Aria here, I'm on the Social Care team at Shopify.
If you're using Shopify Payments, there is normally no relation between your payout date (which varies by country) and the date you fulfil the order. It will simply be paid out to your bank account a certain number of days after your customer pays. This guide has details on how long it takes for each country. The day it is paid out may not be the same day it reaches your bank account. This can also vary, depending on the processing times of the bank you use.
That being said, if you are not fulfilling your orders straight away, you will be at a higher risk of chargebacks. For this reason, our Payments team may put your payouts on hold until you start fulfilling on time. It's good practise to fulfil your orders on the same day your customer paid for it, or the next working day if they placed their order late at night. Keep in mind, dropshipping normally involves long shipping times so it's not a good idea to keep your customer waiting even longer.
Most dropshippers order from their suppliers using their own credit card as soon as the order is placed by the customer. The supplier can then ship the orders straight away and they receive their payout a couple of days later.
If you are not using Shopify Payments, I recommend you reach out to your payment gateway with questions about your payout schedule as it may be different from the above.
I understand it can be overwhelming when you're new to all of this. If you haven't already, make sure you do the free dropshipping course on Shopify Academy. There are some great marketing courses on there as well to help you drive traffic to your store.
Have a read through this post before you go live. It's a checklist on what to do to make sure your store looks professional and trustworthy. If you'd like me to provide tailored feedback for your own store after that, feel free to provide your URL.
What sort of products are you looking at selling? What sort of plans do you have for your marketing?
It will change to a fulfilled status in the order once the Oberlo/Aliexpress supplier has marked it as fulfilled so I wouldn't be concerned about that.
If you go to the order timeline, you will see when it is due to be paid out:
After you have received your first payout, you'll be able to view the rest of them by going to Settings > Payment Providers > View Payouts (under Shopify Payments).
The date your payout is sent has no connection to the date the order is fulfilled. The only way a delay in order fulfilment would affect your payouts is if your payouts got put on hold due to frequent delays in your fulfilment. As long as you are always ordering the products from your supplier quickly, you have nothing to worry about.
We don't have an 'in processing' stage in the Shopify order summary, it's simply fulfilled or unfulfilled. When the supplier has shipped the product, it will be moved to fulfilled for you. Please don't ever press the fulfilment button yourself as this will mess up your order.
Does that make more sense?
That's great to hear!
How are things going otherwise? What is your store traffic like so far?