If you want to start a dropshipping business, then you surely want to start properly, boosting your chances to find success. Well, I’ve been a dropshipper myself for quite a while now, and I’ve gathered quite a bit of experience on the market, so let me help you out.
Today, we’ll dive into the best resources you can find to start off your business on the right foot. Don’t worry, I’ve kept it budget-friendly.
We’ll start with courses since knowledge should be your first tool when starting out in any business. My 2 choices here have all the content you need, presented in an intuitive way that even complete newbies can understand. They also offer a few bonuses like private communities to interact with other entrepreneurs.
The first one is – obviously – my personal favorite. It’s filled with high-quality videos explaining the full eCommerce business model, so dropshippers will feel at home here. You can check out Franklin’s channel on YouTube to check out his knowledge before investing as well.
You’ll learn how to start a local website from overseas, and its primary focus is on sourcing from China with AliExpress. It does an amazing job at doing just that, so it’s always my recommendation.
It’s also one of the most affordable courses available out there: the standard version is just $197, and you can shell out an extra $100 if you want the premium package, but any of the 2 will give you everything you need.
It contains more than 200 different lessons, and Facebook Ads alone makes up almost a quarter of the course, so you’ll definitely know how to drive traffic to your store. You can apply the lessons in a different tab while you watch the videos, and you have access to a private Facebook group if you need any help.
Shopify’s drop ship course
Shopify has become one of the most popular solutions for people looking to start an eCommerce store. It has risen to the likes of BigCommerce or WordPress’ WooCommerce. It’s also the favorite platform for dropshippers.
Therefore, it would only make sense to learn how to do it from the people who’s going to help you actually build your store.
Well, they have a full guide detailing the steps for starting your own dropshipping venture. It’s completely free, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have much value. If you don’t have enough to get yourself a paid course, then this will be more than enough to start things properly.
This guide comes from Shopify users and even suppliers for these dropshippers, so you can be sure that the content is accurate and up-to-date.
If you decide to go for Shopify for your store, then you’ve made a great choice. However, you’ll quickly find an obstacle when building your store: free themes don’t do enough for your site, and premium themes can be too expensive.
Luckily, you don’t have to break your budget with a premium theme since I found just the right one for you. It’s also the one I use for my own stores.
eCom Turbo is my default choice when setting up a new store, and I’ve used it on all of my Shopify ventures since I discovered. It comes from Franklin Hatchett, the same man behind eCom Elites, so you can expect good quality here as well.
It’s a great theme that adapts to any device your visitors might be using, so don’t worry about poor resolution on mobile.
Lots of people receive lots of visitors but make little sales. That’s why their websites don’t entice them to buy, and that’s the main concept behind eCom Turbo. It even incorporates amazing apps into its code, and you’ll have access to them as soon as you activate your theme.
This means you save money on monthly subscriptions with a single payment. A single license costs $97, but if you want the unlimited license to use it on all the sites you want, then it’s just $50 more. Just keep in mind you can only use it on your stores; it might not be wise to pass the key around to other people.
Considering the unlimited package costs less than getting 2 single licenses, I’d recommend you get it straight away if you’re planning on using several stores. If not, then just use the single license and buy the latter with your profits if you decide to branch out.
Your store is nothing without products, so I also have a couple of tools that will find best-sellers for you.
Sell The Trend
This platform focuses on AliExpress, Shopify, and Amazon for finding hot and promising products. You can check out the traffic and order volume of different Shopify stores as well as the apps they’re using.
You can check out each store’s social media presence, and you can save your stores and products as favorites for later viewing.
There’s also the Nexus feature, which shows you which products are great right now, filled with reports and how many stores are selling it.
It costs $39 monthly, and you can get a full week trial.
For $10 less, you can get Intelligyence, which has been available for quite a while, and it’s a favorite among dropshippers almost since its release.
You can keep track of half a million stores and about 4 times that amount in products. You can filter your results to suit your needs as well. Clicking on each product takes you to AliExpress, where you can even import the products quickly.
Like Sell The Trend, you also have access to the ads (FB and Google) from the stores, as well as checking Amazon and eBay.
Finally, you won’t get products without a supplier, so keeping a directory with trustworthy and efficient suppliers is paramount for your success. Luckily, there are different directories available on the internet, and there’s one that stands out from the rest.
Salehoo is among the most popular directories, including 10,000 different wholesalers and suppliers covering over 1.5 million products. They also curate each item on their lists, so you don’t need to worry about scammers or unreliable suppliers for your business.
You also have access to more advanced features than other directories. For instance, you have the option to check out the retail, eBay and wholesale prices for the items to estimate your possible profits. There’s also the research labs that presents you with profitable products as well as the forums where you can interact with other members.
It’s $67 yearly, but you can try it for 7 days for $1.