Are you selling your art online? In this article “Shipping Tips for Artists” I will share with you everything you will need to know about shipping your artwork.
Shipping Tips for Artists
This is a task that no one enjoys. When I owned my custom hand painted sign business, I tested many different options to decide what worked best for me. Every business is different so what works for one might not work for another. In this article discover some shipping tips that could save you a money and build a loyal following.
The first step is to decide what shipping service you will want to use. I only offer one service. This saves me a lot of headaches, and I have never had a problem with the service. If you are the only worker in your art business you want to set it up so, it will be the easiest for you.
Those are the top three shipping services. They offer domestic and international shipping.
If you are selling large items, there are Fine Art Shipping Services available.
Decide what company will work best for you
- Find what company offers the best cost for your artwork.
- Do research on how well they handle your type of artwork. I would rather pay a little more if I knew my artwork was handled properly.
- Find the location of the company and if they provide a pick-up from your business.
- Find out if they offer free boxes.
You will need to decide what you will need to ship your artwork.
Here are some items you might need:
(The type of art you sell will determine what materials you will need.)
After you have what decided what materials you will need to ship your product, you will need to know how much the cost is for the supplies to ship one item. This price can be included in the shipping and handling fees, or with the shipping cost.
Now it is time to set up a shipping cost. There are many ways to do this and it will take work depending on what you will offer. You will want to decide if you are going to charge depending on location or have a set fee. Price on location is where it will take some homework. You will also have to update your costs when the shipping provider prices change.
Shipping Cost for Location
This will provide a shipping cost from your shipping service to the buyer’s destination. There are tools provided by the shipping services to help you with the expenses. The buyer will have an accurate shipping cost.
Flat Shipping Cost
This will provide a flat shipping cost to all domestic locations. You will have to determine what price to charge for the shipping.
The buyer will not pay for shipping and handling.
There are many ways that you can market your shipping cost. Keep in mind that people do not like to pay for shipping.
- Offering a low shipping cost or free shipping might intrigue a potential buyer to purchase.
- You can provide incentives. If a purchase is over a certain amount the shipping is free, or if two or more items are purchased shipping will be free.
- Offering local pick up might be an option.
- Many people will pay more for an item if it has free shipping.
These are some ideas to help you on your way. Do not think that you are locked into your first choice. Try many options and find what works best for your business. Study other online businesses to see what they offer. Keep a log of the results so you can compare the outcome.
Do you have any shipping tips you would like to share? How do you keep shipping costs down? What company do you use? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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