I have been kinda M.I.A…thought that I would be able to do this diary thing every week but I really didn’t anticipate all the wonderful things that would happen for my business. I have been trying to keep up with orders and experienced exhaustion like you wouldn’t belive! Got sick, recouped only to have to hit the sewing machines again. BUT great news: today was the first day I interviewed for help! I’m hiring a seamstress and 1-2 interns to help me out. I’m so excited to get the ball rolling. There is so much ground I will be able to cover with the new additions to my team, including getting orders out much faster. So this week I will be conducting interviews and I hope to have everyone start next Monday. Super excited!
And speaking of hiring, I was looking at my 2012 business goals, posted in my second diary entry, and I am already ahead of schedule on a lot of things! Most goals I wanted to reach by September & I have already reached them. Man, sometimes your mind can take you farther than you think if you just take the first step! But here are the goals I listed in January:
I have more goals but I can’t give you everything!
Spent the first couple months of 2012 working hard. Now I’m excited to start working smart!
So last night I had the privilege of being a guest on Lipstick Lies, a new streaming show hosted by Nyla Tinkerbelle. Last night was their second show. They highlighted women entrepreneurs. Had to drive all the way out to Long Island but it was worth it. Here are some pics from last night.
*Shout out to all my friends and customers who watched and hit up the chat room, i appreciate the love.
**You can watch the video here: www.ustream.tv/recorded/19728365
I appear after the 44:00 mark. And Uncle Jimmy makes a guest appearance towards the end, around the 1:07 mark.
My driver, Uncle Jimmy
Me (in all my granny-looking glory) and my dear friend Deanna. She was the one who referred me for the interview.
Deanna was also on the show. She is an attorney.
Me with the co-hosts. Cheesing.
Rent is too damn high!
Uncle Jimmy with Deanna and her husband CJ.
Red light special.
LL Cool J
Ok, I will be serious…
But not for too long!
doing “mass” production has been proven to be quite a challenge, especially trying to do “made to order” orders with a factory. because i’m at the bottom of the fashion totem pole, my stuff gets pushed back with no consequences. and it’s wack but unfortunately i understand; they can afford to lose me because i’m not bringing in the big bucks.
*side note: this is the 2nd factory i have been dealing with…same thing happened at the last factory (but 10x worst) and from what i hear it’s not uncommon. smh.
in the last week i had to refund customers their money because my seamstress did not do ANY of the orders that i left for her to do BEFORE she left for vacation. it was soooo disappointing, especially since it’s hard to explain to customers; it just sounds like excuses that they do not understand, nor should they. it’s not their problem, it’s mine. so because of that i have decided to make the big leap i’ve been slowly moving towards to end the whole made-to-order thing. i am beginning to REALLY see how it has been hindering the growth of my business.
Over the past month, I have been restructuring my business and the following changes will occur:
there will be more changes, though the most of them will be in house/behind the scenes. after
being depressed feeling down for a whole month about this, i feel much better to get this out and begin making moves. now i just have to figure out where to get the money for all of this…
sugar daddy, where art thou?!
LIVE IN THE NYC AREA? my girl khalia is starting a hair care business and is having a focus group next week at my studio. please read below and if you are interested, please email me:
also, feel free to repost. thanks!
HAIR FOCUS GROUP/ NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY
Are you an African American or multi-ethnic woman who takes pride in her appearance? If hair care and/or maintenance are a major part of your beauty budget we definitely want to hear from you!
The information shared will be reported anonymously and used to develop recommendations. It is for an aspiring entrepreneur starting a business to promote education, beauty and sisterhood!
Participants will be compensated for their time with gift bags, food and great company! Don’t worry it will be a fun way to spend 2 hours on a Friday! One lucky participant will also receive a gift valued over $100!!
The focus group will take place on Friday, July 22nd in Brooklyn. It will take place in the Dumbo/downtown Brooklyn section from 6:30-8:30pm.
1. Participants must be available for the complete 2 hours.
2. African American or multi-ethnic females only
3. Between the ages of 21-40
4. Full time employment or self-employed
5. Willing to fill out a survey at the end of the session
6. Okay with Focus group being recorded (audio &/or video)
The number of participants is limited. If you are eligible and interested in attending this focus group, please reply to this post ASAP!
Send your full name email address and/or contact number (cell # is preferred) along with answers to the following questions.
1. Are you married or single?
2. Do you have a daughter 10 years or older?
3. Do you wear wigs?
4. How often do you go to the hair salon?
In additon please confirm you meet the above requirements and include your age.
Upon receipt someone will contact you with the exact address if your support is still needed.
Thanks in advance for supporting one woman’s dream to help many others!
I look forward to hearing from you.
warning: this post may sound a little stank…lol
it’s only been a little less than half a year and i have learned A LOT about what i will and will not do as a business person. i used to do a lot of things for free/near free or give people discounts because i appreciated them supporting me. but it has become an insult to me when people try to get me to lower my prices, especially for made to order/custom shit. i end up doing more work than i am getting paid, and then it becomes not worth it.
in the last few months:
and these are all people who KNOW this is how i make my living. sometimes i think people think i just sit here and twiddle my thumbs all day…
but it all comes down to KNOWING YOUR WORTH. And as artists and/or business people it is IMPERATIVE that you know that. people will try to finagle you do all sorts of things just so they can pay you less money. you can’t have champagne taste on a beer budget. sorry, boo boo. i mean, would you go into barney’s and do that? if you did, they would look at you crazy. i have now realized that it is SOOOO not worth it in the end. u end up being resentful and possibly ruining a friendship/relationship with a customer. each garment i make is out of love and passion. the worst thing for me is to make something out of resentment; it’s not a good feeling. so i rather just say no.
so below is the naKIMuli guideline to doing business (a rough draft). gonna have to post this in my studio as a reminder.
i know there are many more that can be on this list. what are some you would have on your list?
know your worth and never settle, people!!!