Your decision to become a player in the realm of e-commerce is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make, and if you play your cards right, you will always be glad you did. But how do you even start this entrepreneurial journey? I will be teaching you how to get started within an hour or less. Keep reading to learn how to set up your first e-commerce store using the Shopify platform.

Define your Niche

The most important thing is for you to define what you would actually be selling to people. This is also a good time to define what you won’t sell so that you will expand with caution. You must pick a niche that will sustain itself as that can make all the difference in your store. It should ideally be something that people will always need to buy, and with a large target demographic.

Choose a Domain Name

This part can be either difficult or fun to set up. To make it easy for you, you can compile a list of the names you like, but ensure they are relevant to the store you are setting up. Then, select the one that most resonates with you and that you feel customers would also respond to the best. If you don’t want to go through the trouble, you could use domain name generator like Name Mesh. It is also advisable to choose the “.com” version as it has the strongest presence.

Select a Payment Method

How will customers pay for the goods they buy in your store? You must choose a payment method that will be accessible for your customers and convenient for you. Options provided by Shopify at the Admin section include PayPal, Amazon payments, Shopify payments and many more. It is advisable to use PayPal and Shopify payments. You may activate PayPal by inputting your PayPal email address. You may activate Shopify payments by going through the set-up process on the website.

Shipping methods

This is where you will set your shipping rates for the United States and other countries you may want to ship to. The section takes a few minutes to set up.


There are several Shopify themes to choose from and you also have the option of importing your themes to your store. You can easily pick from the store, as the themes are of premium quality and will serve any purpose well. There are both free and paid themes available for your choice.


You should set up and organize your pages in a standard format. This means you must have About Us, Contact Us and FAQ pages. You can add others based on your products and mode of operation. You can add a page at your dashboard.


You can add products to your products section. If your products are categorized, set them up at the collections tab. It is better to categorize if you sell complementary products together, as this encourages your customers to spend more at once.


These are basically the parts you need to be up and running, but to ensure efficiency, you can check out other aspects of your dashboard that affect your store like the Apps, Taxes and other page options.

All the best!