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Your Dropshipping Sales Funnel: How To Boost Your Profit With AliDropship Solutions

What’s a dropshipping sales funnel? Does it have any importance for online business owners? Which tools can you use to make the most of it? That’s what today’s article is all about!

Can you remember the last purchase you made?

Let’s say, you bought cereals in a nearby store, or purchased a book online, or got something else.

Now, the question is: do you remember what brought you to this purchasing decision? What exactly happened in your mind and motivated you to take the money out of your wallet?

Most likely, this purchase didn’t happen just out of nowhere. There was a chain of events (and thoughts) that led you to it. Let’s try and figure them out, shall we?

The basics of a sales funnel

4-step sales funnel scheme

Simply speaking, sales funnel is a term describing several stages we go through before making a purchase.

Generally, researchers say that there are 4 basic stages:

  • Awareness

At this moment, you simply find out that there is a specific product sold in some particular store. For example, you hear about cinnamon-flavored oatmeal cereals in your corner store, or see an online ad for a newly published illustrated book of Shakespeare’s sonnets.

  • Interest

Now, when you know about the product’s existence, you may or may not get interested in it for one reason or another.

“Do I have something for tomorrow’s breakfast?”, you start asking yourself. Or, “Isn’t Shakespeare my mom’s favorite author?”

Indeed, there can be hundreds of reasons for you to start seriously considering making the purchase or forgetting about this offer quickly – and I’ll come back to this thought later.

  • Decision

Let’s suppose you didn’t give up on this particular product idea. What is your next logical step?

That’s right: you start processing the information you have, and look for more details if necessary.

Reconsidering your personal reasons that made you interested, reading the cereals package, or viewing the publishing house’s photos of the book, you’re trying to see if the product is worth buying.

  • Action

Okay, so let’s say you’ve made a positive decision at the previous step. You actually need the item, it looks good, and you’re happy with your little research results. Basically, nothing stops you from buying it, and you become a happy product owner.

This was a sales funnel example. From a person who knew nothing about the product, you turned into its buyer. Isn’t that cool? And isn’t that the result that you’d love to achieve with your dropshipping business – turning strangers into customers?

If you want it to happen, all you need to do is to guide people through all these 4 steps and make sure they come to the ‘right’ decision at every stage!

I also recommend reading another article on our blog devoted to marketing funnel hacking. It’ll teach you to borrow the strategies other entrepreneurs use in order to improve your own store’s performance.

Is dropshipping sales funnel different in any way?

Yes – and no.

Indeed, a sales funnel in dropshipping consists of the same 4 stages. However, a person should spend much, much less time to go through them and buy the product!

When you’re running a dropshipping store, you’re first of all interested in triggering impulse purchases. You want your potential customers to see your product, fall in love with it instantly, and place an order without a second thought.

If, let’s say, an Instagram user sees your product ad and gets distracted, he or she can easily forget what your store/account name was. So, this Internet user will just miss out on the opportunity you offer! Or, let’s suppose your store visitor goes online to check the alternatives to your product. There can be a more compelling offer for a lower price or from a better-known brand…

So, your goal is to speed up the decision-making process. Ideally, you need to take your target audience members through all the steps from Awareness to Action very quickly.

How can you achieve that?

Enhancing your dropshipping sales funnel with AliDropship tools & services

How can AliDropship solutions help you take your audience through all the stages of a dropshipping sales funnel? Let’s see!

#1 Raising awareness

It’s the first, vital section of any sales funnel. Here’s what you, as an online business owner, will most typically do to spread the word about your products!

Make the store SEO-friendly

A product category page on an online store optimized for search engines

When a store has a higher ranking on Google, it becomes more likely to be noticed by Internet users who make a related search query.

The AliDropship plugin that simplifies and automates various dropshipping tasks helps you with that in multiple ways. For example, the plugin’s SEO meta data generator creates and adds SEO titles, descriptions and keywords to your product pages automatically, helping them achieve better positions on Google. Also, the plugin creates SEO meta data fields for your Home page and can create a sitemap: a file that helps search engines access and evaluate the contents of your store.

AliDropship themes that are specifically developed to make AliDropship stores look good and perform smoothly are optimized for search engines, too. Their structure makes it easier for search engines to index the site content and evaluate its meaning more thoroughly.

AliDropship SEO image optimizer that works on your images improvement is another tool boosting your store position on Google. It compresses your images, which leads to quicker site loading. Also, it creates proper Alt tags and titles for the image files, making it easier for search engines to scan and rank them.

AliDropship SEO Starter pack is a beginner-friendly service aimed at improving your Google positions. This service includes one SEO-friendly article, customized SEO elements for your Home and Category pages, and a set of backlinks connecting your store to other websites. It improves the way your store is indexed by Google, letting Internet users find your store quicker during online shopping.

SEO Copywriting service will provide you with a whole set of purchase-stimulating, SEO-friendly articles that reinforce your Google positions and contribute to your brand image. These articles are also priceless in terms of content marketing which brings me to the next point.

Create engaging content

Example of content created for promotion purposes

Entertaining and informative content is a great foundation for your marketing strategies. Thanks to unique, regularly updated content, you attract your readers’ and followers’ attention to your store and establish yourself as an expert in this area. It gives you a wonderful opportunity to become famous in the industry community and raise awareness about a top-class business you’re running.

That’s why AliDropship themes allow you to integrate blogs into your store! With a built-in blog, you can easily publish articles on the issues related to your store niche and having value for your audience. What’s more, these articles may serve as the basis for your further promo campaigns.

AliDropship Blog post service is built on this exact idea. Upon ordering this service, you get a professionally written article for your blog, ads materials package related to this text, and a subscription form setup to help you collect your store visitors’ emails for email marketing. All these components play a huge role in making your store well-known all across the web!

Post on social media

Product images posted on social media to draw the audience into a dropshipping sales funnel

It becomes increasingly common for businesses to create and run social media accounts. With their help, entrepreneurs interact with potential customers and reach a wider audience of Internet users. Your store shouldn’t be an exception!

AliDropship Social media setup service is the starting point for dropshipping store owners who want to have a business presence on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter. This service includes the creation of social network accounts at your choice, making catchy logos and covers for them, and connecting these accounts to your store.

Thanks to the AliDropship plugin, it is possible to display the relevant social media buttons in your store footer. So, it will be clear to visitors exactly which accounts belong to you, and you won’t get mixed up with any other similar business!

AliDropship Engaging social media posts service gives a helping hand to entrepreneurs who really want to be active, fun, and popular on social media – but have no idea how to do it. Providing you with sets of engaging images, texts, and hashtags, our digital marketing specialists help your accounts take off – even if you don’t have a background experience!

The Social Rabbit plugin, in turn, is an invaluable tool for those who want to fill their social media feed with automatically generated yet attractive and human-like posts. This time-saving solution allows you to be active on 4 top social media at once without neglecting other crucial business tasks!

Run ads on social networks

Product ads created for social media

Do you want even more social media users to learn about your amazing store and your awesome products? Paid ads are exactly what you need. You can delegate them to us, too!

AliDropship Facebook Business add-on cuts the time you spend while creating powerful retargeting campaigns on Facebook. Basically, it synchronizes your store offer with the Facebook product catalog. This is how you set up Facebook dynamic ads in several clicks and drive more interested people to your store.

AliDropship Facebook & Instagram ads service lets you explore the world of paid ads effortlessly and efficiently even if you haven’t executed a single marketing campaign in your life. You will get a ready-to-use set of advertising elements together with very detailed instructions on launching this ad with the most favorable audience settings!

Run Google Shopping ads

Google Shopping ads used as a part of a dropshipping sales funnel

Would you like to attract a huge audience of Google users to your store? Google Shopping ads are your best bet! Thanks to them, you can make your store products shown on the Google search results page to the users looking for something related to your store. So, how about making a very wide circle of people aware of your business?

AliDropship Google Merchant add-on is the tool that lets you create such ads in full accordance with Google requirements. With its help, you get an unmatched opportunity to lure more people into visiting your website. And that’s when the real fun begins! 😉

#2 Keeping the store visitors interested

A home page of an online store designed to keep visitors interested

As you probably remember, at the beginning of this article I mentioned that there might be thousands of reasons why people get or don’t get interested in your products.

Surely, you can’t really influence the life circumstances of your potential buyer who visited your store because of a product ad.

However, you can make a difference to this person’s state of mind, change their attitude to this item or the whole product category, and even make them more willing to stay on your website longer.

AliDropship themes lay the perfect foundation for creating a positive customer experience. Providing a clear store layout and enabling quick page loading, they let the visitor navigate your store effortlessly. What’s also crucial, all the themes are mobile-friendly. Using any device, your potential buyers will experience no discomfort while browsing the pages.

AliDropship plugin, at the same time, lets you create absolutely lovely product pages that encourage the visitors to spend a little more time investigating them. The thing is, the plugin has a built-in database of exceptional AliExpress products with carefully pre-edited pages. These items’ titles, descriptions, and images look catchy and appealing to the viewers. This is why your store visitors don’t mind going into details of what you’re offering them.

And that’s the point where you can transform their decision-making process!

#3 Prompting the decision

So, at this stage of the customer journey funnel, an already interested store visitor begins collecting more specific information on the item(s) you’re offering.

Surely, product pages give them enough details of these items’ features, variations, designs, etc. But if you can use even more ways to persuade the visitor to place an order, why not go for it?

Use the power of social proof

Customer product reviews used as social proof

Coming across an unfamiliar online store, users can’t always be sure about its credibility and the quality of offered products. So, help them say goodbye to uncertainty and anxiety!

The AliDropship plugin lets you import genuine product reviews left by AliExpress buyers, and place them on your product pages. To your store visitors, it serves as additional proof of your store’s credibility and the item’s value.

AliDropship Reviews page add-on, in turn, lets you create a separate ‘Trust Page’ on your website. This page displays all your products’ reviews in an appealing, easy-to-read way, demonstrating the previous buyers’ satisfaction with their purchases.

AliDropship Customers gallery add-on serves a similar purpose. With its help, you can make a customizable gallery out of the product photos shared by your happy customers. That’s a great way to tell your store visitors they will enjoy their orders, too!

Create a sense of urgency

An online store page with a discount banner

Can’t influence the visitor’s original reasons to buy from you? Create new reasons and make them irresistible!

AliDropship themes, especially the action-oriented ones like Andy Warhol, El Greco, El Greco Woo, Dali and others let you create high-converting pages. It happens thanks to numerous elements that give the impression of a booming buyers’ activity in your store.

‘Selling fast’ icons, ‘Only 7 left in stock’ texts, ‘You save 47%’ bars and other similar details make the viewer reluctant to miss out on a good deal. It’s a great motivation to speed up the decision-making process, and you can enhance it even more.

AliDropship Countdown timer is a winning tool if you want to let your potential customers know the offer is limited in time. With this easily customized timer, it won’t take you much effort to convince the visitors to take action NOW!

And AliDropship Urgency add-on has a whole set of features (social proof icons, trust badges at checkout, shopping cart countdown timer) that are aimed at the same result. It’s a 3-in-1 solution to let your visitors know the store is very popular. If they don’t place the order immediately, there will be nothing left really soon!

#4 Making it easy to take the action

An online store’s shopping cart

How can people actually place their orders in your store, exactly? And what should you do if you don’t want to lose them at this – the last and the most important – stage of a dropshipping sales funnel?

Allow effortless payments

AliDropship themes guarantee easy and understandable in-store navigation, creating a relaxing and satisfying shopping experience even for first-time online buyers. Thanks to catchy, prominent action buttons, they won’t have any trouble adding the desired product option(s) to their shopping cart and proceeding with their orders.

AliDropship plugin lets you integrate the widest range of payment gateways into your store. This way, your customers will be able to pay for their orders in any convenient way. This way, you can be sure they won’t change their mind at the last second because of a payment inconvenience!

Streamline the checkout process

No one likes filling out super long forms at checkout, and you shouldn’t make your buyers go through this, too!

AliDropship themes allow you to set up customizable, user-friendly checkout forms. Your customers will only need to give the strictly necessary info details before completing the order. By enjoying these time-saving forms, your clients won’t be annoyed with the checkout procedure. Therefore, they won’t leave your store at the most critical point!

Summing up the AliDropship solutions’ role in your dropshipping sales funnel improvement

As you can see, the AliDropship plugin and its themes play a crucial supporting role at every stage of your dropshipping sales funnel.

What’s more, you can freely choose between a wide range of AliDropship add-ons and services that raise awareness about your store, boost your customers’ confidence and prompt their favorable shopping decisions. Help your clients evaluate your offers and make them more engaged in the purchasing process! That’s how you lay the basis for a loyal customers’ community that will stay with you for years to come.

And the best part?

You can easily get a tailor-made store with an already enhanced dropshipping sales funnel without extra efforts from your side!

By ordering an AliDropship custom store, you get a ready-to-go marketplace that we created with the selling process optimization in mind. Just check out the custom store packages we’re offering; you’ll see that the most important dropshipping sales funnel elements are already covered there!

Read the source: https://alidropship.com/dropshipping-sales-funnel/

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Ordering A Custom Dropshipping Store From AliDropship: Q&A Series #4

Considering the constant demand for a custom dropshipping store from AliDropship, we decided to devote a whole separate Q&A session to it. Enjoy!

1. What’s a custom dropshipping store?

In practice, it’s a ready-made dropshipping store that is created for you exclusively. The store is developed by the team of highly skilled designers, programmers, and other technical specialists.

Therefore, this is a wonderful solution for people who don’t know how to build a dropshipping store from scratch (or don’t want to waste their time on this). That’s why a huge part of AliDropship clients prefer ready-to-go solutions.

2. What does the whole process look like?

First of all, you place an order and make a payment.

PLEASE NOTE: you only make ONE payment to get an AliDropship custom store, with no recurring fees! While running a dropshipping store, your only ‘must-have’ regular fees will be the domain and hosting payments required by your providers to keep your store ‘visible’ on the internet.

After that, a dedicated member of our project management team gets in touch with you. We assign a personal project manager who will guide you through all the steps of the work.

They give you access to Basecamp – it’s the special platform where you can monitor the progress and leave your feedback. We will also ask you to fill in our questionnaire. This way, we will learn your requests and preferences.

In our blog, you can find an article on how your online store is being created.

3. What will I get? What will the dropshipping store include?

When the development process is over, you get a customized online store adapted for your needs and wishes. The store fully belongs to you: you get 100% ownership, and you are free to do ANYTHING with the site.

This store has a number of unique features you won’t find anywhere else:

  • At least 50 already imported products with professionally edited pictures and descriptions (the number depends on the package you choose)
  • Automatic updates of product information
  • Automatic price markup for any product groups
  • Professionally designed theme optimized for high conversions
  • Unique design elements (logo, header, icons, favicon, etc.)
  • Integrated promotional tools: discount coupons, emails for abandoned carts recovery, and subscribers lists for further interactions
  • All-in-one dashboard to monitor your sales, orders, stats, and activities
  • Integrated Google Analytics
  • Integrated payment gateways (2Checkout, Stripe, PayU, etc.) to accept payments with both PayPal and credit cards
  • On-site SEO and social networks accounts
  • Up to 12% AliExpress cashback

For the Ultimate package, you will also be provided with our special social media promo tool. We install and set up the Social Rabbit plugin that will automatically promote your business on 4 top social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

4. Сustom dropshipping stores creation includes niche research. Can I choose my own niche?

Basically, you can choose ANY niche you like. It’s recommended to work in a niche you’re passionate about (or at least know quite well).

You will then need to evaluate the niche from the point of view of:

You can take a look at our exclusive ‘Niches and products’ blog section. There, we systematically post the results of our regular market research, and give you the most promising product ideas you can try in the upcoming season.

To check the commercial potential of the niche you’ve chosen, use our free niche research tool!

5. If I want to create a dropshipping store with branded/copyrighted products, will I have any legal issues?

Yes, it is likely.

Every country has its own laws and legal requirements in terms of selling branded products. And all the holders of intellectual property rights have their own policy of dealing with such cases. You need to be really careful about your niche and product choice!

6. How do you choose and edit products for the website?

The dropshipping stores we create are filled with items from AliExpress. Check this detailed instruction on choosing the nicest products.

In short, we evaluate the items from the point of view of:

  • Product rating
  • Number of orders
  • Sellers rating
  • The option of ePacket shipping or free delivery

If you want us to import products of a particular type or style, please, let us know before we start uploading products. You can attach some examples of products for each category.

We also have a guide on editing product pages. And we follow it with every item we add to the stores. The basic rules are:

  • Only add high quality pictures
  • Edit titles to make them short and clear
  • Rewrite product descriptions made by Chinese suppliers

7. Do you have any guides on how to promote a dropshipping store?

You can use a range of our free educational resources:

8. Can you integrate a special payment gateway for my country?

Generally, we integrate PayPal and credit card payment options into our dropshipping stores. Here you can find the list of all the options available.

Sometimes, clients ask us to include some other additional systems. We always notify our developers team about these requests, but the development process is not easy. The developers might agree to try a certain additional system if it is requested often, but it will be considered to be a ‘non-typical amendment to a website’, and it will cost you extra money.

9. If I only have enough money to buy the Basic Package, can I upgrade it later?

Of course! If you can’t afford the desired package right now, just start with getting the Basic one. Later on, as soon as your finances are fine, you can upgrade your store to the Advanced or Ultimate level.

For all these packages, we do the same work, but on a different scale. For example, the number of the items we add to a store is 50 for the Basic package, 100 for the Advanced package, and 200 for the Ultimate package. But it’s not the limit! You can always add more products yourself if necessary.

The same goes for all the extra services that only are available on the higher levels. Even if they are not included in the package you’re buying, you surely can ask us to add the necessary ones for an extra cost (or you can do it yourself if you wish).

Please note that the store theme choice doesn’t depend on the package you’re ordering! It doesn’t matter if you’re buying a Basic or an Ultimate store – you can anyway choose one theme out of the multiple options we offer.

10. If I buy your Ultimate Package, when I can start making money?

The package description says “This package is perfect for those who want a 100% hassle-free start and immediate profits”. So, what do we mean by immediate profits?

The day you receive your store is the day you can process your first order.

Everything is set up already, so you can drive in visitors and accept their payments IMMEDIATELY after getting the site from us. From the technical point of view, your store is fully ready for operation when we hand it over to you.

We gladly share our marketing experience and knowledge with you – we provide tons of educational materials (check out the question #7). Still, we can’t predict how soon you will start getting income – it all depends on your own promotional efforts.

Did we cover everything you wanted to know about buying a dropshipping store? Feel free to leave your questions in the comment section below!

Read the source: https://alidropship.com/custom-drop-shipping-store-qa-series-4/

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How To Start An Online Business In Australia: Kelvin’s First-Hand Experience

Almost every person wondering how to start an online business in Australia, or Bulgaria, or Canada – or any other country, for that matter – eventually discovers the dropshipping business model. Is it a good choice? Where can this ecommerce model take you? Let’s talk to Kelvin, a newcomer to dropshipping business, and ask about his unique personal experience!

Disclaimer: all the success stories published in AliDropship blog are the results of interviews conducted in the written form. Even though the editors may make some minor changes to the grammar, spelling, and/or punctuation, the respondents’ writing styles, views, opinions, stores screenshots and personal photos are left unchanged.

Hi, please, introduce yourself!

Hello, I am Kelvin, a first generation immigrant from China relocated to Australia to experience my life. I’m an accountant by profession – and since recently, an online entrepreneur.

Why and how did you start an online business in Australia? What’s your background?

Actually, I had an earlier experience of launching and running an ecommerce startup and working for an online gaming company.

When Melbourne went in lockdown due to the pandemic, I suddenly found myself with much more free time and thought I could invest it in building a side business. This is how I started looking for the options and doing a website building up.

Among all the online business models trending now, I found dropshipping to be the winning one. It’s relatively easy to create and it takes smaller startup capital, so I thought, why not?

What were your first business steps?

I was using YouTube to learn more about setting up and running an online business, and discovered AliDropship and the several opportunities it offers to start an online store.

The option that seemed the most attractive to me was getting a custom store and let a team of experienced developers do their job. But when the store was ready and handed over to me, I decided to further adapt it to my individual vision of a forward-looking online business.

You see, I wanted to connect this store to eBay, Amazon, etc. to try and expand this business at the next stage of its development and growth. So, I switched to AliDropship Woo plugin, and also synced my store with Shopmaster to help me with importation and listing for eBay activities in the future.

So, I would say that AliDropship gave me the initial knowledge and taught me how dropshipping works. It gave me the chance to learn further myself and grow my business the way I see fit.

How is your business performing now?

I keep running my only store, and I keep it synchronized with eBay. This strategy proves to be risky, but promising. My first sale happened in a week after I opened a eBay account.

And it felt great! I felt excited and understood that it could actually work.

There was a month when I processed 150 orders with the total count of about AUD 3K.

How to start an online business in Australia: an example of an online store performance

Even though I encountered a lot of issues while providing after-sales services and doing product listing, I believe this business model has a good potential.

These days, I have 5-10 orders per day on average, and I believe their number will start growing soon. I have much more confidence in this business model now!

To start your online business in Australia (and to make it so successful!), which product strategy do you use?

Considering products, I prefer to select something easy to ship, not easy to find on the market, and having a real value for a customer. Of course, keeping up with the trends is also important.

To pick reliable suppliers, I check their performance on AliExpress, their operating history, customer testimonials and the reviews on their shipping speed.

I expand my product range consistently to keep a larger niche portfolio. In general, to be added to my store, a product must:

  • Match my niche
  • Come from a reliable supplier
  • Have a good shipping policy
  • Show a long history of successful sales
  • See a strong demand
  • Have a high AliExpress score

To set the new prices, I start with analyzing the market and checking the shipping cost together with the seller’s original price. Considering the data, I make a decision on the profit margin I want to get – and the final price, as the result.

How do you promote your business?

I use SEO and social media marketing, mostly on Facebook. These promotions don’t cost me much: my business is still young and I can’t spend a lot on advertising.

And the great part is that I don’t have any problems with identifying and understanding my target audience. Basically, the product itself tells which groups of customers to target!

How to start an online business in Australia from the legal point of view? What can you say about the management part?

To do trading in Australia, you simply need an ABN (Australian Business Number). As long as you have an ABN, you, as an individual, are legitimate as a business owner.

And speaking about managing the business in general, I can say that it takes me 3-4 hours every day to keep the store running. I spend this time to search for new products, do product listings and process orders, provide post-purchase support and of course, promote the store.

Studying my competitors, researching products and evaluating suppliers takes most of my time. Customer service can also be challenging as customers are quite demanding and often ask for a lower price. But sometimes, their requests help me see what I can improve in my business practice! So, with good service and politeness, I can change their mind and learn something valuable for my business.

And yes, I’m still learning! I hired a freelancer to assist me, and I’m experimenting with the business a lot.

What’s your general impression of running this kind of business in Australia?

I wouldn’t say my life has changed much already: the business is still very young. But, I know it has potential, and I intend to work harder! I think it’s a brilliant business idea, and it requires long-term persistence – and the ability to change your strategy quickly along your journey if it’s necessary.

What can you advise our readers – those who wonder how to start an online business in Australia or elsewhere, and those who already run their stores?

Like I said, it is a long but promising journey. As long as you learn lots of stuff, keep going and trying, and adapt to changes and challenges, you’re going to be fine!

You must be ready to view this business as a long-term activity. It is not a get-quick-rich scheme, and you need to be prepared for some challenges ahead of the road. But it has a great potential as well if you find out the road and walk it persistently. I’m in the process of learning myself!

That’s the spirit! We are thankful to Kelvin for his kind and detailed insight into such an interesting way to start an online business, and hope his experience is inspirational for our readers!

Read the source: https://alidropship.com/how-to-start-an-online-business-in-australia/

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How Much Does It Cost To Start A Dropshipping Business In 2021? [5 Options]

Well, here is #1 dropshipping FAQ: how much does it cost to start a dropshipping business in 2021? So let’s figure that out!

Time goes by, but starting your own business is still the most attractive and reliable option to get a stable source of high income.

Are there any ways to start a business easily and with small investment? In fact, there are a number of options that look really tempting. Due to the fact that ecommerce is growing rapidly, this is dropshipping that is undoubtedly one of the surest and most promising ways to start your own venture.

So how much does it cost to start dropshipping in 2021? Do you really need thousands of dollars to get in dropshipping? In practice, how much funds should you have to start thinking of your own venture? And with whom is it better to build your business if you want to start dropshipping easily with a minimum budget?

AliDropship answers!

How much does it cost to start a dropshipping business in 2021: can I start dropshipping for 0$?

There are lots of views on how much money you need to start dropshipping. Fortunately, AliDropship has been in this game long enough to know this for sure. The point is that we have been assisting our clients to easily start, run, and promote their dropshipping ventures for almost 10 years.

This is exactly why we know first-hand how much funds you need to have in order to launch your dropshipping business. What is more, we are happy to offer ecommerce newbies different options, for any taste and budget.

Actually, you can try to start dropshipping for 0$. If you already have a website and enough IT skills, you have a chance to launch your online store for free using free trials, etc. However, if we speak about building a business that is supposed to bring you profits on a long-term basis, you would rather spend some.

But this is all about a small sum that lets you not only create an online store, but get a complete launch, get your store on track, and start gaining profits.

How much does it cost to start a dropshipping business in 2021: a minimum budget

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So let’s work out the minimal budget you need to start dropshipping in 2021.

At first, we should figure out what things are necessary to launch an online store.

Since dropshipping allows you to avoid the difficulties of any brick and mortar business, there essentially are only five steps to launching a store:

  • Choose a niche
  • Create a website
  • Find suppliers
  • Add products to your site
  • Come up with a marketing strategy

Well, let’s move on to the figures!

Niche research

Expenses – $0.

There is no need to pay money. Besides, if you don’t want to spend any time on carrying out research by yourself, there’s an easy solution. Our team offers you a free niche research tool that estimates the niche potential and even gives some recommendations on how to use it in your business most efficiently.

However, you should understand that choosing a niche for your business plays a crucial role in your future success. So if you have an opportunity to pay particular attention to this stage of your business launch, we recommend that you learn more about the service our marketing experts offer – it’s Deep Dropshipping Niche Research.

Website creation

Expenses – $134.

Now let’s take a closer look at creating your site. What do you need to get it? Here is the list of the must-haves:

  • Domain

 Expenses – $10.

To launch your dropshipping business, you need to buy a domain name. Simply speaking, your domain name is the address of your website. It’s unique and it lets customers find your site on the Internet. On GoDaddy.com, you can buy a decent domain name for about $10 for the first year.

an image showing the prices of domain names

  • Hosting

Expenses – $48.

The next step is hosting. In other words, you need a server for your website. You can search for one on your own or use our service. Please pay attention to hosting from AliDropship. It suits dropshipping perfectly and costs only $48 per year.

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  • WordPress content management system (CMS)

Expenses – $0.

Now, you’ve got a domain name and a hosting provider. What’s next? It’s time to build your website now!

Go to WordPress.org and download its software to your server.

The beauty of this software is that it’s absolutely free. You spend $0 again.

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  • AliDropship plugin

Expenses – $89.

The next thing you need is AliDropship plugin. It’s going to wrap up the process of creating and running your online store.

By the way, the AliDropship Plugin price hasn’t changed for many years!

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But, we’ve got a surprise for you. A little lifehack: just use the ‘STARTER15’ coupon code as it’s shown on the picture below. This way, you save $13, and pay less than $76!

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Here, on the same page, you can also put a tick and add hosting for 1 year, which we’ve already mentioned.

Now when you’ve done it, there is one last thing left. Customize your website as you’d like to. Naturally, you don’t need to pay yourself for your own efforts 🙂

Let’s sum it up! Your domain name is going to cost you about $10. Plus, you’ll spend $124 on hosting and AliDropship plugin combined. The rest is available for free.

So the total price for your website is $134.

Suppliers and products

Expenses – $0.

The next step is to find a reliable supplier you are going to deal with.

But the question is, how to do that? How can you find such a partner that will provide your clients with high-quality products?

All you need to do is go to AliExpress and make your choice. Please pay attention to our guide on how to find a dropshipping supplier. What we’re interested in is the price. And you don’t need to pay any fees to anyone.

When you’ve chosen your business partners, you can add products to your online store.

You’ve already got the AliDropship plugin. This means you can import as many dropshipping products from AliExpress as you want. You pay nothing for this.

However, if you’re eager to make the most of your business, you should consider your product strategy completely. The fact is that you need to have several extremely popular products in your online store that you’ll advertise. These products are supposed to bring you most of the profits.

So if you want to find a really promising product for your business and not to make a mistake at this essential step, let our dropshipping experts find a winning product and consider an ad strategy for you!

Marketing

Expenses – $0.

In fact, you can reduce your marketing costs to minimum and promote your online store yourself with $0. In this case, it’s a great idea to learn about SEO as much as you can. Search engine optimization (SEO) is one of the most powerful free marketing tools you could have under your belt. If you properly optimize your website in general and product pages in particular, people will naturally come across your online store.

Websites such as Quora.com could be great sources of free traffic to your store.

People post all sorts of questions there. Reply to those that your target audience might be interested in. Don’t forget to include links leading to your site into your answers.

Another must-do thing is your activity on social networks. Depending on the niche you’re dealing with, you can successfully promote your store on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.

You need to create accounts on these platforms, find communities related to your niche, post comments and so on. In other words, you should manually promote your store there.

Yes, it takes quite a lot of time. If you want to save it, we recommend you pay attention to Social Rabbit add-on and pass the torch to it.

The best news here? You can start with the Rabbit’s FREE 7-day trial before making your final decision! And of course, you are more than welcome to rely on useful marketing tips in the special section in AliDropship blog.

Well, we’ve found out that at least for the first time, there is an opportunity to get along without any marketing expenses.

It means you can spend only $134 to start your dropshipping business in 2021! Sounds tempting, doesn’t it?

Dropshipping startup costs in 2021: a medium budget

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It may seem to you that despite the fact that it’s extremely cheap to start a dropshipping business, there are a number of tasks that require you to have special skills and a lot of time. This is exactly why AliDropship is happy to provide you with different options to launch your dropshipping venture.

Would you like our highly qualified personnel take over technically complex and time-consuming tasks?

It means if you are ready to expand your budget a little bit, you can avoid some difficulties. And in dropshipping, you don’t really need much to get around many obstacles.

Let’s be honest. Getting a complete ready-to-go business for $500 is a good deal.

Yet, it could be cheaper if it’s the dropshipping business.

Here are two main options to get a ready-made online business AliDropship is happy to offer.

Custom dropshipping store

You can order a custom store from AliDropship. And within 12-25 business days, you’re going to be an owner of an online store built for you by the team of professionals according to your preferences only. Let’s look closer at what you actually get when you buy a custom store.

  • A niche research
  • A domain name
  • Google Analytics integration
  • Website customization
  • AliDropship plugin
  • At least 50 products that has already been added to your store (you can add more later)
  • On-site SEO
  • Social page on Facebook

Not bad, right?

But the best part is that you can start your dropshipping business for $299. And pay your particular attention to the fact it’s a ONE-TIME payment.

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But there’s more good news. It would be unfair not to tell you how you could save a bit more money. Use the coupon code ‘CUSTOM10’ to get $30 off your store cost!

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Along with hosting for 1 year, it’s going to cost you $317.

The rest of your money can be invested in your PPC (pay per click) campaign, Instagram shoutouts, paid Facebook ads, Google ads, etc. This is going to drive more traffic to your site. These are the people which are highly likely to make a purchase in your online store.

So, you spend $317 on the custom store and hosting and, let’s say, $180 on paid ads. And if you have a medium budget, starting your dropshipping business in 2021 is going to cost you less than $500. That’s a bargain!

Premium dropshipping store

Besides custom dropshipping stores, AliDropship has developed one more option for you to get a quick and easy start in dropshipping. It’s all about our well-loved Premium Dropshipping Stores.

How do they differ from our custom stores? Actually, we answered this question in our detailed guide on how to choose a dropshipping store, feel free to read it. But the point is that Premium Dropshipping Stores are the exact copies of the most successful dropshipping store AliDropship has ever run.

So what do you get in case of a purchasing premium dropshipping store? You get a ready-to-go dropshipping store that you need only to upload to your hosting.

How much do such dropshipping stores cost?

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Here is great news again: prices of Premium Dropshipping stores start from the same $300.

What to buy: custom or premium stores?

Custom Dropshipping Stores suit those entrepreneurs best who are eager to get a store made according to their preferences only: they will have an opportunity to choose a niche, influence the selection of products to sell, the website design, etc. However, you will have to wait for such an online store for 12 business days or more.

Premium Dropshipping stores suit those entrepreneurs best who want to get their store right here and right now. After completing a purchase of a premium store, you will get the materials you need to upload to your hosting almost on the same day, almost instantly. Meantime, you have to choose one of the stores that already deal with a niche and number of products. If you want to change the niche or something else after purchasing a store, you will have to do this yourself.

How much does it cost to start a dropshipping business in 2021: a maximum budget

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How long may it take you to become a CEO of a prosperous company?

Usually, it doesn’t happen fast.

But dropshipping is an exception! Here, you can run your business and only be concerned about scaling it: the rest of the tasks won’t be your headache anymore.

Actually, AliDropship is happy to offer you two options.

Ultimate custom store

Under the Ultimate package, you can get a custom store specifically created for you by AliDropship team. It will have extra advantages apart from the ones mentioned above – and only require a ONE-TIME payment of $899.

What’s the point?

Along with the benefits listed in the Medium budget section, you get:

  • 150 more products added to your store
  • More detailed SEO elements
  • Twitter, Instagram and YouTube pages created along with the facebook account
  • Promo video that shows your customers all the advantages of your online store

And the cherry on top – the Social Rabbit add-on which takes over all your social media activity

a picture showing how much AliDropship ultimate custom stores cost

In fact, whatever your financial situation is, saving money is always a wise move. If you choose the most advanced package, don’t forget to use the same coupon code ‘CUSTOM10’ – and $90 will stay with you.

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As you can see, for only $857 you can buy a store and hosting for 1 year. At the same time, you get enough time to devote to your online store development. So you can consider your marketing strategy properly and invest as much money in it as you can afford.

Premium dropshipping store + Marketing & Installation packages

Besides ultimate custom stores, it’s also premium stores with additional packages that suit you best in case you’re ready to invest more money in your startup. So what will you get if ordering a Premium Dropshipping Store with Marketing and Installation packages?

  • An exact copy of an online store that is ready to be uploaded to your website.
  • A wide range of marketing materials our specialists used to promote the original store and benefited from.
  • Prepaid 1 year hosting, 3 domain names to choose from, store logo editing, assistance in setting up a payment gateway, uploading the online store to your website

As you can see, if you buy such an online store, you won’t have to do anything – you get a ready-to-go online store from scratch that also provides you with ad materials to promote it. This cost only $700! Doesn’t it look like a bargain?

However, we’ve decided to move on. If you use the ‘PREIMUM10’ coupon at the checkout, you will get 10% off your online store. So it will cost you only $630.

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Summing it up: how much does it cost to start a dropshipping business

So let’s make a conclusion. The cost of the custom store and hosting is $857 and the cost of your promotional activities is up to you. And the cost of the premium dropshipping store with additional packages is $630.

So how much does it cost to start a dropshipping business? In fact, the maximum price you pay for your dropshipping business is $600-900 or more in case you’re ready to invest in your online store promotion. Actually, these dropshipping costs are not much for your own fully-functioning ecommerce business that has all chances to become your stable source of high income, is it?

So how much does it cost to start a dropshipping business in 2021? Now you know this for sure. You can size up your budget to get a smooth start in dropshipping and build your own profitable ecommerce platform you’ve always dreamed of as soon as you’re ready. So wait no more!

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25 Best Passive Income Ideas In 2021 For You To Explore And Enjoy

Do you already have a 9-to-5 job that you don’t want to give up even though it leaves you unsatisfied with the earnings? Or don’t you have enough time to get a regular job even though you’d like to have a passive income? Fortunately, nowadays there are lots of ways to get a stable source of earnings that doesn’t require your constant control and monitoring. So check up the list of 25 best passive income ideas in 2021 we have prepared for you!

Why is it a good idea to generate passive income?

It’s not a secret that passive income ideas always help. Consequently, people from all over the world look for new passive income streams more and more frequently.

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So what’s passive income?

Passive income is a source of income that either does not imply your active involvement or requires little effort that won’t interfere with, for example, a 9-to-5 job, travelling, etc.

In fact, it’s also a good idea to consider passive income ideas in 2021 if you want to start a profitable business that goes without large-scale startup costs and complicated legal procedures.

In our experience, the dropshipping business model suits such people perfectly. It’s due to the fact it does not oblige you to invest thousands of dollars and months of your free time into a store launch and management. However, to give you more options, we have prepared an extended list of 25 best passive income ideas in 2021. Let’s check all of them so you could choose the most suitable one and make a fortune the next year!

25 best passive income ideas in 2021

Here are 25 best passive income ideas for you to experiment with various sources of extra income in 2021. Enjoy!

Go online

It’s a great idea to go online in order to get passive income in 2021. With the advent of the Internet, it became a lot easier to run a business and make money online. But which passive income options are the most promising in 2021? So let’s get this sorted out!

Think of blogging

Blogging is, actually, one of the most popular business opportunities to get passive income in 2021. In practice, there are lots of ways to benefit from your own blog.

To date, almost every respectable company has a blog. For example, look at Forbes. Above all, Forbes has a blog that lets their influencers share their wealth of experience with their subscribers. By the way, AliDropship has also joined the list of Forbes’ contributors: you are welcome to read these top-level expert entries!

Some people start a blog for personal use. As a rule, when such a personal blog gains popularity, it provides its owner with different opportunities to benefit from it. So they begin to place shoutouts, join affiliate programs, etc.

So starting a blog is a 100% passive income idea. Beyond this, it can become your own hobby and your opportunity to find your personal fulfilment. And there is nothing difficult about running a blog since even lots of children do this every day!

Launch a dropshipping business

Starting a dropshipping business is, surely, one of the best options to get passive income nowadays.

Dropshipping is a business model that allows reselling goods without keeping them in stock.

If you are an ecommerce newcomer and wish to learn more about dropshipping, we suggest you to watch a detailed video guide on how dropshipping works.

Nowadays more and more people are interested in starting a dropshipping business. See for yourself.

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So why is a dropshipping business going to be one of the passive income ideas you should definitely pay attention to in 2021? Well, it’s due to the following.

  • Dropshipping does not require large long-term investment (even $150 is enough to get a smooth start in dropshipping)
  • With dropshipping, you don’t need to take any actions offline (rent an office or a warehouse, hire people, etc.)
  • It’s not necessary to spend lots of time on your dropshipping business: due to several IT solutions, your business participation can be reduced by several clicks a day)

Beyond this, you are going to become a 100% owner of your profitable and promising business. Isn’t this great? What’s more, if you’re worried about the technical challenges of starting a dropshipping business, in 2021, you can start an online store from scratch easily! A number of IT solutions that help you start and run your ecommerce venture – AliDropship Plugin, Social Rabbit, Sellika, Premium Products, etc. – are always there at your service.

Buy a dropshipping business

If you don’t want to create an online store from scratch by yourself due to the lack of technical experience or free time, AliDropship is happy to provide you with another option – you have an opportunity to buy a ready-to-go online store!

To date, there are two options to get a ready-made online store AliDropship can offer.

  • Creating a custom dropshipping store

Our experienced team is going to create a custom dropshipping store for you with your individual preferences in mind. As a result, you get a dropshipping business that you can start promoting and benefiting from right after the store handover.

  • Purchasing a premium dropshipping store

Premium dropshipping stores from AliDropship are the exact copies of best-performing online stores that can boast $2,000,000+ annual revenue. After purchasing a premium dropshipping store, you become an owner of an online store that you need only to upload to your website. Moreover, you can also get installation and marketing packages as well.

Both options constitute a ready-to-go business that will require you to run ad campaigns only. Don’t you know how to do this for the maximum benefit? Well, we have already discussed in detail how to create product pages, how to create landing pages, how to make Facebook ad creatives, etc.

Social Media Marketing

Here is one more passive income idea in our list – it’s social media marketing or SMM. The point is that the demand for SMM specialists is rising considerably. And business owners need both staff members and outsourcing specialists.

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So if you are fond of social networks such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc., here is a reason for you to convert your hobby into profit. You, actually, have an opportunity to surf the Internet and make money on that! Meantime, this can really help your part-time employers boost their businesses considerably.

Run a YouTube channel

This is all the same about YouTube. Lots of people are now using YouTube as a source of extra income.

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You can definitely try to make money on YouTube if you:

  • Really love spending tons of time watching videos on YouTube
  • Have ever considered starting a YouTube channel since you know more than others and see the way to share your experience in a more appropriate or creative way

In these cases, starting a YouTube channel is a must!

Eventually, your channel on YouTube will collect enough followers so you will get an opportunity to benefit from that by placing ads, joining affiliate programs, etc.

Start a podcast

Starting a podcast is also one more passive income idea in 2021.

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If you are keen on talking on different subjects and you feel comfortable about public speaking, starting a podcast is exactly what you need!

Participate in online surveys

One more passive income idea is to participate in online surveys. In fact, if you like to be interviewed, share your opinion with others, etc., – online surveys are what you can benefit from a lot.

On the Internet, there are lots of websites that offer passive income for participating in such surveys. Certainly, it’s necessary to finish lots of surveys in order to get a substantial sum. However, each survey can take you just several minutes, so why not?

Create paid posts on Instagram

It’s also no longer a secret that you can benefit from your account on Instagram. And all you need is to have strong interest in a hype issue.

For instance, do you have pets? Do you often take pictures of them to share with friends? If so, this is a good idea to share this with a wider audience since you are highly likely to gain from that. That’s cool, isn’t it?

The point is that when you collect enough followers (10,000+), you will be able to make money on paid posts. So, it means you will place some ads in your account, meantime, your partners will provide you with a bunch of their product samples. Profit!

For example, here is a person who created an Instagram account for their cat. Over time, their audience had grown, and they started to place ads. So why not?

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Write an ebook

Creating an ebook is another passive income idea in 2021. The most interesting aspect of this activity is that you need to do your best once, and you will be able to benefit from this on a permanent basis later. Isn’t this great?

Create an online course

If you believe that you have a wealth of experience in some area, and you are anxious to share it with others, you can try to create an online course. Basically, it’s almost the same as writing in ebook. You will work hard on it for some time, but then it will easily bring passive income.

Try copywriting

Nowadays experienced copywriters can earn a lot since there is strict demand for different types of content. And this is one more perfect passive income idea in 2021. However, please note that copywriting can take you more time if compared with the other options.

Furthermore, if you have never dealt with copywriting before, it can be challenging for you to start creating texts. Fortunately, there are lots of training courses that can help you a lot.

Consider proofreading

There is a group of people who make money on proofreading. This is really a great passive income idea since it can really bring you a lot.

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However, you should understand that in order to deal with proofreading, you should be a native speaker.

The point is that proofreading is not an easy prey since each language has its own nuances. And basically, only native speakers with linguistics degrees really make a fortune. However, there are lots of job offers for untrained proofreaders.

Learn more about affiliate marketing

Millions of people worldwide have already benefited from affiliate marketing. It’s due to the fact that it’s really a great passive income idea!

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In fact, there’s nothing challenging about affiliate marketing. All you need is to find the affiliate program with the most favorable terms and start promoting your partner’s business. Each purchase that happens through your efforts brings you a commission. In some cases, this is really a considerable sum.

So if you’re interested in earning passive income from affiliate marketing, we would recommend that you pay your particular attention to the AliDropship Affiliate Program. Please note that AliDropship lets you earn up to $869 from each purchase!

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Take stock pictures

Are you fond of photographing, but doing this mainly for yourself only? Well, this is a very interesting pastime. But have you ever thought about how much time people making stock photos earn?

Well, review the story of Tony and Chelsea from the US, and how they started their stock photo project. Now they are extremely popular in photographing and, actually, made a fortune on that.

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Consider web development

If you learned programming languages and the stuff like that, it’s a great idea to consider web development and similar activities as a source of passive income.

Create and boost online stores

First of all, you can try your hand at creating and boosting online stores. Since few people are ready to spend their free time on creating an online store from scratch, you can help them with this. All you need for this is the AliDropship Plugin and basic skills in creating online stores. When it comes to boosting online stores, you can use other IT solutions from AliDropship for business automation and customization.

Develop mobile apps

Every day lots of apps appear in the App Store and Google Play. See for yourself.

statistics that prove that developing mobile apps is extremely promising for the years to come

Can you just imagine that last year there were more than 200 billion mobile apps on the Internet?

But all you need to know about this is how much money their developers make. Actually, these are significant sums.

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As you can see, it’s predicted that in 2023 mobile app revenues will amount to almost a trillion of US dollars. Sounds convincing, right?

So if you have ever dealt with developing mobile apps for third-party companies, you can try to do this yourself and make a fortune!

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Just try to learn more about Chad Mureta who eventually got an idea of creating the Fingerprint Security Pro app and started to make more than $100,000 a month. Isn’t this a passive income idea that deserves your attention?

Create plugins and add-ons for business management

Besides ready-to-go business solutions such as custom or premium dropshipping stores, AliDropship is actively developing add-ons and plugins for you to easily start and run your dropshipping businesses.

If you’re running a dropshipping business and you want to automate it in order to reduce your business participation, this is the high time to look at AliDropship Plugin, Social Rabbit, Sellika, etc.

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If you are good at developing software, all you need to know is that IT solutions for business are in strong demand nowadays!

Make investments

As before, right investments can really let you make a fortune. But this is extremely important to figure out the options that are the most promising in terms of getting a stable source of high passive income.

Invest in growing businesses

If you don’t have a lot of money to invest, but you’re concerned with the issue of how to make them work for you, you can consider investing in growing businesses.

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It is, surely, profitable to buy and run a dropshipping store or investing in an offline outlet, etc. So evaluate how promising the business you are going to invest is, and, then, take a decision!

Buy real estate

Investing in rental property is, probably, one of the most lucrative options to get passive income.

Definitely, if you buy a house for rent, it will bring you a tidy sum on a permanent basis.

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However, this option also has the flip side of the coin: if you want to make money on renting out estates, first of all, you need to buy such estate. And, unfortunately, this requires huge sums of money.

Think about peer-to-peer lending

Peer-to-peer lending is also a good passive income idea not only in 2021 but always. However, it’s almost the same as purchasing real estate. It requires you having enough funds.

Use saving accounts

Depositing your own money with a bank is a pretty close thing to peer-to-peer lending. However, this is a safer option. It can really bring you lots of funds. That is why it’s so popular nowadays.

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However, it suits only those people who have enough personal finance.

Place ads on your car

Have you ever noticed cars with ads on their bodies, windows, etc.? Of course, lots of them are company’s cars and used by the staff. However, it becomes more and more popular to place ads on personal vehicles.

And here are several reasons for that. Some companies pay such car owners commission for placing the ads. Others provide them with a discount on the company’s products or services. So it remains for you only to choose the most tempting offer and start benefiting from that!

Licensing music

If your hobby is related to music, it’s a good idea to think about creating and licensing music. At the beginning, it won’t make you a fortune. However, in time, you are likely to get a stable source of passive income. But don’t forget that this area requires both talent and zeal.

Rent out cars

If you have enough funds, you can try your hand at car rental. So you can either rent a car or create a car sharing service. And this is one of the best passive income ideas, meanwhile, you need huge investment to fit into this business.

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Become a brand ambassador

Besides placing ads on your vehicle, in your social media accounts, and so on, you can also think of becoming a brand ambassador since this is also a perfect way to get passive income in 2021.

How does it differ from regular advertising? Well, you contact your potential partners and arrange to use and promote their products only.

However, you should understand that if you want to become a brand ambassador, you need to be known in certain circles, have extremely popular social media accounts, etc. For example, look at this cat.

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Here is the list of best passive income ideas in 2021 we could manage to find for you to benefit from next year. We hope this info is going to be extremely useful for you and will let you easily start your own profitable business and make a fortune in the forthcoming year. So let your dreams come true since this is almost Christmas time!

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Dropshipping Tools Review: AliDropship VS Rival Solutions

Why should you choose AliDropship over other eCommerce solutions? If you’re concerned about this question, read this dropshipping tools review which can help you understand what makes our offers so special compared to platforms like Shopify, BigCommerce, Squarespace, Wix, etc.!

You should accept the fact that it’s a part of the digital revolution unfolding before our eyes. Instead of being stuck in a stuffy office working 9 to 5, people can grab their laptops and run their businesses from wherever they want. Nowadays we have the opportunity to make more money with less efforts, why are you still missing out on this chance?

One of the advanced ways to earn money at home is dropshipping. Why is it so special? Here is what makes it such an outstanding business model. Doing dropshipping there is no need to buy products in advance, or to rent warehouses for storing the goods, or to arrange products shipment. Moreover, there are plenty of dropshipping tools which let you turn your business process into plain sailing.

Meanwhile, you have decided to start dropshipping and still do not know how to do this because of this wide range of options? In this article we will try to describe why AliDropship is the most interesting dropshipping tool on the market compared to the competitors like Shopify, etc. So, here we go!

 

What makes our dropshipping tools stand out?

Every business needs a sound foundation!

Today, we’re going to list the main features that help AliDropship stand out from other ecommerce marketplaces and what makes it a unique tool for dropshipping businesses.

#1. AliDropship grants a 100% ownership

It’s hard to overestimate the importance of being a fully independent owner of your dropshipping business.

The development and growth of your venture directly depend on the level of your autonomy.

Some eCommerce platforms keep entrepreneurs under their thumb. Once you’ve decided to launch your dropshipping store using one of such services, you sign up to do their bidding. Otherwise you’re going to lose all your data and have to start all over again.

The reason is simple. The use of these dropshipping tools is based on subscription. It means that you have to pay some monthly fees to continue using their service. When you stop paying, they just cut you off.

Besides, when you subscribe, you accept all the restrictions and rules an eCommerce platform has. Doesn’t look like independence, right?

AliDropship plugin is WordPress-based software. WordPress is a free content management system. It has no payments and rules to follow. Using AliDropship plugin you get an exceptional opportunity to remain the one and only owner of your business having no risks of losing it in the future.

What is more, if you create your online store with AliDropship, you don’t need to pay every month. You only make a one-time payment and get either AliDropship plugin or a custom store. There are also no restrictions on the number of products to import, the volume of orders to process, the amount of profit to make, etc. You’re free to do whatever you want with your store.

So, dealing with AliDropship you’re a 100% owner and the only decision-maker.

#2. AliDropship asks a fair price

Before throwing yourself into dropshipping, you need to map out your actions and size up your budget.

Dropshipping is a sort of business available for almost everyone, as it requires minimum investments. 

Yet, you should keep in mind that you need some time and money to speed up your venture. If your expenses mop up your profit, then what’s the point? 

Thus, all those monthly fees could turn out to be fateful.

As we’ve mentioned before, AliDropship requires no recurring payments or any transactional fees. 

Still not convincing?

Let’s figure out how much money you need to maintain your online store with AliDropship for a year. Therefore, you’ll be able to compare it with other platforms and make a decision. 

  • AliDropship plugin is going to cost you $89 (one-time payment for a life-long support)
  • 1 year of hosting costs $48
  • 1 year of a domain use costs around $10

That’s all! Sum up these expenses. You should spend only $147. The rest of your money can be easily invested in a marketing campaign. And now let’s try to compare this sum with other offers on the market. After several minutes of surfing the Internet you’ll find out that if you want to build your dropshipping business with other solutions like Shopify or BigCommerce, you will have to pay at least $348 annually. Moreover, this sum won’t include the expenses on hosting purchase and domain use. The second year of using AliDropship services will cost you only $58, while the cost of competitors’ offers starts at the same $348. It’s just basic math and it’s clear that in terms of expenses AliDropship offers you to get a wide range of functions for a very small fee.

We don’t think it’s cheap, we just think it’s fair!

#3. AliDropship puts no limits on the number of products and orders

Isn’t it annoying when a movie stops halfway through?

Of course!

What about your business process?

You’ve paid the fees and kept following all the rules. Your dropshipping business is steadily taking off. But, suddenly you stumble on the glass ceiling. You can’t add more promising items to your store. Or your automated order fulfillment refuses to work.

Yes, it’s really painful.

Most of the dropshipping platforms, such as Shopify or Wix, offer you various subscription plans. Unfortunately, the cheaper plan you choose, the fewer products you can add to your store and the fewer orders you can fulfill per month.

The good news is, there is nothing like these with AliDropship. No subscription plans, no limits, no glass ceiling. Import as many items as you wish, get dozens of orders – nothing’s going to put any limits on your activity.

#4. AliDropship offers free professional themes

To attract many customers and get their interest, your online store should stand out from the crowd.

There are plenty of dropshipping stores popping up on the Internet. And many of them look all the same. They hardly can catch customers’ attention.

Many dropshipping solutions give you a poor choice of tools to design your online store. Usually, you have to customize your shop manually with a narrow range of features.

However, to be fair, some platforms provide you with some interesting options (if you have money, though).

For example, here is a WooCommerce themes store.

But pay attention to the following: why would you pay so much for a store theme if you can perfectly customize your business with AliDropship? Our original plugin comes with several brilliantly developed free themes that are designed to boost your dropshipping profits.

Besides, AliDropship is constantly developing its new themes and improving the old ones. All of these are available for you once and for all if you’ve bought the plugin. And you don’t need to make additional payments. This makes a difference, doesn’t it?

Since AliDropship also has a WooCommerce version, our developers don’t only make our own Woo themes. They also do their best to test the available WooCommerce themes and recommend the most profit-oriented ones of them. You can see the approved selection here. As you can notice, the team has even found some zero-cost WooCommerce themes for your store – and made 100% sure these themes are perfectly compatible with AliDropship Woo plugin.

#5. AliDropship goes with a cashback system

It’s great to discover your profit is going up at the end of the month, isn’t it?

But it’s even greater to find out that it’s even higher than you expected.

So, you may have heard about the AliExpress Affiliate Program.

Simply speaking, when you’re registered, you get your reward for every order you process through AliExpress – up to 12% of the product price. Awesome, don’t you think?

The good news is that it’s exactly what AliDropship plugin allows. This feature is built in the software. Thus, in addition to your profit margin, you get the cashback from each order you send on AliExpress through our plugin. Isn’t that profitable?

#6. AliDropship has a range of integrated marketing tools

As you probably know, marketing is a crucial part of the dropshipping business.

It’s logical. The more clients you have, the bigger your profit is. And to bring customers in, you need to outfit your business with powerful marketing tools.

Dropshipping tools and eCommerce platforms don’t usually include any promotional features. That’s why you have to search for external solutions, make sure they’re compatible with your current plugins, and definitely spend extra money to install them.

But in this regard the AliDropship plugin is an exception. It already contains a bunch of free marketing tools. So, apart from its main managerial functions that ensure a smooth daily business performance, it also can:

  • Provide customers with discount coupons
  • Collect customer emails
  • Send emails to the clients who didn’t finish their checkout procedure (the abandoned cart feature)
  • Import customer reviews from AliExpress to your online store
  • Perform many other operations that can save you a lot of money and time

#7. AliDropship provides lifelong support

Imagine that you buy some gadget and after a while, it gets outdated. Then you sigh heavily and make your way to a shop for the topical item. Does it sound familiar to you?

AliDropship plugin doesn’t work like this. Once you’ve made the one-time payment, you can be sure that your product won’t become obsolete.

AliDropship team constantly works on keeping up its products with the new changes turning up in the eCommerce business. And all the improvements and updates are going to be available for you at any time.

You don’t need to pay any extra money. Just take it for granted. We value all our clients, and our company is ready to provide them with such a life-long support.

#8. AliDropship team creates custom stores

Let’s say, you’re so excited about dropshipping business that you can’t wait to start it. All your thoughts are occupied by running your future online store. All these prior tasks such as website creation or searching for a hosting provider seem like obstacles to you.

Calm down. AliDropship has a solution.

You can easily get around all the preparations and go directly to the business process.

AliDropship offers you hosting starting with $48 for a year. It includes free installation of WordPress CMS and AliDropship plugin, and provides you with a free SSL certificate. Along with a domain and the AliDropship plugin, it gives you a perfect and an affordable head start.

If it’s not enough, you can simply order a custom store. The team of professionals is going to take care about the most difficult tasks such as:

  • Niche research
  • Google Analytics integration
  • On-site SEO
  • Domain name choice
  • Etc.

Feel free to read more about this unique procedure of a custom store creation!

#9. AliDropship allows advanced product import 

The last feature from our list that makes AliDropship plugin a unique dropshipping tool is the advanced product import.

Pay less to earn more. It sounds reasonable, doesn’t it?

Yet, how could you know that your supplier offers you the lowest price possible? What if someone on AliExpress has more promising prospects to work with?

It seems to be quite tiring to browse AliExpress for hours while looking for the best offer. Or not?

If you install Google Chrome Extension from AliDropship, you can safely forget this problem.

When importing products from AliExpress to your store, in the left part of the screen, you can see a small menu like the one on the picture below.

Dropshipping review of AliDropship's product import feature

So, if you want to know if there is somebody on the site with a better offer, just click on the “Search” tab. Next, you’re going to see a proposal to check on the cheaper versions of the same product.

Dropshipping review of how to import products with AliIdropship plugin

Click on the “Go to products” button and you’ll see all the alternatives.

You can choose the one that is better for your business.

Dropshipping review of imported women shoes

In the same Google Chrome Extension, you can easily edit product descriptions and pictures. This takes no longer than a couple of clicks.

When you’re on the product page, at the top of the screen you can see a field with two tabs: “Import” and “Edit”.

Imported women shoes Dropshipping review

Click on “Edit” and a new screen will pop up. There, you can easily make changes to product descriptions, edit the images, set the price, etc. before importing the item to your store.

Dropshipping review AliDropship's Plugin menu

To learn more about this feature, please click on this link and enjoy.

Dropshipping tools review from end users

If you can’t take our word for the products, take a look at genuine feedback left by entrepreneurs with first-hand experience of using various ecommerce platforms.

Dropshipping tools review from business owners who tried multiple solutions

The ecommerce market is huge and as such, dropshipping entrepreneurs are presented with lots of opportunities where they can launch their businesses. Let’s see what people who used a range of ecommerce solutions have to say: you are welcome to click on the author’s name to read their full interviews!

Antonio, Moldova 

“Shopify video about dropshipping has inspired me to start with this platform. I bought a domain, and started to prepare my store. At this time I kept searching and watching videos about dropshipping until I saw a video about Alidropship. 

What made me interested was that with Shopify, I need to make monthly payments if I keep using this platform and its solutions. But with Alidropship, it’s just a one-time payment, no matter how long I stay in the business. So I decided to switch to this platform.” 

Rafael, Brazil

“I started with Shopify, after some months I migrated to WooCommerce, then I bought the AliDropship plugin and it’s AMAZING. I chose AliDropship Woo Plugin, and what I love about it is that importing products from AliExpress is fast and practical.” 

Godfred, Ghana 

“I started working with Shopify, the business was great, but I had issues since I have to pay money monthly no matter if I made sales or not. I got tired of paying monthly fees and transaction fees to Shopify. I started making research online until I came across Alidropship. 

So I got the freedom to dropship. I can go on vacation whenever I want, I get to import as many products as I want, I get to design my website how I want it and add whatever add-ons I want.

I have two dropshipping stores and now I build dropshipping stores for others using the Alidropship Woo plugin since it’s the best out there.”

Tristan, France

“Everybody talks about Shopify, but from the point of view of SEO, WordPress is the best platform for blogging. So that’s what I’ve chosen, and I also benchmarked extra WordPress solutions that would make my blog more business-friendly. AliDropship plugin turned out to be the right software for my goals, so I got its WooCommerce version and that’s how it all began!

Now, I use AliDropship Woo plugin every day. Even though I work with an agent, the plugin helps a lot with products import and shipping tracking.” 

Sunit, India 

“First, I opened my dropshipping store with Shopify, using the Oberlo fulfillment service. But, I had to pay for Shopify, Oberlo and a few essential plugins for 55$ a month which was huge for a beginner like me. Especially when I didn’t have enough sales. Even if I wanted to take a break or pause for a few months, I still had to pay 25$ monthly for no reason.

Then one day I read about WooCommerce and AliDropship, I closed my Shopify store and started working with WooCommerce using AliDropship. 

I got AliDropship Woo Plugin, and it made my entire dropshipping business easy. Honestly, without AliDropship, I wouldn’t use WooCommerce. 

I don’t have an internet technological background. And still, AliDropship enabled me to open my dropshipping store and have a stable amount of sales every month.”

Angel, Bulgaria

“There were several options I tested, and in terms of WooCommerce and AliExpress dropshipping functionality, I liked AliDropship plugin the most.

It proved to be really helpful later on. Can’t imagine if I had to manually check and sync stock. Same goes for the products uploading and all the other automated things. Besides, the built-in premium themes I use give me what I need (at least for now).”

Sagar, India

“Choosing a dropshipping solution was not an easy choice, there are many similar services available on the market today. I am using another service for my other dropshipping business but that is expensive as compared to AliDropship. So I was looking for a one time solution to reduce my recurring charges and AliDropship has it. I am using AliDropship Original and have already migrated two other stores to this solution. By using AliDropship I am able to reduce my overall costs and my workload to at least 80%. I’m glad I switched and chose AliDropship.”

What do AliDropship users tell in their dropshipping tools reviews?

From the reviews above, it seems that for many people, the choice of a suitable online business platform is obvious.

So, what do end users find so special about AliDropship? Which of its aspects and features are crucial to ecommerce entrepreneurs? Let’s see!

Abderrahman, Morocco

“I looked for a WordPress ecommerce dropshipping solution and discovered AliDropship. Its WooCommerce version seemed like a right fit for me as it made things easy for everyone and didn’t have monthly payments: for someone who has just started, it’s a huge advantage.”

Anas, Morocco 

“To make the most out of this business model, I use AliDropship Woo plugin and Social Rabbit add-on. AliDropship literally does most of the work: imports products, updates and changes their prices, places orders, sends tracking codes, and more. I am sure it’s impossible to not come across this plugin when you look dropshipping up on Google!”

Anne, France

“There was nothing I knew about coding and creating an internet store. Alidropship seemed to me THE solution for a person who is new to sales and isn’t familiar with WordPress. As I wanted to get a turnkey store, I chose the basic package with accommodation. So I ordered the basic custom store in November 2019 and, to my great joy, it all started!”

Ryan, the Baltics 

“I opened my first store with Alidropship DaVinci theme in August 2016. I must admit that the idea of one-time payment delighted me as I didn’t get much savings to spend on dropshipping.”

Kitty, New Zealand

“I’ve picked AliDropship for WooCommerce because it allows more flexibility. Besides, for a fashion-related store, it’s important to have a signature and a really unique look.”

“Three years later, I am confident I made the right choice. It’s safe to say that my business success is 100% based on AliDropship.”

Chanong, the Philippines

“I use the AliDropship Original Plugin, your hosting, and some of the add-ons like Facebook Business and Social Rabbit.

It actually helps a lot, especially the Plugin. Just with the plugin, you can make a sustainable business and even manage it on your own. It also makes importing products and placing orders really easy on AliExpress.”

Tony, Mexico

“I researched several options regarding dropshipping, and AliDropship seemed like the best option for me. What kept me hooked was that on AliDropship website, everything was explained simply and had so many tutorials for a beginner like me and I can say now that this certainly helped. I didn’t only buy AliDropship plugin – I also got Addon Bundle to help me with the business promotion. These solutions, I think, are key elements to my success, especially Social rabbit since I can program when to post automatically. I also like the effect of the Recent Sales Pop up.”

No one’s dropshipping review has mentioned a specific reason for choosing AliDropship’s solution. As you can see each person has their own specifications for choosing AliDropship.

Nonetheless, many of them have similar reasons for choosing AliDropship’s solutions. Starting with the simple one that AliDropship’s solutions are incredibly easy for beginners. Over on our website, ecommerce entrepreneurs can find lots of different reading materials like manuals, tips and free guides. This way we want to ensure that everybody understands the core principles of dropshipping.

Among many of them, AliDropship’s solutions are incredibly easy for beginners. Not to mention that it is way cheaper compared to rival solutions, such as Shopify. As we mentioned before, you only have to commit to a one-time payment and you will receive everything you need to create your own online store. This means that you won’t encounter any recurring fees.

Summing up this dropshipping tools review

Dropshipping is a profitable and accessible yet competitive business. Those who are one step ahead of the others achieve better results.

This, in turn, mainly depends on your choice of the dropshipping tools.

Thanks to this dropshipping tools review, we can say that the following features make AliDropship stand out from other ecommerce platforms like BigCommerce, Shopify, Squarespace, Wix, etc.?

  1. One-time payment
  2. No limits on the number of products and orders
  3. Advanced import feature that allows you to edit product pages right on the spot
  4. Cashback system
  5. Integrated marketing tools
  6. Life-long support
  7. All-in-one packages

In combination with the other features we’ve listed, these make AliDropship a unique solution for the dropshipping business.

We’ve pointed out some significant features that, in our view, make AliDropship the most suitable solution to start your dropshipping business. Now you can think over this dropshipping tools review and make your conclusion. If you need more information, please feel free to leave your questions in the comment section below.

View the source: https://alidropship.com/dropshipping-tools-review-alidropship-vs-rivals/

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Why Wonder How To Set Up An Online Store? Get It Tailored To Your Dreams In A Click

Are you wondering how to set up an online store of your dreams? Would you like to speed up your business launch and make your first sales happen sooner? In fact, that’s very simple now – you should definitely try our new online store Package Builder!

What does the process of ordering an online store look like? In practice, you are provided with several options to choose from. And you are supposed to choose the one that suits you best.

However, you are totally aware that AliDropship always does its best in order to customize the process of ordering an online store as much as possible and lets you heavily influence our managers’ working process. But we decided to move beyond this!

We have prepared a solution that is designed to let you create an online store of your dream and customize it as you wish. So meet our dexterous online store Package Builder!

What are your options of setting up an online store?

an image that shows how to set up an online store of your dream

Well, why do you need this Package Builder? And what is it capable of?

So first of all, let’s discuss what a process of ordering an online store looks like, in a nutshell. When we speak about starting a dropshipping business, people fall into two categories.

Some of them want to get a quick and smooth start, without extra effort. In this case, we recommend them pay close attention to Premium Stores and Established Stores. So they buy either ready-made stores that already bring profit or replicas of our most profitable dropshipping stores. In both cases, they start benefiting from their online business almost immediately!

Others want to make their bold ideas fly and get unique products. In this case, we recommend that they focus on creating a custom dropshipping store. So our managers get in touch with clients and build ecommerce stores for them in accordance with their preferences only.

But what if to move beyond this? What if we can provide our clients with an opportunity not only to influence the process of creating an online store, but let them customize their business projects as much as possible? To that end, we have designed a new super-handy online store Package Builder!

How to set up an online store of your dream: an easy solution

a picture that shows how to set up an online store in one click

So why should you pay close attention to this online store builder? Why is it so great, and how can you benefit from it?

Well, with this Package Builder, you are able to start an online store meeting your personal preferences since it lets you customize your future store completely.

  • You can build your store with its own unique set of features
  • It lets you speed up your business launch and first sales

What’s more, it also provides you an opportunity to take some extra steps:

  • Increase the number of imports to 2,000 items
  • Enrich your business by adding some extra add-ons and services

Sounds tempting, doesn’t it?

How to easily set up an online store with our Package Builder?

So what does a process of ordering an online store with this Package Builder look like? Is it true that even a newcomer is able to get a unique and ready-to-go business having done just several clicks?

Well, actually, with this super-handy Package Builder, it’s now even easier to order your own profitable online store you have always wanted. How does it work? Take a look!

1) You find yourself on the Package Builder page. You have a basic custom store package that you’re supposed to enhance. This is the cheapest option we are ready to provide you with. It includes the following:

  • Premium domain name (.com)
  • AliDropship Plugin + free updates & support
  • Mobile-friendly AliDropship theme
  • A store catalogue that consists of 50 trending products ready to sell online
  • Payment gateways (PayPal, Credit Cards)

Sounds impressive, doesn’t it? Well, there is more.

2) On the next stage, you need to choose a niche you would like to deal with. We are happy to provide you with the list of profitable niches to choose from.

a picture showing the most promising niches for your business

In case you are not able to choose the one that suits you best, feel free to count on niche research. So our managers will do their best to find the most promising niche for your business.

3) Then, you need to choose the size of your store catalogue. It ranges from 50 to 2,000 items.

an image showing the size of import packages for online stores

Some entrepreneurs really increase their product range to several hundreds or even thousands items in order to make the most of their business. And in most cases, it pays off!

4) After that, you are able to add some extra services to your online store. In this Package Builder, there are 10 most popular and efficient services from AliDropship. They have already helped lots of our clients improve their business performance.

So it doesn’t matter whether you’re a dropshipping newcomer or an experienced entrepreneur. These services are exactly what can easily take your business to a whole new level!

5) Furthermore, this Package Builder lets you easily equip your business with automation systems. We have prepared for you the list of 10 most sought after and time-tested addons that will let you make the most of your business while paying less attention and time to that. Great, isn’t it?

6) At the final stage of ordering an online store, we would like to remind you that you need to get a hosting in order to let your ecommerce website be visible for your potential customers. For your convenience, we provide you with an opportunity to use powerful hosting from AliDropship to let your customers easily make purchases in your online store.

an image that shows you need hosting to set up an online store

In fact, that’s it! All you need to do is to click several buttons and learn more about the solutions AliDropship offers to let its clients put their dropshipping businesses on autopilot and benefit from them. After that, feel free to relax and wait till our managers will do their best to build a unique online store with unique features for you only!

How to set up an online store you have always dreamt of: conclusion

Actually, this kind of configurators is extremely popular nowadays. And if you have ever bought a new automobile, you are highly likely to face them.

As a rule, when you buy a new automobile, it goes the same: you choose one of the packages and add the necessary features in order to get a car of your dreams. This is exactly how our Package Builder works.

We have done our best to make a process of ordering a custom dropshipping store clear and convenient for you. We have chosen the most efficient, sought after, and time-tested addons and services to let you improve your business performance and benefit from your dropshipping store.

So if you have any bold ideas and want to build an online store of your dreams, it’s high time to use our new super-handy online store Package Builder and make a fortune!

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How A Single Mom Works From Home While Keeping A Part-Time Job: Anne’s Story

How can a single mom work from home while combining it with a demanding part-time job and raising children? Moms are superheroes, for sure!

Today, we’re talking to Anne, a mother of two and owner of a young yet promising online business. Being a newcomer to ecommerce, she’s already making progress with her online store – but how?!

Disclaimer: all the success stories published in AliDropship blog are the results of interviews conducted in the written form. Even though the editors may make some minor changes to the grammar, spelling, and/or punctuation, the respondents’ writing styles, views, opinions, stores screenshots and personal photos are left unchanged.

Hi, please, introduce yourself!

Hi, I’m Anne, a 38-year-old single mom from France. I work part-time as an animator for children in a town near my home, which leaves me enough time to manage my dropshipping store.

What was your ecommerce experience at the moment you launched your online store?

Before I started dropshipping with AliExpress, I had little experience in trading. I was previously reselling second-hand things that I own on sites like Vinted and LeBoncoin, but that has nothing to do with the ecommerce company I later created.

Why did you choose the dropshipping business model, after all?

I chose the dropshipping business model for several reasons. I live in a home where I don’t have an opportunity to keep stock. With dropshipping, there are no storage worries! Also, I save on shipping costs because it is the AliExpress dealer who takes care of it; I do not have to pay for new shipping between my home and the customer. Finally, my wish to combine my part-time work with a business activity requires that I work at home. With my rather home-like personality, I am delighted there is an opportunity for a single mom to work from home!

How did it all begin?

It all started in January 2019 when I was looking for a business activity to run together with my part-time work as a children’s animator.

I had difficulty finishing the end of the month and badly needed a second job to provide for my two children. Doing business on the Internet was the idea that came to my mind immediately. I have no training in sales but I love this activity: managing my accounts, seeing the benefits, etc.

I began with searching for the best types of products to sell. It took me a long time, and the things that I finally found were the products that were appealing to me, matching my personality, my philosophy of life.

Then I did a lot of research on how to sell products on the internet. I wanted to figure out: what’s the best platform for me to use? A marketplace, or second-hand sales sites, or my own online store? I was familiar with the dropshipping business model from a little past experience and I knew that there was the right choice!

And during my Google search, I discovered AliDropship. I came across bloggers’ articles describing how AliDropship functions, and it sounded really tempting. There was nothing I knew about coding and creating an internet store. Alidropship seemed to me THE solution for a person who is new to sales and isn’t familiar with WordPress. As I wanted to get a turnkey store, I chose the basic package with accommodation. So I ordered the basic custom store  in November 2019 and, to my great joy, it all started!

Do you remember the first sale made from your store?

My first sale was made by a friend. To my delight, he was my first fan! He bought two items from my store and I was super happy! I took a little time to be sure of the good handling that I had to do so that the order was placed on AliExpress.

It happened a few days after the store was ready and I advertised it around me. To achieve this first sale, I talked a lot about my shop in my entourage: family, friends, colleagues, as well as to career professionals that I could meet during my job searches .

This was something important, that first sale. It proved that what I sell corresponds to the demand, to the real needs of customers.

I felt reassured and rather confident for the future of my store. I am rather anxious by nature about my choices and very far-sighted, so this first purchase was proof for me that the creation of my dropshipping store and the products that I sell are very good choices.

How does your business perform now?

I have only one store at the moment and it has only been operational for a few months.

Online store performance screenshot shows that Anne runs her business quite successfully

There was the Covid-19 pandemic which also slowed down my sales for two weeks. Still, I hope this is just a bad period and that sales will increase in the future. So for now, I prefer to focus on this only store and polish my advertising on social media and the internet. But afterwards, I want to open a second shop with another niche that I am thinking about!

What is your product strategy?

As I already mentioned, I focus on the products that seem attractive to me personally. Also, I make sure these are trendy products that people need.

When choosing the products, I focus on those that seem to have a high quality, positive customer reviews, and ratings over 4.5 stars. The same is true for suppliers: I look for the best rated ones.

I add new products when I notice that, for example, at home there is a product that I would need. Or when I see a product in my supermarket that I never thought of, and when someone around me asks me if I sell this or that item.

I set the prices according to the margin I want to make. I don’t inflate prices too much because I want my products to be accessible for people who don’t have a lot of money.

How do you promote your store?

I chose to promote my store with Google Ads: it’s the most effective channel for me. I have created several ads for Google searches and for affiliated sites (YouTube, etc.). Also, I promote my products on Facebook regularly.

I use Google Ads and Facebook statistics to understand who’s my target audience. It clearly shows the age groups, gender and locality of the people visiting my store. It’s really very practical. On average, the promotion of my store costs me €60 per month.

I would say that constant acquisition of new customers is the most challenging thing for me. There are some limitations because my niche is quite specific and I’ve chosen to only target buyers from France. I take my time but I know that I will have to accelerate my efforts and use Pinterest, Instagram, etc. to reach new customers.

In terms of management, would you say that this business model lets a single mom work from home conveniently?

AliDropship goes a long way in helping me run my business. It makes everything clear, efficient, and easy for me. I could never have done it alone!

Without it, I would have had to hire a WordPress specialist, then a marketing specialist, and that would have cost me a lot more. The plugins I bought with AliDropship in addition are perfect to go at my own pace in the development of my shop. Everything is accessible for a novice like me.

Every day, I spend between 4 and 8 hours on managing my store, and I like it! I refine the descriptions of the products, improve my SEO, add or remove products, follow the statistics closely, respond to customer messages, keep my accounts and draft invoices, etc.

The task that requires the most time for me is writing the descriptions of my products. I am quite a perfectionist and therefore like everything to be perfect both for a customer and for SEO purposes.

Like any other entrepreneur, I have dealt with some “difficult” clients. I have always been courteous and polite, and offered several solutions for the client to choose. When we come up to a solution quickly, I like to offer a discount coupon to make up for the client’s inconvenience.

Did you register your business officially?

Yes, I officially registered my business. There are many legal requirements in France. We have to register with Customs and have insurance. It is necessary to make declarations of turnover every month or every three months. GDPR must be displayed on the site according to very specific criteria. You must open a specific bank account for the company. Invoices must be drawn up with a certain amount of legal data, etc.

How has your life changed?

Thanks to the creation of my store, I found another goal in my life. Having a lot of free time with my part-time job, I was going around in circles. And now, with my store, I take great pleasure in starting my day. I love being there for my children without rushing in the morning, then when they have left for school, I sit in front of my PC and manage my store at my own pace until the evening! My family and friends find it very good that I do this business. Some give very good advice.

I’m not selling enough for my taste yet, but I know and hope that the work I do will pay off soon. For the future, I hope that my shop will “purr” like a good well-oiled diesel, and that my sales are so regular and consistent, that I can open a second store!

What can you advise our readers – those who already run their stores and those who didn’t start the business yet?

My advice would be: trust yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Go for what you like, what brings you happiness! In any case, this experience is so enriching personally, that we are necessarily winners!

So… Can a single mom work from home and enjoy an extra passive income while taking care of her family and maintaining a part-time job? Anne’s experience proves that it’s quite possible to become an independent online business owner in these circumstances even if you don’t have much background experience. Needless to say, it’s an honor for us to be a part of this life-changing ecommerce journey, and we wish Anne the best of luck with her further achievements!

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Making Money In Retirement With Online Business: David’s Story

Do you already have an idea on how you’ll be making money in retirement? It’s a topical issue for hundreds of thousands of people all over the globe. 

David, our today’s guest, has found an elegant solution that works quite well for him. Let’s see what he has to share with us!

Disclaimer: all the success stories published in AliDropship blog are the results of interviews conducted in the written form. Even though the editors may make some minor changes to the grammar, spelling, and/or punctuation, the respondents’ writing styles, views, opinions, stores screenshots and personal photos are left unchanged.

Hi, please introduce yourself!

Hi, I’m David Caruso, a Professional Business Speaker from Australia, living in Thailand for the last 10 years. I travel internationally delivering Online Marketing workshops – check more at www.DavidCaruso.com.au

I’ve been a traditional business owner for 20 years. At 40 years of age, I retired and moved to Thailand in 2010. A couple of years later, after getting bored with being retired, I began business motivational speaking, teaching business owners how to work on the online market. At the end of 2018, after 6-7 years of travelling and speaking / teaching others how to do online marketing, I decided to dedicate a year to our own online businesses.

How and why did you start making money in retirement with dropshipping business model?

I thought it’s a great stepping stone (fast and cheap) on finding a good product/niche to delve deeper into.

As a consummate reader and ‘watcher/listener’ for anything about online business activities and marketing, I came across AliDropship solutions eventually. Glad I did! Could not believe the team would build out complete websites from as little as $348 which included the hosting and SSL certificate.

I have tried most of AliDropship solutions. Using both AliDropship original plugin and Woo plugin, I have built multiple stores. Plus, I use the hosting & plugins such as GA Enhanced Ecommerce, Countdown timer, Abandoned Cart, Google Merchant, and Recent Sales Pop Up. Sometimes, I also just buy the plugin to use on small single product websites.

Living in a really small Thai fishing village, we have made a small Digital Nomad club here. There are now around 4 or 5 us doing dropshipping. We are using your products (I am an affiliate also), and it lets us grow together and learn from each other.

Do you remember the first sale you made with a dropshipping store?

I don’t really remember the first sale … but with that said I am still excited today about every sale we make, about each new store gaining traction and developing. The buzz of selling online is real and not sure if it is something I will ever get tired of. Especially as we open more new stores … the buzz of those stores getting sales and growing is pretty cool.

The usual pattern for every store is to generate the first sale in around 4-6 weeks after launch. To make it happen, we design, tweak, and thoroughly test product pages. Once we have that done, we drive traffic to it as much as possible.

How does your business perform now?

We started the year (2019) with a couple of stores doing under $2K per month.  

Today we have 40+ stores and we are still building more. 

November, 2019 was our best month – $110K AUD turnover – which is a 55x increase from the start of the year.

We have bigger plans and turnover expectations for 2020.

I’ll show some examples of these stores functioning:

Can you see that the currency is varying from screenshot to screenshot?

That’s right: these stores are aimed at different geographic regions.

How do you create and grow these businesses?

We usually begin with creating a general store. Then, we see what ‘rises to the top’, and break that out into single product stores or specific niche stores.

To choose the right products, we view the supplier’s star rating, see how long they have been operating, read some of their reviews, and check if they use ePacket. We do like to use stores that are not general but relatively specialised in the products they offer. We then assume they are not agents but the actual supplier.

We’re always adding new products based on the feedback from customers as we track their questions and enquiries made on the site.

When it comes to pricing, we generally go with the default settings when the store is built. If we see a particular product rising to the top, we would start to do some further market research and perform a competitor analysis. We use ISearchFrom to see what type of ads in the country we are targeting are coming up and what is being offered.

Even though we are running online stores, the success of our business is still largely based on how well we can market. One of the most important aspects of marketing is knowing who your customer is and what their fears/motivations are when they are looking to buy a service or product from your offering. Most typically, understanding our customer segments basically goes through putting ourselves in the customers’ shoes and then doing the competitor analysis on who is offering what and how much.

And how do you promote your stores?

Putting new stores into operation, we promote them with Google Shopping and Google AdWords only. Plus, we do basic on-page SEO, but don’t invest much time into it initially. Only in 6-12 months after a store launch, if it’s clear that the store has good potential, we start full-scale SEO efforts. 

We’re also delving into social media marketing, namely Pinterest Ads and Instagram, with a few specialist virtual assistants. I myself have spent thousands on Facebook marketing, but could not get a ROI on my spendings.

In November, we spent $15K on marketing. We have some stores and niches with as low as 7% ad spend to revenue – these results are achieved thanks to successfully working SEO. At the same time, for other stores and niches, this indicator is around 22%: these stores are new, and SEO has not started to work there yet. 

What can you tell about your business routine?

Customer service is a time drain, but the most difficult challenges are inconsistency of suppliers and delivery times. 

Here’s what we do to fix this. Once we find a product/niche that is doing well, we bulk buy that product from a supplier on Alibaba, send it to Amazon, and then use their FBA services to ship form. It’s also possible to get a few sales from Amazon directly, but we are mostly using their services to store and ship items more conveniently.

How do you deal with difficult customers? Are there any funny/sad stories?

We are polite but firm. There are great company policies clearly outlined, plus, we have plenty of ‘set/pre-written’ email signatures that our team regularly use.

And for the funny stories… Just the other day a customer in Australia complained that we had sent the wrong size product, and actually sent a picture of the product and them holding a tape measure against it. They said that they had ordered a 60cm wide item and that what we sent them was only 23 wide (you could clearly see the 23 on the tape measure the customer was holding). The whole office was laughing and in stitches as we politely told the customer to turn the tape measure around as the side they were using was measuring inches (23 inches) and the reverse side of the tape was in cm (60cm) and that is what they ordered. 

Did you have to register your business officially to make money in retirement legally?

Yes, we have a company structure in Thailand and Australia. We run all our stores under the Thailand company structure, and we are pretty lucky that regulations (and even taxes) are pretty lax here at the moment.

How has your life changed?

The only thing that has changed is that we did not have to travel as much this year (my wife and I are almost 50). We used to travel constantly because of my speaking career, and even though it sounds exciting, it stops being so fun after a while.

As for the nearest business future, I’m planning to build the sites up and flip a few on Empire Flippers.

What can you advise our readers – those who already run their stores and those who didn’t start the business yet?

Don’t believe all the stories of people saying they make a fortune with only a few hours per day work. Put the effort in and the rewards will be there. Get extra good at marketing … that is what will set you apart from your competitors.

Our success in a real world business and with our online businesses basically comes down to good business marketing acumen combined with a good work ethic.

So, if you’ve been looking for a safe, legal, and efficient way to make money in retirement, David’s experience can be of great use to you! Maybe, you’ll be the next person to share a new success story to share with the dropshipping community – who knows? 😉

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