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How to Start a Dropshipping Business in the UK

What is dropshipping?

Starting a dropshipping business in the UK is quite simple. Dropshipping is a business where you make a sale on your website or an online store platform, but the supplier mails out the goods directly to the customer.  Dropshipping can be a very profitable business in the UK for many reasons. For one, you don’t need any upfront capital. There is no physical store and you don’t hold any stock yourself, so the overheads are very small. You can be sitting at home or laying somewhere on the beach and selling anything, from anywhere in the world.  You just need a business idea and a computer with an internet connection.  With dropshipping, the world is your oyster.

How to start a dropshipping business in UK

You can build your business using up just online platforms such as eBay, Etsy, or Shopify.  You also do need to make sure that all the products you offer and sell are in compliance with UK consumer laws. And, yes, you do need to register your online venture in the UK.  However, all of this is quite straightforward and simple.

Have a business idea

There must be something that you’ve wanted to start for a long time.  Perhaps selling quality custom-made cups with a logo that you know will fly off the shelves.  Maybe it’s a certain type of attention-grabbing signage that this world simply needs. 

Find a supplier for your dropshipping business

Your reputation is on the line with any supplier. Quality and customer service are two things that keep your customers loyal.  Through their word of mouth, this same quality and customer service is something that will also the fastest increase your client pool. Make sure you find a supplier such as Camaloon, that is reputable, has impeccable customer service, and can deliver the quality and custom work within promised completion dates.

Pick a business structure

Now, off to legal stuff that must be done. First, you need to register your business, starting with picking a business structure. There are three basic business structures in Great Britain: Sole Trader, Partnership, and Limited Company.  The option chosen most often is the Sole Trader due to the ease and speed of setup, but you can research all the options online and choose what best suits your plans.

Choose a name for your business

Although you’re not legally required to actually register the company name, you will need a company name for invoices, for instance.

Open a bank account

You need to have a bank account to register a business in the UK.  If you intend to dropship internationally with the UK as your base, opening a multicurrency account might be a good choice.

Register your business for tax

As soon as you register your business, HMRC, the UK government’s agency responsible for handling the national register of companies, will instruct you on what you need to do about taxation. 

Watch your dropshipping business boom

Once you’ve done all the paperwork, nurture your dropshipping business and watch it grow.  Like all businesses, you have to give it time to grow but once it does, it’s really easy to scale upwards.

Dropshipping tips for success

Besides having a passion for entrepreneurship, and a great idea, it is important to consider several other things.

Finding a niche – this is an obvious but not an easy thing to do.  First, find a product or a spin on a product that no one else offers.  Try to offer items that are as unique as possible.

Advertise everywhere – use the power of social media to post and share. Create competitions that can considerably boost your number of followers and increase awareness of your dropshipping business.

Customer service – in the world of harsh competition, make sure that you stand out with customer service.  Always go that little extra step to make your customer feel appreciated.  Tokens of appreciation go a long way with customer loyalty and recommendations.

Reviews – Ask your customers to leave reviews on social media or on your website.  Reviews are critical to customer trust and sales these days, so make sure your customers’ satisfaction is heard.

Count on Camaloon

We know that in a competitive retail marketplace, looking after your customers makes them trust you and makes them come back to your online shop again and again. That is why Camaloon is your perfect partner in setting a foundation for client trust.

With Camaloon, you have full control over branding.  You choose from a large selection of our quality items, send us the branding or logo or font you’d like us to use and we make sure your customers receive a high-quality product they expect, and that they receive it fast.

You don’t have to worry about tracking products, housing the items you sell, shipping costs, returns, or managing stock levels.  We at Camaloon do all that.   Just let us know what you’d like and we’ll make it happen! You just sit and watch the rocket sales of your dropshipping business in the UK.

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