Shopify Partners: Understanding How It Works and Its Offerings

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By Tanit de Pouplana, on 29 May 2024

Shopify Partners is a completely free program for businesses, startups, freelancers, and entrepreneurs who use the Shopify platform and want to generate extra income by contributing their knowledge and skills to the tool or by recommending Shopify to others. It’s also designed for those who want access to resources, certifications, forums, and events hosted by the brand.

In essence, Shopify Partners is a community of experts who want to make the most of the tool while generating income in various ways.

Want to learn more about this interesting program? We’ll give you more details below.

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How Shopify Partners Works

Shopify Partners is an opportunity to access all Shopify resources for free in exchange for contributing knowledge to the community, which is rewarded with monetary compensation. Here are the different ways to earn income by joining the Shopify Partners program:

  • Be an Affiliate: You can earn a commission for every customer who joins Shopify through you.
  • Design: If you design a new theme or app for Shopify and publish it in the platform's theme store or the Shopify App Store.
  • Consult: If you have extensive knowledge of the platform, you can guide users who have questions or difficulties using it.

By performing any of these actions within the program, you will earn extra income, as well as unlimited access to the tool and all its resources.

Who Can Join Shopify Partners

Anyone or any business with a Shopify account can join the partners program, but typically, the sectors or professionals who join are those involved in web programming and design, content creation, photography or video, marketing, or those who are influencers.

Getting Started with Shopify Partners: Step-by-Step Guide

First, to join Shopify Partners, you must have a Shopify account. Once you have it, you can convert that basic account into a partner account by going to this link and entering the email with which you created your basic account.

You will be redirected to another screen where you will need to enter your personal information such as name, surname, email, and password. Next, you will also be asked for corporate information such as address, postal code, country, business email, and business name.

However, you will also need to provide a document explaining why you want to join the partners program and your experience in the ecommerce world.

Once you complete this process, you will receive a confirmation email that you need to open and click on the included button.

You will be redirected to the partners welcome page, and you can start your journey there.

On the left side, you will see the menu with the five ways you can develop your activity as a partner. I encourage you to click on each one or those that interest you to see how to start implementing them.

Benefits of Shopify Partners

Access to Training

As part of Shopify Partners, you will have access to a large amount of documentation, courses, and resources to improve your ecommerce skills and platform knowledge, as well as those of your team.

Additionally, completing these courses can earn you certifications and badges that showcase your expertise to other clients or businesses.

Extra Income

This is one of the most interesting aspects of the program, and we have already mentioned the different ways to earn commissions: through affiliates, app or theme design, and consulting.

Significant income can be earned since Shopify holds a large market share in the ecommerce creation world, with over a million stores worldwide created through this platform.

Updates and News

You will be the first to be informed about updates and upcoming features on the platform.

You will also have access to community groups and forums to exchange perspectives with people with similar interests. You can even attend events, both in-person and virtual.

Priority Customer Support

Partners receive 24/7 support for any questions or issues, both commercial and technical.

How Much Can You Earn with Shopify Partners?

If you create a theme for an ecommerce site or help develop their online store, you will receive 20% of what the ecommerce pays while using the platform. If you recommend Shopify and the person becomes a customer because of you, your commission will be what a user pays for two months on the platform. If you develop apps or themes and sell them in the tool’s App Store, your commission will be 80% of the total generated.

Regardless of which method you use to generate extra income, the payment process is as follows:

  • All earnings in the first 15 days of the month (inclusive) will be received 5 days after the 15th.
  • All earnings from the 16th to the last day of the month will be received 5 days after the last day.

However, the money transfer will only occur if you accumulate $25 or more in earnings. If you have less, the amount will be retained until you reach the minimum, and the payment will be made according to the aforementioned timelines. Note that referral and sales earnings are managed separately, so you might have more than $25 combined, but each activity must individually reach the minimum for payment.

Additionally, you should note that all earnings are calculated in US dollars (USD).

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