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How Long Does It Take To Set Up Shopify?

Paige Harris Jul 4, 2022 1:00:00 PM

If you're in a rush to get your eCommerce site up and running, you can set up a Shopify store in about half an hour–although most businesses will take a few days to polish and perfect their pages before going live!

Shopify for small business clients is beyond easy to use, with drag and drop boxes and customization templates so you can make sure everything is on-brand.

We recommend you use the free Shopify privacy policy generator so that you're on board with compliance regulations before making your first sale. 


Setting Up Shopify Step-by-Step

Before you get started, you'll need to create a Shopify account, pick the package you need, and provide your email address and a suitable password.

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From there, you can jump in and work through a few different stages:

  1. Choose a name for your store
  2. Use the free Shopify subdomain or connect an existing domain to your digital store
  3. Add your personal details and access your admin panel


The best option is to hold off on uploading your products right away and focus on the basics, like including your contact details and adding your “about us” introduction.


There is a free Shopify privacy policy, but it's a basic document that is standardized, with the only reference to your business being your address and email. A more tailored policy may be a safer bet, and you can adjust the terms to reflect your preferences and trade.


Adding Products to a New Shopify Store

Ready to get your products on sale? Now, you can start using your page editor with a few new features not yet utilized on your shop’s informational pages.


If you have pre-existing product pages, you can copy and paste the content, filling in each field with:

  • The product name
  • A brief description
  • Keywords (essential for search engine rankings)
  • High-resolution product photos


The more detail, the better, so your customers know exactly what they're ordering!


Once that's done, you need to add payment details, and can enter your cost per item if you like, which helps to calculate the profit per sale and the profit margin you'll make.KLAYVIO - LAC SWIM


Managing Stock Levels Through Shopify

When you've completed your product data, you can choose to add stock tracking to get a prompt if you're about to sell out.


To utilize this feature:

  • Enter the stock quantity you have for each stock keeping unit
  • Fill in the barcode or unique item number
  • Tick the boxes to track available quantities 


You can also select the option to keep selling when you've run out, a helpful option if you have a short supply chain or dropship from a manufacturer.


Additionally, each of these steps remains editable, so if something changes, you can keep these details up-to-date at any time through your admin dashboard.


Weighing up Stripe versus Shopify based on the setup time? 


Remember that Stripe purely deals with eCommerce payments, whereas Shopify is a comprehensive program that handles stock, sales, and everything in between.


Therefore, if you want an eCommerce solution that's all-encompassing, displays every product, and manages your payments in one place, Shopify is a great option. 

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