Last month we talked about how The Printory went from being a hobby to a company. This month, we’re talking about one of the toughest lessons we learned along the way.
It had been two years since The Printory had been operating out of the basement of the barber shop. There were good times and bad, but overall, things were looking up. Hussein was studying architecture in college and had a month-and-a-half long trip to India coming up soon.
The business was growing but even though the basement was a good place, it was pretty small. So when a couple guys offered a deal to move to a larger location, with a screen press and guaranteed more work to boot, it seemed too good to be true.
Hussein sums it up in one sentence: “It was one of those learning experiences that I wouldn’t put on anybody.” Soon after moving shop to team up with these guys, things started going downhill.
There was no official contract, so when they started demanding that Hussein pay rent, when they started screen printing their own orders and locking him out of his own working space, there wasn’t anything he could do. Finally, he just had to get out of there.
After all that drama, it was time to go to India. The India trip couldn’t have come at a better time. “It changed my perception on a lot of things,” Hussein said, looking back. “Sometimes the universe just works in miraculous ways when your mind is open and you have good intentions.”
Needless to say, a lot of growth happened that year. Some of it was painful, but all of it was necessary.