Many people dream of owning their own store. Would you believe that you can open your own store in as little as 15 minutes? The guide below will teach you how to launch your own ecommerce store, and the whole process can be done in about 15 minutes. You’ll find a step by step guide on how to launch your store, as well as dozens of great tips that will making sales as quickly as possible.
The first thing you will need to do is to launch your ecommerce store. Of course there will be things such as logo designs and ad campaigns that will need to be done. However, that can wait until your store is up and running.
Our detailed tutorial will show you show to get your ecommerce store up and running in as few as 15 minutes. You can start with just a few products, or you can add dozens of products. The choice is yours. Your store won’t be perfect to start – you’ll need to make refinements along the way. But the foundation will be built, and it is the perfect place to start.
As we walk you through our tutorial, we will build a women’s jewelry shop that sells cubic zirconia accessories. We highly recommend that you follow the steps exactly as it written. You should only try to implement additional features and ideas after you know how to launch a Ali2Woo store.
How to Launch a Dropshipping Store with Ali2Woo: Set Up a Store (~ 10 Minutes)
How to Launch a Dropshipping Store: Pick a Name
Your store name is important, but don’t get stuck in trying to pick the perfect name. Your name should be fairly random and simple. For a women’s jewelry shop, you might think of Sheri James Jewelry, Bling Glam Online, or Starlight Jewels.
It is a good idea to add “store” or “shop” to your name. You will find that many internet addresses (domains) are already taken. It will be easier to find an available domain if the name contains several words.
You should try to create 15 (or so) brand name ideas. You’ll have to make sure that the name isn’t already being used, isn’t trademarked, and has the .com domain address available. You want to make sure you use a .com address as those will be ranked higher in search results. You can Google your potential domain name to see if it is already being used.
How to Launch a Dropshipping Store: Install Woocommerce
We recommend using Ali2Woo as your add-on for WooCommerce (a popular WordPress eCommerce plugin). You will need to first install WooCommerce on your server, which can be done using the official WooCommerce guide.
How to Launch a Dropshipping Store: Install Ali2Woo
Once you have WooCommerce installed on your server, then it is time to install Ali2Woo. Please review the video below, which should you how to easily install Ali2Woo, and what options you should select before you start it.
There are two main parameters in Ali2Woo->Settings->Common settings section that you will need to set: Item Purchase Code and Envato Personal Token
How to Launch a Dropshipping Store With Ali2Woo: Add Products and Categories (~ 10 Minutes)
Running a traditional ecommerce store would require you to buy and store several hundred products. You would have to put them in your garage or get a small warehouse. Then, once an order is placed, you have to package the product and ship them to your customer. This works very well for larger, established companies. However, this can be a barrier for new, start-up companies. You have the additional cost of storage space, the risk of not selling the stock you purchased, and trying to guess how much inventory you’ll need for each item so you don’t miss out on potential sales.
Dropshipping avoids many of those potential issues. With dropping shipping, you don’t have to worry about purchasing inventory, storing products, or packaging and shipping. A good dropshipping store can save you time and money. Plus is allows you to create your store quickly, and generate sales immediately. You can easily add as many products to your store as you wish. Then, when you receive the order, you pay the supplier who ships it to your customer.
Simply add products to your ecommerce store, and when you receive an order, pay the supplier who will then ship it directly to your customer. There is no need to pay for extra storage space and no need to worry about what to do with unsold stock.
Dropshipping does not come without its challenges, especially if you don’t know what you are doing. There are two ways to setup a dropship ecommerce store:
- Find a wholesaler and arrange a dropshipping deal. This can be very difficult to accomplish, as companies usually want to work with established, profitable businesses. They hardly ever will contract with a new business.
- Create an ecommerce store using sourcing tools and apps. You can connect your new store with these apps and load the products directly from the supplier’s database in a few minutes.
We recommend the Aliexpress dropship for Woocommerce (Ali2Woo) to use for your dropship store. Ali2Woo allows you to load products from AliExpress to your new store in minutes. All orders placed in your store will be shipped by AliExpress directly to your customers with only a few clicks. Lastly, AliExpress offers a wide variety of products a very reasonable prices.
You can generate additional income by participating in the Aliexpress Affiliate program. This program allows you to receive an affiliate commission when Aliexpress products are sold in your store. The Aliexpress Affiliate program is built into the Ali2Woo app.
Here’s how you can use Ali2Woo to start an online store:
You will want to create categories that help separate your products and make it easier for your customer to find what they are looking for. In our women’s jewelry example, we might create categories of Earrings, Rings, Necklaces, Watches, and Bracelets.
To create your category, navigate to Products > Categories > Add new category. You can then enter your category name, slug, and a Parent Category (if desired).
Luckily, adding Aliexpress products to your ecommerce store is easy, using the Ali2Woo app. The video below provides you all the information you’ll need on importing products to your store.