Become An Alibaba Reseller - Business Ideas

Become An Alibaba Reseller - Business Ideas
Become An Alibaba Reseller

Alibaba resellers buy products from a manufacturer or a supplier and sell them to retailers. To start, find a good product to sell on Alibaba. The things to consider when looking for products to buy and resell include:

  • Is there a demand for the product?
  • Can you source it cheap enough?
  • Is there a healthy profit margin from the sale of that product?

Arguably, the most difficult step in finding a product to resell on Alibaba or any other online platform is the hardest step in starting the reselling business. Once you have found the most profitable niche, the next step is signing for your reseller account on alternative platforms like own Shopify, amazon, or eBay platform and uploading your listings.

Becoming an Alibaba reseller requires a great deal of effort, dedication, and most importantly passion.

If you're interested in how to sell shopify reselling services, or selling shopify reselling services online, you can use this page as a guide for everything you'll need to know.

Key Stats

market size
starting costs
gross margin
time to build
210 days
Word of mouth
time investment
Side project

Startup Costs

Min Startup Costs Max Startup Costs
Office Space Expenses $0 $7,000
Inventory Expenses $350 $14,750
Software Expenses $150 $2,794
Website Costs $13 $215
Advertising & Marketing Costs $0 $2,450
Total Startup Costs $513 $27,209

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Pros & Cons

Pros Description
Flexibility You can put as much time into the business as you'd like. If you like the work and have some initial experience, you can start small and manage all aspects of the business on your own.
Ability to start your business from home It's not necessary to have a physical storefront or office space to get your business started. You can do everything from the comfort of your own home, at least in the beginning!
Little startup costs required The cost to start a Alibaba reseller costs significantly less money than most businesses, ranging anywhere from 12 to 27,209.
Rewarding work Starting a Alibaba reseller can be really rewarding work. After all, you are solving an immediate issue for your customer and you're working on something you truly care about.
Scalable With businesses and processes changing daily, there will always be demand for new features, products and services for your business. Additionally, there are several different business models and pricing tiers you can implement that will allow you to reach all types of customers.
Traffic to your website A Alibaba reseller gives people a reason to visit your website and to keep coming back to you!
Cons Description
Crowded Space Competition is high when it comes to your Alibaba reseller, so it's important that you spend a good amount of time analyzing the market and understanding where the demand lies.
Finding The Right Supplier Most businesses in this space go the supplier/manufacturer route, which isn't a bad thing! However, finding the right supplier can take a lot of time, energy and trial/error. If done properly, this process can save you months (if not years) of time and energy. More on this below in the "finding a supplier" section.
Security Issues With any Saas business, data loss and security issues may arise throughout your process of building your product. It's critical that you understand exactly what you're responsible for and how to avoid potential issues down the road.
Lack of benefits With a Alibaba reseller, you are typically self-employed and responsible for finding your own insurance, which can be quite costly and time-consuming.
Isolation Often times, as a Alibaba reseller, you typically work alone and do not have much face-to-face interaction with other team members.
Taxes As a Alibaba reseller, you typically pay self-employment taxes which can be quite high. It's important to understand what you will be paying in taxes each year so you can determine if the work you're taking on is worth it.

Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story
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