Using Shopify to Set up an Online Store

Shopify

The easiest and most popular way to build an online store.

Cheapest Plan: $29 per month.
Tech Level
Low

New products often start with a simple, exciting idea. As an entrepreneur, this feeling might be familiar to you. There are always opportunities for new products to fill demand in the marketplace. If you have an idea for a new product, you’ll want to bring it to the market to capitalize on the demand.

You’ll need a website to attract buyers, answer questions, and ultimately sell your product. If you have coding experience, setting up an ecommerce website will be a breeze; otherwise, you’ll have to hire a web developer or set up a website yourself. A great, easy way to set up an online store is by using Shopify.

Introduction to Shopify

Shopify — a customizable web application and online store solution — does not require prior web design skills or coding knowledge. The idea is simple: Those who need an online store can choose from over 100 themes for a quick setup.

The platform makes use of drag and drop technology. This allows you to effortlessly control the look and feel of your online store. Colors, images, fonts—these are all customizable. Shopify even makes accepting payments a seamless experience via Shopify Payments.

With Shopify Payments, no third-party payment processor is required. Speaking of pricing, let’s examine how much it costs to use the service.

Shopify Store Prices

Scalability is the cherry on top when it comes to Shopify features. The platform has five payment plans. The plans are:

Basic Shopify costs $29/month. Additionally, each online transaction costs 2.9% + 30¢. 2 staff accounts are included in the basic plan.

Shopify costs $79/month. Each online transaction costs the store owner 2.6% + 30¢. This plan sees an increase to 5 staff account as well as access to the professional report builder.

Advanced Shopify costs $299/month and each transaction costs 2.4% + 30¢. In addition to 15 staff account, this plan also includes the advanced report builder.

Shopify Plus is an enterprise-level solution aimed at businesses that already have high volume sales. Interested parties are asked to contact Shopify for more details.

Shopify Lite costs $9/month and an additional 2.9% + 30¢ for each transaction. This plan allows entrepreneurs to sell on social media, in person, or on an existing website.

Each plan includes a free, 14-day trial. Upon choosing your desired plan, it’s time to set up the online store.

Setting up a Shopify Store

As mentioned before, you’ll choose a template to get started. Afterward, you can begin populating the content of your website; or, you can enroll in the Shopify Academy first to learn more.

The Shopify Academy is chock full of how-to videos, courses, live workshops, and even personal business mentors. Here’s the best part of the Shopify Academy: It’s free. You don’t even need a Shopify store to enroll; however, the platform recommends at least using the free 14-day trial so you can follow along.

Shopify is a great web application for entrepreneurs who are new to creating websites. With Shopify, there’s no need to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on web development.

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