Do you know what a great way is to learn more about dropshipping? This! Reading questions most people have when starting or growing their dropshipping store.
I hope the answers to the questions below will inspire you to begin your dropshipping journey if you haven't started yet! Are you ready?
1. What is the best platform for creating a dropshipping store?
Shopify is widely considered to be the best platform for creating a dropshipping store.
One of the key reasons for its popularity is its seamless integration with many dropshipping apps and suppliers. These allow you to easily add and ship products!
Additionally, Shopify offers an interface that even beginners can easily use. You'll be able to create a professional-looking online store without needing to learn complex web design or coding.
Shopify also shines in customer support. They offer 24/7 customer service through chat, email, and phone, so you can get help whenever you encounter problems or have questions about your store. Sounds great, right?
Tip: Have you already created your Shopify account? If not, sign up by clicking this link here to get a free 3-day trial + 1 month for $1!
While Shopify stands out, it's important to know there are other platforms available that might be better suited to your specific needs. For more information, check out our article on the best ecommerce platforms for dropshipping!
2. Can dropshipping make me rich?
Yes, I do believe that you can get rich with your dropshipping store, but it does take a lot of time and effort. It's definitely not a get rich overnight type of thing.
Although some "internet gurus" make it look like it is.
Spend your time building a store where you look first what the customer wants and not what your pocket wants.
Do keep in mind that a lot of people are interested now in starting or growing a dropshipping store.
My tip for you is to be unique, and put your time into your store!
I say this because a lot of people that open a dropshipping store only do it for the money. They use a default theme, import some products and make some default advertisements (or worse: they copy them from other dropshipping stores).
You can beat them by putting your time and effort into your dropshipping store.
Lucky you though; there is a new way to upgrade your dropshipping store and be unique!
You can use the new Glorify app.
This tool will help you create beautiful and unique product images!
It will even help you with removing the background of your image. This way, you can make your product image as beautiful as you want.
I suggest going to their website to see all their features, or you can watch their video below:
Are you interested in learning more about Glorify? Click here to see their current pricing.
3. How long does shipping take when you dropship from China?
If you're dropshipping from China, shipping will usually take 2-4 weeks before it reaches your customer.
This might sound long, but trust me, there are a lot of reasons why people can wait so long!
I've got one awesome example here for you:
Would you wait for 2-4 weeks for a sandwich maker that you can also buy in the store next door?
I don’t think so…
But what if it’s a special sandwich maker that you've never seen before, and it is also in your favorite color? Would you care if it says you might need to wait for 2-4 weeks before it’s in your house?
In case you're thinking now something like, "Wow, that's a long shipping time," then I suggest reading my article here that goes over how to get fast delivery times when dropshipping. Or you can see all the alternatives to AliExpress here.
And if you want to learn some ways to deal with these long shipping times (and make them even shorter), then I suggest reading my article here.
I've got one tip here for you already! Always try to use the fastest shipping method possible!
4. Will you have to deal with customer problems or will your dropshipping supplier do that?
You will have to deal with your customers.
Your dropshipping supplier does a lot for you (like storing and shipping your products), but you will be the one that will be in contact with your customers.
You're the one who is going to fix all their problems.
This doesn't mean you shouldn't communicate with your dropshipping suppliers though.
If your customer has a question regarding where their package is, you check the tracking information, but if you can't figure it out, you should contact your supplier.
This is why it's important to select the best supplier, not the cheapest.
You want someone that responds to these questions as soon as possible, not a week later, right? (You can click here to learn how to find the best AliExpress suppliers.)
And if you're interested in learning more about customer service while dropshipping, then I suggest reading my other article here!
5. How do you handle refunds and returns when dropshipping?
If you're interested in learning how to handle returns when dropshipping, then you're in luck!
I will link to a complete guide for you below that contains everything from common causes of refund requests to how to get less of them. You can find it below:
Plus, you can check out this article here if you're interested in learning how to create a return policy for your store. (It contains a template!)
6. Can you start dropshipping without money?
No, you most likely need some money to start a dropshipping business, but knowing how to spend that money when you're just beginning with dropshipping will definitely help you save money!
The costs will all depend on your experience and what kind of plan you're going to follow. Are you going to self-host your store, or are you going to use an ecommerce platform like Shopify? (You can see all the Shopify alternatives here.)
If you want to learn more about this, I suggest reading my full guide that includes all the costs of starting a dropshipping store. It will also include all the things you think cost money, but could be done for free! You can find it below:
7. Do you know any dropshipping store examples?
I know a lot of them and I've included them all for you in a few easy to follow articles.
One of them currently includes 21 awesome dropshipping store examples! I wrote down some things to look at with each example. This way you will learn something new from these power stores.
I hear you thinking, "Can I get one example already?"
Yes of course! It's a general dropshipping store named Inspire Uplift.
If you're interested in seeing more dropshipping store examples, I suggest reading one of the articles below:
- 5 Bad Dropshipping Store Examples & What They Can Improve
- 7 Great General Dropshipping Store Examples
- 6 Real AliExpress Dropshipping Store Examples
- 10 Pet Niche Dropshipping Store & Product Examples in 2024!
- 23 Most Successful Shopify Dropshipping Store Examples | Inspiration
8. How do you know if a store is dropshipping?
This is another great question that most people have when researching other online stores.
They are researching, but they don't know if a store is dropshipping or not.
Well, don't worry anymore!
I've got ten awesome tactics for you for if you want to know if an online (Shopify) store is dropshipping or not!
9. Are there ways to get free traffic to your dropshipping store?
You don't need to spend any money on marketing when you're just beginning with dropshipping. This is also great if you don't have any experience yet with marketing.
But do keep in mind that these free traffic tactics do cost time and effort. So, please don't give up!
10. Are there any other paid ways to advertise your dropshipping store besides Facebook?
There is so much more out there than just Facebook Ads.
Yes, Facebook Ads are great to get sales, but it's definitely hard to start with if you don't have any experience in ecommerce or marketing.
I suggest you check out this article I wrote. It includes ten different ways to do paid advertising for your dropshipping store.
This will definitely open your eyes! You will see that there is so much more than just Facebook Ads.
If you do want to start advertising with Facebook Ads, I suggest reading this complete Facebook Ads beginner's guide.
11. Do you need a paid theme for your dropshipping store to get sales?
Well, you can buy a paid theme, but you don't need it yet when you're just beginning with dropshipping.
If your budget is tight, your money is best used to grow your dropshipping store.
It's wise to start with a free theme.
12. Can you dropship copyrighted or trademarked products?
No, you cannot.
The only exception to this is that you get (or have) a license from the company that owns the product to officially sell the copyrighted product that you want to sell.
Yes, you might think this will be easy and quick money if you can sell stuff with someone else's logo on it, but what do you think is going to happen when these companies find out and pursue you in court?
Do you think that you will survive that?
Here is one example of Nike's Air Max shoes on AliExpress:
And you can see, there are some 1-star reviews of that product in the screenshot below:
If you're interested in seeing all the products that are best to be avoided when dropshipping, I suggest reading the article I've linked below:
13. Do you need to write your own product descriptions or can you use the descriptions from your supplier?
Yes and no.
I do suggest you write your own product description because this will bring in more sales for sure. (Source)
Product descriptions are either making your store visitor leave your store or making them purchase your product! The most important part of the product description is copywriting.
But when you're just beginning, this will take a lot of time if you want to do it perfectly for all your products.
That's why I suggest you make 1-3 products perfect (including their product descriptions). These are going to be the products that you're going to start testing with.
I do suggest you take some time on the other product descriptions, but they don't have to be perfect. They could be just a few sentences! Want to learn more? Click below:
14. How many products do you need before you can open your dropshipping store?
When you’re just beginning, I would suggest you import 5-20 products in your dropshipping store, but only really focus on 1-3 products at the same time.
These products are going to be the first products that you’re going to start advertising with.
The rest of these products are there to make your store look alive and real!
Do you want to learn more about this? Like how to make these 1-3 products perfect? Then I suggest clicking here to read my article about that!
15. How do you find winning products for your dropshipping store?
This is one of the most asked questions that dropshippers have.
What do I sell on my dropshipping store, and how do I find products that a lot of people want?
In case you don't know what "winning products" are: they are basically products that are selling well and could bring your dropshipping store to the next level. (Source)
If you don't want to do the product research yourself, I highly recommend you check out Sell The trend.
You can find my full review of Sell The Trend here, or you can click here to view the 17 best product research tools for dropshippers in 2024!
16. Won’t your customer find invoices and promotions from the AliExpress supplier in the package?
This is a common question, and one great way to deal with this is to leave a custom note with each AliExpress order that will automatically be written at the checkout:
DSers even provides a template to use for this note. The nice thing is that it's perfect as it is! Here it is:
I'm dropshipping. Please DO NOT put any invoices, QR codes, promotions or your brand name logo in the shipments. Please ship as soon as possible for repeat business. Thank you!
It's short but powerful.
It informs your AliExpress supplier that you're dropshipping and that there shouldn't be any invoices, QR codes, promotions, or brand logos in the packages.
It also lets your supplier know that you're planning to buy more products from them if they ship out the package fast.
Dropshipping questions: Conclusion
That's the end! Those were 16 of the most asked dropshipping questions answered for you.
I hope one or more of these questions were (not anymore!) on your mind as well.
If you’re motivated now to get started with dropshipping, I suggest reading my complete guides below:
- Shopify Dropshipping: A 20-Step Guide to Starting Your Store
- AliExpress Dropshipping: A 20-Step Getting Started Guide (2024)
If you've got any more dropshipping questions for this list, or if you have any other questions, let me know by commenting below or contacting me directly by pressing the “Contact Us” button at the top!
Good luck with your dropshipping store!