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How to set up a drop shipping store: Part 1 Essential Elements

Part 1: Essential elements to setting up an online shop

The number one obstacle that stops people making money from selling drop shipped products online is that they don’t know how to set up a drop shipping store. The second reason is that they think it will be too expensive to do.

Neither of these is true. Whilst building an online store, finding the stock and marketing it looks like an incredibly complicated process, it is, in fact, very easy to do. So easy, that you could probably get your e-commerce shop built and selling and earning you money within a few days.

As for expensive, think again. We’ll show you how you can fill your shop with products to sell without the need to spend a penny on buying stock in advance.

If you are one of those who have been put off because you think the process is difficult and expensive, Timber World will, in our next series of posts, guide you, step by step, through the process so you know exactly how to do it.

Why are we doing this? Because we get a lot of budding entrepreneurs who are interested in selling our products but who tell us they wouldn’t know where to start or they don’t have the start-up capital to begin. We want to encourage more people to get on board and sell our fantastic log cabins.

The three main elements to setting up a successful drop shipping store

There are three major elements needed to set up your own drop shipping website: an online store from where you will sell your products; a wholesale dropshipper who will supply the products you sell; and an effective marketing plan to make sure you attract customers.

An online store

In order to sell, you’ll need an online shop or e-commerce store where you will showcase your products to your visitors and take orders and payments when they decide to buy. You’ll need a store that looks attractive, matches the products that you want to sell and makes finding the products easy for your visitors.

The store needs to be professional, both in terms of how it looks and in the quality of the written content. You will also need to set up a payment gateway with a company like PayPal so that you can accept payments online.

We’ll show you how to get excellent, cheap hosting and a low cost domain name (website name) and how you can set up a professional site, quickly and easily for no cost – using the same free software that powers 30% of the world’s online shops, including many huge stores run by well-known brands. We’ll also show you where you can get thousands of useful free designs to make your website looks spectacular and tens of thousands of free tools that give your shop much more functionality and make it more helpful for your customers whilst they are shopping.

Finding a wholesale drop shipper

As a retailer, you’ll need to find wholesalers who will supply you with the products you want to sell. To stock your website without the need for any up-front investment what-so-ever, you’ll need to find a reputable, wholesale drop shipper, like Timber World.

With a wholesale drop shipper, you don’t need to buy bulk quantities of stock in advance; instead, you wait until you’ve taken the order from the customer first and then, once you have been paid, you order the product from the wholesaler and they then ship the product to the customer on your behalf.

Operating this way means that you never need to buy stock in advance. This improves your cash flow, gets rid of the risk of buying stock you cannot sell and reduces any need to pay for warehousing, stock insurance, shipping fees and labour costs.

We’ll show you how to find wholesale dropshippers so you can get your online store selling very quickly. If you are interested in selling log cabins and garden buildings, we can even provide you with our own drop shipped products to sell.

A marketing plan

by many Once you’ve got the store built and the wholesale drop shipper in place to provide the products, the last essential element is to let people know your shop is out there. Marketing is essential if you are going to attract visitors to your website and make sales. However, when you first start-up you don’t need to spend thousands of pounds on expensive marketing campaigns or hire huge marketing companies to run them.

We’ll show you how to market your products using some of the most effective techniques employed of the world’s leading e-commerce sites. In this digital age, there are lots of ways to help your business reach out to potential customers without the need to spend anything.

If you are considering selling log cabins or garden buildings and need a company which drop ship high quality garden buildings for you and provide you with outstanding customer support, then take a close look at our Timber World Dropshipping Account. It’s free to join.