How do I initiate starting my own online store?

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What do i do now to get started with my shop

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Hi, @Revinnrockers.

Thank you for your message, I would be happy to offer you some suggestions for getting started. We are happy to hear that you are looking to create a shop with us, to start, I would love to hear more about what type of store you are hoping to create. Do you intend to sell your own products, or set up a dropshipping store where you sell products from a supplier? If you are not sure what products you want to sell yet, I would recommend checking out this handy article that walks through ways you can find products. The alternative to selling your own product would be to utilize dropshipping. Dropshipping lets you sell products by using a supplier that holds the inventory and ships the product for you. You pay the wholesale price to the supplier while controlling the price that your customers see in your Shopify store. If you are interested in more information on dropshipping, we have a helpful guide that you can review here

Once you choose a product to sell, you will want to start your 14-day free trial so you can get a feel for choosing your theme and then building your shop. I recommend going through our Intro to Shopify guide, it will walk you through an overview of the platform, a breakdown of our subscription plans and even how to get started with your 14-day free trial. You may also want to review our Themes page, to start looking through the free Shopify themes and paid, third-party theme options we offer to get an idea of the design you are hoping to go for. Make sure to take advantage of our Help Center for tutorials and guides, our Youtube channel for video walkthroughs and tutorials, as well as our Shopify Compass website that offers free courses, training and tutorials on topics related to creating and running your Shopify store. Lastly, I love sharing this great article that showcases 50 inspirational Shopify stores that you can review for some inspiration, some of the shops showcase here may help you decide on some features you hope to have on your store. 

I hope this information helps you out moving forward, please do not hesitate to reach back out here with any questions. We are always more than happy to help out our merchants! 

To learn more visit the Shopify Help Center or the Community Blog.