Start a Dropshipping Business
With Ucraft, you can start sourcing high-quality products from reputable suppliers and sell them on your online store. No inventory, no hassle; simply set the prices for your selected products and maximize your profits.
What is Dropshipping and How Can You Use it?
Dropshipping is a retail fulfillment solution that allows you to sell products on your online store without managing inventory, warehousing, fulfillment, shipping, returns, etc. A dropshipping service or integration enables you to build a no-stock online eCommerce business with added benefits.
With Ucraft and Printful, you can create a variety of print-on-demand products to sell online. All you need to do is design the product, and Printful will fulfill the order, sending the products directly to the customers as soon as they place an order on your website.
Products You Can Dropship With Ucraft
Ucraft currently offers a print-on-demand dropshipping integration with Printful, which allows you to create various products with your custom designs on them. Examples include: a wide variety of clothing items, accessories, phone cases, pillows, mugs, wall art, and much more. For more information, check out our Printful page or go to Printful.com.
Is Dropshipping Right for Your Online Business?
Dropshipping works with many types of online businesses and can become a key asset in your store's journey to success.
Artists & Designers
Our Printful integration is ideal for artists and designers since it allows them to create a wide variety of products that feature their original designs. All you need to do is create and upload your designs, and Printful will take care of the rest.
You can start selling hundreds of products on your online store without the hassle of inventory, shipping, returns, etc. With dropshipping, you can make money from the comfort of your home and gain more experience in eCommerce.
Companies That Want to Expand
If you already have an established business but wish to try other markets, sell different products, or expand the commercial model, a dropshipping solution will allow you to test and grow your business with fewer risks.
Are you a service provider wanting to grow your online business outside the box? Start selling the best dropshipping products related to your services! Design custom items with your logo and branding and Printful will ship them out to your customers.
Freelancers and Influencers
Are you an expert in a particular field? Expand your fashion or lifestyle blog with an online store that sells merchandise and products related to your niche. Design custom merchandise for your audience and Printful will deal with the packaging and shipping.
How to Start a Dropshipping Business with Ucraft
Build an Online Store with Ucraft
Sign up for a Ucraft account, choose from a collection of pre-designed eCommerce templates and customize your storefront with our drag-and-drop website builder.
Add the Printful App to Your Store
Look for the Printful app in your eCommerce dashboard and install it. Sign up for a Printful account to start designing your items.
Design Your Products
Upload your own designs or choose from a range of default designs offered by Printful. Select the items you want to sell and sync your chosen designs. Set the retail price, and add the items to your online store.
After you upload your products to your store, Printful will receive a notification when an order is placed. The fulfillment service will print, store and ship the item to your customers, leaving you free to focus on your website.
Choose From 110+ Customizable Online Store Templates for Your Dropshipping Business
Create an online store with Ucraft by choosing one of our eCommerce templates. Use the Ucraft website builder to customize your store, add your desired elements and integrate the Printful app from your dashboard! Regardless of the template you choose, it will automatically be mobile-responsive.
Learn more about how dropshipping works and how you can integrate it into your online business.
What is the difference between dropshipping and print-on-demand?
As mentioned on our Printful store page, there are some differences between a print-on-demand business model and that of a classic dropshipping business, even though POD is a part of dropshipping. The first one allows you to create your products and sell them under your brand. Production begins only after a customer places an order on your website. All you need to do is showcase your designs/graphics on your storefront. When the customers place an order and pay for it, it will go directly to the POD supplier. In the case of a Printful store, your supplier will create the custom products and ship them to your customers under your brand's name. On the other side of things, a dropshipping solution will allow you to pass your customers' orders to third party suppliers.
What is the difference between dropshipping and eCommerce?
While both imply the online trading of products, the difference between dropshipping and traditional eCommerce lies within fulfillment.
Here is how a traditional eCommerce business works:
You have a stock of products you sell on your online store;
A customer orders one of your products;
Your fulfillment center receives the order, packs, and ships the product to the customer;
A third-party shipper (UPS, FedEx, etc.) delivers the product to the client.
Depending on the size of your eCommerce business, the fulfillment center can be your own home, a small warehouse, or multiple warehouses in different locations. If your business is small, you might register, pack, and ship the orders initially. Larger companies rent warehouses and hire people to manage stocks, fulfillment, bills, shipping, etc.
The dropshipping model allows you to sell merchandise from multiple suppliers/manufacturers without buying or managing any inventory, warehouse, employees, etc. You pay for the products displayed on your online store only after the customers ordered them. You pass the order onto the suppliers, and they take care of the packing and shipping process.
How do you find the best products for dropshipping?
Finding the best products for dropshipping is not easy and requires market research. First, go to your dropshipping marketplace and check out the trendiest products. Keep in mind that they should answer your audience's needs. Source the products that match your business niche and your business model/goals. Only choose products that come from reputable brands or manufacturers. Another good idea is to look out for the best-selling products on Amazon and eBay – but make sure they do address your clients and potential customers. You can also use the Google Trends app to research products that trend in Google searches.
Most experts recommend conducting a test by ordering a few products from your dropshipping marketplace. Placing an order via the dropshipping solution will help you learn more about the quality of the products you'll be selling, the packaging, as well as shipping times, taxes, etc. Some of the most popular dropshipping products these days (with high-profit margins) include power tools, tech devices, gadgets, lifestyle & health products, beauty & cosmetic products, etc.
How do you make money with dropshipping?
Making money with dropshipping is relatively easy. You pick products at low or moderate prices and sell them on your online store at higher prices. Since dropshipping suppliers will charge you some fees (handling and shipping the products), you need to calculate the profit margins you can enjoy from your dropshipping business. If you want to improve your margins, you can boost the products' volume or negotiate with the suppliers for lower fees.
Is dropshipping legal?
As a business model, dropshipping is legal. However, before you start a dropshipping business, you need to consider some legal and ethical issues. Among the first ones is your responsibility of providing your clients with high-quality products. For this reason, you should test the products before you sell them to other people.
Other issues to consider are taxes (sales tax on your products and income tax on your profits). Taxes depend on where you live, so before you start a dropshipping business in your country, check the legal provisions you need to comply with when you make a profit from selling products with an accountant or an attorney.
A third but equally crucial issue is your liability as a business owner. In most countries, product liability is a cause for lawsuits and fines. Again, make sure the products you sell rise to the standards of quality. Discuss such matters with a lawyer to avoid receiving complaints and notifications because the products were subpar or harmful.
Who handles returns and refunds in a dropshipping business?
Even the most reputable suppliers can send the wrong products, defective items, or no products at all. In such case, these are the steps you will need to take (they vary depending on the dropshipping app you use, but most of them work the same):
If your customer requests a return, you will need to ask for a return merchandise authorization (RMA) from your supplier;
Your client sends the product to the address specified on the RMA (the return address of the supplier, not your place of business);
The supplier refunds the wholesale price of the returned product in question;
You repay the client the full cost of the returned item, plus shipping.
Refunds and returns are commonplace issues in the retail world, and they happen even to the best of manufacturers and suppliers. Make sure you understand the conditions of your dropshipping partners. It is also crucial to add a Return Policy page to your online store and explain to customers exactly what to expect if they receive wrong or unsatisfactory orders.