Do you love wine so much that you want to have your own wine business? The problem is that you don’t know how to produce wine and you don’t have the means to start your own wine company. Heck, you don’t even have a place to store those wine bottles in your apartment!
You have come to the right place because we have the solution to your problem. DROPSHIPPING!
What is dropshipping?
Dropshipping is when an online store does not have the actual products or inventory on hand. They just have suppliers that fulfill the orders and do the shipment for them. The online stores take the orders from customers, and they buy the products from suppliers or manufacturers who fulfill the orders.
The question is, how will you start your own wine online store?
The best e-commerce platform to start your online business is Shopify. It is very easy to use, and you can set up your online store in no time. Sign up for your Shopify account and let’s get rolling!
Because you already have the niche in place, which is wine, then it’s time to look for your manufacturer. Use the Internet to search for different wine suppliers and compare prices and their availability for dropshipping. You may take note of reviews from websites before deciding which brand to go for. When you have decided on the manufacturer or supplier, you may contact them and express your intent to do business with them. If possible, ask for great deals and discounts so you can sell with competitive prices.
Once the supplier is taken care of, you may now start advertising the wine on Shopify. Make sure you optimize the Shopify settings for your Shopify account. This is how you receive the payments from your customers. It’s important that you have already established your prices and the shipping fees.
You also need to add the payment options for your store. This can be easily set up because Shopify already has this in place. You will just have to go to the Payments tab in the Settings page. PayPal is one of the commonly used payment methods, and if you don’t have a PayPal account yet, you better create one. It will only take a few minutes.
Once your payment method is set, you may add your store policies and your terms and conditions for payments, refunds, etc. Don’t worry; Shopify has also created a standard policy that you can adopt.
Now you can work on your actual online store. First, you need a logo or brand name, and then you need to select a theme for your store. It is vital that you make your store as attractive as possible yet simple and elegant so that you don’t scare customers away. Shopify has a wide range of themes you can choose from. You will just have to decide which theme fits your products. If you are not that creative and artistic, you will need help from an expert on this one. Remember, this is the face of your online shop, and it is the first thing that your customers will notice. This also goes for your brand logo. There are free logo maker apps out there, and you just need to be creative with your design. There are thousands and thousands of logo samples and designs you can get inspiration from. This is how customers remember your brand, so get that wine a great one!
When you are done with the logo and your theme, it’s time to set your wine up for sale and start getting revenues. To start adding your products on Shopify, you need to install the Oberlo app. Start making the category for your product – in this case, “Wine”. This is where you will use the Oberlo app. You can now import the wine you want to sell from your suppliers to your Shopify store. Oberlo also has a vast selection of verified suppliers of different niches, so you don’t have to worry about finding a good one; it’s already done for you.
Now, it’s time to make that first sale!
Being on Shopify does not guarantee that you’ll be getting sales after sales without doing anything. You also need to help out by doing your own marketing strategies. You can learn more about it by researching or enrolling in webinars and training. If you are fond of using Facebook, you might as well take advantage of it and advertise your product using their business model. There are hundreds of ways to learn marketing strategies. Digital marketing is the way to go these days.
With any business, no need a tremendous amount of patience and hard work. Don’t let the hardships of starting up your own business stop you from letting others enjoy the benefits of your wines. No one has ever succeeded in taking shortcuts.
Here’s to your dropshipping business!