Updated! December 26th! There have been a few changes – most notable – no more syncing with Bless (no big deal it turns out), and no more surcharge on 1st class mail – do you hear the angels singing???) Some of the images below may be a bit different than what you see on the screen, but not much different, and certainly not enough different for me to go make new ones – that was a lot of work, and I’ve got a lot of LuLa to sell!
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LuLaTools recently changed their name to ZenSales. I’ve tried to change all the instances of LuLaTools to ZenSales, but if I missed one, know that I’m talking about the same thing – no difference in the product, they just complied with a request from LuLaRoe to change their name.
Ok guys. This is it. It’s the bomb. ZenSales.Net (<- That’s an affiliate link – if you click on it, and subscribe, you get $15 in free postage, and so do I! How cool is that!)
I discovered ZenSales by accident. I was actually looking for their text service to be notified when LuLaRoe styles were back in stock – if you ever stalked the order page for LuLaRoe Collection for Disney you know what I’m talking about! And not only did I find the text alerts, but I found shipping! I had been using Shipping Easy ($30 a month). ZenSales is only $15 a month for shipping and the text alerts – and whatever other little goodies they have in store for us!
So – why ZenSales?
Want to know or EDIT someone’s address? Just click on their name and up pops their name, email, address, a list of current and previous orders – OH my – that is glorious! Did you think you would ever have all that information in one handy dandy place at one time?
Ok, sure, it’s got the details, but lets get to the shipping….
First – it’s so easy. I mean stupid easy. I mean, scary stupid easy. Look at that first picture up there – see where it says “Buy Shipping Label”? You just click that, and up comes this screen.
All you have to do is enter the weight (and click on confirm weight, which isn’t shown here, because it goes away after you click on it, and I figured y’all could imagine a large green button that says Confirm Weight and know what to do with it.) Then you can choose which service you would like. Obviously at 8 ounces, you want First Class. But if it weighed over a 1lb, Priority is cheaper and it shows you all the options and what they cost. (You say: “Get out!” and I say “I’m not lying! All on one screen!”) You also have some other options there – Require Signature and Delivery Guarantee – I haven’t tried those optional services.
You will notice there is a .15 surcharge on First Class – this does not apply to Priority. No more surcharge! We just pay discounted shipping rates now!
Bonus Tip: See the little shopping cart next to some of the shipping options? Click on that, and go straight to the USPS website to restock your supply! No joke!
Once you purchase the postage, you go back to the overview screen and choose another package to buy a label for. You can do several in a row, then click on “Print Batch” and print them all at once. Or print each individually. Maybe you like clicking. I don’t. So I print mine in a big batch – and it’s fun watching my little printer spit out 10 labels at a time!
Also see “Normal Printer” and “Label Printer” – I have a Dymo 4XL so I choose Label Printer – and have not had any issues with printing on it. Be sure you have already installed the drivers for it. Also – be sure to change the paper size to something that says 4×6.
But you say – I don’t need to ship this item! They bought it at a pop up and it’s in my way! Guess – what – see the three dots next to each entry?
You can do stuff with those three dots – and it only shows you the stuff you want to do. It’s like ZenSales does the hard thinking for you!
So, you had a cash customer – just click the three dots, and then click Paid with Cash. See that “Cancel Order” – you can still cancel the order to get it out of ZenSales – but it will NOT cancel the order in Bless. Remember, we lost the ability to sync with Bless – so ZenSales doesn’t talk to them. There is nothing you can do in ZenSales that will mess up Bless. I promise!
Now, you are given the option to buy a label. But Tami – they paid with cash and took the item with them! Ok, just skip shipping!
And it will now say “Delivered”. So you have a record of a cash payment that was delivered – isn’t that cool?
Oh but wait! Now they want it shipped, and you already marked it delivered – three dots baby! And you can click on Print Shipping Label, and the teal “Buy Shipping Label” comes back. Tell your customer they can change their mind! No biggy!
Well, now someone wants to return an item…. Once again – THREE DOTS to the rescue.
When the item comes back you can indicate your received the items. And then Refund, Replace or, use those three dots to cancel the return.
All of the actions can be undone.
The have reports! See how much you spent on Postage, or every order from a customer. Or how many Irmas you sold. See the screenshots below for all the cool things!
UPDATE! There are new reporting features being worked on, as we read! Under the shipping report, you can click on a month, and get a list of every label you printed, along with a tracking link and a PDF of the label. Under Items, you get a chart of your sales by Year, Month and Day! The item sales are still being reported as a yearly total, but I believe these features are evolving – so stay tuned for more!
I bet you are thinking that this new found wonder tool will cost a lot. It doesn’t. It’s $15 a month, and that includes the text alerts I didn’t even talk about (they are awesome – but the Disney stuff can overwhelm you). But there has to be downsides – right? Right. There are. It’s so awesome you won’t know what to do with all your free time! Oh no – there is a downside. You have to purchase postage in $50 increments. But they do start you off with $15 in free postage if you use my handy dandy link. Right here – click this. C L I C K T H I S! It will give you a month FREE trial – and you will get $15 in FREE postage. And full disclosure – I get $15 in free postage too (but only if you love it and use up all your $15 in FREE postage.) They also used to have a .10 or .15 cent surcharge for first class labels – but no more! So if you see that out on the intertubes, just ignore it – it’s old info. ZenSales gave us an early Christmas present and took the surcharge away.
If you have any questions before you subscribe, I would be happy to answer them – just leave a comment below. Once you subscribe I’ll be happy to help, or they have a customer support email that is fast and friendly.