First on the list today we have a post called “The Cost of Creativity” which is about how to calculate the costs of running your business for a year. It’s fairly simple to do, but knowing these costs and what you need to bring in to cover them is the best way to keep your business open and successful. Creativity is definitely a part of the embroidery business, but business is a part of it too, and you need to know the numbers to keep your business running in the black.
Second at bat today is a bucket list for new embroiderers from Eileen at Designs in Machine Embroidery Magazine. This list details some things that every new machine embroiderer should try and hopefully master. I think my favorite is number 3, simply because it looks cool. There will, apparently, also be a bucket list for advanced and expert embroiderers coming out in another blog post sometime soon.
Third on the docket, we have 10 tips to help increase embroidery production from Joyce Jagger. Some of these are fairly simple, but they’re so simple they may be the things that people forget to do. I like the tip about stopping production early on Friday and doing preventative maintenance on your machines. I also like the tip about duplicating tools. You should never be running all over the production floor looking for scissors or some other tool you may need.
Fourth in the queue is another Urban Threads Featured project post, this one on how to make embroidered shoes. Even though I know I will never attempt any of these featured products, I love seeing what other people do and this project is no exception. Making your own shoes from scratch and embroidering them is very cool. I also love the step by step tutorial for others who might want to try the process.
Fifth on the list is a post about what you’re willing to do with the followers you have on any social media platform. The message of the post, which I love, is that you, as a business, have a responsibility to those who follow you. Doing things like asking people to follow or like you to get a prize, tweet about a product in order to get that product, or really to do anything that isn’t motivated by serving the people who are willing to give you their time and attention. It’s about respect and authenticity, and once you start shilling to your followers for your own gain, you’ve lost both. Lots to think about in this post.