July 16, 2018 11:00 am / by Allison J. Collins
You want to run an e-Commerce business, especially in dropshipping model to make more extra cash each month without wasting time or leaving your comfort at home. Shopify offers you a comprehensive e-Commerce web builder completed with hundreds of templates ready for you to go right out of the box. Now your running dropshipping business is easier than ever before.
To set up your Shopify shop is an easy process. You can do it in less than 15 minutes. We’ll show you how to set up a Shopify store for beginners through these 5 simple steps.
- Sign up for Shopify.
- Get acquainted with the dashboard.
- Pick a theme for your shop.
- List your first product.
- Add 3rd party products to make your eCommerce a breeze.
Step 1: Setup Shopify for the first time
If you’re still unsure about creating your online shop, that’s okay! Shopify gives you a 14-day free trial with no credit card required.
Start by filling out your email address, password, and store name. Then click “Create your store.” You’ll be shown the registration form like below. Remember to have your store name, your email address, and password.
Then, you must fill your account information by location to set up the main currency, tax rates, and available payment gateways.
Now, add an address so you can get paid. Once you hit the button “Enter my store,” it’ll take you to the Shopify dashboard.
Step 2: Learn the dashboard
Like many online web interfaces, Shopify has a dashboard.This central location will be where you can view your orders, list products, offer promotional discounts, and more.
Everything you’ll need to use is accessible on the left-hand side of the page under the green Shopify logo.
Step 3: Customize your shop
One of the greatest things about Shopify is that it has a ton of themes to choose from—you can let your personality shine. That way, when people land on your website, they’ll instantly get a feel for who you are and what you’re selling.
To begin customizing your page, click the “Customize theme” button on the dashboard. The default theme is Debut, and it is a standard, clean layout. You have links at the top with a large image that spans across the screen. Products are located below. It’s also mobile responsive, meaning that it’ll look great on a laptop, tablet, or phone.
To start customizing this theme, click the “Customize” button at the top, right-hand side of the page.
Customizing a storefront looks like this. Everything is very visual—no hard coding required. On the left-hand side of the screen, click on any one of the buttons to change things like the header, your featured products, and color schemes. You’ll be able to see how it looks on the right.
But maybe you don’t want the Debut theme. Don’t worry—Shopify has you covered! Visit their “Theme Store” to search for free or paid designs to fit exactly what you’re looking for. They’ve got a whole marketplace that’s organized around what a store owner would need. Maybe you’ve got a large inventory or need a grid-style layout. Shopify themes have them both.
Step 4: List your first product
You’re never going to get any sales if you don’t list your first product. Luckily, it’s easy to do. Like the rest of Shopify, it’s very visual and user-friendly. To get there from your dashboard, just click on “Products” on the left-hand side of the screen, then click “Add Product”.
The online form has a place to title your product, add a description, and upload a photo. Depending on how you organize your inventory, you can select a product type and add it to a collection. By doing this, you’re making it easier for people to find on your website.
Step 5: Add 3rd party products
You can take your Shopify experience further by adding apps to your shop. Think about it like a plugin on WordPress—you can automate certain aspects of the store to help you save time and increase your sales.
To start using apps, click on the “Apps” button on your dashboard. It’s near the bottom of the screen on the left. Once you’re in, it’ll look like this:
Shopify has its recommended apps, but that’s not all they offer. Clicking on the blue “Visit Shopify App Store” will take you into a separate window where you can explore all the different plugins to add to your store.
As you can see, to setup Shopify is very easy as everyone can do in just about 15 minutes. Now that you know how to create a store on Shopify, give it a try for free! Sign up now.
Time to get selling with some trending products
Dropshipping can be a tough cookie to crack if you don’t know what you’re doing. You will fail if the products you pick up to sell can’t make the customer excited. Therefore, finding product trends is an important part of running a dropshipping store. Your product journey could be last a thousand miles in the future, so it is significant to choose a product that is feasible to sell.
To make your store more standout and attractive to your customers, you have to make sure that your products are trend catching or favored by the customers in your target market. This is one of the key ingredients to succeed in e-commerce is finding the best products to sell.
To get a great head start, let’s take a look at the most trending products to sell online in 2018 and get more tips about how to choose popular items before they peak.