Create your own ecommerce store with Shopify
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① Choose & customise a theme
Customize the design of your shop from over thousands of themes. No design experience or programming skills required.
② Add products
Add your products to the shop. List your eye-catching products with the best photos, price and descriptions.
③ Start selling
Set up payments and shipping, and start selling.
Research what products you’d like to sell or can source to sell, select a business name, register your business with the government, obtain permits and licenses, choose an ecommerce software and create your website, load your products onto the site, launch, and start marketing your business.
- Business to consumer (B2C): When you sell a good or service to an individual consumer (e.g., you buy a jacket from an online retailer).
- Business to business (B2B): When you sell a good or service to another business (e.g., a business sells wholesale products for another business to use).
- Consumer to consumer (C2C): When you sell a good or service to another consumer (e.g., you sell vintage clothes on Facebook Marketplace to another consumer).
- Consumer to business (C2B): When you sell products or services to a business (e.g., an influencer or affiliate offers exposure to their audience in exchange for a fee).
Yes, the ecommerce industry is profitable. Successfully starting an ecommerce company is a marathon, not a sprint. It can take 18 to 24 months for your business to get off the ground. It’s critical that you don’t measure the success of your business by your first-ear profitability.
No, starting an ecommerce company is easy, with platforms like Shopify enabling brands to go online in just a few days. Starting a brand consists of hard work and continual market research to improve your business. We encourage you to read all our guides on how to start a business before you set up a store.