Organize yourself, organize your business!

Hey everyone! Today the world and our country is in chaos. I want to respond to the chaos with ideas on organization. Many of us have helped to make Marie Kondo, the home organizer popular, myself included. She has some great techniques. We have a need and a desire for organization but often lack the drive and the ideas on where to start.

When we are talking about organizing our business I recommend you go to the heart: your desk. “But this is too hard,” you say. I hear you, it is hard but getting started will really help you get ready to go further with your organizing. For those of you with a very organized desk, I salute you.  Also, you may skip to next week’s blog (except don’t miss Todd’s Pro Tip down below). Peace!

Whenever I have an organizing project I get my best friend Natalija in on the action. This is great because she is a natural organizer and she never lets me off the hook until we are done.  But let’s imagine your friends are not the organizing types. No problem, we will go over some techniques.

First, gather your equipment. You need a couple of boxes, a dust rag, furniture polish or Windex, a shredder if you have one, a trash can, a recycle bin and of course your willing friend if possible. Play some of your favorite music if that helps motivate you. It really helps us. We always listen to some Serbian folk music because she is from Serbia. You may want to stand for this project at least part of the time to really help you with the idea that you are taking action. 

First remove any coffee cups, water bottles and anything that is obvious trash. Anything that is on your desk that needs to go to another area or room goes in the box. You can put those things away when you are done. 

Next is dealing with paperwork. Sort into trash or recycle, stuff that gets shredded, papers or forms that need to be filled out or dealt with in some way and papers that need to be filed. Once you’ve sorted your paperwork you can stack it on the side and dust your desk. Wala! You have a nice work area and you are ready to tackle some further organization.


Todd’s Pro Tip

Creating Sale Coupons

Offering coupons to your customers is always a win/win – customers are more willing to buy or more willing to buy more and therefore your sales grow. But how do you setup coupons and maximize their use and benefit. Read on and let’s find out.

SPECIAL NOTE: Last year, WooCommerce decided to move the coupons feature from its normal position under the WooCommerce menu item to its new position under a brand new Menu Item called "Marketing". The steps outlined here are the same, just the location of your "Coupons" menu link could be in either of those locations.
Old Location
New Location

How to add a coupon?

After you’ve found your Coupons link, click the Add Coupon button to begin creating your very first coupon. You will be presented with a Add new coupon screen that looks a lot like this one:

Now we just need to start entering the requested information. I’ll go through each item using the associated numbers as seen in this image:

  1. The Coupon Code
    1. Enter a unique code your customer will use to get the discount associated with this coupon. Do not use spaces.
  2. Description of the coupon
    1. I always leave this blank. It is not needed and can even make a mess of some areas of your site.
  3. Options Tabs
    1. There are 3 tabs, General, Usage Restrictions & Usage Limits. Each is pretty self explanatory but I’ll offer help below on the other 2 tabs. Right now we are working with the General tab.
  4. Discount Type
    1. Three options are available for the type of discount to give your customer.
      1. Fixed Cart Discount – this is if you want to for example give the customer a $5.00 discount on their entire purchase.
      2. Percentage Discount – this is if you want to for example give the customer a 10% discount on their entire purchase.
      3. Fixed Product Discount – this is if you want to for example give the customer a discount but ONLY if they purchase a specific product or a product from a specific product category.
  5. Coupon Amount – the total discount you want to give your customer. If you want to give a $5 discount, just enter 5 in the field (no $). If you chose to give a percentage discount, just enter the amount 10 for 10% (do not enter the % symbol).
  6. Allow Free Shipping – Ticking this box makes the coupon give the customer free shipping no matter what is in their cart. NOT NEEDED if you offer free shipping over X amount spent as that is done without any coupons.
  7. Coupon Expiry Date – Enter a future date when the coupon will expire if desired. Not required but a good idea to include expiration dates to provide a sense of urgency to use the coupon.
  8. Publish – When you have finished adding all the information to your new coupon you need to publish it to both save the information and make the coupon ‘live’ on your site ready for a customer to use.
Stay Tuned Next Week…

Next week we will look at the Usage restriction and the usage limits tabs to see ways to limit how and on what your coupons can be used. Until then, thanks for reading and if you are enjoying our blog posts please leave a comment or even better a review of our services to help others.

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