How To Start An eCommerce Store:
You will hear me speak a lot about 2 topics in particular, they are: Dropshipping for beginners and Shopify, and with good reason, because these are the easiest ways I know on how to start your own business online in Singapore and Southeast Asia!
This easy to follow tutorial is a simple step by step guide that will take you from not even having an idea of what to sell...
All the way to set up a Shopify dropshipping store with products and ready to launch.
(With dropshipping you don't need to own your own product. You sell other people's products for a profit and they EVEN deliver the product to the buyer, so you just make the sale... super easy)
I love the Shopify eCom Software for Dropshipping as it is the easiest eCommerce Platform to use in Singapore and Southeast Asia and get great results from, for very little investment....
And as you can see the numbers really do speak for themselves... 1,244,474 websites using Shopify for their eCommerce Business, many of them using the dropshipping business model.
How To Start Dropshipping As A Beginner
This is a really in-depth guide!
We pretty much have everything laid out...
To start dropshipping!
You should bookmark this and come back to it, from time to time.
Follow along, step by step, and you will have your first eCommerce business set up and running within a matter of hours, with your Shopify store ready in less than 20 minutes, which will mean you can start selling pretty much Today!
Our simple approach to eCommerce in Singapore and Southeast Asia has seen so many ordinary people make huge sums of money within very little time, like never before, and that means you can start making money too...
If you follow the steps.
If You Want To Get Started... And Skip the Hows, and Whys of and eCommerce Business, click here to skip these few paragraphs and get started!
Dropshipping In Singapore Using Shopify
So you are interested in seeing what dropshipping is for yourself?
Here's a small example of a dropshipping store...and there are thousands of examples, with people making millions of dollars each year from their dropshipping stores.
Creating a dropshipping store is a much better, and easier idea than traditional eCommerce...
Getting loads of stock to sell, then trying to offload that inventory (that you paid lots of cash for)...ISN'T AS EASY AS MANY MAKE OUT!
Dropshipping is perfect for beginners
But, with dropshipping the great thing is, you don't need to hold OR PAY for any inventory...
Dropshipping is a business model that allows you to take orders on your Shopify eCommerce store and your supplier will ship the products you sell to your customer, be they in Singapore, Southeast Asia, or even globally.
You hold nothing, you don't have any inventory costs, and you don't do any delivery.
You simply make the sales and let your supplier look after the rest, that's why the dropshipping business model is great.
Why You Should Start Dropshipping?
It's really easy to take your Shopify dropshipping store from nothing to something very quickly...
And with the help of an Ecommerce platform like Shopify, and a good dropshipping for beginners tutorial...
You can start their very own online dropshipping store from scratch in a few days, to sell to people all over the world.
How can you get started?
Well first, let's look at how dropshipping works.
How Does Dropshipping Work?
The dropshipping business model is very simple. You create a Shopify dropshipping store that sells products that you do not own...
When you sell that product, you make the purchase of that product on the supplier's website.
When you make the order with your supplier.
They will send out the items to your customer, meaning you don't have to deal with shipping, packaging, or any of that annoying stuff.
With an easy to use plugin, you can start adding products to your website in a matter of minutes.
Your customer buys from you, and then you buy from your supplier - you are the middleman
Probably the most well-known site for dropshipping is called Aliexpress...
Aliexpress is huge website of thousands of suppliers all ready to be on your website and supply products for you.
When you find the products you want to sell, you then put them onto your website...
Shopify makes this really easy.
And my favorite part is this...
You then add a good markup price onto your products so you are making a good profit on every single product you sell.
An example would be: Cost to buy $10, markup 200%. Sale of $30. Profit of $20.
Let's go through the dropshipping process easily:
- You can set up a Shopify dropshipping store, and add products to it for your chosen niche.
- A person visits your eCommerce online store and orders a product from you, using their credit card
- You pass that order, along with the customer's details to your supplier and pay the wholesale price on their website.
- The supplier then does all the work to get that product to your customer, packaging, shipping etc.
- You make a profit by keeping the difference between the price you pay the supplier and the price you sold the product for.
I think that starting a dropshipping business is probably one of the best businesses that someone can get into...
Good if you don't have lots of upfront money to invest in a business.
Why Use Shopify For Dropshipping
Shopify is easier to get started with when it comes to the dropshipping business model than most other platforms...
It's super cheap to get started also.
Shopify is the best eCommerce platform Singapore, with so many tools and apps that will help you create your dropshipping store within a fraction of the time and effort of the other eCommerce platforms.
We use Shopify because…
- It's really easy to use...
- Has some really cool designs that you can use, and so many of them are free, as you will see later on in this guide.
- And is so popular with dropshipping and helps its users by giving them all the tools they need to become excellent at the dropshipping business model.
I hope you have a good understanding of what dropshipping is and why it is recommended to use Shopify for your dropshipping store, let's get onto the next steps and get your store up and running.
How Much Does It Cost To Start An eCommerce Business?
This is probably the most important question that you will ask...
And with good reason...
If it costs too much...You probably passed on the whole idea.
I broke it down and found the cheapest way that shows you how much money you need to start a Shopify Store, and after that, we go into the steps you need to take to start dropshipping yourself.
Domain Name (Godaddy)
$0.99 - $11.99
29$ (14 Day Free Trial)
FREE - $5 - $20
That's the breakdown of costs to get you started with your first eCommerce Business using Shopify
All in, you could set up a Shopify dropshipping store today from scratch, within 2 hours…
That's even finding and adding products...
Can You Really Make Money With Dropshipping eCommerce?
Yes you can.
But will you?
That's 100% up to you.
Shopify and eCommerce are like any business, the more you put in, the better you will do from it.
If you just expect it to work for you and you automatically get cheques for thousands of dollars into your bank account...
You are probably in the wrong game.
Get started, put in the work and be smart, keep this dropshipping for beginners tutorial at hand whenever you need it, and...
You have a real chance of making some serious money using the shopify platform.
How Much Do eCommerce Owners Make?
This varies... and you should be aware of this...
If you put in the effort, and learn how to start dropshipping with Shopify... you will make more...
If you do what most people do...
Which is pretty much nothing, then you probably need to find another business model to do.
How Can You Start An eCommerce Business With No Money?
Simply, you can't, if you want to do it properly...
There are ways to find products to sell, and market for free...
It is beyond the scope of this tutorial and is not a guaranteed money maker.
When the costs of setting up your online store with Shopify start at $29 a month...
With a 90-day free trial, just put it into perspective.
How Do You Succeed In eCommerce?
Ok, this is a better question... how do I succeed in eCommerce?
1. Shopify Research
Now this is quite a big section.
Take your time.
The great thing about Shopify is that you can pretty much sell anything, be it a physical product, or a digital product…
Or even where you act as a middleman, and this is Called Dropshipping.
Dropshipping is the eCommerce method I am going to bring you through today!
Which Products Are In High Demand?
What I want you to do now is to have a look at other stores that are actually on the Shopify platform.
This helps you find products that are selling well, and in high demand so you can start making money quickly.
We're going to go to Google, and I'm going to type in "site:myshopify.com"
This gives us an idea of the amount of Shopify stores that there are, but also the kind of products that people are selling…
Go to Google.com
I like using this website...
No matter where you are in the world, or whichever country you are in, just use your normal google.com…
Step 1: Google Shopify
What I want you to do is to type in "site:myshopify.com" and click search.
What this will tell us is the number of Shopify pages 12 million six hundred thousand searches or sites associated with myshopify.com.
MyShopify.com - is the free Subdomain name that you get for FREE when you sign up with Shopify
With Shopify is if there is a niche market already that you can sell to, well then you create a store to fit that, and start a dropshipping business using similar products…
I'm trying to give you an idea of Niches, no matter what you search for on Google…
Even go for something like Russian dolls!
There are actual Russian Dolls being sold in Shopify Stores…
I will show you this example because the types of products that sell on Shopify are never-ending.
The eCom Stores selling these Russian dolls are charging very little for them.
Probably getting those products from the likes of AliExpress and will be Drop Shipping them, meaning for you that creating a dropshipping store using the same products will be easy…
You find products from there also, and you can start selling within a very short space of time.
NOTE: Aliexpress for Dropshipping
When you set up a Shopify dropshipping store from the beginning...
You act like a middleman...
You never touch the products!
But you create the store,
You find the market and you get the products delivered to your buyers, for big profit!
Sounds fun, right?
Did you do this?
Now you should know how to do the following:
- Know how much it costs to set up your first Shopify eCommerce Store.
- You should have completed some research to see what products are selling well.
- You should have a basic understanding of the eCommerce Business Model you will be using - Dropshipping.
2: Niche Research
In this section we are going to hone in on what product niche you are going to sell in.
What are the most successful eCommerce Niche Sites?
- Hobby store
- Baby store
- Kids clothes store
- Home store
- Men's/Women's store
- Style store
- Watch shop
- Health and beauty
- Women's clothes
- Household furniture
- Electronics store
- Sports shop
- Tech store
- Lifestyle shop
- Fashion shop
- Auto & Moto Shop
- Jewelry & watches
These are the most successful site niches for ecommerce that have been online over the last few years...
And choosing one of these niches is a great place to start.
It is definitely not the only thing that you can sell on Shopify, as you see from my Russian Dolls example.
Niche Choice options
- If you like one of the niches from above and want to do that niche to start... then you don't need to do the next section.
- If you feel that the niches mentioned above are not right for you, then you will want to complete this short exercise below:
How To Find Your Niche For Your Dropshipping Business
I want you to go to Aliexpress now and search through their collections for ideas:
Search here for some great ideas: https://collections.aliexpress.com/en
There are a lot of niches, take your time (maybe 10-20 minutes)...
And look to see what is interesting for you.
Pro Tip: Look for things related to your passions
Some of these categories on Aliexpress might seem crazy...
There is a market for pretty much every single niche/hobby that are shown in AliE!
Exercise 1: Choosing Your Niche
- Grab a pen and paper, and write down your top 5 niches from what you picked on Aliepxress.
- Answer these questions:
- Is there one of these niches you really love?
- Does one niche give you a good gut feeling?
- Does one of them just stand out to you?
If you are able to answer all of these questions, you could be onto a winner.
Pro Tip: When you find a good niche related to your passion, it becomes so much more enjoyable
If you really want to make sure that this niche is top class, I've got some more work for you to do.
Exercise 2: Researching Your Niche With Google Trends
Armed with your 5 niches from above...
Go To Google.com/trends
Search your 5 Niches here.
You are looking for is a good amount of searches and a pattern that is going up...
eCommerce Niche Selection Exercise:
What can you see from your search?
Does the pattern go up or down?
Is the trend positive or negative?
Now you have got all the data, it’s time to decide what Niche you are going to focus on.
You did all the hard work...
It’s crunch time!
A great place to start.
Please remember, this is only a beginning....
Many eCommerce Entrepreneurs go through many different niches before they hit the real money-making one.
What is your chosen niche?
Now you have chosen your niche, let’s go to Google Alerts to set up Keyword Alerts...
To ensure you know what is going on in your industry.
Enter your chosen Niche where you see the “chef's knives”.
You can set how often you receive these alerts...
I believe the best is to get them every day and scan them to keep up to date with your industry.
Now you have your Niche you can start by choosing your domain name...
Pro tip: Look at Amazon, Magazines, and websites that are related to your passion. They are packed full of New Niche and Product Ideas
Did You Do This?
You should know how to do the following:
- Find good niches on Aliexpress
- Research that Niche to make sure it is good for you, using Google Trends.
- Setup Google Trends to find out news about your niche so you can use it when marketing your products.
3: Set Up A Shopify Dropshipping Store
It’s time to start creating your dropshipping store.
You can watch a simple tutorial here, on how to start a dropshipping store which I created on video for you...
If you prefer to read and follow along in the text with the dropshipping for beginners tutorial, I also have that here for you.
This section we look at how to sign up for Shopify and give you a brief run through of the features inside.
I’m going to walk you through the whole process...
Here is the deal.
Shopify is the coolest, easiest and most user-friendly eCommerce platform to use.
It comes with a whole host of tools and functions,
You would be paying thousands of dollars for if you were to use another platform.
There is a cost to it, like everything...
14 Day FREE Trial Shopify
Shopify give You a 14 Day Free trial to use Shopify, to get started, and get used to the platform, get your whole store set up, and start making sales before you EVEN have to pay.
After your 14-day FREE trial, you have the option to keep it or not.
If you do decide that you are excited...
And want to build momentum with your eCommerce store and turn it into another income stream...
Then YOU Rock!
Set up Shopify Plan ($29 recommended) by going to the link
Let's get Your First Shopify Store Going Now!
In this section you are going to be using this guide as a reference, and on Shopify at the same time.
Pro Tip: Bookmark this guide for easy reference
- Let’s go to Shopify by clicking here.
- Enter your email address to Start YOUR Free trial (like the image shows you below).
- Follow the instructions
- Enter the password you want to use
- Enter the name of your store (use the name you used for your domain name if possible)
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