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Working remotely is the one good thing that has come from the pandemic. It’s evident that COVID-19 has changed  lives, and that certainly includes the way that most of us will be working.

We always knew that it was possible to connect and sell online but this has opened up a whole new world for small business owners & consumers. New ways have grown from necessity. Let's explore what's new in the way of marketing offline for brick and mortar businesses as well as exciting online possibilities. 

When we come out of this period,  the new normal I suspect will be  that remote work will be the growing trend. That and companies that support this game changing trend...

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One of which is Shopify.  A multinational  e-commerce firm  who is headquartered in Ottawa Canada,  (where I was born and raised.) Shopify was started in 2004 by three Canadians, inspired by a poor online shopping experience with snowboarding equipment. Seeing a booming demand as more companies move to sell online.  The image  above this one is from my free Shopify site that I have started.

Shopify's CEO Tobi Lutke says the company is doing everything it can to help businesses start selling online to stay afloat.

"The spread of COVID-19 is going to be a tough time for all entrepreneurs," he said in a statement. "We are working as fast as we can to support our merchants by re-tooling our products to help them adapt to this new reality."

NEWS:

  • Shopify number of merchants now run over 1,000,000 businesses in 175 different countries (Source: Shopify
  • Shopify is the third-largest online retailer in the U.S. after Amazon and eBay (Source: Shopify)
  • Go to this page to find out more...

    - https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/shopify-earnings-1.5557473


    Shopify is a subscription software service that offers you  the opportunity to create a website and use their shopping cart solution to sell, ship, and manage your products shopping system. In fact they have partnered with Facebook and Instagram to do just that.

    Social Media

    Shopify Tutorial Primer for Creating an Online Store:
    How to Use Shopify (Step by Step)

    https://websitesetup.org/build-online-store-shopify/

    Facebook
    Facebook Ads for Beginners: Retention and Loyalty -1hr 43 mins
    26 lessons

     Strategy    #1: Product Page Retargeting
        Strategy #2: Collection and Homepage Re-targeting
        Strategy #3: Cart Re-targeting with Dynamic  Product Ads
        Strategy # Loyalty Campaigns

    How to review  performance of your advertising
    By the end of the course you will be confident investing in Facebook and Instagram advertising (no matter the size of your budget).  Free with your subscription to Shopify. 

    Grow your audience with Pinterest
    Use the new Pinterest app to turn your products into Pins and boost organic discovery. Pinterest is now offering new advertisers $100.00 in credits for publishing their first ad.

    Stats

    The world of commerce is changing. It's now time to change with it - Shopify
    10,000+ brands, 175 Countries - 20 languages, 10,978 Peak checkouts per min
    300M Global Shopify Stores.

    It’s second only to WooCommerce and outpaces competitors like BigCommerce, Wix, Magento, and Weebly.
    Shopify plans are affordable for most store owners, starting at just $29 per month.


    If there is a go-to platform for ecommerce, it’s Shopify with 1 million stores!
    What does Shopify do?
    Shopify is an ecommerce platform that hosts your online store. It helps organize the layout of your store's appearance through themes (which you're free to modify or change any way you want). It also offers payment processing, which allows you to accept and receive payment for the products you sell.Mar. 24, 2021

    Is a Shopify site free?
    Shopify offers free tools to help import your products, orders, and customer data to Shopify, or you can hire an expert for more complex migrations. ... The Basic Shopify plan is $29.00 USD/month, the Shopify plan is $79.00 USD/month, and the Advanced Shopify plan is $299.00 USD/month.

    Is a Shopify store worth it?

    But it's true. Shopify is a tool. It might not be for you. ... But if you need to run a multi-product eCommerce store with inventory, marketing tools, customer records, etc – then Shopify is absolutely worth it…if the pros / cons balance out for your based on your goals, resources, expertise, etc.Feb. 8, 2021

    Can I really make money with Shopify?
    You can Build / create an ecommerce theme for online stores using Shopify as the e-commerce software, and make a massive earning up to 70% for each theme sale you make on the Shopify Theme Store. The average revenue per partner on the Shopify Theme Store is USD 11,000 per year.Sep. 11, 2017

    Is dropshipping legal?
    Yes, dropshipping is legal. You may run into other legal issues depending on who your supplier is (as we discuss above), but dropshipping on its own is a perfectly legitimate method of order fulfillment. Just remember to protect yourself with a Dropshipping Agreement Contract

    Does Shopify take a percentage of sales?

    Shopify doesn't take a percentage of your sales on the platform. Instead, you are required to pay according to the type of plan that you have. Before developing a store in Shopify, you have to decide on which type of plan will suit your needs.Oct. 10, 2019

    Is Shopify good for beginners?
    Easy to use, even for beginners. If you only want the first steps in online sales, then Shopify is one of the best options. You can create an online store with a beautiful design. The admin panel is simple and easy to navigate.

    What are the disadvantages of Shopify?

    There are a few disadvantages of Shopify over a custom build e-commerce platform.
        -Harder to Customize a Theme. We talked about the variety of themes Shopify offers you. ...
        -No Email Hosting. Web hosting is included in all the plans that Shopify offers but it does not give you the safe offer for email hosting. ...
        Can be Expensive.

    Why should I choose Shopify?
    Shopify is definitely worth considering when you look at what you get for your money. It provides business owners with a solid yet flexible store builder that can increase conversions and sales, as well as reduce a lot of administrative tasks, and provide valuable management information.Jun. 5, 2019

    Why do Shopify stores fail?
    Most of the Shopify stores fail due to a lack of conversion tactics and not gaining more sales. From my personal experience, I would suggest you Shopify Booster Theme as it will help you to improve conversions. This theme is very simple and elegant which is designed to be highly optimized for improving sales.Nov. 19, 2019

    How to Get Started

    Take a look at this blog post for more information about how to help you get started with it on your store. Shopify manual promoting Facebook.

    How To Join...

    If you would like to join Shopify you would just need to sign up for our free trial.

    Working remotely is the trend of the future. Let's do everything we can to build back our businesses after this unprecedented time by working with Shopify. I use affiliate links for Shopify. Disclaimer


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    1. Yes, it’s strange how adverse circumstances yield opportunities if you’re willing to look for them. There’s definitely opportunity for remote work since we’ve been forced into doing it. And that has yielded more opportunities to develop online businesses. Lots of great info here on tools to use.

      1. Hi Rosemary,
        Life is strange these days, that is true. The pandemic has exposed many things that we really were not aware of. One would be working remotely. Developing businesses in a different way. A new opportunity to be explored. New tools to do so with. The future is online work, from home. Thanks so much for your comments.

    2. Hi Kathryn,

      I’m actually surprised it’s taking so long for working from home to catch on, and I think the working landscape will change once the COVID-19 situation is over. I think we can expect to see a lot of changes to the way we work going forward.

      Thanks for an informative post!

      1. Hi Barb,
        One of our clients offline used to travel all around the world going to meetings. I asked him why he didn’t use conference calls instead? It was just the way that business was done. He is now utilizing online meetings and he told me he really didn’t know why they never did it before. All the people who had to work from home now see the benefit of working remotely. Times change and we must change with them.
        Thanks very much for your comments.

    3. Hi Kathryn,

      It’s great to hear that Shopify is doing all it can to help store owners in these difficult times. If / when the store owners emerge with strong businesses I’m sure they will stay as loyal store owners, so it’s good commercial sense for both parties.

      I’ve never tried Shopify personally but I have read that others have had good success with it.

      Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

      1. Hi Joy, The Canadian based company reports in U.S. dollars and says it took in $470 million in revenue in the first three months of 2020. That’s up from $320 million in the same period a year ago. Now with the pandemic and people looking for work from the home income it will be even higher. Thanks for your comments.

      1. Hi Cybnetics,
        Well, thank you for that great comment!
        I actually taught myself about Shopify by writing this blog post, so I wanted to make it as simple as possible.
        Since that time Shopify has been involved with Walmart as well as Google & Apple to create the Ap to work with identifying someone digitally on your phone that has COVID-19. Shopify is huge in Canada.

    4. Hi Lawrence,
      Glad to hear you have lots going on even if it isn’t because of COVID-19. There are many ways to make a passive income these days.
      I have another in mind, come back later on. Thanks for your comments.

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