While starting out early in my fashion design business, I made some annoying mistakes which emanated from lack of confidence. I’m sharing this because it is typical of almost every business person to make such mistakes.
I had taken up three clothes to be sewn for a customer and I thought to myself to charge N10,000 per cloth. Because she was one of the first customers that kept patronizing me, I usually didn’t charge her before sewing. But when I finished sewing, I felt she wouldn’t be able to pay that high, so I was skeptical and had to reduce the price.
Customer: Thank you for these clothes, they are very beautiful and I love them.
But, Damilola, how much is my bill?
Me: It’s N15,000 ma(#5, 000/dress)
Customer: Ehn, 15 ke (She exclaimed). That’s too much o, let me pay N10,000 now
Me: Ermm. (I startled and felt pity for the client). Okay ma, pay N12,000, even though it’s worth more than that.
She counted some N1,000 notes and handed them to me and promised to balance me up by weekend.
I collected and counted the money, it was N20,000. At first, I thought I made a mistake counting it, so I recounted and it was still N20,000. So I concluded that she made a mistake. I immediately called her attention to it.
Me: Ma, you made a mistake o, you gave me N20,000 instead of N12,000.
Customer: She paused and looked at me, then she said ok, bring the money, so you mean the three (3) dresses go for N15,000? I thought it’s N15,000 per one that’s why I said it’s too much now.
Me: In my mind, I was like Ha. I don dull myself o. I replied her slowly, Yes ma I handed the money back to her and she counted N5,000 out of it and she said, “Don’t worry, I will pay N15,000 because I like them”.
That day, I felt very bad that I allowed my mind to play a fast one on me. Right there, a whooping sum of additional N15,000 flashed away in my face just like that, chai. It really pained me.
She was ready to pay the initial N10,000 that I had in mind but I’ve already short-changed myself feeling pity and less confident about my work. It pained me so much but the deed was done already and I learnt my lesson the hard and painful way.
That was one of the mistakes I made while starting out. What should you do to avoid such next time? Watch out for the concluding part of this post tomorrow.
Have an amazing day!