Contributor post by Jennifer of CaffeinatedPapercuts
Hi there! I’m Jennifer from CaffeinatedPapercuts here to start a new mini-series on the blog; Getting Ready for the Holidays!
As shop owners, we need our store, merchandise, and workspace in tip-top shape long before the holidays roll around. This week we’re going to focus on where the creativity flows – your workspace!
All of us have a creative space, supplies, and shipping supplies that we use on a daily basis. I reached out to my fellow CIJ team members and we all have the same idea when it comes to making sure our workspace is ready for the holidays:
I’m stocking up like a mad man. Tape, bubble wrap, printer ink, and more. It’s essential to have the basics, so you’re not running to the store every other day. That can get costly! ~Britnee Dockins from ApachesWife
Speaking as someone who HAS done the last-minute dash to the post office because I was out of flat-rate boxes, trust me when I say Britnee is so right! Order your flat-rate mailers now from USPS, make sure you have extra paper, labels, bubble wrap, packaging tape, ink, etc. Planning on wrapping your items with tissue paper this season? Make sure you have extra of that, too!
Besides your shipping needs, there’s also the need to have enough supplies to make all of your items. For me, that means making sure I have plenty of extra adhesives, paper, and envelopes on hand. Offering something new this holiday season? Make sure you know where you’re going to put it! Several members are giving their space a general tidy up, taking inventory, and figuring out where to store their new items. There’s nothing worse than not being able to find an item for a customer.
While you have your hands on your current and new inventory, get your camera out and update those pictures! You’re going to need them next week when we make sure our shops are ready for the holidays!
What are you doing to make sure you’re ready for the holiday season? Leave me a comment below and let us know!