I got started because my wife wanted a small home embroidery machine.
Next thing I know, I am digitizing (creating graphic designs and then putting them into something similar to cad design that the embroidery machine can read).
Then I start a forum about embroidery, get about 5K members wanting designs, and the next thing I know, I am sitting in a brick and mortar shop with a commercial embroidery machine, a screen print press, digital garment press, conveyors, etc.
Embroidery is interesting - taking someones logo, turning it into a stitched hat or shirt is simply cool to see and do
- If you like computers/graphic art, you get to do a LOT of it for embroidery/screenprint
- Customers are usually good/loyal customers - once they see your work, or you create their design, they are not going anywhere (if you did a good job - sound familiar in another type of business?)
- No dirt and weed/grass clippings everywhere you look and on everything you own
- Lots of competition doing work for practically free in my area
- High overhead - shop rent, 30K embroidery machine, expensive software, high electricity consumption because of all the electric heaters, conveyors, product cost (shirts, pants, football uniforms, etc), 25K screenprint and garment printers, etc..and on and on and on and on
- VERY strict deadlnes and high pressure - just imagine - sometimes you would get a call on Friday - I need 24 Jerseys done by tomorrow
I prefer lawn care now that I am actually able to focus on it full time. What a difference when you are not juggling a "day" job.