Credit Card Payment Steps (without a PayPal Account)

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We have noticed that many customers trying to pay by credit card without a PayPal account (which is perfectly fine to do) experience some troubles possibly because PayPal automatically selects their “”Save this information with a PayPal account” option.     If you do not notice “checked box” and select the “Agree and Continue” button […]

How to activate shop from pending vendor status

  Step 1 – login to your account and select the “Activate Shop” button found on the navigation bar Step 2 – Click on the subscription link Step 3 – Select the subscription plan, add to cart and follow the check out process.

11 Things to Sell on ThrivingLocally (Other than Physical Products)

  When you think of selling through a ThrivingLocally webstore, what initially comes to mind? Whether it’s local food, t-shirts, soaps, imports, you’re likely thinking about physical products—small businesses creating and curating goods to sell and ship around the world. But when we say “product”, we’re talking about more than just tangible things. Many merchants are […]

“Meet the Owner” Webstore feature

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 Use your “Meet the Owner” tab to connect with your customers.  One of the unique aspects that a small business has over a large corporate business is your ability to be personable and connect with your customers.  Sharing your story helps bridge that connection with your customers.  On each and every one of your listings […]

Shipping and Delivery for your Webstore explained

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While shipping products is arguably be the most complicated part of an online business we have tried to make shipping for your ThrivingLocally shop as easy as possible.  Please read through the resources we have compiled for you. First question: Are you selling Services? Easy peasy since there are no shipping charges BUT you need to […]

Why open a ThrivingLocally webstore?

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When customers are deciding on a purchase, they start by looking online.  A website is your online showroom, where customers can research your offerings and see all the reasons it is right for them.   Now imagine that same listing was just a couple of clicks away from being theirs [ADD TO CART]. A well photographed and creatively […]

Why shop local? We got 6 fantastic reasons!

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A movement is upon us. It’s a movement that is attracting the local consumer away from large, impersonal big-box retailers and introduces them to the people doing business in the cities where they live. These local entrepreneurs range from growers, makers, brewers, service providers, small scale re-sellers, spas to bakeries to farmer market vendors and […]

What does it mean to be PayPal verified?

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Verification helps reduce online fraud and increase the security of PayPal transactions for yourself and for everyone you do business with. A Verified buyer/seller has provided additional evidence of their identity to PayPal by passing key security checks and completing the PayPal Verification process. Verification increases the overall security of the PayPal network. Getting Verified […]

What are the food restrictions for selling Thrivinglocally?

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A good guide to follow is your provincial farmers market regulations when it comes to foods.  And if you are going to sell your food beyond your city borders or in a commercial supermarket then you enter into a  whole new level of requirements. Download VIHA’s Pocket Guide for Temporary Market Foods These are taken from […]

How Do I Get In Touch With a Shop Owner?

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Thinking about purchasing a product or a service but you have a few questions you want to ask the store owner before you buy? Be sure to read the product description section below the listing and check the “About” section of the store. If the information you’re looking for isn’t in those sections then you […]

Do I Need A Business License To Have A Store On ThrivingLocally?

We do not require you to have a business license, but the town that you sell in might. Please check your local city bylaws.

Is There A Monthly Membership Fee?

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To buy NO.  Customer accounts are always free! But to sell YES.  We have 3 convenient plans designed to suit the local entrepreneur Just Starting out and not making much sales yet? – try the commission plan this way you are only paying when you make a sale.  once your sales increase and the commission […]

Do I Need To Have A PayPal Account To Set Up A Store?

Yes, at this time we use PayPal exclusively as our payment and billing gateway.  It is the most common marketplace payment gateway out there. Signing up for a PayPal account is free and you can get started today by clicking here: Sign up for a PayPal account     Watch the short video how to set up […]

How Do I Get Paid?

INSTANTLY! Hey it’s your money right?  Store owners are paid directly and immediately through their connected Paypal account.  Yup it is that easy! BUT this will only happen once you have a free business PayPal account and connected the address to your shop. Watch the short video how to set up your PayPal account  

What cannot be sold on ThrivingLocally?

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Thriving Locally may be a lot of things, but it is also not a lot of other things. This is not a brothel, armory, illegal drug store or dangerous chemicals market. Besides these obvious things, there are some items that you may find more surprising (like certain food items or copyrighted material), so please have […]

Importance of the Short Description

The details are critical especially for service type listings.  When a customer purchases a service online they are left with a voucher (a receipt) with the details of the purchase on that invoice. These details are found in the “Listing Short Description” and this is where you need to detail the important aspects of your […]

Top 9 Reasons Your ThrivingLocally Shop Isn’t Making Sales

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You’ve set up your ThrivingLocally shop and now sitting back and waiting for the orders to come rolling in. If you’re still waiting…and waiting…and waiting. Maybe it’s time you stopped hoping for customers to magically appear and do something about it. In this case, that means taking a good, hard look at what you might have been doing wrong […]

Are Payments Secure?

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ThrivingLocally’s checkout process uses PayPal, one of the most accepted payment solutions on the web. Because of this, ThrivingLocally has the same payment protection as Before entering any personal credit card information, you will be transferred to PayPal’s secure servers. ThrivingLocally will never obtain or have access to financial information. Learn more about PayPal’s […]

How do I get a refund

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Bought a product but no longer want it? Product taking too long to arrive? Never arrived at all? Wrong product arrived? Getting a refund is simple with your Paypal account. Here’s how: Log in to your PayPal account Click Activity Click the payment you want a refund for Click “Contact Seller Through PayPal” Follow the […]

Best Social Media Tips and Tricks

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Social media is always a hot topic for small businesses. There’s always a new platform, a new trick or tactic, or a new tweak to Facebook’s algorithms that keep small business owners on their toes. HEre’s a list of tips to help you get with the social media hype. Trust us, it’ll help you with […]

How to sell services DIRECT online

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I’ve been receiving a lot of questions from people wanting to know how to sell a service–or are thinking about selling a service–over the web, asking what you need to do differently than those people selling products. “To be truly effective at selling your services directly online you have to package your service into purchasable […]

Are you advertising with digital dead ends?

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  Are you making one of the biggest digital marketing mistakes? “The more gaps in the customers path to action…the more chances you create of losing their business.” …are you creating a “Digital Dead End”?   What’s a Digital Dead End you ask?   In the digital world of marketing this happens when you leave your customers guessing (or […]

Importance of the listing Short Description

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The details are critical especially for service type listings.  When a customer purchases a service online they are left with a voucher (a receipt) with the details of the purchase on that invoice. These details are found in the “Listing Short Description” and this is where you need to detail the important aspects of your […]

Creating The Perfectly Sized Image With Pixlr

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Photo editing may not be your strong point, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. At very least getting your images the correct size is a must. Too big of a file and they won’t be usable, tall and they don’t fit well, to small and no one can see the details. offers […]

Maggie Share’s Her Story

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Made By Maggie Shares her story of how Made by Maggie Fashions came to be…. I think I have the “sewing gene”. My mother and grandmother both were seamstresses. I have always loved fabrics – their textures, colours – and the way they can be mixed and matched and manipulated and sewn into a beautiful […]

Klever Krafts shares her story!

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Check out Klever Krafts‘ shop on ThrivingLocally!  Great handmade products! How did your business come to be? My small business started off as a Hobby thing. I was pregnant and bored and thought it would be great to learn how to sew since it had been something I dreamt of doing since I was in elementary school. […]

Janet from LuxClusive Shares her story!

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The reason why your company and product/services came to be? Lux came to life when I had lost my job and was looking for work and a friend of mine said that I should start my own business selling my jewelry and accessories that I made. I had been an avid crafter for years and […]

Descriptions -Written once, read forever

The most important pieces of information you will ever write for your product. Many of the people viewing your items have not heard of you or your product, and this is the time to make your strong first impression. Realize the description must hold all the answers for your potential customer; you are not there to answer […]

Top 8 Reasons to Sell on Thriving Locally

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There are far more than eight, but here are some of the reason we feel small business can benefit from using the Thriving Locally marketplace. 1. Expose your business locally and nationally As a member of Thriving Locally, your store will be exposed to our base of customers that normally may not have known you even […]