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A 2021 A-Z Guide for Dropshipping Beginners: Start & Scale Your Business from 0 to ∞

A 2021 A-Z Guide for Dropshipping Beginners: Start & Scale Your Business from 0 to ∞
CJ2021-03-30 16:30:2572

This is an A-Z guide for beginners who want to start a dropshipping business in 2021.

Note: there is a detailed guidebook for your download at the end of the article, please don't miss it.


Ⅰ. What is dropshipping?

Ⅱ. Is dropshipping still profitable in 2021?

Ⅲ. Step by step on how to do dropshipping

Step 1: Choose a Platform to Create Your Store

Step 2: Find a niche to start with/Select products for your store

Step 3: Create a store

Step 4: Choose a Supplier

Step 5: Draw traffic to your site

Step 6: Aftersale service

Step 7: Branding

A: Print on Demond

B: Custom packaging


Note: we offer a detailed guidebook for your download, don't miss out on it.


What is dropshipping?

Dropshipping is a business model where a retailer never fulfills orders manually and instead tasks a supplier to ship products on their behalf. Essentially the retailer acts as a "middle man", often listing items on their website at a profitable margin while purchasing said items from a supplier at a cheaper rate. Dropshipper will build an eCommerce site and list all the products to which they have access. Then when they receive a purchase, they would buy the product and list their customers' credentials as a shipping address. When the customers receive their orders, they would be reimbursed by the Payment Gateway they've installed on their website.

In other words, it is a newer form of albatross marketing. All requests are satisfied and transported directly from a wholesaler, such as CJ Dropshipping. This enables the dropshipper to focus more on building your brand, advertising, and driving sales.

Thus, dropshipping provides you a way to easily start a business at a relatively low cost. You do not have to pull a loan and go into debt buying inventory. You don't have to deal with the cost of renting, management, and maintaining warehouses, either. The only question you should be asking yourself is "how soon can you feasibly start your own business?"


Is dropshipping still profitable in 2021?

Dropshipping is still profitable in 2021 because of the number of eCommerce activities taking place around the world. It is not only profitable but thriving!

Search the term "dropshipping" on google trends, the result shows that over the past 5 years, the searching trend of dropshipping went through an upward spiral, it reached a new peak at the start of 2021.

The global market size of dropshipping expected to rise from $122.3 billion in 2019 to $149.4 billion by the end of 2020, while the space for dropshipping is expected to have a compound annual growth rate of 28.8% from 2019 to 2025, reaching USD 557.9 billion by 2025. The potential market is huge.

Read More: Is Dropshipping Dead in 2021? Is It Still Profitable?



Step by step on how to do dropshipping

This part is a detailed guide of how to set up a dropshipping business, step by step, easy to follow. Stay tuned if you are interested in dropshipping.


Step 1: Choose a Platform to Create Your Store

To run a dropshipping business, you don't need to rent a storefront to display and stock your goods. Instead, you need a platform to build up your online store, and import products from suppliers.


Types of platforms

Commonly speaking, there are 2 types of platforms to create your store: one is independent store platforms like Shopify and WooCommerce; the other is online marketplace platforms like Amazon and eBay. Since Amazon has a new policy that restricts dropshipping model from the beginning of 2021, CJ Dropshipping stopped integrating with Amazon.

More to read: Amazon Restricts Sellers from Dropshipping, How Can Dropshippers Find a Way Out?


Apart from these two major types of platforms, there is a new emerging platform known as a social eCommerce platform like WED2C, with which you don't have to build a store, you don't need to create pages, you even don't need to handle the customer service. Just share the product link to your friends or followers, once they buy through the link, you gain the commission.