Online store made easy with Shopify

April 17, 2018
Running an online store can seem a little daunting, especially if you’re a new small business! If you’re not tech savvy you may have some apprehension about accepting payment over the internet. Or you might feel like managing your sites products might be out of your depth. Some common concerns are:

  • How secure is my website? I wouldn’t want my customers details to be compromised
  • I’m not that tech savvy, it might be too difficult for me to manage
  • I only run a small business, I don’t have a big budget for an online store
  • I don’t have the time or knowledge to keep my site up-to-date

All the concerns above are valid! But fortunately there is a great solution which makes selling online easy and minimises any security risks for your peace of mind. You can also sell on other channels such as email, Facebook and Messenger for only $9 a month!

The platform which I’m talking about is Shopify!

So how does it work exactly you ask?

Shopify is an established online ecommerce hosting solution which takes care of the scary part. All your products and transactions are managed through their secure website giving you the confidence that everything will run smoothly! Of course you can still have your own website domain name (www.yoursitename.com.au) and customise the look of your store to give it a personalised feel. You can also add other payment gateways such as Paypal & Afterpay!

Is it expensive to have a online store?

The Shopify Lite Plan is the perfect solution to get your online store off the ground. At $9 a month + 1.75% on transactions, this is a flexible plan which will allow you to sell on your personal website, blog, email, Facebook & Messenger.

Do you have an example of the Shopify Lite Plan?

Here’s an example we prepared earlier www.ilybaby.com.au. This is a personal website designed for the client, with the Shopify Lite Plan integrated into the store pages. Once you add your items to your cart and checkout you’ll notice that a secure Shopify checkout window will appear to complete your order.

How do I manage my products, is it easy?

Once you have signed up to Shopify you’ll have your own personal login to manage your online store. Add new products, add variants to existing products (sizes, colours, etc), bring multiple products together to create collections, it’s all very intuitive and easy to use! Once you have made changes to a product or added new products they will magically be added to your website through the use of embedded code.

How do I get started?

Visit Shopify here to have a read, or get in touch if you have any additional questions.

Christian

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