Are you the type of person who always knows the perfect gift to buy? Are people always asking you, “Where did you find this? I love it!” If you enjoy shopping til you drop, if shopping is in your blood, then maybe you should think about making money online with a gift ideas dropshipping website.
With a dropshipping website you showcase products on your site, accept online orders and payments from your visitors, and then pass those orders, on to a wholesale company. The wholesaler then takes care of all shipping and handling, sending the products directly to the customer. It’s an easy way to make money because you don’t have to maintain any inventory and you don’t have to worry about shipping costs. All you have to do is collect the cash and send the wholesaler his cut.
What makes a dropshipping website unique, as opposed to a standard affiliate marketing niche site, is that you choose exactly the product mix you want to showcase. For example, you might find a snowglobe from one manufacturer and a set of Christmas tree ornaments from another. Instead of having to send your visitors to each separate manufacturer’s website, and run the risk that they won’t like anything they see, you highlight only the products you think will appeal to your readers. It’s like setting up your own little gift shop, only you’re doing it online and you don’t have to carry any inventory.
The main benefit, of course, is that you don’t have to lay out any cash to start an online dropshipping website. However, you do want to make sure that buyers have a way to pay for their orders in full, before you pass those orders on to the wholesaler. You’ll be required to send payment along with the order and you should never pay out of your own pocket. Set up multiple payment options on your site to make it easy for people to buy.
You’ll also need a website to work from and this is almost as fun as setting up a real little gift shop. Make your site look like a really fun place to shop. You can even use different templates or backgrounds for different seasons. If you have a page of Christmas decorations, use a Christmas template to put your customers in the mood. Have a Valentine background for your Valentine’s Day page, etc.
But the really fun part is choosing the gifts you’re going to be selling in your online shop. It’s important to make your shop, and the gifts you’re selling, as unique as possible. People can go to Amazon or Ebay and find almost anything they want, all in one place. You need to set your shop up like that, too, only with better quality, hard-to-find items.
You’ll also be setting your own pricing so first, it’s important to remember you have to pay the wholesale price to the dropshipper. Make sure you price your items high enough that you’ll make a profit. But it’s also important to remember that your customers can shop on millions of other websites and they can still hop in their car and drive to the mall. Make sure your items are competitively priced. A little higher than mall prices is fine, but if you go too high, you customer will just head out to their car instead of shopping online.
A lot of wholesalers have websites you can visit and get started with their dropshipping programs right away. For example, visit One Inc. or USDropshippers.com. If you’re shopping for gifts yourself and you happen across something you’d like to sell on your website, chances are the manufacturer already has a drop shipping program in place. If not, don’t be afraid to ask. Especially if you have a site that’s generating a lot of sales. Manufacturers are always open to suggestions that will help increase their sales.
I can’t stress enough how important it is that you make your online shop unique. You know yourself that you spend more time – and more money – in those cute little out-of-the-way gift shops that are cluttered with lots of unique items that you don’t in every store in town. That’s how you should set up your website. If you have to go to more than one manufacturer to find unique products, then do it. Your individuality and unique products are crucial to your online success.
One final note: Once you’ve got that website up and running, make sure you start generating an email list. Put an opt-in form right at the top of your page so everyone can see it. Send your subscribers notifications of special offers or manufacturer’s coupons or just ask them what new items they’d like to see you add to your shop. Just like your favorite neighborhood gift shop does. It’s easy to make money online with a gift ideas dropshipping website as long as you’re unique and stay in touch with your customers.
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