEO
  • Social page on Facebook

Not bad, right?

But the best part is that you can start your dropshipping business for $299. And pay your particular attention to the fact it’s a ONE-TIME payment.

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But there’s more good news. It would be unfair not to tell you how you could save a bit more money. Use the coupon code ‘CUSTOM10’ to get $30 off your store cost!

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Along with hosting for 1 year, it’s going to cost you $317.

The rest of your money can be invested in your PPC (pay per click) campaign, Instagram shoutouts, paid Facebook ads, Google ads, etc. This is going to drive more traffic to your site. These are the people which are highly likely to make a purchase in your online store.

So, you spend $317 on the custom store and hosting and, let’s say, $180 on paid ads. And if you have a medium budget, starting your dropshipping business in 2021 is going to cost you less than $500. That’s a bargain!

Premium dropshipping store

Besides custom dropshipping stores, AliDropship has developed one more option for you to get a quick and easy start in dropshipping. It’s all about our well-loved Premium Dropshipping Stores.

How do they differ from our custom stores? Actually, we answered this question in our detailed guide on how to choose a dropshipping store, feel free to read it. But the point is that Premium Dropshipping Stores are the exact copies of the most successful dropshipping store AliDropship has ever run.

So what do you get in case of a purchasing premium dropshipping store? You get a ready-to-go dropshipping store that you need only to upload to your hosting.

How much do such dropshipping stores cost?

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Here is great news again: prices of Premium Dropshipping stores start from the same $300.

What to buy: custom or premium stores?

Custom Dropshipping Stores suit those entrepreneurs best who are eager to get a store made according to their preferences only: they will have an opportunity to choose a niche, influence the selection of products to sell, the website design, etc. However, you will have to wait for such an online store for 12 business days or more.

Premium Dropshipping stores suit those entrepreneurs best who want to get their store right here and right now. After completing a purchase of a premium store, you will get the materials you need to upload to your hosting almost on the same day, almost instantly. Meantime, you have to choose one of the stores that already deal with a niche and number of products. If you want to change the niche or something else after purchasing a store, you will have to do this yourself.

How much does it cost to start a dropshipping business in 2021: a maximum budget

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How long may it take you to become a CEO of a prosperous company?

Usually, it doesn’t happen fast.

But dropshipping is an exception! Here, you can run your business and only be concerned about scaling it: the rest of the tasks won’t be your headache anymore.

Actually, AliDropship is happy to offer you two options.

Ultimate custom store

Under the Ultimate package, you can get a custom store specifically created for you by AliDropship team. It will have extra advantages apart from the ones mentioned above – and only require a ONE-TIME payment of $899.

What’s the point?

Along with the benefits listed in the Medium budget section, you get:

  • 150 more products added to your store
  • More detailed SEO elements
  • Twitter, Instagram and YouTube pages created along with the facebook account
  • Promo video that shows your customers all the advantages of your online store

And the cherry on top – the Social Rabbit add-on which takes over all your social media activity

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In fact, whatever your financial situation is, saving money is always a wise move. If you choose the most advanced package, don’t forget to use the same coupon code ‘CUSTOM10’ – and $90 will stay with you.

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As you can see, for only $857 you can buy a store and hosting for 1 year. At the same time, you get enough time to devote to your online store development. So you can consider your marketing strategy properly and invest as much money in it as you can afford.

Premium dropshipping store + Marketing & Installation packages

Besides ultimate custom stores, it’s also premium stores with additional packages that suit you best in case you’re ready to invest more money in your startup. So what will you get if ordering a Premium Dropshipping Store with Marketing and Installation packages?

  • An exact copy of an online store that is ready to be uploaded to your website.
  • A wide range of marketing materials our specialists used to promote the original store and benefited from.
  • Prepaid 1 year hosting, 3 domain names to choose from, store logo editing, assistance in setting up a payment gateway, uploading the online store to your website

As you can see, if you buy such an online store, you won’t have to do anything – you get a ready-to-go online store from scratch that also provides you with ad materials to promote it. This cost only $700! Doesn’t it look like a bargain?

However, we’ve decided to move on. If you use the ‘PREIMUM10’ coupon at the checkout, you will get 10% off your online store. So it will cost you only $630.

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Summing it up: how much does it cost to start a dropshipping business

So let’s make a conclusion. The cost of the custom store and hosting is $857 and the cost of your promotional activities is up to you. And the cost of the premium dropshipping store with additional packages is $630.

So how much does it cost to start a dropshipping business? In fact, the maximum price you pay for your dropshipping business is $600-900 or more in case you’re ready to invest in your online store promotion. Actually, these dropshipping costs are not much for your own fully-functioning ecommerce business that has all chances to become your stable source of high income, is it?

So how much does it cost to start a dropshipping business in 2021? Now you know this for sure. You can size up your budget to get a smooth start in dropshipping and build your own profitable ecommerce platform you’ve always dreamed of as soon as you’re ready. So wait no more!

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Can An Ecommerce Affiliate Program Change Your Life? Let’s Ask Hogan!

Welcome our very special guest! Hogan Chua is more than just an AliDropship user, affiliate, and long-time supporter. He is a talented YouTube educator with a grateful audience of 70K+ followers — and we’re excited that he kindly agreed to share his professional insights and advice with our readers! As a successful member of multiple ecommerce affiliate programs, he can definitely teach us a thing or two about creating content, working with your audience – and of course, making money as an affiliate! 

Disclaimer: all the success stories published in AliDropship blog are the results of interviews conducted in the written form. Even though the editors may make some minor changes to the grammar, spelling, and/or punctuation, the respondents’ writing styles, views, opinions, stores screenshots and personal photos are left unchanged.

Hi, please, introduce yourself!

First of all, I’d like to thank AliDropship for the opportunity to share my story here. So here it goes!

My name is Hogan Chua, I’m from Melbourne, Australia. I went to University after high school to study accounting and finance cause that was the “path”. I only choose those subjects cause I thought it might be useful later when I start a business. But to be honest, I don’t know how much it has helped my business and what I do now. Perhaps for some other industries it is useful but for others (such as making money online) it’s probably best to get real world experience.

I guess university wasn’t that bad, with the chance to meet some new friends and have fun. Plus, it gives you something to say when people ask you what you are doing.

I love to play badminton, that definitely takes my mind off everything and also great physical exercise. Other than that, I like listening to audiobooks, watching Netflix, watching food/travel videos or just going out for a walk to get coffee!

What’s your background in joining an ecommerce affiliate program or running an online business in general?

When I first started trying to make money online, I just learnt about it from blogs and forums. I started out creating a few types of blogs reviewing different products and I made a few sales here and there.

So I decided instead of that, it’s better to transition to selling SEO services which did quite well – for a few years until 2014. So long ago!

Then, in mid-2015 I started creating tutorials on YouTube.

Why did you decide to focus on working for an ecommerce affiliate program, after all? How did it all begin?

It’s a long story, but the short story is that when I was a kid, my parents owned a restaurant. They were always working, so we didn’t have the chance to travel or do many activities. So everything about affiliate marketing appealed to me:

  • Freedom
  • Low cost and affordability of scaling your venture
  • (Semi-)passive income
  • The opportunity to travel & work at the same time
  • Independence – it’s probably something I value more these days because creating the things you want is really rewarding.

My experience with affiliate marketing began back around 2010 or 2011 – wow, 10 years ago!

Back in the day, I was making review websites for making money online products/dating products from Clickbank. Haha.

From the end of 2011 till 2014 I was selling SEO services & doing some marketing for local businesses.

Then in 2015, I wanted to create a night market stall selling desserts (inspired after being involved in one in late 2014) and for that I needed money. So I was trying to figure out how to fund that venture.

Back in 2014 or early 2015, I had a recently built website on WordPress and an amazing drag & drop WordPress theme called Themify for a local car mechanic business.

At the time, most of the tutorials and builders out there were really bad.

So I realised that there was an opportunity on YouTube for me to create a video to show people how to make a WordPress website and monetize with web hosting.

And that’s where it all started.

I guess the moral of the story is that you have to start from somewhere and eventually you will see the opportunities. Once you see that opportunity, you have to take the leap.

How did you learn about AliDropship products and its ecommerce affiliate program?

I stumbled across AliDropship when I wanted to start dropshipping just to test some products for a new ecommerce venture. So I was looking for a plugin that could add that functionality to my WordPress website.

So I looked at a few options and finally ended up purchasing AliDropship plugin.

At first, I was a bit skeptical about the plugin and whether it would work well or not.

Although I love WordPress, themes, and plugins, sometimes they don’t work well together or aren’t easy to set up and use.

Surprisingly, AliDropship was super easy to use and importing products from AliExpress was a breeze – much better than I expected.

At that time, there were so many Shopify tutorials on dropshipping using Oberlo, but none on WordPress. So since it was a great product, I knew other people would appreciate it too and that inspired me to create a video on it.

So then I signed up for the AliDropship Affiliate program and it was a breeze too.

How do you rate your experience of participating in this ecommerce affiliate program?

There are lots of things I like about AliDropship affiliate program:

  • The commissions: they are among the highest ones
  • A very simple and easy dashboard to track commissions
  • The opportunity to create deep links (i.e linking to other pages)
  • A great product means conversions are quite good
  • Julia, my affiliate manager has been a pleasure to work with, answering all concerns I had very promptly

But overall, what I love about AliDropship is their great documentation, helpful guides, resources, additional services, plugins, themes and anything that helps people to create a better dropshipping store.

This was the thing that impressed me the most because not many WordPress plugins do this. And I’m not saying this because I’m an affiliate – you can see for yourself 🙂

Do you participate in other ecommerce affiliate programs? What’s your average income?

Yes, I also promote some web hosting, several WordPress themes, SEO software, numerous digital/virtual products. Plus, I’m a member of Amazon Associates.

Generally, summing up all the affiliate programs I’m a part of (including AliDropship), it would be over 5 figures per month or so on average. Right now, it’s on the lower end and hopefully working up to mid-5 figures by end of the year.

But the great thing about it, is that my commissions are paid in USD – so a conversion to Australian Dollars (AUD) is around x1.35. One of the great things about affiliate marketing is that you could be living in Asia or a country where cost of living is cheaper and earn USD!

How exactly do you promote these products? What’s your advice for fellow affiliates?

The main strategy I use to promote the products is to create videos on YouTube. Also, I create content for my website and blog. Videos and articles both work well together. But if you are starting out, choose ONE medium and focus on that.

If you like writing and don’t want to be on camera, then create a blog.

If you don’t like writing, then make videos. You don’t even have to show your face! If you are doing tutorials, reviews, you can use something like Camtasia (PC software) and Screenflow (Mac software) for screen recordings.

Overall, do videos if you can because there’s a lot of opportunity there – simply because most people don’t want to put themselves out there.

There are tons of videos teaching a ton of affiliate marketing strategies, but definitely I would recommend either one of those two. The reason is, both primary traffic sources come via search. And every day there is a consistent amount of people searching for things.  That’s how affiliate marketing can be fairly passive!

If you compare this to promoting via social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook etc., those can work, too, but not as passive channels. They are more one-off and it’s not as natural to promote your links to your audience everyday.

If your primary focus is monetizing through some ecommerce affiliate program, then I would recommend creating how-to videos, reviews, comparisons, and top-10 selections. These types of content are great because it’s a few steps away from the purchasing.

Of course, you can create other types of content, too, that may work well for audience building/traffic – it’s really up to you. This is also one of the pros of affiliate marketing: you can be super creative.

How do you research your target audience to connect with it better?

  • First, I deal with my own problems that can be solved with the products I’m promoting
  • I read the YouTube comments/emails I receive
  • I look at questions people ask on Quora, Reddit, or niche forums

These are the three main ways, and I definitely recommend trying to solve your own problems first. It’s the easiest and best way because 80% of the time your audience is facing the same problems as you.

You can create a simple user profile on Milanote. It helps to know what you should include in your video, what to talk about and what questions you can address in your content.

An example of a user profile on Milanote, a handy tool for affiliate marketers

Being an affiliate marketer, treat your content as your product. Just as if you were to open a restaurant, your main product would be the food. So if you know your customers, you can tailor your menu to the food they love.

It’s very simple, but I think most people probably don’t think about it this way. Rather, they just think about the commissions. But it’s the content that gives you commissions! And to create great content, you need to understand the users/readers/viewers.

What are the most difficult challenges of being an affiliate marketer?

The most challenging thing about affiliate marketing is definitely staying focused. Since a lot of time is spent on the computer researching, writing, testing, there can be a lot of distractions.

And especially because I’m normally working alone, without much schedule, it’s very easy to work a bit, go out and come back.

To deal with this, I try to get to sleep a bit earlier. I also downloaded some Chrome extensions to block YouTube Home screen and Facebook. I’m still working on this, but I think once I do, it will make the biggest difference.

Due to COVID-19, we recently came out of a very long 112 day lockdown where we were limited to just travelling within 5kms. That was tough. But I know a lot of others who have had it much tougher, so can’t complain much. Luckily, now the cases are under control here and hopefully we can get a vaccine soon. Then we can all get back to “normal” in mid-2021.

In terms of income, the pandemic didn’t make too much difference. Luckily, I could keep working. The thing that it made me realise was that I was fortunate to learn these skills. And it just gave me more overall clarity of what I want to do in the future.

How much time does it take you every day to manage your ecommerce affiliate programs?

I don’t really track how much time I spend on my online business. I probably should, though, to start working more efficiently and to be more productive.

But generally, for a half of the day (around 10-12+ hours), I’m probably doing something related to it. It can be researching, testing, recording, editing, strategizing, reading, watching useful videos on different topics or doing some general accounting and paperwork, etc.

The biggest demand on time is going to be the content.

It’s kind of funny, though. One of the main reasons to get into affiliate marketing for me was the passive income and the chance not to do much work. And I think that is probably on a lot of people’s mind, so I want to touch on this.

What I’ve learned over time and getting older, travelling and doing the things I thought I wanted, it’s not about working less anymore. Rather, it’s about progression, creating something amazing/helpful and enjoying the process of it. It becomes almost like a game, a sport.

Could you please share an image of what your desk or workspace looks like?

I have two main workspaces. I try to move around a bit because working at the same place can get uninspiring at times. The first picture is my home office and the second one is my living area desk.

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I hope everything gets back to normal soon, so I can travel back to Asia: I love the weather and food there.

How has your life changed?

Honestly, I’ve never had a “real” full-time job so I don’t know what it feels like to work in an office type of environment. I only worked part-time as a waiter at my dad’s restaurant during high school and university. So, if we were to compare it with being a waiter, the biggest difference is that because of being able to make money online, you can make money 24/7/365 and work from anywhere. No commute to work. My own schedule!

Most of my family/friends have no idea what it is I do exactly. I don’t really mind, and I’d rather be low key anyways. I remember at a time, I felt pressure to find a job and that people didn’t believe me. But looking back, it’s a good pressure to have and it’s very natural when you are trying something a bit different. All the enemies you have are just in your own mind.

What’s your advice for our readers – those who have already signed up for some ecommerce affiliate program and those who are considering it?

My advice for those who are considering it is that affiliate marketing is like a sport. It will take time to get good at it and to start earning a decent amount per month. So don’t expect it to be a get-rich-quick scheme. Don’t worry about finding the perfect niche, perfect product to promote: it takes trial and error.

If you already are part of an ecommerce affiliate program and want to see better results, focus on creating the best content you can, something new, unique. Instead of trying to write 10 articles, focus on just 1. The same is true for videos: instead of 10, focus on 1. Make it to the best of your ability because to make commissions, you need to be ranking on the first page. And bad content isn’t going to rank well – hence, no traffic and no commissions.

Doing the hard things, putting in the time and effort is the shortcut to success.

If you want to learn more about Affiliate marketing, I’ve made a complete Beginners Tutorial showing you the exact blueprint of How to Create an Affiliate Marketing Website – see below!

And the best thing about it? I’m also creating a REAL niche case study example. Hopefully, I’ll be able to make an update video in 3-6 months to share the progress, so make sure to subscribe! You can also find me at: hoganchua.com .

So, what does it take to succeed in an ecommerce affiliate program? Thanks to Hogan’s generous guidance and insights, you know the answer now – and we’ll be excited to see you putting it into action as a new AliDropship affiliate, too!

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How Sam Went From 0 To $72K+ In Sales In 6 Months After Starting A Business With No Experience

How far can you go when you’re starting a business with no experience? Sam, a dropshipping store owner from New Zealand, is here today to talk about his ecommerce journey – let’s welcome him!

Disclaimer: all the success stories published in AliDropship blog are the results of interviews conducted in the written form. Even though the editors may make some minor changes to the grammar, spelling, and/or punctuation, the respondents’ writing styles, views, opinions, stores screenshots and personal photos are left unchanged.

Hi, please introduce yourself!

Hi, I’m Sam, a web designer from New Zealand. Oh, and I also play guitar in a metal band.

What’s your story of starting a business with no experience?

It has all begun with some random YouTube ad I saw about dropshipping. The idea seemed interesting to me: the lower risk meant there was no reason not to try. So I started googling further, and discovered AliDropship plugin, and that’s basically the whole story 🙂

At the beginning, obviously, I had web design experience as that’s my core profession, but no ecommerce knowledge or background whatsoever. In this context, the WooCommerce plugin of course, was a game changer. It’s simply vital to the business, it would not be possible otherwise to even start it.

How does your business perform now?

I keep running 1 WooCommerce store only, and here’s what it made in the first 6 months of its operation:

A screenshot showing the performance of the business Sam started with no experience

Quite unexpectedly, I got the first few sales quickly – it was really surprising. I think the reason is, I just found a good product range. Actually, I belong to my own target audience, too 🙂 That’s why I can easily sort out the products that I would use and enjoy myself.

In general, my strategy is to find some products with a growing demand for them, and become their ‘early seller’ in my target region. Probably, the pricing approach helps winning more customers, too – I just go about a 50% margin. Every now and then, I add more products to keep my offer relevant – what’s also crucial, it helps with SEO a lot. While evaluating and choosing AliExpress sellers to partner with, I pay the closest attention to their speed of shipping and communication rating.

How do you promote your store?

As I mentioned, SEO is an important business aspect in my case. I rank well now in Google, but organic traffic is not my only source of buyers. I also run some Google Ads and Facebook Ads to reach more specific customer audiences. Per month, it costs me about $500-$1,000 on average to advertise the business.

Is there anything special in terms of daily store management when you’re starting a business with no experience?

With the right software, technically speaking, it’s not really time-consuming even if you don’t have previous experience. It only takes me about 1-2 hours per day to manage my store, and I mostly spend it on order processing and sorting out clients’ enquiries.

Human factor matters a lot, at the same time. It’s just fascinating how differently people can react to issues like delays. Some are lovely and endlessly understanding and others are not! That’s why I’d say that managing shipping time expectations is the biggest challenge I have to face as a business owner. I have to state shipping times very clearly and have a set of policies published on my website to help me out with this part. If there’s an issue with shipping, I just use these guidelines to explain what’s going on. But sometimes, of course, I have to offer discounts if delivery takes way too long and the customer is unhappy.

How has your life changed?

I’m a business owner now – I registered it officially, and thankfully, there aren’t many requirements for me (mostly, simply declare my income for tax purposes). There’s certainly a lot more freedom! I only work 2 days at my regular job now. My friends and family are supportive, and my plans to tour Europe with my band start seeming more real 🙂

Any words of wisdom you’d like to share with those starting a business with no experience?

It’s very worthwhile even if it takes some hard work!

Even if you don’t have much experience in ecommerce, it can’t really stop you from becoming a prosperous business owner! With a range of ready online business solutions to choose from, your successful venture is just one click away. Ready to make this life-changing step? 😉 

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Dropshipping For Dummies: Starting Your Online Business In 15 Steps

Are you tired of working on a full-time job or just want to earn some extra money? Starting your own ecommerce business and selling products online can be the answer for you! With our dropshipping for dummies guide, you will understand why dropshipping is the most affordable and least energy-consuming way to pull it off!

So, you’ve decided to get your own dropshipping store, and even purchased our plugin for this purpose – now what? Let’s explore the step-by-step process of launching your awesome moneymaking business!

Dropshipping for dummies: technical issues

First things first: let’s start our “dropshipping for dummies” guide with the essential basics!

To make the most of the AliDropship plugin, you need to install it on the website where your store will be located. Here’s what you need to do if you don’t have the necessary site yet.

1. Buy a domain

When creating a website for the first time in their life, most people have no idea what a domain is, and why they need to get it.

To put it simply, a domain name is the address of your website. All domain names are unique and there can’t be 2 identical domain names on the Internet.

For example, the domain name of our website is alidropship.com and it is the only one of its kind.

In order to get a domain name, visit websites such as Namecheap, for example. Type a desired domain name in the search box and click the search button.

If your domain name is already taken, you will get a list of available alternatives. You can choose a domain name from this list or look for another one.

If you want to learn more about how to choose the perfect domain name for your dropshipping store, feel free to read our article. And we’re switching to the next step!

2. Find a hosting provider

Let’s say you have chosen and bought a domain name. Now it’s high time to find a hosting provider and place your website on the Internet.

How and where do you find a hosting provider?

Any information on the Internet is stored on different servers. If you don’t know what a server is, in simple terms, it is a computer that works 24 hours a day and stores a lot of information.  This information can be easily accessed from other devices such as desktop computers, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, etc.

In order to make your dropshipping website accessible to other people on the Internet, you need to buy storage space on a server. This storage space is called hosting. A company that offers you hosting is a hosting provider.

You can find a hosting provider on the Internet or use our services. AliDropship hosting solution guarantees high technical performance and provides you with excellent customer service and support.

Please note: before buying hosting, make sure it meets the system requirements!

3. Install WordPress

When you have found a hosting provider and got a domain name, it’s time to build your website. For this purpose, you need to install WordPress on your hosting.

WordPress is a content management system that allows you to build and manage your website without any programming knowledge. WordPress is free and can be easily downloaded from the official website (WordPress.org).

The question we’d like to highlight in this dropshipping for dummies guide is “Why to choose WordPress over other content management systems?” Go here for a detailed answer! In a nutshell, if you want to use the best solution for AliExpress dropshipping, setting up WordPress is a must.

As a rule, there are 2 ways to install WordPress – automatic and manual. And each of them doesn’t pose any serious problems. In our knowledge base, we have a detailed plan on how to install WordPress, so feel free to read it.

If you do everything right, your WordPress admin panel will look something like this.

Dropshipping for dummies: this is how your WordPress admin panel should look like

4. Install AliDropship Plugin

Well, the hardest part is over. It’s high time to install AliDropship Plugin and start making money.

Go to your WP account, choose the Plugins tab, click the “add new” button, upload the plugin from your computer and install it.

Congratulations! Your plugin is installed successfully.

Dropshipping for dummies: here is how you install a plugin on WordPress

5. Activate your AliDropship license key

After installing the plugin, you have to activate it so that it could start working. For that purpose, you need your key license.

You can find the key in two places – on the “Thank You” page that you see right after purchasing the AliDropship plugin or in the confirmation email that you can find in your inbox.

Copy the license key, paste it into the plugin settings, and click the “Activate” button.

Dropshipping for dummies: how to activate your AliDropship license key

Well done! Your AliDropship Plugin is good to go.

Please note that the key license is unique and valid for one domain name only! So if you want to share it with your friends, it won’t do the trick.

Dropshipping for dummies: the creative part

Hopefully, you have successfully completed all the technical requirements. Now, it’s time to be creative!

Please note, if you still have some difficulties with any technical issues, visit our help center or contact our support team. They are always glad to help you.

6. Choose the theme for your store

A theme determines your website appearance. In other words, when you choose a theme, you choose the design of your website.

We offer you many beautiful themes that have great customization options. All themes are free and you can easily download them from our website.

dropshipping for dummies choosing themes

We have tested all the themes and can safely say that each of them is perfect for customizing a dropshipping store. So choose the one that you like the most and download it.

After that, go to your WordPress panel, find the Appearance button, and click Themes. In the opened window, find the Add New button, choose the downloaded theme, and install it. Don’t forget to activate the chosen theme!

Let’s say, you’ve installed the Andy Warhol theme. In this case, your store will look something like this.

best WP themes

Now, let’s make your website unique and memorable!

7. Customize your dropshipping website

Before you get started your ecommerce business, you need to create the store design elements such as your own store logo, favicon, main page images, and banners. You can do it on your own or with the help of professional designers. Of course, it is not necessary to appeal to the big design studios and pay them a lot of money! You can turn to freelancers to get it, for example.

After getting all the pictures, go to the customization section, and change all the things related to your website appearance. Feel free to play around with colors and pictures to achieve the website design you like! But before you make any changes, kindly go to the Themes section of our Knowledge base to see how to customize your specific theme properly.

Also, don’t forget to create product categories and menus. Think of your website structure carefully and evaluate whether it is easy to use or not. If you have some doubts, ask your family and friends to test your website, think over their opinions, and make all the necessary changes.

Dropshipping for dummies: the financial side

Your goal to start this business was to create a profitable source of income, right? Let’s figure out how to deal with the money-related issues!

8. Choose the currency

Now, it’s time to start configuring the AliDropship plugin settings. Let’s begin with choosing the currency.

Click the orange button at the top of the menu, select the settings tab, and open the general section. Here you can choose your website currency.

The default currency is US dollars, but the plugin supports many other currencies as well. Choose the currency you need and activate it. In case you want to let your customers view your prices in different currencies, don’t forget to select the additional ones.

Dropshipping for dummies: how to modify currency settings

9. Set up your markup formula

The currency is selected, so it’s time to set your prices to make sure you get the best profit margin.

When you import products from AliExpress into your store, they are transferred with their original prices. In order to get a profit, you need to determine pricing rules and set margins. The AliDropship plugin has a feature that will help you with this. You can create as many formulas as you need and set any kind of price you like.

However, we highly recommend you to get familiar with our pricing tips and follow them in the early stages of your business development.

Besides that, make a point of activating the rounding option. With this feature, prices like $9.71 and $5.48 will be automatically changed to $10 and $5, respectively. In terms of buyers’ psychology and level of trust, it is a good decision.

10. Set up your payment gateways

After setting up the prices, you need to choose a payment gateway. In simple terms, a payment gateway is an online equivalent of a credit card terminal that one uses when buying goods at a brick and mortar store. AliDropship plugin supports many payment gateways, beginning with such giants as PayPal and ending with not very popular ones. Click the link and choose what you like the most.

Dropshipping for dummies: product pages

We’re getting close to the final! There are only 5 steps left! Let’s go!

11. Import products to your store

Now, when almost everything is ready to start your ecommerce business, you have to fill your online store with goods.

To start importing products from AliExpress, you need to install AliDropship Google Chrome Extension. This tool allows you to import products in bulk, edit product descriptions, and manage all the things related to delivery.

Once the extension is installed, click the AliExpress button and choose the Import products tab. Select the Use Direct Import button.

You will be redirected to AliExpress.com. Enter your search request in the search box and start selecting products with the lowest prices, free shipping option, and the highest ratings – you can read more about the hunt for the perfect products here.

dropshipping for dummies niche category

When the items are selected, you have 2 options of products import – single product import and bulk import.

If you need to import only one item, click the orange AliDropship logo near it. If the item is imported successfully, you will see a tick near the logo.

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In case you need to import products in bulk, write the keywords in the search bar, select a category, and click the import items button on the main panel. All the products will be imported into your Import list.

Dropshipping for dummies product import in bulk

12. Edit your product pages

Every ecommerce entrepreneur understands how important for the product pages to look appealing to the customers.

There are 2 ways to edit product pages – you can do it before importing products or after that. Actually, it doesn’t make much difference.

First, edit your product titles and descriptions and make them more readable and clear. In addition, don’t forget to edit your permalinks and remove everything you do not need!

Secondly, you need to make changes in the pictures of your products. For that purpose, use the built-in Image Editor. Delete all AliExpress logos in the picture, change the size, add your own labels, etc.

Dropshipping for dummies: how to use AliDropship's built-in Image Editor

13. Import reviews to your store

The next step is importing reviews to your store directly from AliExpress.

Feedback is a powerful tool to build trust with your visitors and turn them into loyal customers. Most of the conducted researches points out that feedback is very motivating and helps people make decisions faster. Customers tend to trust each other more than any advertisement.

You have many different options to import reviews from AliExpress, such as – choose the number of reviews per product, add reviews only in your language, import reviews with images only, etc.

Dropshipping for dummies: importing product reviews

14. Set up shipping options

Carefully decide on what shipping methods your store will offer your clients. The plugin has a special section where you can enable or disable different shipping options and select the countries that you want to deliver to.

You can add up to four different shipping options. For example, free shipping, super savings shipping, standard shipping, and expedited shipping. However, we highly recommend you to focus on using free shipping options because it encourages customers to buy more. A study found that 62% of all online consumers would not have bought products online if they had not received free shipping.

15. Set up SEO

Your dropshipping store is almost ready. The last point is your website promotion. We recommend you to use SEO tools available with the AliDropship plugin.

SEO is a very important thing for an ecommerce business because it drives more traffic to your website and improves your website performance. We have a great article about how to create a great SEO campaign, so feel free to read it.

Dropshipping for dummies: activating SEO settings

That was the final step in this “dropshipping for dummies” guide to starting your own business. Of course, there is still much work to be done, but now, you know the basics.

As a bonus, we have prepared for you a set of questions from our support team that all beginners usually ask.

Dropshipping for dummies: FAQ

1. Do you ship to…?  How long is the delivery time to…?

AliDropship only develops and sells software for dropshipping and creates ready-to-go dropshipping stores for our clients. Therefore, we do not manufacture, stock, or ship any products ourselves!

If you’re asking about our plugins or add-ons, you will get them immediately after making a purchase.

2. Can you send me a list of the best AliExpress suppliers?

Please, read the tips on choosing the best suppliers here – and see how to pick them from our dedicated database!

3. Which plugin is the best – WooCommerce AliDropship plugin or AliDropship plugin?

Both plugins are perfect for dropshipping. If you already are an experienced entrepreneur willing to run your dropshipping business on the WooCommerce platform, choose the WooCommerce Dropshipping plugin. If you’re a newcomer with no tech background, pay attention to AliDropship Plugin. To learn more about the difference between the plugins, feel free to read this article.

4. Can I import products from other websites?

No, you can’t. AliDropship Plugin is developed to dropship products from AliExpress only.

5. What kind of profit can I get with AliDropship?

Your profits depend on your effort. To get a general idea about the possible financial outcome of running a dropshipping business with AliDropship, feel free to read real-life success stories of our clients.

Congratulations! You have finished the ‘dropshipping for dummies’ guide. After reading it, you should have an understanding of the basics of the development process. And, hopefully, now you know how to set up your dropshipping store! Although, if you want to save your time and get a ready to go online store made with your preferences, we offer you a unique solution in Custom stores! After receiving your store, you can easily follow our tips to start making really good money! Good luck!

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Making The Most Out Of Social Proof Marketing: Ideas, Examples, Tools

What is social proof marketing? Why is it crucial to the growth and development of your online business, and how to treat it professionally? Read on!

The highly valuable ‘fuel’ that is essential for every dropshipping store growth is impulse buying.

Naturally, the main goal for a dropshipping store owner is to encourage both random visitors and repeat customers to place their orders without a second thought. Still, in the overly saturated informational environment, it might be super tricky to find the right words to successfully do this.

This is the reason why social proof successfully replaces traditional marketing messages and bright advertisements! In this case, it’s not you who reaches the audience with luring texts and catchy images. It’s the ordinary people who honestly share their actual buying experience with others. Without even knowing this, these regular buyers are the influencers who motivate their peers to follow their lead 🙂

Does this non-invasive marketing prospect sound tempting already?

What is social proof?

Social proof is an indicator showing how your buyers, independent experts, or media influencers feel about your business.

These indicators may take really different forms. For example, the number of your Facebook subscribers demonstrates how many people enjoy interacting with your brand. Or, the amount and the contents of the product reviews reveal what your clients think about the quality of your offers and your customer service.

In any case, social proof is an external and independent assessment of your business. This is why it’s so valuable!

Your potential buyers pay lots of attention to such opinions, reviews, and numbers. People trust this kind of feedback because they understand: it was left not with the aim to make money! Instead, the purpose of these reviews was to share personal experiences, give advice, or warn about any possible issues.

Usually, business owners gladly share these external statements, opinions and ideas because they add a lot to their reputation.

Indeed, social proof is the thing that helps you gain recognition, improve your conversion rate, and increase the number and value of the placed orders.

What makes social proof marketing so powerful?

Quick facts: the ‘Global Trust in Advertising’ report that was issued by global marketing research company Nielsen in 2012 tells that 92% of consumers all over the world trust the recommendations of their friends and family more than any form of advertising.

This is the survey from the year 2012 when the information traffic wasn’t as intense as it has become now.

Can you imagine the number of messages and announcements that an average person has to process on a daily basis in 2020?

Can you guess how crucial it becomes for everyone to separate all the confusing and contradictory advertising messages from real, valuable, meaningful pieces of advice and knowledge about this or that product/service?

For any consumer, it is important to buy high-quality items that meet their needs and wants. Still, for any consumer, it becomes less and less convenient to go deep into all the marketing stuff and to try guessing if this product really is a good find.

This is why customers are so glad to rely on authentic feedback of real people and entities, such as:

  • Their own friends and relatives sharing a positive or negative client experience
  • Unfamiliar individual buyers who previously purchased this particular product or service
  • Buyers’ communities that demonstrate a common interest and trust towards this business
  • Credible experts who are skilled enough to make a professional review
  • Celebrities who heavily influence general public opinion
  • Certifying bodies and agencies who confirm the reliability of this particular enterprise
  • Mass media news, podcasts, interviews, featured articles, video reviews, etc.

While reading/watching any types of reviews and opinions of these authors, potential buyers become more aware of the features, advantages, and downsides of every product. This way, it gets much easier and quicker for them to make a purchasing decision and place an order.

What are your benefits from social proof marketing?

The benefits of social proof marketing for businesses

Statistically speaking, social proof can be considered a highly powerful tool that can heavily increase your store profits.

43% of the online shoppers in the US, for example, use customer reviews to find out some specific details about the item they’re going to buy. To them, it’s the second most important source of product information after search engines!

What’s more, younger customers (18 – 24 year old online shoppers) expect a product to have over 200 reviews when they are making purchasing decisions. Millennials (25 – 34 year old buyers), in turn, expect to see at least 150+ reviews per product.

These impressive numbers clearly explain why social proof marketing rapidly becomes more and more important for business owners. Indeed, if you run a dropshipping store, you benefit from social proof because it:

  • Demonstrates your reliability and credibility to a wide audience
  • Helps you establish a more emotional connection with your buyers, readers, and followers
  • Reduces the buyers’ stress and helps them place an order with much less concern
  • Lets you enjoy the increased amount of sales and benefit from the improved conversion rate

As you can guess, for dropshipping store owners, social proof gets its own special importance. It helps buyers make a right purchasing decision with minimum hesitation and uncertainty. Having almost no data to rely on, online shoppers turn to supplementary data provided by external independent sources.

So, when you manage a dropshipping store, it is crucial to have these pieces of feedback integrated into your site. Do you know what exactly you can use for this purpose?

What methods of social proof marketing work best for dropshipping stores?

There are plenty of ways to use social proof marketing to promote a business, but obviously, not all of them are suitable for a dropshipping store.

Here is our list of tested methods with proven efficiency!

Product-related examples of social proof

  • Ratings and reviews

These are vital elements of any single product page that considerably enhance conversion rates in your store. Thanks to them, a random visitor of your store gets a general idea about the quality of the product, and sees how many people have already bought this item.

An example of product rating and reviews

For your prospective client, it’s really comforting to know that someone else has already tried this product, and got satisfied with it. Plus, lots of reviews contain priceless insights into this or that specific feature of a particular item. For a new buyer, these pieces of knowledge provide a favorable customer experience.

It is quite typical for buyers to post pictures and even tiny videos featuring them using the recently received order. These types of feedback are exceptionally valuable as they let your store visitors get emotionally involved in the purchasing process. Plus, once again, these visuals prove the reliability of the store and the high appeal of its offers.

  • Number of orders

When a person looks at an unknown product and sees a significant amount of orders, it becomes clear for this person that the item is valuable and the whole store is trustworthy.

An example of product order information

Obviously, it increases the chances of placing an order for this demanded product.

  • Best selling items

If you take a closer look at AliDropship store themes we create, you’ll see that each of them features a separate ‘Best sellers’ category. This way, we let business owners easily demonstrate the most popular and sought-after items that see the highest amount of orders in their stores.

An example of a best selling product category

It helps with the decision-making process a lot: generally, buyers are much more likely to purchase a product if they know it’s commonly bought by others. Also, it’s a winning strategy to lure insecure visitors who like the store, but can’t decide which exact product to buy first. And of course, it’s a great helper for people who are looking for a thematic gift and can’t make up their mind on one item.

Urgency-related social proof

In order to encourage impulse purchasing, we can successfully use emotions.

The so-called ‘fear of missing out’ works especially well: when people get worried that they can really miss a good deal if they don’t act immediately, they are more likely to proceed with placing an order.

An example of a real-time notification

There are two basic tools that make a person act quicker with their purchase: real-time notifications and countdown timers. We’ll look at them more closely in the next chapter!

Social media-related social proof

It’s good if you already have a Facebook group or an Instagram account with dozens of active subscribers! Now, your task is to make these accounts visible to your store visitors.

It can easily be achieved by placing the necessary widgets that showcase all the social media accounts linked to your store.

An example of social media-related social proof

These widgets work great for building your reputation of a popular and reputable seller, plus, they boost your recognition on social media. You won’t get mixed up with a competitor selling similar items!

Trust-related social proof

Any person who makes online purchases can get a little insecure about the available payment gateways and delivery services.

An example of trust badges

This is why a trust seal from a reputable financial or logistic company is an important addition to your store. Having these or similar seals of approval, you demonstrate the reliability and prove you’re sticking to a proper business practice.

7 ways to use social proof marketing for a new store

When your business is really young, it might seem nearly impossible to use the power of social proof for its growth.

Having little to no sales, reviews, and page views, you might get confused: what exactly should you demonstrate your store visitors to lure them into making a purchase?

Here are the 7 tools that can help you out in this situation!

  • AliDropship Plugin

As you probably know already, AliDropship plugin effortlessly imports AliExpress items to your dropshipping store – this way, you can automatically set up your own business in minutes.

What’s even more exciting about the plugin, however, is its ability to also import authentic reviews that were left by the buyers of this particular product!

This way, even if your store has no sales yet, you can still source relevant customer reviews that describe this exact product ordered from this exact AliExpress supplier.

So, your store visitors’ life gets much easier, and they become much more willing to actually place an order here. Do we need to remind you how much these reviews affect conversion rates in your store?…

For more detailed instructions on importing product reviews with the help of the plugin, please go to this article.

  • Reviews Page Add-On

Want to conveniently display the exciting customer reviews in a dedicated place on your website? With the Reviews Page add-on, you can conveniently create a whole new page just for this purpose!

The tool will easily add this page to your main navigation bar, setting you free from any tech worries – and giving your visitors a curious destination to explore.

To get a closer look at this solution and watch it in action, just go to this article with the explainer video integrated.

  • Recent Sales Pop-Up

For 2 reasons, Recent Sales pop-up is a highly popular add-on in dropshipping community.

First, it inspires trust in the store and showcases the items, making it easier for visitors to make their decisions

Second, it ultimately motivates visitors to make a purchase. This way, the store owner can enjoy a better conversion rate and higher store profits.

Spoiler: it doesn’t require you to actually have any sales at this particular moment! Therefore, you can freely use the add-on from the first day of your store running.

To learn more about your benefits from using this tool, please go to this article.

  • Countdown Timer Plugin

Do you remember what we said about the importance of impulse purchases and the role of emotions in this process?

Countdown Timer plugin is the thing that makes your buyers worried about missing out a sale or a product with a limited stock.

All you need to do here is specify the discount percentage, the sale duration and the amount of products available. The plugin will use your data to create a minimalistic yet noticeable banner that alerts your store visitors and persuades them to make a decision quickly.

To learn more about the mechanics of this plugin and its impressive power, please go to this article.

  • Urgency Add-On

The most awesome thing about the Urgency add-on is that it combines multiple solutions to help you use the power of social proof to the fullest. You can say it’s a 3-in-1 tool!

First, it adds a little catchy block under your product title and price. This section shows how many people viewed this item, added it to cart, and bought it. Then, it shows a countdown timer in your customer’s shopping cart to prompt their buying decision. And finally, it adds trust badges on your checkout page to let the customer know buying here is safe.

To learn more about tailoring and using this impressive add-on for your business benefit, kindly go to this article.

  • Customers Gallery Add-On

Seeing an item in actual use, your store visitor gets tempted to follow the example of the lucky product owner.

This is why Customers Gallery add-on is so efficient: you simply take the real-life images posted by previous buyers, and directly link them to the products in your store. Viewing this gallery, your visitor can click on any picture and see how to buy the identical item from you.

To learn how to manage this add-on and how to profit from it, please go to this article.

  • Social account widgets

We’ve mentioned them before in this article, and now it’s time to elaborate on them a bit.

Even if your store is a brand new shopping destination that doesn’t see much sales yet, you still have a great opportunity to show that your business is widely discussed and recognized.

Providing a direct link to your social accounts through these widgets, you make it possible for your store visitor to explore everything that is connected to your business. The more thorough is a buyer’s research, the more engaged in the decision-making process he/she becomes.

Another thing to consider is competition. Many online stores sell a similar range of products or even have identically designed social account pages. So, demonstrate the accounts you’re associated with clearly. This is how you prevent confusion and misunderstandings, and don’t lose a potential customer.

You can find a detailed instructions on the widgets integration here.

As you can see, there are numerous ways for you to benefit from social proof marketing even if you’re a newcomer to dropshipping business. Can you imagine the heights you can reach if your store has already been running for some time?

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Running A Part-Time Business From Home: A New Dad’s Experience

We love conducting follow-up interviews with dropshipping business owners! It’s exciting to watch their entrepreneurial journeys and see the changes in their business (and personal) lives. So, today, we’re talking to János, our guest from not so long ago, who keeps managing and growing a part-time business from home!

Disclaimer: all the success stories published in AliDropship blog are the results of interviews conducted in the written form. Even though the editors may make some minor changes to the grammar, spelling, and/or punctuation, the respondents’ writing styles, views, opinions, stores screenshots and personal photos are left unchanged.

Hi, please introduce yourself to our new readers!

Hi, I am János, 33 years old. Currently, I live in Hungary with my wife and with my newborn daughter. I work as a web designer and manage my AliExpress-based dropshipping business.

Can you sum up your experience of launching a part-time business from home?

To begin with, before I launched this business, I had some limited ecommerce experience. I have built some basic websites before and was selling products at local online marketplaces. Also I had a basic dropshipping business in the UK with a local dog bed producer.

I liked this dropshipping model because this is the easiest and most efficient way to start an own online business with minimal risk. So, after I came across an online tutorial on YouTube about building a WooCommerce-based dropshipping store with AliExpress, I decided to build and start my own one. I followed the AliDropship advice from their YouTube tutorials, and here I am!

What’s the current performance of the part-time business you’re running from home?

I still have one store only, and here’s how things are going:

The performance of an online part-time business that János runs from home

To keep it operational, I use the AliDropship plugin, AliDropship hosting, and AliDropship Google Chrome extension that helps me generate invoices easily. I’d say these tools are more than simply helpful: they are the basis of starting an online store.

In the near future, I’m planning to start using some more automated tools for better store management – I know there’s plenty of amazing solutions to explore!

Have you changed anything in your product strategy?

I continue working in the niche that is closely related to my wife’s favorite hobby. To find a suitable product, I make some Internet research dedicated to this particular item, and try to find the best supplier on AliExpress. While evaluating the product quality, I consider its rating (at least 4 stars is mandatory). I also look at the number of sales, contents of the buyers’ reviews, and the available shipping methods. I have a more or less stable product range which mostly includes evergreen products, and simply multiply the original price by 2 or 3.

Since the sales are growing, I am planning to order some products in bulk. That’s how I could serve the customers more efficiently and probably sell these products in wholesale for businesses. I have discovered that the products that I would like to sell in B2B are not really available in our country, or the price is too high, which is why it seems like a fitting opportunity. So, yes there are some changes, or improvements to the product strategy.

What can you tell about promoting the store?

I do not really promote it: most of the orders are coming organically from Google. Still, I share some posts in Facebook groups sometimes, and have plans to experiment with some of the promo channels I haven’t tried yet. But as for now, I don’t even spend any money to advertise the business.

How do you manage this part-time business from home?

My business is registered officially – it’s enough to simply be self-employed to make it happen. A good accountant can set it up in a day.

I spend around 2-3 hours per day on administration to process orders and answer customers’ messages. Most of my clients’ questions are about lengthy delivery times. To deal with their worries, I do my best to keep buyers updated all the time. As a rule, they are understanding and there is no trouble. I communicate with the customers in a polite way and can even offer a discount coupon sometimes.

I enjoy the opportunity to work from home, or from any other place with internet connection. Now, I have much more freedom, but much more self-discipline is necessary as well. My friends and family, who used to be a bit sceptical about my venture, now witness the business performing well – and they’ve changed their minds!

In the future, I would like to work more on my current store, and start at least one more when I have enough time. I don’t really have it now, because our baby arrived last December. 🙂

Isn’t that an awesome reason to expand the current business even further? 🙂 We’re thankful to János for getting in touch with us again and sharing his progress! Hopefully, his experience will inspire fellow young parents to launch their own part-time businesses from home, too!

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How Tammy Runs A Business From Home In Australia: Newcomer’s Experience

What should you get yourself ready for when you run a business from home? Today, we’re talking to Tammy, a newcomer to dropshipping, who’s gladly sharing her ups, downs, and insights. From product strategy to advertising and customer service tips, there’s plenty of helpful details for those making their first steps in ecommerce!

Disclaimer: all the success stories published in AliDropship blog are the results of interviews conducted in the written form. Even though the editors may make some minor changes to the grammar, spelling, and/or punctuation, the respondents’ writing styles, views, opinions, stores screenshots and personal photos are left unchanged.

Hi, please introduce yourself!

Hi, I’m Tammy, a part-time liquor store employee from Australia, and I run a business from home in my spare time 🙂

I’m 26 years old and have always had just a standard casual or part-time job. My current half-time employment works for me because I love having a lot of time to myself to play video games, draw and read. Obviously, that doesn’t pay the bills though, so, I needed to find a way to make extra money while still having the luxury of having time for myself.

How did you start running a business from home?

It only began 6 months ago. Before this, I have never had my own business, as well as previous experience in marketing or ecommerce.

I was just doing some online research on the best ways to make money at home. As I just kept seeing the word “Dropshipping” everywhere, I decided to look further into it. After researching for so long, I told myself it’s time to bite the bullet and get into it. I was back and forth with other dropshipping companies, but after looking into all the pros and cons, chose the most fitting one with the best starting price.

I purchased AliDropship original plugin and set up everything myself by following the easy instructions. There’s loads of YouTube videos to help whenever I get stuck on something. I also eventually purchased a few of the add-ons to help increase sales, too.

How and when did your first sale happen?

It was in my first month (I couldn’t believe it)! I was shocked! The customer purchased 3 things and I panicked! Haha but it was super easy to process the sale so that felt great!

It gave me confidence to keep going. I didn’t get another sale for another month later, but I was honestly surprised the first one happened so quickly!

How does your business perform now?

Here’s how the things looked like in the first half of 2020:

How Tammy Runs A Business From Home In Australia: Store Performance Screenshot

I still have only 1 store, but I think I’m confident enough to open up another one, now, to double my income!

Sometimes I might have a day or 2 without sales, maybe even 3 days, and I start to lose faith in my business. I just tell myself that this happens from time to time and I just need to keep posting on social media to show everyone what my website has to offer. It usually works and then I get a sale!

What’s your product strategy for your store?

For my first store, I decided to dropship the items that I was interested in. I know that isn’t always a good idea, but I knew the genre well and knew how to advertise in ways that would entice myself to buy. So, to filter out the proper products, I just spent a lot of time searching for specific items and viewing all the reviews left for them.

After I added the first bunch of products to my store, AliExpress now knows what products I’m looking for. So, the platform recommends a lot of great items. A few times a week I’ll spend a while going through recommended products and making sure they’ve sold a decent amount so I know it’s popular enough to add to my store.

For pricing, I use the recommended formula I found on the AliDropship forum. I like to make at least AUD$10-$20 (Australian Dollars) from one item. Sometimes it can be more depending on the product. I found out that most of my customers are either American or British. And as their dollar is a lot stronger than Australian, they tend to spend the most at my store.

How do you promote your store?

Well, first of all, I read all of the emails from AliDropship that include tips on how to increase sales 🙂

Before I even made my first sale, I had made an Instagram account. I just started following people who are interested in the genre of products I am selling. I also made a Facebook account and shared my product posts in Facebook groups with similar interests. It has proven to be very successful!

Now, I’m pursuing the same strategy. I mainly promote the business with Instagram posts. Instagram is amazing for marketing a certain audience. I just searched certain hashtags related to my products and found out very quickly who was interested in the same type of things I was selling. So I followed a lot of them, and most of them followed back and bought from my store.

Every now and then I’ll also do a paid Facebook ad which also covers Instagram as well, and share my product posts in like-minded Facebook groups. Even though Instagram is the most efficient channel for me, I like that Facebook ads show up on Facebook Marketplace, inboxes, videos, stories and everywhere on Instagram as well!

Facebook marketing doesn’t cost a great deal. I usually spend about AUD$40-50 a month on ads, but then I’ll have a week or 2 with no ads to see the difference in sales. I’ve found that I get a huge increase in Instagram followers when I have an ad running, but the sales usually come from those who have viewed my website a few times and then finally decide to make a purchase. So my main goal is to build my following so I can create free posts to entice them.

In terms of daily management, how do you run a business from home?

In the beginning, I was spending around 10 hours a day on building my website. This definitely wasn’t necessary, but I had a lot of time on my hands and I just got carried away with the excitement of creating a cool website.

Now, I probably spend about 1-3 hours a day, just to reply to customer questions, process sales, check tracking and sometimes update things on my website.

The most time-consuming part is usually just replying to FB/Instagram comments and emails. My customers love the customer service I provide (as they’ve mentioned in my website reviews) so I like to make sure I reply to everyone. Sometimes, there can be a lot of questions and trying to find the right answers for every one can take some time.

When it comes to difficult customers, I just try to stay positive. I do get a lot of emails enquiring about when their package will arrive. AliExpress shipping can sometimes be quite slow, yeah. So I just make sure to be as positive as possible, apologise for any inconveniences and try to give them as much information as I can. They all usually understand and are happy to wait a while longer for their items.

Did the decision to launch and run a business from home change your life somehow?

Well, I was very excited to register my business officially, it didn’t cost much. Now, I have a lot more money to play with! I am saving money as well as spending on things that I’ve always wanted. My plans are to open up another store very soon! (Still tossing up between a few niche ideas)

My mother (56 years old) has just decided to purchase AliDropship plugin because of my success. She’s just starting out this month, but her website is looking great!

What can you advise our readers – those who already run their stores and those who didn’t start the business yet?

For those who already run a business from home – Keep going!! If you’re not making much sales just yet don’t give up. Don’t overcrowd your website with too many items. Make sure to have a social media presence! And the most important part is to know your target audience.

For those who haven’t started yet – It’s the best choice I’ve ever made! The hardest part of the whole thing is choosing what to sell, try not to delve into a niche that isn’t very popular, go for what sells the most on AliExpress and try to keep your website thematic. 🙂

This is most certainly an encouraging experience – and a highly detailed business strategy as well! We wish Tammy and her mother the best of luck with their newly launched ventures 🙂

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How Far You Can Go With Dropshipping Fashion Clothes: Arik’s Experience

What does it take to start dropshipping fashion clothes and accessories? Is it a profitable business to run, and what can you achieve with an online store in this niche?

Our today’s guest is a highly experienced fashion retailer who took his business online not so long ago. Let’s see how it works for him!

Disclaimer: all the success stories published in AliDropship blog are the results of interviews conducted in the written form. Even though the editors may make some minor changes to the grammar, spelling, and/or punctuation, the respondents’ writing styles, views, opinions, stores screenshots and personal photos are left unchanged.

Hi, please introduce yourself!

Hi, my name is Arik Azuelos. I am an owner and a manager of an online retail store in Montréal, Canada.

What was your background before you began dropshipping fashion items?

I was introduced to the fashion retail world by my parents at a very young age. In a way, I have been in the fashion industry since I was 8 years old.

As a grownup, I used to work very close to my parents as they built their stores from the ground up. I started as a salesman and a manager in my parents’ retail boutiques in Montreal and Florida. It started with men’s stores (suits, shirts, ties, sweaters, shoes and complete men accessories) and women’s fashion, from evening dresses to beachwear.

I became an excellent salesman and was quite efficient when it came to choosing new styles for each coming season as well for men’s and women’s clothing. I always had a keen interest in online stores but never knew my way around building websites or creating the traffic many online stores would need to succeed.

After becoming a customer of several online stores myself and gaining some shopping experience, I knew I could potentially grow in this industry. If I only applied all of my retail store manager expertise to the platform of an online store…

I’ve always had an undying curiosity to see how it all worked. Every time I would make a purchase myself from any of the online stores I buy from, the interest was there. It always seemed fascinating to me to buy an item online as opposed to buying in a store as my customers did every day. I had heard of dropshipping back in 2014 but it seemed complicated at the time.

What helped you make the decision to try dropshipping fashion clothes?

After that discovery in 2014, I became actually interested. To keep myself updated on future ideas with regard to dropshipping fashion, I subscribed to various email lists. I kept researching on how to find the best niche, where to source products to launch a successful store. That’s how I discovered AliDropship in 2018.

From what they were offering, I learned how to build and scale an online store that would suit my needs. With all the minor details taken care of, I could eventually build the business thanks to AliDropship plugin which I consider to be the key to my business success.

With AliDropship’s guidance I have been able to learn things about the online business I never thought I could on my own. And my online store knowledge and growth expands everyday as I continue to thrive and succeed just as my parents did in their retail business.

Do you remember the first sale made from your online store?

Yes, it was a month after my official opening. I worked endless hours selectively choosing, importing, editing and carefully managing my stores to look their best. It took me many hours and many questions on how to perfect my vision of the perfect store.

And several of my cousins, family members and close friends wanted me to succeed and were very impressed with my finished online store. So they decided to support me this way! They bought stuff they loved and kept encouraging me ever since.

It was pretty cool to see money appearing in my PayPal account. But the most awesome part was how easy it was to complete and fulfill the order since everything in the store was automated.

How does your business perform now?

I now own 2 stores. Don’t want to tell or show much, but the orders are flowing – that’s for sure!

Screenshots showing the incoming orders in a fashion dropshipping store

How do you manage and promote your stores?

I rely on my own experience in retail sales and clothing to pick the perfect items. After trial and error, I went from a men’s store to a woman’s store because I felt women are better online consumers.

I search for suppliers consistently to meet my desired fashion tastes on AliExpress. Every day, I’m on AliExpress, looking for the products that have great results and great reviews.

It only takes me about 2 hours a day to manage my stores, though. During this time, I carefully select winning products, import them, edit their pages and plan the advertising. I promote the products on Instagram and Facebook, and it costs me about $100 per week.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about creating a contest on my Instagram page to win 500$ spending spree on my website. I look at it as a 500$ advertisement to create an even more exciting buzz to my existing store.

The growing competition in the women’s online shopping segment is the main and most difficult challenge for me. Still, I try to not get discouraged! I research and reevaluate what I’m doing, and then I target more specific women audiences. I’m lucky as I didn’t have any ‘difficult’ customers, but I would deal with them as I did in my retail stores: the customer is always right.

Did you register your business officially?

Not yet: as of now I only have a .com website. Still, I’m aware that registration is not expensive or complicated here. You just need to sign a few papers as part of an application, and that’s it. Incorporating a business is more expensive, takes a little longer but that would be the 2nd most effective way to grow your business.

How has your life changed?

I enjoy my dropshipping stores very much and I feel there is so much more to discover. For now, I would say I feel more experienced in the online business which is what I wanted for so long. As a future plan, I want to go to China for ‘product hunting’. The idea is to find the perfect niche item/gadget that is yet unknown to the public world at large. I receive continuous support from my friends and family: they think it’s great and they view it as a mini Amazon venture.

What can you advise our readers?

Find something – a product that you love to either buy or use – and make it into your own niche product!

For any person willing to start dropshipping fashion items, these insights are truly invaluable! We are grateful to Arik for sharing his detailed first-hand experience, and hope to see his business reaching new milestones.

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