Tuesday, 2 July 2019

5 Ways to Make Money Sewing

The great thing about making money with your sewing is that there are so many ways to go about doing it.

Once you decide to start your own sewing business, you get to pick the type of business that appeals to you most. And you can make your choice based on:

Your experience level. Are you a relative newbie, or do you have years of sewing experience? Your experience level will help decide which sewing business will fit you best.

Your personality. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? While someone who’s outgoing might be drawn to one type of sewing business, someone who’s a bit shy might be more comfortable with another.

The types of sewing projects you enjoy. After all, the whole point of making money sewing is being able to earn some cash while doing something you already love to do. So you should choose a sewing business that allows you to do the types of sewing projects you most enjoy.

Here are five sewing businesses to choose from. As you read each option, think about what would be involved in running that business, and how you feel about doing those things. This will help you pinpoint the sewing business that really appeals to you.

1. Offer Repair and Alteration Services

As fun as sewing can be, it also has its practical side. When a piece of clothing gets damaged, you can either repair the damage or buy a replacement. And, as any sewer knows, 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. And not everyone has the skills needed to repairs damaged clothes.

Some of those people would be happy to pay someone—like you—to fix a favorite jacket, dress, or pair of jeans.

And don’t forget about offering alteration services. Some of your potential customers are people who have a hard time finding clothes that fit them correctly.

After buying clothes from a retail store, they’ll gladly pay you to make the tweaks necessary to make those new clothes fit them better.

People who have lost (or are still losing) weight could also use your alteration services. Not everyone wants to run out and buy a whole new wardrobe to fit their new bodies. Instead, they’d rather pay someone to adjust the clothes they already have to fit their new size.

2. Make Garments for Others

Do you love to make clothes? Can you make garments to fit people of any shape, size or body type? If so, you can make money making garments for others.

Some people would love to have the latest designer fashions, but can’t afford to pay the latest designer prices. If you put the word out that you can make “designer knock-offs” for a fraction of the price, you’ll have potential customers beating down your door.

You can also make money making attire for special occasions. If you can make Halloween costumes, you can turn quite a profit in the weeks leading up to October 31st. And if you can make beautiful and affordable formal wear, you can have the cash pouring in during prom season.

And don’t forget weddings. There are sewers who make a full-time living making dresses for brides, their mothers, bridesmaids, flower girls, or anyone else who needs an outfit for the occasion.

3. Specialize in Making Home Décor

You like making clothes okay. But your real passion is making home décor items, like curtains, pillow cases, table cloths, and duvet covers.

If this describes you, you can build a sewing business around making home décor items for other people.

When you go shopping for things like drapes, throw pillows, and quilts, it can be hard to find exactly what you want in a retail store. This is especially true if you’re looking for something not only in a particular style, but that also has the right color or pattern.

Sometimes, the only solution is to buy some fabric that suits your needs, and make the item yourself.

But if someone doesn’t have the skills to make their own curtains or pillow cases, they might pay you to make those items for them.

The great thing about building your business around making home décor items is that any order you get has the potential to grow. For example, if someone wants you to make a duvet cover for them, ask if they’d also like matching curtains and pillow cases.

If someone orders a tablecloth, ask if they’d also like coordinating place mats and dining chair cushions. As often as not, the answer will be, “Yes!”

You don’t have to know how to make every home décor item imaginable in order to have this type of sewing business. Instead, you can specialize.

For example, you can focus on making items for a specific room, like the bedroom, or the kitchen. Or you can specialize in making just one thing, like curtains or duvet covers.

4. Become a Sewing Tutor

Many people would love to learn to sew, but one thing or another seems to stand in the way.

Maybe they can’t afford classes. Or, just as likely, they can’t rearrange their schedules to attend a class that meets at a set time once or twice a week.

Of course sewing books, magazines and websites can help them learn to so. But some people prefer to learn from a living, breathing person who can teach them the basics, quickly correct their mistakes, and answer their questions in real time.

People like this would gladly pay a small, hourly fee for one-on-one sessions with a sewing tutor. And that sewing tutor could be you.

If you don’t think you know enough to be a sewing tutor, there’s good news. 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 plenty to teach someone who knows little or nothing about sewing.

If a student has their own sewing machine, you could offer to go to their home to give them lessons. This way, they don’t have to worry about childcare.

Other great places to give one-on-one sewing lessons include public parks, libraries and fabric shops. Or, if you’d prefer to give lessons in the comfort of your own home, you can do that too.

Another way to make money teaching others to sew is by throwing “sewing parties.” Guests who attend these parties (which will last about 2 or 3 hours) will pay you a small fee. In exchange, you will walk them, step-by-step, through the creation of a single, simple sewing project.

To make things convenient for your students, you can provide the needed materials, and work the cost of those materials into the initial fee.

If you throw sewing parties for children over the weekend, parents will gladly pay not just to have their children learn to so, but to also get a few hours of free time.

5. Sell Your Sewing Crafts

Whether you’re a sewer, quilter, embroiderer, or some other type of crafter, you probably have the
skills to make at least one thing other people would buy. And, believe it or not, you can build a profitable craft business around being able to make one or two things really well.

One problem avid crafters have is that, after a while, their homes begin to overflow with their completed crafting projects. Even giving most of what they make to friends and family members doesn’t always help.

The solution? Sell some of those crafts you’ve made. Not only will you reclaim living space, but you’ll turn a profit at the same time.

So, how can you go about selling your crafts?

One option is to use an online marketplace, like Etsy. These sites make it easy to set up your own virtual store. Getting your first few sales might be tough. But once you have some happy customers spreading the word about your products, your online business will start to flourish.

Etsy can be a gold mine if you do it right. If you want to learn how to properly market and sell your items on Etsy go have a look at this course.

If you don’t want to sell online, there are plenty of alternatives. For example, check out the consignment shops in your area. These shops will sell your crafts for you, and then give you a cut of the profits.

If you make quilts, just letting your friends and acquaintances know you’re willing to sell some of them can help kick start your sewing business.

6. Offer a Sewing Machine Repair Service.

One thing that all sewers need from time to time is someone to fix their sewing machines.

Taking their machines to the shop for a small repair usually costs a lot so people would rather hire someone like you to do it for them at a better price.

Learning how to repair sewing machines is a great skill to have because not only can you repair other people’s sewing machines you can also repair your own machines and save yourself a lot of money in the process.

My friend Tony Asef is a veteran sewing machine repairmen and he can teach anyone how to fix sewing machines in just 30 days.

His ebook cost only $39 and it will pay for itself ten times over soon.

So which of these sewing businesses appeals to you most?

Did one of them really grab hold of you? Or maybe you’re having a hard time choosing between two or three.

Just make sure you choose a business that you’d actually enjoy running. It’s true that some of these businesses have the potential to be more profitable than others. But you want to be able to make money and enjoy yourself at the same time.

If you enjoy your business, you’ll put more effort into it, and that will have an effect in your bottom line.

So ask yourself what you really want to do. Would you enjoy giving sewing lessons? Do you think it would be fun to run an online store? Does the thought of making wedding dresses all of the time make your heart sing? Then that should be the basis of your sewing business.

Making money is great, but making money doing something that doesn’t feel like “work” is even better.

Drumming Up Business

Okay, you’re sold. You want to start making money with your sewing.

The question is how?

By advertising.

Many people hear the word “advertising” and instantly feel overwhelmed. They think marketing a business is a complicated process that costs a lot of money.

But you’ll be surprised by how easy it is to advertise your sewing business. And many of the most effective marketing techniques won’t cost you a single penny.

We show you exactly how to market your sewing business in the Sewing To The Bank Course.

Spread the Word

The minute you decide to make money from your sewing, start telling people about it.

Tell your friends, family members, passing acquaintance…anyone you can think of. You just might know someone who wants new drapes, or would love to buy one of your quilts.

Even if the person you tell doesn’t need to have a wedding dress or sewing lessons right now, they might know someone else who does.

Advertise On Bulletin Boards

Many craft and fabric stores have bulletin boards where you can post flyers advertising your goods or services.

You can also ask store owners if you can leave some flyers at the checkout counter. Many of them will actually say yes.

Other places that might have bulletin boards you can use to advertise your business include dry cleaners, colleges, and grocery stores.

Consignment Shops, Flea Markets and Boutiques

If you want to sell your crafts, try getting them into local consignment shops. They’ll sell your crafts for you, and give you a cut of the profits.

Consider setting up a booth at a local flea market. Many people go to flea markets specifically to buy handmade crafts like the ones you make.

Many clothing and home décor boutiques sell goods made by local crafters. Contact some of the boutiques in your area, and see if they’d be interested in what you have to offer.

Online Stores

You’ve probably heard of Etsy, the most well-known “homemade marketplace” on the Internet. But there are plenty of others, like Shopify, Big Cartel, Zibbet and Indiemade.

Before you settle on an online marketplace, carefully check out its terms and policies. You can also read reviews by crafters already selling goods on these sites. This will give you a sense of which sites might suit your needs, and which ones you should avoid.

Get Some Business Cards

Even if you only intend to sew to earn a little extra cash, handing out business cards is a great way to spread the word about your goods and services. And services like Vistaprint will give you hundreds of business cards.

Use your business cards to let people know what you do, how they can contact you, and where they can find your online store.

Place Some Ads

Placing ads is a classic way to advertise your business. And you’re not limited to the local paper either.

You know those free publications you see at the supermarket? Many will run your ad for a fraction of what a newspaper would charge.

If you want to advertise your business for free, consider Craigslist. It’s a fast and affordable way to reach a lot of potential customers in your area.

You don’t have to use all of these marketing techniques. Just one or two can might be more than enough to get your business up and running

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