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Before we begin you will need a couple of things:

A SimpleConsign account or 15 Day Free Trial
A Shopify account or Free Trial

You can also download a handy little checklist that should help you keep track of everything that needs to be done with this email by clicking here. Feel free to print it out to help you keep track.

Once you have all three, you should be good to go.
How to get on Shopify
  1. Create a free trial using the links above.
  2. On the first page, enter your email. We highly recommend using an email address that you check often.
  3. You will then be asked to enter a password and store name. In our example, we used SimpleConsignTest.
  4. Click create store. It will then take you to a questionnaire about your store. If your name is already taken, feel free to add in simple variations.  This name will not be the final name of your website.
  5. When filled out, it should look something like this:
  6. Most of us aren't at that million dollar revenue, but we can dream right?!
  7. After this, it will ask you to enter an address. This should be your business address. 
  8. Navigate to "shopify-app.simpleconsign.com" and enter your store name. You will get this when you sign up for Shopify. It should look something like this: "https://your-store-name.myshopify.com"
  9. You will then be brought to a screen to add our app to your Shopify store, your page should look like this:
  10. Click install unlisted app.
  11. Set up a 15 minute meeting to finish linking Shopify to SimpleConsign by clicking here.  You must complete this step before continuing on to other Shopify Sales Challenge emails.
Designing Your Store
While you're waiting for your store to be connected (you will get an email when this step is completed) there are a few other things you can do. The most important of which is choosing a theme for your store.

When it comes to themes, there are both paid and free themes. Some big stores use free themes, and some small stores use paid themes. This is 100% a personal preference, one is not better than the other!

To get to themes first click on "Online Store" on the left side of your screen.



From here your screen should have three sections:
A warning about being password protected. Don't worry about that for now.
An option to customize your current theme.
A link to explore free and paid themes.

This is where the choice is all yours, but if you're having a little trouble or feel overwhelmed it's okay to just stick to the basic layout for right now.

Shopify digs into everything on themes here.

More on free themes

More on customizing your theme

It's important to keep in mind that this is something you only have to do once. Once your store is designed you won't have to change it again.

Obviously you are able to change it as often as you want, but it's not required.

Feel free to make it as simple or complicated as you like.

We suggest including your store logo. Everything else is extra.
 
Settings
In the bottom left corner, there is a "Settings" option. While you're waiting for your Shopify store to be connected, you will go ahead and adjust your settings.



Shipping - On the shipping page you can choose your shipping options. This can seem intimidating, but Shopify has broken down a lot of the common questions about shipping. 

Payment - Click on "Payment Providers." This page contains several options for payment. You will most likely use ShopifyPayments. On this page you need to click "Complete Account Setup." This will take you to a page that will have you fill out information about your business, your street address, and bank information.

You may also want to add options like Paypal and Amazon to receive payments. On the "Payment Providers" menu choose your account type and click "Complete Account Setup."

Notifications - This is where you can control what your customer's notifications will look like, as well as who on your staff gets notifications on on orders.

The big change you may want to make here is hidden under the "Customize" option under "Customer Notifications." You will want to add your store logo to your invoices. This is as simple as clicking "Customize" and uploading your image. After clicking customize, click on the right side under "Logo" and click "Choose File."

Make sure to click "Save" in the top right corner afterwards. Then go back to the notifications menu by clicking "Notifications" at the top of the page.

The other option you may want to change is who gets notifications on your staff. When on the notifications menu scroll down until you see "Staff Order Notifications." Click "Add Recipient," add their email address, and you should be good to go.
What's Next?
You have successfully completed your first step into the great unknown! We know it's overwhelming, but here's the good news, this is the hardest part! Feel free to play around on Shopify's easy to navigate platform as there are all sorts of gems hiding to help optimize your online store. 

Thank you for coming with us on this journey!
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