Inventory that sits in your garage does not generate sales or profits; it generates losses that will shrink your bottom line in the form of:

  • Debt service on loans to purchase the excess inventory.
  • Additional personal property tax on unsold inventory.
  • Increased insurance costs on the greater value of the inventory in stock.

To avoid accumulating excess inventory, establish a realistic safety margin and order only what you're sure you can sell.

Excerpted from Starting a Home-based Business