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From Houston, TX, but on vacation at Chautauqua Lake, NY
Long Island, NY
Hi Donna! I am the sole owner and operator of my business.
I'm a sole owner.
Sole owner with one part-time seamstress.
I am from Ohio. a sole owner. only have an installer for about 5 years.
I am a sole owner from PA
Being available for my kids was my driving force to start.
I didn't open my own business, but just recently bought the business I have been at for the past 28 years.
always new how to sew as a teenager. Have a degree in design and had a previous employer that asked me to make a balloon shade. kept having more folks contact me. I have truly loved it. been in business for 39 years.
Just started back sewing a couple of years ago, plus I homeschool ... so I need to keep things small, manageable right now.
I have always done this part time, but I'm trying to move into full time. My full time job is in the building industry and I'm really tired of it.
I worked in corporate America until 2005 when they let many go. It allowed my to return to my passion. sewing and making beautiful custom Home furnishings. I work primarily with interior designers and have a sub contracteor a few days a week.
Yes! Apart from getting to do what I love, there is no greater joy than seeing clients thrilled with their project or 'new' space design! As an interior designer who loves designing soft furnishings, I get to indulge in both worlds! Being invited to go on this adventure with them is an honour.
I say I'm a seamstress. I have a degree in Interior Decorating so I often help the decorator make decisions. I'm definitely the creative type. Not the business type.. I'd like to learn how to become more professional...I know I have the ability, just not the business knowledge.
I've sewn window treatments for years
Me too Heather.
Thanks Elizabeth Hood 😊 nice to meet you!
My title is Soft Furnishings Engineer!
Yes, I think it depends on how many hours I have worked on it, as to whether I beat myself up for it. However, I am so excited when I finally do accomplish that new task.
Cheryl! I love your workroom! Jill DeSpagna is taking over Quickbooks & Quoting for workrooms and designers.
Recently I was very unhappy with several round pillows I had sewn for a client. The next day I attended your webinar fabricating round pillows and realized what I had done wrong. I called my client and asked her for the privilege of making them even better. She was thrilled that I would offer to make them better, and she was pleased with the result. It was so much easier than living with that sick feeling in my stomach for a less than perfect job.
Wow, Marty! So brave and I admire that so much.
It was so worth it!
So very professional and a tell of character, Marty!
Yes! Thinking outside the box has helped me, but seeking education is key.
Great advice 👍
Yes! That's the hardest thing for me. Holding the vision. Trusting the process.
Thank you! I wanted to quit this week 😪
Donna, if I may ask of you and your audience, have you come across clients who do not view your business with the same respect if you work out of your home versus having a formal storefront or building space? That can certainly pop a vision!
If so, what is a good response to that?
Alex, I love being home, for sure. My overhead is less! I also can absolutely control my environment so that my fabrics and workspace stays absolutely clean and cool. I don't have a landlord that might allow a smoke shop next to me or the smell from chemical from a salon or dry cleaner. A leaky roof or faulty HVAC. My moisture levels are consistent. My two sense.
It's never been a problem for me. I think it makes me more relatable.
Thank you all so much. Donna I think something for sure resonated, in terms of value for your costs. Some folks seem to think because you work out of your home, that your costs for your services should be less etc.
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Another wonderful and educational webinar, Donna! Thank you for sharing your wisdom and experiences with us! Please take good care.
This is such a great group!
Yes, Jamie! Agreed!
thanks very much!