Speed to market Create a simple, well-designed store with Shopify

Posted by tom klein February 19, 2008

Even if you’re just getting started with selling something on your site or just have a small business that’s finally ready to move beyond a brochure, it doesn’t mean that you want to sacrifice your sense of style.

Nor will you have to, thanks to the e commerce offering from Shopify. You can create a store in about 5 minutes. Provide the requisite email and password, then choose a domain, then pick your initial design. There, you’re done. You have a store and administrative sections where you can add products, set up advertising, or even enable coupon codes. While this sort of e commerce option won’t give you everything, it can get you moving quickly with a basic set of options for managing your online sales. In addition to the setup, you will also need to choose how you would prefer to process payment – every merchant’s favorite part.

Oh, and best of all, you can set up a store and sell up to 10 SKU’s for free. Otherwise, the system takes both a transaction fee and a monthly charge. Try the free system – it’s a great way to see what happens behind the scenes and build your own skill set. Why not dive in?

This service provides a simple set of steps that explain how to set up an online store. Start with your store, upload your items, and choose a payment method, then a shipping method. The back end steps are clear, so you can focus on the design and merchandising.

While the design options provided in this system are simple, what’s important to note here is that you can have your shop designed to look as you like. It’s usually worth it to engage a web designer who knows about usability and can make sure your customers can close the deal.


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