Shifting your business online will take you from local to global
Sandbox has partnered with Shopify and our regional ecosystem partners to help you expand your business to include e-commerce.
We’ve worked to simplify the steps you can take to get yourself setup the right way the first time. There are many options and resources available to suit your individual needs. We’ve outlined one path you can take through these 5 steps to feel competent and confident as you launch your e-commerce strategy.
REGISTER FOR these free Sandbox events
You’re interested in taking your business online, and may even have an idea you think will work – but what now? Explore these free resources through our Experts in Residence Program to gain the clarity you seek to help you make the right choice. There are many options that we can connect you to on your journey to success, you may even find something you didn’t know that was available to you.
Consult the digital street squad
Digital Main Street and Beyond is a program built around an online learning platform, and structured training through the Digital Service Squad team. These highly trained professionals help businesses through the adoption of digital tools and technology. When businesses join they receive a free Digital Assessment and recommended to-do list that can help their business meet their digital goals. The Digital Service Squad can work with businesses one-on-one to activate free and easy to use tools.
Complete the free digital onboarding
Receive a personalized to-do list with recommendations on how to reach your goals
Access a list of digital product and service providers who are offering exclusive discounts
BUILD, GROW, AND MARKET YOUR online BUSINESS
Create a business, whether you’ve got a fresh idea or are looking for a new way to make money. Turn your retail store into an online store and keep serving customers without missing a beat. You can bring your business to Shopify, no matter which e-commerce platform you’re currently using. Shopify is one platform with all the e-commerce and point of sale features you need to start, run, and grow your business.
your business online
Follow self-paced programs to get your business online, fast. From easy website building to shipping and fulfillment strategies, you’ll gain the insights needed to bring your business online.
With a single view of inventory, orders, and customer data, online businesses can keep track of what’s happening in real time, to make informed business decisions that drive revenue.
Market your business
With a deeper understanding of your customers’ actions, you can better serve and engage them, and ultimately increase your sales. The data is there, you just need to know how to use it!
Add Your Business to the HEYLocal network
HeyLocal is currently in the process of onboarding new merchants. If you are a retailer, now is the time to join their community before the official launch! Sign-up is easy and hassle-free, allowing you to start selling your products in a snap. Competing with online distribution giants ain’t so fun. HeyLocal.ca creates ease and convenience for consumers to find your products. Better yet, they focus on your neighbourhood consumers; growing your new and repeat customer base.
Launch your online store and make your first sale
You’ve arrived (and are probably already up and running)! You’ve taken the steps to take your idea online and are ready to start your expansion into a larger market and make your first sale. There is always more learning to be done, and we here at the Sandbox alongside our community partners will continue to provide you with resources to make sure you’re ahead of the curve and on top of your online game. Subscribe to our e-blasts for all our upcoming events and latest blogs, supporting your journey to success.