Dropshipping is a popular eCommerce sales method that enables business-owners to sell products to an audience without ever owning the stock they’re selling. But how do you get started and what’s it all about? Explore the expert articles on our dropshipping hub page.
Quick definition and key challenges
When a customer purchases products from a dropshipping store, the items are stored, packaged and delivered by a third-party wholesaler. Getting started with dropshipping is relatively easy and the business model offers less risk and upfront investment for those wanting to open their own dropshipping service.
How exactly does dropshipping work?
Dropshipping connects business owners and home-based entrepreneurs with wholesalers and retailers across the globe – building a relationship in which both benefit from sales to interested customers.
Dropshipping involves three parties:
- You (the seller)
- Wholesaler (the product supplier)
- Customer (product buyer)
The seller advertises the wholesaler’s products on their own website. When a customer places an order, the order goes directly to the wholesaler. They then fulfil the order, delivering it to the customer. The sale price is then shared between both the seller and the wholesaler.
Explore our archive of dropshipping content
We’ve put together a bumper guide to get you started with dropshipping. So, if you’re considering the eCommerce model as a potential income avenue, check out the articles below.
- Dropshipping: Start an online business without breaking the bank
Find out how to get started with dropshipping with our beginner’s guide.
- What is dropshipping: Benefits, challenges and getting started
Just what is dropshipping and how do you begin establishing a store? Our guide explains.
- Choosing dropshipping suppliers
Discover how to choose your dropshipping suppliers and what you should be looking for in a product partner.
- How to source products for your online store
Learn more about sourcing products and how to ensure you’re selling quality goods to your customers.
- 23 best dropshipping products to sell online
From wireless earbuds to smartphone cases, we’ve compiled some of the best products to sell via dropshipping.
- The 5Ws of dropshipping tax rules
Watch this webinar on dropshipping taxation to make sure your new business is working within the law.