How To Start Dropshipping With AliExpress? A Basic Guide In 2021!

Dropshipping is among the top eCommerce businesses around. And they are rightfully so for a good reason.

For one thing, the potential of earning significant profit is very high. Plus, you don’t have to manage inventories on hand.

Speaking of inventories, probably the most popular retail store that dropshippers go to is AliExpress.

And if you’re looking for ways how you can start dropshipping with AliExpress, then this article is specially made just for you.

However, if you are still hesitant to pursue this business—I also prepared a section dedicated to explaining to you why 2021 is the best year to begin dropshipping.

So without any further delays, let’s get right into it...

Why Dropship in 2021?

Before I begin discussing dropshipping with AliExpress, allow me to encourage people who are still in doubt why engaging in eCommerce is still very profitable.

The global pandemic affected many businesses last year. This is especially true to those operating brick-and-mortar stores.

Since most areas around the world are on lockdown, they are forced to close to their stores as well, which leads to the significant dwindling of sales.

However, this isn’t the case with eCommerce. In fact, we have seen a dramatic increase during the peak of the pandemic.

With our efforts of making ourselves safe and free from the disease, I know that most of us would opt for delivery services instead of going out, right?

But you have to take note that the progress of eCommerce isn’t only exclusive last year. It has been growing since the 2000s and is projected to continue growing until 2024. (1)

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With the advances in our technology, the way we live becomes more and more convenient as well. Almost anything that we may need, we can achieve from the palm of our hands.

What the crisis did is that it amplified the benefits of eCommerce to businesses.

With this being said—it is only logical to jump into the opportunity and achieve financial freedom through eCommerce.

And one of the most profitable eCommerce businesses you can delve into is dropshipping.

So with that out of the way, let’s continue…

Why AliExpress?

As mentioned, AliExpress is the top choice of dropshippers among other third-party retailers. Some of the reasons why they prefer AliExpress are because of the following—

  • The shipment tracker is more accurate

  • Shop Master is in partnership with several eCommerce platforms, which include AliExpress. One of the benefits of engaging with the platform is that it helps you import as many products as you can and select which warehouse you want to import them

  • Excellent POS (Point-of-Sale) where all purchases can settle all at once through Shop Master.

  • The tracking numbers automatically syncs

  • They offer discounts

  • Lastly, they have amazing product recommendations

How to begin dropshipping with AliExpress

If you want to use AliExpress as your dropshipping partner, then the following guidelines are what you have to bear in mind to be successful with the platform—


You may have heard of the suggestion to pick a niche many times from gurus, and it’s kind of feels like a cliché by now.

But this may be the case—choosing the right niche gives you fuel in motivating you to push forward.

There are lots of available items to choose from in AliExpress, and you can’t just randomly select any products you wish.

What you need is a system in product research. Having these methods in mind gives you the ability to find your bestsellers. And in order for your product research phase to be successful, we go back to what niche you have chosen.

You have to dig deep to find what you are passionate about. And if you’re unsure, you can browse the internet for inspiration.

Retail suppliers

If you’re a startup, next on your list should be the retail supplier you want to engage in.

This process will be a lot tougher if it’s your first time dropshipping. But to give you how to find the most reliable supplier, refer to the list below—

  • First and foremost, you may need to check the prices of the products in their store

  • The next important question is that we need to check client feedback and comments. By doing so gives us insights into how they do business.

  • In the review section, pay extra attention to whether the supplier is reliable in regard to communication. This is an important factor to bear in mind to ensure the quality of the delivery.

  • If you don’t mind spending a little more for the name of faster delivery, then find suppliers that offer ePackets.

  • Another consideration I could think of is that you may also have to ask for the following—

    • Discount price

    • Samples

    • Shipping cost

    • Estimated delivery period

    • Additional contact information in case of emergencies connected to the business operation

Establish your online retail store

Once the first two essential factors are considered, the most fun part of the process begins.

There are several eCommerce platforms to choose from. But what I am currently using, and what I recommend, is Shopify.

And like AliExpress, Shopify is the most trusted platform among others because—

  • Account creation is easy to set up

  • They offer amazing customization tools

  • Their website is secured, and page speed is reliable

  • You can find a wide selection of aesthetically pleasing websites

  • They have excellent marketing tools

  • Optimize for mobile users

  • SEO friendly

  • Payment is convenient

  • Excellent customer assistance

For more information about setting up your dropshipping store, then you have to check our other resources here.

Payment method

For you and your suppliers to have a harmonious business relationship, then you have to be clear about payment methods and always pay them online.

Automation tools

Take advantage of automation tools that can make help your business progress much faster.

Here are some examples of dropshipping automation tools that you can get your hands on today—

  • Oberlo – it is a dropshipping app that helps online entrepreneurs to export the products of their choosing from AliExpress and import them to their Shopify stores

  • Mailchimp – they are an auto sender and email marketing service, provider

  • IFTTT (If This, Then That) – it is a tool that helps users to easily multi-task from applications to application no matter what gadget you are using

  • Zendesk – the company offers customer service software

Final thoughts

I hope today’s article about how to start dropshipping with AliExpress has provided you sufficient information about the said topic,

Starting your own dropshipping store can really be a challenge, especially if you’re a newbie to the industry.

But it doesn’t always have to be in this way if you have the resources to push through. However, your chances of succeeding could significantly increase if you have a mentor that can help you for the entire process.

If you are indeed in need of guidance, then you can book a FREE 45-minute 1-on-1 mentorship with me, and let’s have a discussion on how my program can take your business to the next level.

If you’re not convinced yet, then you can check out testimonials from my students. Through my program, I was able to help them scale their businesses that created their own success stories as well.

You can also check out the services I offered here.

So yes, I believe that is just about it!

Thank you for the time, and I hope to see you on the next topics!




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