Friday, January 19, 2018

Shipping Packages

It's been a busy week, shipping calendars and paintings -- thank you to my collectors and patrons! 

If you are an artist and have just started selling your work online you may want to devote some time into learning how to package your work and mail it from home. In addition, investing a little money into purchasing a few packing supplies will make your life much easier as well.

It took me a little time, so be patient with yourself, but figuring out how best to package your work, whether in boxes or bubble wrap mailers or with the USPS flat rate shipping envelopes and boxes will save you lots of time, $ and frustration in the future. Research how other artists ship their work -- there are plenty of blog posts from artists who are happy to share what they do and how they do it, so others don't have to reinvent the wheel. Just find someone whose style resonates with you or combine a couple helpful tidbits from various artists.

ULine, Nashville Wraps and PaperMart are a few of the companies that provide wonderful shipping materials.  Check out all their goodies . . . but try to limit yourself so you don't end up spending a bunch of money on things you don't need. Figure out the size of the majority of work that you'll be shipping and find a packaging method that works for you. 

A good scale is necessary if you are going to prepare and ship from home.  I use one that I purchased either on Amazon or through Staples (I can't remember) but it weighs items up to 50 lbs. 

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