Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Custom or Not to Custom

In this journey I've been on with my business some opportunities have come up here and there to do custom work.  Early on I declined any requests to do custom work because, well, it makes me crazy.  There is so much more pressure whens it's custom.  You know what I mean?  It's easier to just make what I want to make knowing someone will see it complete and either buy it or not buy it.  On the flip side it sure is nice to know you have a buyer ready for what you are working on. 

So I can't help but wonder (I miss Carrie Bradshaw) is it fear, lack of confidence, or am I just not cut out for custom work?

Well when it rains it pours and I recently took on three custom projects.  You know what, I enjoyed all of them.  The thing that surprised me the most was how much I enjoyed having someone else make the final choices once in awhile.  What fabric to use, what paint or stain color.  The finishing details.   

For instance.  I built and upholstered this custom ottoman.  The fabric, trim and paint color were all different then what I would have chosen but I love how it turned out.  It was fun to give her what she envisioned.

( ottoman in clients home)

If you've been reading for awhile you know I pick neutral fabrics.  I even bore myself sometimes.  The fabric she picked is very bold.  I loved it.  I never would have picked it.  I think it looks great in her home with her neutral furniture.

Next project was a custom upholstered headboard.  Loved the fabric from the get go, probably never would have picked it out though because again if I make it to sell without knowing who's buying it I always go with neutral.

The last project I just finished was a custom entry shelf.   (she will add hooks herself) I never stain anything but she wanted it stained.  First thing I thought was oh no, can't use any caulking if it's stained.  Must be careful.  I put on my big girl pants and I think it turned out great.  

I guess what I'm saying is I am now open to custom work.  I won't just automatically decline anymore but it has to be something I am excited about doing.  I did one job I've never mentioned a while back that I wasn't into and it was t.o.r.t.u.r.e.  Don't get me wrong I appreciated the work it just wasn't really my thing and I struggled with it.  In the end it all worked out and I learned a lot and that made it worth it.  

So how do you feel about custom work?    

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