Start your own ecommerce website
Shopify offers the themes, apps, integrations, and tools you need to start selling
Beautiful themes that are responsive and customizable
No design skills needed. You have complete control over the look and feel of your website, from its layout, to content and colors.
Pricing as low as $29/month
Whether you sell online, on social media, in store, or out of the trunk of your car, Shopify has you covered. Start selling anywhere for just $29/month.
Do even more with Shopify apps
Add features and functionality to your online store. From dropshipping to social media marketing, the Shopify App Store has over 6,000 apps to help you start, manage, and grow your business.
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Research what products you’d like to sell or can source to sell, select a business name, register your business with the government, obtain permits and licenses, choose an ecommerce software and create your website, load your products onto the site, launch, and start marketing your business.
- Business to consumer (B2C): When you sell a good or service to an individual consumer (e.g., you buy a jacket from an online retailer).
- Business to business (B2B): When you sell a good or service to another business (e.g., a business sells wholesale products for another business to use).
- Consumer to consumer (C2C): When you sell a good or service to another consumer (e.g., you sell vintage clothes on Facebook Marketplace to another consumer).
- Consumer to business (C2B): When you sell products or services to a business (e.g., an influencer or affiliate offers exposure to their audience in exchange for a fee).
Yes, the ecommerce industry is profitable. Successfully starting an ecommerce company is a marathon, not a sprint. It can take 18 to 24 months for your business to get off the ground. It’s critical that you don’t measure the success of your business by your first-ear profitability.
No, starting an ecommerce company is easy, with platforms like Shopify enabling brands to go online in just a few days. Starting a brand consists of hard work and continual market research to improve your business. We encourage you to read all our guides on how to start a business before you set up a store.