A lot’s been going on the last few days. This past Saturday I attended a costing and production class at Fashion Business Inc (FBI). The instructor was overly verbose, and asked annoying questions that you couldn’t possibly answer on the first guess, i.e. “What’s the most important thing to know about the design business?” (Answer: how to negotiate). WTF, what a waste of time. I’m not sure I got $90 worth of knowledge from this class. So far it seems that books have better ROI for me than classes, so I may stick with books unless more free seminars come along.
I met with a PR consultant this weekend who specializes in small businesses, and it seemed like his services could be really useful for my brand launch. He’s worked with other bag companies in the past so he knows a lot about the industry. I could actually learn a thing or two from this guy. He’s based in LA, so I am not sure if his rates would be higher than someone I’d find locally. If you have any PR leads, feel free to pass along the contact info!
I spent 3 hours with my accountant this afternoon, it was our first in-person meeting and since it counted as an initial consultation, she didn’t charge me for it! I am trying to ramp up on Quickbooks, and maybe it’s because I hated accounting in school and I have a mental block against debits and credits, but to me this software program isn’t terribly easy for me to grasp. It’s definitely going to take me a long time to input all of my business activity and expenses over the past few months. My future blog entries might be really boring, with updates like “I manually added a line item in accounts receivables today.”
My brain is a little fried from the accounting marathon, so I’m going to log off now. See you later!