Nobody wants to think about it, but sometimes the unglamorous side of running a crafty business rears its head. Recently, the Anapurna girls decided it was time to corral our runaway inventory system. We ruthlessly purged our inventory of old items – some to be donated to charity, some to be disassembled for components – and made sure that our inventory spreadsheet accurately reflected the actual items in our big boxes o’ jewelry. This entailed finding each piece on a printout of the spreadsheet, making sure that the name and price on the tag matched the name and tag on the spreadsheet, entering any new inventory with names and prices, and deleting duplicates, inventory destined for the scrap heap, and lines of inventory that didn’t exist at all.
It was an exhausting process – and SO boring – but worth it in the end. We were able to refine our process and make sure that our business is at its most efficient, which means that now we have more time to create jewelry and less stress about managing it!
Written by Jamaila of Anapurna