If you're an online shop owner and you are longing for a break with selling then I will show you how to pause Shopify Store in order to relax.
There are plenty of reasons you may want to pause your shop, one could be you need to go travelling for a bit and you don't have someone to take the wheel!
Pausing your shop allows you to let your online store run as normal but without making any further sales.
You will need to cancel any apps that you have, if you don't you will still be billed for them.
Once you pause your shop, your Shopify bill becomes $14/month (excluding apps) and it allows you to retain your shop design, products and domain.
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Why Pause a Shopify Shop?
So as I mentioned, you can pause your shop but sales will not flow through. The perks of pausing your store is so that you can resume trading once you're ready for it.
It also allows your existing customers to come back, check the tracking of their orders, allow them to email you or just read your blog.
So before I get onto how to Pause Shopify store let me explain the difference between closing and pausing.
This is completely different to closing your store. Closing a Shopify shop means you are done trading and you don't intend to continue the business. It is considered like a permanent instance of shutting your business doors.
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Steps on How to Pause Shopify Store?
1. Log into your Shopify admin panel and click settings on the bottom left. I've highlighted this red for you in the image below.
2. Next click on "Plan and Permissions" and you'll be directed to your plan information and also your staff information.
3. Now you want to scroll directly to the bottom of this next page. For the row that has "Store Status" you have three options;
- Work with an Expert;
- Pause; or
- Sell or Close ;
Simply click "Pause Store" and a dialogue box will appear asking you to confirm the pausing of your Shopify store.
And That's How to Pause Shopify Store!
Once you click the purple "Pause Store" button you will be downgraded to a $14/month plan.
As mentioned, you will be taking a break from selling but your settings will remain saved.
When you're ready to resume , simply go back to the "Plan and Permissions" page and click "Resume Store".
The process is quite simple, so don't be to afraid to take a step back from selling if it is to much to handle or you need to sort out business affairs in the backend.
If you have any questions on this, just pop a question in the comments box and I'll be happy to share my thoughts.
Important eCommerce Resources
- Shopify is my most recommended eCommerce platform over WooCommerce. If you're thinking of selling things online like t-shirt or print on demand merch, then check out this tutorial.
- I use Dropified for all my Shopify dropshipping stores! Although Oberlo is free, I've never really enjoyed it because it does not automatically fulfill the order. Dropified automatically fulfills the order once the tracking becomes live on Aliexpress (stops customers emailing you if the tracking is not live). Dropified have a free 14-day trial.
- Sweet Upsell is a cost effective tool for improving your average order value by offering limited time discounts to certain products after your customers make a purchase. Improving your average order value is a great way for increasing profits and reducing advertising costs.
- My most recommended dropshipping Shopify theme I use for all my eCommerce stores is Booster Theme. It comes with all the necessary apps (except fulfillment) that will save you at least $89/month. Check out my review of Booster Theme Here.
- If booster theme is out of your price range then I recommend getting Debutify, which starts at a free plan with limited features and then moving onto a tiered monthly plan unlocking certain add on features in different tiers. Check out Debufity here.
- Canva is another great tool I use for creating high engaging Facebook Ad thumbnails and also for creating Print on Demand designs such as t-shirts, mugs or anything else print on demand. They have tonnes of free graphics, vectors, fonts and images under their premium plans.
- Pexda is a product research tool I use when I'm feeling a bit lazy and I want to find Dropshipping products to test without doing any of your own product research. They find the top trending products that are trending and their Ultimate Plan gives you suggestions for products that haven't really been advertised yet.
These are courses/products I have personally vetted and recommend.