Some of you are sewing or crafting for other people.
If you’re like me, you don’t want to spend a lot of money on supplies.
I wanted to give my customers a recept, but I didn’t need them to look like a beautiful keepsake.
Chances are, most people throw theirs away.
In fact, some just tell me to keep it.
So, I hunted around at different office supply stores for the perfect receipt book.
And here is what I found:
I knew I wanted my receipt book to have carbon in it to make two copies…one for the customer and one for me.
This is pretty simple looking, but it gets the job done.
And the bonus is, that they are much cheaper than anything I could find at the big office supply stores. And, actually, I even looked at the little office supply stores and couldn’t find anything remotely close to what I was searching for.
Here’s what this one looks like on the inside:
There’s a place for the name, address, date, etc. There’s also a place to check off how they paid (cash, check, etc.)
You can still take a credit card, Venmo, Paypal or anything else you are set up for. Just make whatever notes you need to on the receipt.
Besides the personal information, I also write what kinds of alterations I made and on which garment.
This customer had only one garment that she brought to me at the time:
I covered up her name and phone number, but the main part says, “Take in neck straps and replace beads and trim, hook and eyes.”
I might even occasionally describe the dress on the receipt.
Of course, I gave her the top copy with a business card, if she hasn’t gotten one already and I keep my yellow copies attached to the book.
Sometimes on my yellow copy, I’ll write important info that I might need to remember, like an inseam measurement, a wedding or anniversary date, or something that is going on in their life. Later when they come to pick up their order, I can ask them about it.
It makes my job much more personal.
Then, at the end of each month, I put all my data into an Excel file on my computer so that if I need the customer’s information, I’ve got it on record and it’s handy.
It’s also vital for paying taxes.
You may have a favorite receipt book or other tool for this purpose.
If so, I’d love to hear what you have found to be successful.
If you want to know more about setting up your business at home, I have an e-book called A Jumpstart Guide to Starting Your Sewing and Alteration Business. It contains so much important information that you need to start any kind of sewing or crafting business, including tax and license info.