It took me quite a while to get the packaging figured out for my business, Holly Would Press. I think the presentation of your products is so important (especially with an online business) and I wanted something that would make people happy and reflect the brand. Here is the packaging I decided on.
Every card set gets bound with a belly band that has my logo on it. Then, wedding invitations are placed in a clear box and wrapped with yellow and blue bakers twine.
Stationery sets are bound with twine, and placed in a smaller paper box with a clear cover and a logo sticker. Rubber stamps are packaged inside a muslin bag with a hand stamped logo on it.
I punch my own tags with a paper punch and scrap paper (I have a lot of scrap paper from cutting out cards and invitations), then I heat emboss a "thank you" stamp on the front, and hand write a message on the back of the tag.
I put this smaller box in a more sturdy shipping box with a business card inside.
As far as shipping, it took me a while to organize all of the supplies because my husband and I live in a small apartment. I keep all of the large boxes in a laundry basket stored underneath a table:
Then I have a cart where I keep all of my smaller shipping and packaging supplies:
I string the bakers twine through these little spaces, which makes it really easy to cut a long piece of both of them at once and keeps the twine from getting all tangled:
I make lots of thank you tags ahead of time and keep them in a farmer's market basket so they're ready to go:
Other essentials: logo stickers, heat embosser, a scale for weighing packages, and bubble mailers.
I hope this is helpful for anyone starting a new business and trying to get organized! Do any of you have any other ideas?