Recently I was speaking with a family friend. He called to ask me if I found a bracelet at my house, where he had been for a cookout. It was important to him because his brother made it. He went on to say that although he likes to make these, he still has a job, because he can't make a living doing that. Then he said to me, "I'm sure you know about that with your sewing". I corrected him saying that my sewing IS my full time job now, and he was really surprised about that!
Why is it that people can't believe that this is a real business for me? What surprises me the most, is people who aren't my customers, like friends and some family members, still don't get it! I am busy enough to be renting a space outside my home. People will call or text me and ask "are you busy?"
I'm at my studio during the week, usually every day either for appointments or to do my work. I'm there some nights as well. Definitely at least 40 hours a week, and more during my busiest times (prom, spring and fall weddings). I try not to work Friday night through Sunday nights. Sometimes I'll go in for a Saturday morning "pick up" if that's the best time for my customer. Sunday nights I'll take appointments, and get work done for the upcoming week. However, this year I decided to not take appointments on Sundays for the month of August, through Labor Day. I like to have the flexibility to go away in the summer just like anyone else!!!
How do I run my business?
I have carved out a niche in the tailoring business. I take appointments at night, as well as during the day. My working brides love this! Most people who do alterations, only take daytime and weekday appointments, meaning brides have to take time off of work. I've done this for years, and people love that I have evening times during the week as well as on Sundays.
Online booking has worked for me for well over 10 years now. I set the days/times I'll take appointments, and sometimes when I'm real busy, I will block off times so people can't make appointments!!! It's pretty cool actually. I also set up reminders - text and email - so people are reminded of their upcoming appointment! My customers love this feature.
I've decided to specialize in everything bridal, and making custom christening gowns. Sure, I get the occasional basic alterations, but it's few and far between. My rack is full of gown bags!
I have a business certificate from the city, and am a chamber member.
I take all forms of payment including Venmo!
So, that's my business - come see me sometime in my studio!!! I'd love to show you around the creative space I call my home!