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Against theGrain
(Againstthegrain)

Locale: Selkirks
Seeking advice on 04/10/2013 01:07:02 MDT Print View

In one of my rainy day endeavours I have thought up creating my own business. My plan would be to purchase some industrial sewing gear and open up for repairs and custom work out of my home. I also had the plan to make a couple different packs for sale. These would be ultra light influenced but come in more options (heavier fabrics, bells n whistles) to appeal to a wider audience. My business would be mostly repair based, the packs would be qn offshoot/hobby.
There is no one in my area currently doing this, and I live in an up and coming ski, climbing and mountaineering town. There are multiple heliski companies and other guiding services in town to potentially bring in business.

Does anyone have any experience with a repair business? Or any advice to offer? Any opinions are welcome, i take critism well!

Is this in the right forum?

Jeremy Platt
(jeremy089786) - F

Locale: Sydney
re: on 04/10/2013 02:20:02 MDT Print View

Hi,

To start with, this link will probably get moved to gear deals as that is usually where most business activity goes on (though I might be wrong). The business sounds like a good idea especially if you are planning to work with people in the town rather than try and attract business from the internet, where there are many many UL pack makers.

I don't have much experience from the end you will be coming from, however before fixing my own gear I found it very difficult to find people that would do this at a reasonable price. I would say the main thing you would need to do to make it successful is really put the word about town to all the local outdoors shops and everyone involved with the outdoor scene.

I would also recommend not charging until your work is really good as your reputation is what is going to make or break you in your early years when you are easy to write off as 'a bit rubbish'.

Just my 2c, but good luck!!!

Marc Shea
(FlytePacker) - F

Locale: Cascades
Re: Seeking advice on 04/10/2013 08:20:31 MDT Print View

If you are in the Selkirks, you may want to speak with the folks at Specialty Outdoors in Spokane, for advice. http://www.specialtyoutdoors.com/ The owner has been repairing and modifying outdoor gear for many years. Probably a good place to start.

Against theGrain
(Againstthegrain)

Locale: Selkirks
re on 04/10/2013 09:01:16 MDT Print View

Thanks for the replies, getting word out in town is not a problem. The ENTIRE community reads this website daily.

http://list.thestoke.ca

It is an awesome free way to spread the word. I would most likely make a website so my packs would be available purchase online but I would not devote all my efforts toward this. I partially like to keep things as local as possible

Thanks for the suggestion Marc, I have contacted another business owner already, figured this site might be another good resource. Lots of experienced folks on here.

Cheers

John Canfield
(jcanfield) - F - M

Locale: Cascadia
repair on 04/10/2013 10:37:47 MDT Print View

I have worked in the gear/ equipment repair field, and know others who do the same. Send me a note to john@fromhighabove.com.

I am Fred Beckey's pack repair guy still, though I no longer do repair as the mainstay of my profession. That is my claim to fame. Such a high water mark, and so early in my career ;)

Seriously, though, I can recommend a bunch of machines that you will need and places to get started, if you have the skills already. This work can be VERY difficult.


John Canfield

Against theGrain
(Againstthegrain)

Locale: Selkirks
Re: repair on 04/10/2013 13:07:25 MDT Print View

PM sent John