This is Moira from the Social Care team at Shopify. Thanks for posting, and a very warm welcome to the Community!
Shopify is an e-commerce software that merchants around the world use to create their own, independent stores to sell online or in-person. Are you looking to start an online business selling your products or services? If so, then have a look at this guide right here to see what Shopify can offer you.
Starting a business can seem daunting or confusing, especially if you're unsure where to start. Luckily, Shopify has plenty of online resources to help with the start-up process, including experimenting with different ways to run your business.
Because you don't have an idea of a particular niche to dive into, have you considered Dropshipping? Dropshipping is a business model where you essentially curate a selection of products within whichever niche you choose, using wholesale sites like AliExpress, and once a customer buys from you, you then purchase the product from your supplier and have them ship it directly to your customer. It's a very hands-off way of starting a business and has a low start-up cost. We have plenty of resources on this topic:
The Ultimate Guide to Dropshipping E-book: At Shopify, what we really like about dropshipping is that it provides a lower-risk approach for independent businesses to test out new product ideas (and product lines) without having to own and pay for the product upfront.
Oberlo Blog: Oberlo is an app that connects to Shopify, allowing you to sell products from outside sites. Oberlo is also owned by Shopify, and these Blogs are great at giving you pro-tips about running this type of business.
Outside of this, we also have plenty of resources to help you get started with Shopify:
Shopify Blog: Our Shopify Blogs are an amazing resource for everything Shopify-related, included finding a niche to explore.
Shopify Compass: Is full of video classes you can work your way through to learn how best to run your business! These classes are free with a Shopify membership.
As you're working on just getting started, you may be interested in learning about growing your business with Shopify. I've attached the course below so you can learn more about how this can benefit your business:
If this sounds like something you might be interested in, we have a free 14-day trial you can use to see if it's the right fit for you - you can sign up right here.
If you have any questions please feel free to thread those below.
Moira | Social Care @ Shopify
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