You’ve probably heard of ClickFunnels, an online tool that makes creating an e-commerce store a piece of cake.
With ClickFunnels, you can easily create an online store, manage your product catalog, and track your sales—all from one place. And it’s not just limited to selling physical products. With ClickFunnels, you can also sell digital products (such as e-books, courses, and apps) and collect payments over time.
What if there was an easier way to do all of that? What if you could combine the simplicity of a social media platform with the functionality of a complex web development tool?
You can. And that’s exactly what this blog post is going to teach you.
Get A Grip On The Basics
Before you start coding, it’s important to understand a few essential things about ClickFunnels.
First, you need to determine whether you’re going to set up a free or paid account. You can use the free version, but you’ll need to upgrade to a paid account in order to take advantage of the advanced features.
Second, you need to decide whether you want to build a standalone store or integrate with an existing e-commerce platform.
If you’re new to e-commerce, you might not know what a standalone store is yet. A standalone store is one that you create without relying on any other external services or software (such as Shopify, Magento, or BigCommerce).
Creating a standalone store gives you full control over the features and the look and feel of your store. It also means that you won’t have to worry about whether or not you’ve integrated with the right software or tools for your chosen commerce platform.
Create Your Store
With the basics out of the way, you can now start creating your store. The first thing you’ll need to do is log in to your ClickFunnels dashboard and click on the blue Create New Store button at the top of the page.
In the next step, you’ll need to choose a name for your store and a legal identification number (CAC registration number). Make sure you enter the correct digits and letters for the corresponding government agency. You’ll also need to decide on a physical address for your store. If you’re just testing the app at this stage, you can use Virtual Goods for Amazon to test the waters. Once you’ve set all of that up, you can hit the Create Store button to start the process.
While you’re in the dashboard, you can also take this opportunity to set the pricing for your products. This is going to be based on your own personal calculations and there’s no need to be less than competitive. When you’ve set the pricing for your products, you can click on the Edit Store button to make any necessary changes.
Curate Your Product List
The next step is to get a good list of products to sell. You can start by looking at existing products on Amazon that are selling well and thinking of other products that complement or replace those items. You can also consider what your existing customers might need or want.
You can use your product list to populate your store with a wide range of merchandise, from small lifestyle products to larger items such as furniture and housewares. Keep in mind that larger items will require you to create different pricing tiers because they’re so much more expensive to ship.
Set Up Your Store For Shipping
Now that you have a good list of products, it’s time to set up your store for shipping. This step is essential for making money on the online store. You’ll want to set the store to try and ship within two to three days after payment is received. It’s also a good idea to choose a carrier that offers next-day delivery or two-day delivery, depending on how you want to handle your shipping.
You’ll also need to get a license and register your business with your local government. Don’t worry, all you need is a basic business license. You don’t need to register your LLC or Corporation with your local municipality (city or state).
Last but not least, you’ll want to make sure that your store’s address is correct. You can find this information in your Amazon Account under the Store address section. Make sure to save your new store’s address in case you need to change it later on.
Customize Your Store’s Appearance
The last step in creating a successful Amazon store is to customize the appearance of your store. You can make the most of your Amazon Prime membership and take advantage of all the free two-day shipping offers. You can browse through available themes or create your own.
The choice is entirely up to you. There are four different themes included with ClickFunnels (blog, business, lifestyle, and classic) and you can also make your own.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to get started, the classic theme might be the best choice for you. It gives you the basics (white background with black text) and nothing more. If you’ve been looking for a way to spice things up a bit, the blog or business themes might be a good choice. They’re a little more colorful but since you won’t be using them for storefronts that handle large volumes of sales, the savings in theme customization probably won’t be worth it.
Bonus: Set Up Your Own Blog
One of the important perks of having a blog is that you can continually populate it with new content. If you’ve been meaning to start a blog, now might be the right time. You can use your existing blog to easily get started with Amazon FBA. Just remember that you’ll need to set up an individual blog for each store that you create. You can’t use the one from your Amazon Account.
With just a few clicks of the mouse, you can have a fully functional Amazon store up and running in no time. And did we mention that all of this can be done from the convenience of your own home?