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How to Set Up a Dropshipping Store

The time is upon you and you want to know how to set up a dropshipping store. You’ve thought about it and now you are going to go for it. That is how I was, I pondered on it for a long time. And I waited and waited but then illness struck. I became ill and classed as unemployable. The plan for dropshipping came into action.

When you have mental health issues, a dropshipping store is probably best suited to you as most of it is automatic. But I’ll guide you through the process to know what to expect, and you can do it for as little as £16 if you are familiar with WordPress.

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There are five steps, that’s all, reading, then writing, then business time.

1. Be Sure It’s What You Want to Do

You want to go into this full-throttle, no holding back. You want a business and by the end of this article, you will be on the way to owning your very own business.

Write a list of all the reasons why you want your own business. If it’s not to work so hard, then maybe you need to think about paying for a system that does it all for you. This is for those who have little money but big ideas.

Once you know this is what you want to do and you are willing to spend time and a bit of money on it. If your funds are really tight then see my article on setting up a dropshipping business for £16. If you have more spare cash maximum of £150, then you can seriously consider following my plan to the letter.

setting up a dropshipping business from home

2. Domains and Hosting

I’m hoping you have a bit of experience with online drag and drop editors if you haven’t then a WordPress Woocommerce store is probably not for you. You may want to go for a more expensive option with [AF] Shopify (click to go there). It will be easier for you to learn and they have a wealth of articles. The price starts at about £29 per month.

So this is where it starts, you will learn how to set up a dropshipping business from scratch. We need to think names first, what do you want to call your business? Once you’ve decided you’ll need at least another twenty names to choose from because most of them will be taken already.

Depending on where you are in the world I’ve listed three hosting companies you might wish to consider, the first one is the one I use and I’m in the UK.

You are going to want their yearly WordPress hosting plan. The reason I went for yearly is that it works out cheaper in the long run and you get a free domain for a year too. If you get a hosting provider closest to you, then it’s easier to contact them by phone should the need arise.

  • [AF] Webhosting UK and you get a free SSL too, double-check before you buy though, I spent about £76 including VAT.
  • [AF] Namescheap – at the time of writing you can get WordPress hosting between £32 and £38 excluding VAT comes with an SSL. US-based.
  • [AF] IPage a bit more expensive than the above but a good one if you are in the UK, US, Canada and Europe, free SSL plus free domain.

You may have a preferred host, just make sure you get a free SSL and you aren’t paying over the odds for hosting. Now you just need to spend and buy your hosting plan with the domain name.

building your own dropshipping business

3. Frontpage is the First Job

Once your site is ready to start work on, the first thing you are going to want to do is to go to plugins and get SeedProd. Its a holding page, I use it all the time when I’m setting up a new site.

For a greater variety of themes, you can buy the paid version. But to save yourself some money just adapt the free themes already included. Make sure it looks good. This will be the face of your business until you get your full site live and ready for action.

Now while SeedProd is showing your face to the world behind the scenes you need to get all your pages in order. Here’s a checklist:

  • About
  • Contact
  • Privacy
  • Terms & Conditions
  • FAQ
  • Returns
  • And any other page

Now you want to head on over to themes and choose a store theme you like the look of. Get several of them to test out and choose the one you think will be best. I always love this bit. You can customise most themes to suit so don’t worry too much about colours for now.

Then head off to plugins again and install Woocommerce, Jetpack, Contact Form 7 and Stripe. These are your behind the scenes plugins the ones which mean a customer sees, orders and buys.

woman working on her dropshipping store

4. Pay or Not to Pay

Now install from the plugins, [AF] Printful if you want to design and sell t-shirts and hoodies. It’s free to use.

Or look for [AF] Spocket (click to go there), which has a wealth of other goods, possibly more than your mind can imagine. This is a paid plugin (not initially) but if you don’t want to pay a monthly fee you can use [AF] CJdropshipping, (click to visit them).

When I first started I just used the t-shirts and then moved onto CJ then Spocket, now I use a lot more plus those mentioned.

5. Upload Time

I’m hoping this little tutorial is helping you to discover how to set up a dropshipping business because the next step is when everything starts to take shape.

After you’ve sourced the products you want and I trust that you’ve learned how to use the systems of the suppliers. If not, make use of their blogs or info sections because they have videos and articles on how to do everything. I made great use of the videos.

Make sure you have set up the categories for your products. You’ll find it just under the Woocommerce section on WordPress. Otherwise, all your products will go into uncategorized. Then you’ll have to spend more time going through and changing them to what you want.

Whichever marketplace platform you are using it is now time to add products. This is when you give the beating heart to the body of your site. It’s a joyous feeling seeing the product pages fill up.

And that’s my job over with, now it is up to you to promote it. If you need help promoting and you want to keep costs down then I can think of no-one better to help you than a chap called Neil Patel. He provides great articles and videos on how to promote your website. Do as he says, you won’t go far wrong. I always follow what he says about marketing.

Good luck new entrepreneur, I wish you all the luck in the world. Now you know how to set up a dropshipping business and I bet you’ll be thinking I wish I’d done this years ago.

Peace & Blessings x

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