As a small online business you need to be constantly looking for ways to save time, effort and money, and one of the easiest ways to do this is by printing shipping labels. Saving a few seconds and a couple of pennies on every parcel printing shipping labels can make your overall business more efficient, giving you more time for other important tasks.
The advantages of printing shipping labels
If you’re not convinced here’s some examples of how printing shipping labels can make a real difference to your e-commerce business:
1. Make it look professional
You can stop hand-writing each address label. Not only does a printed shipping label look more professional, but also, even if it only saves you 20 seconds for each parcel, and if you send 100 parcels a day, that saves you over half an hour every day.
2. Save money on sellotape
Save time and money on taping labels down. If you are printing off each address and cutting it out, then sticky taping it to your parcel - stop now. You can create a template of addresses to print directly onto sticker sheets, then it’s just a simple case of peeling the label and attaching it to the parcel. Address sticker sheets are available to buy cheaply online, and you can print a whole sheet of professional looking shipping labels in a matter of seconds.
3. Make your package secure
Shipping labels are more secure. Not only is sticky tape a hassle, there’s also a chance that the label will be torn or ripped off during shipping, meaning that your parcel can’t be delivered. You can use a printed shipping label to minimise the opportunity for problems delivering your products.
4. Save money on thermal labels
If you have a Royal Mail business account then you can buy a thermal printer from their recommended supplier for £150 + VAT and they will provide you with a supply of thermal labels for free. This cuts the cost of owning a thermal printer, which also have the advantage of not requiring ink, and producing smudge-free labels.
5. Streamline the process
Printing shipping labels will allow you to streamline your packaging and posting process. If you can quickly print large amounts of professional looking labels, and simply stick them to parcels you will save yourself hours every week, as well as a lot of unnecessary stress.
You need to be able to make the most of your day as a small e-commerce business, and setting up a process for printing shipping labels is a great way to claim back some of your valuable time. Read this article to find out more about the advantages and disadvantages of different shipping label options.