Organize yourself, organize your business! Part II

Hello folks! Last week we talked about organizing ourselves to organize our business. We organized our desk and it was epic! This week we are going to focus on other areas that could use organizing. Since each of us likely have a different set up so this will be general enough to allow for that. Many of you are dye subber’s like Todd and I both were and still are sometimes. This means you have your blanks, t-shirts and anything that you print on. You also have your computer, printers and heat press. For us we have computers, printers and a plotter for cutting vinyl (another one of our businesses) in a separate room from the heat press and supplies. That does not keep each of these areas from becoming a hot mess! To further complicate matters we also have fabric, sewing and serger machines and fabric notions in with the dye sub products in case we want to create some custom sewn projects.

So how do you clean up your area most efficiently and organize it to work best for you? We have tried several things over the years but our current set up is my personal favorite. We have the heat press in an area that has good access to air-conditioning. This is not necessary but much more preferable to whoever is pressing items. Instead of throwing all the blanks in a random box or boxes in the corner we now have a sturdy metal shelving unit that can house each product we dye sub on. That unit also has room for a couple of sewing machines.

We have the main 2 sewing machines set up on a long table across the room. Sewing notions and thread is all organized in a dresser next to the sewing table. Another point to look at when organizing your space is de-stashing at least every 6 months. This means whatever you are not using put it up for sale or donate so it is not taking up your precious space. You pay for that space after all and you need it clear enough to work in!


Todd’s Pro Tip

Creating Sale Coupons

Part II – Advanced Options

Last week we took a look at the basic options for creating coupon codes for your customers. This week we are going to look into some additional options available to you when creating and using coupons.

The first of such advanced options is Usage Restrictions. These settings will allow you to put restrictions on how and when a coupon can be used by your customer. This is great for those times when you want to require a minimum purchase or the purchase of a specific product in order to use a coupon. Let’s take a look at the available options.

Usage Restrictions

To get to the Usage restriction settings, just navigate to your coupon (see our tutorial last week for a refresher on how to do this), and click the Usage Restriction tab. You’ll then see a screen much like this one:

Most of the fields are very self explanatory, but lets go through each one so we understand what they do.

First is the Minimum spend field, see self explanatory right? Just enter in an amount the customer must spend in order for this coupon to become valid.

For example, enter 50.00 to make this coupon good only if your customer spends $50.00 on products before tax and shipping costs.

Next we have the Maximum spend field, I’ve not found much use for this field as I always want my customer to spend as much as possible but I suppose they may be some needs for this option.

Suppose you want to only give a coupon to a customer who purchases UNDER $100.00 worth of product. You would enter 100.00 in the field to allow use of the coupon to customers spending under $100.00.

Our next options are the Individual use only checkbox and the Exclude sale items checkbox.

Individual use only simply means if checked your customer can use only this one coupon with their order. Say you want to offer a 10% off your entire order coupon but you don’t want your customer to apply more than one coupon to their order, you’d tick this checkbox to prevent that from happening.

The exclude sale items checkbox likewise will prevent customers from applying the discount this coupon offers to items already on sale.

Includes and Excludes

The next 5 fields allow you to include or exclude different things to activate the coupon.

  1. Products
    1. If you want this coupon to only apply to the purchase of specific products, select each product the coupon applies to in this field. Just start typing the name of a product (3+ characters of product title is sufficient to locate the product). Add as many products as you wish the coupon to apply too, there is no limit.
  2. Exclude products
    1. If you want this coupon to not apply to specific products, enter the products you do not want included in the coupon. Add products as you did in the previous ‘Products’ step.
  3. Product categories
    1. If you wish this coupon to apply only to specific product categories, select each category you desire. Select as many categories as you wish to include.
  4. Exclude categories
    1. Like with product categories above (#3) this option allows you to select all those product categories you wish to NOT be allowed to use this coupon.
  5. Allowed emails
    1. If you really want to limit who can and who cannot use this coupon, you can enter an email address of the customer you made this coupon for in this field and only that customer will be able to use the coupon. Likewise, you can enter * to allow only customers with a Google Gmail email address to use this coupon. The asterixis is used as a wildcard in this instance.
Don’t Forget!!!

As with all things when you are creating or editing content in your Dashboard, be sure to hit that Publish or Update button to save your changes.

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