With the e-commerce and print-on-demand solutions selected, the next step was a large amount of technical research.

Shopify has an excellent online help manual and other guides. Shopify was great at having guides including to help with print-on-demand services. The majority of the research was about taxes, payment, and shipping. I also did research on how to build the store itself, like the theme and user interface.

Printful also had great online help. They talked about how they handle the manufacturing process and shipping. They had a lot of information on sales taxes. They need to charge sales tax on any orders because they have “nexus” in many places. Printful also had guides on pricing since they charge directly to create and ship the prod cts. Finally, they provided guides on how to integrate with Shopify.