What is Dropshipping?

Hey Girl!

I know you’ve heard the term “Dropshipping” a lot recently and wondering WTH it actually means?!

It might have come up when you were google-ing about starting your Online Boutique or or during your Pinterest search! Maybe you saw the Curious Babe Instagram post!

No matter where you came across the term, let’s talk and dive into

dropshipping

What is Dropshipping? How does it work?

Dropshipping is a unique retail selling model that allows you to ship products directly from the supplier to your customer without having to do anything by yourself. You don’t see or handle the product. Everything is done and handled by the supplier.

Example – Jen has a store selling Jewelry and other accessories. She has a supplier who stocks the products for her/ Every time Jen gets a sale, she forwards the order to her supplier, who in turn does all the hard work for her from – packaging the item to shipping it to your customer. Nothing goes out of her pocket as she buys products from her supplier using the money her customer paid her.

Easy peasy?!

Did you know you could start your own Online Boutique without investing thousands of dollars in inventory or storage or packaging and shipping by simply following this method? Check out the image below (from Oberlo) –

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For the sake of the blog, I’m taking an example of dropshipping on eBay.
PS – You can replace that with any other marketplace platform like Etsy, Bonanza, Storenvy and more or with your own personal website.

How to get started?

You can start your own dropshipping store NOW. It’s simple and easy.

Step 1 – Step up your eBay store and PayPal account
Step 2 – Find your niche
Step 3 – Find your dropshipping supplier to source products
Step 4 – Start Listing

How to set up your eBay Account

Go to ebay.com to set up your account. You can opt for seller account when starting out. Log on to paypal.com to set up a free business PayPal account. It is the recommended payment method to trade online as it’s safe and easy to use.

How to Find your niche

Pick a niche that interests you or excites you or is your expertise. E.g. If you handy, do a lot of DIY and have knowledge of hardware and tools, you can start with home improvement. Or if you love interior designing or it excites you, you can opt for Home and Kitchen.
There are a lot of categories and sub-categories on eBay to choose from.

You can also grab your FREE copy of 199 E-Commerce Niche List. This will save you a ton of hours and help you move on to the next step quickly.

How to find your Dropshipping Supplier

You can find dropshippers on –
+ Doba
+ SaleHoo
+ Aliexpress
+ or download the Curious Babe’s Online Clothing Boutique Wholesalers List.

How to list items on eBay

Once you have all the above ready, you can start listing on eBay!! One of the benefits of using eBay over other e-commerce platforms is that it generates traffic for you. You can do social media promotions to drive traffic to your store but that would be an added bonus to the existing eBay generated traffic.

If you looking forward to starting your own Online Boutique with (1) No Inventory, (2) No Investment & (3) Only Wifi + Side Hustle, check out the Curious Babe’s Online Boutique Builder course here and also become a member of our private Facebook Group at Curious Babe by clicking here!

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