As order volume picks up many small business owners find themselves constantly logging into Stamps.com or FedEx Online to generate shipping labels for the half dozen orders or so that they need to process every day. This process works, it doesn’t take a ton of time, and it seems like there might not be a need for ShipStation. After all, with only 6 orders a day adding ShipStation is going to cost an extra $19 / month, and the online portals are free!
First, let’s look at the $19 / month. If you’re processing 6 orders a day you’re probably doing about 130 – 150 orders per month. Now let’s take that $19 and divide it by 130 and you’ll see that each order the cost of ShipStation is only $0.14
If it’s the cost you’re concerned about, you need not look further than the Negotiated Rates opportunity that ShipStation has already negotiated with their partners on your behalf. Take a look at this ShipStation article about Shipping Carrier Discounts and you’ll see that the saving of using ShipStation make the platform better than free.
Now you may already have all of your rates figured out, and ShipStation isn’t going to help you there, however, there are a TON of features that will streamline your operation and minimize errors from duplicate data entry. Keep in mind that for a typical $15 / hour warehouse employee cost your business about $0.30 per minute when fully loaded up with tax, insurance, etc.
This means that if we can process orders even 30 seconds faster it’s still worth it. I challenge you to time how long it takes you to enter your next order into USPS or FedEx.com and see if it takes longer than 30 seconds.
I haven’t even gotten into all of the amazing features that ShipStation offers to give you better visibility into your business, fewer errors and superior order management. I encourage you to go ahead and run the start your ShipStation free-trial for the next 30 days so that you can test those features out for yourself.