I have not been online very much lately, suffered from sudden illness and was not able to work for a few months, thought I was going to have to retire earlier than planned.
I had to pass off much work to my assistance, while I supervised or offered advice on how to complete more technical work.
I am back at it now and full of vigor, just in time for the busy Ball season! Narrowing lapels on a nice suit jacket tonight and working on gowns tomorrow morning! :-)
As Greger posted, Carlin's book is a very good practical book that is beneficial to most alterations shops or someone who wishes to have a good alteration reference book.
Another good book is: The Art of Tailoring, by Hazma Simrick (1983), this book covers good basic information for most general alterations you would find at a upscale men's store and also gives advice for marketing, management and analysis of your shop.
Mansie and Hutch gave good advice also, you can start with alterations to get money flowing and start drumming up business and establishing yourself and reputation.
Websites are great, with nearly everyone is online nowadays, it has increased my business wonderfully. If you can get some clients, get advice and supervision from your Master, and use his tools and shop that would be great.
When your starting out, you need to be very frugal and learn to budget, keep track of each months income and expenses to help identify and plan for following year.
Being married and having a baby, while starting in this business can be tough, you need to bring steady money to support the family, you cannot afford the feast or famine routine at this time.
You really need to get experience with how to identify alteration issues and how to properly correct for different figures and estimate how much to charge to be able to make a living.
Edited by jeffrey2117, 06 October 2015 - 12:52 PM.
"An intelligent man knows he is ignorant, a ignorant man knows he is intelligent".