Thursday, September 28, 2006

How Much Money Should You Keep in a Cash Box

How Much Money Should You Keep in a Cash Box at Craft Fairs?
One of my recent Google hits was from someone searching for how much money they should put in their cash box for craft shows (to make change with). That's an excellent question. Although I won't tell you to take a specific amount (and you shouldn't advertise how much cash you're carrying), $50-$100 should be fine for a small or medium-sized show.

I used to take several rolls of various coins, but ended up changing all my prices to even dollar amounts to avoid having to count out change. It's also a good idea to have a large number of ones, lots of fives and a few tens and twenties.

As always, secure your cash box. Keep it out of sight of customers, but close to you, preferably in your vision. It only takes a second to steal an entire cash box and the thief can later open it at their leisure. Some show veterans recommend a money belt or pouch instead.