Fashion designing is a challenging career on its own and if you start to make mistakes, then you are only going to make your situation worse. All mistakes are not bad, as learning from them is important and makes the best fashion designers. However, there are a few common mistakes that a lot of designers make, which eventually land them in hot water.
Honesty, not only to others, but to yourself is very important in the fashion industry. There will be times you will make mistakes, but how and what you learn from them is going to be crucial to your success. There are a few things that you should avoid in order to be one of the best designers. What are they? Let’s take a look:
Thinking you know everything
One of the common mistakes fashion designers make is believing that they are aware of everything there is to know about the fashion business. Such a perception can sometimes be unintentional and can lead to disastrous consequences for your career or business. Having the attitude to learn is an important step to improving and becoming a successful fashion designer. There is always someone you can find in your company that might know more about something you are working on, so it a good idea to ask for their help and expertise. The best designers are constantly improving and learning and it is a habit you should get used to as well.
Not caring about the finances
A lot of designers make the mistake of focusing too much on the creative side of things and not caring about the finances. This is a big mistake, as being aware of the financial basics can be an important asset to have. Fashion designers often have to create budgets for their projects, as well as work within those budgets. Knowledge about the financial aspects helps in making the process easier. It can also be useful in making better decisions and minimizing the probability of making mistakes.
Being nervous about selling
Although, as a fashion designer your focus and your expertise do not lie in the sales department, you should never shy away from making a sale and accepting phone calls. It is understandable that designers are nervous about such stuff but interacting with customers can be beneficial to designers as well. Furthermore, designers should interact with their sales team and come up with plans to best sell their product. Communication between the two is vital in creating a successful product.
Going at it alone
While it can be tempting to pursue your dreams of fashion designing alone, it is important that you understand that it is not possible to do so. Even the people who look like they do not need any help will tell you the same; they cannot do it without the help of others. Every now and then you will need support and guidance from someone who is better equipped or has handled situations that you have no clue about. So, don’t be shy in approaching someone to ask for help.
It is a well-known fact that space is a luxury in Hong Kong, whether it's residential, commercial or office space. According to both CBRE's semi-annual Global Prime Office Rents survey and JLL's Premium Office Rent Tracker report, Hong Kong remains the world's most expensive office market in 2017.
A few extra square feet here and there could easily eat up the finances of start-ups or freelancers who could invest that money into growing their brand rather than paying an exorbitant monthly rent for office space.
A "work-from-home" setup seems like an inviting solution but, let's be honest, working on that business proposal while sitting on your bed or in your living room is hardly conducive to productivity. There's always the temptation of putting off work due to the myriad of distractions in one's home.
Your neighborhood coffee shop might be a tempting workspace, however, how many cups of coffee would you end up ordering to justify hogging that corner table with the lone charging dock? Imagine the dirty stares you get from other patrons waiting for you to vacate your seat. Not to mention the heavy foot traffic of customers coming in and out can derail your train of thought. Plus you will be the unwilling subject to whatever muzak the barista has chosen to play for hours on end.
So, where does that leave you, our intrepid entrepreneur?
Fortunately, a wide variety of co-working spaces have cropped up all over the city that now, finding the right one is just a matter of matching a flexible workspace to your taste.
At some co-working spaces, you can still enjoy that coffee-shop atmosphere without the terrible muzak, the din of conversations at every table around you, or the competition for prime seating locations next to the power outlet. Many co-working spaces have free-flowing coffee or tea, while some even come with its own barista that serves designer coffee in a casual and comfortable atmosphere that helps motivate your productivity.
Additionally, you won't have to stress about being trapped in a long lease or astronomical office rental costs. Co-working spaces offer flexibility, whether you need the space for just a few hours a week, or a dedicated desk for a couple of months. You need not worry about maintenance and repair costs eating away at your budget, or having to personally purchase office equipment that you definitely have no room for in your 300-square-foot flat in Wan Chai.
Co-working spaces or flexible workspaces also give you the opportunity to rub elbows with fellow solopreneurs. Networking is key to any growing venture and co-working crosses your path with potential clients, partners, or investors that could raise your business to the next level. Professionals from various business sectors avail of co-working spaces, and each day brings you insights into your target market or potential solutions to that roadblock in your project.
Studies show that people empowered to choose a workspace that suits them well are much more productive than those forced to work in a drab environment. Finding the right workspace for you (or your team) is one of the best investments you will ever make.