Shopify has had significant expansion over the years, and its acquisition of resources, or even better, other small business brands, to boost the company's development is outstanding. What's more amazing is their catchphrase: "Whether you sell on social media, in a store, or out of the trunk of your vehicle, Shopify has you covered." "Shopify, the best place to sell online, in person, and anywhere in between" is a superior version.

Shopify, on the other hand, does not abandon you. The website broadcasts a podcast and provides business owners with a variety of resources in the form of blog postings. In fact, whether you're an affiliate, an investor, or simply someone who uses the site, they won't let you down.

You're new to the platform and to business in general? You'll get posts to assist you in making your first sale. Are you an affiliate? You'll receive all of the materials you'll need to better understand and promote the platform. You're a seasoned entrepreneur with a wealth of knowledge? Shopify has you covered, believe it or not.

But a platform as this does have its drawbacks, especially since the evident rise of drop shipping in 2015 where it became saturated with people thinking that outsourcing products from AliExpress was a good idea (even though drop shipping has been here since people thought of selling stuff to other people) and everyone who failed labelled it a "Get rich quick" scheme, even though Shopify has never publicly, or privately insinuated that using their platform assures/insures success.

SHOPIFY PLANS

Shopify has plans with features that fits every criteria one may garner. There are generally five shopify plans with specific features available for them. The plans and respective features are discussed below;

THE LITE SHOPIFY PLAN

If you have a Facebook page about a particular activity or service and you have products you could sell on your page, then this is the plan for you. It is limited to only selling on Facebook and costs $9.

THE BASIC SHOPIFY PLAN

This plan costs $29 and has cards rates of: 2.9 percent +30¢ for Canadian cards, 3.5 percent +30¢ for Amex or international cards and an in- person card rate of 2.7 percent +0¢. There are no transaction fees for using Shopify payments as your payment gateway, but using external payment gateways has a transaction fee of 2.0 percent percent.

With this plan you get these features: two (2) staff accounts, ability to add an unlimited number of products, an unlimited amount of file storage space, a $49 retail package, a "good" Shopify shipping discount, shipping labels printed, 24/7 hour support, fraud analysis, the ability to create orders manually, discount codes, a website and a blog and finally a free SSL certificate. Features you do not get on this plan are: gift cards, professional reports, advanced cart recovery, advanced report builder nor third-party calculated rates.

THE SHOPIFY PLAN

This plan costs $79 and has cards rates of: 2.7 percent +30¢ for Canadian cards, 3.4 percent +30¢ for Amex or international cards and an in- person card rate of 2.6 percent +0¢. There are no transaction fees for using Shopify payments as your payment gateway, but using external payment gateways has a transaction fee of 1.0 percent percent.

With this plan you get these features: five (5) staff accounts, ability to add an unlimited number of products, an unlimited amount of file storage space, a $49 retail package, a "better" Shopify shipping discount (than the basic plan), shipping labels printed, 24/7 hour support, fraud analysis, the ability to create orders manually, discount codes, a website and a blog, a free SSL certificate, gift cards, professional reports and advanced cart recovery. Features you do not get on this plan are: advanced report builder and third-party calculated rates.

THE ADVANCED SHOPIFY PLAN

This plan costs $299 with cards rates of: 2.4 percent +30¢ for Canadian cards, 3.3 percent +30¢ for Amex or international cards and an in- person card rate of 2.4 percent +0¢. There are no transaction fees (, as usual) for using Shopify payments as your payment gateway, but using external payment gateways has a transaction fee of 0.5 percent percent.

On this plan, every feature is made available to you. Specifically, fifteen (15) staff accounts, ability to add an unlimited number of products, an unlimited amount of file storage space, a $49 retail package, the "best" Shopify shipping discount, printed shipping labels, 24/7 hour support, fraud analysis, the ability to create orders manually, discount codes, a website and a blog, free SSL certificate, gift cards, professional reports, advanced cart recovery, advanced report builder and third-party calculated rates.

THE SHOPIFY PLUS PLAN

Shopify plus plan is Shopify's "custom" plan. There is barely any information of this plan except that you get what you agree on with Shopify. If a business gets intereste in the plan, they contact an affiliate or some affiliate brands of Shopify and they will submit/refer you to Shopify. After which Shopify will call you and create a store for you based on your agreed criteria.

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH SHOPIFY

My personal journey with Shopify has been very interesting. In my first week of opening my first two stores, I've had several abandoned carts. Why so many abandoned carts? You ask! Because living in a third world country, Nigeria, I couldn't get a payment processor. All good options required that a business be registered (Until recently but only for new accounts). How Much Does It Cost to Build a Website for a Small Business It's sad. So if you fail, it's always easier to blame it on your country rather than the platform. It's like back lashing at Google because they didn't have results for a weird name/word you were searching for.

My first store sold geek merchandise and the second store that I still work on, sells Long Boards. I still can't get a payment processor and so have a vast amount of abandoned carts while I simultaneously try to make it look appealing and trustworthy. I haven't given up!

So, I saved the best for last. Shopify allows a 14 day free trial after which you'll need to buy a plan to keep using the platform unless a development store is created for you. There is still no loophole because once a store is 14 days old; you'll need to still buy a plan regardless of if it was created as a development store. The only other option is for you to be added as an employee and when the store makes 50 orders, you'll need to buy a plan and the store gets handed to you. You also have the opportunity to employ Shopify Experts to help you with your store based on what you agreed on.