Shopify’s Shop Class Is Coming to Vancouver

The e-commerce giant is touring the country to teach self-starters and side-hustlers a thing or two about being your own boss.

In a city where a one-bedroom apartment goes for $2,000, it’s no wonder everyone seems to have five jobs. But while your home brew kombucha side-hustle might be a creative way to make some extra cash, taking it to the next level takes a bit more than just being a magician in the kitchen. Enter: Shop Class, a cross-Canada workshop series presented by e-commerce platform (and Canadian tech darling) Shopify, hitting Vancouver from August 1 to 3.According to Shopify’s own research, B.C. leads the country in rates of self-employment—with nearly 40 percent of workers in the province falling into that category. Nationwide, the urge to be your own boss is growing, with more than 68 percent of Canadians longing to be the master of their workday domains. Shopify’s day-long workshops are aimed at schooling entrepreneurs in areas like obtaining financing, time management and marketing. Some of their classes include: how to build your brand, take cost-effective photos of your products, and learn how to market organically. The event also promises to share insights from local success stories, offer one-on-one meetings with experts, and of course, present networking opportunities. Classes are broken down into morning, afternoon and full-day sessions. Costs vary according to which sessions you choose.

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Shop Class

When: August 1 to 3
Where: Stanley Park Pavilion, 610 Pipeline Rd., Vancouver
Price: Varies