Dukaan Review: Create Your Own Online Shop
Two years ago, if I wanted to create an online business, I had to do the following.
Buy a domain name.
Get a hosting platform.
Make a website on ecommerce platforms like Shopify or WordPress or WooCommerce and names I don’t even recognize.
Learn those platforms, how they work, how to set up etc.
Buy and install a good theme or design for the website.
Install plugins and tools to make online shopping possible.
Get a payment gateway.
Learn search engine optimization and marketing to get visitors to my site.
And perhaps 23 other things.
I mean, I am running a small business here with minimal resources. Pretty much a one man army.
If I were to learn and do all these stuff myself, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have enough time to run my business.
Luckily, we are in 2021, we have some amazing tools today that won’t suck up your time or make it difficult for you to create your own online store.
In fact, this app that I’m going to review today will help you create your own, full functioning, ready to go, online store in one minute or less.
Yes one minute and I’m not even exaggerating. Let’s go.
So, this app that I wanted to share with you today is called Dukaan. For those of you who don’t know, Dukaan means Shop in Hindi.
And it does one thing and only one thing pretty good, it lets you create your own online store in minutes.
When I say an online store, your own store, where you can list down your products, accept orders, track them, take online payment and even create your own app.
Everything right out of the box. Here’s how it goes.
All you have to do is go to the Android Play store, search for Dukaan and install the app on your phone.
If you don’t have a mobile phone, then you can go to any browser and get started without the app also. Both mobile app and browser experience is super simple.
So, just go to https://web.mydukaan.io, give your phone number. You’ll get the OTP, verify it and you’re in.
Give your store name – any name you want. Choose a category, add your address and you’re done.
I made a store called MK’s Sweets in like 30 seconds. LOL.
By the way, there are plenty of categories. From paan shops, hotels to local services, they got everything.
If you’re running a service like online tuitions, or say online counselling services, you can also set up your store, easily.
As soon as you give the details, your store will be instantly set up and you will get access to the app where you can add your products, change your store name etc.
What I really like is that it’s super easy to use. Anyone who has used WhatsApp or Gmail can use it. It’s that simple.
Inside the store, you can change your settings, where you can give a new name to your store, add your logo, change your street address etc.
Your store will get a unique link also, like mydukaan.io/yourstore which you can share with anyone, and they will be able to see your products etc.
But of course, the important step is to add your products.
It’s as simple as creating a WhatsApp group. Actually, easier than that.
Go to the products tab, click on “Add new product” and just add the basic details.
If you have a physical product, like in my case a laddu, add the picture, give the name, give the MRP, the selling price, how many units do you have, a small product description and click save.
The product will immediately be available on your online store for anyone to buy.
You can also have different categories of products. You can share the product link on WhatsApp. Everything is super simple.
At this moment, let me remind you that Dukaan just made possible, what would have taken you months of work, learning, tweaking and launching your online store in just under a minute.
You have a beautiful looking store, with products listed, that anyone from anywhere can buy.
Imagine the possibilities here.
A homemaker sitting at home, can start her own online tuition business in one minute.
A local boutique can now go international with their products.
The world is your marketplace in just a few clicks.
Dukaan also offers a whole lot of other powerful features that will make your online store awesome.
Like special discount coupons, a free QR code that you can generate to share the store link, a customer database, free marketing designs for promoting your store and the like.
It’s all ready made and super simple to use.
All these are free features that many other apps will charge you. Dukaan makes it free and super simple that even your grandma can make her own store.
Dukaan also lets you set up online payments easily on your store so that your customers can pay online and you get the money in your bank account.
This can be done in one simple step.
Just give your bank UPI id or your bank account details like account number and IFSC code and quickly verify it.
What is super awesome is that you will get the amount credited to your bank account instantly on product delivery. There is no delay whatsoever!
How cool is that? No more waiting until month-end. No more accounting, it’s all automatic and instant.
It cannot get more simple than this.
Now for the buyer, it is super easy to buy any product.
Just add the item to his shopping cart, verify phone number with OTP, either pay the amount via UPI, net banking or even cash on delivery, if that is your preference.
So essentially, all you need to start your own online business, is a business name, a list of products you want to sell, the price details…..hook up your bank account and you are ready!!
Start sharing your store link to anyone and start taking orders immediately.
Oh! And one more thing.
You can manage all of this from WhatsApp.
New orders, order tracking, order status etc are all updated via WhatsApp.
You will automatically get all the updates on WhatsApp. Real time. Simple.
You can also create your own Android app so that your customers don’t have to remember your store link. Just ask them to install your app and order from it when they want to.
They even generate reports like how many sales you made, how much profit etc for free. Just click on the reports and you have it!
You don’t even need an accountant haha!
So, if you want to start an online business, be it a grocery store, or boutique, or a tuition service, Dukaan is the easiest way you can get going.
No hiccups, no jhanjhat.
I can only see it getting better and better now.
Dukaan is backed up by top VC funds like Lightspeed and Matrix partners. It is headquartered in Bangalore and has an amazing team behind it headed by Suumit Shah and Subhash Choudhary.
It’s a 100% Indian company that is about to revolutionize the online business industry in India. Like they say, we are not in the business of building digital storefronts – we are in the business of building entrepreneurs.
And there are a lot of us out there, isn’t it?
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