It’s the year 2020 and being short of funds is no longer a reason why you can’t start your dream Shopify store. Did you know you can start a Shopify store with $0? It is no magic trick or scam, as Shopify’s free 14-day trial means that you can open a store for free and pay later from your sales.
Like anything in life, there is a catch though. Shopify doesoffer a 14- day free trial to set up a store and use their tools, but after this you’ll have to pay $65 for continued access. If you can successfully make sales worth more than $65 in two weeks, then you’re in luck, and you’ll be able to join the growing number of people sharing their stories of their rise to riches through the Shopify platform.
Although the early days of an ecommerce business do not determine how successful it will be, you canuse these two weeks to experiment and figure out if running an ecommerce store is your thing with minimal risks. Sit back and enjoy as we take you through the process of starting a Shopify store in the cheapest possible way.
STEP 1: Sign up
To start, you’ll want to sign up for the 14-day free trial by navigating to the Shopify website and clicking on the ‘start a free trial’ button. Fill in the necessary information like name, email address, country; this will determine your currency rates. Next, enter your store name.
You’ll of course want to ensure that you choose a unique store name that also reflects what you want to sell. Your store name helpsyour website’s Google ranking so make sure thatyou choose wisely. Only unused store names will be approved, so it is best to have a list of about three names you love.
STEP 2: Customize your page
The first step to customizing your store is choosing your theme. This can be done by clicking on the ‘start with this theme’ link. While you just might get carried away with the plethora of free themes, always remember that you can change your theme features later. The outlook of your page can help expand your sales. So be sure to use colors that reflect the products you intend selling.
STEP 3: Fill in your content
Fill out relevant pages like the About Us page, which will give prospective customers a clue of who you are and what you sell as well as build their trust. Remember, you compete with well-known stores so you need to make this compelling.
Your Terms and Conditions should clearly state any legal details you would want to share. Create the Contact Us link and fill in the necessary information prospective clients need to reach out to you. FAQ pages should also be concise and visible.Remember that your delivery and shipping information should be precise. You can also include a free delivery option to set you apart from your competition.
STEP 4: Select your payment option and Tax information
Choose your preferred payment option. Although your billing starts after two weeks, you will have to enter your Shopify billing information, which should be a bank account or other method of collecting payments.
STEP 5: Launch your store
That’s it! All you need to do now is click the ‘Launch your store’ button, and you have your free Shopify store ready for business.
Congrats in setting up your store free-of-charge; you can now use it to dropship or sell your products online, and hopefully it will pay for itself in no time.