How to Schedule Your Online Sales and Shipping - dummies

How to Schedule Your Online Sales and Shipping

By Greg Holden

Part of Starting an Online Business For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you own an online business, stay on track by developing a schedule for your sales and shipping. Selling online, whether it’s by yourself, with a partner, or with a team of employees, is full of tedious and time-consuming activities. You have to take and retake photos, edit those photos, get sales descriptions online, and do the packing and shipping that’s required at the end of a sale.

The only way to come up with a sufficient number of online sales every week is to come up with a system. And a big part of coming up with a system is developing a weekly schedule.

The following schedule spells out when you need to do all your eBay activities if you plan to get your sales online on a Sunday. But you can adapt it to any number of online businesses and schedules.

Day of Week First Activity Second Activity (optional)
Sunday Get 7-day sales online Send end-of-sale notices
Monday Packing E-mails
Tuesday Shipping E-mails
Wednesday Plan garage sales Take photos
Thursday Go to garage sales Prepare descriptions
Friday More sales Prepare descriptions
Saturday Respond to buyer inquiries Get some sales online