The First 3 Steps to Setting up Your Shopify Store

The First 3 Steps to Setting up Your Shopify Store

#SideHustleSeries: The first 3 steps to setting up your Shopify store

 

If you’ve finally decided to bite the bullet and set up your own store on Shopify, congratulations! Store ownership can be vastly rewarding, and incredibly lucrative if done properly. While setting up your shop can be sold as “easy”, the truth is there are a lot of details that go into it. Today, we’re going to talk about the first three steps to setting up your Shopify store.

 

When I opened my shop, Polka Dotted All The Things Boutique, I was a little overwhelmed with all the options. It helped to just choose one thing to focus on at a time, before moving on to the next. During Shopify’s 14 day Free Trial, I organized the theme, apps, and products that I wanted to sell, and made sure it was all operational before opening it to the public.

 

Now for me, I took about 12 of those 14 days, but if you find after two or three days or even a week that you’re ready to open shop and get rid of the password page, you can learn all about that here:

 

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The first 3 steps to setting up Shopify stores:

 

Themes

Shopify has a list of free and paid themes. You can also find themes off site but that’ll require you to upload it yourself. For my store, I used the Debut Theme, which is free on Shopify. There is a really great list of free themes here – though some of may no longer be free. Just be aware of that.

 

Don’t spend too much time picking a theme. You can always change it later and as Sheryl Sandberg says, “Perfection is the enemy of done.” So pick something that you think will work, and move on.

 

One thing to keep in mind when you are picking a theme is if it is responsive. Responsive means that it switches from Desktop to Mobile and Tablet with ease, and doesn’t look all weird.

 

You can customize the colors, fonts, and more in the customize theme section of Shopify.

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Blogs

You have a space to keep a blog on your store and I recommend that you do… first thing. If you are able to get two or three posts up before you launch, that’s great! Make sure they’re focused around your niche, and that they provide value to your customers.

 

It’s a great way to bring in traffic, and you can link to your products within the blog using the buy button sales channel. You can also share them in groups that promote blog posts and on Pinterest. If you want to know more about building a blog you can check my blogging 101 e-course.

 

If you’re starting a print on demand teeshirt shop, for instance, your blog posts could be about where to wear the shirts, new designs, your creative process, etc. Some print on demand companies will give you a voucher for a sample item so you can see the quality of their work. You can use that sample to produce some great photos for your blog, and for the launch.

Apps

The app store on Shopify has so many amazing options! From free services to super intense paid services, and everything in between, whatever you’re looking to do with your store, it’s yours to do. The App Store makes setting up Shopify incredibly easy.

 

I recommend starting first with Shopify’s free apps.

 

Some of the apps will only let you install them if you’ve already signed up for a Shopify plan (like Pinterest and Buzzfeed). Other apps are free to download but require an additional paid subscription to the service the app provides.

 

They also have a collection of apps called “Launch Your Shop”. Inside you’ll find lots of the Shopify apps, but also you’ll find Oberlo. If you’re planning on Dropshipping, Oberlo is the place to start. Its free for your first 500 orders/mo, and only $29/mo after that.

 

AfterShip allows you to send tracking numbers to your customers so they know where their package is. It even works if you’re dropshipping. Its free for your first 100 customers/mo, and prices start as low as $10/mo for 100 with their full features.

 

Plug In SEO is great, but only works if you have a paid plan. Don’t worry about that for now; on day three we’re going to focus on SEO.

 

You’ll probably want something for reviews, personal recommendations, upselling, and email marketing. Make sure you explore the different apps available and choose what will work best for you and your budget. Also remember that if it doesn’t work the way you want it to, you can always reach out to the owner/creator/company and ask about additional features, pricing, and more. Or you can uninstall it.

 

There are many more steps to setting up Shopify stores, and I hope you’ll keep checking back because in this Side Hustle Series, we’re going to dig deep.

 

Are you ready to sign up for your 14 day free trial on Shopify? Do it here!

 

 

 

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Facebook Groups for Business

Facebook Groups for Business

Did you hear? Melyssa Griffin, infopreneur extraordinaire has decided to close her free Facebook Group for Business, Online BFFs. The news was fairly heartbreaking, though not unexpected having listened to her most recent podcasts. It’s true she hasn’t been present in her incredibly large Facebook group of over 70,000 members in quite a while. Other than the quick promotions she did for her friend’s coaching program, and raising over $100K for charity back in the spring, she really hasn’t been seen there much.

 

And it’s no wonder what with growing a million dollar business in just over two years. Her focus is on other things, and I can’t fault her for wanting to create deeper and more meaningful connections. It’s hard to do when your platform is in the thousands. I found it particularly telling through her new podcast, “Pursuit with Purpose”. The description says:

 

…”in 2016 I hit my first million dollar year, and yet I was totally miserable.”

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Not to criticize too harshly, especially since I do consider Melyssa a great mentor, but there are some people in the world who will never be happy with what they have. She wasn’t happy teaching, so she started blogging about personal development. And that wasn’t quite right, so she moved on to web design. She wasn’t happy with web design, so she started making courses. And now she’s not happy with that, so she’s starting a podcast. Melyssa has accomplished some incredible goals in just a few years and she should be so proud of the business she’s built. Instead, it seems like she just keeps looking for something else to get her to her happy place.

 

I truly wish Melyssa the best of luck in her future endeavors, and will be watching out for what she comes up with next.

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But for those of us who rely so heavily on Facebook groups for promotion, sales, marketing and help, where do we go?

 

Well, luckily, Melyssa asked people to share their favorite Facebook groups for business to give her members another place to go. There are literally hundreds of them out there, and this list has compiled the largest groups. More than 40 Facebook Groups for business are on this list, all of them with memberships of one thousand people. I personally love the groups that are between 500-1500. They’re small enough to be keep track of all the postings, but large enough to encourage participation. The large groups have incredible amounts of participation though, and I find so much useful information there.

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The Ultimate List of Facebook Groups for Business

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/BizTechCollective/ Digital Marketing Squad

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1501478083461108/ The Entreprenuer Inqubator

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/fempreneurs/ Fierce Entruepruial Leaders

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/branditsociety/ Brand It Society

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/smartbcamp/ Smart BCamp: Business Community

https://www.facebook.com/groups/vaclinic Virtual Assistant Clinic

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/CourseCreatorsCommunity/

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/InTheFrontRow/?hc_location=ufi

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/EntrepreneursVirtualSupport/

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/bloggersmastermindhq/

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Theoverwhelmedhustlepreneur/

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/FAEntreprenuer/ Feminine Affluent Entrepurenur

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/themompreneurcommunity/

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/182622742089243/ creative super heros

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/litupandloadedentrepreneur/

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/thinkcreativecollective/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenwinningonline/

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/inspiredbloggersnetwork/

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/makingsenseofcents/

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Pinningainteasy/

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/busymomsbuilding/

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/413283888860005/ Super Hero Entreprenuers

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/LivingTheLaptopLifeCYLL/

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/elevate.cultivate/

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/indielaw/

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/heartcenteredbizbosses/

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/bloguettesbulletinboard/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/brandbuildsell/

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/FoxleyRockstars/

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/nerdygirlmastermind/ Nerdy Girl/Guy Mastermind

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SavvyBusinessOwners/

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/559126410943827/ Blogging Babes and Business Bosses

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/257882564543901/ Adventures in blogging

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/rymixersclub/ Connect and Cultivate with Ivory Mix

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/bizninjas/ brazen business owners

https://www.facebook.com/groups/bloggingnewbs/

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/shaathefreedomcollective/

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/HellBoundBloggers.HBB/

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/networkcapital/

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/womentrepreneur.net

https://www.facebook.com/groups/christianwomenbloggersunite/

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/FreedomJunkies/

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenwinningonline/

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/7daytrepchallenge/ Millennial Entrepreunuer Community

https://www.facebook.com/groups/thegramgang/

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/goindependent/ humans of online business

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/adventuredaze/ Brendan burns mastermind group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/CreateIfWriting/

What’s your favorite Facebook group, not business related? Link me in the comments!

 

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How to Start your Blog in Just 5 Minutes! + Free Blogging Crash Course

How to Start your Blog in Just 5 Minutes! + Free Blogging Crash Course

Side Hustle Series: Start Your Blog in Five Minutes – Step by Step Guide

 

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Blogging is by far the most lucrative way to earn money these days. Its accessible, and with a little know-how, it can be incredibly profitable. There are a lot of reasons to start a blog/website. You can use it to make your resume. You can use it to earn money on the side. Starting your blog in five minutes might seem impossible but I assure you, it’s not!

Many people start blogging and turn it into their full time job. I’m sure you’ve read dozens of posts already either here about side hustles and how to start your blog, or Pinterest (which is a great way to grow your readership), and a lot of the information is sound. But they can a lot of times get into details way beyond just getting started which can leave you feeling overwhelmed. 

I like to keep things simple. If you’re ready to start your blog, follow this step by step guide to get signed up. It literally takes less than five minutes… unless you’re struggling over your domain name. but never fear! If you want decide that later, Bluehost will help you with that.

 

Step By Step Guide – Start your Blog in Five Minutes

 

Step One:

Go to bluehost.com and click on the big bright green GET STARTED NOW BUTTON.

Or skip straight to picking out your domain right here:

 

Step Two: Pick your Plan.

 

On this page, they’re going to show you the prices, options, etc. So here is a #ProTip: Get what you can afford, and don’t settle. In addition, buying domain names gets kind of addicting. If you think there is even a remote chance that you’re going to own more than one website during your hosting period, Opt for at least the plus plan. Otherwise you’ll have to upgrade later which is a total pain.

Another thing to consider: Domain Privacy. If you purchase a plan without this, you can always add it in at the end for an extra fee. If you purchase your hosting without the Domain Privacy, be prepared to get spammed by every single marketer out there. I cannot stress how important it is to have Domain Privacy.

 

The Bluehost Prime plan includes the Domain Privacy and right now it’s on sale for the same price as the plus plan. And worth every single penny, I promise.

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Step Three: Pick your domain

Have a domain name in mind to start your blog? On the next page you’ll pick it. If its not available, Bluehost will show you some different options available.

 

When picking a domain, it’s important to make sure it’s easy to spell, doesn’t have too many words, is catchy, and doesn’t have any hyphens.

 

You can of course have hyphens, but your readers might forget your address and it’s just one more barrier to people coming back to your site.

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Step Four: Make sure you get the Domain Privacy

Next, depending on your plan, you’ll check back to see if you need to change anything, or if you want to add additional offers from Bluehost like Domain Privacy and SSL certificates. Please don’t hesitate on the Domain Privacy. If you plan on processing credit cards, you’ll want an SSL certificate. Google has added changes to their algorithm that “punishes” sites that process cards that also don’t have an SSL certificate.

 

If you’re only planning on using affiliate links, or using PayPal or a third party vendor (Like Shopify) when you start your blog, you don’t need to worry about that. But if you plan on using something like Square, Stripe, Authorize Payments or Woocommerce, you should get the SSL certificate.

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Step Five: Make your purchase!

Next, you just need to check out! Easy peasy!

 

When you use BlueHost, the setup is quick and easy. After you finish your purchase, you’ll be directed to Mojo Marketplace where you can use their one-click install to install WordPress.

And then all you have to do is start blogging!

 

If this is your first blog and you’re not sure where to start, sign up for my Blogging 101 course. Its free. Over 7 days you’ll get daily guidance emails to setup your theme, content planning, affiliates, plugins and more. Plus you’ll get access to the Millennial Life Skills Vault which has tons of resources to support your new venture and help make those first sales. No more wondering where to start: Blogging 101 has got you covered.

 

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Side Hustle Series: Lifestyle Blogger and Instagrammer

Side Hustle Series: Lifestyle Blogger and Instagrammer

Welcome to another addition of the #SideHustleSeries. Today we’re interviewing a lifestyle blogger, who has a lot of great ideas about mindset and getting started. If you’re thinking about starting a blog, sign up for my free Blogging 101 course here

Hi! Who are you?

HI there! My name is Caroline Everett Welti, I was born and raised in the south! North Carolina was home for 22 years until I up and moved west to Dallas, Texas where I am still trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life.

What is your side hustle, and where can we find it?

I have multiple side hustles, one of them is babysitting… the OTHER is blogging, as a fashion/lifestyle blogger, social media influencing and dipping my toes into the waters of vlogging now!! 😊

How long have you done this side hustle?

It will be a year as of my birthday on July 9th. I planned the blog’s massive break into society on my most popular day of the year… and it went great!

What drew you to it?

I fell in love with Instagram in 2010.. my senior year of high school. I posted and posted and connected friends together and even found a bunch of random people out of state and country. I had a massive love for social media already but Instagram took my obsession to the next level. In the past four years I researched how to start a blog and now I have been live almost a whole year now.

I love visuals. I love sharing things about myself and seeing what interests other people. I learn from them and they learn from me. It is an open community of ever-evolving self expression that speaks to me. This is why I want to be that person to tell you about this awesome new brand I discovered, or how I got the best Gucci perfume for only $48 last week.. I mean.. GUCCI!? If you see what I mean… it’s that it’s all about the connection, and the influence.

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How did you study/train/prepare for this business?

I went through a period last year when I was not working as much before my blog launched. The amount of time on my hands was overflowing with notebook after notebook full of notes and ideas. I read up on other blogs, blogs about blogs, social media stars, and various articles to merge it with my own knowledge of Instagram to study and prep for my launch.

What is the best way for you to find clients?

BRAVERY. Make that media kit. Send those emails. Only so many people can tell you no.

Tell me about the platform/s you use. What are some of the features that make it incredible to use? Does it have any downsides?

I use WordPress for my blog, Facebook and Instagram. When it comes to secondhand editing and help, I use Mosaico, an app that helps create a cohesive Instagram grid before you actually post them. It was $5. I always use Google Drive and One Drive for ease of access to all my photos. As of right now, my favorite editing app is called Pics Art.

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What would you recommend to someone just starting their business:

Only work with brands that are reflective of yourself and your values and personality.
Promote yourself like it’s the end of the world. Post, post, post. Don’t ever stop on that or you will fall off.
Create a COHESIVE Instagram feed. Aesthetics are everything.
Reach out to others that you feel you connect with and always, always go the extra mile to create those long term relationships with brands and other influencers.

How many hours a week do you think you spend on it?

Not enough… about 3.

What are your business goals for 2017?

  • Post daily, if not more
  • To get to 500 posts on Instagram from 412.
  • To get on a weekly posting schedule for my blog. Sometimes I neglect it for weeks.
  • To reach out to 5 brands a week.
  • To get on Like To Know It!!!!

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

TO “create a media kit already and get those emails out, girl!”

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Tell me the greatest/favorite review/testimonial you’ve received?

My friends from back home are very supportive in every way.

What is the best way to build a relationship with your clientele?

Be engaged 24/7 because you can’t get your point across with communication. 😊

How active are you on social media? Do you spread yourself around or stick to one or two mediums?
It’s been said that I’m too active.. and no I generally stick to one… I’d be surprised if you didn’t know which one it is by now 😊

If you could go back and make your start a little easier, what is one thing you would have changed?
I would have payed someone to setup and design a website for me because by god I still have no idea how to design it and quite frankly I’m embarrassed of it.

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Any other advice, or stories to share?

There might be people currently in your life that do not support your ideas, your hard work or your presence on social media, but just go for it and look back every week on what you have accomplished and how it adds up to the bigger picture.

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The Ultimate Pinterest Group Boards Source

The Ultimate Pinterest Group Boards Source

How to find Pinterest Group Boards and then what to do with them

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If you’re starting your blog, or looking to grow your traffic, chances are you’ve seen a dozen posts about using Pinterest to grow your blog traffic. Pinterest is a great resource. It’s probably my favorite. When optimized correctly, it can drive up to 80%+ of your daily traffic.

 

The magic of Pinterest is understanding that it is less social network, more visual search engine. It has dozens, if not hundreds of different technical algorithms that pick up keywords, comparable content, and even alt titles and images. Every part of your pin needs to be fully optimized in order to get your best results.

 

What your pin looks like is just as important to where you pin.

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Personal Pinterest Boards

 

For starters, it is totally okay to pin to your own boards, and more than once and more than one board. Not all of your followers follow your whole profile. I have several that only follow one or two boards.

 


Also, Pinterest’s smart feed has kind of changed the way users see your pins. While your followers will still see yours, there’s probably a better chance of people who have never heard of you finding your pins in their smart feeds, based on their recent searches and access to their own boards.

 

But the best way to get your pins in front of other eye balls, is to get them onto group boards.

 

Group boards are created by a single user that invites several other pinners to. You’ve probably heard of them, and even follow several of them. If you’re not following enough, or are looking for more but don’t know where to start, this is the technique I’ve used to find dozens of niche group boards.

 

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Join my group boards: Pinterest Group Boards

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The Best Way to Find Pinterest Group Boards

 

  • Find your favorite bloggers or those in your niche on Pinterest
  • Look at their boards
  • Look for the shared boards with the little people sign
  • Click through, ask for permission however you’re directed.
  • Look for boards with high followers. At least 1,000 followers but preferably up in the 10k+ numbers. You want as many eyeballs on your pins as possible.

 

Ideally, spend 1-2 hours a week on this. People will take awhile to get back.

Once you’ve been accepted, start pinning your stuff to them. Make sure you pin things from those board to your own. It helps create virality. People will find your profile quicker and follow you.

 

If someone says you can only join if you pay them to join, report them to Pinterest and keep yo’ money. (Yes, someone asked me to pay them once.)

 

Now that you’ve gotten into your group boards, make your pinning game easier and less stressed by signing up for a free trial of Tailwind. Tailwind lets you schedule your pins to all of your boards (personal and group) and has a lot of cool features to really enhance your traffic. The best use of tailwind is scheduling your pins once so you don’t have to manually do it. Talk about a time suck! They also have Tailwind Tribes which are like internal boards that you post to, and then other user’s share your pins.

Pinterest Resources

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