Move Your Interior Design Inventory With Studio Webware
This article was submitted by Wallene Reimer of A&B Professional Services, Inc.
Nearly all new designers that I work with are very insistent with me that they do not need to know how to deal with inventory because they will never have it. They will not accept returns and will make sure that damaged goods are always returned to their vendors. Great plan!
In my reality, however; if you are an interior designer, you will end up with inventory at some point, and inventory is expensive. Storage fees add up quickly and value decreases daily. Add to that your inability to deduct the cost of those pieces immediately, the potential for damage and the administrative time to keep track of all of it and you’ll see how quickly the costs add up.
The key is to re-sell these items quickly. To do this you need a way to let other designers and end users know what you have and give them the ability to see and purchase your items. Considering that you don’t have a showroom and don’t want to rent retail space, it’s not so easy, right?
Wrong. Studio Webware offers its users a way to do just what you need. When you place your items into My Inventory, you have the option to make your inventory available to other Studio Webware users, or to publish it for ANYONE to see via a public link. It’s as simple as one or two check-marks.
All Studio Webware users have access to the Market right from within their software by clicking the Market link from within their Item screen. Best of all? It’s totally FREE for Studio Webware users. You can choose to publish all of your inventory or just certain pieces. Prospective buyers will see your contact information, an image of the piece (this is required in order to publish an item), as well as description and price.
Of course, other options are available. EBAY, Amazon, and many others offer this same kind of service, but you can expect to pay listing fees and a percentage of your sale, at minimum. These costs are probably of less concern to me than the time and knowledge required to actually create the listings. Someone is going to have to learn how to work with the service you choose, then, take the time to post and monitor the listings. This means it will probably get put on the back burner, or stuck back in the storage shed!
With Studio Webware, you choose if you want to Publish to Market and/or Publish for Public viewing by placing a check-mark in either option. That’s it. There’s no renewing listings, or watching for expiration dates. Inquires come to you based on your normal contact information.
If it’s easy to do, takes no extra time and is FREE, why would you NOT do it?