Pricing..... something that is very difficult to set when you're starting out. Some people want cheap, others just want it done and don't care. Some want quality and are willing to pay a bit more and others want it for nothing. Over the years I have learnt to say no. When a job pays next to nothing it is not worth taking the time away from my family to do the job. Some people disagree saying something is better than nothing at all but I don't agree.
I set a fair price for my time and my machinery so that I can earn a wage and slowly pay off my investment. If you try to push this price down further I can't stay in business. Eventually I would run out of money as I'm not getting paid enough and I would have to sell up or close down. I see this sort of thing happen around me all the time. I'll never be a millionaire in this business, all I want is to work for a great boss (that's me!) and be able to have flexible hours to accommodate my family without huge overhead expenses. I love my job, it's creative and productive and I take pride in the end result. I won't let garments out the door if I haven't done my best.
When I first started in business I learnt a valuable thing that has stayed with me.
Don't be a "BUSY FOOL".
The busy fool cuts his prices very low in order to get the work. Because his prices are low he has a lot of customers but he hardly makes any money on each job which means he is too busy, too stressed and mistakes get made. I don't want to be this person. I want to be the one that gets paid enough to spend the time on each job to make it perfect. That's me, so hopefully one day I can help you with your uniform needs too...and make it perfect.
Have an awesome day!
This week I made my daughter a new t-shirt. I posted a pic of it on facebook and people started suggesting I sell them. Then I got 2 orders and I haven't even worked out how much they need to cost! I've actually put the team logo on my daughters one as she's on team Mystic, I'm not sure if I'm allowed to though as I can't see any trademark or "R" symbol on the logo. Anyway the back is what is important, check it out:
Apparently every web site needs a blog. Really? Is anyone even interested in an embroidery blog? Who knows....but apparently the Google bots will like my page better if I have one.
So here goes...
Welcome to my first blog post. This is where you'll find posts about products I love, techniques for embroidery, new things I learn and various other tidbits I feel like adding as the weeks and months pass by.
I have just spent a couple of weeks updating my website and I'm pretty happy with it. It looks clean and tidy and if anyone has any feedback or if I've missed anything that I need to add, please let me know by commenting on this post.
If any of you have thought about doing your own website, go for it! Weebly has been a fantastic tool for this and super duper easy.
Thanks for visiting and reading my first ever blog post YAY!