The sewing business is booming and it is mostly thanks to stay at home moms. In this ailing economy we live in, it is difficult for mothers to stay at home when two pay checks are so badly needed in many families. Being able to work at home has been the dream of many moms who just cannot stand the thought of not being with their children during their formative years. If sewing interests you and is something that you enjoy doing, you may be able to make this dream come true by staring up your own at home sewing business! Just think; if your business is successful while being ran out of your home, when the kids start school you could open up a traditional business!
A. Where to Begin?
The first thing to consider when thinking of opening a sewing business is your skill. Many stay at home moms think of sewing as a hobby. For some it is simply a chore that must be done for their family. In these cases the actual skill they have many never come to mind. But the bottom line is that you must have the skill to sew well and not just to patch holes in the knees of jeans. Consider the types of sewing services you are best equipped to offer others. Do you have certain things that you would want to work on (specialty sewing shop) or are you versatile enough in your ability to offer people a variety of sewing services?
B. What do You Need to Start?
The next thing you need to consider is what type of equipment you will need to start your sewing business. Many moms sew daily but in order to have a good business you will need more than your two hands to do the job. A sewing business will require a sewing machine and many other materials. This can be expensive but if you have the skill the equipment is simply an investment in your business. Aside from knowing what type of equipment you will need and how much it will cost to get, you also need to check with your local business department to see if you are required to have a license to operate your at home sewing business. If you get yourself a tax exempt number you may be able to purchase all that you need at wholesale prices!
C. Making Your Home Office
If you will be running a business out of your home you should have a special area that is just for work so your career and home life can be somewhat separate. Keep in mind that you want to make sure that all of your equipment is in an out of the way place to prevent your kids from playing with it or becoming injured by it. Once you create your own space, decide how much time you wish to dedicate to your business. If things go well you may want to hire some help! Even in the beginning it may be fun to have someone else working with you. There are likely many other stay at home moms who would love to get into the sewing business. If this sounds good to you, talk with some of your friends to see if they would like to go into business with you.
D. Customers and Pricing
Sit down and make a list of all the services you wish to offer. Each task will take a different amount of time and supplies to complete. This is why it is important to take all things into consideration so you can set your prices accordingly. Charging too much will drive your customer base down, but charging too little will make your profit margin non-existent. Check with other sewing business to see what they are charging so you can get a better idea of how to precede.
Once you know what you will charge you can start devising a plan to attract customers. There are many ways to do this. Good old fashioned advertising still works, so post flyers and pass the word around with your friends and family. Word of mouth is a great way of attracting business. Also make sure to create a website for your new business and use social media (such as Facebook) to draw people in.
Follow the above tips and you may find that your sewing business is the best thing that has ever happened to you!