Break free From Your Day Job With 15 Tips for Starting a Sewing Business from Home

Starting a sewing business at home can be both exciting and challenging. With some good planning, your love for sewing and creating can turn into a money-making business that may enable you to quilt your day job.

These 15 tips will help you prepare your space, improve your sewing skills, and handle the details of running a business from home.

Create a Business Plan

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Take the time to write down your business goals, who you plan to sell to or work for (target audience), pricing strategy, and anticipated income to guide your decisions.

Identify Your Specialty or Niche

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What specific area of sewing are you best at? Here are some ideas:

  • Sewing theater costumes
  • Performing alterations
  • Designing custom home decor
  • Making cosplay costumes
  • Providing long-arm quilting services
  • Making memory quilts, such as t-shirt quilts
  • Leather bag-making

Set Up a Dedicated Workspace

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There are many reasons why a dedicated workspace is important. Having an organized and efficient area in your home for sewing will minimize distractions and maximize productivity. You may also be allowed a home office deduction on your taxes.

Invest in the Right Tools for the Job

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A reliable sewing machine and high-quality sewing tools (scissors, rotary cutters, cutting mats, rulers, etc.) will help you produce high-quality work. You may also need a serger or cover stitch machine, depending on the type of work you choose.

Source Materials Like a Pro

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Look for wholesale suppliers for fabrics and notions to reduce costs. Usually, a state-issued tax certificate is all you need to set up a wholesale account with a fabric supplier. You might also try eco-friendly options like upcycling and thrift store purchasing.

Continuously Improve Your Skills

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You can offer the best products and services and stay on top of upcoming trends through continuing education for yourself! This may include in-person classes, online workshops, tutorials, and taking time to practice new techniques. Be sure to track class fees because they may be tax deductible.

Build a Collection of Work to Show People

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Create a portfolio of your work to showcase your skills to potential clients. This can be a physical collection of items you’ve made or an online gallery of professional photos.

Set Competitive Prices

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Look at what others are charging for similar sewing services to ensure your prices align with the market. At the same time, make sure you’re charging enough to cover the cost of your materials and to pay yourself for the time you spend working.

What is Your Marketing Strategy?

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Social media, local advertising, and encouraging your customers to share (word-of-mouth) are essential tools to promote your business and attract customers.

Create a Brand Identity

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Create a unique logo or pay someone to help you with a logo. This will influence the style of your business cards, packaging, and ads. Consistent branding will look professional and represent your business well.

Use Quality Photography

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High-quality images of your products are essential for online sales and marketing, so invest in good photography or learn to take great pictures yourself.

Collect Customer Testimonials

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Provide a feedback card or form so satisfied customers can write about you! Positive reviews from satisfied customers build credibility and attract new business.

Launch a Website

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When looking for goods and services, almost everyone does online research first. Set up an online presence where customers can learn about your services, view your portfolio, read positive reviews, and contact you. If you are unsure about how to do this, hire help. Your website represents you and must be professional!

Create a Business Email

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Using an email address from a free account looks unprofessional and amateurish. Along with a professional website, use a dedicated business email address that matches your brand name.

Network with Other Professionals

Attend industry events. Reach out and build relationships with nearby tailors, fabric shops, and designers. They might recommend customers to you or work with you on special projects. Offer to teach at fabric stores and quilt shops to get to know more prospective clients.

Keep Personal and Business Finances Separate

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Not only will this save you headaches at tax time, but it may also help you claim more deductions. Keep accurate records of income and expenses and set aside money to pay taxes. You’ll have to do this yourself since you don’t have an employer deducting taxes from your paycheck.

Understand Legal Requirements

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Consult with a tax professional who can help you register your business, obtain any necessary licenses, and understand tax obligations.

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