Okay yeah lets just start drop shipping! But wait we don’t know anything about it so Learn something first before you start drop shipping.
What is it?
Drop shipping is when someone buys something from your store and then you turn around and buy the item directly from the wholesaler or whoever and send it directly to the customer without ever having to see or handle the product.
You sell the item to the consumer at a marked up price from what you buy it at.
A huge benefit to drop shipping is that you do not have to have a huge warehouse or shop to store all of your product. Only a computer. This means that you can sell thousands of items or huge items that you would never have room for usually.
Another pointer is that you do not have to worry about packaging and shipping each individual order. That would start to require more upkeep, and hiring employees. You don’t want to deal with any of that until you have to. I know I wouldn’t want to be putting thousands of fidget spinners in packages to be shipped each month.
After someone buys the item from you, you then buy it from the wholesaler and have them (the wholesaler) send it to the customer.
I hope you are excited!
Start drop shipping
First you will want to find your niche or decide what you want to sell. It really can be anything you just have to find the market. What is there like 7 billion people in the world?
After you decide what you want to sell, you will need to find your supplier. This can be as simple as doing a few google searches or diving deeper. I would start with google searching for <your niche> followed by wholesaler, supplier, manufacturer, warehouse, etc. You will want to look through more than just the first page I will say.
After you have found a list of websites you believe would be good suppliers, look further into each site finding out details such as where they are located at and how the customer service is. Don’t be scared to email your potential business partner with questions. If you email them and never hear back, I would think twice about working and doing business with them.
For the fastest shipping and most satisfied customers I would try to find a supplier closest to your target country. Although a lot of stores send everything straight from china. That can work as well it is all up to you!
Once you are set up with your supplier you are ready to start selling, and then drop shipping! The easiest, fastest, and cheapest way to do this is through Shopify. They have everything you need.
List your items on your store with pictures, descriptions, a marked up price. You are set!
Its up to you!
No matter what anyone tells you, there is only so much you can be told or read. Therefore the real learning is going to come with experience and trial and error.
Get started finding suppliers and building your store today. Now you can start drop shipping!