How to start Drop shipping Business in Nigeria in 2019

DropshippingimageDropshipping business is popular business model in the eCommerce niche. It is a business strategy that can run from anywhere in the world. Anywhere you go, it is possible to take your dropshipping business with you. This business model doesn’t require you to stock the products you are selling, your suppliers handle products shippments and it is very easy to scale.

The following steps are involved in running a successful droshipping business in Nigeria;

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Step 1: Choose the Right Niche

Choosing the right niche for your dropshipping business is necessary for the business to succeed. You have to choose the best selling product or products, reliable suppliers as well as good pricing.

Doing a simple investigation (Market trend analysis) using Google Trends would help in detecting the right products to dropship base on the search volume per month for the products, the country where the demand for the product is high using keyword-related data including search volume index and geographical information about search engine users.

  • To do this, visit trends.google.com
  • Type in your product keyword in the search bar
  • Click enter on your keyboard

For example, the image below is the google search trend on a product (Hat)

googletrenshat

The search conducted on Hat on google trend, shows that droshipping hat is great because of an increase in the pattern of movement based on the arrow as indicated in the graph.

Also, From the image  below, it reveals that the market trend for Mobile Phone Accessories is rising in Nigeria from the arrow that goes up.

Mobile Phone Accessoriestrends

 

Therefore, droshipping Mobile Phone Accessories in  Nigeria is a good idea.

Carry out this analysis for a few products in order to know which to dropship

In selecting a niche for your dropshipping business, always narrow your niche product down to one or two products in order to know more about the product and to be more focus in satisfying your targeted audience

 Step 2: Get a Web-Store

Website is one of the requirements in running a successful dropshipping business. To create a website, you will need a domain name and an hosting plan. Your domain name should be related to your line of business and should be easy to remember.

To buy cheaper domain names for your business, held over to www.namecheap.com but don’t forget to point the domain to your host. In hosting your dropshipping store, you will need a reliable hosting company. In this case, I would recommend Bluehost because they are 99.9% reliable. With bluehost, you get 24/7 support, free domain name for a year, free SSL and one click wordpress installed.


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If you prefer Nigeria hosts, the few ones I would recommend are Smartweb and Whogohost. With smartweb and Whogohost, you get free .com.ng domain names for free, 24/7 support, free ssl certificate but expect some down tune onece in a while.

The explainations above are much more necessary if you are going to be building your dropshipping store with WordPress + Woocommerce and to design your dropshipping store, refer to my previous post on How to Build an eCommerce Website Step-by-Step Tutorial Guide

If you are going to be using Shopify platform, you will need to get a domain name from namecheap or from shopify platform and with shopify, you get a 14days free trial to test the platform after which you are charged monthly.

However, if you don’t want to go through the stress of designing your website by yourself or you don’t like the idea of monthly charges by Shopify, you can easily get a Custom Store from Alidropship or Woodropship.

With Alidropship you get a custom store for your dropshipping business at $299 one time payment or $89 for their yearly subscriptions to start selling almost immidiately. And the good news is that all their products (plugins, themes, add-ons, custom store) come with a10% off when you use the coupon code “smart10” during checkout.

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You can order for a properly setup custom store at Alidropship with some plugins that can really help in supercharging your dropshipping business. A custom store from Woodropship will cost you $89 per year including a domain name and one year hosting plan.

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Step 3: Import products into Your Store

You can either import products manually into your store or get some plugins in automating the whole process involved in your dropshipping business. Some of the plugins you can used are Alidropship or Alidropship Woo, Woodropship, Shopmaster, Dropified, Oberlo etc.

Note: Oberlo is specifically designed to work with Shopify platform while Alidropship, Alidropship Woo, Woodropship can work perfectly for importing and automating your dropshipping business under the the Aliexpress marketplace. Shopmaster can be intergrated with both Aliexpress, Shopify, etc. (Platforms).

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In adding products to your dropshipping store, add products with free shipping and epacket products. With epackets, products are shipped to customers within a week or two. and with free shipping, you can easily shift the shipping fee on some products to your customers.

Step 4:  Promote Your Business

In running a successful dropshipping business in Nigeria, you need to be ready for marketing across all platforms. I mean using different channels would really help in growing your business faster.

  • Make your business visible and found on Search engines through SEO strategies
  • Stategically put in place a means of capturing the email addresses of your store visitors through Email Marketing
  •  Advertise on Social Media via Facebook, Instagram Linkedin and Twitter.


On order fulfillment and Payment gateways which is where the challenges are for most Nigerians, the best payments gateways for Nigerians are Paypal and Rave or Paystack. if you are going to be dropshipping both internationally and into the Nigerian market.

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Always check your dashboard or backend for orders, log into your backend to fulfill the orders by visiting Aliexpress and fulfilling the orders using the addresses given to you by your customers and your suppliers would handle the shipment on your behalf.

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