5 Tips When Starting a Dropshipping Store

Tip #1: Figure out what you want to sell

Figuring out what you want to sell is the first step in starting your dropshipping store. Not all suppliers sell the same items and not all items are of the same quality. Figure out the items you wish to sell, your price range, and where you want the items sourced.

Tip #2: Find a Supplier website

As I stated above, it’s much easier to figure out a supplier once you find which items you want to sell. Also, you want to find a website that meets your wants and needs. Make sure to look at the business’s BBB profile and past customer reviews to find the best fit for you. Most websites require a tier-based subscription, though not all, so make sure to pay attention to this as well.

Tip #3: Determining your Individual Suppliers

After finding your dropshipping supplier website, now it’s time to find which products you wish to add to your store. One of the perks of dropshipping is that you are not bound to a single supplier so take advantage and be picky.

Tip #4: Create Your Digital Store

Once you know your products, dropshipping website, and your suppliers, next is finding an online marketplace for your store. You can use Etsy, Amazon, Shopify, or create your own website using WordPress, Wix, or Squarespace. I used Shopify but choose whichever is best for you.

Tip #5: Connecting & Opening Your Shop

Now that you’ve created a website, it’s time to connect it to your marketplace. Spocket makes this extremely simple by having you enter your website’s URL. After doing this, Spocket takes care of the rest. It inputs your selected inventory into your shop automatically including pictures, price, and description. These are all changeable on Spocket as well so if a product’s description has a misspelled word you can change it yourself. Just be careful with changing prices because if you miscalculate and undercharge for a product, you’re liable to pay the difference (this includes discount codes)! Suppliers do a good job of telling you the product price and shipping price while giving you a recommended final price to have on your store.



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Jake Treece

Jake Treece


History enthusiast and Air Force veteran with a weak spot for pizza and tacos