If you want to start a business but don’t have much capital to invest then Dropshipping will be the best business you can start with a very low investment.
Shopify makes your dropshipping business more easy and simple to handle.
Don’t believe me?
Read this article fully and you will realise that it really is very simple to start a dropshipping business with Shopify.
In this Shopify Dropshipping guide, I’ve explained every small detail you need to know about Shopify to start your business and run it successfully.
What is Shopify?
Shopify is a subscription-based software that offers entrepreneurs to create an online store to sell products. It is the leading eCommerce platform for online stores. It is simple to use, so you’ll be able to create an online store even if you have no technical experience.
Why Use Shopify for Dropshipping?
There are various reasons to use Shopify for dropshipping. Due to all those features, Shopify continues to be one of the most popular platforms for merchants.
Let’s look at some features:
1. Great Customer Service
Shopify is the leading platform for creating online stores which means they also have great customer service. Without proper customer service, you can’t simply dominate a market.
Shopify provides 24/7 customer service, you can reach out for customer support via phone, live chat, and email.
2. Mobile Optimization
With the increasing number of mobile users on the internet. It is very necessary to optimize any website or online store for mobiles too.
And the best part is Shopify provides mobile-optimized online stores.
Apart from that, you can also manage your Shopify store using an android phone or ios phone.
There are more than 100 themes (free and paid) to choose from, in the Shopify theme store.
And all of those are mobile optimized. Also, you can customize each of those themes however you like.
How to build your Dropshipping store in Shopify?
We’ve tried very hard to keep things simple in this guide and explain to you every bit of Shopify dropshipping. So that you don’t have to read any other blog post of Shopify dropshipping.
Let’s get started
Register For Shopify Account
It is very easy to register for a Shopify account.
Visit shopify.com and click on “Start Free Trial”. Put the details and choose a name for your Shopify store.
Now you will be asked with certain questions. You can answer them if you are interested in or skip them.
You will be asked to provide some information about your name and address.
Once, you’re done with filling those details. You are now ready to go.
Adding Plugins in your Shopify Store
If you don’t know what plugins are. Plugins are the software or extensions used to make things simple.
Now that you’ve understood let’s check how to add plugins in your Shopify store.
After you’ve logged into the dashboard of Shopify, click the apps buttons and go to visit Shopify App Store. You can add all the necessary plugins for your Shopify store. You just need to visit the Shopify App Store, check the apps you need and click add apps.
For the purpose of this Guide, I’ll be talking about some specified apps and their features.
Here are the recommended apps:
Of all the apps in the Shopify App store, this is the most important app that you will need if you are looking out for Shopify Dropshipping with Aliexpress.
Oberlo will help you import products from Aliexpress directly to your Shopify store. You can also customize the products (like changing the description of the product, fixing your own price for the product, etc.) according to your wish.
This plugin is used for importing reviews from Aliexpress.
You can import high-quality photo reviews to each of your product from Aliexpress.
It is a paid plugin with a monthly subscription of $9.99 but it offers 14 days free trial.
Coin Currency converter
If you want to sell products worldwide then you will need a currency converter.
Coin Currency Converter is a subscription-based plugin that will convert the currency of your products automatically based on your customers IP address and manually through the currency switcher or both. You can get 14 days free trial with Coin Currency converter too.
Stamped.io Product Reviews UGC
If you want your customers to add reviews in your products after a purchase, you can use Stamped.io to solve that.
Stamped.io comes in two ways, free and paid.
There are two ways to add products in Shopify.
- Creating custom products.
- Importing Products from Aliexpress.
Creating Custom products
For creating Custom products in your store click on the Product bar on the left side of your menu and click on Add products
Fill the details and hit save.
And you are done creating your custom product on Shopify.
Importing Products from Aliexpress
First, add the Oberlo Chrome extension in your browser.
Now visit aliexpress.com
Click the product you want to import.
Now click the Oberlo icon to import the product in Oberlo and you are done importing the product in your Oberlo dashboard.
Now go to your Oberlo dashboard and click on imports.
Edit the price and descriptions of the products and click on import to store.
This way you can import products from Aliexpress into your Shopify store.
Think of collections as a set of a group for your products that will allow your customers to find the right category, types of products.
Here are some examples of it:
- Products on Sale
- Product type (t-shirts, jeans, etc.)
- Customer type (male, female and kids)
- Product color, size etc.
For creating collection go to your Shopify dashboard then go to Products. Now click on collections.
After that click on Create collection.
There are two ways to import products into your collections.
I’m going to show you how to do it manually.
Go to Collection and click on the collection you created.
Now go to browse products and add the products that fit in your collection.
Want to create collections with the automated method. Check out this video to learn the automated method.
Adding New Theme
Shopify has a built-in theme store from where you can access to a large variety of themes. You will find both paid and free themes options. Don’t worry the free themes works fine too.
To visit the Shopify theme store go to Themes and click on Visit Theme Store. In this way, you can explore all the themes that are available in the Shopify Theme Store.
Choose the theme that fits your store the best. When you find the theme that fits your store, just click on Add Theme and your theme will be ready to use.To active the Theme go to Theme from your left-hand menu and select on Action of the theme that you just added and hit publish. Now you are ready to go with the new Theme.
Now that you’ve selected the theme that fits your store. Go back to Shopify backend and click Customize.
After that, you will be taken to your theme designer, where you can edit the look and feel of your Store.
To customize the elements of your store, click through the options on the left-hand toolbar of your theme builder and go from there.
Let start customizing the theme
Customizing the Page Header
The header provides with many options that you can customize to change the way how your header looks across your store.
This includes your logo and your top navigation.
Apart from that you can add tagline for your store and add announcement bar too.
Now you may ask what is announcement bar, in simple words announcement bar lets every visitor see your important news or any updates related to your store.
For example, you are providing Free Shipping Worldwide then you can put that message in the announcement bar and every person that visits your store will see that message.
Customizing the Footer
Like the header, any customization you make in the footer will display sitewide.
You can find the footer edit option below add section.
In the footer edit option, you can add the pages, terms & conditions, etc. that will show up at the bottom of your store.
Editing individual sections
You can also customize each section of your store just by clicking the section you want to customize. When you click on the section the preview will scroll to the display of your current editing section.
The options will vary depending on the section you choose to edit.
When you are done with the edit, click save button.
Want to add more content to your store? The Add Section button lets you expand more of your content on your store.
Just click on the Add Section button and it will take you to all the list of modules you can add to your current template.
Click on any available section and it will preview you to give an idea of what it might look like on your store.
If you are satisfied, just click add button to add the button in your current template.
Moving a section
Shopify automatically orders the sections you add, with the new sections being tacked on to the bottom of the list.
You can customize the order of the sections too. Click the 6 dots on the right side of each section and drag them accordingly. This way you can bring them into order as you feel the best
In the typography option allows you to change the font style, font-weight, and font scale for the heading and the base of your store.
You can find the typography option in Theme setting.
If you are not satisfied with the color combination of your store you can change that too. Just click on the Color option and change the color of the store according to your needs. You can find the Color option in the Theme setting along with typography.
We know social media’s power to make things go viral. Don’t we? And Shopify solves that too.
The Social media option lets you decide which social share buttons to include in your site with fields to customize the links for each of your social media channels.
With this let’s conclude the Theme customization part.
The next thing you need to do for your store is pages. Those include your:
- About Page
- Terms and conditions
- Return Policy
- Shipping Policy
To Create pages click on Online store of your left menu and then click on pages.
From there, enter the title of your page and write the description until you are satisfied with the writing.
And if you are interested in SEO, you have the option to change the meta description, description, and URL, so you can specify what you want the search engines to see.
Once you are happy with all those, hit save.
Repeat this process for all the pages you need.
Shopify comes with a solution to it.
Click on setting on the left menu and go to legal and now click on Create templates. And then hit the save button.
Disclaimer: You do need to check the policies and modify it according to your needs.
Isn’t that easier than it seems?
Once you are done with creating collections and adding pages, it’s time to move on to navigation settings.
Now you are going to specify how you want to set your main menu and collections.
Follow these steps to set your navigation.
- Click on ‘Navigation’ on the left-hand menu.
- Click on the Main menu and click on Add menu item. After that click on Link and select the items you want to show in your Main menu.
- For adding the policies in the footer (or the bottom of your store), go to Footer menu and click on Add menu item. Now click on Link and select policies. Add all the policies that you need. Now to add the About page goto page and select About page.
And boom you are done setting with all the policies and navigation of your store.
Set Up Payment gateways
Now let’s head up to setting up the payment methods.
You can find Payment options just by clicking Settings on the left menu, then clicking Payment.
Shopify payment enables Paypal as the default payment method but if you want to use other payment providers or accept other modes of payment, you can set everything on this page.
After the latest update of Shopify, it started accepting various payment methods like ePay, PayU Money, etc.
Apart from those it also started accepting Bank Deposits and Cash on Delivery. Isn’t that great for drop shippers?
You can now expand your business with other modes of payments.
Also note that while Shopify Payments is enabled, Shopify will only be able to transfer the money in your bank account. As for Paypal, the company will email you whenever you make a sale with instructions on how to set up Paypal Merchant account.
How to make sales on Shopify?
You can use all kinds of advertising platforms like Facebook ads, Google ads, etc. to advertise your Shopify store.
You can also create an Instagram account or Facebook page to interact with your audience by promoting your latest offers on social media platforms. This way you can leverage both paid and free methods of promotion.
Let’s take a recap of what we’ve learnt in soo far.
We understood what Shopify is and why we should use Shopify for Dropshipping.
We also read about how to build a Shopify store from scratch.
How many of you found this guide helpful?
Lemme know in the comment section.