If you have the passion (and patience) to stitch, sew, or knit clothes and quilts, then you can turn your hobby/passion into a successful home based sewing business. Not only can you make good money with it, but you get the comfort of working from home and being the boss of your very own home based business. Due to the increasing competition and a lot of handmade clothing work being outsourced to other nations, the best way to turn your home based sewing business into a successful one is by doing something different.
Create unique designs/patterns, make custom clothing, or offer to do repair work – with a home based sewing business, the possibilities are limitless, so you need to find your own niche. When you get into the business of sewing, you could do two things – take on custom orders from customers or create new clothing or quilts and sell them. There are different ways to promote either approach, which we will take a look at.
However, before we get to that point, it’s important that you know what you’ll need to turn your hobby or passion of sewing into a full-fledged business. You might know a great deal about your passion already. However, if you want your hobby to become a business, you have to treat it like a business.
Here’s what you’ll need to plan out and set up your very own, soon to be successful, home based sewing business.
Do your DD (Due Diligence) – If you plan to sew clothing, curtains, table covers, quilts, or just about any simple garment work to sell to others, the first thing you need to do is research. Find out who your target market is (this depends a lot on what you can sew or stitch) and what the size of the market is. Is there good potential in your community or city for your home based sewing business? You can perform quick research by just talking to your family and friends and neighbors, just to get an idea. You could search for the websites of your competitors and see how they promote their business and how much they charge for different kinds of clothing. This will help you not only to assess the market place, but also the target pricing model.
Buy the necessary equipment and material – Buy a sewing machine with all the features that you think you might need to effectively sew or stitch the kind of clothing you wish. Additionally, you might need a couple of pairs of scissors, threads of various colors, measuring tapes, etc. You can order the additional material online and you stand to get great deals, depending on how much you want to buy. So, yes, starting a home based sewing business is not that expensive and is quick and easy to set up, provided you do it the right way.
Purchase fabric if you want to sell your own designs and sewn clothes. If you’re taking custom orders from your customers who come to your store, you can just get the fabric or cloth pieces from them, ready to sew.
Now, it’s time to promote and advertise your home based sewing business . Advertise in local newspapers, spread the word through family and friends, insert leaflets in local newspapers, deliver flyers, and/or set up a home boutique (a separate entrance is preferable). Spreading the word of mouth through family and friends often works well for people who operate successful home based sewing businesses. You can give your friends and neighbors a good deal (discount, for instance) to get their clothes stitched by you and spread the word.
Additional Promotion Tips:
– Become a member of the local chapter of NAWBO (North American Women Business Owners).
– If you stitch children’s clothing, sell them at a nearby kids’ resale shop.
– Set up a stall to sell your work in local community trade fairs and exhibitions (this is occasional, but can help build your brand).
– Sell your already sewn clothes online, through clothing auction websites and online stores.
So, as you can see, running a home based sewing business is fun to do. Not only are you giving a lot of time to your family, but you’re also turning your favorite hobby into a thriving income. If you can pay attention to detail and scale up over time, your home based sewing business could easily provide you with a full-time income or more.