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Is Shopify Worth It For Small Businesses?

Your products are newly made. Your Instagram looks like a shiny magazine catalogue and your inbox is buzzing. The orders are rolling in. The season is bright…until your customers get to the payment gateway. If the feeling is familiar, take heart. There are many reasons why, as a small business owner, you should fight the urge to sell on Amazon and instead opt for an e-commerce storefront on other buy and sell websites for your Instagram business. And while Shopify has been considered the best way to sell online for business owners across the board, solopreneurs and small businesses are increasingly opting for boutique platforms tailored to their scale and signature. Here’s a spotlight on Shopify vis-a-vis other buy and sell websites for your small business.

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What Is Shopify?

Shopify is an E-commerce platform that allows sellers to set up an online store. It works on a subscription basis, with the most basic plan starting at $29.

Okay, So How Is Windo Different?

Windo is a technology platform that allows solopreneurs and small and mid-sized sellers to set up an online shop for free in under 2 minutes. It is crafted especially for Instagram sellers (although you don’t need an Instagram account to use it), who can import images from their Instagram account and create a product gallery in 2 clicks.

  1. Pricing

Shopify: Shopify doesn’t have any free plans, and the basic Shopify plan starts at $29 per month. It’s an investment you have to be willing to make every month, without knowing how well your shop will fare.

Windo: Windo is made keeping small businesses in mind. And that means a free plan is always on the table. Of course, there are paid plans with extra benefits available, but if you’re looking to keep your savings for a rainy day, the free plan could be a perfect fit for you.

  1. Ease of Setup

Shopify: Shopify takes under fifteen minutes to set up. And while it’s fairly easy to navigate, it can become complicated if your business is multi-layered. You might have to hire a Shopify expert to help you along the way.

Windo: with Windo, you can go from setup to sales in under two minutes. You can set up a shop, keep it in your pocket and sell on the go. Import Instagram images directly to your storefront and avoid the hassle of uploading product images manually. No coding, no plugins, no complications.

  1. Ease of Use

Shopify: as a business owner, cutting technology out of the sales equation can allow you to focus on activities that matter most – like building relationships and converting leads to customers. Shopify, unlike many other e-commerce website builders, offers an intuitive interface, technological assistance, and a robust hosting platform.

Windo: when it comes to setting up a shop on Windo, you can whizz past setup in a matter of minutes. You don’t have to upload any products manually either; just sync your Instagram store to import images and update your prices and stock levels.

  1. Inbuilt Capabilities

Shopify: on Shopify, you’ll be spoilt for choice with plugins. From automating tasks to managing accounts and inventory, customer service, reporting, logistics, and more, there is something for everyone. The flipside? Shopify apps come at a fee and you have to plug in specific apps to suit your needs. The cash on delivery app, for example, was designed keeping Indian shops in mind. The best buy these plugins may be, but be prepared to shell out the big bucks.

Windo: with Windo, all you need is a mobile app. Everything is built-in, so you don’t have to worry about integrating accounting software with your business framework. Accounts and inventory, customer service, and logistics are within a 2-tap range of your home screen.

If you’ve been tempted to sell on Amazon, Etsy, or any other marketplace to save yourself the trouble of setting up your own store, think of windo. Our easy, intuitive app is the best way to sell online. There’s really no better way to get the word out.


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