Profit First Success Stories with Debbie DiFrancesco



with Debbie DiFrancesco

Debbie DiFrancesco is joining us today for the Profit First Success Stories episode. Debbie has been sewing since the age of seven and founded Creative Hands in 1990 to supplement the family income. Initially, Debbie provided general sewing and bridle alteration services, while working a second job as an assistant manager at House of Fabrics/ So-Fro Fabrics until 1991.  Two years later, Creative Hands transitioned from alterations to exclusively fabricating window treatments and selling hard treatments. Soon after, in 1997, Debbie attended courses at the professional drapery workroom school - later known as the custom home furnishings Academy and Swannanoa, North Carolina under Cheryl Strickland.  Since then, she has participated in the Custom Home Furnishings Conference and International Window Coverings Expos - as both an attendee and window treatment fabrication instructor.

With an extensive skill set Debbie has, over the years, moved Creative Hands from the attic of her home to a commercial building.  In 2009, she purchased a larger commercial building, which allowed for expansion of the workroom and the transition from a Hunter Douglas Showcase Dealership to a Hunter Douglas Gallery.  Additionally, Debbie is a Certified Hunter Douglas consultant, a Hunter Douglas Certified Master Installer and the current President of the Western NY Chapter of WCAA.

 Topics Mentioned:

  • Profit First

  • Consistency

  • Planning

  • Fear

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Thoughts from Debbie:

  • I knew I needed to figure something out.

  • I took a leap first and thought about it later.

  • It’s almost as if I don’t have to think about it.

  • As business owners, we have to keep track of a lot.

  • Just dive in and do it. It is well worth the time.


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