For many people, it may be odd to think that they could open an online store of their own without investing in any inventory.
It seems odd but it is 100% possible through the process of dropshipping. Dropshipping is not a new concept at all. In fact, it has been in use for many years.
The reason it has become so popular is thanks to dropshipping suppliers like AliExpress. Their huge selection and extremely low prices have helped to create many successful online businesses.
I will show you how you can get your own AliExpress dropshipping business quickly and easily. It is one of the lowest-cost online business models around.
Why The Dropship Model?
What makes the dropship model so awesome is the fact that you do not need to buy any inventory to start and maintain your business.
Your inventory is all handled by your dropshipping suppliers. In our case, AliExpress.com.
When customers place orders on your store, your store’s software will forward payment and your customer’s shipping details to your dropshipping supplier.
Your supplier will then take care of all of the shipping & handling and ship it directly to your customer.
Your profit is the difference in price between what you’ve charged your customer and what the dropshipping supplier has charged you.
Here is a flowchart of how it works:
What You Will Need to Know Before You Get Started
Decide What Your Store’s Niche Will Be
Now that you understand how the dropship model works, the next step is to decide what to sell.
One of the easiest ways to choose a niche is by browsing around the AliExpress website. You can think about a niche that you have a strong interest in as well.
When you choose a niche that you genuinely like, you will be more enthusiastic about promoting your store.
Here are some ideas that come to mind:
- Sticker store (graphic car stickers, wall stickers, etc.)
- Stress relief store (anti-stress balls and toys)
- Selfie store (selfie sticks, tripods, etc.)
Another way to figure out if the niche you’ve chosen will work well is by using AliDropship’s niche testing tool.
Do You Want a DIY Store or Have a Custom Store Built?
If you have never visited this website before, you should know that I use and recommend WordPress for operating an AliExpress dropshipping business.
The software that I use to create my own store is the AliDropship Plugin.
What is awesome about this software is that you can build your store yourself or you can use their custom dropshipping store creation service.
If you have experience with using WordPress then installing the plugin will be just like installing any other plugin.
Once you have it installed, you will be able to begin customizing your store. Here is a video I created demonstrating how I use the plugin to build my store:
Having your store built for you by the AliDropship Team has a lot of benefits as well. For one thing, it will save you a lot of time.
When you build a store yourself you have to import all of the products, edit product descriptions, create and add your custom graphics, etc.
The AliDropshop custom store service will handle everything for you and you get a personal manager to guide you through the entire process.
What the AliDropship Custom Store Service Includes:
- Niche research – They select a trendy, high-demand niche for you after analyzing it for stable long-term positions and a great potential in future.
- Domain name(.com) – Search engine-friendly domain name relevant to your business
- Custom design – You get a unique design including a custom logo, header images, icons, favicon, banners, etc.
- Mobile devices ready – A perfect responsive design fitting the screen size of any device, whether desktop or mobile.
- Google Analytics integration – GA stats integrated – to keep you informed about the website’s traffic, its sources, visitors’ behavior, conversions, etc.
- Up to 12% AliExpress cashback – Get up to 12% cashback for your every purchase on AliExpress.
- WP dropship plugin – The plugin allows searching, importing and updating products on your site directly from AliExpress quickly and easily.
- Payment gateways – AliDropship Plugin supports the most popular payment processors like PayPal, 2Checkout, Stripe, PayU.
- Delivery time – You’ll have a full-fledge dropshipping business: 5 to 15 days depending on your package.
- On-site SEO – Increase visibility within the organic search results and to deliver targeted traffic to your site.
- Social pages – Accounts of your business on the top social networks and integrate social buttons and widgets on your website.
- Promo video (Ultimate Package) – Video will help you to promote your webstore and tell your customers about all the advantages of your products and services.
- Social media promo tool (Ultimate Package) – A special plugin will automatically post your products and promote your business on 4 top social networks.
How Will You Promote Your New Store?
Most dropshippers promote their stores using both free and paid methods. Free methods can include social media and blogging. Paid methods can include Facebook Ads, Pinterest Ads, and Instagram shout-outs.
If the thought of promoting your store worries you, you have nothing to fear. I encourage you to head on over to AliDropship’s blog and click on their marketing section.
They share everything that they do to promote their own dropshipping stores. It is valuable information that you can apply to your own business.
Opening your own dropshipping business that uses AliExpress is a low-cost and low-risk investment.
With consistent effort, there is no reason why you cannot establish a successful online business of your own.
Things you will need to know before getting started:
- Deciding on your store’s niche
- Decide if you want to build your store or order a custom store
- How you will promote your store (you can learn this)