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We had some fun yesterday with a stained glass vinyl tutorial, but now it is time to head back to business. I know lots of Silhouette Cameo and Cricut Explore small business owners sell through Facebook. Many collect orders via comments or messages. Did you know that you can start a shop right on your Facebook page? Today and tomorrow, we are looking at how to set this up. Before you get started, you’ll need a Facebook business page.
Notes: Previously, you could start a shop on Facebook through Shopify or other third party services. Facebook now supports a fully functioning shop without third party programs. Facebook shops are not available in all areas as the feature is still be rolled out.
How to Set Up Your Facebook Shop
- Log in to Facebook and go to facebook.com/yourfacebookpagename/shop. The first time you visit, you’ll see a popup to agree to the Facebook terms. First read, then agree to the terms and click “Continue”.
- Next, you’ll choose how your want customers to checkout. For this tutorial, we will set up checkout through Facebook.
- Next, you’ll fill in basic details like your email address, payment preferences, and business address. Most users will choose to set up Paypal payments, but if you use Stripe, you can set up that option as well. Fill in all the blanks and click “Submit”.
- Once you submit the above form, Facebook directs you to your new shop. Next, you’ll want to fill in your shop description from the link that says, “Describe what XYZ sells”.
- Now, you’ll add your products. It’s important to note that Facebook’s shop feature will only allow you to list physical products at this time (not digital). To list your first product, click the “Add Products” button. A popup will appear:
- Uploading products is fairly straightforward, however, if you need to add sales tax to your products – it’s hidden on the “Advanced Options” tab at the top.
- After your product is uploaded, Facebook will need to approve it. When I wrote this tutorial, it took a few hours for Facebook to approve my product. You’ll repeat the listing process for each product you want to add.
You’ve got enough information to setup your shop and list your products now. Now, let’s look how to manage your shop in the next post.
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