These days, a lot of people are interested in creating a dropshipping business because of a low startup cost. Since you do not have to manufacture or acquire products, you can start a dropshipping business with a pretty small budget. All you need a website and marketing skills. Having said that you might have to spend quite a lot of money to create a website for your dropshipping business. If you do not have web designing skills, you need a designer to build a website, you also have to spend a lot of money on templates, themes, and plugins.
Popular eCommerce Platforms
Shopify, a popular ecommerce platform, charges between $29 and $2000, plus transaction fees per month.
BigCommerce plan starts from $29.95 per month.
Bigcartel plan starts from $24.99 per month.
Well, there are also a lot of Open Source, or free, ecommerce platforms.
Magento is not only one of the best free ecommerce platforms, but also one of the best ecommerce platforms out there. Even though there is a premium version of Magento, the free version is good doe developers and small business owners.
OpenCart is also free to use. It is highly recommended for start up ecommerce website.
PrestaShop is also a free to use ecommerce platform.
Aforementioned ecommerce platforms are stand alone ecommerce platforms. There are also ecommerce plugins that you can use with WordPress Content Management System and convert a simple WordPress site into an eCommerce site. Some of the popular ecommerce plugins that you can use with wordpress for ecommerce are Woocommerce, JigoShop, WP eCommerce etc.
Best WordPress Plugins to Create a Dropshipping Business
If you do not want to spend a lot of money and do not have programming skills, you can start
With Woocommerce, you can add as many products as you want. If you are doing this manually, you do not need other plugins, however, if you want to automate product adding (import products with few clicks), you need other dropshipping plugins and extensions.
Popular Dropshipping Suppliers
In order to start your own dropshipping business, you also need dropshipping suppliers, here are some options to choose:
AliExpress, Alibaba, ChinaBrand, SaleHoo, Dropship Direct, Sunrise Wholesale, Doba, Wholesale2B, Worldwide Brands, Wholesale Central, etc.
Dropshipping With Aliexpress
Aliexpress is a popular dropshipping supplier. It is owned by Chinese eCommerce giant Alibaba. If you want to start a dropshipping business and source your products from Aliexpress, you can easily do with a few clicks by using some of these plugins.
AliDropship plugin is one of the popular dropshipping plugins for WooCommerce. The plugin automates the entire process involved with
While Alidropship is for a WordPress website, AliDropship Woo is for Woocommerce. If you are using Woocommerce. AliDropship Woo is for you. In order to use Alidropship woo, you have to first install
Ali2Woo is WordPress plugin allows you to import products from Aliexpress automatically. By using this plugin, you can not only import products with few clicks but also edit product title, image, description, pricing
WooDropship is another WordPress plugin that you can use to build your dropshipping business on
Woocommerce also has its own
These are premium plugins, however, you can also find a lot of free