How to start dropshipping on Shopify
Ready to get started using Shopify? First, you’ll need to get a Shopify account and create your store.
Set up a Shopify store
Visit Shopify.com and click “Start a free trial” on the homepage to begin setting up your account.
Next, you’ll be prompted to enter your email address, a password, and your store name. When it comes to choosing a Shopify store name, there are a few things to keep in mind. You want something original that’ll stand out, but you also want to keep it simple and easy to spell and remember. For more tips, check out Shopify’s guide to naming your store.
Now that your account is all set up, you’ll be asked to answer a few questions about your business and eCommerce experience.
Once you complete these questions, it’s time to get your store set up for dropshipping. Begin by clicking “Settings” in the lower left-hand corner of your Shopify dashboard, as illustrated below.
Here, you’ll enter your business address and banking information, such as a PayPal or checking account, to receive payments.
Once your payment information is complete, return to the settings dashboard, so you can set up a few more important parts of your store, including shipping information and store policies, which can all be accessed from this dashboard. You can also select a theme for your Shopify store.
Now, to get your Shopify store ready for drop shipping, you’ll need to add a sales channel. To do this, select “Sales channel” from the Settings dashboard, as illustrated below.
Next, select “Add sales channel.”
Here you’ll see a pop-up menu where you can choose from a variety of sales channels. If you plan to use a Shopify dropshipping app for your store, scroll to the bottom of the menu and select “Visit Shopify App Store” to find the app you’d like to use.
In the next section, we’ll explore some of the most popular Shopify dropshipping apps available.
Add products to your store
The easiest way to start dropshipping on Shopify is to use an app to acquire inventory for your store. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular apps for Shopify dropshipping and their pros and cons.
- Oberlo is the most popular app for Shopify dropshipping. It was designed specifically for the Shopify platform, so it integrates seamlessly and the process of adding products to your store is very simple. There’s a vast number of goods to choose from that are sourced both from the Oberlo marketplace and AliExpress, and you can even customize the products by renaming them, selecting photos, and drafting your own item descriptions.
- With Spocket, you can select products from thousands of suppliers located in both the United States and the European Union. Because suppliers are in only these locations, delivery is generally faster and more reliable than working with suppliers across the globe, which means you can typically offer customers an excellent buying experience. One potential downside though is that pricing may not be as inexpensive as dropshipping products sourced from elsewhere.
- MXED is a unique Shopify app because it allows retailers to legally sell official pop-culture merchandise from popular franchises like Harry Potter, Marvel, Nintendo, Star Wars, and Pokemon. Because these franchises are so well known, there’s already a large market for them and high demand, so it can be a smart niche for your dropshipping store to capitalize on.
- There are thousands of products to choose from on Modalyst, including apparel, accessories, and home goods, and you can easily add items to your Shopify dropshipping store with just one click. However, the shipping process isn’t entirely automated — you must purchase products from the seller on Modalyst when you’re notified of a sale.
- KITE, which enables you to print your own designs or images on products, offers more than 250 custom products, including apparel, phone cases, and stickers. The company doesn’t manage its own inventory though. Instead, it partners with manufacturers to print and ship orders, so shipping times for customers can vary greatly.
There are numerous other Shopify dropshipping apps as well. Simply search for the Shopify App Store to learn more about the variety of apps available.
Is Shopify for dropshipping right for you?
Because of its ease of use and the variety of apps available to add inventory to your store, it’s understandable why Shopify is a popular platform choice for dropshipping.
However, to determine if Shopify is the right choice for your eCommerce business, start small. Begin by working with just a few suppliers or only a handful of products, so you can learn the ins and outs of both dropshipping and the Shopify platform. When you’re more comfortable with the process, you can expand your business by adding a more varied selection of products and working with more manufacturers.
As you gain experience with Shopify for dropshipping, you can take your eCommerce business to the next level by experimenting with various Shopify apps, as well as innovative ways you can implement social commerce with your marketing strategy as explained in this article by Curalate.