Depending on the supplies that you use for your direct sales business, back to school sales can be great for your business pocketbook. You can get great deals on those products that you need year round.
Typically at this time of year I will pick up the following for my business:
Pens – A few boxes will go a long way, depending on how many people steal your pens
Paper – I try to use as little paper as possible, but sometimes it’s just easier
Stapler and staples – You probably don’t need this every year
Pencils – These always come in handy if your pens won’t work. Can be particularly useful if you live in a colder climate where pens can freeze (great for using with mileage books)
Pencil Cases – When you buy pens and pencils, you need places to store them in. This is especially true when doing parties where you are likely taking at least a dozen with you. Also convenient for holding other items like business cards and calculators.
Notebooks – I keep one in my car for mileage and usually one in my party bag for notes to myself or to make notes for customers
Page protectors – These are great to put copies of specials in.
Duotangs – Folders with prongs in them. If you like to give customers information to look at, this can be a great way to organize it. Page protectors work great in here as the paper does not need to be replaced as often.
Flash drives – These have many names but they plug into your computer. These are a great method for backing up data which you should be doing on a regular basis anyways.
Organizers – Back to school is a prime time to buy organizers and planners. Students use them to track homework assignments and due dates but you can easily adapt them to your business needs.
Storage items – As back to school also means going off to school, you can find all sorts of storage solutions on sale. This is a great way to get paperwork or inventory off the floor and into a system where you can find it later.