At over 820,000 merchants (source) Shopify is becoming the go-to solution for upcoming e-commerce brands.
So why should you, as a developer, care about it?
Sutton’s law #1: Go where the money is
As mentioned Shopify currently has more than 500,000 active store owners, accounting for more than $200 billion (yes with a B) in platform sales.
That's 500,000 potential customers in need of improvements / features / additions to their websites. With the average hourly rate for Shopify developers being between $50-200/hour depending on your capabilities.
To get some things clear, is Shopify the most exciting platform to work on in 2020?
Not really no.
Unless you're building custom apps or headless stores, you'll mostly be writing HTML/CSS/JS (or jQuery) creating custom themes / improving existing ones.
Is it boring? Not by a longshot.
There is always something new being added to the platform, or your client has a brilliant new idea to implement that doesn't really work with Shopify, but with their extensive API, there are very few things you won't be able to achieve.
Also, I don't know about you, but seeing your customers' conversion rate going up as a result of your work/idea is one of the best feelings you can have as a freelancer.
I've been working almost exclusively with Shopify for the better part of the last three years, and it's still forcing me to learn something new almost every week.
So feel free to reach out if you have any questions or just want to chat, I'll also be creating some more Shopify related content in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned for that 😊
PS. If you're already working with Shopify, or starting to get into it, I've recently created a builder for Shopify Schema -> Scheemy, cause nothing is worse then writing JSON by hand 😄