I’m a big fan of selling online. However, in my first few tries at online sales, I was turned off by the process. I found it to be a lot of work; however, I eventually realized that it was a lot of work because I wasn’t fully prepared for the process. I had to hunt around for all the stuff I needed to package and send the items I sold. Therefore, I regrouped, set up a home business center and gave online selling a second shot. And this time I found the process much more appealing and have actually made such sales a regular addition to my monthly income.
Creating a sales center inventory list
I started the creation of my home business center by building an inventory of all the things I’d need to successfully package and ship my sale items. In this way, I could get everything I needed at once and avoid making trips back and forth between stores due to having forgotten necessary supplies. This also helped me look for the best prices on such supplies so that I didn’t overspend in my shopping.
Getting the setup right
Once I had my inventory list, I could shop for what I needed. Some of the more specialized items I ordered online. Most I could get from the local Walmart and office supply store. My list of purchases included various sizes of envelopes, bubbles wrap, a new (and reliable) printer, printer paper, printer ink refills, tape, and baggies.
I added to my home business center things that I already had like paper clips, staples and a stapler, a scale (for weighing my shipments), and a good camera for photographing the items that I was selling.
Extras of everything
I quickly learned just how fast I could go through certain supplies. Especially when it came to things like tape, envelopes, bubble wrap, paper, and other shipping supplies, I found that these items disappeared rapidly. Therefore, rather than continually having to make trips back and forth to the store, I decided to make the larger initial investment and bulk up my at-home supply.
Therefore, I bought extras of my most crucial supply inventory to have as reserve stock. In this way, not only did I reduce the need for spending extra time and money on trips back and forth to the store when I ran out of such items, but I cut out the chance of incurring delays in shipping times due to running out of things like printer ink or other supplies, potentially hurting sales or decreasing customer service ratings in the process.
And in these ways, I found that by building my home sales center, selling online became a much easier and more profitable process.
The author is not a licensed financial or small business professional. This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute advice of any kind. Any action taken by the reader due to the information provided in this article is solely at the reader’s discretion.
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