Hi Craig and our Buddy or Buddies that quit their job to start a business:
What your feeling is quite normal. You were an employee for XX years and now your going to get out of your comfort zone and change your mindset to that of an employer, business owner, sole proprietor,etc. Congratulations!
But first, some word of caution. There are no such things as a "Get Rich Quick" scheme and any advertisement and/or infomercial that says you will be up and running in no time and drawing an income stream while you sleep is Bull____.
Do you really know a lot about clothing, fabrics, styles, etc? If so, this may be your niche. Your niche should reflect a strong passion from within and something you like to read about and/or experience every day. If you worked many years for an employer are you an expert in a specific area? Why not try to write an "How To" E-Book. Information is a great seller over the web. Clothing may drive some sales but with all the competition out there, I do not think it will generate the sales your looking for. Unless $1,000 a month is acceptable to you.
I retired early after 32 years in State Goverment and have enrolled in an online business start-up course that covers stuff from A-Z. I spend 7-10 hours a day writing text for my site and working through the online program that requires me to create a Business Vision Statement, Time Line, writing into a daily business journal, etc.....and I LOVE IT. I have a coach that contacts me every week to discuss issues, progress, "What am I Feeling Right Now", etc and makes sure I stay the course and complete my tasks every week. Tough stuff, but well worth it. Remember playing a sport or trying to play the piano.......you cannot just say I can do this by myself..... WE ALL NEED A COACH TO HELP US!!!!!!! It takes the strain out of trying to actually accomplishing things every day. Remember, take some baby steps first!!!!
My web-site will be up in about 3 months. I will be offering a "How To" video. In the meantime my coach recommended that I sell products on E bay to gain a sense of marketing and to find out what consumers really like to buy. I have learned a lot about marketing already, made some bucks, and am having fun to boot.
Give it some thought.