Shop Diagnostics is a series where we share tips coming from creative entrepreneurs who can run shops in light of adjustments brought on by military life YET APPLICABLE to all those interested in improving their shop's presence online and worldwide.
This is PART 3 of a three-part Series written by Lauren of Mad House Mind Works:
Selling at Your Local ExchangeExpanding your customer base by selling in your local military exchange is not hard to do and brings great rewards in the form of a new cash influx and new friends! It is relatively easy to get started. The first step is to talk to your local exchange manager. Make sure that you have a business license and tax number before taking this step. They will ask you that, right off the bat. Next, you will need to fill out a contract which designates the days you sell, your prices, and your inventory.
Keep in mind that you will be competing with wholesale vendors and other crafters so you will need a large inventory with different price points to do well. Once your contract has been approved, you will be assigned your space and schedule, which will hopefully be fairly close to the days you wanted. Weekends and pay days are usually very busy and have the most vendors while the weekdays are typically less crowded. Your local exchange will most likely have vendor rules that you will want to follow to ensure good cooperation and a great sales environment for your customers. Good Luck and Good Sales!
Thank you Lauren for sharing! If you have any shop tips you would like to share, Contact us via the Contact tab at the top of the blog.
Robin Norgren, Blog Coordinator