How to use the SOP Marketplace

Intro

The Flowster Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Marketplace is essentially like “an Amazon for SOPs”.

Sellers can list their templates and buyers can search or browse the various listings, add templates to their cart, and checkout.

After a buyer successfully checks out with a credit card or PayPal payment, the folder(s) and template(s) included in the SOP are automatically copied into their Flowster account.

For Buyers

1. Add SOPs to your Cart

https://in.flowster.app/marketplace

From the main Marketplace page, you can browse or search for an SOP that interests you:

Then click it to open its detail page:

If you’re happy with the details of this SOP, you can then click the button.

2. View your Cart

https://in.flowster.app/marketplace/cart

Your Cart will contain all the SOPs you plan to purchase.

You can delete them if you change your mind, and also enter Promo Codes (if you’ve been given one).

3. Checkout

Inside your Cart click the button:

On the dialog that appears, you can choose to pay with a credit card, or PayPal:

After successfully completing the checkout process, for each SOP that was in your Cart, its contents will have been copied to your account.

You should then be able to see the new folders or templates here: https://in.flowster.app/templates:

4. Write a Review

Reviews are important as they help SOP authors get feedback, know what can be improved, and ultimately enforce the integrity of the Marketplace.

Go to the My Orders page:
https://in.flowster.app/marketplace/myorders

Click the button for the SOP that you just ordered.

Fill out the form and submit it.

Then, locate the SOP in the Marketplace, open its detail page, and your review should appear near the bottom:

5. Using Promo Codes

If a Marketplace Seller has given you a Promo Code, you can enter it the “Promo Code” field on the Cart page and click the button on the right side:
https://in.flowster.app/marketplace/cart

(in this case, this code is setup to give a 10% discount)

You should then see the discount applied and your total be reduced:

For Sellers

1. Setup your Seller Profile

https://in.flowster.app/marketplace/profile

This will be displayed on the detail page of any SOPs you add for sale to the Marketplace. It represents your “brand”.

The example above is pretty basic. Feel free to use your creativity, colors, images, emojis 😀 … whatever you think will sell your brand better!

2. Sell your SOP

https://in.flowster.app/marketplace/new

Step 1: Select Folder or Template

First, select the Folder (containing multiple Templates) or single Template that you want to sell as an SOP:

Step 2: Verify Selection

On the next screen, you’ll just be shown what you selected. If it’s incorrect, you can click the   button, otherwise, click 

Step 3: Choose Categories

Select one or more categories that are appropriate for your SOP:

Step 4: Choose Title

Now, you need to choose a Title for your SOP listing. In most cases, it’ll be the same as the Template or Folder you’ve selected:

Step 5: Enter Description

Enter a detailed description of your SOP. You can get really creative here if you’d like! You may want to look at other examples in the Marketplace to get inspiration 🙂

Step 6: Add Images or Videos

Now, you can add images or videos to your SOP listing:

For videos, you can either upload the file directly (<10 MB) or add a link to a YouTube or Vimeo video.

You can also drag and drop the images and videos to change their order. Note that the 1st one will be “featured”.

Step 7: Enter a Price

Finally, decide how much you want to sell your SOP for! Make sure to enter the value in US dollars. Also, if you want to give it away for free, just leave it at $0.

3. View your SOP

You should see your newly added SOP here:
https://in.flowster.app/marketplace

Open it up and view its details:

Alternatively, you can view all your SOPs for sale here: https://in.flowster.app/marketplace/sops

4. Edit Your SOP

There’s two methods to start editing your SOP:

From the SOP detail page

You can see in the image above, that when you open up your SOP to view its details, there’s a button.

From the My SOPs page

Go to https://in.flowster.app/marketplace/sops:

And click the blue pencil/edit icon on the SOP you want to edit. Also notice that you can delete it, if you no longer want it to be for sale in the Marketplace.

Now, from this page you can edit the title, description, images/videos, or price. Just click the tabs at the top to select what you want to change. Then click the button at the bottom right when you’re done.

Note: you cannot change the Folders or Templates that your SOP contains. If you want to do this you’ll have to add an entirely new SOP to the Marketplace.

5. Promo Codes

https://in.flowster.app/marketplace/promocodes

Promo Codes give your buyers a discount on your SOPs.

Start by clicking the button on the top right.

Then, fill in all the fields:

  • Promo Code: the unique code that your buyers will use to receive the discount.
  • Description: this is just for yourself, so you remember what the code is used for.
  • Type: either Amount (in US dollars) or Percentage.
  • Amount: depending on what you selected for “Type”, enter dollars or percentage values here.
  • SOP(s): in this last field, select the SOP(s) that this promotion applies to. Start typing their names to select them. A single Promo Code can apply to multiple SOPs.

After clicking “Submit”, you’ll see your new Promo Code on the main page:

From here, you can edit it, or delete it.

6. Payments

We’re using the popular iDevAffiliate software to manage our Marketplace seller payments. This is the same software we’re using for our Affiliate program.

Here’s how it works:

  1. When you first list a SOP for sale in the Marketplace, an account in iDevAffiliate is automatically created for you, representing you as a Seller.
  2. When someone buys your SOP, Flowster receives 15% of the sale, and therefore you receive 85%. This 85% is represented as a “commission” in iDevAffiliate.
  3. Within 30 days of the end of the month in which the sale was made, you will be paid from Flowster. Payment is made to your PayPal or Stripe account.

To access your iDevAffiliate account:

You should have received an email with the subject “Flowster Marketplace Seller Account Details“, that contains your username and password, however if you cannot locate that email, visit this page:

https://affiliates.flowster.app/login.php?lost_password=true

Enter the email address associated with your Flowster account in the “username” field, and click “Send To Email” to have your password sent to your email.

To setup your payment method:

https://affiliates.flowster.app/account.php?page=48

Select whether you want to be paid by PayPal or Stripe:

PayPal:

Simply enter your PayPal email address:

Stripe:

Stripe is a service that pays directly to your checking account.

First click “Connect with Stripe”:

Then, if you already have a Stripe account, you can sign in, or otherwise fill out the form to create a new account: