We’re smack dab in the middle of the roughest recession in decades, and times are hard on everyone. Many will recommend against starting your own business in such a financial climate, but the truth is that a recession is when you need more money the most. If you enjoy sewing and patchwork, and if you have the skills, the talent and the passion, you can be a haberdasher and make a comfortable living doing what you enjoy in life.
To be clear, there’s a world of difference between a haberdasher and a seamstress/seamster. A haberdasher isn’t just a stitch-for-hire professional sewer. A haberdasher is an artist, a craftsman, and an expert in their field. It takes a bit of creativity, a bit of talent, and a bit of professionalism to do this job well. If that’s you, you may as well get started.
To focus on one of the prime benefits of going this route: How long have you wanted to be your own boss? Quite a while, right? It’s funny, at the workplace there’s so much emphasis on professionalism and doing your job well, but what do you really get as a reward for helping to improve sales at your job? Maybe a ten cent raise once a year, but it’s not like you’re going to be given a share of the profits if you keep boosting them. When you are your own boss, the profits are all yours, and so are the business decisions. Luckily, you can accomplish this overnight thanks to the internet.
It’s essentially almost all profit. You can get a live shop some time later. For now, all you need is the cost of materials and a few bucks to get some cheap webspace to host your online business.
You can, of course, move on to running a live shop at some point in the future, but if you just want to get started right away, you can set up a website for cheap to show off your wares and earn some income right off the bat.
Haberdashery is something of an ancient tradition, dating back hundreds of years. The term was coined by Chaucer in Canterbury Tales, loosely defined as a merchant who sells such products to be used in sewing as zippers, patches, buttons and so on. Some famous haberdashers include Christopher Lloyd, Johnny Carson and even Newman from Seinfeld.
It’s really just a great career to get into if you want to make your own hours, if you want to run your own business without spending a fortune to get started, and if, most importantly, you know that you have the skills, the drive and the passion to see your plan come to life.
The author is the Marketing Director of a famous Haberdashery franchise. He has over ten years experience in international franchise sales and network development. His expertise in tienda de merceria and tiendas de patchwork has provided a very good recruitment training to franchisors.