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Home businesses are an increasingly common sight in America today, with about 52% of all small businesses in America being based out of the home.

Running a business at your house offers many advantages, even above and beyond the obvious upsides to never having to leave your house, but it can also pose a lot of unique challenges. Not the least of these challenges is the need to store and organize products on top of everything else you already keep at home—a challenge that can prove even more difficult than organizing a standard retail store at times.

If you run a retail business out of your home and need some tips on organizing your inventory around the rest of your house, here’s a few things to consider:

 

Devote a space to your inventory.

The first thing to do is take some room in your home and specifically devote it to your retail inventory. This can have a few benefits, not the least of which is that you will no longer have to scramble around your house to fill orders and/or track inventory. Keeping everything discreet will prevent missing and/or miscounted inventory, allow for easier handling of incoming and outgoing products, and in certain cases may actually allow for tax breaks and/or business funding benefits by having a part of your house specifically devoted to your home business. (Don’t quote us on this, though—we’re shelving experts, not tax experts!)

 

Set up a product storage solution.

There’s plenty of ways to keep products nearby, but for bigger inventory issues you’ll want to consider looking into some more durable storage to keep everything neat, tidy, and safe. Once you’ve gotten a space set aside for your retail products, set up some wire shelving and metal shelving to keep your products safe and organized, and for smaller items you should consider plastic storage bins to maximize shelf space (and prevent anything getting lost).

 

Perform frequent inventory checks.

Even with a business working out of your house, you still need to place a high priority on maintaining correct inventory levels and be aware of what’s in stock at all times. Once everything is organized and (ideally) clearly labeled, you’re going to need to remember to perform regularly-scheduled inventory checks to make sure everything is in its place and your physical on-hand levels match what you have listed in your online order portal.

 

Give yourself a space to work.

After your inventory is set up and put in its place, you’re going to need somewhere to actually get business done. Even if it’s in a corner of the room you keep your products in, or tucked away in some closet, make sure you keep a good computer desk for your laptop, paperwork, and important business documents together. This ensures that it’s all right at hand when you have to process orders, re-order inventory, or file taxes, receipts, or the other assorted duties of a business owner.

 

Have a safe way for disposing documents.

One of the harsher truths of being a home business owner is the amount of paperwork you must fill out is essentially the same had you owned the business elsewhere, and it’s not always ideal. Set a schedule (once every few weeks or so) to sort through your paperwork, store (or digitally back up) whatever you have to, and then shred the rest. Paperwork is the only thing that might take up more room in your house than your actual items, and even if you can’t make any money off it, it’s still important to keep an eye on to keep your business working properly and above-the-board, especially when it comes to the licenses needed to run a business in your home.

One Response to “Storage & Organization for Home Businesses  ”

  1. SILVER LINING says:

    Excellent tips. Thank you.