Shopify E-Commerce Websites for Beginners & Freelancers
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Shopify E-Commerce Websites for Beginners & Freelancers

How to Build an E-Commerce Business With Shopify to Make Money Online
4.3 (105 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
8,902 students enrolled
Created by Derrick Mitchell
Last updated 11/2019
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to create E-Commerce websites using Shopify to sell products online.
  • During a real case study, students will learn how I resell Shopify websites to my clients as an added service for my freelance graphic design business.
  • Beginner to Advanced website settings and tips to make your Shopify website look exactly how you want and match your brand.
  • How to design apparel and sync with dropshipping partners.
  • Coming soon: Photoshop tips to make your product photos look professional.
  • Know how to use a Mac or PC, with basic computer skills.
  • No prior knowledge of Shopify, Aliexpress, Oberlo, dropshipping or e-commerce is necessary.
  • Sign up for a FREE 14-day Shopify membership trial to follow along and create your own custom e-commerce website. You will need to subscribe to Shopify's service after 14 days to keep your new site active.

This course is different than most Shopify courses available. Yes, like most courses, I will get you up and running fast with the absolute basics, as well as guidance, tips, and tricks for the more advanced features and settings.


I'll show you how I use these skills (building e-commerce websites) to create high-value websites for my clients and how I charge them to do it. Not only that, you can also make additional income just off of referrals as an affiliate with the Shopify Partners program.

Even if you have no intention of freelancing and you just want to build your own online store, no problem! I'll show you everything you need to know to start your journey with e-commerce.

I have over 20 years experience designing with Photoshop, and over 12 years of experience in the creative arts industry building websites and e-commerce platforms, and I have over 100,000 students enrolled across all of my courses. Learning how I build my e-commerce websites for clients was a topic that came up frequently in student questions, and I want to show you my exact process along the way.

I used to only use WooCommerce to build my e-commerce sites on WordPress, but I've been extremely impressed with Shopify and my clients have had good luck with the platform as well. I highly recommend Shopify and I know you're going to love it!

If you see topics that you would like added to this course, or features that need updated then please let me know! I'm building my own personal e-commerce website alongside of this course, and I'll be showing you (coming soon) how I design my apparel and setup my dropshipping. Stay tuned for more!

Student Reviews

Derrick did a great job in explaining Shopify so well for a beginner like me!! - Grace De Guzman

Thank you Derrick for this course, it did save me tons of hours trying to figure it out how to build an E-commerce website. I started other course for WP but it didn't work as it was taking a lot of time and I just wanted to build my online store fast and this course is really easy to understand and follow along. Thank you once again - Vilmar Borges

Thanks, Derrick! Well Done! To all beginners out there, this highly recommended. - Brian C. Corpuz

Who this course is for:
  • My current graphic design students who are curious about building e-commerce websites as an added service they can provide for their freelance business
  • New entrepreneurs who want to sell their products online and understand how to set up their own e-commerce website
  • Freelancers who want to be able to offer more services to their clients by building e-commerce websites
  • Anyone wanting to build a Shopify e-commerce website to begin their own dropshipping business
Course content
Expand all 38 lectures 05:03:41
+ Course Introduction
1 lecture 02:14

Thanks for joining this course! I'm so excited you're here and I can't wait to see what you do with the new skills you learn from this.

Here is a link where you can download all of the resource files for this course:

If you have questions, you can email me directly at, or join our Facebook group here:


Preview 02:14
+ The Basics of Setting up a Shopify E-Commerce Website
10 lectures 01:07:49

Before you get too far down the road, here are some things to consider...

In the video I mention that I like to have my clients setup their own accounts, however, with the Shopify Partners program it's really easy to setup a Shopify account for your client and transfer ownership. The benefit to this is that you will receive a commission from your referral, helping you create more income for your business.

The Shopify Partner Program is a diverse group of designers, developers, marketers, and affiliates who use the Shopify platform to build ecommerce websites, themes, and apps. We offer our partners three great ways to grow their business and generate ongoing monthly revenue:

  • refer clients to Shopify

  • create ecommerce themes and publish them in the Shopify Theme Store

  • create Shopify apps and publish them in the Shopify App Store

As a Shopify Partner, you have access to free training courses, in-depth documentation, and other resources that will help you learn about Shopify and grow your own business. You also have access to insider information about Shopify's product roadmap, previews of upcoming features, and priority Partner support to quickly resolve questions that you or your clients might have.

Preview 04:01
Selecting a Theme
Creating a Custom Logo
Adding Pages
Create a Custom Contact Page
Setting up your Menu
Modifying Theme Fonts and Colors
+ Advanced Shopify Settings
11 lectures 01:08:25
Setting up Collections (Categories)
Adding a Simple Product
Adding a Variable Product
How to Add a Buy Button to a Non-Shopify Site (Like WordPress)
Adding Apps
Adding a Blog
Adding a Refund Policy, Terms & Conditions, and a Privacy Policy
How to Get Paid
How to Setup Checkout
How to Setup Taxes

Understanding subdomains can be tricky, and you might be wondering, "why bother?"

Good question. For me, it allows me to use my main domain of "" - something I've already paid for - and add FREE subdomains that point to other services. At the time of this lecture being published, GoDaddy allows up to 100 subdomains per domain name.

I use WordPress for my main site and I like the flexibility of it. Plus, I started with that first and I don't want to make a new website right now even though I could cancel my WordPress hosting on Flywheel and just use Shopify or Kajabi to host all of my static website pages. Then, I started hosting some of my courses on Kajabi so that my students could have access to the content in a way that was structured and also gave me TONS of features in the backend, such as email and marketing tools, landing pages, sales funnels, and of course, "products" that are a collection of all of my course materials.

Shopify is by far the strongest and most user-friendly way for me to sell physical products (unlike digital courses on Kajabi).

I use three different services, and usings subdomains lets me tie them all together. Hopefully that makes sense! Check out the resource links attached to this lecture for more information and examples.

How to Create a Subdomain
+ A Real Case Study: Working with a Client
9 lectures 02:04:14
Discovery Phone Call
Estimate Proposal Review
Project Kickoff
Project Scope Revisions and Clarifying Call
Advanced Theme Editing and Problem-Solving
Working With Photos: Part 1
Working With Photos: Part 2
Adding a Custom Domain Name
+ How to Design Products and Sync with Dropshipping Partners
4 lectures 25:02
How to Add an Apparel Dropshipping Service
Adding Products with Printful
Refining Collections and Organizing Your Store
Adding a Payment Method
+ Launch!
2 lectures 14:53
Refining the Home Page
How to do a Test Order