It's super easy to store your home business inventory at home - think about how much cash you'll save on storage fees. Here are some of the best ways to store your reselling stock at home.
Resorting to professional storage is inevitable when your reselling home business starts growing. While needing more space for inventory is the hallmark of an expanding venture, you can certainly start from the comfort of your home. You may discover the storage space you need already exists in your home.
Of course, this depends on the type of inventory at hand, most importantly its size!
So, before you start looking for the best self storage London has to offer, or your own home town, we recommend you try to find space within your house to cut costs and increase your profits.
An extra room
If you have an extra room in the house reserved for those unlikely times overnight guests come to stay, turning it into a storage room is your best bet. As an aspiring business owner, your job is to make do with whatever you have at your disposal. You need to make your business work for you and you may need to sacrifice some space in your home to keep your profit margins high.
Renting out warehouse space, especially when you have just had your first sale, is money down the drain. Finding some extra space at home will keep costs to a minimum, especially if you're a new business.
An extra room can offer the security you seek for your stock, as well as the benefit of full-time access to your inventory. If you resort to storing goods elsewhere, then you'll need to factor in all the trips to get your stock as and when you need it. This will take time and cost in fuel.
If you're able to set up a storage place in a spare room, then you might be worried about losing too much of your home space to work related tasks. You can be inventive here and keep a part of the room for your personal storage too. By setting up various shelves you can dedicate some to business stock and then make the most of other shelves for builky household items you struggle to find a place to store. You can store kitchen gadgets or machines in here to utilise the space personally too.
Your closet can be a great place for storing reselling stock at home. It's also the ideal opportunity to have a good sort out of your clothes and accessories and declutter. Many closets have shelves at the top which is ideal for storing inventory if you don't need too much space. Jewellery, small goods, clothing, all these types of items will fit neatly into your closet and be out of sight when you are not working.
The area under your bed
Dust bunnies and monsters aren’t the only things you might find under your bed. If you are lucky enough to have a bed with legs instead of the type that sits flat on the floor, don’t just let the space go unused.
We know what we’re talking about, and, rest assured, this trick always works, especially if you have a small-sized inventory.
The best idea here is to buy low down under the bed storage containers, possibly on wheels, that can easily slide out when you need stock. Choose those with lids to stop your products getting dusty.
However, this isn’t even the best part. Putting things under the bed won’t mess with the aesthetics of your living space as nothing will be visible.
For homeowners who have a basement, storing inventory is one of the easiest things to manage. Your basement can be used as a makeshift storage room. You could even turn the whole basement into a working office for your business with product storage too!
Typically, most people don’t use their basement unless it's to store unused items, hardware, or things that need repair. So, why not declutter downstairs and make the space your very own at-home work premises that is separate from the house? If you've been looking for a storage solution then this is ideal as it will save you money and create a separate work space with storage.
However, do check for any leaks in the basement and damp walls. Your inventory shouldn’t come into contact with water which is why using it is only viable when there is no weather damage affecting the insides of your basement.
A shed attached to your home extends the scope of your living space altogether. It can be used for practically anything, so who says you can’t turn it into a storage room?
Many home-based business owners use a shed to operate, and it pays off. This is probably the best option on the list as you can easily manage it without having to travel long distances. Regardless, reselling stock in your shed should be done with diligence.
Putting everything on the floor isn’t the best idea. You should get shelves installed to make sure that the space is properly utilised.
Since a shed isn’t technically a part of your main living space, it doesn’t have all the extra features like your indoors - temperature control being at the top of the list. So, when the weather changes, it rains or it’s too humid, you might have to use a dehumidifier to keep your inventory in top-notch condition.
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