Starting Off Your New Business

Every business owner face a little feeling of uncertainty and ‘how will it go’ feeling at that point of a fresh start up. Who says it’s easy to tread unknown grounds….. Mixed feelings, hope of breaking grounds;  fear of failure; fear of the unknown; joy of independence; all sorts of mixed emotions come to play here. Regardless of the business type, every business owner will  face certain challenges in this line. But when you eventually make that decision, there is no going back. How do you get this done and dusted?
First of all, remember there is no new thing under the sun. Whatever it is you are starting off, has been done by other people before now. It may not be a Mirror-Image,  but someone has walked that path before you. One of the best steps you can take is to take a cue from them. They have been there, they will have lessons to pass across.  In this part of the world, I have discovered some business owners do not like sharing their experiences, but as an entrepreneur, be smart enough to study without hearing words. People don’t always have to talk, things around them speak more than they say. If you look close enough, all the hints are there for you to learn from. Where they have been, How they started off, How they have kept their game up; and so much more. Endeavour to learn and benefit from their efforts.

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Sometimes it is not about acquiring new customers/Clients, it is about developing and improving what you have. Good products or services speak aloud and reach far.
You have to work Smarter not Harder. A boss with an employee mindset is literally going nowhere.
For example, many of us work so much on developing Logos at the start of our businesses. But from another point of view, you better still start off with a very good brand name, and after constant relevance in your field, develop the logo that will match exactly what you want and what you represent. Important things First. 
  In that field you are,  before kickoff, take time to understudy those who have made it in that field outside your own country. Study how they go about it, how they have managed to maintain the relevance. Their lows, and highs. But, in the process of all this, be sure you are entering that business only because it is your line, your calling. Never ever start a business because you see ‘Someone’ succeeding in it. That’s just like starting off a failed project from the scratch.

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   Sometimes, learn to invest in order to gain more.
One of the Fastest way to create ‘Winning Process’ is studying already successful businesses.

But remember,  never copy them word for word, or step by step; this is a factor common here with our people. They copy businesses clearly enough for everyone to see , oh its just like what A or X is also doing. Some even go to the extent of mentioning names of other businesses to refer to theirs, that’s walking another man’s lane. It gets you nowhere. Build your name and brand and stand for something exclusively unique to YOU.

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Sewing-Room Affairs… IRONING

I’ve found myself overtime trying to  explain to my fashion students why they need to iron. One secret to having that ‘Store-bought’ look is, good ironing while sewing.

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In the Tailor’s workshop, we should draw that line to separate Ironing from Pressing. They are 2 different terms that give different results. Using the wrong one at the right time could cause more harm than any good.

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Ironing is what you do when you want to get the wrinkles out of something that has already been made, When you iron, you press down with the iron onto the fabric and move it slowly back and forth until the wrinkles are gone while Pressing is what you do when you’re making something out of fabric and it isn’t finished yet. When you press your sewn pieces, you lift the iron and place it gently down over the area to be pressed (usually a seam), then lift it and move it again. It’s an up-and-down motion , just as the name indicates, (Press) rather than a side-to-side motion.
Benefits of Pressing—:

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Pressing makes Your finished garments look more professional. You’ll be hearing more of “where did you buy that”  when you or your clients wear it.  That store bought look will speak volumes. 👌

Pressing gives your seams well finished look and feel; – polished, and professional looking.

Pressing helps blends your stitches neatly into the fabric, flattens and smoothens out bulges and bulks that may have occurred during sewing.

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How To….✔

Lift and press your iron into the fabric with a gentle motion, applying pressure only for stubborn seams or bulks.

You should sometimes press your fabric on the back (wrong side) whenever possible or required, due to fabric texture to prevent the iron from damaging or altering the right side of the fabric.

Important– If you have to press on the right side of the fabric,  you may choose to place a pressing cloth or have a Calico piece on the fabric surface before you place your iron for an added layer of protection.

You should always Start  your iron at a low heat setting and gradually increase it as needed to get a professional-looking finish in your pressing. Check the texture/feel of your fabric and use the heat setting recommended.

Avoid pressing over pins –  pin heads can cause dents in your fabric, scratch your iron or melt the pin head onto the iron or the fabric.

When you’re making something with a curved seam, such as a sleeve or princess Styleline, place pressing ham or sleeve board underneath the seam as you press. This helps to maintain the shape of the curves.

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Practice pressing a small piece of the fabric before you press the actual one you’re sewing, just to pre-test and  be sure that you are using proper settings and your iron won’t alter or damage the fabric.

Keep your iron and ironing board near as you sew, don’t be tempted at any point to skip the pressing step as you sew. Press every seam to make them look as professional as possible.

Pressing and ironing are two very important techniques in the sewing world. Every tailor needs to take time on this Always. In the end, the time you take to press as you sew is time well spent because pressing yields professional results in all your finished sewn items.

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