Are you looking for a way to start an e-commerce store that isn't going to take a lot of resources or brainpower to get started? Well, you're in luck because in this article I'm going to cover how you can quickly get a Shopify store up, running, and filled with products in as little as 30 minutes.
While this article is meant to provide you with a fast way to create your Shopify store in 30 minutes or less I encourage you to check out this video for extra visual assistance.
What Is Shopify?
For those of you unaware Shopify is a cloud-based SAAS (software as a service) that allows you to host your website with their platform similar to other platforms like Bluehost and Site Ground. The main difference between Shopify and the other platforms is that Shopify specializes in the creation of e-commerce stores. Shopify launched back in 2004 and currently has a little over 1 billion merchants and 16 million consumers using the platform.
Shopify is the third-largest e-commerce platform coming in behind Amazon and eBay.
Shopify Pricing- How Much Does It Cost?
Shopify isn't free but they do have a free trial that gives you full access to the tools and all the apps in the store. You can have your store fully up and running with no restrictions while in the trial. The trial is 14 days but Shopify will give you the option to extend the trial for another 14 days. after the trial, you will have to purchase one of their paid plans. The image below will show you the current pricing. Something to note is that these plans also include the payment transaction fees charged by the credit card companies. you don't pay these fees. They come out whenever someone makes a purchase from your store.
How To Get Started To Shopify
Step 1: Sign Up For Shopify
So jumping right into this because remember this is supposed to be helping you get your store up fast is signing up. Oh and don't worry about products or inventory I'll be covering that later in the article so make sure you stick around for that.
At the top right of the screen, you will find a get started button. From here you will be asked to create an account.
From there Shopify is going to ask you a few questions to try to figure out what your experience is with e-commerce. If you're absolutely new they will provide you with help to get you started if you need the extra assistance. If you don't want the extra assistance you can always just skip it.
The last thing they'll ask you to do is come up with a store name. Choose your name wisely this is what people will see when your store goes live.
Step 2: Add Products To Your Store
If you already know or have the products you want to sell head on over to the product page and start adding your products. Images, sizes, colors, tags, and product descriptions. Make sure you go through and add all of the information for each of your products.
Make sure you are using high-quality images for your products. It could seriously hurt your store if you are using unattractive images.
Something you can also do is create collections. These are items that you can put into groups.
An example of this would be if you were selling sneakers in your store and you wanted to create separate groups of shoes for men, women, and children.
Now If you're not sure what products you want to sell head over to the Shopify app store and download the app Oberlo. This will allow you to add products to your store that you don't actually have an inventory of. You can sell these products on your store and if someone makes a purchase Oberlo will ship the product out for you and you will still make a profit. This is called drop shipping and it's a really great way to fill up your Shopify store without actually owning or storing any inventory.
Step 3: Set Up Your Theme
Its time to design the look of your store. This is what people will see when they come to your site. It's important to make sure your store is visually appealing while also making sure it's simple enough for people to navigate.
Like WordPress, Shopify has a variety of templates with both free and paid options that change the overall look and feel of your store. Each template has multiple themes that give you plenty of choices when it comes to customization.
Because we're trying to get your store up and running as quickly as possible I suggest sticking with the default debut theme. It's simple and easy to customize so you don't have to worry about getting overwhelmed when setting it up. Use this theme to get yourself acquainted with Shopify. Feel free to check out the video at the very beginning of the article to see a step by step guide on how to set up your theme.
One of the great things about Shopify is that while your store is live and your main theme is active you can always install and work on a second theme behind the scenes and it won't affect your store or your main theme at all. Once that second theme is customized the way you like you can go ahead and publish it and make that second theme your main theme.
You can use a site like policymaker.io to automatically generate these documents for you absolutely free of charge.
Step 4: Setup Your Payment Processing
This one is pretty simple. Set up how people are going to pay for the products they purchase in your store. By default, your payment processing is done through PayPal. if you are in a region where you or your customers cannot use PayPal you have plenty of other options.
Every major credit card is supported as well as Apple pay, Amazon pay, and Google pay. You can also set up a system like Stripe which is similar to PayPal.
Something else you can do is set up multiple currencies if you plan on selling your products internationally.
I mentioned this earlier but just remember that there are transaction fees regardless of what you use for processing payments.
Step 5: Remove The Password And Make Your Store Live For Everybody
By default, your store is live (which is why you can see all the changes you make in real-time) but it is password protected and the only people who have access to your store are you and anyone else who you share your password with.
In order for people to have access to your store, you have to disable the password. This is pretty simple there's a big yellow banner that shows up on your dashboard and all you have to do is click the disable password button and you're done!
Now all you'll need to do is actually start sharing your store with the world. There's many ways to promote your Shopify store but I'll save that for another post.
All that's left now is for you to take action and start building your Shopify store. Use the link below to start your free trial. If you have any issues remember to check out the video at the top of the article or leave a comment down below.