Step-By-Step Guide to Start Selling Dropshipping Products

David Linder

David Linder

I write about dropshipping, ecommerce and marketing. Owner of the worlds best product research agency for Dropshippers.
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Establishing a dropshipping business is hard work. It takes many steps and decisions done at the right time to work well. As a way to help would-be drop shippers in starting a dropshipping business, I put together this step-by-step guide to start selling dropshipping products.

With this guide, you’ll be able to learn about dropshipping, build better business strategies, and prepare yourself for the worst that could happen in your dropshipping journey. This guide includes the following steps when starting a dropshipping business:

  • Learning About Dropshipping
  • Getting a Business License and Other Applicable Permits and Licenses
  • Selecting a Product to Sell
  • Research and Preparation
  • Setting Up the Dropshipping Store
  • Launching the Dropshipping Business
  • Post Launching Activities

Step 1: Learning About Dropshipping

Educating yourself about dropshipping is always first and foremost. You should know how it works, what are the essential skills you’ll need, and where to look for to compensate for the knowledge and abilities that you lack. It is also important that you know whether dropshipping locally or internationally would be better for you. If you intend to start dropshipping as a side hustle, you should learn to manage your time effectively to keep your job and side hustle running smoothly. These posts can help you prepare for what lies ahead in the world of dropshipping.

Is Dropshipping Right for You?

How to be Successful with Dropshipping

6 of The Best YouTube Channels to Learn About Dropshipping

6 Common Mistakes Dropshippers Make

8 Essential Skills For A Successful Dropshipping Business

Dropshipping Products Worldwide: What You Need to Know

How to Run a Dropshipping Business While Working Full Time

6 Tasks to Outsource in Your Dropshipping Business


Step 2: Getting a Business License and Other Applicable Permits and Licenses

Wherever you may be located in the world, you must first secure a business license and other required permits and licenses to run a dropshipping business. This is to ensure that you will be operating legally and have the legal documents to show when required.

Why Get a Business License Before Opening Your Dropshipping Store


Step 3: Selecting a Product to Sell

Often the most challenging part of starting a dropshipping business, choosing the product to sell should be done carefully. You should learn the pros and cons of having a one-product or a general store to determine which one should you have. Below you can find posts on choosing the best dropshipping products, how to white label winning products, and why you must avoid selling dropshipping products.

4 Strategies in Choosing the Best Dropshipping Products

One Product Store vs General Store: The Pros and Cons

The Truth About Dropshipping Trademark Products

A Dropshipper’s Guide to White Label Dropshipping


After you have shortlisted product ideas, you need to validate their profitability. This is to ensure that the products you will be selling in your store are not yet saturated and have the potential market. You wouldn’t want to sell products that are available locally or already losing market demand.

How to know if a Product is Over Saturated Before Selling


Once you have decided on what products to sell, it’s time to look for reliable suppliers. Regardless of which online retail service you will be dropshipping products from, AliExpress, Doba, etcetera, you should ensure that you will only partner with reputable suppliers. From approaching to negotiating with dropshipping suppliers, the following articles can serve as your guide.

A Beginner’s Guide to Approaching Dropshipping Suppliers

How to Negotiate with Dropshipping Suppliers the Right Way

PayPal Payment to AliExpress Dropshipping Suppliers: Is This Feasible?

What You Need To Know About ePacket Shipping

When to Dropship or Use a Fulfillment Center?


Step 4: Research and Preparation

You must size up your competition so you can come up with strategies that will give you an edge over them. As you will be selling dropshipping products that are also being carried by other dropshipping store having some advantages can help you acquire customers for your business. Learn the strengths and weaknesses of your competitors by checking their stores, social media pages, and the kind of ads they are running. When you have an idea on their pricing, marketing, and distribution tactics you’ll be able to formulate strategies that would give your business an advantage.

After you have completed the research of your competitors, the next thing to do is to create your business plan. When you have a business plan, you’ll be able to determine the things to prioritize and how you can reach new customers effectively. With it you can do the following:

  1. Plan ideas, timelines, and resources.
  2. Evaluate ideas to choose the ones with the highest potential for success.
  3. Recruit employees to carry out their plans if necessary.


Step 5: Setting Up the Dropshipping Store

To set up a dropshipping store, you must have a business name and a logo. Choose a name that people can pronounce and memorize. Having a killer name can make your business stand out from the crowd and advantage over your competitors. Here are some tips on finding the right business name:

  1. Aim for a short, snappy name that is memorable and fits perfectly in the header of your store’s homepage.
  2. Pick a name that is completely different from your competitors but represents your niche and the products you’re selling.
  3. Use an original name that is not yet trademarked and shows up in the search results of Google or Bing.


When you already have the name and logo, it’s time to build your dropshipping store. Many first-time drop shippers prefer to create their websites with Shopify as it enables them to build a functional store without hiring web developers or designers. You can simply sign up to Shopify and set up your store. However, you should consider the essential elements in building out your website to ensure that it will be able to successfully convert traffic that lands on your pages. These are useful resources you can read.

How to Create a Professional-Looking Dropshipping Store

How to Select the Right Colors for Your Dropshipping Website

Dropshipping Products: How to Write Product Descriptions That Sell

Single Payment Gateway or Multiple Payment Gateways for a Dropshipping Business?

Why Shopify Requires Proof of Business from Dropshippers


Step 6: Launching the Dropshipping Business

Once you have completed all the pre-launching activities, you can launch your store by making it live. Don’t expect to get a sale on the first day because that rarely happens without the help of promotional posts and ads. This is why you have to focus on marketing your store to build awareness of your brand and get people over to your website.


Step 7: Post Launching Activities

After launching your store, the hard work of marketing your dropshipping products follows. Creating ads, building a social media presence, and marketing on social media are strategies that can help boost traffic to your website. There are tools available you can use to help drive engagement with potential customers and retain the businesses of existing ones. Your dropshipping business is at risk for fraudulent transactions and activities, therefore, you should learn how to lessen that risk by taking up preventive measures to protect your business. Here are articles that can provide you tips on marketing your dropshipping business while protecting it from frauds.

Dropshipping Business: 5 Free Marketing Strategies

Why Build Social Media Presence for Your Dropshipping Business?

Best Apps to Create Video Ads for Dropshippers

How Buying Facebook or Instagram Likes Impacts Your Dropshipping Business

How to Effectively Sell Your Dropshipping Products on Instagram

ManyChat launches SMS and Email: Should you care?

Is Spying on Your Dropshipping Competitors’ Ads on Facebook or Instagram Worth Your Time?

5 Ways to Add Value in Your Dropshipping Business

Dropshipping Business: Proven Methods to Increase Conversion Rates

Facebook’s New Interactive Ad Options: Video Poll Ads, AR Ads, And Playable Ads

Dropshipping Business: Stop Fake Clicks on Facebook Ads in 4 Ways

Spot Fraudulent Transactions in Your Dropshipping Store in 5 Ways


Final Thoughts

Starting a dropshipping business is an exciting and challenging project. I hope that with this guide you’ll know to approach it the right way. The journey is hard but achieving your goals will be worth every heartache you’ll get from it.

David Linder

David Linder

I write about dropshipping, ecommerce and marketing. Owner of the worlds best product research agency for Dropshippers.

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