How to Get Shopify For Free 

 April 7, 2018

By  Daniel Larsen

When you start your online store, you may want to limit your costs as much as possible. Of course, you'll eventually have to spend a little money, but you can accomplish a lot before you have to start spending.

When starting your Shopify store, the first way to limit costs is not to pay for Shopify immediately. There are two ways to do that:

You can start with a free store for an unlimited period, or you can get started on a limited free trial.


Getting a Free Shopify Store

I'm talking about a Shopify store that's free until you decide you are ready to pay! Through a Shopify Partner (like me, ahem), you can get a fully functioning store to build for as long as you like before launching.

It's called a Shopify Development Store, and it's pretty cool.

Why Use a Development Store?

When you build your store, you may not get everything done in 14 days (the standard trial period). If you only have 14 days, you may end up having to start a Shopify Plan subscription just to finish your store.

With a development store, you can spend more time getting content loaded, driving traffic, and spreading the word before you have to pay. You can start accepting orders before you have to pay, even.

I always tell my clients to get content on their store before they pay. Catchy product descriptions, good photos, and blog content are three things that every store should have before spending a lot of money on the store or on advertising.

This dev store will give you the ability to do all of that.

Get your free dev store today, set up by me.

More details and signup here:

What is a Shopify Development Store?

A development (dev) store allows you to do almost everything you can do with the Shopify Advanced plan, but on an unlimited trial basis.

With a dev store, you can:

  • Pick your theme, and customize it
  • Create unlimited products, and build the product pages
  • Process up to 50 real orders
  • Add a blog, landing pages, contact pages, and more
  • Add in text, images, and videos to your product pages and blog
  • Create collections (like categories) of your store's items to make a complete shopping experience
  • Set up payout options
  • Set up email notifications for your customers and staff
  • Install and set up free apps (and some paid apps - as allowed by the app developer)
  • Build required pages from templates (privacy policy, return policy, terms of service, etc.)
  • Create navigation menus
  • and much more!

How Do I Get a Shopify Dev Store?

You can get set up by a Shopify Partner Agency like me. Go here to get set up.

Daniel Larsen

Since Daniel started his first business at age 11, making up to $500 each school day, he's owned, operated, and sold businesses in niche products and services. He now focuses on marketing & advertising physical products, apps, and other innovative B2C solutions online, which is ironic since all his hobbies involve getting far away from all data connections.

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