What is a Shopify Expert? Should you hire one?
Shopify is an amazing cloud-based platform with the ability to support almost all business models when it comes to online store building. With thousands of Apps, Themes, and tools, your ability to build your online store the way you need it takes some planning, knowledge of the platform, and its capabilities and at times an expert to bridge the gap between your business and its tools.
Defining your Business Architecture
Some businesses have a clear understanding of their processes, how to ensure reliable operations to its sales and this allows them to change/grow in a controlled fashion. Business Architectures gives your business the ability to look at things like a map, to which you can see how to integrate the tools of Shopify and apply it the way you need it to fit. This is extremely important for businesses that have a way to sell, handle a client in a particular way, or deal with product deliveries that are not common.
What qualifies a developer or agency to be a Shopify Expert?
They are individuals and companies that are vetted by Shopify to be experts in their various fields that are described in their Shopify Experts Profile. With this is mind, the platform is ever-changing and growing with new features and capabilities, these experts continue to keep up with these changes and are up to date on the current capabilities of the platform.
Planning with a Shopify Expert
A lot of times a Request for Quote (RFQ) is what’s needed to get a Shopify Expert to evaluate what you are looking to accomplish, it will be reviewed, sized, and priced. However, for Store Migrations or setting up a store with a particular business model, planning is required to identify the various tools, apps, and possibly API requirements to get to an RFQ. Getting your requirements in a precise and concise format will not only save time but also get you quotations from Shopify Experts that are more realistic and will deliver better results. See Expert Guidance/Business Strategy Guidance below.
How to hire a Shopify Expert?
By going to the Shopify Experts (https://experts.shopify.com/) page, you will find all the registered Shopify Experts on their database and can be searched for different categories and skills.
· Store Setup
· Visual Content and Branding (Design)
· Development & Troubleshooting
· Marketing & Sales
· Content writing
· Expert Guidance
When selecting the category of interest, a list of Shopify Experts will be listed with base statistics of Jobs Completed, Rating for the Jobs, and Starting price. You can filter down to a country, price range, and region to refine your search further. Most companies cater to international inquiries, but for some companies, a local provider is important to capture their needs more accurately – meeting face to face always has a strong appeal.
When selecting one of the Shopify Experts you will be able to drill down into the following information on that entity:
· Links to Past Work of Shopify stores: checking to see the relevance to your needs, and if it is the direction you are looking for.
· Services offered: There are 9 available tiles to describe various skills and capabilities with a summary description.
· Starting Price: Usually based on the type of work that’s performed, keep in mind in getting a Request for Quote is based on your requirements/
· Testimonials: Here the clients are usually store-owners/merchants that have hired this Shopify expert and share their experience with the community.
Alternatively, if you cannot identify a Shopify Expert easily, you can just “Create a Job” and post it where various Shopify Experts can identify with the type of work and reach back to you on what needs to be done.
Shopify Experts Interview
Much like hiring a Contractor, duty of care regarding the skills required and the understanding of the job to be completed in the timeframe required for the budget is what’s usually needed. It is advised to consider future work would be important to flush out since changes are inevitable in most systems and development.
While there is a tremendous amount that can be done by a business to set up their Shopify store, however, beyond a theme, content, products, and marketing – the operations, customer experience, and interaction can bring that store into spaces that require some expertise. Differentiation is a key tenet for a store to stand out amongst the competition, to then take the positive experience to the client’s friends and family on social media. To execute your business vision might require a Shopify Expert to your team to make that vision a reality.