by Eleuther.AI prompted and edited by by @attractfunding
So You Want To Be David Brent From The Office
Let’s say you sell paper. With Shopify, you don’t need to worry about anything but your product listings. Shopify takes care of your inventory, customers, products, and orders. To help you manage your business, you can hire Shopify-certified professionals for a monthly fee (a virtual store designer/salesperson if you will).
The three main reason large companies are switching to www.shopify.com as their preferred ecommerce platform:
They're looking to create a better website with a more professional-looking storefront (Customer Journeys are based on UI/UX)
They're worried about the security of their information, specifically regarding the unauthorized use of credit card information and theft (you're not a cybersecurity or ransomware expert)
What is www.Shopify.com?
Shopify is an ecommerce platform that will help you build your business. For the purposes of building your ecommerce business, Shopify is the best platform to use. Shopify is used by companies around the globe and is considered the best ecommerce platform for small businesses and entrepreneurs. You can set up your store in less than 30 minutes and start selling.
The REAL WHY www.Shopify.com
While these are all valid concerns, the real benefit of using Shopify is that it is specifically designed for entrepreneurs. This is because Shopify does not require you to be technically savvy to use its platform or even understand all of the intricacies behind its code. In fact, Shopify’s platform was designed to make it as easy as possible for users to get started, while still having advanced features for users with greater technical needs.
At the same time, now that www.Shopify.com has integrated with large ERP & EDI-based systems like Microsoft Dynamics CRM, SAP, JDEdwards, and other enterprise supply chain systems, it can now bring this same online retail agility to their customers and merchants can pay per transaction.
You can choose from a wide variety of plans, depending on how much you’re willing to spend and how complex your business needs are. There are three main types of Shopify plans. We’ll cover what they are in this section.
B. Small Business
The Individual plan is the best place for individuals or small teams who are starting out with Shopify. You can create up to 20 individual stores and run them off the one Shopify account.
Small Business plan
Shopify’s Small Business plan offers businesses that have up to 100 SKUs and a monthly sales of $10,000. The Small Business plan is perfect for ecommerce companies.
The Ecommerce plan is best for companies with up to 1,000 SKUs and a monthly sales of $100,000. This is where Shopify really shines as a platform for ecommerce.
Shopify has two main pricing plans:
- **Pay per month** : A monthly subscription, like many of the other ecommerce platforms you’ll find out there. You have to subscribe to each store, but there is a benefit: you get unlimited inventory and you can sell to customers in the US, Canada, and Mexico.
- **Pay per transaction** : Shopify charges a set price for each transaction on your site. You can set this price up front and it stays the same regardless of how many transactions your website receives.
Shopify: Setup and Features
Like other ecommerce platforms, the setup for Shopify is easy to learn and the features are similar. We’ll go over the basics and show you a sample store and how to create your own store in the following sections.
Setting Up Shopify
If you’re new to Shopify, you’ll need to create an account by clicking on the “sign up” link in the left navigation. This will lead you to a form where you’ll enter your e-mail address, select a password, and create a username.
From there, you can choose your plan, set your payment preferences, and set up your credit card information. When you’re ready, you’ll receive an e-mail with information regarding the initial setup process.
The first thing you’ll do after signing up is to go to your dashboard and log in with your username and password. The next screen you’ll see is the “My Sites” page.
If you can follow along from here, you’ll have made your start. For more information about becoming a Shopify Merchant or Shopify Developer (or perhaps both!), get in touch with @attractfunding on Twitter. Shout out to 6b.Eleuther.AI for answering the prompt. Truly I’m scared.