Get started with a dropshipping business
Open a business without the hassle of managing inventory, packaging, or shipping.
How does dropshipping work?
No more up front inventory costs or shipping logistics. With dropshipping, products are sent directly from your wholesaler to your customers.
Your customer places an order from your online store
Your store automatically sends the order to your dropshipping supplier
Your dropshipping supplier prepares your customer’s order
Your dropshipping supplier ships the order directly to your customer
Jumpstart your dropshipping business with Shopify
Launch for less
Start your dropshipping business with minimal costs. Using a dropshipping supplier means saving on inventory space, and not paying for products until you’ve sold them.
Work on what matters
Fulfill and ship orders with only a few clicks. Dropshipping suppliers free up time to perfect your products, optimize your marketing, and talk with your customers.
Test for success
Experiment with new products, suppliers, and sales channels. Dropshipping is a low-risk way to find what works best for you and your business.
Grow your business by selling to customers all over the world. Many dropshipping suppliers offer worldwide warehousing and fulfillment.
Learn more about dropshipping
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Frequently asked questions
Dropshipping is an order fulfillment method where a business doesn’t keep the products it sells in stock. Instead, the seller purchases inventory as needed from a third party—usually a wholesaler or manufacturer—to fulfill orders. Discover our what is dropshipping article on the ecommerce blog.
Dropshipping has the potential to be profitable. For starters, online shopping continues on an upward trajectory. Further, merchants don't need to make inventory investments upfront, so this keeps more capital at the ready for other purposes.
Here's how to start a dropshipping business:
- Choose a dropshipping business idea
- Do competitive research
- Choose a dropshipping supplier
- Build your ecommerce store
- Decide on a business structure
- Get your finances in order
- Market your dropshipping store
- Analyze and improve your offering
The best products for dropshipping have high demand and low market competition. For example, some dropshippers chose to sell trendy products like colored LED lights. Dropshippers might also chose more industrial products like heat lamps or car parts. Finding a great dropshipping niche usually includes market research and some experimentation.
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