I’ve been thinking a lot over the past couple of weeks. I love sewing. I don’t mind alterations. Custom sewing is ok. I hate not having time to do my own sewing anymore.
I’m taking a step back. One year in business has taught me some things.
- If people don’t want to pay me what I’m worth, don’t take the job. I’m not a sweat shop employee.
Don’t price myself like you’re a box store. I’m better than that and so is my work.
- I can explain everyone has a different sewing style and people may or may not get it. We just might not mesh.
- Don’t go all out on business tools. I don’t need top shelf accounting programs for a tiny business. Use something small and practical. I like Wave.
- Cut out doing work you don’t want to. I work full-time, so this side gig had best make me happy. I lost my happiness so I’m changing my business model.
- From here on out, small alterations and my creativity rule. I make what I want for my shop. I sew personal things when I want, it comes first from now on, not last.
With my chronic illness I have to learn to say no. This will be that year. I’ve been lucky, my clients are great. I just bite off more than I can chew. It’s time to re-evaluate and move forward!