Using your sewing and craft skills to start a business can turn into a profitable venture. As a home-based business, you can control how much work you accept while keeping costs low because of low overhead. Many consumers look for a handmade feel when purchasing gifts or home furnishings. Consider all the implications of owning a home craft and sewing business before jumping into the venture.
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Contact the business department in your city or state to determine what rules and regulations apply to a craft and sewing business. Determine what licenses you will need to start a business. Researching these requirements before you start the business prevents possible fines and other problems down the road.
Find an accountant that specialises in small businesses. Ask other small business owners in the area for recommendations. Consult the accountant to determine how the business will impact your tax returns. Also determine what types of records you need to keep for the business.
Set up an appointment with an insurance agent to discuss commercial insurance. Your homeowner's insurance likely won't cover your equipment or any materials for the business if you're working from home. You'll need to add a rider to your homeowner's insurance or start a separate policy, depending on the company's restrictions.
Research the local market for craft and sewing businesses if you plan to do most of your business in person. Determine what other businesses provide similar services and if there is enough demand for another local business of that nature.
Narrow down your speciality within the craft and sewing realm. Having a speciality can help you target your marketing and find clients. Make sure you have experience in the speciality to make you more reputable. For example, if you have experience altering gowns, consider a sewing business that specialises in prom and bridesmaid alternations. You can always offer additional products and services as well.
Evaluate your current equipment. Determine if the equipment can handle the extra workload once you start the business. Determine if you will need additional equipment or a more commercial sewing machine to keep up with business.
Set your prices for the services you provide. Keep in mind the prices at other similar businesses. Also consider the amount of time it takes you to complete the projects and the cost of materials to make sure you're making a good profit.
Outline how you plan to sell your craft products. Craft shows offer a venue with lots of potential clients, but you'll also have to pay booth rental fees. Etsy.com is a popular online platform for selling handmade crafts. You can also focus your business in local areas, either selling from your home or getting your products into a local boutique.
Tips and warnings
- Set goals for your business. Determine how much you want to make and how many projects you want to do to keep a good balance.
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