Building stores for merchants
Some merchants build their own Shopify stores, but many prefer to hire someone else to do the initial store setup. As a Shopify Partner, you can build a new store on your client's behalf, and then transfer ownership of that store to them.
How to make money building Shopify stores
You can charge your clients a fee you both agree upon to build their store.
In addition, when you build a development store and then transfer it to a client, Shopify pays you a percentage of the client's monthly subscription fee. This payment is your development store referral commission. Refer to Shopify Partner earnings for information about how this commission is calculated and any applicable terms.
Building your services business
Many Partners maintain long-term business relationships with clients, even after transferring a store. Clients can focus on their core business by delegating technical tasks to Partners like you. Building a store for a client is often the start of an ongoing collaboration.
In this section
Getting started - Learn how to get started building a Shopify store on behalf of a client.
Creating a development store - Learn how to create a development store that you can later transfer to a client.
Store setup basics - Learn the basics of setting up a Shopify store for a merchant who’s just getting started selling online.
Transferring store ownership - Learn how to transfer ownership of a development store to a client.
What to do after your project is complete - Learn how Shopify Partners continue working with merchants to add value and build their businesses.
Store migration data dictionary - The data dictionary provides details about some of the important properties of the REST Admin API resources that are used when migrating store data from another platform to Shopify.