Ultimately, you’ve decided on a niche where you want to start your drop shipping business. You’ve chosen to wholesale clothing but you may be wondering what steps to take from here. In this post, we’ll answer your questions and outline the exact steps you can take to bring your business to life.
But first, a little background on drop shipping. Dropshipping is an e-commerce model that allows a seller to sell products on their website without having to keep an inventory of goods.
Here is a three step guide on how to do it.
- A seller receives orders on their website.
- The seller replicates the same order with their dropship supplier.
- The dropshipping supplier now takes over the fulfillment of the order by packing the products and delivering them to the buyer.
Everyone is happy and the process is repeated.
In order for the seller to get this merchandising wheel rolling, you need to take a few steps, and that’s what we’re talking about:
Choose a product
You have already done this by making the decision to sell clothes. However, let’s go a little deeper. Instead of selling fabrics, promote yourself as a one-stop shopping destination for high quality, environmentally friendly women’s clothing.
Positioning your store this way sets it apart from the multitude of other online stores that sell feminine clothing and makes it easier to market your business.
Do your research and sign up with reliable suppliers
This is an essential step that requires in-depth research in order to find reliable dropshippers for your business. You’d have to decide whether to sell products from local dropshippers, overseas wholesale suppliers, or a combination of both.
However, be aware that any route you choose will affect a few factors including your pricing structure for the products, the delivery time to your customers, and much more.
Use the available local drop shipper directory for your research. However, you may have to pay a fee before you can access the list. Google is also a good place to start, but you need to be willing to dig in to make a comprehensive list.
If you decide to get off the ship with overseas suppliers, studying the verified Aliexpress supplier list will reveal some interesting companies to do business with.
With this list on hand, it’s time to reach out to suppliers and go through your qualification process to select the most suitable companies for your business.
Time to choose your ecommerce platform and get your website up and running
At this point, you need a platform for your business. Most online stores are built with Shopify. It’s the easiest to set up, a relatively low monthly fee and a free first month, plus lots of useful plugins to keep your business running smoothly.
To personalize your business, choose from the many Shopify templates that are beautiful and responsive, and customize them to suit your branding ideas.
Use plugins and apps to automate most of the processes
Next, it’s time to automate most of the processes using apps and plugins. For example, you can integrate Oberlo with your Shopify store and it will do everything for you from automatically updating product listing information to sending order details to your supplier to fulfill.
The integration of these plugins makes running your business easier and gives you time to focus on other important aspects of your business, such as: B. Providing excellent customer service and increasing traffic in your store.