Today's post is for nail salon owners, but you at home manicurists take note as well, there will be some great tips on how to get the most out of your supplies. Most nail salon owners don't get inventory management much thought. Of course, you have supplies and you have to track them but it's probably on such a small scale that it seems like a fairly simple, straightforward process. If you are relying on memory and a basic spreadsheet to track your inventory, you are probably losing value every day without even realizing it. Keep reading to learn how Stockpile easy small business inventory solution can help you get more out of your inventory and make inventory management an even easier process.
- Know what you've got. The first rule of inventory management is that you need to know what you've got. You probably keep an accurate count of how many nail files, clippers and jars of lotions you have in stock, but what about polishes? Embellishments? Those smaller items can sometimes multiple, or worse disappear when you aren't looking. Suddenly you're out of something you were sure you had plenty of or one day in August you remember that you had purchased special patriotic notions for the 4th of July. Ugh! You need a way to keep track of everything you purchase and to quickly and easily find it when you need it.
- Make sure it's still good. Like most beauty products, nail polish, acrylic, nail glue, and stickers all go bad. Nothing ruins a great manicure faster than using old polish or glue that has lost its adhesiveness. It can be hard to remember how long you've had something, or how long it's been open without help from an inventory management system. If you include purchase date and the date first opened in your item records you'll never again have to guess as to whether or not something is still good.
- Find your inventory sweet spot. Not too much, not too little. Just right. You want to have the right amount of supplies on hand. Your business will be most profitable when you have just enough of everything in stock. If you're sitting on supplies that aren't being used in a timely manner, you're losing money. If you run out of something that you need you're either going to have to rush to replace it, likely paying a premium to get it, or you're going to have to do without. Either way, you're losing money. You need to have a clear idea of what your usage is like so that you'll know what to reorder and when. Plus, you'll know what you shouldn't get again.
Flawlessly Track Essentials with Stockpile Easy Small Business Inventory Solution
Using Stockpile to track manicure supplies just makes sense. Thanks to Stockpile's full customization you can choose which fields to include in item records. Don't worry about having to skip over fields that you don't care about, you can simply leave them out. Worried that there won't be a space for some obscure detail that you'd like to track? Don't be. You can create fields to contain any information that you think is important. Are you more of a visual person? Stockpile easy small business inventory solution allows you to include a photo in your item record. That way you can "see" your inventory. Thanks to areas and locations you can pinpoint where items are kept. That makes finding things quick and painless. Plus, Stockpile is mobile compatible which means that you can access your data anytime from anywhere. Wondering how many different shades of red you've got? You can look it up anytime you want to. You can even run reports to get an overview of your inventory. Stockpile is a powerful inventory management solution designed with small businesses in mind. Try Stockpile today!