Shopify is a great out-of-the-box eCommerce platform to get your shop up and running quickly. They have 100’s of shop designs to choose from, have their own payment gateway built-in, an entire app store to add-on different software and services to your shop, and much more. Highly recommended if you need to get your shop online quickly.
WooCommerce is another great option is you’re more tech-saavy, comfortable with the WordPress platform and need more customization. It currently powers 39% of all online shops and was recently bought by Automattic, the company that started WordPress.
If you’re using a platform that requires you get your own web hosting, then Blue Host is great, inexpensive option to get started. Their plans start at $2.75 per month and include a free domain name and they also have an easy 1-click WordPress install to get you up and running quickly.
WP Engine is another great option if you’re looking for hosting specifically for WordPress. They’re more expensive but they’re experts in WordPress, provide great support, daily security backups and quick website load times.
Klaviyo is an email marketing software made specifically for eCommerce businesses. It integrates with all of the major shop platforms and has many automation options based on your customer’s buying behavior. They have a free account up to 250 contacts and 500 email sends per month.
Convertkit is another great email marketing tool made more specifically for online businesses like bloggers, coaches and solopreneurs but they do integrate with most of the major eCommerce platforms. Their user interface is super easy to use and they make setting up automated email sequences a breeze. Their pricing starts at $29/month for up to 1000 users.
If you use gmail or other Google services, you’re probably familiar with Google Drive. It’s a great place to store company related-docs or create new docs that you can share or collaborate on with a client or other team members.
Dropbox is another cloud-based storage software. What’s great about Dropbox is you can sync it to multiple computers, that way you don’t have to move documents from one computer to another. You can also access documents through their online web interface.