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Monday, February 10, 2014

Sell Online. Create Your Online Store Today.


Have you ever dreamt of setting up your own shop online? Have you ever wondered what's the first step in making your dream come true? I am glad to introduce to you an E-commerce platform where you can set up your own online business! It is called Shopify and I promise you that it is quite easy to manage for a start.

Shopify Inc. was launched 8 years ago in 2006. It is currently hosting over 80,000 successful stores world wide! Imagine how many businesses are running right now and earning so much just by setting up an online shop using Shopify?!! Madness right? There are about 2,000 increasing merchants every month.

Being a successful E-commerce platform, Shopify has also won a few awards consecutively from 2010 to 2012 including being named one of the world's Top 50 Most Innovative companies by Fast Company Magazine. Furthermore,Shopify are also featured in The Wall Street Journalm, Tech Crunch, Entrepreneur, Mashable and The Huffington Post.

So, what exactly is Shopify?

It is an E-commerce solution that allows you to set up an online store to sell your products. It lets you organise your products, customise your storefront, accept credit card payments, track and response orders - all with a few clicks of the mouse. 


Here's a video to give you a clearer idea on what it is:



What makes Shopify an enjoyable platform to be involved in is that they allow you to design your own beautiful store by choosing the themes that you love. There are 100+ professional website layout themes that you can choose from and not only that, you can customise it as much as you would like by doing a slight adjustments to the theme.

You can also access to the App Store to extend the functionality of your business website. It is the fastest and easiest way to add useful extra features to your website storefront. Not to worry about it, there are plenty of Apps that you can download from. For example, you have the LIVE CHAT where you can interact with customers directly, making it easier for you, as a business owner, to further satisfy customer needs.


For those who are always managing their businesses on the run, Shopify Mobile allows you to check your sales statistics, view products, orders and customer data using your phone! Customers can also browse through your websites while they are out! Afraid that your website will look different than the ones on desktop view? YOU WON'T HAVE TO FACE THAT PROBLEM ANYMORE. It looks just as great on a smart phone as it does on a computer monitor if you were to choose themes that are mobile optimized.
Payment wise, things are much easier to handle. All accounts are enabled with Paypal, Google Checkout and onside payment gateways. Integrated with over 50 payment gateways in 100 different countries! So, there are no excuses as to why your customers wouldn't want to shop!

Here are the steps on how you can achieve a basic and effective online store:


Start by setting up an account with Shopify at www.shopify.com.sg.  To start beautifying your store, you can choose a website layout theme. As for me, I chose the simplest theme to match my products. I personally like the clean black and white look. 



You can also change your store name at any point in time. If you feel like your store name isn't that nice, you can immediately change it!



Go to Themes > Click Visit the Theme Store to select your ideal theme




On the left side of the page, there are filters for you to choose so as to make your search a little bit easier. Filter by industry will help you to choose themes are suitable for your needs.



After you are happy with your themes, you can start adding the products that you want to sell!



You can even add discounts....



And manage all your customers too!



IT IS THAT EASY!


Are you ready to set up an online business? Shopify has a 14-day trial for new users but of course, for my lovely readers, there's always something special for you.


GIVE AWAY!

To try out Shopify for free, simply enter the contest and stand a chance to win 1 of the 5 three-month Shopify Starter Plans! To enter the contest, participants are to email their name, handphone number and store name to contest@gushcloud.com. Participants are to also answer the following questions: 1) Why do you want to set up an online store? and 2) What do you plan to sell?
Contest is only open to Singapore residents and winning entries will be notified by phone or email.

All the best!!!

1 comment :

  1. Hi, are you really selling your navy laptop sleeve? I went to your Shopify shop but I can't purchase it :(

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