Well, hello there! Can you even believe that October is upon us? Like, wasn’t it just spring a few days ago? Before we know it, we’ll be digging out shovels and mittens!
Things are great here! Busy, between work, soccer, projects, and settling back into “normal”. Breast Cancer is in the rear view mirror and up ahead are some exciting things.
Like what, you ask? Well, let me introduce you to my new “project”:
Eeek!! You may already know that I’ve had an embroidery machine for a while and I’ve spent the last year or so learning, practicing, researching, and coming up with ideas. I contemplated setting up a business a few months ago but until this week, I didn’t really know if I could handle a “business” of my own.
And then late last week a friend asked if I would be able to embroider some blankets for her. (Thank you, Christy!) And by Monday I felt like I needed to get the ball rolling. And, boy, did the ball start rolling! On Tuesday I completed and filed paperwork (thank you, Mary!), Wednesday I got my business license and by Thursday I had a business bank account and was, literally, in business! You know, because we aren’t busy enough already!
As I’ve been sitting back and watching some of the embroidery groups I follow, I’ve learned as much about what to do as I have about what not to do when it comes to having a small embroidery business.
I have written out a business plan/rules of the road of sorts; I believe that having a set of guidelines will keep me from becoming overwhelmed and resentful of something that I really do enjoy. So here is what I’ve come up with so far:
- My embroidery business is not my full time job. I have been with my employer for 20-1/2 years and have no intention of leaving my full time job (willingly anyway!). Soccer season will wrap up in the next few weeks, which will free up some time. But this business will be less than part time for the near future.
- I feel comfortable embroidering some items while less so with other items. For example, I feel confident in hand towels, placemats, kitchen towels, garden flags, blankets, bags, napkins, and headbands. This is because I’ve practiced, made mistakes, and learned from my mistakes over the last year. I haven’t embroidered a lot on clothing but I will be practicing on different types of fabric in the near future. Bear with me as I work through this initial set up.
- Non-negotiable: I will not and cannot sell any licensed design. While I do have some licensed designs, they are for my own personal use; I don’t want to run the risk of being sued for copywrite infringement.
- Schedules & Deadlines: I have a calendar above my embroidery machine with my planned deadlines for the rest of 2015. If you know me at all, you know I love a good schedule! That being said, I expect that the last day to complete orders in 2015 will be 12/6/15. Last December I couldn’t believe the number of people who were posting that they were embroidering the last of their customer orders ON Christmas Eve. I am taking some personal time off of work between now and the end of the year and I plan to put together some ready-to-go items that would make cute Christmas gifts.
- I will be ordering materials in the next few days, so if there is something you’re interested in, give me a shout. I’m estimating turn around times to be 7-14 days (7-10 days if I have the blank item on hand 10-14 if I have to order).
I’ve set up a Facebook page and will be updating it over the next few days. There isn’t a lot posted yet, but I invite you to check it out and like it: www.facebook.com/SouthpawEmbroidery
Here goes nothing!