What were some big or small milestones that you hit after going through Factory45?
One of the major milestones I hit after Factory45 was securing a manufacturer. It might sound like an easy task but I live in Vancouver, Canada, and finding a manufacturer locally was nearly impossible. There aren’t a lot of manufacturers here and the ones that do exist, have clients lined up out the door to work with them. I was lucky that my pattern maker had scaled up her production to include manufacturing and agreed to take me on even though I was a small fry.
Another milestone was shooting and finishing my Kickstarter video. It was a long two days at 10 different set locations and a lot of editing but the end product was more than I could have asked for. The key was working with a few other entrepreneurs who were just starting their own production company so we could mutually benefit from the experience. They gained some experience and something to add to their portfolios and I got a rad video that didn’t cost me an arm and a leg.
My final and biggest milestone had to be hitting my Kickstarter goal two days before the end of my campaign. Throughout the campaign, I worked every day to boost my backers, writing and sending out media releases, creating social media content and marketing my butt off to make it happen. Hitting that goal was the biggest achievement in my life and in that moment, all the hard work paid off.