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2 Tips To Follow If You Want To Run Your Online Shop From Your Home

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Here are two tips to follow if you'd like to run your online shop from your home.

Put the majority of your shop's inventory into a self-storage unit

Instead of keeping all of your online shop's inventory in your home, you should put most of it into a self-storage unit and store. This keeps the majority of your inventory safe, while you can keep the amount you need to fulfil your online orders for the next two weeks or so conveniently in your own house. This will ensure that running this at-home enterprise doesn't have too much of an impact on your home's storage space and result in, for instance, you and your family not having enough space to stow your other everyday belongings, because so many of the shelves, cupboards and drawers are filled with your inventory.

Even more importantly, it will keep your inventory safe. When, for example, the items you use to make and package your products are kept in a pest-free, locked and temperature-controlled unit that only you have access to, you won't need to worry about them. For example, without this protection, these valuable items could accidentally be damaged by family members, stolen if your home is ever broken into or ruined due to a pest infestation in your home.

Furthermore, if you're going to get business insurance that covers inventory loss, you might be able to get a cheaper insurance deal if you keep your items in a self-storage unit than if you keep them at home. This is because insurance providers usually consider self-storage units to be very safe, which means they're taking less of a risk when insuring the inventory of business owners who use these units.

Don't mix your personal belongings with your inventory in the unit

You might occasionally want to put some of your personal belongings in with the inventory that you put into your storage unit. However, this is not a good idea. The reason for this is that firstly, your personal items could potentially damage your inventory. This, in turn, could result in you not only having to reorder this inventory but also potentially being unable to fulfil customer orders on time.

Secondly, if you get into the habit of bringing personal belongings to the unit every time you visit it to drop off or pick up some inventory, you might gradually fill it with too many personal items to the point where you begin to struggle to quickly find important inventory during your visits or run out of space for your new inventory.