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8 Things You Need to Know Before Starting a Dropshipping Business in 2021

Dropshipping has existed for almost a decade. In recent years, every year there are people asking “Can I still make a profit from dropshipping as it seems everybody has already started a store?” At the beginning of 2020, there were people saying dropshipping was dead. But how can they imagine dropshipping thrived much more than ever before mainly because of the COVID-19. We can’t deny that there are lots of people struggling with their business, while CJdropshipping processes 7k orders per day for big clients.

Why some people made 7 figures income while others fail to make a penny? Many factors count. It’s about the products you choose. It’s about the marketing strategies you adopt. And first of all, it’s all about your mindset, do you know how to do the business? Have you been fully prepared for the business? So in this article, we’ll focus on 8 things you need to know before starting a dropshipping business.

Providing Products with Good Quality

It is important to make sure your customers get what they order. Never compromise on product quality. In many cases, customers receive different products from what they ordered online. Even if the product is not different, it may be of low quality. Such cases can lead to negative reviews. Moreover, in most cases, you will be asked for a refund or exchange.

Refunding a bulk of products will put you at a loss. Furthermore, your Facebook ad account could also be disabled. In the case of exchanging, you might want it to be free of costs. It can win back your customer but will still put you in a short-term loss.

Don’t Rely on Just One Supplier

Having a range of different suppliers is a key factor in a dropshipping business. It’s not enough to have a good relationship with one supplier. What if that supplier runs out of stock? In such cases, suppliers may not tell you their issues. They want to continue working with you. This could lead to loads of refunds and bad reviews as customers won’t receive their orders. Make sure to have at least 3-5 different suppliers. If one runs out of stock, turn to the other. 

Do not cooperate with just one supplier is also a principle for the CJ purchasing team. For every single product, the CJ purchasing team will contact several suppliers, and compare the prices and quality, then we can provide the best solution for CJ users. And once one supplier runs out of stock, the CJ purchasing team can find an alternative in a short time to minimize sellers’ losses.

Customer Service Counts a Lot

You can not serve your customers face to face, so it can be hard to build trust. Then online customer service can be really important. Do always keep in touch with customers. Reply to their e-mails and communicate with them on online chats. Answer their questions from product specifications to payment methods. This will make them feel safe and supported to place an order.

Also, keep your customers updated regarding the shipping progressions. Tell them if the shipment has been dispatched or has reached their city. Good customer service will impress your audience and they are likely to buy more products from your store.

Marketing on Different Platforms

Facebook ad is not your only choice, though it may be the easiest way to start. Having different social media platforms to market your product will be helpful. You will be able to target a much larger audience. Work on at least two social platforms. Run a paid campaign on one platform and a free one on the other. Ads are for short-term traffic. The issue with advertisements is the cost. Facebook ads are very costly and will take up most of your profits.

Work upon building your profile on Instagram. Instagram has a large audience. Customers are likely to go through your profile page before they buy from you. Most importantly, it’s free! Regularly put out content on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram. They are the most popular services out there. Posting valuable content will organically increase your traffic. Experiment with your posts. Use different keywords and post a variety of photos to see what is best.

Influencer marketing is a hot method for beginners with a limited budget. It’s a way that requires more effort, while it’s proven to be effective to use the audience of media influencers to your benefit. Send influencers your products. Once they share it on social media, their audiences will visit and purchase from your site. You can then tag these influencers in later posts to get attention.

Don’t Rush on Product/Niche Research

We once put up a poll in the CJ Facebook group on what is the biggest problem in your dropshipping business. How to find winning products was a big lead in the poll. Product research is not an easy task to do, you have to invest tons of time and effort to find what’s trending in the market, dig out and sell these hot-products before they become overly saturated. To help you with it, there are many sites and tools to hunt for winning products, I’ve made some videos on them, check them in the cards, and you can subscribe to our channel for regularly updating product recommendations.

Tax and Customs

If your product supplier is in a different country than your customers, the customers are likely to pay a tax. This may lead to a refund demand as the customer wouldn’t want to pay extra money. So you’d better set this problem in advance. You need to learn the regulations well and negotiate with your suppliers on who will pay for the tax. Generally, your customers will need to pay for the tax and customs, but it is very easy to annoy them and lead to deal abandon. My suggestion is, you could add the tax and customs to your product price, and once your customers are charged with tax or customs, you just refund them. This is a much more acceptable way for the customers, at the same time you lost nothing.

Payment Methods Shouldn’t be Restricting

The audience should feel comfortable and confident giving you their payment information. You can have trust badges on your site so customers feel a sense of security. Additionally, due to the COVID situation, consumers have become comfortable with a variety of online payments. Therefore, payment methods mustn’t be restricting. You don’t want cart abandonment because you aren’t providing the payment method with your customer’s need, right?

Start Slow

In the beginning, don’t put loads of money on a fancy-looking store and online campaigns. As you are just starting, you won’t be able to benefit from such strategies. Slowly gain experience. You will have to test run ads and products. Eventually, you’ll have a well-working marketing strategy

Final Word

Dropshipping is not an overnight success. It’s a struggle. Although you can benefit from others’ experiences, you cannot experience their struggle. You have to go through your challenges. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes – you will eventually make an error. The important thing is to stay calm and learn from these mistakes. Don’t repeat them. Focus on the things mentioned above. Keep trying your best.

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Oberlo Is Shutting Down – What Are the Best Alternatives to Oberlo?
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May 17, 2022
Oberlo Is Shutting Down – What Are the Best Alternatives to Oberlo?
What should dropshippers do?
What are the best Oberlo alternatives?
1. DSers
2. CJ Dropshipping
3. NicheDropshipping
4. Spocket
5. Printify
Today we got breaking news for dropshippers. Oberlo, one of the most well-known apps on Shopify will officially close its entry on June 15th, 2022.

Oberlo has been a successful dropshipping app. It provides a convenient method for store owners to fulfill orders with AliExpress.

Among all the various dropshipping apps on the market, Orberlo has got a great reputation in the community. It has helped countless people become successful entrepreneurs.

However, the sites will officially shut down on June 15th. For the people who are currently on a paid Oberlo subscription plan, they can cancel it now and get a refund.

What should dropshippers do?
There are many possibilities for Oberlo to make such a decision. And shutting down the Oberlo app doesn’t mean the Oberlo company is going to shut down.

We will talk about this topic in our latest articles and share some insights about the dropshipping industry in the short future.

For now, Oberlo will shut down soon. If you are one of the entrepreneurs who have been using Oberlo, you need to think about what to do next and find a solution for the incoming event as soon as possible.

In this article, we will present some best dropshipping sites as alternatives for Oberlo. If you wish to take this challenge as an opportunity with a new service provider, this is the chance.

If you are not using Oberlo, the event may also lead you to some deep thoughts about the industry. In case your current supplier or service provider got the same situation in the future, preparing in advance is always a good choice.

What are the best Oberlo alternatives?
1. DSers
On the official Oberlo FAQ page, Oberlo has suggested the users migrate to a trusted Shopify partner, DSers.

DSers is a dropshipping app that provides multistore management. You can use it to manage most dropshipping platforms such as Shopify, Wix, and Woocommerce.

Just like Oberlo, DSers allows you to sync orders from your store to AliExpress and then fulfill the orders in a more convenient way.

Also, you can use DSers to source the products on AliExpress. Instead of sourcing products on your own, using DSers will save you a lot of time to locate the specific product you want among the massive category.

In addition, DSers is also available for data transferring from Oberlo. If you wish to migrate your Oberlo account data to DSers, you can do it directly on the Oberlo admin home page.

What makes DSers unique?
Good Chrome extension
Multiple store order manage
Optimizing sourcing time
Allow data migration from Oberlo
Good chrome extension
Still, DSers is not the best choice if you wish to save your budget and justify the cost. This is because if you want to fully use the functions of DSers to manage more than 3 stores, you will need to subscribe to the paid plan first.

2. CJ Dropshipping
CJ Dropshipping is a one-stop dropshipping platform that provides a complete Dropshipping service.

The service of CJ dropshipping covers sourcing, shipping, order management and even filming ad videos.

CJ Dropshipping has both features of Oberlo and AliExpress, you can find products that come from various international suppliers at cheap prices on the site. By using this sourcing feature, you can easily find better suppliers different from AliExpress.

If you need some information about the recent trendy products or best-selling products, you can also explore the trendy products recommendation columns on the CJ Dropshipping site. Every season there will be brand new innovative products for you to choose from.

Besides, the overall shipping time of CJ Dropshipping is faster than AliExpress suppliers. This is because many suppliers on CJ Dropshipping got their own international warehouses.

Also, if your business volume is big, you can actually have your own private inventory in CJ warehouses. Then your orders can be shipped out within 1 to 2 days.

If you are not only looking for a store integration service provider but also suppliers with better prices, CJ Dropshipping will be a good choice for you. Unlike other paid-to-use platforms, most functions on CJ Dropshipping are completely free to use.

What makes CJ Dropshipping unique?
Free sourcing for better suppliers
Trendy products recommendation
Faster shipping time than AliExpress
International warehouses
Bulk order management
Various extended services (POD, Photography)
3. NicheDropshipping
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When you want to search for any products with better quality or price, you can directly consult the agents of NicheDropshipping to find the product you want.

If some products got higher prices than you expected, you can also negotiate with the agents. Agents of Niche dropship are also professional in getting the best quotation from the suppliers.

Besides, Niche Dropshipping got international warehouses in both China and the USA. So if your market is in the US and you wish to optimize the processing time of the products, you can also choose to bulk purchase the products to stock in their USA warehouse. Once products are stocked in the USA, shipping and processing time can be amazingly fast.

In addition, the photography service is available if you wish to see the actual quality of the products. You can also request photos or videos for advertisement usage. But keep in mind this service is paid, the cost will depend on your request content.

What makes NicheDropshipping unique?
Free product sourcing quote
China & USA warehouses
Automated dropshipping service
Photography service
4. Spocket
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Most of the suppliers on Spocket are from the USA & the EU. This special feature makes it an excellent tool to search for products within the US and the EU.

The best thing about domestic suppliers is the shipping time. If you buy products from domestic suppliers, shipping will only need takes 2-5 days to deliver. This is why international warehouses are also recommended by other dropshipping platforms

Still, the limitation of domestic suppliers is the product variety. If your wish to expand your business, you will need to explore more international supplier platforms.

If your target market is in the US or in the EU, Spocket is a great choice for you to find the supplier you prefer to work with.

What makes Spocket unique?
Available US & EU suppliers
High-quality products with samples
Winning products recommendation
Support multiple platforms (Shopify, Woocommerce, Wix)
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If you are looking for customizable products or wish to brand your products with store logos, you check out Printify to make your own products.

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Wide range of customizable products collection
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