Looking for an at-home career where you can be creative and gain satisfaction from your work? Look no further – dressmaking is it!
If you have the knack for fashion and people always comment on how nice the clothes you have sewn for yourself are, then you just might want to think about starting your own dressmaking business. Become a seamstress for others, not just for yourself. What a great way to earn some extra income at home – making dresses for profit.
When starting a dressmaking or extra sewing business, you would also need to be able to follow patterns, pay close attention to details and of course, have a business plan.
To get started you will need to consider what type of clothes you are going to make. There are a lot of things you can sew, you can do home decorations and accessories, bags, toys, pet clothes and or commonly, children, men’s and women’s wear. Dressmaking is a great business because there are so many occasions that call for a special dress – communions, christenings, dances, proms, weddings, graduations, high school reunions, and family reunions just to name a few.
Dressmaking Fact: Dressmaking is a skill that can bring about cost savings, potential income, and added personal pleasure. To some people, making dresses can be a stress-relieving hobby. To others, dressmaking can be a great source of income.
The options are endless; you can do costumes, repairs, dancewear, and do custom sewing. Start identifying your target customers. Determine who you would like to work with and for what occasions – this will help you determine a list of items you are willing to sew for this demographic.
When starting this kind of home business, you will need a reliable sewing machine. If you have been sewing at home for a long time, then you have a sewing machine already. But if you are planning to buy a new one, then make sure to make an investment in your machine since it is your main tool in this business venture. A sewing machine can cost from $129 to $6,000, the price depends on the model, brand and of course the functions that it includes.
Aside from a sewing machine, you may also need a serger machine. A serger machine finishes off edges so that they do not come unraveled and creates seams similar to what you would see in industrialized clothing. Sergers also allow you to create decorative stitching on different kinds of fabrics. Though a Serger is an extra added expense, from $300 to $1600, it is a vital piece of equipment for the serious dressmaker. Other tools needed include a measuring tape, sewing rulers, scissors, needles, and a dressmaking mannequin.
When starting your own home-based business, it can be tough to get the word out. Most advertising will be word – of – mouth and referrals. Don’t be shy – you will have to rely on your friends, relatives, and family in the beginning. If you’re good at dressmaking, people will be asking, “Who made that gorgeous dress?” And you will have customers before you know it. Satisfied customers, i.e. your family and friends, will be the primary promoters of your business.
You can advertise in the local yellow pages, a local newspaper, post in community boards, and post some fliers around the community. You can talk to local establishments and ask them to carry some advertisements like fliers. Contributing your talent to a charity or community cause is another great way to get exposure to your new dressmaking business. Local theatres and school drama departments, church activities, charitable events, and craft fairs are places to inquire about these volunteer opportunities. These are great venues to meet potential customers as well.
Setting up your homework area is important. Make sure there is enough room to work making dresses, but also to show your work samples to customers. It makes take some initial modifications to your current home space to make it workable for a home dressmaking or sewing business. Customers will need an area for fitting as well, so consider setting up near a bathroom or create a separate fitting room. When having customers over, be sure to advise your family that you will be having appointments stop by so that they can be prepared.
When you also have decided to have your business set up at home and you have little kids, then it would be advisable to keep your work area closed off. This will keep little kids from touching harmful equipment and injuring themselves as well as keep any of your projects from being mishandled.
Working out of your home still requires a business license in most cities. Check with your local city government offices and local Chamber of Commerce to ask about taxes and business registration. You could earn an average of $20,000 to $35,000 a year. Some dressmaking businesses earn as much as $60,000. So, if all this sounds exciting and possible for you, transform your hobby into a profitable business.