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From: tania513
Date: 06-08-2004, 10:19 AM (1 of 2)
When I do start should i make a whole batch up? or do a few and see how well they do? I am thinking of different ways. maybe getting a website and advertising on google, amazon and search scout. all this copyright stuff is infringing on my nerves:whacky: lol so many ideas, just getting them together on a piece of paper
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User: tania513
Member since: 06-07-2004
Total posts: 6
From: paroper
Date: 06-08-2004, 04:13 PM (2 of 2)
If you were going to learn to swim, would you jump into the deep end of the pool? I think that you might be happier if you started locally. Decide how you want to sell your items, by custom order or setting up a room in your home as a shop, or by selling through a retailer. I'm not sure that I would start on the internet. You might not get the feed back you need to determine which of your products will sell best. Also, because the internet opens up such a big market, I would be afraid that I would get more business on the internet than I could handle and then you would have production/reputation problems. Making up a lot of items to sell in advance would be fine if you are going to sell as a shop. Start a scrap book of items that you plan to sell. Take good pictures and keep them out so that people can see them if you sell through your home or even a shop. Also do not throw away any designs you come up with, you will need them again and again. Them items in your scrap book should look three dimensional. If you have a person who will model them for you or a dress form, they will look better. Also, you may need to purchase (for return) some scrubs in different sizes so that you can determine what "store bought" sizes you will be selling since pattern sizes run quite different because a lot of the people you sew for will be only familiar with "store bought" sizes. If you should end up doing custom scrubs, keep a few of the scrubs you have made on hand; they may sell and they will give the customer an idea of your work quality. The more they can see of your work, the better your reputation will be.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
Total posts: 3775
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