Once you are ready to start a dropshipping business, it may be difficult to decide where to start. Shopify and Oberlo offers basic and advanced set up possibilities, however, you don’t need to set up everything at the beginning.

Instead, focus on the minimal store setup to launch your store and invest your time into marketing and getting sales. Once you start making sales, then move on with the further online store improvement.

Follow the checklist below to set up your dropshipping store:
1. Sign up to Oberlo

2. Sign up to Shopify

3. Connect your Oberlo account to a Shopify store

4. Install the Oberlo Chrome extension

5. Explore products and decide what to sell

6. Change the store currency

7. Create product listings for your online store

8. Choose a store theme

9. Buy a custom domain

10. Select store language

11. Create essential store pages

12. Add store navigation

13. Customize store design

14. Add a payment gateway

15. Disable automatic order fulfillment

16. Set up shipping settings

17. Select a Shopify subscription plan

18. Remove storefront password

19. Make a test purchase on your store

1. Sign up to Oberlo

To run a dropshipping business, you need an Oberlo account. To get it, go to the www.oberlo.com website and sign up. Oberlo offers a forever free plan and two paid subscription plans.

To learn more, refer to the Signing up to Oberlo article.

2. Sign up to Shopify

To build and run an online store, you need a Shopify account. Go to www.Shopify.com and sign up. Shopify offers a 14-day free trial and three subscription plans from 29.00 USD per month.

3. Connect your Oberlo account to a Shopify store

Connect your Oberlo account to a Shopify store. This allows you to import products from Oberlo to your Shopify store.

To learn more, check Connecting your Oberlo account to a Shopify store article.

4. Install the Oberlo Chrome Extension

Install the Oberlo Chrome extension to simplify the process of adding products and processing orders. The extension is available only on the desktop or laptop computer, and the Google Chrome browser. Click here to add the extension to your browser.

To learn more, refer to the Using the Oberlo Chrome Extension (OCE) article.

5. Explore products and decide what to sell

Go to www.AliExpress.com and look for products to sell. Think about your possible target audience, target countries, and potential product prices to make profit. To save money and time, it’s best to have just a few products (5-10) in your store and focus on them. Product research is a very important part when building a dropshipping business, therefore, dedicate enough time for this step.

To learn more about the product selection and research, refer to the Oberlo blog. To learn more about product pricing, refer to the Determining prices for dropshipped products.

6. Change the store currency

Before you add products to your online store, you have to decide on the currency you want to show your product prices. The store currency depends on the country you plan to sell products to. For example, if you are based in Canada and planning to sell products to the United States, then having the USD currency will ensure a smooth experience for your customers.

To learn more, refer to the Changing your Shopify store currency article.

7. Create product listings for your online store

Once you find the products you want to sell, add them to the Import List in Oberlo. Then, customize them (title, description, images), set prices and import them to your Shopify store. After you import products to Shopify, you will be able to continue customizing them from there if needed.

To learn more about the product import, refer to the Importing Products and Importing Products from AliExpress.com articles. To learn more about product customization, refer to the Customizing products article.

8. Choose a store theme

Choose and install a theme to your Shopify store. A theme is a free or paid store template.

9. Buy a custom domain

Buy a custom domain from Shopify. A custom domain is optional, but it strengthens your brand and adds credibility to your business in the eyes of your customers.

10. Select store language

Select your online store’s language. You may consider setting your store in the English language or choose a language based on your target audience if you think this will increase customer’s intention to shop from you and you will be able to manage the store in a different language.

To learn more, refer to the Multilingual online store article.

11. Create essential store pages

Create the essential pages about your store’s policies and contact information. These pages help to build your brand and story, increase your customer confidence to shop, and minimize support tickets.

About Us page

Contact Us page

Legal pages (refunds policy, shipping policy, privacy policy, terms of service)

12. Add store navigation

Adjust existing menu items or add new ones to your store. Menu items help your customers to easily navigate through your store.

13. Customize store design

Customize your store’s layout, colors, typography to make it feel unique. Tell your story through your online store and brand.

14. Add a payment gateway

Add a payment gateway to your online store. A payment gateway is a service that processes your customer payments and deposits them into your bank account.

To learn more, check the Collecting payments from customers article.

15. Disable automatic order fulfillment

You have to disable automatic order fulfillment and set it to manual in Shopify. Otherwise, you will not be able to purchase products from suppliers in Oberlo.

To learn more, check the Set up your order fulfillment settings article.

16. Set up shipping settings

Set up shippings for your online store. In dropshipping, usually the shipping fee is added to the product price to make the shipping “free” for your customers.

To learn more about shipping settings, refer to the Setting up shipping settings in Shopify article.

17. Select a Shopify subscription plan

Once you are ready to launch your store, you will need to select a Shopify subscription plan (from 29 USD/month). You will not be charged until your Shopify trial ends.

18. Remove storefront password

Remove the password from your online store, so that your customers can access it.

To learn more, check Remove password protection from your online store article.

19. Make a test purchase on your store

To make sure that your checkout process and settings work properly, you can make a test order. This also helps you to see the process from your customers` perspective. To learn more, check Placing a test order article.

Once you are done with the checklist, then it’s time to focus on marketing your online store. Check out the Oberlo blog for resources on marketing.

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