Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Organising Stock for Your Home Business

Running a business from home has lots of advantages; you don’t have to commute to work, you can wear comfortable clothing, and you’ll save a bucket-load of cash not having to eat takeaway lunches. The downside is that your home can quickly become a hive of activity that you never get away from. To successfully operate a home business and organise stock you will need to set up some good processes. Be careful about keeping work and home-life separate; you will need to be organised and determined to make it work well. Here are some tips to help you get there.

 

Storage

One of the most important considerations for your home business is storage. Without adequate storage, your stock will quickly spill over into the rest of the house. It is important to ensure this doesn’t happen. Most home businesses have minimal space so you will need to be clever about your storage. Many innovative space and storage solutions are available like Elbowroom who offer customised storage solutions, tailored to fit your specific storage needs.

 

Racking

One of the best storage innovations designed to make maximum use of minimum space is the racking system. Racking can be designed to suit your product type, and works well for stock that is palletised, but is also useful for stock that is of a difficult size or shape and cannot be easily stored. The advantage of a racking system is that it can be engineered to a configuration that suits your stock perfectly.
 

Shelving

Shelving is available either as a static storage option or as mobilised storage. Shelving should be designed to suit the type of stock you are carrying as well as how much stock you will house and how often you need to access this stock. Shelving can be configured to suit everything from small stock to storage of bulk products. The key is to be very clear about your needs when choosing shelving to suit your home business. It is best to get shelving right the first time; making hasty storage decisions can end up costing a lot in both time and money.
 

Open Bins and Trays

For small items, you should consider the use of storage containers like open bins and trays. This is a durable and versatile option that is suitable for most industries, including those where hygiene is of chief importance. Bins are available in pure plastics with UV stabilisers so that product integrity is assured. An advantage of choosing open bins or trays is that these storage systems are easily expandable. Bin and tray products are also available in chemical and oil resistant materials if required.

Today’s storage options are diverse and can be customised to suit your home business. It is especially important in the case of a home business, to ensure that the storage you choose is effective for storing your stock in a way that does not invade the rest of your home. Make a point of documenting your exact storage needs, do your research and talk to storage experts before you choose a system. With a bit of homework you will come up with the perfect solution for organising stock for your home business.
 
This post is one I can absolutely relate to running my own business from home. Do you run a home business too? What are your top organisational tips? Feel free to share your small business link below so we can all check it out :-)

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