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Hi! I’m Lucy.
Chardonnay and vintage finds lover, founder of the handmade jewelry brand bel monili *and* your new guide to making your handmade business WORK online.
If you’ve been in business for any amount of time, you know that selling online and shipping go hand-in-hand. During the holidays, the shipping headaches can build up like a snow squall! To make sure your holiday season sails smoothly, here are some updated shipping tips for small businesses like yours.
In the current landscape where prices seem to be soaring across the board, shipping rates continue to be a pivotal factor influencing holiday buying decisions.
For online sellers, staying vigilant about shipping costs and understanding their impact on both your business and customers is crucial.
Transparency in communicating your shipping information is more important than ever this year.
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Starting from 10/2/23 through 1/2/24, the USPS has once again implemented temporary rate adjustments for the holiday season.
If you typically charge flat rate shipping or offer free shipping, it’s essential to factor in these changes. Ensure your pricing reflects these adjustments accordingly!
Establishing a streamlined shipping system is key to setting yourself and your customers up for success during this bustling holiday period.
Here’s a guide to get your “shipping department” running like clockwork:
Supply chain disruptions persist, significantly affecting shipping supplies. What used to arrive overnight now takes days, and some items may face months-long stock shortages. Relying on last-minute orders is no longer a reliable option.
Take stock of your inventory and holiday sales forecasts. Consider:
Consider consolidating packaging sizes to be more cost-effective. Can you reduce from five different box sizes to three, for example?
Bulk ordering ensures the best prices for shipping supplies. There are virtually no downsides to this practice. Plus, shipping materials don’t expire, so having extras won’t hurt.
Each year, USPS releases shipping deadlines. For 2023, these are:
It’s wise to add extra time when setting customer order cut-off dates. Consider:
Tip for USPS Users: Utilize the “schedule a pickup” option for prepaid packages right from your home!
Printing shipping labels at home can save both time and money. Services like Etsy or Shopify offer the ability to print USPS labels at commercial rates. Information required includes:
Setting up a robust shipping system will save time and hassle for both you and your customers. Faster deliveries, happier customers, and a smoother business – it’s a win-win!
If you’re a maker looking to build your hobby into a legit business, you may be stuck on all the “business-y” stuff. How can you get supplies tax-free? What’s a “legal structure” and do you need it? (Spoiler, yes you do!)
I set up a whole course that gives you EVERYTHING you need to know when it comes to the business end of your handmade business. Check out The Business School for Makers! It’s an affordable resource that will take all of the pain out of moving from hobbyist to real deal entrepreneur.
After running bel monili (my handmade jewelry business) for 10 years, I launched Bloom in 2019 to create a community where handmade business owners could learn, grow, and support each other in this wild venture of small business ownership. Welcome to Bloom!
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