Feeling gutted. my landlord denied the right to use my flat as the address for my business. They claim that with the use of my private accomodation, the risk of fire (due to storage of material) increases as well as potential visitors from dissatisfied customers and delivery of parcels. Therefore they feel like they cannot allow me to use my appartment.
I have no idea how I am going to continue at this stage. I cannot afford to rent a commercial location to register my business there. I wonder if other small businesses have just registered their business under their home address until they became big enough to get a proper location.
If anyone is living in an appartment they can use for commercial purposes and is willing to register my business with their address, please feel free to let me know...
Once I have an update, I will let you know.
It is amazing how inactive I've become since ESC ended. So let me give you an update on my business.
Firstly I still don't have a registered business. Why? Because I am still waiting on a response from my landlord. It should only be a courtesy information but without the agreement I could later get into trouble. Now, I am on my way home and I will try to persuade my parents to let me register my company in solingen. It's not what I wanted as I won't be a Berlin company but at least I have one.
I suppose I will need proof that the house will not be seized by the authorities if I go bankrupt.
In the meantime I am four steps further to selling in my own shop.
1. my boss gave his okay on my designs- no violation of my contact
2. I have found a suitable shopping cart provider. Now i can easily sell my designs online
3. In addition I have finalized my shirt designs. I had to reduce the amount of designs to 3. So the first batch of shirts is limited but it is a start. Also because of the low quantity of shirts the per-shirt-price is quite high. I will still be able to sell them as I initially planned but I will have a very small profit margin. Hopefully the tax office will let me keep at least some of it.
4. Lastly I have found someone to do the professional pattern drafting. In the past weeks I realized that pattern drafting is not my strong suit and all the manufacturing companies I have contacted need at least the patterns. The good news is, once I have the pattern the order of assembly is easily created.
Now, as soon as the registration madness is sorted I can order the T-shirts. I can also order garment labels, packaging, stamps (I am strongly considering Pin instead of the German Post, Hermes and similar), and also order new fabrics.
On that note, I am sure I told you that my team in PayPal had given me a voucher for one of my fabric sources. I have ordered some test swatches on new designs I have been working on. Some might be really disgusting as I used injuries and hair as inspiration. If they turn out to be nice I will get more and incorporate them in my new collection. Otherwise nobody will ever see the .
pennyless fashion designer working towards London