The fantastic thing about starting a home-based sewing business is that the capital required to start the business is minimal. To launch the business, you will need a versatile and reliable sewing machine and well developed sewing skills. With a little creativity, you can turn your love for sewing into a profitable business. You will have the option of taking your sewing business in many directions. The key is to find your niche and do something you truly enjoy.
Teach Sewing Classes from Your Home
Teaching sewing to adults and children from your home is a great way to turn a hobby into a profitable business. You will need to designate a space in your home for classes. Be sure the space is free of clutter and you have all the necessary supplies. To prepare, visit your local public library and check out books about sewing basics and sewing machine operation. Keep in mind you may have students who have never even touched a sewing machine and you will want to teach them how to use and maintain a machine on their own. Because of the breadth of sewing skills and knowledge, you can teach an introductory course or organize a series of courses. You may be able to partner with local schools or organizations to offer your instruction services.
Custom Garment Creation
A dressmaker can make a wonderful income by designing and sewing custom formal attire. Pitch your services specifically to the bridal market or reach out to other industries such as prom apparel. In order to build a successful dressmaking business, conduct as much market research as possible. You not only want to know how to find your potential customers, but also learn how to attract them to your business. Staying current on the trends in formal apparel will be vital to your success. Make time to attend industry trade shows and workshops to increase your knowledge and expertise.
Provide Alteration Services
You can establish partnerships with local cleaners to provide alteration services. It used to be the norm for neighborhood cleaners to have their own in-house seamstress or tailor; however, in an effort to cut costs, some cleaners contract others for alternation needs. Finding dry cleaning businesses will require some foot-work on your part. Visiting dry cleaning businesses in your neighborhood and let them know you are available for contract work. If you find a dry cleaning establishment that is interested in your services, be prepared to give them a price list of your services. Before preparing your price list, to some research to be sure your prices are competitive. When you obtain contracts with the cleaners, you will need to adhere to their deadlines so being able to effectively manage your time will be key.
Create Instructional Videos
Distance and online learning formats are increasing in popularity. If you have a video camera, you can create sewing instruction videos. In order to ensure your videos are shot with the right lighting and angles, hire an experienced videographer. If you do not have money in your budget for this, create your own video tutorials. You can upload your videos on popular sites like YouTube or sell your videos from your own website. Again, market research is imperative to know how to reach your target market. You will also need to learn the most effective way to drive online traffic to your website.
Kesha Ward has been a professional writer since 2010. With a Bachelor of Science in applied economics, she brings more than a decade of experience in public finance.