Online business guide: Why Shopify is a beginner’s one-stop e-commerce solution

Monique Tolentino

The pandemic has accelerated the shift away from physical stores to digital shopping. This period, for whatever silver lining it’s worth, has become the ideal time to set up an online business and succeed. As Albert Einstein said: "In the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity."

But what comes next after setting up a catchy business name and exciting product?

Your next step is to create a Shopify account partnered with PayMongo as your online payments processor. Together, Shopify and PayMongo have simplified the process of creating an e-commerce store and lets you accomplish this with just a few clicks.

Setting up shop

Setting up your Shopify store doesn’t have to be a long-term commitment right away. You can create your store with a 14-day trial with no payment information required.

You can create your Shopify website in 6 easy steps:

1. Uploading your products.

2. Choose a fully customizable Shopify theme.

3. Set up your domain.

4. Set up shipping.

5. Set up payments.

6. Go live.

Flexible pricing

Shopify’s pricing plans allow businesses of any size from a broad range of industries to make full use of the platform. There are 3 main pricing tiers based on increased functionality, additional e-commerce features, and tools you can use to help grow your store.

These plans are:

Shopify and PayMongo guarantee no setup and bandwidth fees in any of their plans. Shopify provides unlimited product uploads and file storage, 24/7 online and phone support, and no transaction fees when using Shopify payments. With each plan, you are able to add website templates and apps from the Shopify store, with extensive selections of both free and paid options to choose from. All Shopify plans are month to month, unless you sign up for an annual or biennial plan. You can upgrade, downgrade, or cancel Shopify at any time.

Reliability and security

Shopify is a global hosted service, meaning they have people monitoring their network 24/7 should there be any problems with your website at any time. SSL or even PCI compliance options are available in order to accept credit cards and store sensitive information without having to know the technical details of how it works. Although most platforms offer this service, they can’t offer you this level of security and reliability for the same price and will cost you additional fees.

Starting an online business can be daunting with so many platforms to choose from. But whether you are selling products or services, Shopify is the easiest one-stop e-commerce solution. You don't need to be tech-savvy to understand and maximize the platform.

By making their processes straightforward and painless, Shopify and PayMongo equip you with the necessary tools and resources to help you turn your e-commerce store into a thriving, successful business.

Published date:
April 12, 2021
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