The other day I received an email from a reader. It was one sentence.
“Why can’t I sell anything on Shopify before the 14 day free trial is over?”
I have a long answer so I thought I would share it here for everyone. Plus, at the end I have a special surprise (hint: Its a giveaway!)
You’ve done it, you’ve picked your theme, you’ve got your apps all organized, and payment portal set up and you are ready to start making money.
But wait, you can’t yet! Why not?
Because Shopify’s 14 day free trial is to allow you time to set up your store and get excited about the possibility. You have to make the most of those 14 days.
You can pick out all the free apps, get your content all loaded and decide what your markup is going to be. In addition, you can start promoting your business on Facebook and building interest so when you do go live, you’ll already have customers interested in purchasing what you’re offering.
When you’re ready to go live, you’ll need to purchase your domain and your first month of service. Plans start as low as $29/mo. They have the option for month-to-month or annual plans so if you’re weary of investing too much in the first month that is a great option.
Of course, their best features come in at the $79/mo price point. You can really start to grow your business with the right amount of support.
Here’s the important part: if you’re ready to launch at day 3 or 7 of your 14 day free trial, you can! In order to remove your password page, you have to choose a plan and agree to be charged for your first month or annual plan at the end of your 14 day trial.
This means, if you’re ready to launch your store on day 4, you get ten days free of selling and can see if you make any conversions before you pay for your first month! It’s as simple as that!
So if you’re worried about investing your money- don’t. Many stores have opened up on less than $100 dollars. One Mr. Chris Guilbeaux even wrote a book called the $100 Start Up. (SIde note: I just finished it and it’s a pretty interested read. If you haven’t read it, it has lots of case studies about how people started their businesses for less than $100 and most didn’t have any business experience. Sound like anyone you know?)
And after 3 months, you’ll know if it’s worth it or not to continue, or if you’re ready to invest even more into it. After 3 months, if you’re not making a profit, then quit. You’ve lost $90 bucks, which isn’t the worst thing. Its like, 2 months worth of coffee at Starbucks.
But if you’re making a profit after 3 months, then great! Keep doing what you’re doing! And tell me all about it! I’d love to feature you on my Side Hustle Series!
If you’re wondering how much you could make, and where you’re going to find your customers, I have a plan. A business plan and you can download it for free.
Still not sure if you’re ready to take the plunge?
Then I suggest you absolutely sign up for the 14 day free trial. Worst case scenario, you don’t like the functions. You don’t like how it’s built. You’ve wasted a little time, and no money. You can even open your store and see if you get any sales before deciding to close it down for good if that’s what you want.
Best case scenario, you understand why thousands of people use Shopify as their store front. It’s beyond the easy user interface, and apps that make dropshipping simple. There’s a community spirit here that transcends individual stores. Their forums are super helpful and full of incredibly good information. If you have a question, someone has probably already asked it.
One of Shopify’s best features is that it allows you to take your online shop offline. Interested in craft bazaars? Pop up boutiques? Festivals or shows? Take your Shopify Point of Sale with you. All you need is their handy little swiper and a smartphone or tablet. (isn’t the world we live in fabulous?)
When your 14 day free trial is up, you need to be ready to make an investment in your future. The best way to feel sure about that is to do your research. Shopify has some amazing resources on their site, and I’ve even created a free Business Plan to help you make the most of your Shopify experience.
Check out these articles on Shopify for more information, and then get started with your shop with your 14 day free trial.
Bonus: Hey, you made it to the bottom of this post! Awesome!
I’ve launched my own store on Shopify and to celebrate its grand opening, I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY!
Omg! Polka Dotted All The Things is almost here!
What is Polka Dotted All The Things? Its the one stop shop for all things polka dotted!
I’m so excited to start this store that I’ve decided to offer a giveaway as well! We officially open on June 1st, 2017! To build up excitement, this giveaway is starting a little early, and running a little long. I want to make sure everyone gets a chance to enter! If you want a chance at a $100 gift card to Polka Dotted All The Things, read more:
Here’s how to enter:
Using the widget below, plug in your name, and your valid email address. Then you have three more options:
1) Refer friends through your special link and receive an additional entry
2) Follow Polka Dotted All The Things on Instagram
3) Tag 5 Friends on the designated Instagram photo in the comments
If you love polka dots half as much as I do, you’re going to love this store. More items are being added all the time, so sign up for our weekly newsletter to stay up to date on sales, new items, and other special deals.