Tips on Starting a Home-Based Sewing Business

February 19th, 2018 No comments »

If you were to get 100 people in a room at random, you’re likely to find 100 unique skills and passions. If you’re into arts and crafts, there might just be an opportunity to turn this into a business opportunity because home sewing businesses are only becoming more popular. 

Despite all the technology in the world these days, and the various services available, sewing is quickly coming back into fashion. Why? Because consumers are looking to save money and buy clothes that are durable. If you can lend your skill to those who don’t have the time to sew their own clothes or make repairs/alterations, you could very quickly become a leader in the market. Today, there are numerous niches including slings, diapers, curtains, throws, dresses, and more. 

Choosing a Niche – Rather than offering an array of different services, it’s always best to become a master of one niche such as bridal party gowns. Of course, this is your business so make the decisions that allow for good income while keeping you happy. Currently, the most profitable field seems to be sewing clothing but this isn’t to say you can’t be successful with curtains and other home items. 

Buying Supplies – Before marketing your business and telling all your friends, make sure you have everything in place to help customers. For example, it might be worth investing in a new sewing machine if the one you have now struggles when you leave it on for too long. Considering the amount you’ll use the machine, the investment will very quickly make a return (the cost will also be written off for tax purposes!). Once you have the basics in place, you can then buy materials or items for specific projects as and when the demand arrives. 

Pricing Your Services – Often, this is the hardest step of all because you want to be affordable without underselling the service. For many, they like to split the pricing up depending on the task. While a repair could demand a fixed price per item, a dress might require an hourly fee so you’re paid more for the more demanding projects. In fact, an hourly rate is often favored by the clients because they know you’ll put in the effort to complete the work to a high standard. 

Obtaining a Business License – To offer services and get paid in return, you’ll need a business license before then staying on top of all income and expenditure. Although licenses are often seen as a chore, they actually provide tax deductions as well as several other advantages; you will also have the ability to buy sewing supplies from a wholesaler. 

Marketing – Finally, when everything else has been decided, the advertising can begin and this could be as simple as business cards and distributing a few leaflets around the community. If you’ve chosen a niche, make sure this specialization is clearly printed. If there are certain locations that suit your niche, take advantage of this; for example, a daycare would be perfect if you help with children’s clothes. Over time, word-of-mouth should keep your business progressing so make sure every customer walks away happy. 

Conclusion – If you want to make money from home doing something you love, why not get creative and help others with their sewing needs? Soon enough, you might just be the go-to sewing expert in the town!