Can’t decide

CaboBillCaboBill Posts: 13subscriber
Hey gang,
Here is my dilemma.  I need to start working on a web site for my Cabo Loco Apparel.  I cannot decide if I want to sell online.  All of the shirts, wrap pants, dresses, etc. that I want to sell, I make myself.  It takes me about 5 hours to make one Cabo Loco shirt.  I guess I am affraid of success because I fear that if I try to sell online, I will get burried in orders and will not be able to bail myself out.  Would I be better off letting people in the local Tampa-St. Pete area know where they can get them and dealing with special orders?
As always, I look forward to everyones help and insight.
Bill

Comments

  • keyconkeycon Posts: 34subscriber
    Bill,
    I have a motto: "Go big, or go home." Saying this is not a slam against you - just something to think about. But if you really believe in your product, find a way to make your products faster than 5 hours - otherwise, I don`t see how you can go big.
    Many sewing jobs have gone offshore from America. There are literally towns full of ex-sewers that I imagine would love to work for you. Another option is to have your shirts made offshore unless you have an adversion to that and want to go total US made - your choice. But you do have many options beyond hand-producing the apparrel yourself.
    In small business you can not be afraid of success - success is a primary goal. Plan the work and work the plan.
    "Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire." ~ Napoleon Hill 
    Good luck to ya!
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  • ChristinaChristina Posts: 6subscriber
    I`m with Craig on this one. I think that if people knew up front that
    there might be a wait for one of your products, they would still be
    interested in it as long as they understood why they needed to wait for
    it. A lot of people already understand the concept that quality takes
    time. If they just want some cheap hawaiian shirt, they can probably go
    to wal-mart and buy one. If they want something more unique and more
    special, they`ll have to wait.

    If things took off so much that you were weeks and months behind with
    orders, maybe you could consider hiring someone to help you make
    shirts. I think that when the time comes, you`ll be able to figure out
    the best course of action
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