Who can I contact to help me clarify step by step process to start my online business? I also thought I read somewhere that there was a link to wholesale discount products that could be sold on our website? This is all brand new to me and a lot of the steps are confusing, is there someone who can walk me through the steps from beginning to end?
Hyde here from Shopify.
The step-by-step guide to setting up your own online store is available right here. You would start with a free 14-day trial you can use to see if it's the right fit for you (you can sign up right here) and then, if you decided it was right for you, you would pick a paid plan.
When you say "wholesale discount products" it sounds like you might be referring to dropshipping. Dropshipping is a retail fulfillment method where a store doesn't keep the products it sells in stock. Instead, when a store sells a product, it purchases the item from a third party and has it shipped directly to the customer. Our ultimate guide to dropshipping is right here. It will walk you through everything you need to know about starting off, finding suppliers, and maintaining your business. We also have a Dropshipping 101 course on our Academy.
Do you have an idea of what it is you'd like to sell? Bear in mind that to build a brand you should look at having
- a strong, relevant name.
- a visual identity (logo, color scheme)
- a mission statement (what makes your brand different)
- a target customer (who is your customer? What magazines do they read? What social media do they hang out on? Who influences their decisions? Are they high or low tech?)
Have you given this much thought? Or are you still in the very earliest of stages?
I'm happy to help you out more if you have more questions!
All the best, Hyde.