BROKE, BUSTED & DISGUSTED!
That was my first, middle and last name… broke, busted and disgusted!
And if you don’t believe me, here’s a photo I found the other day of me with some family members who came to celebrate my daughter’s 2nd birthday… We didn’t have furniture. While I managed to get the kids a bed to sleep on, my wife and I slept on the floor. She didn’t like that at all… Every penny we made had to be re-invested back into the business. I use to always say to her… “Having a freaking bed ain’t gonna make us any money…” So we slept on the floor (she didn’t like it, but she lived with it).
In fact, for the birthday party, I had to go buy a small dining table to put the birthday cake on so I wouldn’t look like a total failure when our guests arrived. I was so pissed off at my wife for inviting people over. I was too embarrassed. We had absolutely nothing!!!
FAILURE MADE ME A BETTER BUSINESSMAN
I stumbled and stumbled and stumbled many times when I first got started… I didn’t have a mentor and I didn’t have anybody to show me how to make and sell t-shirts. I had to figure it all out on my own through trial and error.
While trying to launch my t-shirt business, I managed to get my car repossessed. I got evicted from my apartment. In fact, since I didn’t show up to court for the hearing, I didn’t know what day they were going to put me out.
So I came home one day only to find ‘some’ of my stuff on the streets… I say ‘some of my stuff’ because by time I got home, everybody had came through and snatched my stuff off the streets.
I managed to get some of our personal belongings and left the rest… That was a bad day!
Some of the mistakes I made were simply foolish ones… Trying to start and grow to fast will bring you down quickly.
Which is why I preach… Start with what you can afford. If you can only start with one design, then start there and build.
If you’re wanting to get started in the t-shirt business, let me be your guide…