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How to Organize Your Shop or Boutique

Ready to get your shop or boutique organized? Click to read my three tips on how I keep track of inventory.

Jewelry displays. Signs. Table cloths. Inventory. Just a few of the many items to keep track of while running your shop or boutique. It can be hard to keep track of it all, but once you do — sweet salvation!

When I took over my cousin’s boutique at the end of last year, I found myself overwhelmed with clothing, accessories, wholesale accounts, social media posts and website updates. It can be hard to stay on top of it all, but after a few trial and errors, I found tips and tricks that work.

1. Determine A Storage Space That Works For You And Your Products

Determine how much inventory you have along with any materials that you use to make or ship your products. Once you have a general idea of that inventory, look at the space around you and see what you can already utilize. Figure out the best place to store your products — is at your house or apartment, a studio or co-working space or maybe you need to rent a nearby storage area. Make sure that wherever you end up storing your products, you can easily reach it when comes to fulfill orders.

Once you figure out where you can store your products, determine what is the best way to store them. Personally, for me, it’s with large storage containers. These contain my boutique’s products as well as shipping materials, signage and any other items I may need for my shop. However, maybe you need good set of drawers or racks or shelves for your products. It all depends on what you sell!

2. Stay On Top Of Your Space With Labels, Hangtags and Stickers

Labels are a saving grace! Especially if you can’t determine what products are where at first glance. I store my products in containers that aren’t see through, so it’s important to keep each container labeled properly.

When it comes to my actual products, I personally like to have my products pre-labeled with the regular price of the product. That way if a last minute sidewalk sale or vendor event pops up, my products are already labeled for a sale.

Search around for the best organization tools that work for you! That may mean labels or stickers, hangtags or signage.

3. Keep Track Of It All With A Spreadsheet

Spreadsheets have been a dream come true for me. You can use either Excel or Google Spreadsheets to create your own. I use Google Spreadsheets because it’s cloud base so I can access it wherever, whenever and don’t have to worry about always keeping the most recent copy in Dropbox.

I use a spreadsheet to not only keep track of my inventory, but to also keep track of my product names, descriptions, prices and more. Spreadsheets are super easy to use to keep track of everything in one place! Basically, once you have the basis of a spreadsheet, you can then customize it to fit your needs, which is what I did with the Ultimate Inventory Tracker.

Keeping your shop or boutique organized is a breeze once you get your system down. Figuring out storage, keeping everything (and I mean everything) labeled and tracking it all with a spreadsheet has been my no-fail system. Make sure to check out the Ultimate Inventory Tracker to easily organize your boutique or shop!


Blog + Business Tips,Productivity

How To Get Back Into Your Business After Taking A Break

Decided to take a break from your business and now you're ready to come back? Click through to read my three tips on how to get back into your business after taking a break.

This blog post is hitting close to home because, well you guys, the last time I wrote a blog post was in October. October! That’s crazy! But I’m getting my stuff together to get back into blogging, back into our Facebook group, my second business and well just back at it.

It’s true everybody needs a break every once in a while. That’s why bosses give you a vacation, isn’t it? Truth is — I was feeling uninspired and unmotivated with the content I was creating (amongst other things) and I thought a break was much needed. Plus I started a second business, which needed my attention!

Now that I’m getting back into my blog, my second business and Facebook group while juggling my full time job and personal life, I’m all about figuring out that balance. Here’s a few tips to help you stay balance while you get back into your business.

1. Plan it out.

I literally sat with my planner about a month ago and decided when my comeback day was going to be. Once I figured out a date, I wanted to figure out exactly what I wanted to do as in what kind of content I wanted to share. And exactly what I wanted to focus on by looking at my Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram and my Facebook group and my blog… are you as tired as I am now?

What you focus on your for your business is totally up to you! Social media platforms that work for me may not work for you and vice versa. So now you’ll most see me on Instagram, Snapchat and in my Facebook group. I will be blogging, but not on a weekly basis like I used to, which brings me to next tip.

For your shop, maybe you look at your inventory and see what is selling the best and what isn’t selling well and decide from there. Or maybe you decide your boutique should be focusing on certain social media platforms instead. Whatever the case may, plan it out.

2. Preach quality over quantity

I used to blog once a week and it was great! I love writing (Fun fact: I’m a former Journalism major.) and I love sharing my thoughts and expertise on certain topics. However, sometimes I struggled with what to write or how to express my thoughts. Some things are better said than written, I suppose.

So while I get back into blogging consistently again, I’ve set a goal for one blog post a month. I want to make sure I’m giving you guys the BEST content I can and that may not mean a weekly blog post.

That said, I wanted a way to connect with you guys on a more personal level to bring you more quality content. I find that occurs more in my Facebook group and in live short videos through Instagram stories and Snapchat.

Again, the platforms I’m focusing on may not the ones you should be focusing on. My challenge to you is to bring quality content to your audience, whether that means fewer promotions, but ones that have more meaning or posting less but better content on social media.

3. Be kind to yourself

I was listening to Episode 20 of the Market Beautifully podcast, which is all about managing your business while working a full time job. This is so me, you guys! Something that was reiterated by Haley and Tisa was to give yourself some grace.

To me, that means things don’t always go according to plan. A task that you thought would only take you a few hours may take you several days because you have other things on your plate — family, work, friends, etc. Rather than beating yourself up about it, be kind to yourself.

You may have a plan to photograph and edit your new inventory, write product descriptions and launch it all on your website in one night when in reality you can only allot time to photograph your products. And that’s ok! It all goes back to my first tip – plan it out. Figure out a schedule that works for you to work efficiently.

If you’ve been taking a break from your business and thinking about jumping back in the saddle, I hope these tips help get back at it!