- Written by Skyler Locke, Springhouse Learner -
One of the amazing opportunities I am given at Springhouse is the ability to have internships. I am currently interning at Crenshaw Lighting and Red Rooster Coffee. To earn academic credit for these internships, I needed to create a project that related to them. Since they are both successful businesses, I decided to do a project on creating a business. My business is a high-end clothing design/manufacturing brand founded by my peer and friend, Ben Pierce, and myself. I did this project because of my passion for style and creativity; being able to create and design something for others is an amazing feeling.
To start the process, I began by writing a business plan so I can keep the business from being hard to manage. This business plan contains articles such as the business focus, marketing plan, market research, aims and objectives, and more. This was a very challenging process because of how in depth I had to get about my company, and I had never done this before.
After I made the business plan, I had to figure out how I was going to price my products and how much capital I needed to get started. This was challenging without any knowledge on how business finances work. Fortunately, one of my internships was with a highly skilled businessman, the CEO of Crenshaw Lighting, and he was able to teach me all the necessary details I needed to create the proper financials.
Part of our brand is high quality, artistic, and thought-provoking designs, so I needed to practice creating such designs. I will use these designs for my market research to see if there is a demand for our product. I needed to know if people will be interested before I invested a notable portion of money into the business. I plan to design a couple of pieces and try to sell them. If they do not sell, that means I need to look at where I went wrong. All of this is very important so I can be as informed as possible when I'm starting off.
The plan for my next trimester is to start turning the designs into reality. This entails going through the process of cutting and sewing my designs. I am going to learn to sew from a local seamstress so I can make the clothes. I plan to sell these testers (depending on quality) to consumers.
In conclusion, I cannot wait for the future of this project. It is very exciting to see something I have been working really hard on starting to come together. I trust that I will continue to be challenged and supported. I love doing this project! I can not thank Springhouse enough for giving me the opportunity to work on this project!
Published on February 26, 2019