Some things in the world were just meant to go together.
Batman and Robin.
Peanut butter and jelly.
Chocolate and peanut butter.
Ok, pretty much anything and peanut butter.
And even though, sadly, we have nothing to do with peanut butter, for those interested in setting up an ecommerce business, you need to look no further than the dynamic duo of Gooten and Shopify.
Starting a business from scratch is a nerve-wracking proposition, as any entrepreneur can tell you. That’s why you need to simplify your infrastructure.
Shopify makes selling products online easy. Gooten makes the manufacturing and delivery of what you sell just as simple. By creating accounts through both platforms, you have everything you need to start running your ecommerce business. You can do all this through the Gooten Shopify App which allows you to quickly integrate your Shopify store with our network of Global Print Manufacturers.
Benefits of Shopify
Shopify is one of the easiest ecommerce builders to help you run your online store for the first time, making the process straightforward and painless. Shopify is used by Pixar, Evernote, Amnesty International, Wikipedia and General Electric, and many other companies.
Shopify offers a 14-day trial period free of cost so you can try before you buy, and their range of packages are available at competitive rates.
They will give you everything, from hosting, domain, design, CMC, payment gateways and everything else you need to start a successful store online.
Shopify is great for SEO as they create 100% crawlable, clean code. They allow for custom title tags, and meta descriptions, even on collections. In addition, they have other essentials such as search consoles and sitemaps.
Setting up Your Shopify Store
Once Shopify creates your account, you will enter your basic details – name, address and phone number, then what you are selling and revenue (if you have any yet). Then, you will be taken to the admin dashboard to begin creating your online store.
Obviously the more detailed your shop is the more authentic it looks. Here are the steps to take:
1. Add Your Products
You can have up to 100 variations per product in your Shopify store that fall into options such as size, color, and finish. Options are product specific, so you can have one product with a set of options, and another product with a different set of options.
2. Customize Your Design
Next, you will want to add a custom design to your Shopify store by choosing a theme. The Shopify Theme Store has a great variety of designs to choose from free to paid and sorted by industry.
3. Setup Your Domain Name
The Shopify Online Nanual has all of the documentation you need to set up your custom domain, from purchasing one from Shopify to using one you already have.
4. Setup Shipping and Tax Rates
Shopify includes some basic rates to get you started, but depending on what you sell, you may need to customize more options.
5. Setup Payments
If you are in the USA, Canada or the UK you can accept payments with Shopify Payments that accept credit cards without needing to set up a third-pasty payment gateway or merchant account.
Most of these will be filled out while you complete the above steps, but a few things like the place where you add your Google Analytics code, store title, and store description are awaiting configuration in the general settings section.
7. Promote, Promote, Promote
Once you are ready, you can make your Shopify store public. Check out our article on 15 ways to start promoting your store.
How Gooten Can Grow Your Business
Dropshipping is how ARTrepreneurs are able to outsource the manufacturing and delivery of the products they want to sell.
When a customer orders a product from your Shopify store, the order is sent directly to our system. Our platform intelligently routes it to the best manufacturer within our network that can quickly produce and deliver to your customer.
Our dropshipping model values simplicity in all things - simplified technology, simplified service, and a simplified profit model. Here are 7 ways Gooten helps you make and KEEP your money:
1. Everything You Make Is Profit
The Gooten platform is FREE. No hidden costs, no setup fees, no monthly charges. Our only cost to you is the price of production, which is transparent through your Gooten account.
2. Great Pricing on Products
We have the capability to buy in bulk from our print manufacturers. We receive wholesale prices on manufactured products, and we pass those savings through to you.
3. You Decide Your Profit
You set your own markup price on what you sell. Our system lets you run specials anytime you want, including the ability to offer coupon codes for seasonal campaigns.
4. Time Is Money
Gooten actively prospects for additional print manufacturers to add to our network. The vetting process is time-consuming, involves multiple sample orders and mystery shopping to ensure we onboard high-quality, reliable vendors. We allow you to invest your time in what it takes to grow your business through expanding your ideas and marketing.
5. No Need For Printing Equipment
Dropshipping means you’ll never have to worry about purchasing expensive printing equipment that will eventually need repairs and become obsolete over time.
6. No Need For Inventory
Gooten allows you to print-on-demand. That means you don’t have to concern yourself with managing inventory and carrying debt to start your business.
7. Free Partner Support
You can rely on our dedicated Partner Support team, 7 days a week via email and live chat. We investigate any issues with uploading designs, lost or damaged packages, and everything else associated with production and delivery.
Technology has democratized the creative model. Through ecommerce, dropshipping, and social media, ARTrepreneurs can market, sell, and ship everywhere across the globe. Now is the perfect time to share your vision and creative ideas with the world.