Online Dropshipping Businesses
Thanks to the internet, and technology in general, new business opportunities are cropping up by the moment. Dropshipping has become one of the biggest business opportunities in recent memory due to the fact that almost anyone can engage in the practice. Dropshipping is essentially the practice of selling goods to a customer while having a third-party vendor conduct the shipping. Essentially, the process goes like this: a customer makes an order through the business, the business then passes the receipt to a dropshipper. The dropshipper then ships the product after charging the primary business at a discounted rate. For individuals looking to engage in the realm of dropshipping, they'll need to have a reliable dropshipper on their side. Read on to learn more.
For the burgeoning entrepreneur or small businessowner, Shopify might be the best dropshipping partner out there. Shopify is one of the largest ecommerce platforms on the internet and they allow just about anyone to start a dropshipping business, even without technical experience or know-how. Entrepreneurs can sign up for a 14-day free trial via Shopify's online platform. From there, they'll get to design their storefront, set their logo, set their shipping rates, and select which products that they are going to sell. Shopify has an intuitive administrative panel so that it is easy to keep track of statistics and purchase orders. Shopify users can even sell their products by way of Amazon, with a few restrictions.
While Shopify is the largest of the dropshipping companies, they aren't the only one around. Volusion is making waves as a U.S.-based alternative to Shopify. Volusion follows a similar model to Shopify in that all of an entrepreneur's work is based out of an intuitive UI. Users can subscribe for a free trial account in order to test the interface. Once registered, Volusion users can start listing their products in a variety of different categories. Volusion touts 'one-click' product listing with enhanced inventory administration. Volusion also offers the ability for users to connect their store with Amazon, thus allowing businesses to embrace the largest online retailer in the world. After the free trial period is over, Volusion users can opt for one of three plans: Personal ($29/month), Pro ($79/month), and Business ($299/month).
The final major dropshipping option for businesses to consider is Dropified. Dropified touts a fully automated system that allegedly can free up '20 hours' of work, per week. Dropified users register under one of two account options: Builder ($39/month) or Premier ($97/month). The basic account allows users to open up a single store that can make up to 1,000 total transactions per month. The Premier account allows users to open up five stores for a total of 100,000 orders per month. Dropified can fully integrate into the other major networks, including Shopify and eBay, which gives it a leg up on some newer dropshipping competitors. The automation aspect of Dropified is alluring but the fact that their platform does not integrate with Amazon is a huge downside in today's Bezos-driven world.