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0-1 Guide to Building a Shopify Dropshipping Store

By Karen Li

0-1 Guide to Building a Shopify Dropshipping Store
Shopify is one of the mainstream e-commerce platforms to sell online. If you want to start an e-commerce business, Shopify will be a very good choice for you. This article is an ultimate guide to set up a Shopify dropshipping store from 0-1 step by step. I'll try to cover all the details of these parts:

1. What is dropshipping?
2. What is Shopify
3. The process of building a Shopify dropshipping store
  • Sign up Shopify account
  • Set up account information
  • Store design
4. Dropshipping to Shopify with ShopMaster
5. Get Your First Sale

 

1. What is dropshipping?

Dropshipping is a popular e-commerce model that allows you to sell online with less investment and low risk by selling with 0 inventory. You can sell worldwide by dropshipping. The process of dropshipping: Customers buy the product from dropshipper (you), dropshipper forwards the order details to the supplier. The supplier ships the product to the customers directly from their warehouse. Dropshipper makes profits between the two of them.

ShopMaster is a useful tool to use if you are going to dropship. ShopMaster is a completely free dropshipping solution. It integrates sales channels and suppliers and makes the dropshipping workflow simpler.

0-1 Guide to Building a Shopify Dropshipping Store - ShopMaster free dropshipping solution

If you are going to start e-commerce, dropshipping will be a good choice for you to start your own business. Learn more What is Dropshipping if interested.


0-1 Guide to Building a Shopify Dropshipping Store - ShopMaster free dropshipping solution
 

2. What is Shopify

Shopify is a SaaS ( Soft as a Service) shopping cart solution. Anyone can create their own eCommerce store with Shopify to sell products and process orders. People love Shopify because it is really easy-to-use. You can build a website without knowing much about program or worrying about hacker's attack. Shopify maintains all this for you.  Besides, you are entitled to 24/7 customer support. What's more, Shopify provides many services to help you create a better e-commerce store. Such as free themes for a store, connect FaceBook with Shopify account, Shopify app store, etc. However, it is difficult to make your store specialized with the basic feature. Of course, you can apply some advanced features by purchase some add-ons, which are costly. Another unreasonable point is that besides plan fee (start from $29 up to $299), Shopify charges transaction fees for 0.5%~2% according to the plan you subscribe. Even though it never bring you any traffics. But we have to say that Shopify is an excellent choice to start e-business easily & quickly.
0-1 Guide to Building a Shopify Dropshipping Store - ShopMaster free dropshipping solution

 

3. The process of building a Shopify dropshipping store

Next, I am going to introduce the process of building a Shopify dropshipping store. Even though Shopify is easy-to-start, the store may be shut down by the platform after it's registered long before. With detailed steps and explanation of this part, I'm sure you will learn to build a Shopify store correctly after reading it.
  • Sign up Shopify account

As there is a free trial for 14-days, you can start to test it by $0.
Go to Shopify > Click Start a free trial

0-1 Guide to Building a Shopify Dropshipping Store - ShopMaster free dropshipping solution

After click "Start free trial", you will enter another interface. Fill in your email address, password and store name. One thing should be attention is that your store name is your site domain name. For example, if your store name is "Americantoy", then your site URL will be: http://Americantoy.myshopify.com  So, do not input the store name in this way "American toy" with a Space in it. Or your site URL will be  http://American-toy.myshopify.com, which is as good as the first form.
0-1 Guide to Building a Shopify Dropshipping Store - ShopMaster free dropshipping solution

After filling in the information, click "Create your store" to the next interface. You are suggested to fill in the real information of yourself. The first page optional to fill in, but the second page is necessary. Except those with optional, all other information is needed to fill in.

0-1 Guide to Building a Shopify Dropshipping Store - ShopMaster free dropshipping solution
0-1 Guide to Building a Shopify Dropshipping Store - ShopMaster free dropshipping solution

 Finishing filling, click "Enter my store", you will enter the backstage of Shopify. Congratulations! You have your Shopify store now.

0-1 Guide to Building a Shopify Dropshipping Store - ShopMaster free dropshipping solution
 
  • Set up account information
After signing up an account successfully, the next is to set up your account information on the backstage. Click "Setting" on the lower left corner.
0-1 Guide to Building a Shopify Dropshipping Store - ShopMaster free dropshipping solution
You can set information according to your requirement. Here are some important settings you must do before selling: General settings, Payment providers, Legal, Shipping.

General setting --- Set store details, store address, standards and formats, and currency
Payment providers --- Setting payment provides is an important step toward getting paid by your customers. You are recommended to set PayPal as the payment method, which allows customers to pay without using a credit card. Besides, it is quickly and easily for you to sign up a PayPal account.

0-1 Guide to Building a Shopify Dropshipping Store - ShopMaster free dropshipping solution


Legal --- Set store policies: Refund policy, Privacy policy, Terms of service, Shipping policy to make the transaction process runs as standards. You can type your own policy contents or use Shopify template directly by clicking "Create from template" and then modify according to your requirement.

0-1 Guide to Building a Shopify Dropshipping Store - ShopMaster free dropshipping solution
Shipping --- Set your shipping from information and shipping rates at checkout and the package information here. It is essential for you to set shipping rates clearly, which concerns how much shipping fee that customers should pay. You are suggested to set "free shipping" instead of asking the customers to pay for the shipping fee as it is complex to calculate in this way. Besides, free shipping will be a good marketing skill for your products.
0-1 Guide to Building a Shopify Dropshipping Store - ShopMaster free dropshipping solution
One thing should be attention. There are two shipping zones in default. Sometimes, sellers would not sell to domestic zone. In this case, just click "Edit", enter the domestic zone page, to the bottom of the page, delete the zone
0-1 Guide to Building a Shopify Dropshipping Store - ShopMaster free dropshipping solution
People's first impress mostly depends on your store design style. A good store design can easily attract tons of traffics to your store. There are two parts to store design: Store theme and logo.
 
  • Store design
Theme
Shopify provides free themes and paid themes (cost for $160~$180). It depends on your requirement and budgets. You can find the best suitable themes for you in Shopify themes(https://themes.shopify.com). Here are some factors to be considered before choosing a theme:
  • Fit for your niches
  • Look good both in desktop and mobile device
  • Within your budget
Click the "online store" button on the left. Choose a theme and customize it. Preview the themes in your product display page to the most suitable one.
0-1 Guide to Building a Shopify Dropshipping Store - ShopMaster free dropshipping solution


Logo
The logo is equal to the brand. People know you and remember your store by your logo. You'd better ask professional designer help you this. Here I recommend you find them from fiverr.com. Of course, you can google many other similar platforms to design your logo.
 

4. Dropshipping to Shopify with ShopMaster

After all the preparation, finally, you can import products to your store and sell them. You are recommended to use ShopMaster – a free dropshipping solution that works perfectly with Shopify dropshipping. ShopMaster simplifies and automates your business workflow from beginning to end by one-click import product's contents & images to Shopify store, auto fulfillment, monitor product's inventory & price, etc.

First, go to dropshipping suppliers to find profitable products. One-click import to ShopMaster. Let's take Aliexpress as an example:
0-1 Guide to Building a Shopify Dropshipping Store - ShopMaster free dropshipping solution

Go to ShopMaster Import List

0-1 Guide to Building a Shopify Dropshipping Store - ShopMaster free dropshipping solution
Edit the product information according to your requirement and click "import to store"

0-1 Guide to Building a Shopify Dropshipping Store - ShopMaster free dropshipping solution
You can publish the product to Shopify store directly
0-1 Guide to Building a Shopify Dropshipping Store - ShopMaster free dropshipping solution
After click "publish", the product has been listed to your Shopify store successfully. Your clients can view and buy it.

 

5. Get Your First Sale

Shopify will not bring you traffics. If you want to get a sale, you need to market your listing on Google or social media. Now, most of Shopify merchants choose to advertise on Facebook. Shopify supports connect FaceBook account, Instagram, etc with Shopify store, which makes you marketing more conveniently. In order to get the first sale as quickly, you can do some ads on FaceBook. Create multiple ad campaigns and keep testing, upscale the best one.

That is all for the guide to set up a Shopify dropshipping for beginners from the beginning to end. Of course, there is still a long way to go to reach a continual success for Shopify dropshipping.