Tips for Shoestring Start-Ups

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Tips for Shoestring Start-ups

Starting a business is one of the most rewarding paths to financial independence. Being your own boss provides you with unparalleled freedom to pursue your passions and make your own way in the world. Sadly, many people never take the leap because they have convinced themselves that launching a business is prohibitively expensive. While we would never say that entrepreneurship is easy or cheap, it can be done on a shoestring budget! The tips and tricks that we provide on this site will prepare you to embark on your entrepreneurial journey no matter how large (or small) your budget. Keep reading to discover the knowledge you need to enter this exciting new world.


Selecting The Right Packaging To Ship Your Product

When your business ships products to customers or clients, it is vital that the items arrive in perfect condition and that the customer is happy with the item. Selecting the right packing is critical to protect the product and to meet the requirements of the shipping company you are using. 

Mailing Tubes

Shipping large prints, posters, or pictures are always tricky because they are so easy to bend or damage. Shipping them in a tube that allows you to roll the product is a good solution for many companies, but there are some things to consider when selecting the shipping tube for your product.

The tube needs to be rigid enough to not bend under the weight of other packages or tear open easily. The caps that go on the end of the tube need to be tight and easy to secure with packing tape or a seal of some form before the shipping tube leaves your company. And the tube needs to meet any size or shape restrictions that the shipping company may impose. 

Often the shipper will offer tubes that meet their requirements, but if you are shipping a lot of products this way, you should talk to the shipper and find out if there is an approved vendor that they recommend so you can get the tubes in bulk. Some shipped will provide the packaging at a low cost to encourage you to use their service, so you may want to ask about that as well. 

Packaging Materials

If you are shipping products in different packing, you need to look at the best option to protect the product. Sometimes that means using a small box with some for packing material in the box to help absorb impacts, but other times that may mean using a large box that you put a smaller box in to allow room for large air pouches to cushion the inner box. 

The size and degree of protection needed for the product can dictate the packaging, and the shipping company may require you to package your product in a specific way if there is a size or weight concern. If you are not sure about the rules with your shipper, give them a call, and they can explain the size and weight restriction to you. 

For extremely large items, you may need to palletize the product and truck ship it to the customer. The cost is higher, but if you do not have another option, it could be the only option. Click here to learn more about mailing containers