My friends and I always have a bit of a joke about the phrase “Teamwork makes the dream work”. I think it’s the rhyming words that make us laugh but also because the phrase is a bit corny! Nevertheless, it doesn’t stop us working together with colleagues and having successful business relationships.
|Popular phrase and title of a book by John C Maxwell
In 2014 when I decided to launch my brand, Paisley Power, with my own unique fashion accessories and home decor items, I worked alone. I wanted to be in control of every aspect of the business. I soon realised that you have to collaborate with other creative people and business people to enable the business to grow. I attended sewing classes and product-making classes. It was very useful to find out how a product is constructed and the types of materials required.
|Patrick Moriarty making a lampshade with his paisley rat print
Soon I realised that my making and sewing skills were not the best standard. I wanted my products to be top quality. I knew that in today’s customer-focused shopping experience, online reviews were extremely important and that bad reviews could sink a business whereas great reviews could give a business an excellent reputation.
I found a highly skilled sewing tutor in my town who I knew would be able to sew my cushions, bags, scarves and hats to a very high standard.
I have been working with the same sewing expert now for the last 2 years. She is very helpful when I want to introduce new products. A few months ago customers had been asking if I made scarves. I did not have scarves in my product range, so I consulted my sewing friend and she ordered a special roll-hem foot for her sewing machine so that she would be able to make the scarves.
The scarves received excellent reviews from customers who bought them from my online shop. You can read these excellent reviews by looking at the reviews page of my Etsy shop.
Therefore it’s very important to receive good reviews because they give new viewers the peace of mind to order your products.
An online review on 04 November 2017 states:
“Gorgeous scarf, the print is beautiful. This is my new favourite scarf! Thank you!”
Another online review on 28 October 2017 states:
“Beautiful rat scarf – I absolutely adore it. Thank you so much!”
An online review on 20 October 2017 states:
Great service and communication. Really cool scarf, well made and dimensions just right.
All of these excellent reviews really make me feel confident to produce more hand-made products and develop new items for my online store collection.
If you are a self-employed designer/maker i hope you find some great people to collaborate with to ensure you create perfect products you ca be proud of and that customers will rave about.
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