Why is it that every time you spend an obscene amount of money one one thing something else pops up requiring even more?
Last week I was the stupid moron that I am and dropped my phone once more. This time however, even my sweet little Samsung Mini couldn't survive the fall. It did just drop, it was pullend down to the ground and after two meters collided with the unforgiving ground, scattering into pieces. And while I could put it back together and actually get it running again (oh sweet miracle), the screen was broken so much it is now hazardous to swipe.
With that a new phone was in order. And I have to report: phones still get bigger. I don't understand it. the 4.5" screen was perfekt and fitted perfectly in my pockets. Now the smallest smartphone the shop assistant was able to offer it a 5" screen huawei from 2015. I bought it. I am still getting used to the size. Bigger is not always better. My next pocket designs definitely need to be bigger... But the mobile itself is easy and nice to handle. A few things to get used to after having a Samsung for almost 8 years.
On the business front I am now facing more costs... For the terms and conditions to be legally bullet proof because there are people making money on suing poor small business owners who only wanted to sell their stuff.
Upgrading my shopping cart system. The free version only allows ten items....
I have already purchased labels for my shirts -obviously on organic cotton; packaging for shipping-naturally recycled; and the pre- labels from pin, the carbon footprint low shipping company. Missing are some stickers to fix the packages. Ideally I would have hang tags but I cannot be bothered at the moment.
On the design front we had to skip the pattern meeting but my colleague briefly looked through the designs and stated that they were doable... That's something.
My homework for now: decide what sizes I want to be selling and what measurement are behind each size.
In the meantime I finally received the fabric samples I ordered six weeks ago.... Some of the prints look really nice and probably end up in one of my next garments. The rest count as experience... On how not to do it. In anyway the cloth is so soft and I am looking forward to ordering more for a dress or shirt....
I have just registered my business in Berlin. After such a long time I finally was able to register as a sole proprietor. I have already updated the legal notice and opened a PayPal business account.
I ordered the t-shirts and expect delivery in 3-4weeks. On Wednesday I am meeting with my designer colleague to discuss some of my designs for selling them online.
So what happens next?
I wanted to register my brand, now that I have a business registration and guess what... It costs 300euro. Money I will definitely need to spend. However, it will only secure my brand within the EU from what I gathered.
But the quintessence is: I am finally getting somewhere!
I have a solution. It is not ideal but it keeps me going. The keyword is virtual office. Basically you pay an office company so that they will put your name on the mail box. These companies do a bit more too. Usually they offer shared offices and actually receive post for you and even forward it to your address. Depending on the monthly price the services are endless. I found a few in Berlin. One of them is actually just 20min away from my home. I've asked them for a pricing as they did not have an offer on the website. From the other companies I gathered that it will cost me about 120euro a month. Holy bimbam! With this extra cost my liquidity will be next to nought by February next year unless my shirts sell successfully.
pennyless fashion designer working towards London