6 Tips for Moving Your Direct Sales Business
Moving and moving your direct sales business is supposed to be an exciting time in your life. It’s actually probably one of the most stressful times! Mislabeled boxes, boxes but in the wrong room upon unloading, items turning up in one box when you though you packed it with something completely different. Oh the craziness of it all!
On the move again!
This will be the second time I’ve moved in 2 years. Both times will have been or will be interstate moves. My first move was from IL to DE. Now I’m moving from DE to OH. This will also be the second time I’ve moved my direct sales business. At least this time I’ll be moving to an area where I actually know a couple of people, unlike our move to DE where I knew no one. Here are a few things I’ve learned to keep my business in motion as life just seems to get crazier and crazier.
The 6 Tips I wish I had knom about moving your direct sales business!
Pack the bare necessities first.
The first thing I pack is a bag that contains the bare necessities essential to running my business. I have a few catalogs, business cards, samples, table cloth, table runner, tools of my trade, and my credit card reader. I can now do a small set up for a vendor show or have everything I need to do an in home show! No it won’t have every single product my company offers nor will I have a big fancy display BUT I can still function! This is what counts!
Pack your inventory second.
The second thing I pack is my inventory. My inventory resides in a couple of different places. I have a storage tote that contains my larger items, I have a smaller storage container for smaller items, a couple of binders and photo albums that contain the rest of my product. I literally sealed the large tote with tape. Inventory box one done. I then took a second large tote and filled it with my scattered inventory. Inventory box 2 done. Both boxes are clearly labeled on top and all 4 sides what is in the boxes. Now I can fill orders with out having to search through everything! Here’s the nice thing about my product. It doesn’t expire. The only reason I carry an inventory to begin with is because I LOVE to do vendor shows and people want to see what my product is. My company does not require me to carry an inventory as everything can be bought and direct shipped to the customer with in 7-10 days. If push comes to shove, I can just order my product sent right to the customers doors!
Pack your paperwork third.
Paperwork. The dreaded paper work. I order all my paperwork that I use in bulk. I’m totally not afraid to hit up a good Vista Print or PS Print sale. This also means that I probably have more paperwork at my disposal than I do with all my products combined. I use post cards and business sized cards for EVERYTHING. If you’re reading this, you probably do to ( if you don’t, don’t worry I’ll have a post for that soon!). The first thing I did was go to my local hobby store and bought a bunch of those photo shoe boxes. They cost about a $1 each. I then started filling my boxes with all my different cards, labeling each one as I went, and then taping the boxes closed. A small moving box would hold 4 of my photo boxes and then I could fill the box full of miscellaneous office items to fill out the boxes.
Start a miscellaneous “office” or “product” box to put your strays in! You’re going to find miscellaneous items after you thought you finished packing your office. I know I’m guilty of carrying items away from my office area and have the awesome tendency to put them down and forget where I’ve put them. Like myself, you are about to find all those precious gems hiding EVERYWHERE! Now you have the last second ” Oh Crap” Box, just label it and seal it when you are completely done packing!
Know where your stuff is!
When you are unloading, put your essentials bag where it’s not going to get blocked in by anything else. You want it to be easily accessible at any point in the moving/unpacking process. Office/product boxes have been clearly marked, so make sure your precious business goes to the correct room!
Unpack and Organize.
Start unpacking your business! Make time to organize as you go. Failure to do this in DE made life miserable for a couple months trying to find everything I needed. That’s a mistake I won’t make again as I unpack in OH!
I hope my 6 tips for moving your direct sales business are useful to you! I know they have made my life a lot easier this move. Now, I’m going to take my own advice and I’m off to work on Step 6!
Keep on Jammin’