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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best platform for Ecommerce?
While there is no “one size fits all” solution, we believe Shopify is the best option for 99% of the market. It offers a powerful, scalable, solution that can handle everything from family run small businesses to massive multinational brands like Budweiser and The Economist. The high quality of its platform at every level is probably what has made it the world’s most popular platform.
What are the basic requirements for Ecommerce?
There are four basic requirements for an Ecommerce business
- Your niche: you need to conduct some research to find the market for your product online
- Your site: the next thing to focus on is building a website that not only looks the part, but has all the
functionality needed to operate a successful ecommerce business.
Registration of your company: this is a vital and unavoidable part of setting up any business.
- Your products and suppliers: once you’ve figured out your niche, built your site, and registered your company,
you need to figure out where you’re going to source your products.
What is Shopify and how does it work?
Shopify is a comprehensive Ecommerce platform that lets you start, grow, and manage an online business. You can:
- Create an online store tailored to your requirements, including powerful and customizable backend functionality
- Sell on the web through mobile, social media, and online marketplaces as well as through brick-and-mortar locations, and pop-up shops
- Manage products, stock control, payments, and shipping
Shopify is completely cloud-based and hosted, meaning there’s no need to upgrade software or maintain web servers. As a result, you have the flexibility to access and run your business from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an internet connection.
How much does Shopify cost?
Best for new businesses, or online businesses new to in-person selling $29 USD per month
Best for growing businesses with 1 retail store $79 USD month
Best for growing businesses with 2+ retail stores $299 USD per month
Is Ecommerce worth it?
Ecommerce is the most powerful trend in business today. The vast majority of retail growth happening right now is happening online. This is because there are numerous advantages to selling in this medium that can’t be replicated in brick-and-mortar locations. You don’t need staff to man your shop, you can sell to people anywhere there’s an internet connection (even on the other side of the world), and you never even have to touch a product – everything can be automated on platforms like Shopify… provided you know what you’re doing. Business is not for everybody – and there are some types of business that just wouldn’t work online (good luck giving someone a haircut over Zoom). But if your business is selling products and you want it to Thrive in an increasingly online retail landscape, ecommerce is a step you will likely have to take in the near future.
What is Dropshipping and how does it work?
Dropshipping is when a vendor fulfils orders from a third party and has them ship directly to the customer. In other words, the vendors passes on the sales order to the supplier, who then fulfils the order. The vendor does not store their own stock control or ship items directly.