While this is a generally a very simple process for our US students, we understand that it can be a little confusing for foreign students. Luckily, Stripe, the company behind Shopify's payment processor has recently started a program to make this process extremely simple.
This program will incorporate a business in Delaware (no sales tax), register a us tax ID, create you a US bank account, as well as provide general guidance about US law and taxes. This service is currently in closed beta but is open for new user applications.
You can have these services done individually for less than the cost Stripe is charging, but their service will help make the process effortless.
Also, when applying for Stripe Atlas don't say that you're a drop shipper. Instead say that you're an online retailer. Check out this YouTube video to see why - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obiwoAWY6Kk&t=303s
* Drop Ship Lifestyle has no affiliation with Stripes service. We have simply used their payment processor for years and have been generally happy with the results.
We actually had one of our coaches (Jon Warren from Australia) create a new course that's in the members area of Drop Ship Lifestyle that focuses on how to adjust the techniques in the course when selling in smaller markets. It's called the Doing Business Abroad Course. Here is a link to an article he wrote that’s on our blog - https://blog.dropshiplifestyle.com/drop-shipping-abroad/
Check out this link to see the startup costs associated with starting a drop ship business- https://dropshiplifestyle.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/212054928-What-are-the-start-up-costs-associated-with-starting-a-drop-shipping-business-
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Our courses include step by step instructions on how to start, maintain and be profitable with your drop ship business. Our advanced packages include access to our online videos, community forums with drop ship professionals and newcomers, our Shopify Design Course, Private Coaching Calls, access to our Supplier Directory and much more! You can see what is included in all of our packages at this link - https://www.dropshiplifestyle.com/ecommerce-courses/
If you haven't already I suggest you check out our free resources and our different packages -
Also, go through some sessions we did with some of our most successful members here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA_KE_rP-Xgk3s7onrFgEWyAR9MwNWO-S to see if Drop Ship Lifestyle is right for you.
Also, check out this link to our FAQs page where you can see the start up costs associated with starting a drop shipping business if you are from the US - https://www.dropshiplifestyle.com/whats-typical-startup-investment-drop-shipping/
If you are from outside the US, but want to create a US based store check out this link for the associated costs - https://www.dropshiplifestyle.com/drop-shipping-outside-the-us/
Check out our Blog - https://blog.dropshiplifestyle.com/
Here’s our YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/user/dropshiplifestyle
Check out our FAQ page - https://dropshiplifestyle.zendesk.com/hc/en-us
I hope this is helpful in starting your journey to creating your own eCommerce business! If you have any questions or would like some further options please don’t hesitate to reach out again.
Have a great day!