Shopify is not a new platform, but it is one of the most popular e-commerce tools at the moment and there's no sign that it's popularity is on the way out. So, if you're a budding internet entrepreneur, how should you go about setting up your first Shopify store?
Choosing a product to sell
There are a lot of ways to choose products, but generally I'd recommend something popular that does not come in lots of sizes – and if you're drop shipping with suppliers from China then make sure it's not something that can easily be damaged, like electronics or glassware.
Sites like Salehoo and Worldwide Brands are good places to find suppliers – both are certified directories of reliable wholesalers, manufacturers and drop shippers from around the world.
Setting up with Shopify apps
Shopify is a good platform, but the basic setup is, well, quite basic. Luckily there are a lot of apps – created both by Shopify and third parties – that you can install.
Many are free, but there are some that are more expensive than your Shopify subscription! The cost can add up very fast the more apps you use – and like with WordPress the more you have installed the slower your site may be, so use no more than eight apps.
Shopify is easy to use and cheap to subscribe to – it also has a long free trial, so you could have a store set up and actually bringing in revenue before you even pay for the subscription.