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Tips to Start Your Own Boutique Online

There are good options out there if you're ready to try

by Amanda  |  106490 views  |  7 comments  |       Rate this now! 

What is the best way to earn money? Selling something for which you paid nothing, right? Well, here is an idea for those people who always wanted to own their own boutique but cannot (yet) afford to hold stock for their up-coming company: Drop ship.

Drop shipping is when someone orders something and it is sent to that person with your name tag all over it -- but it ships from the wholesaler and not you.

I wanted to have a boutique where I can also stock my own goods eventually, but I didn't have enough money yet to plunk down on products. If those products didn't sell, I would be out of money -- that's cash I could have used to pay off more of my debt. (We all think of that …afterwards!). I signed up with Go To Baby. They offer the ability to drop ship, and they are a really good start. (Check out their wholesale section -- it really gives you some good info before signing up.)

I have big plans for my store, but everyone needs a foot in the door, sort of speak. You want to start earning a profit before you have to spend any large sums of money.

The money you’d be plunking into an online boutique would be for the basics: Domain name, web hosting, templates for the store, and a resale certificate. I personally prefer to have a shopping cart on my server (even if I have to install a completely different one) rather than having it hosted somewhere else, if only fbecause I feel like I'd have more control over it. However, I have heard great things from a lot of companies about the merchant programs at Yahoo!. You can even set up your shop 100 percent through Paypal, if you want.

So you may just have to plunk away for some basic hosting and domain costs (that's why you should ALWAYS invest in a reseller), but if you really work your store, you can definitely make the money back.

There is one complaint I have heard about drop shipping: You can't send your customers your own papers in their order. But there's a way around that: You can send your paperwork seperately, or even prior to shipment with a little note saying, "Thank you, your package is on its way!"

7 comments so far...

  • How did you start your boutique? Khapton009

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by sgatson on 20th April 2013

  • Great post! I actually have two boutiques already open but I am opening a third very soon. I am looking for a purchasing agent so that I can get great quality pieces from all over the world for awesome prices. Please let me know if you have any information on the agents. Thanks so much!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by khampton009 on 18th April 2013

  • That's perfect that we can get the home loans moreover, it opens up completely new possibilities.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Alexis Norman on 23rd September 2012

  • Thank you for taking the time to write yout letter. I am desperately researching the right way to opem a online store your information was helpful. I am although not quit sure what drop shipping means. Can you or someone else out there help me out?

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by karol-ellen on 3rd January 2010

  • Thank you, I have been wanting to add a store to my site!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by on 16th March 2008

  • Thanks for the new info on drop shipping and link to Go Baby (cool!)

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by relaxnsmile on 31st December 2007

  • Thank you. Great tips for those contemplating starting their own online store!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Victoria on 29th December 2007