Finding something to sell
Find a product to sell or it could be something you are going to create yourself. Most people are importing from China and selling on for a profit.
Registering a Domain name
Find an available domain name and register it with a domain provider.
We use www.iwantmyname.com as they offer 2-step security for your account which stops anyone trying to steal your domain name.
Sorting your domain email out
Get a hosting account for your email or even better use G Suite from Google.
Register on Shopify
Register on Shopify, it’s free for 14 days.
Point your domain to your new store
Point your new domain to your Shopify store. Shopify does supply instructions on how to do this.
Finding a theme
Shopify usually installed the Debut theme as default but you can browse the store for others, both paid and free. There are also places like www.themeforest.net
Add all your products, descriptions, photographs and most importantly prices. Have a think about collection (categories) names before you start. Will you have stock levels or unlimited stock (digital products for example).
Shipping is one of the hardest to get right. Do you offer free shipping, who are you going to use for your shipping? Shopify lets you do a fixed price or you can do it on order value (£) or order weight. Shipping can be limited to 1 country and you can add as many as you want.
There are also fulfilment companies, where you ship all your products to them and they ship them for you, when ever you get a sale.
Drop-shipping is also something to think about, it can save you a lot in stock and the hassle of shipping products out yourself. But you have to find a reputable company and you are limited usually on what products they sell.
Packaging needs too correct to avoid breakages. Also this can effect shipping prices due to size and weight.
Once all the above is completed, then it’s time for marketing and getting your store out their for the world to see.
We are Shopify Partners, so if you would like help getting your business off the ground, then please get in touch.