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Guide on How to Start Your Own Sewing Business


Do you want to start your own sewing business? Do you have passion for fashion? Are you creative? Then fine below guide on how to start your own sewing business. If you enjoy sewing, creating interesting clothing patterns or performing alterations and tailoring, starting a sewing business may be the perfect business opportunity for you. Depending on your skills, there are many different types of sewing projects available including costume design, dressmaking, special occasion clothing, uniform for school kids, embroidery and clothing repair. Keeping up with fashion and sewing trends is the best way to attract a variety of customers and maintain regular clients. Referrals from these clients help you build an even larger customer base.

1. The first step in starting any business is to write a business plan to guide you through each stage of business development when starting a sewing business. List the types of sewing services you plan to offer in the first section. List start-up costs, such as sewing machines, thread, patterns, computer equipment and software for your designs, in the second section. Outline a marketing plan to attract customers in the third section. List owner’s name designation and employee responsibilities in the fourth section.

2. The second stage is to register your sewing business
It’s advisable to start any business in a small scale. But if you want to start as a limited liability company which will enable you to operate in a large scale, you need to register your sewing business with the corporate affairs commission of your country¬† or better still, contact your local small business administration office to apply for a business license. Contact the Internal Revenue Service of your country to apply for an Tax identification number (TIN) to use on business documents and tax forms.

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3. The next stage is to create a studio in your home; that is, if you want to operate from your home. If you want to operate from outside your home, you also need a studio that to meet with clients taste and demands, complete sewing projects and to store equipment and supplies. You need to contact your  local small business administration office to inquire about the rules concerning home-based businesses, as some areas do not permit business owners to meet with clients in residential areas.

4. Purchase start-up equipment such as a sewing machine, thread, needles, embroidery supplies, ready-made patterns, computer software for creating and printing patterns, invoicing and bookkeeping software.

5. Market sewing services in fashion magazines. Get a business card to give to clients. Display flyers in local dress shops, grocery stores, dry cleaners, wedding shops and other local businesses. List your business in online and print business directories. Create a website to highlight your best work. Include photos, customer testimonials, sewing services, contact information and hours of operation.

Now you have it, guide on how to start your own sewing business. You can start in a small scale and grow into a big sewing company if you apply all the rules.