The Dropshipping Blueprint 2022

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The Dropshipping Blueprint 2022

The process of setting up your online store doesn’t need to be a complicated one.
In fact, if you know the steps to follow, and are aware of some do’s and don’ts, you can do it in a relatively short period of time without becoming overwhelmed or confused.

The Dropshipping Blueprint 2022

This article is going to outline exactly what information you need to know before you dive into the world on running an online business that uses suppliers that dropship their products to your customers.

Selecting Your Product

Before you can even begin setting up your store, you need to know what product you are going sell in your store.

Look For Product Ideas

https://youtu.be/2aJEbLg_Jao

Without a product to sell, there is no reason to open a business. Before you begin searching for new ideas on what you should sell, start with what you already have, or how can you solve your own problems or the problems of the people you know. Some questions to ask yourself are:

  • What products or niches are you interested in?
  • What products are your friends passionate about?
  • What issues are you having in your own life? What products would solve it?
  • What sort of businesses are around your community? Can they be turned into an online concept? What businesses in your community would appeal to people outside your community?
  • What products are trending in other parts of the world? Is there a demand for them in your community? Can you create a demand for them in your community?
  • If you are unsure about products, is there a particular industry you want to be involved in? What products are popular in that industry? What products from that industry would you find useful?
  • What products are popular in other online stores? Is there a specialty to this product you can specialize in selling?
  • What’s trending on social curations sites? Is there an untapped product out there that people would love to see made available to them?
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Understanding Your Market

https://youtu.be/EP8STmMsSbE

Perhaps the most important thing to consider is your target audience (to whom you will sell your product). You aren’t going to be able to run a successful business if you are selling wedding supplies and dog toys together on the same site.

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The same is true if you are selling cheap t-shirts next to designer clothes.
There are thousands of products and services available to consumers. This means that there are unlimited ways you can enter the marketplace.

Before you can dive right in, you need to figure out who your target customers. Knowing who you are selling to will ensure you are choosing the right product for those people.


The above video are some tips on how to define your target market. Remember, you can have different target markets that might fit into different niches of the product you are looking to sell. Consider the following point for each target market separately.

https://youtu.be/mMUh6dnoTbs

Choose Specific Demographics

  • Age – This can be the age of the purchaser, and the age of the user if they are different.
  • Gender – Like age, this can be the gender of the purchaser and user.
  • Location
  • Income Level
  • Education Level
  • Marital Status
  • Occupation
  • Ethnic Background

Consider The Psychographics

  • Values
  • Personality
  • Attitudes
  • Interests
  • Lifestyles
  • Behavior

Evaluate Your Decision

  • Is there a large enough population of people who meet your criteria?
  • Will the target market benefit from your product?
  • Will your target market see a need for your product?
  • Do you understand what drives your target market to make decisions?
  • Can your target market afford your product?
  • Are they easily reached with your message?
    Some Other Tips When Choosing A Product:
  • Know your competition
  • Is the product something you are knowledgeable about if you aren’t knowledgeable about the product you are going to be selling, ensure that you become knowledgeable before you dive into running the business. Knowing the ins and outs of the products will ensure that you are able to provide effective
    customer service.

Choosing the supplier

https://youtu.be/mMUh6dnoTbs

The supplier you work with is one of the biggest decisions you are going to have to make when you start up your online store. The supplier you partner with has a large impact on the success of your business, and you want to make sure you choose the right one.
Before you begin searching for your supplier, there are a couple of things you need to do:

  1. Make sure you can prove you are a retailer. Have your business’ Registration number from CAC as well as a copy of your resale certificate.
  2. Be familiar with dropshipping terminology as well as the common practices of dropshipping before you contact any potential suppliers.
    Once you are familiar with dropshipping, you are ready to set out and find your supplier.

Know Your Industry

Different industries have different supply chains. If you are running a small boutique with a specific, specialized item you are going to be more successful if you partner with a manufacturer or a small local supplier.

If you are going to run a larger store with many products, you are going to be looking for a supplier with a larger selection of products they are selling.

Try Manufacturers First

If you can figure out who manufactures the items you want to sell, you will be able to contact them directly to find out if they can drop ship their items.

While you can email them, calling yields faster results and allows you to get information quicker as well as to create a contact within the company.

As you contact different vendors they are going to fall into three categories:

  1. They Dropship – Great news for you, ask about what they require from their partners, as well as if they have any minimum order requirements.
  2. They Don’t Dropship – Ask about what distributers they supply their products to, this will point you in the right direction to be able to get those products.
  3. They Don’t Offer Their Products For Resale – At least you know and are going to be able to try someone else.

Don’t Rely On Search Engines To Find Suppliers

Most suppliers do not prioritize search engine optimization. This means you aren’t going to be able to find them by running a search through Google.

  • Use Trade Magazines – If you can find magazines or newsletters that are geared towards your particular industry, you are going to find suppliers looking for you. Many of these publications also have websites with past issues which can offer your more resources.
  • Forums And Online Groups – If you can find a forum or online group that is specific to dropshipping or your industry, you may be able to find out what suppliers other members are using.
  • Trade Shows Or Conferences – If you are able to attend a trade show or conference, you may be able to directly interact with potential suppliers.

Other Options

Curated Lists: Curated lists are available, if you pay to access them. However, some of the entries can be outdated or obsolete.
Using Google:

This can be incredibly time consuming as many suppliers aren’t concerned with their online presence. If you are going to use Google to search, skip ahead to page ten or so and begin your search there.

Setting Up The Website/store

https://youtu.be/7zyZNBegE9w

Before you begin setting up your webstore, you should have the business aspects already figured out. This includes your company name, the products you are going to be selling, and the prices for your products. The next things you are going to need are:

  • A domain name and extension
  • A web host
  • A dedicated IP address
  • A private SSL certificate
  • A shopping cart script
  • A payment gateway

Once you have the above things, you are ready to set up your website. You have two choices when it comes to setting you your website. You can either create a home page and other static pages (e.g., product background) or you can use your shopping cart script as a standalone for your entire website.

Building A Website

https://youtu.be/IwyWCdGkvOI

If you are choosing to build a website entirely, without using the shopping cart or WordPress script, it is likely going to take more time and work. It is also going to require you to have working knowledge of HTML, styling, and CSS. The above video and these ones below can work you through.

https://youtu.be/1xjzGqIio3Q
https://youtu.be/Xq3wep_I3yk

Setting Up The E-commerce

A shopping cart system of some sort is essential if you are going to be processing payments through your site. Once you have set up a shopping cart system these are the next steps:

  • Obtain an internet merchant account from your bank-This will enable you to accept credit card payments online
  • Obtain a payment gateway account-This is an online processor which exchanges information from your customer’s credit card to your internet merchant account and authorizes the credit card information
  • A less expensive way to get started accepting online payments is to use Pay Pal which is an account based system that is available to anyone with an email to securely send and receive money with a credit card or bank account.

Things To Keep In Mind While Conducting Business

There are a few important things you are going to want to keep in mind as you embark on the journey of opening an online business using the drop-shipping model.

  • Customer Satisfaction – Your customer is a person, even if you never see or speak to them. Put yourself in your customer’s shoes, you want your customer to be happy and this is best done with good customer service.
  • Keep An Active Mailing List. – Offer a reward, such as free shipping, for signing up and you can use their email address to send out newsletters about new product offerings and sales to keep your customers coming back.
  • Don’t Oversell – No one wants to feel pressured into buying something.
    Pointing out the advantages to a product is great, but you don’t want to lose customers because you are pointing out the features of a product too frequently.
  • Keep Customers Coming Back – Repeat visitors are a great way to increase your sales. Writing helpful articles about the products you are selling, hosting sales, and unique content will keep your customers coming back.
  • Respond Quickly – When visitors to your site send you emails or fill out their information for your mailing list, it is important to respond as quickly as possible.

People will remember how long it took you to respond to them and often appreciate a quick turnaround in response to an email.

Conclusion

It is my earnest belief that this article has opened your eyes to The Dropshipping Blueprint 2022, ask questions if you don’t understand a point raise and I will be glad to guide you.

Jubass

JEROME UDOH is an award-winning information entrepreneur with strong 7-figure online businesses. He has a passion for helping people who are searching for relevant information from the web to solve their day to day problems. Remember; knowledge is power. He also likes to write about things in general in his country and all over the world. From money making ideas such as affiliate marketing program, blogging for cash, website design to Latest news and technology. His passion for blogging is strictly inspired by things that he loves to talk about.

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