Are you fulfilling your Kickstarter campaign yourself? If so, this episode is for you, as Tyler will share his three top tools for DIY fulfillment, as well as hard-won wisdom from successfully fulfilling 7 Kickstarter campaigns, and with more on the way.
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Session Table Setting
We have a good session today. We have a follow-up from Michael Bangert. There was a tough lesson that cost Michael, but saved Comixlaunch listeners thousands.
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We reached a dead zone where it was one of those days and a couple bigger pledges back out. It’s tough to keep perspective, in the midst of a KS.
Wow, we only raised $1500 this week, compared to $9,000 the week before… what are we doing wrong?
What is Today’s Episode About?
Today’s episode was inspired by a ComixLaunch VM Message. Let’s listen and Dive in.
When it makes sense to DIY?
- It’s your first campaign…
- You have 100 backers or less.
- You have more time than money.
- You have access to helping hands.
5 Top Tools for DIY Fulfillment
Workflowy is my checklist maker, and an extension of my Brain.
You will need a place to keep track of your fulfillment notes, and Kickstarter’s tools for tracking fulfillment aren’t great.
Use this ComixLaunch referral link to get double the space when you sign on for a FREE WorkFlowy account:
#2. A Digital Scale
Quickly and efficiently weigh your packages to the nearest ounce. Most bathroom scales do not have that level of accuracy.
The best time to purchase a digital scale is actually in the planning phase, so you can use it to better estimate the weight, and therefore the shipping costs, of your packages.
This WeighMax 75LB Digital Scale is a very affordable option, and the one I currently use.
#3 Thermal Printer
Handwriting addresses to all customers on every single package doesn’t scale. When facing dozens or hundreds of packages, that’s not time well spent. One of the best investments you can make is a thermal printer.
Dymo LabelWriter 4XL, a specialized thermal printer that never needs new ink, and prints out all-in-one labels, that include a backer’s address, paid postage, and delivery confirmation tracking.
Even better, for international shipping, it also can include a built-in custom form.
Not having to fill out and apply 180 individual custom forms by hand saved me from countless hours of tedium in my first campaign, and probably errors.
And it makes for a professional looking package to boot!
#4. Endicia Shipping Service
Works with the USPS system to allow for easy at home printing and managing of posting and shipping.
30-day free trial, which I timed to coincide with the fulfillment of my Kickstarter.
$15.95 per month service:
- Reduced prices on USPS shipping.
- A dynamic price calculator that helps me quickly and easily compare postage prices for a number of options. (It’s much faster than using the USPS.com Online Postage Calculator.)
- It works with my Thermal Printer to print all-in-one labels, including those pesky international custom forms.
- Tracking management for shipped products…a record of everything I’ve ever shipped from home is logged in one place.
- Free or discounted Delivery Confirmation.
- And stealth postage, hiding the actual cost of postage from the end-user. (This isn’t about trying to fool my customers, but rather on the rare cases when I either overcharge or undercharge for shipping, that’s probably not something you want your customers to be thinking about when they get the books.)
Alternatives to Endicia:
– Paypal Shipping Center
#5. A 2-In-1 Heavy Duty Tape Dispenser
Greg Pak Recommendation. Never lose your shipping tape again. The speed of dispensing packing tape from a dispenser, and having your scotch tape in the same place will save time and hassle.
Tape is expensive
Where to Buy DIY Shipping Supplies
- Amazon.com should be your first stop. Usually you’ll find the best prices there.
- Uline.com will have anything you can’t find on Amazon. Buy in bulk and save.
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Go ComixLaunch.com/resources and make a note of what you’re going to invest in for your next launch.
In future episodes, I’ll talk about alternatives to DIY:
5 Top Tools for DIY Fulfillment:
#1 – Workflowy
#2 – Digital Scale
#3 – Thermal Printer
#4 – Endecia Shipping service
#5 – 2-In-1 Heavy Duty Tape Dispenser
“Most people don’t recognize opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work” – Thomas Edison
Thanks for Listening.
We’re going to go even deeper into both mindset, strategies and tactics for making KS work for you.
Thank you so much for listening, and for letting me walk with you, as you taken another step forward toward your next successful ComixLaunch.
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