I’ve always used a notebook to track custom orders. Once the order is confirmed in email, I transfer the details to a book and work from that. It’s a good enough system until I need measurements, so then I have to go back to the order book to check, and I then write the measurements or other details onto scrap paper, then pin or peg the note to whatever is hanging in front of me at the time. Lately it’s been some fabric strips that I tie around my parcels.
I decided the other day that I wanted to try an old-fashioned card system. This will have some extra advantages:
- As cards will be filed alphabetically, I can retrieve a customer’s card in a moment, which will have history, measurements, special discounts offered, etc…
- For current orders, I can have the relevant customer cards all pinned in front of me, and I can re-prioritise if need to, by rearranging on whatever they are pinned to…
- I can see at a glance how many orders I have ahead, and also how many “custom slots” I can offer if I choose to.
Not a spare pin board in sight! So I decided I’d try out the Peg it Up kit that I bought from Another Donkey Design during a recent flood auction. Um… of course suction caps don’t work on walls!
Lily was home sick, and her brilliant mind was working perfectly… As soon as I said, “I need glass!”, she suggested hanging a picture in that spot, and attaching Peg it Up kit to it! GENIUS!!
Indeed it does, but this picture doesn’t inspire me one little bit!
Voila! Eco-friendly notice board!!! Isn’t it *beautiful* and you can hardly see where I broke the glass in my haste to remove the backing board!! :)
I used the last of my favourite ever fabric and have preserved it in a beautiful way – now I can enjoy it every day while I’m being super-organised! :)