Did you start your home business as a hobby? Perhaps friends and family members saw what you were doing and they encouraged you to make a business out of your hobby. For example, you might be a gifted potter. As you gave pots and other art that you created yourself to friends and family members, you probably heard words like This is so pretty that you could sell it! more than once. Maybe you took the plunge and showed some of your pieces to local gift shops. And those pieces sold! If you see that your business is booming, you might even sell your hobby work online or in catalogs. If so, from presenting each of your pieces in an attractive and professional manner to having them shipped, here are some ideas that might help you to be successful with your home business.
The Presentation - Have you ever been given a gift in a haphazard manner? Perhaps you were handed a box of stationery and the ver of the gift just said something like, "I didn't have time to wrap, but I thought of you!" Now, compare that to another gift of stationery that was placed in a pretty gift bag, surrounded by fancy tissue paper and given to you with a thoughtful gift card. Of course, you probably appreciated both gifts. But, doesn't the one with the excellent presentation stand out more? Think of how you can present your own hobby pieces that you are selling. Consider attaching a sharp card with your business name or logo on it to the item. Can it be tied with something like curling ribbon or raffia? Choose anything that will make it stand out.
The Shipping - After the item that you have created and sold is ready to go, the way it is shipped is very important. Consider leaving that up to the professionals who ship things so often that they can do an excellent job for you. If the items are fragile, they will be packaged in such a way that they will be protected. If they need to be created, that will happen, too. A professional shipping business will have the right equipment and the right tools to prepare your items to arrive at their destinations safely and on time. In addition, each item will more than likely be able to be tracked. Consider using a product distribution company like BGS FULFILLMENT.