Saying the word "inventory" at eebeads is pretty much akin to using a four letter word. We all hate it...no doubt about it. But, it's gotta be done doesn't it? Believe it or not, there was a time when we didn't do inventory...
When I started eebeads, I didn't have any type of degree or education in business. I went to college and got an art degree with a teaching certificate. I taught high school one year and elementary the next and then moved from Wisconsin to Pennsylvania where eebeads was born. I had a huge love of beads and actually put myself partially through college by selling jewelry at art fairs...so eebeads was born.
Okay, back to the inventory part. So we're going along for about 2 years without doing inventory and a friend who owned several businesses said "You don't do inventory?". Well geez, never occurred to me! But it made perfect sense. Lots of the items in the database didn't match what was actually on the shelves. How could this happen? We enter in the data, we take out of the boxes....the stuff should match right? Nope! Human error up the wazoo.
So that's what we've been doing for the past two days even though we've been technically closed. Thank goodness we've got it down to a science these days and it only takes about a day and a half with a lunch of pizza on the last day. *sigh* Thank goodness it's over for the time being!
Happy Holidays from all of us at eebeads.com!