Saving Money on Packing Supplies
- Buy in bulk if you have the funds and the space
- Comparison shop between online retailers and local resources
You know what they say, “A penny saved is a penny earned” and when you are a small business owner, every penny counts. The best way to save money on shipping supplies is to buy in bulk if you have the funds and the room. You should also comparison shop online retailers and local resources. For boxes, peanuts and bubble wrap, we use our local packaging company because it is less expensive. They even deliver for free is you spend $150 – very reasonable and we rarely spend less than $150 because we order in bulk. For shipping labels, fragile stamps, and other smaller suppliers, we order them online after doing our comparison shopping. When you are comparing prices, make sure that you include shipping and that you are comparing the same or similar items.
Having your Printing Area organized will save you time and help you to quickly and easily get your package ready to go. We have set up our printing area so that we weigh the item we are shipping, put the size and weight into the computer, and then print the label out on an adhesive shipping label that attaches to the package. In the photo below, you will note that the shipping labels are on top of the printer so that I can insert them when it is time to print.
Keep the printing area and packing area in the same room or same area will help you to pack up your items more quickly and efficiently.
Now, have an area where you can keep your supplies organized so that you can easily and quickly find the box and other supplies you need. What you sell will determine how large an area you will need.
Packing supplies you will need:
- Packing tape
- Bubble wrap
Our supplies are in the office closet so we have everything we need in one spot to make packing up sold items quick and efficient. Time is money, you know.
Top shelf – gray poly envelopes, drawers for shipping sleeves for international shipments, paper and fragile stamps.
Middle shelf – packing tape and packing dispenser, storage container of peanuts, drawers for jewelry boxes, 2 sizes of padded envelopes for shipping, large manila envelopes for papers, etc.
The blue and green drawers hold the following:
Earring boxes (small)
Bracelet and necklace boxes (square)
Necklace (long) and ring boxes
Bottom 3 shelves – box storage of most frequently used box sizes (others and larger sizes are stored in garage)
As you have probably guessed by now, being organized is the most important part of packing your items quickly and efficiently. Having to search for your packing supplies really hinders your productivity, so do yourself a favor and keep it organized.
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- Packing tips – basics on packing an item for safe delivery to customer
- International shipping – basics on international shipping
- Following up on orders – be a customer service rock star!