Flutterwave Store: What Business Owners Need to Know.
You need an online store, want to know why?
Because thanks to the pandemic now we all know that no business can survive without an online presence.
But why Flutterwave?
It’s free. It’s customer-friendly and you don’t need to be a tech-savvy person. Also, customers can view all the products that are available in your store online, place an order and have them delivered.
Customers don’t have to call or chat with you…too soft if you ask me!
How Flutterwave Store Came About.
This past year has been quite difficult for people and businesses worldwide due to the pandemic. The businesses with any online presence faced greater loss than the rest.
Thankfully, things are getting better. But one thing is sure, as someone who has a product to sell you’ve to make solid plans. Especially one that makes life easier for both you and your clients and this is where I come in…well, technically Flutterwave Store.
Okay, let’s briefly talk about Flutterwave and the reasons why you should open a Flutterwave store.
What is Flutterwave?
You’ve probably heard about Flutterwave and may even have an account already. But not to make assumptions here’s a brief history of who they’re.
Flutterwave Inc is an online payment service network that makes it easy for your customers to make payments and for you to receive payment from anywhere in the world.
Aside from that, you can also pay for DSTV and airtime subscription, create payment links for your clients, view a list of customers who’ve worked with you, make transfers (or spend your money directly from your Flutterwave account), and several other cool stuff.
But, before you can open a Flutterwave store you need to create a Flutterwave account.
What You Need to Know About Flutterwave Store.
The Flutterwave team realized something critical during the pandemic and this was that a lot of SMEs didn’t have an online presence. Which is as you know is a very important must-have if any business plans to survive the pandemic.
So they came up with a solution. One that everyone in the business of selling can make use of. A masterpiece called Flutterwave Store.
Flutterwave Store allows you to do what you do best (which is either to create badass products or sell products made by other people…FYI, still badass!) while your current and prospective clients enjoy what you’ve to offer.
This means neither you nor your clients need to bother about having payment issues.
All they’ve to do is visit your online store, add products to the cart, and place orders…capice!
Awesome stuff, right?
But How Exactly Does a Flutterwave Store Work?
Basically, Flutterwave store is just like a brick ‘n’ mortar store, the only difference is that your store is online and there’s no waiter/ attendee to show your customers the way around the store.
But, that’s not an issue, you know why?
When your customers visit your online store they get to see what you sell at first glance, place orders, and get the items they paid for delivered to the address they choose.
This means you don’t have to send a message or call to confirm the order and your clients don’t need to ask you to send the images of your products or a list of the products you sell to decide on what they want to buy…Because EVERYTHING is there already!
Just as when you buy a product from marketplaces like Jumia, Konga, Alibaba, or Amazon. But the difference is, these guys own a big public space and they rent a portion of these spaces to online merchants like you.
So what happens is Flutterwave allows you to buy your own space.
Your customer can specifically search for your store online without having to go through a list of other online stores on Flutterwave.
Everything is personalized, owning a Flutterwave Store is like owning an e-commerce site only difference is you don’t need to be a web developer or tech-savvy person.
Honestly, my four-year-old niece could probably run a Flutterwave store! HAHA
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Why Should I Open a Flutterwave Store?
15 Reasons Why You Should Open a Flutterwave Store Today.
- It’s FREE.
- Your current and prospective clients from anywhere in the world can easily interact with your product(s) without having to talk to you.
- The delivery system is very flexible. You can use the one Flutterwave provides (for Nigeria it’s Sendbox while Kenya it’s Sendy) or choose to integrate yours.
- Access to your store’s analytics. You can easily find out who’s paying you, the country the transaction is being made from, pay staff and suppliers through the platform.
- Owning a Store is totally free, all you have to do is make a small payment fee for your transactions. Compared to your gain and other online marketplaces it’s chicken change.
- No technical knowledge is needed. Flutterwave has done all the work. All you have to do is go online, register, create a profile, upload product images and start making shmoney!
- You can create a Flutterwave store even if you already have an online presence. You’ll be increasing your business’s visibility level online by doing so.
- It’s extremely user-friendly and easy to navigate. With Flutterwave store all you get is premium enjoyment because it’s hassle-free and time-saving.
- Are you happy with how sales are going? On Flutterwave store you can easily generate discount codes for your customers to show appreciation for their constant patronage!
- You DON’T need a website! Usually, you set up a website for your business to drive sales, with an online store you’ve got that part covered!
- You don’t have to bother about the issues surrounding inter-state delivery. Flutterwave provides you with a delivery system called Sendbox. So even if you’re Flutterwave store operates from Kano and your client is in Lagos or Abuja you can still deliver!
- While you sleep, you can still be making money. If your customer wants to place orders at 2 am they can. Because your FLUTTERWAVE store operates 24/7!
- Flutterwave doesn’t charge you for owning a store. They only charge you when customers pay for orders made.
- Do you want to have multiple Flutterwave stores? You can!
- Customers and prospects that visit your Flutterwave store can only see your products.
Important Things to Know About Having a Flutterwave Store.
- Product Variety.
You sell more when you show more. Don’t be stingy with your product images. Most people enjoy window-shopping in physical stores and the same goes for online stores too.
If you’ve thirty products to sell, showcase all of them. You’re creating awareness by doing this and giving room for more sales. It’s all about the shmoney really! Haha…
Individual Product Link.
Current customers and prospects can easily share links of a product they like or buy from your store to their friends or followers on social media. Also, they can send direct links to products in your store.
If you sell jerseys, keyholders, cups, or products that may need customization, you’re probably wondering how your customers would make such requests through your Flutterwave store, right?
Well, all they need to do is write what they want and send notes alongside their orders.
If you’re a baker or a food vendor this option would serve you well too. Customers can easily state their preferences without having to call you or reach out to you on social media after placing orders via your Flutterwave store.
Shopify defines discount codes as codes that your customers enter during the checkout process to redeem a specific offer. They’re a tried-and-true way to offer discounts to the right people, whether that’s everyone on your email list or a specific segment like new subscribers or repeat customers.
Flutterwave allows you to either generate discount codes or make use of custom ones for your customers. Women’s day is fast approaching and you may decide to celebrate your female clients by gifting them with something special…discounts!!!
For customized discount codes you can use a particular name, phrase, or a combination of letters and numbers, for example, “SheStrong08”.
There are three discount types and you can make use of anyone you like. There are a fixed amount, percentage, and free shipping.
Fixed amount means you can offer a specific amount of the purchase, for example, your Flutterwave store can offer $5 of the products you sell and all your customer needs to do is apply the code when they want to checkout.
And the percentage is just like the fixed amount the only difference is that you make use of percentage, for example, Reign Paint is offering their client a 10% discount code off all orders placed before Feb 28th, 2021.
I left the best for last, free-shipping…why is it the best? it offers a service for FREE! Honestly, everyone loves freebies.
If you want to make use of this option there should be a catch…for example, you can require that the customers spend a certain amount of money before they can access free shipping.
But you may have to experiment with various price rates to see what works. Just make sure the one you pick is reasonable.
Flutterwave Payments Protection Promise.
Flutterwave is passionate about creating a secure and comfortable environment for people buying products from any Flutterwave store. This is why the Flutterwave payments protection promise was created. This service is only available for businesses in Nigeria (ones making use of Naira).
But before you can have access to any of these options you need to create your Flutterwave account.
How Can I Create a Flutterwave Store?
Takes only a few minutes. Easy-peasy lemon squeezy!
C’mon, let me walk you through it…
You can create an online store from your Flutterwave dashboard by following these steps:
1. Create or log in to your Flutterwave Account.
- The first thing you need to do before opening an online store is to create a Flutterwave account if you don’t have one already.
- Like right now…do it here.
It’s a very easy process and you should be done in five minutes. If you’re horrible at remembering passwords like me, do save whichever one you use!
Flutterwave would send you a confirmation mail with a link that allows you to complete your account setup process.
When registering for a Flutterwave account please use a valid email address (and phone number).
Because Flutterwave would request an OTP code every time you want to log in to your account.
But no worries, you will be provided with one as soon as they ask.
You’ll get it in your mailbox, SMS, and just in case you miss both, don’t stress just check your WhatsApp chat. These guys are thorough, I tell you!
This is for security and safety purpose…your business is on the line and the Flutterwave team is just trying their best to protect your business.
2. Look for and Click on (Store) on your Dashboard and Create Store.
You can now create your store, add products and specifications (color, size, etc.), and take your store online. Voila! O ti was online!!!
Can you see the ‘STORE’ button? Click on it and create your store.
The name of your store is also very important!
If you have an e-commerce site you can always name your Flutterwave store after it or give it whatever special name you have in mind.
Let’s say you plan to sell grooming products for dogs and your store name is “Roger Dogs”.
Your Flutterwave store link would look like this “https://flutterwave.com/store/rogerdogs/”.
3. Your Flutterwave Store is Ready!!!
Your store is live now!
You can spread the news and send the links to friends, customers, and prospects.
Also, share on social media platforms…c’mon go, spread the good news!
Can I See a Sample of a Flutterwave Stores?
Yes, you can!
1. Store Name: RovingHeights.
I love this particular store so much! Why? They sell books!
RovenHeights describes itself as a socially-minded bookstore that sells books and educational materials. Check out their store and be inspired.
2. Store Name: WILG NIG LTD.
Type: Organic Food Store.
Another store I love! Because…foooood!
You can buy fresh and red palm oil from Wilg Nig Ltd, they claim to also sell other groceries too.
3. Store Name: Evury Man.
Type: Lifestyle Store.
I don’t want it to seem like I “love” all the stores but I can’t help it! This one? I love eeett…because they’re all about men making Nigerian men look and feel good. (I need an Evury woman too sha)
Evury man claims to be Nigeria’s number 1 lifestyle store.
You can find everyday essentials and exquisite products for men in their store.
4. Store Name: Trippy Socks Club.
Type: Apparel Store.
You already know I love this store too, right? They sell socks…really cool ones too!
Trippy Socks says there’s something really wonderful about taking a tag off a pair of new socks, I bet there’s!
I can’t relate though…I buy my socks from thrift stores.
*Wearing pink and white stripe socks as I type now!*
5. Store Name: The Keto Place.
Type: Lifestyle and Health Store.
I love this too. Check out what they sell, I’m sure you’ll love it!
The Keto place is your go-to store if you’re on a low carb or keto diet.
What do You Think About these Flutterwave Stores?
Do checkout these stores.
Also, try ordering a product from one and so you can see how easy and seamless your customers will find the process of placing orders in your own store.
Okay, Go Make Some Shmoney from Your Flutterwave Store!
Creating a Flutterwave store is just an easy way for you to make money without having to spend any money.
Also thanks to cool features like discount codes, product varieties, and delivery systems you have fewer things to worry about.
Instead, you can focus your energy on other parts of your business.
Also, your current clients and prospects can now have access to your products 24/7 via a user-friendly and easy-to-navigate platform.
Are you ready to make your clients happy today? Start by creating a Flutterwave account.
Hey, if you don’t have time to create one for yourself. I can help you create an account, store, upload your products and promote your business.
(I’ll create a Flutterwave account and store it for FREE for the first two persons that hit me up!)
THANKS FOR READING!!!
Did you learn something new today? Let me know in the comment section! *waiting for you in my pink and white stripe socks!*
When you create your store do let me know, so I can patronize you, share it on my socials, or blog about it. 😉
I hope you have had a lovely day and make good decisions. Cheers!
Jumoke is a black young woman passionate about marketing, writing, research, storytelling, recycling, and agriculture.
She is committed to using her God-given talents to make her world a better place.
She is the founder of Gro2Star Farms a registered business that is involved in rabbit, snail farming, and feed making in Nigeria.
Jumoke enjoys working for individuals and brands to help them achieve their brand dreams and goals.
When she isn’t working on creating badass content she enjoys relaxing with her family, farm animals, dancing, listening to cool songs, or just living her best life!