Running a business out of your home can be challenging, especially with space constraints and and a lot of inventory. I have worked with home business owners selling a variety of items from their home. I’ve helped organize inventory such as clothing, jewelry, make-up, skin care products, essential oils, gift baskets, sports equipment, cooking supplies, books and model cars. No matter what the product, my clients have all had the same goals: to best utilize the space, and to have a functional system where they can quickly access supplies and fulfill customer orders. Here are some of my tips on organizing inventory in a home business.
Tips for Organizing Inventory in a Home Business
Determine where to store items
Assess the space in your home and decide on the best location to store your business inventory, this may be in a bonus room, extra bedroom, closet, garage, attic or basement. If you lack space in your home, you may need to rent an off site storage unit.
Consider climate controlled storage
Many products can be damaged if not stored in a climate controlled area. Severe temperature changes, moisture, pests, dirt and dust can impact your inventory. If this is a concern for you, check the temperature and insulation of your home inventory storage location, or request a climate controlled storage unit.
Make the most of your storage space, by stacking inventory items vertically. Sturdy metal shelves can provide efficient storage for home business inventory.
Label storage shelves
Label storage shelves by using numbers or letters, so an item can be quickly found.
Organize by type
Sort and organize your products by type, and store similar products together.
Label all boxes
Place text labels or digital photos on unlabeled boxes, so you know what is inside each box.
Store popular products nearby
Store the most frequently sold items in the area that is easiest to access.
Set up “departments”
Layout your home office or storage area in “departments” such as incoming new inventory, inventory in storage, shipping and receiving.
Use software programs and apps such as these to help managing inventory
A well organized home business inventory will lower stress and improve productivity. If you need assistance with organizing your home business, please contact us for a free phone consultation about our home and business organizing services including hands-on organization in the Raleigh, NC area and virtual organization to distant locations.