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Essential Filing and Craft Storage Options

By: Rachel Newcombe - Updated: 16 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
Crafts Business Storage Filing Essential

When you’re setting up a craft business, and especially if you’re gradually building up stock, you need to be organised and keep track of where everything is stored. Just like any other small business, it’s essential to use good filing and storage options and find a system that works for you.

When it comes to getting organised and filling things away, it’s best to start as soon as possible. If you leave the task of buying storage equipment for too long, you run the risk of having piles of stock gathering dust on the floor and, as much as you may think you know where everything is, the chances are you don’t.

As soon as you find suitable premises, you need to allocate space to store stock or products that you’re producing, as well as any necessary office paperwork.

Measuring Up

As a starting point, carefully take the measurements of the available space. It may help to draw out a floorplan of the room and think about any specific items you’d like placed in certain areas. For example, you may find it easier to have drawers and cupboards located close to any desks, so you can quickly and easily find essential items. But you may prefer to have cupboards and shelving for stock storage located near the door to the main part of a shop, so you can easily go to check on supplies.

Where to Buy Filing & Storage Options

Next it’s time to look for functional filing, shelving, cupboards, bookcases, filing cabinets and other storage options. There are several wholesale office supply companies in existence, where you can buy such furniture at a fraction of the cost. The added advantage of using a company such as this is that many offer free delivery and free installation too, saving you time and money setting it up yourself or employing other people to do so.

Sometimes the office wholesale companies do starter parks as well, so you can equip your office or workshop from scratch easily and inexpensively. However, depending on the space you have available, you may need to be more specific with what you can fit in.

Looking around the options in DIY stores may be worthwhile too. Although you may have to fit more of it yourself, it may save on costs. Options such as shelving, for example, can be picked up relatively cheaply and will solve plenty of storage needs.

If you’re strapped for cash and your budget is restricting you from buying loads of brand new furniture, then consider finding secondhand options. Keep an eye out for any office clearance sales, where companies sell off spare office furniture, as you can often pick up great items for a fraction of the price. Although things might not match or be colour coordinated, they’ll still be perfectly functional, which is the main requirement.

Getting Organised

Once you have all your necessary filing and storage options in place, it’s time to get organised. Try and adopt an easy, clear and straightforward organisation system from the start, as it will help you, and any staff, find things quicker and know where they are in a hurry.

If it makes things easier, you could label the shelves, drawers or cupboards. Remember to keep your business paperwork completely separate from any stock, so the two don’t get muddled up. Once you’re organised, try and keep it that way. File things away as soon as they come in and try not to let piles of unopened stock build up on the floor.

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