Shopify: How to Create Your Nigerian Online Store in 5 Minutes! How Does Shopify Work? A Step-by-Step Guide

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Like every other thing since the internet, the virtual marketplace has found its feet and has been growing. Almost every facet of our lives as individuals and corporates can now be operated and followed-up online. Shopify is one of the platforms that make this a possibility.

Shopify is an all-in-one global eCommerce solution platform used to start, run, and grow your business online. Are you into selling mobile phones, furniture, photography, electronics, jewelry, perfumes, logistics, clothes, cars, etc? Whatever your product is, your Shopify store will help you reach a wider and younger audience, sell better, and also assist you with receiving payments. 

The truth is, if you want to reach the GenZ and millennials, getting the online Shopify Store is a must.

This article will assist with useful information on how Shopify works, a step-by-step guide on how to start up and create your own beautiful and attractive Shopify stand, and of course how to use Shopify to your full advantage.

How to Register on Shopify and Create your Online Store in Nigeria

This is probably the easiest thing to do. Here’s a quick guide:

  1. Go to shopify.com.ng
  2. Click Start Free Trial (Shopify offers every new user a 14-day first time free trial)
  3. Enter your business address
  4. Create a Password
  5. Create your Store Name
  6. A Store website is immediately created for you – storename.myshopify.com 
  7. Create.

Afterwards, you will be taken to a page where you will then enter all the necessary details about your store, your products, the industry, and a host of all other useful details. You can choose to skip this part and come back to it later though.

Later, you add your existing website (if any), contact address and phone details.

Enter your Store!

It’s now left to you to personalize the store, choose your themes, select your colours, and so on. This is where the work is – but hey, you would design a physical store to your taste as well right?

How Does Shopify Work in Nigeria?

Once you’re well set up and all registrations have been done, you may begin to post you products immediately. If you have your products already hosted elsewhere, for example, WordPress, you can connect both platforms and import your published products catalog from WordPress into your Shopify Store. 

If you’re just starting out fresh and you have no published products elsewhere, you can start publishing your products.

So basically, the process flow for creating your Shopify Store in Nigeria:

  1. Create and personalize your Store
  2. Display your Products (unlimited uploads)
  3. Setup your payment collection option
  4. Start selling

Setting Up Payment Options on Shopify Nigeria

Shopify has many good options that store owners may use to receive payments from buyers. Unfortunately, most of the payment providers don’t operate in Nigeria. 

For Shopify Stores in Nigeria, you have the following options that are still very good, if you ask me:

  1. Local cards, bank transfers, and cash payments
  2. CashEnvoy – ESL
  3. FasterPay
  4. PayStack
  5. PayPal (if you have a PayPal Business Account opened in an accepted country)

Shopify Payment Plans

Here are the three Shopify Plans and their features. You have 14 days (from the day you sign up) to decide which one you want:

SHOPIFY PLANFEEFEATURES
Shopify Basic Plan$29 per month- 2 staff members
- Up to 4 locations
- 2% transaction fees for all payment providers
Shopify Plan$79 per month- Up to 5 staff members
- Up to 5 locations
- Fraud analysis
- Professional reports
- 1% transaction fees for all payment providers
Advanced Shopify Plan$299 per month- Up to 15 staff members
- 8 locations
- Fraud analysis
- Professional reports
-Advanced report builder
- 0.5% transaction fees for all payment providers

For a start, I will recommend that you go for the Shopify Basic as the features will serve you, yet you’re not paying so much. 

Alongside any of these plans are services like:

  • Online store
  • Unlimited products
  • 24/7 support
  • Abandoned cart recovery
  • App ecosystem with 4,100+ apps
  • Print shipping labels
  • Sales channels
  • Sell on online marketplaces and social media
  • Fast and reliable checkout
  • Free SSL security certificate for your store
  • Over 100 currencies
  • Discount codes
  • Shopify POS lite
  • Accept casual, in-person payments at markets, fairs, pop-ups, and more
  • Run brick-and-mortal business with powerful tools built for all-channel selling
  • Manual order creation
  • Gift cards

Conclusion

Some will ask – is Shopify better than randomly uploading my products on social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, or Tiktok) and putting a catchy caption? Well, I would say it depends on your conversion rate.

Overall, having a structured online store where your clothes or products are readily available for anyone to see and buy immediately, beats randomly uploading your products on your social media where the buyer must contact you and go through plenty back and forth during a purchase.

From your Shopify online store, you can also share some products to your social media.

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