Posted by Kimberly on Oct 10, 2018 2:12:40 PM
Mobile App Setup for a Sole Proprietor
Okay! You're ready to get a mobile app, and your boutique is a sole proprietorship. Great! Let's get started!
Here is a list of everything you are going to need to get your app developed, and I will explain each item in detail as well!
- Image Assets
- Apple ID with two-factor authorization
- Apple developer account
- Shop description
- PayPal access token (if you accept PayPal)
We are going to need three graphics from you for your mobile app. The first is a logo banner. It is shown on the login screen of your app. The correct dimensions for this graphic are 1000 x 500 pixels. Here are two examples of logo banners:
The next image we need is a launch screen background. This is what will show when the app is launching. The correct dimensions for this graphic are 1000 x 1600 pixels. You can decide to do your launch screen in a number of different ways. You can do a picture of a model, some clothes, or you can use it as another opportunity to put your brand forward! Here is one example of a launch screen background:
The final image we will need from you for your app is your app icon. This image must be a square, vector image. Here are two example of app icons:
Apple ID with two-factor authentication
Next, you will need to create a new Apple ID. You may already have a personal Apple ID that you use, but we will need you to create a separate one that will only be used for developing and updating your app! You can do this here.
Note: you will need to use a different email address than the one associated with your personal Apple ID, if you already have one.
You will also need to have two-factor authentication enabled on your Apple ID. You can click here to read more about two-factor authentication and to get it set up.
Apple Developer Account
Once you have an Apple ID created, you will need to register for an Individual Apple developer account. You can do that here.
From this page, click on the blue button on the top right of your screen that says "Enroll."
This page will tell you what you need to enroll. Simply scroll to the bottom and click on the blue button that says "Start your Enrollment."
From here, you will be required to log in to your account using your Apple ID. Once you log in, you will see the option to choose how you develop apps. You will select the "Individual/Sole Proprietor/Single Person Business" option and click continue.
Here, you will be asked to enter some information and accept the Apple Developer Program License Agreement.
Once you fill out your information and accept the agreement, click on continue.
The next page will show all of your info again for you to review for accuracy. Once you verify everything is correct, simply click continue.
This will bring you to a page to complete your purchase. An Apple Developer account costs $99/year. You can also choose to have your account automatically renew each year.
Once you have decided whether or not to automatically renew, click on "Purchase."
You will then see some options for paying. Once you choose how you would like to pay, click on "Review your Order."
You will then be able to confirm all of your information is correct and place your order.
After you place your order, you will receive an email confirmation.
When you log in to your Apple developer account, it might still say that your enrollment is processing. That is okay! It generally takes a few hours to fully process, and then the account is ready for use!
The next thing we will need to get from you for your mobile app is your shop description. It just needs to be 2-3 sentences describing your shop that will be listed in your App Store description. You can use the same description you use for your Facebook page or webstore!
PayPal Access Token
Finally, if you accept PayPal as a form of payment, we will need your PayPal Access token. In order to get your PayPal access token, you will first need to log in to your account here.
Once logged in, you will click on My Apps & Credentials.
Then, you will click on Generate Live Access Token.
A new window will open with your PayPal access token. You will want to copy this.
Once you have completed all of these steps, you will go to your CommentSold Dashboard and click on the Mobile App tab.
You will be prompted to enter all of the information that you have gathered together from all of the previous steps. You will also be asked to pick two colors to be used in your app. You will choose the tint color, which is used in places where text is highlighted, and the button color, which is the background color for all buttons.
You can click on the color to the right to play around and get the color you like, or you can look up colors on a hex code website like this one and enter the code into the text bar.
It is important to note that the text on all of your buttons will be white. Once you decide what color you would like your buttons to be, you can go here and enter your color code to see how white text will look on that color! If it is not readable, you will want to choose a darker color!
After you have entered all of your information in the Mobile App tab on your CommentSold dashboard, there is only one step left! Schedule a meeting with your account executive to get our developer added to your Apple developer account so we can start building your app!! If you are not sure who your Account Executive is, just shoot us a message in support and we can get you linked up!
At this point, you are only 4-5 days away from having a mobile app for your business. WOOHOO!