Changing the face of my business

Over the past several months, something has become abundantly clear to me: I am working way too hard.

This all came to a head this month when, while carrying my normal (masochistic) workload, I also took over a very busy contract for a friend while he was out of town. The last time I did this, I had almost no clientele (and mononucleosis), so I figured it would be different this time around.

It was different indeed. Although I was able to make a bunch more money than last year, I unfortunately did it by working similar hours. Lots of 20-hour work days (as in 20 hours of work in a row with no breaks). I don't need a doctor to tell me this is outrageously unhealthy and stupid.

So, although I managed to prove to myself that I am more than capable of a comfortable life in Purgatory, it became apparent that this was not working out well for me or my family. Change is now happening.

As of now, I am changing the face of my business, moving away from alterations and towards bespoke men's suit construction. This is my passion of all passions, and I am no longer willing to leave it on the shelf while I work 20-hour days of alterations. In the coming weeks, I will be leaning into the bespoke side of my business, seeking customers and making the time to do the work. This is the right decision for me, for my family, and for my business.

There is an overwhelming drive in our culture to grow your business. Manifest destiny. If your bespoke suit making is successful, you should sell off-the-rack as well to drum up more business. If that succeeds, you should sell shirts, ties and socks. Then you should start a tuxedo rental company. If that all seems to be working out, then it's time for - you guessed it - a fried chicken franchise.

On a more serious note, I am extremely thankful for all the work I have had, and all the people who made it possible for me. I have very much considered hiring an employee to keep the alterations alive while I pursue my true career, but that doesn't make sense. I am a tailor, not a businessman. That is a hat that I need to wear to some extent, but I will not do so more than necessary.

I look forward to this new era in my life, and thank you all dearly for bringing me to this place of being able to make it happen.

Thank you,

David

Posted on September 30, 2015 .

Thank You So Much!

I would like to check in more often than I have been, but I absolutely need to check in at this time to thank you all for your support over the past year.

This morning, I was privileged to be able to make a donation of $574.00 to Food Lifeline to help families in need in our area (see previous blog post). I am very thankful for all of the business and all the referrals I've received that have made this possible. I am honored and humbled by your trust in me, and hope to continuously earn it as time moves forward.

Thank you all again for supporting my business, and, in doing so,  supporting sustainable meal solutions in our Northwest community for families and children in need.

Take care,
David

Posted on December 19, 2014 .

All I can say is

Wow.  I am truly impressed, honored, and humbled by the overwhelming response of friends, family, and strangers on my first day launching my business online.

I wish I had a hug big enough for all of you, but I don't. So you'll just have to accept how my love for all of you is too big to fit into one mega-hug. You will also have to accept that my arms are not large enough to simultaneously hug fifty-some people, and that if they were, it would be both weird and detrimental to my skills as a tailor.

What I'm trying to say is: "Thank you."

Posted on June 27, 2014 .

Feeding the Northwest

Thank you for visiting my blog!

I haven't got much to say just now. I'm spending a bit too much time sewing to be able to write. But I do want to mention this:

Being that my business is now a year old, and is doing well and looking to be doing better and better in the coming months, I have decided that it is time for me to begin the harvest.

Starting in the month of July, 10% of all gross income is going to go towards feeding the hungry in our area through Food Lifeline. This amount will be made in the form of a one-time donation at the end of the year.  I look forward to supporting this non-profit, and suggest that you look into doing so as well - they are very cool.

When I was young, my family did not have the kind of money that could regularly put food on the table. We were so very often blessed by what I knew as "the food angel." Take a moment to look into their programs that support food banks, families, schools and children. The family you feed may be raising my future apprentice, after all...

Thank you for visiting my site - I hope to share a lot of my passion through this blog in the future!

Be Loved,

David

Posted on June 27, 2014 .