You sew either because you love doing it as a hobby, or you want to commercialise the same hobby into a profession. If you’re still at the first possibility, you ought to know that the second one is possible with just some more extra effort. Going the extra mile with this passion can take you into a huge market for you to advance your sewing skills, as well as make money out of it. After all, you can easily be making money out of what you love doing as a hobby, so work never seems like work.
If you enjoy the act of sewing, making patterns, and stitching, you would do it anyways. However imagine getting paid for it too!
You do not need to be at the utmost professional level to do so. Sewers at any skill level can join the market in order to make money out of their level of creativity, advancement and commitment. You can choose to get into the market both part time and full time, depending on your preference. You obviously also have the option to either work from home, or convert it into a small scale business for yourself.
When you have a sewing business, regardless of the scale, your success depends on your customers and your ability to attract them, the tactics of which can be a little tricky, and for which you would need to be out in the market doing your research your way.
A Guide to getting Yourself Out there
1. Find your Niche
Apart from stitching a varied amount of design and diverse styles, you can also consider sticking a particular style of sewing, patterns, embroidery or fabric, which will be exclusive to you, and on which you will have expertise over. For example, you can focus on either only monogramming, or choose to specialise in minimalistic designs. You can also specialise in either decor, or clothes, or even pet-wear!
2. Attend and Publicise
It’s essential to target the market by attending events and workshops related to your field, and selling to the customers by having a cubicle or your own booth for your products and pieces, and also set the prices according to the range of your preference. You can set up stalls on events by talking to organisers to know more about the pricing.
3. Socialise with potential clients
It’s always a smart and beneficial move to socialise with your potential clients and let them know about your business, in order to increase your outreach as well as networking.
4. Cut down on material costs
When you are at the initial stage of a small scale business, it is essential to keep the production costs as low as possible, or order to gain a higher level of profit. One of the ways to do this is to buy materials and production equipment at wholesale. You can contact sellers and importers directly to do so. This can also save you around 40% of the cost you would have spent on retail prices.
5. Keep competition away
As an initial player in the business world, you can give yourself and your brand some time before you start thinking about some big marginal profits, bu providing free shipping, timely services and high quality craftsmanship. This way, you can increase your number of customers in less time.
How to Make a Living with Sewing
1. Alteration and Repair Services
Once a piece of cloth is damaged, the only sensible thing to do with it seems to get it repaired, rather than just throwing it away, also repairing or altering clothes is always less expensive than buying something new. While repairing and altering clothes is a great way to save money, you can also use those skills to earn some cash.
Many people have garments they love too much to throw away. But they can’t actually wear those items because they have rips, tears, broken zippers, or missing buttons. People who lose weight can also use your alteration services for their clothes.
2. Make Garments for Others
If you love making clothes, designing and making patterns too, then you can easily embark on this activity for a majorly successful business. People who want to have the latest styles and fashionable clothes in their wardrobes, but wouldn’t want to spend too much on designer clothes, can be your target audience. You can design some original designs and make a place or you business in such a market with these customers.
You can also make money making attire for special occasions like festivals, halloween or even weddings!
3. Become a Sewing Tutor
Many people would love to learn to sew, but either don’t have the requires skills or the encouragement to do so. You can also provide your services of your sewing and stitching knowledge to these people by offering them sewing classes, and making money out of your hobby and skill over an hourly basis. You don’t have to be an expert sewer with years of experience in order to teach others how to sew. In fact, if you have a solid grasp of the most basic sewing skills, you have enough to teach people with little or no knowledge in the field.
4. Sell your products
There are many means of marketing and selling your final products to the consumers out in the market. Apart from setting up physical stalls and shops out as a business, you can do this through online sources like Amazon, Ebay, Etsy etc. One can also advertise, blog effectively about the articles and products, promote the items on social media in creative ways, make and promote business cards, spread the word about the small business through local communities, promote the items on bulletin boards and much more! These means are guaranteed to get you a smooth start to an expanding business.