Choosing your store management settings

Before you open your store to customers, you need to make some store management decisions. Choose your store's shipping settings, choose what payment methods you'll accept and where you'll receive payouts, customize your tax settings, and add your store's policies to your checkout page.

Step-by-step: Choose your shipping settings

To start shipping your products, you need to add a shipping origin address as well as package types.

Add a shipping origin address

If you ship your products from somewhere other than your store's main office, you can specify a separate shipping origin to make sure your taxes and calculated shipping rates are correct.

To add your business's shipping origin:

  1. In the Shipping origin section, click Edit address.

  2. Enter the address of the location where you ship your products from, and then click Save.

Add a package type

You can save the dimensions and weights of your preferred package types on the Shipping settings page in your Shopify admin.

To add or edit a saved package:

  1. In the Packages section, click Add package.

  2. In the dialog, enter the required information about the package type. Some mail types have restrictions on the size of the packages that you can use to ship your products. A notice about applicable size restrictions will appear on the dialog when you create a new package type.

    Tip

    If you enter dimensions and weights for your packages, then your calculated shipping rates will be more accurate.

  3. Click Add package.

Step-by-step: Set up a payment method

Shopify supports a variety of payment methods, but the simplest way to accept payments online using Shopify is Shopify Payments.

Shopify Payments eliminates the need to set up a third-party payment provider or merchant account to accept payments. Shopify Payments comes fully integrated with your store and includes a wide variety of functions that let you manage your business and financials in one place.

To set up Shopify Payments on your store:

  1. In the Accept credit cards section, click Add a provider.

  2. Select Shopify Payments, and then click Continue.

  3. In the Shopify Payments section, click Complete account setup.

  4. Enter the required details about your store and your banking information.

  5. Click Complete account setup.

After you've set up Shopify Payments, you can configure your settings or make a test transaction on your store.

Step-by-step: Set up your taxes

As a merchant, you might need to charge taxes on your sales, and then report and remit those taxes to your government. Although tax laws and regulations are complex and can change often, you can set up Shopify to automatically handle most common sales tax calculations. You can also set up tax overrides to address unique tax laws and situations.

Shopify uses many default sales tax rates, which are updated regularly. If you use the default rates, then confirm that they are current and correct for your particular circumstances. You can override them whenever necessary.

It's important to make sure your tax settings are correct for the particulars of your store, and you need to remember to file your store's taxes for yourself. For more information about taxes in relation to your Shopify store, click here.

General process to set up taxes

You don't need to follow a formal list of steps to set up your taxes, but you can use this process as a guide:

  1. If you're running an online store, then set up the countries you will be shipping to. You do this step first because the default tax rates are based on your shipping zones.

  2. If you're using Shopify POS, then set up the tax rates based on your retail store locations. You do this step so that the default POS tax rates are based on the geographic location in which your in-person sales take place.

  3. Set up the tax rates in the countries and regions to which you will be selling and shipping your products:

    • If you're in the United States, choose automatic tax settings or manually specify the rates for state, county, and municipal taxes, including shipping taxes.
    • If you're not in the United States, use the default values or specify the rates for countries and their regions. You also specify whether you will charge taxes on shipping.
  4. If you sell digital products, then set up the taxes that apply to these items.

  5. Override any tax rates where necessary.

As you set up taxes, you can access and review your settings on the Taxes page in your Shopify admin.

Step-by-step: Add your store policies

Before they check out, your customers need to have access to your policies for refunds, privacy, and terms of service.

You need to add your store policies using a separate webpage. Your policies are displayed as links in the footer of your checkout.

To add your store policies to your online store:

  1. Set your store's refund, privacy, and terms of service.

  2. In a new browser tab or window, go to your Pages page.

  3. Create a new page.

  4. From your store checkout settings, copy each policy to your clipboard.

  5. On your new page, paste your clipboard contents.

  6. Click Save page.

  7. Add a link to your policies page so that your customers can find it easily.

Next steps

After you finish choosing your store management settings, it's time to prepare to launch your store.

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