If you own an eBay business, it’s likely that you move product—as in real, tangible goods—on a daily or weekly basis. If you operate your eBay business out of your home and are in the process of moving, this can create a bit of a challenge if you don’t organize the move properly.
Here are six tips to help keep your business fully operational, even when your life is thrown into complete moving chaos.
- Get insurance: If you hire a moving company, make sure to find out whether their moving liability insurance covers business property and, if it does, buy it. If it does not or if you are moving your own property, call your insurance company to find out if your business property insurance covers damages that occur during a move. If it does not, then you may need to look into alternatives.
- Allocate time to business: You don’t want your seller rating to plunge because your move forces you to mail orders late, mix up orders and send the wrong thing to the wrong buyer, or post insufficient descriptions on eBay. Determine the minimum amount of time you need each day to operate your business up to your normal high standards and make sure those hours are blocked off from the duties of moving. When necessary, create special checklists for everyday eBay business tasks just to make sure you are being as thorough as normal.
- Pack your stock last: If you keep any merchandise or shipping supplies inside your home, do not pack it into your moving boxes until you are ready to leave. By packing your merchandise last, you allow yourself easy access to your products while you move, which means quick and easy fulfillment of orders and happy, repeat buyers.
- Label your moving boxes: Being able to quickly locate your merchandise during and after your move is important. Make sure you appropriately label all the moving boxes containing eBay business supplies and always keep them accessible and not on the bottom of any big piles.
- Unpack your stock first: The continued income from your eBay business is extremely important as you move into a new home. Your business can’t grind to a halt simply because you are relocating. Keep your stock accessible and unpack it first. When possible, organize your home’s business area first so that you can run your business easily the entire time you unpack the rest of the house.
- Give yourself a cushion: When listing items for sale on eBay, give yourself a little bit longer to mail orders. It’s also a good idea to let your auctions run a little bit longer. Try to make sure no auctions end on the day you move and that all your shipping times are described as being a day or more later than usual. If it won’t adversely affect your business, you may also want to avoid posting any more Buy It Now items during the few days before and after your move.
If you think ahead and try to be realistic with assessing your time needs as you move, you can run your business, organize your move and keep your income flowing even during one of the more challenging times of your year.
This post was sponsored by MyMove.com, an online resource where people planning a move can find information, products and savings to streamline and save. And if you need to insure your stuff while you move check out CoverHound.