How to Use Shopify to Set Up an Ecommerce Store

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Shopify is a complete ecommerce platform that lets you start, grow, and manage a business.

With Shopify, you can:

• Create and customise an online store.

• Sell your product in multiple places, including web, mobile, social media, online marketplaces, brick-and-mortar locations, and pop-up shops.

• Manage your products, inventory, payments, and shipping.

Shopify is completely cloud-based and hosted, which means you don’t have to worry about upgrading or maintaining your software or web servers. This gives you the flexibility to access and run your business from almost anywhere, including from your mobile device.

The process is easy, it’s just 3 simple steps:

1. Choose & Customise a Theme

You can choose from thousands of themes for your shop and customise the design to meet the criteria of your business. You don’t need any design experience or programming skills, it’s very straightforward to get started.

2. Add Products

Next, add your products to your shop. Make sure you list your eye-catching products with the best photos, prices, and descriptions as you want to draw the consumers in.

3. Start Selling

Finally, just set up your payments and shipping options and you can start selling your products on Shopify.

How Much Does It Cost?

Shopify offers a free 14-day trial, with no credit card required. After your trial expires, there are a range of pricing plans, and you can choose the suitable one for the size and stage of your business. All their plans are free to setup with no bandwidth fees, and you are free to cancel at any time.

Their ‘Basic’ package is designed towards new eCommerce businesses with occasional in-person sales and is around £22/month ($29) + 2% transaction fees. This package lets you have up to 2 staff members access the Shopify admin and Shopify POS and gives you up to 4 inventory locations. No reports are included with this package.

The ‘Shopify’ package is best for growing businesses selling online or in-store and is around £60/month ($79) + 1% transaction fees. This package lets you have 5 staff members access the Shopify admin and Shopify POS and gives you 5 inventory locations. This package will also give you access to ‘Standard’ reports.

Finally, the ‘Advanced’ package is best for scaling businesses that required advanced reporting and is around £225/month ($299) + 0.5% transaction fees. This package lets you have 15 staff members access the Shopify admin and Shopify POS and gives you 8 inventory locations. This package will also give you access to ‘Advanced’ reports.

How Do I Ship My Products?

A lot of businesses tend to handle the shipping of their products themselves when first setting up their eCommerce store. This means your bedroom or living room could become a storage facility for a little while!

If you want to free up your living space and relieve some of the hassle so you can focus your time on the growth and expansion of your business, we recommend using a 3PL (Third-party logistics company). Cloud9 Fulfilment offer a next level service and are set up to deal with fast-moving product on behalf of eCommerce business.

Cloud9 Fulfilment’s software integrates directly with Shopify (and many other platforms). This means your orders are sent directly to us, and we handle the picking, packing, and shipping of your products to the consumer. We have procedures in place that limits mistakes and offer a 14-day free trial for new clients.

We understand the importance of getting the product to the customer quickly, so we offer next-day delivery and dispatch all orders received before 2pm on a same-day basis! This allows you to provide a late cut-off time for orders giving you an advantage over your competitors. Our expert picking and packing team work tirelessly, using the very latest digital technologies to ensure maximum order processing efficiency.

Find out how Cloud9 Fulfilment can help you and get in touch with a friendly member of our team.

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