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Budgeting for Inventory

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Are you spending money you don’t have for inventory? Continue reading to learn how to avoid this financial situation.


To avoid overspending set aside a portion of every sale in a separate account to be used specifically for inventory. If the account is empty, do not order inventory (even if a calendar reminder is telling you to do so). Once the account has money in it, the first thing to cover are orders placed but not yet paid.

To determine how much of each sale to set aside, check last year’s cost of physical goods. Then compare that as a percentage of your total sales. If you can’t find this information, anywhere from 40% to 45% is a good place to start.

Note, this account is for inventory only, not classes. As you use this system ensure the account has enough funds for basic products, as they are the backbone of your inventory.

Inventory Scheduling

Another piece of inventory is when the product arrives. The first thing to avoid is feast or famine, meaning you don’t want all of your product to arrive the same day. That means you won’t have anything new to stock your shelves with for the next three months.

To avoid this, inventory tracking is essential. Once you know how long it takes a product to ship, you have the option to contact the vendor to deliver when you need it. Most vendors are flexible on delivery dates after payment, as the sale is what matters most to them.

The other option is to cut your order. If you know the order isn’t arriving for two more months, take a look at the list and determine what you can do without.

Inspiration for this post came from The Not-So-Obvious Basics of Buying by Gwen Bortner published in the October 2022 issue of Creative Quilt Retailer.

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