Starting a Sewing Business
Taking Your Sewing Love
To the Next Level

Starting a sewing business is a great way to turn your passion for sewing into a profitable part-time or full-time sewing business. But there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure your efforts yield a successful outcome. A few things to consider:

Create a Business Plan

Nothing is more crucial in starting any business than having a business plan in place. You need to know what your goals are, and how you plan to implement them. Do you only want to focus on liturgical sets? Or do you want to also sew costumes and wedding dresses? Are you only interested in part-time income, or do you want to leave your day job?

Sit down and write out what your business is going to be, what you want to achieve and the steps you plan to take to achieve those goals. It's crucial to get this plan in writing. It doesn't have to be the length of War and Peace - just a few pages will do. But it must be so firm in your mind that you can summarize in thirty seconds or less exactly what your business is.

Find Your Vision

Where do you want to be in five years? Or even one? Do you hope to make a few hundred dollars a month by the end of your first year? How about in five years? Do you want to give up the day job? Be clear about your goals when starting a home business.

For example, saying, "I want to make $500 per month by the end of the year" is much better than simply saying, "I want to make a little extra money". It will help you make specific, short-term goals - such as targeting your marketing to get $500 in sales for example - that will help you reach your long-term goal.

But not only should you state how much money you want to make, you should also make goals on how you plan to obtain that income. For example, let's say you wanted to make $500 a month but to do that you would need to complete five projects each month.

Try to determine what kind of marketing you would need to do to get those five projects and how you plan to achieve that goal by the end of the year.

Be Unique

It doesn't matter what kind of business you are going into, there will always be some kind of competition out there. So when you're starting your sewing business, find out who your competitors are and then think of unique services you can offer your customers. In what ways can you stand out from the crowd?

Know Your Customers

Just as crucial as knowing who your competition is, knowing who your customers are will also be vital to your success when starting a sewing business. No business can reach the entire world, and your new sewing business certainly won't. So get a mental picture of who your customers are. It will help you focus your marketing efforts with more accuracy.

Think About Reaching the Global Market

If you do plan on starting a sewing business in a specialized area - such as sewing vestments - you will need more than local customers to survive. That's where an online business can really help. By pursuing e-commerce, you can develop a far larger customer base to help achieve your financial goals.

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