Step-By-Step Guide to Starting a Home-Based Tailoring Business

If you can sew, you can earn! By converting your simple sewing talent into a home-based business, you can earn a good amount of monthly income with very little initial investment. If you are already sewing your own clothes, then you obviously own a sewing machine. But converting it into a business will require proper planning. Here’s an easy step-by-step guide to starting a home based tailoring business:

Identify your strengths

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Are you better at sewing women’s outfits or can cope with unisex and male outfits too? Also, besides cutting and sewing a garment, do you also know a little embroidery, piping, lacework, patchwork, cutwork, etc. that would give your tailored outfits a more professional look? You must identify and hone these skills so that you can offer a wider range of services.

Do you have the necessary equipment?

Does your sewing machine have the facility for stitching materials of different thicknesses? There will be some clients who want a thin cotton shirt and others who might want you to sew a denim jacket. Also, there are many sewing machine brands that have the capability for machine-embroidery. If your machine does not have these facilities, then you will have to make an initial investment in a new professional sewing machine and practice on it for a few days before you go public.

Collect the accessories

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You will need a selection of colored threads (reels or bobbins), two sharp scissors (a big one for cutting the cloth and a small one for cutting the thread after stitching. Use the old stock of reels to practice the different embroidery stitches.

Do self-advertising

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Whenever you can, try wearing outfits that you have stitched at public events, like at the church, a wedding, a birthday party, christening, or even casual shopping. Each time, just mention in casual conversation that you have sewn the dress or top. Continue this trend for a few weeks.

Market your tailoring business

After people have started to notice and admire your outfits and sewing talent, you can ask your family, friends, and acquaintances to mention your name as a talented tailor. Word-of-mouth is the easiest no-cost way to market your home-based tailoring business.

Expanding the business

If you wish to go global, you can design a simple blog that showcases your talent. There are several automated platforms (like WordPress) where you can develop a blog without the help of skilled IT professionals. Put up pictures of the previous work done and advertise that you can sew the same item for others once you have their measurements.

Note: For mail-order business, you must put up a guide on how to take measurements so that they don’t make mistakes. If they don’t mail you the correct measurements, your sewing will go wrong and your reputation will be at stake.

Running a successful business from home can be a very fulfilling experience. If you are good at sewing and needlework, then you can be an ace home-based tailor by following these simple steps.

FROM BURNT OUT MOM TO HOME BASED BUSINESS WOMAN

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If you are a burnt out mom, this is just what you need. You have gone through different phases of being a mom – from compulsive zealot, to exhausted drudge and on to resentful living martyr! You don’t get free time for any of the fun things you did before the kids came along. Here are some ideas to bring back that spark in your eyes; and you can change from a burnt out mom to a home based businesswoman.

STAGE 1: TAKE UP A HOBBY

A hobby? How will that make you a businesswoman. Patience! Did you like photography as a teenager? Do you have a collection of your pictures? Recollect the activities you enjoyed most in your teens and as a young adult.

Now decide what time of the day is slightly slack? Is it at 11 AM when you are alone at home and most of your morning chores are done? Then keep that time of the day for your hobby. The idea is to incorporate it into your daily schedule. Discuss it with your family and get their insights on what would be a fun thing to do.

Be creative and experiment with your hobby so that you have some samples ready. For example (depending on your hobby) crochet patterns, pencil sketches, paintings, artwork from recycled plastic, making showpieces from old newspapers or grocery bags, etc. If it’s photography, sort, categorise and organise the pictures into albums, and so on…

STAGE 2: MONETISE HOBBY

Let us now presume that you have sufficient experience to turn your hobby into a business. What you need to do is:

  • Simplify your household chores so that you have a little more time to devote to the budding business,
  • Keep a few samples of your work ready (or digital images) to show prospective customers,
  • Publicise your talents through relations and friends,
  • Put up images on Instagram with a note about your business,
  • Publicise it on your social media profiles.

SOME LUCRATIVE HOBBY IDEAS

The hobby ideas suggested below are those that I have actually witnessed. Many women among my friends and acquaintances were once overworked mommies but are now running successful home based businesses:

PAPER CRAFT

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You are probably wondering if I am crazy! But a friend of mine, Rachna, has just turned her paper craft hobby into a very lucrative business. She started out by just making greetings cards for relatives and friends. Then she got orders for making gift articles like pictures frames and also for gift wrapping. She is now a specialist in gift-wrapping wedding trousseau and return gifts. Her children are in college and she has a full time successful career in her home-office.

BEAUTY SERVICES

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My cousin Prabha has always been self conscious about her looks and was very well groomed. But when the children came along she let herself go. She felt depressed and a feeling of uselessness was setting in.

Fortunately, destiny came to the rescue! Our college mate asked if Prabha would apply makeup for her. She had a wedding to attend and couldn’t get an appointment at her usual salon. That was a big opportunity! Prabha has never looked back ever since. Today, she runs a full-fledged home beauty salon.

I have also suggested other lucrative hobbies like photography, home based catering services, and personal grooming classes in my previous posts under “Hobbies”.

So ladies, please make time for yourself. Evolve from a burnt out mom to a successful home based businesswoman. You owe it to yourself…