Living in a small apartment doesn't have to prevent you from benefiting from online sales. Sure, you might not have the space to store everything right there in your apartment, but there are options. Here, you'll find a few tips that'll help you create a plan to start selling online using a self-storage unit to house your inventory.
Find a Storage Unit
The storage unit that you lease will need to be large enough to hold all of your inventory in a way that you can access each bin, tote, and box inside. If you try stuffing lots of stuff into a smaller unit, you'll regret it because when it comes time to retrieve an item to ship it, you'll spend more time digging through things than you need to.
Before you sign the lease, make sure to read it fully. Understand what will happen if your payment is late—how much of a grace period is offered before the contents of the unit are auctioned off? How long is the lease? Is it a month to month lease or a yearly lease? If you're signing a yearly lease, choose a storage unit one size larger than what you'd think you'll need. This way, if your inventory grows quickly, you'll have enough space to store it all until it sells. If you're on a month to month lease, you won't have to worry too much because you can always upgrade to the next size when you need to.
Create an Inventory Log
As you create sales listings, you'll also need to create an inventory log. Give each category a number or letter and then each item a number. So, if you're listing a shirt—the category could be "C" for clothing with an inventory number of "1." So, the shirt's inventory number will be "C-1."
Organize your items in the storage unit according to category. Label each bin or box with the category number and you'll quickly be able to find exactly what you're looking for. As your inventory grows, you'll likely want to increase the number of categories to a narrower list, like, "men's clothing, women's clothing and kids' clothing."
As long as you maintain a good inventory log and keep your storage unit organized, your online sales business can continue to grow without you having to move out of the small apartment that you call home. Good luck on this next venture in life.