One month ago, me and my wife started a new business. By saying new, I mean that It’s not only new for my family, but It’s a totally new business idea for the whole city (350,000 people). We are the first in the Brestcity who opened self-service sewing shop, which we called “sewing coworking”. Since the standard of living in our country Belarus is not as high as in the USA for example, not many people can afford buying new clothes for their kids and family, so they sew it themselves. Sewing coworking is intended for the people who know how to sew, but doesn’t have sewing equipment at home. Thus they can visit our shop and use our professional sewing equipment and pay only $1.65 per hour.
Since this business idea is new, it requires a lot of effort in spreading a word about it. We try our best to advertise it locally, but it will still take some time until we have enough customers to cover all our expanses. By the way, here is the link to an article about our business in a local newspaper: http://virtualbrest.by/news60649.php
In addition, we decided to make it even more convenient for our customers, and provided them with the opportunity to buy fabric for clothing from us. For that purpose, we brought to our shop different kinds of knitted fabrics for customers to choose from. In order to be able to purchase all the needed equipment, fabrics and furniture, I had to sell my car and garage. Later in a process, we realized that even then, we wouldn’t be able to fit in our budget, so we decided not to drop the idea half way and I had to borrow $3,500 from my friends. I know it’s sounds kind of embarrassing asking to help me return my debt, for which I am fully responsible, but it is truly difficult for us to live with a debt while having a family of 8 people (6 kids 3-9 years of age). Average monthly income in our country is somewhere around 250 USD per month. It would take me more than 1 year of work to payout my debt. So If you are willing to help my family financially or help somehow to spread the word about my need, our family will be very thankful to you. Any of your help will be greatly appreciated! May God bless you!
My PayPal link: https://paypal.me/sewingcoworking