Holiday Prep 2021: Shipping Deadlines and Supplies

holidays Oct 24, 2021

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As usual, October is flying by and before you know it we’ll all be wrapping gifts and watching Elf a million times!

 

 

The tide definitely turned toward online shopping last year and will continue this holiday season. Hopefully by now you’ve solidified your marketing plan and have a good idea of how much inventory you’ll need. Maybe you’ve even taken holiday photos of your products - go you!

 

Now is the time to make sure you understand what’s happening with shipping this holiday season, and this includes ordering supplies (since shipping applies to the supplies you're receiving as well as the products you're shipping out to customers).



This year the postal service has continued to struggle, going so far as to intentionally slow down first class mail. Add...

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How to Organize Your Business for Holiday Success

holidays organization Oct 10, 2021

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As we get closer to the crazy, I mean, exciting holiday season, I am trying to set myself up for success. I feel that being organized can truly make or break your business, any time of year. And I want to see you BLOOM this holiday season!

So let’s organize your business for holiday success this year!

 

Declutter Your Space

 

Maybe you let your workspace go over the summer, or maybe you’ve been a busy little elf making lots of product in anticipation of the holiday rush.

 

 I wish it were this easy!

 

Before that rush actually begins, take some time to declutter your workspace. 

 

Put the tools and materials you use most often in a place where they’re easily accessible. Everything else needs it’s own home! Put papers in files where they belong, and come up...

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Getting Ready for Holiday Sales: Your Production Schedule

holidays Oct 03, 2021

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We all know that once October hits, you will blink and the holidays are here. October also signals the start of the holiday sales season.

 

As a craft business owner, this is the time when you should be focused on doing everything you can in anticipation of the rush. The more you can prepare in advance, the easier your busy season will be!

 

Let’s take a look at your holiday production schedule and what you can do to create a process that will help you keep up with your orders.



Check Your Supplies to Cover the Holiday Sales Increase

 

Have you ever been in the zone, cranking out orders and then suddenly realize you’re out of an important supply? You frantically contact your supplier, but because it’s the rush season, they don’t have it in stock. Your stomach drops because...

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Planning Your Holiday Marketing Strategy

holidays marketing Sep 12, 2021

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 We can still feel the warmth of the summer sun on our faces, but now is the time to start planning our holiday marketing strategy!

 

You’ll soon be deep in the handmade trenches, working hard on your creations like the good elf you are. Now is the time to plan your marketing and try to schedule as much of it as possible.

 

By doing it now, you’ll have peace of mind that your marketing is in place, which will also (hopefully) increase your sales during this very important period.

 

I've got some tips and advice for getting your marketing strategy in place for the holidays. My hope is that by taking action now, you'll have a smoother and more successful selling season.

 

Let’s get planning!

 

Think About Where You’d Like to Advertise

 

For many small business...

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