Something as simple as emails can quickly become overwhelming for a crafty business owner. It’s so easy to forget to respond to that really important message or to let them pile up in your inbox. Let’s look at a few ways to make email management a breeze!
Create Separate Email Accounts
When you start your crafty company (or right now if you already haven’t done so), set up another email account that is exclusively for your business. Make the email address easy to remember and spell while still reflecting your brand. It can be via a Gmail or Outlook account for example- just create an address that is only for work messages. This way you can keep your personal emails separate while appearing really professional to customers and stores!
This tip might sound simple: answer the urgent messages first. Then you can get to the less imperative ones a little later when you have less on your mind. This will help you not feel bogged down by a bunch of messages at once.
Use Labels and Folders
Most email systems offer a folder or labeling system that can help your organize the multitude of business emails you will receive. Divide these messages into folders like “Online Customers,” “Consignment,” “Blogging,” etc. Doing this simple task of putting emails into folders will make your life much less stressful in the future.
Make the Most of Drafts
I use email drafts as a To-Do task list for my business. If I know that an important email needs to be sent but I’m not ready just yet, I will create a draft and save it for later.
Also, if you have a task that requires regular and repetitive email messages, save time and effort by making a bunch at one time. You can usually even add labels to these draft messages, making it super-easy to stay organized. Just be careful not to send a message accidentally before you are finished and make sure attachments stay on your saved drafts (some email systems don’t do this).
What other ways do you organize emails for your handmade business?
By Rebecca George from Purple and Lime