My Adventure Running A Co-Op
The other day I decided to upgrade the switch of my Chi You, the switch is currently using a spring and I want it to use magnets instead. So i pull out my caliper and took some measurements, then found a website that sells the ring magnet that I need, but after adding the two very small magnets that cost 95 cents each they wanted $6.60 for shipping. So i thought there is a lot of people who would also like to do this, I was figuring I would get five other people to join in and save some cash. Well it got out of hand very quick, with in a hour I had fifteen people wanting in, so I thought “Why not it will save us more the more we have.” So the biggest thing I want to tell you guys is if your are in a Co-Op, THANK the person running it, it is very difficult. Secondly they get the same question a lot so cut them some slack if they don’t answer right away.
Because this was going to be a small quick co-op I only had it open for about ten hours, and in that short time I now have 26 people in it ordering a total of 284 magnets. So if you are interested in doing one I would like to share some tips on how to set it up and keep it organized.
1. Google Docs This is a great way to have people add them self’s, how many they want and there shipping location(I only did US and Canada)
2. Excel Keep a document up to date with all of the members names, and address(email and physical). keeping on your computer keeps there info offline and safer.
1.5/2.5. Excel and G Docs have formulas that you can use to easily change information like if they want 8 more you only need to change a 4 to a 12 and the formula will change all of the prices including shipping, PayPal fees and total price. If you don’t know how to do this(I didn’t) learn it is a very helpful tool.
3. Detailed info Show your work so now one can say you are making a penny off them, people can be crazy when it comes to this. I had one guy ask why I was asking 50 cents for shipping when a stamp only costs 46 cents, I had to inform him that I would still need to put it on cardboard cover it with tape and then put it in a envelope.
4. Info gathering is a pain I know there is some programs that have the users input their info in them self’s and not a chain of emails between the two of you when all you are trying to do is get their address so you know how much to charge them in shipping.
5. Simple directions and what you are buying People DO NOT read and will not look at the comments at the top, so make sure that you have all the info on the first line.
6. Keep Calm and Vape Makes so much sense when you are dealing with this, just try not to blow a fuse.
So I hope you learn something from this or at least understand what the person running your Co-Op has to deal with and cut them some slack.