When you have inventory to keep under control. The first measure of action is to set everything up in the inventory and shipping area so that it’s easy to find.
* Keep a box of office supplies on hand and where you can find it.
* Have an empty table to pull, pack, seal, and meter your orders.
* Get rid of trash as soon as it accumulates.
* Clearly label everything ahead of time.
* Recycling boxes is a good way to be frugal and help the environment. Only keep ones that aren’t too beat up.
* Section off your inventory and shipping areas so that everything has it’s own place.
* Get free priority shipping supplies from the US Post Office.
* Purchase containers that will help you keep things in order and keep light off of items that could get stains from the lights, florescent or otherwise.
* Categorize items in alphabetical order, by kind, or however you can to make everything easy to find.
* Consolidate items as you sell them.
* Keep copies of receipts from orders with how you shipped and on what date.
* Don’t forget to have a box of kleenex on hand too.
An inventory management system is the best investment you can make in your business. Download trial versions. Ask around for recommendations. If you start off right, life will be SO much easier. Take it from someone who knows first hand how hard it can be to run an inventory business with a computer system that doesn’t meet your needs.
Make sure to have your computers networked so that everyone can work in the database at the same time. This will make it so the right hand will know what the left hand is doing. If you take the order, you’ll need to be able to know when and how it shipped, if the customer calls to find out details.