So You Want to Open an ArtFire Shop

Are people constantly telling you that you need to sell your artwork?  Are you on the fence about opening up an ArtFire Shop because you aren’t sure what all is involved?  Let us ease your fears and walk you through how simple the process can really be! 

(Please note that this tutorial will walk you through setting up a basic ArtFire shop.  Merchants can fine tune their stores in several ways. We will address these options in a later post.)

Step 1: Register with ArtFire

The first thing you will need to do is register with ArtFire. At this point you are just becoming an ArtFire member and will have the option to register as a seller.

Step 2: Become a Seller

Now that you are an ArtFire member you can register to become a seller. You do this by clicking on the dropdown button next to the person icon and clicking on “Open Your Shop”.

Step 3: Name Your Shop

Now comes the fun part, customizing your store front. On this screen you will pick the name of your shop. (You cannot use a name that is already in use and you cannot use spaces.) This screen is also where you upload an avatar. This is similar to a “profile picture” on social media sites.

Step 4: Upload a Banner Picture

The Banner itself is the main design portion of your shop. It is the first thing a buyer sees and provides the look and feel of your shop. You can upload a custom image, or use the “colors, pattern library, and text” tabs to create one through our site. You have the option to skip this step, but again, this is the first thing people see when they come to your shop so we recommend spending some time creating a unique and appealing banner.

Step 5: Payment Methods

Payments for sales made are sent to you via PayPal and/or Stripe, at least one of which is required to sell on our venue. These are 3rd party companies and you will need to set up an account with one or both of them and link it to your ArtFire account to move on from this step.

Step 6: Billing Information

ArtFire merchants must keep an up-to-date billing method on file. In addition to the monthly subscription fee, merchants are required to maintain a positive account ledger balance. (Note – This is the ledger that keeps track of commissions). New Merchants are required to add a $5.00 balance to their ledger as part of the setup process. Commissions fees will draw down the account balance when sales are made; if a ledger would be depleted to below a 0.00 balance by a commission fee, a charge sufficient to bring the ledger balance back to $5.00 will be processed.

Step 7: Select Your Plan

ArtFire offers several plans to choose from. Please be sure to thoroughly read through all the options before making your selection. Some of our plans bill monthly, where others bill quarterly (every 3 months). Commision rates (Final Valuation Fees) vary based on the plan that you select as well. Familiarize yourself with the available options and then choose which one best suits your needs.

We hope this guide will help you when it comes time to set up your ArtFire shop. As always, be sure to visit our blog, forums, and feel free to email us if you have any questions!

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