When you're ready to build your dropshipping business, it may be difficult to decide where to start. Shopify and Oberlo have a variety of features. However, you don't need to set up everything to start selling products on your store.

You can focus on a basic store setup to launch your store and invest your time into marketing and getting sales. You can use the following checklist to set up the essential settings for your dropshipping store.


On this page:

  1. Sign up to Shopify
  2. Install Oberlo app to your Shopify store
  3. Install the Oberlo Chrome extension
  4. Explore products and decide what to sell
  5. Change your store currency
  6. Create product listings for your online store
  7. Choose a store theme
  8. Buy a custom domain
  9. Select store language
  10. Create essential store pages
  11. Add store navigation
  12. Customize store design
  13. Add a payment gateway
  14. Disable automatic order fulfillment
  15. Set up shipping settings
  16. Select a Shopify subscription plan
  17. Remove storefront password
  18. Make a test purchase on your store

1. 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.


2. Install Oberlo app to your Shopify store

To run a dropshipping business, you need an Oberlo account. Install the Oberlo app to your Shopify store from the Shopify App Store. Oberlo offers a forever free plan and two paid subscription plans.


3. 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. Learn more about the Oberlo Chrome extension (OCE)


4. 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. It’s best to start with 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.


5. Change your 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. Learn more about changing your store's currency.


6. Create product listings for your online store

When you find the products you want to sell, then add them to the Import List in Oberlo. Customize your product listing information such as title, description, and images, set prices, and import them to your Shopify store.


7. Choose a store theme

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


8. 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.


9. 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.


10. 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)


11. 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.


12. Customize store design

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


13. 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.


14. Disable automatic order fulfillment

You need to disable automatic order fulfillment and set it to manual in Shopify. Otherwise, you won't be able to purchase products from suppliers in Oberlo.


15. Set up shipping settings

Set up your Shopify shipping settings. In dropshipping, usually the shipping fee is added to the product price to make the shipping free for your customers.


16. Select a Shopify subscription plan

When you're ready to launch your store, you need to select a Shopify subscription plan (from $29 USD/month). You won't be charged until your Shopify trial ends.


17. Remove storefront password

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


18. Make a test purchase on your store

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


When you're 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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