I've been slowly purchasing things that I need to move forward with my designing career. I won't list the costs here but I thought I'd give you an idea of what's required.
So far I've bought 2 hat stands, a mannequin, software which includes Garment designer, Stitch Painter and Photoshop.
I've bought some yarn and an occasional needle. I have had a little yarn support from several distributors and I intend to pursue that more actively now that I'm designing full time.
My most recent purchase was a photographers stand and canvas backdrop. My husband has been borrowing a camera but we intend to buy one soon.
I've also paid out for postage, courier fees, test knitting and tech editing. I'm using a laptop that we already have but I know from past experience that computers need replacing regularly so that will be an ongoing business cost as well. I'm pursing this career out of a lifelong love for the craft but I do need to make some income vs. spending. I wonder how other designers deal with the initial investments and ongoing cash outlay?