Starting a dropshipping store begins with choosing a niche. In this post, I will explain how to start dropshipping wooden watches as an example of how easy it is to open your own dropshipping business. Your niche can be anything you want. However, if you do want to dropship wooden watches, you will likely enjoy this post even more.
What makes this post even more interesting is that you can dropship wooden watches from the U.S. which is great if you are running your new business in the United States. The dropship model used below will also save you on recurring monthly software fees which can be allocated towards your advertising budget.
Finding Your Wooden Watch Dropshipping Suppliers
There are various dropshipping suppliers that you can use to supply your wooden watches. Whether you perform an online search or use a specific supplier, you definitely have options.
However, in order to make things a ton easier, I recommend using AliExpress.com as your dropshipping supplier.
AliExpress is one of the largest online retailers in the world. Their merchants are primarily based out of China. However, there are some merchants that do ship from the United States.
There are several that manufacture wooden watches and ship from the U.S. Here are some other good reasons to choose AliExpress as your dropshipping supplier:
- 200,000 exporters
- Over 100 million items
- No entry or participation fees
- No limits on your profit margins
- No limits on the amount of products you sell
- Works with individuals and registered companies
- Free shipping on most items
- Ships to over 200 countries worldwide
- Online shipping tracking
- Wide range of shipping methods
- Buyer protection system with full money back guarantee
Why Sell Wooden Watches Anyway?
Wood watches are a sub-niche of the broad jewelry niche. What makes them a good niche item to sell is that they are fashionable and trendy.
It is a niche that people still shop in. Best of all, it is an item that people buy on impulse. If they are searching for wooden watches and come across one they like, it is highly likely they will make the purchase.
The same goes for advertising. If you promote your products using paid ads, items such as wooden watches are great impulse buys.
Even if you do not want to dive into this niche, you can use it as an example of the types of niches that are available to open your own dropshipping store.
Trendy, in-demand niches are the way to go. If you want, you can test your niche using AliDropship’s “Test Your Niche” tool.
WooCommerce or Shopify for Your Dropshipping Store?
Before you open your store, it is important to choose the shopping cart platform that you want to use. There are many options but two popular ones include WooCommerce and Shopify.
Neither platform is a dropshipping store by default. In order to make WooCommerce a dropshipping store, you must install a dropshipping plugin.
For Shopify to work as a dropshipping store, you must install a dropshipping app such as Oberlo. There are pros and cons to each but the two things I feel anyone should consider are the monthly expenses and retaining store ownership.
Using WooCommerce as a Dropshipping Store
Using WordPress is free and so is WooCommerce. You may have other expenses to pay for such as for a dropshipping plugin. I use and recommend the AliDropship plugin. They have a WooCommerce compatible version of the plugin called, AliDropship WOO.
The reason AliDropship WOO is an awesome plugin for WooCommerce is that it works with AliExpress. Once installed, you can import products directly from AliExpress.
Other features of the plugin include:
- Unlimited product imports
- Automated order fulfillment
- Search & import feature
- Place orders automatically
- Auto product updates
- Free AliDropship Chrome browser extension
- Built-in images editor
- Cash-back system (earn 8% commission on each purchase)
- Pricing automation
- Auto order tracking
- ePacket shipping filter
- Import product reviews
- Compatible with ANY of the thousands of WooCommerce themes
- Free updates and support
Two other important benefits of using AliDropship Woo are:
- There are NO monthly expenses to use the plugin.
- You retain 100% ownership of your store.
Retaining full ownership of your store is essential. If you use a service such as Shopify, they have the authority to close your account at any time for any reason.
When you use WooCommerce and AliDropship WOO, you do not have that concern hanging over your head.
Ordering a Turnkey Custom Dropshipping Store
One thing to keep in mind about using WooCommerce as a dropshipping store is that you will have to build your store yourself.
While a plugin makes it easy to do, it is still time-consuming. You have to research and import the products yourself. That also means editing your descriptions, photos, and more.
However, if you don’t have the time to build your store or simply want to leave it in the hands of professionals, you can order a turnkey custom dropshipping store built by the AliDropship team.
Importing Products and Promoting Your Store
You can do a search for your products (in this case wooden watches) and import them into your store.
The AliDropship WOO plugin also has a free Google Chrome browser extension that lets you import products directly from AliExpress.
You can easily do a search for suppliers that ship from the United States. Other suppliers that ship from China usually offer ePacket shipping which shortens the shipping time.
You can promote your store in a number of ways—both free and paid. Free methods include social media posting. Instagram is a great resource for free promotion.
Requesting Instagram shout-outs is also a popular option. The way it works is finding other Instagram accounts related to your niche that have a somewhat large following.
You can then contact the owners of those accounts and ask if they offer shout-outs and if so, how much they charge.
Many dropshippers also use paid forms of advertising such as Facebook and Google Adwords ads.
I hope that this post has been helpful in how to open up your own dropshipping business. You can start dropshipping wooden watches or anything else that interests you.
The process is the same. What is key is choosing your eCommerce platform and good dropshipping suppliers.
I feel that using a dropshipping plugin such as AliDropship can help in terms of costs, store ownership, and efficiency
You can learn more about the AliDropship plugin below: