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How To Start A Home Sewing Business
Starting A Home Sewing Business
Starting a home sewing business can be an exciting, fun and profitable adventure for the person who loves to sew. What a way to make a living by doing what you love right from your own home. Operating a home sewing business has many advantages and a few disadvantages which will be covered in this article. Making money right from the comfort of your home by sewing is wonderful!
With the economy being the way it is today and the job market not back on track yet, having a home based sewing business can supplement an income or be your sole source of income. Since almost everyone needs a seamstress at least one time or several times in their lives, there should never be a worry about not having enough work.
There are so many different things you can do from a home based sewing business, it's all up to you. Just take a while to think about what you are good at sewing the most and enjoy making and would like to sell. Then do a little research to see if there is a great need for it, if there is then take the chance and start your business.
The following is a list of what you could do from your home with a sewing business:
1. Provide alteration services
2. Specialize in making custom made curtains
3. Make clothes from patterns for customers
4. Make costumes for customers
5. Make bridal gowns or provide services for bridal gown alterations
6. Make bridal veils
7. Specialize in making baby clothes or childrens' clothes
8. Specialize in making pajamas
9. Specialize in making uniforms
10. Make a variety of different items to be sold
The list is never ending as to what you could do with a home based sewing business. Some people have embroidery sewing machines and make only embroidered T-shirts for their customers.
How To Start A Home Sewing Business
Decide where in your home you would like to have your sewing business. You could run it from a spare room in your home if you have one, designate a part of the living room or bedroom for it, or even a large closet will do. Just be a little creative and positive and see what may happen. If you absolutely have nowhere to park your business in your home, you can always place your sewing machine on your kitchen table and sew from there. I did that for years when my kids were little and didn't have a spare bedroom to set my business up in.
It's always good to check with your town office to see if you will need to acquire a license, and then it's a good idea to look at your state's government website for tax compliance issues. Adding your business to your home insurance policy is always a good idea in case of damage to goods if the unfortunate should happen.
After you've decided what you're going to do with your home based sewing business you should choose a name for it. Choosing a name for your business can sometimes be very challenging. Sometimes when you think the name you chose is unique to your specific business, surprise, you may then find out that it's already taken! That happened to me. When I chose a name for my sewing business and then checked the domains online - unfortunately I saw that it was already taken, and so were my second and third choices. Oh well, finally, I was able to come up with something that is unique and my very own.
Buying What You Need For Your Home Sewing Business
You probably have everything you need already to start operating your home sewing business. Having a comfortable chair, cutting table and storage unit in addition to your sewing machine makes a world of difference for working comfortably and for organization. There are many sites online that sell furniture specifically for a sewing room and remember, the cost of the furniture will be a tax deduction.
A serger is a good investment if you're going to operate a home sewing business. Although it takes some time and patience to learn how to operate one, the time and the money is well worth it. Your garments look very finished and professional when a serger is used in addition to your sewing machine.
Advantages Of Operating Your Sewing Business From Home
There are many advantages to operating your sewing business from home. The first one is that you are your own boss and can make your own hours. If you're a morning person, you can arise before the sun comes up and start working or if you're a nighthawk and get to bed late, you can sleep in and start working whenever you want.
You don't have to worry about the stressful rush hour traffic or other commuting problems. You just get up when you want and you're already at work to start when you want.
When you work from home there are many tax deductions that will benefit you greatly. Remember, everything you buy and use for your business, whether it be material, furniture, machines or sewing notions are all tax deductions. Just remember to keep all of your receipts.
By working from home you save big time in rent that you would have to pay if you had your business elsewhere and in utility costs that would incur.
Disadvantages To Operating A Home Based Sewing Business
There are a few disadvantages to operating a home based sewing business. First is the fact that you will be at home most of the time and may start to experience a little cabin fever. Interruptions are a biggy, phone calls and visits from friends and family can be a potential problem since everyone knows you're at home most of the time.
It is wise to have a set time set aside for work and to let everyone know that so interruptions will be few. Then there's the possibility to procrastinate, leaving a project for later and then stressing out trying to make a dead line.
If you have very young children at home, it can be a challenge trying to finish a project when they need your attention. You may have to work when they are taking a nap or when they go to bed at night.
Wonderful Modern Technology For A Home Sewing Business
Having your own website would greatly enhance your home based sewing business, there are many web host companies that offer great rates and have very easy steps to building your own website saving you much from hiring someone to build it for you. You could then easily sell your items from your website.
With your own business you would be able to make as much money as you want or as little as you want, it's all up to you. There is great satisfaction to having your own business and being your own boss. Overall you will end up having more time for family and friends, doing what you want and not feeling the stress that you would have with a Monday through Friday 9 - 5 job.
When your ready to start your home based sewing business, check out my article for suggestions on how to write a simple business plan at the following link:
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