Associated Business Our
business issues are your business issues.
“It was hard enough to build up my skills as a weaver to my
current level,“ said one client. “And now you want me
to learn business skills as well? It’s a whole new set of stuff
We all know people who talk constantly about
how "someday" they
will start their own profit-making business as a practising artist.
Many of these people never seem to take action. Why? Many say, I
want to have a career as a practising artist, and I know this means
having my own business, but I don't know the first thing about managing
a business. For instance, how can I even find time to grow a business
if I am overwhelmed doing my art as it is?
It’s hard -- it’s really hard -- to give daily attention
to your business when you’re trying to meet deadlines on getting
product out there, especially because our outside circumstances --
things like clients’ needs, suppliers’ availability,
sales, cashflows -- change daily. What’s more, you can’t
see the immediate results. It’s not like a garment. A garment
either hangs correctly when draped on a model, or doesn’t;
the dye either took, or didn’t; but questions like:
* How do we reach our goals?
* In what new ways can we innovate and optimize our business?
* How do we bring best practices to our business?
* How do we save money?
These quotestions are hard to answer, hard even
to evaluate, because you can’t
see the result until
way after you’ve made your business decisions,
and there are many other factors which can affect performance.
The ability to answer those hard questions is the big factor which
stands between a great design and a great designer.
It’s why people with heaps of talent aren’t necessarily
the best known or best promoted, whereas people with less talent
but more business skills often are.
Wanna make that leap? We at Beautiful Silks
have set up procedures to help you. If you are a textile artist
or trader, maybe you should consider becoming an associate business
of ours. It’s win-win.
Our experience includes,
but is not limited to:
Knowledge of suppliers
Over 20 years in design
Knowledge of supply chains, shipping, customs agents,
warehousing & insurance,
land transport & similar logistics
systems, both software and old-fashioned technology
offshore banking, and foreign currency transactions,
Packaging and packaging suppliers
Customs, customs brokers, import
and export permits