Startup Support For Norfolk Students

At Startup Norfolk we are passionate about enabling the next generation to startup in business. Along with our free local SEO audits, we offer two free services to students:

Ecommerce Store Setup

We’ve partnered up with Shopify to setup and build out FREE ecommerce stores for students in Norfolk.

Launching an online store can feel like a daunting task but it’s just a step by step process.


10 steps to set up your ecommerce store

  1. Visit here and sign up for 14 day free trial (no credit card required to build)
  2. Download the free apps Oberlo (for dropshipping products from AliExpress in China) and Printful (for dropshipping your own clothing).
  3. Add products you want to sell from Oberlo / create products you want to sell from Printful
  4. Set your prices – aim to make at least 50% net profit on each order.
  5. Customise the homepage by going to Online Store > Themes > Customize
  6. Go to Settings > General > Standards & Formats and change currency to GBP.
  7. Go to Settings > Payments and connect your Paypal (or setup Stripe connecting to your bank account)
  8. Plug in your debit or credit card and launch your store!
  9. You can buy your own domain at and connect it to your store (recommended but optional).
  10. Drive traffic to your store i.e. from facebook / Instagram.

What is Dropshipping?

Dropshipping means you don’t handle any goods, the supplier sends direct to the customer.

For inspiration on what products are best to dropship this is a good guide

What is Shopify?

  • Shopify is the world’s leading commerce SAAS provider, and the platform of choice for over 100,000 active global retailers.
  • Sell online, offline and on-the-go using Shopify’s powerful technology.
  • Use your own domain name
  • Sell gift cards
  • Integrated blogging platform to create blog posts
  • Process credit card payments directly through Shopify, or other gateways
  • Process in-store purchases with Shopify POS
  • Process purchases with your iPhone using Shopify Mobile
  • Receive on-boarding support from a Shopify Guru
  • Access ecommerce analytics
  • Use built-in SEO, coupon codes and A/B testing
  • Rely on fast servers and cutting edge infrastructure
  • Fully PCI Level 1 Compliant checkout
  • Unlimited SKUs
  • Shopify is always adding free new features to help you sell

50 Ways to Make Your First Sale: A Shopify guide with 50 hands-on, instructional lessons about ways to get from the launch of their shop to their very first sale.


Startup Freelancing

The Startup Freelancing Service enables local students to develop the skills and experience to startup a freelance writing business.

If you’re a student with a talent for writing, a wide field of interest, and the ability to research meet tight deadlines then this is for you!

You will need to develop an understanding of online business, how content is found through search engines (SEO) and how it is monetized through affiliate links to Amazon and elsewhere.

What do you get out of it?

  • Learn how to make money online
  • Learn the basics of search engine optimisation (SEO)
  • Learn how to write articles for SEO purposes
  • Get paid to write articles for different online businesses
  • Start earning money online to be your own boss

For more information and to get involved contact richard [at]