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Tricks to Transform Your Hobby into a Profession

Posted by the_sewingshop@yahoo.com on November 3, 2016 at 6:05 PM

 

Tricks to Transform Your Hobby into a Profession

 

It's remarkable how, with each generation, sewing is still being passed on. The great thing today is that it is a lot more accessable and more convenient to follow your dreams of working from home (and it's even better when you can do so in your pajamas) by turning your sewing/embroidery hobby into a profession.

 

1. Trial first

 

Before completely diving into it, start from home to ensure that you can work up a client list and get your name out there. The plus is that the sewing industry is becoming evermore popular, with more and more people seeking these services. Another key component to this is to request feedback from your customers and friends!

 

2) Know who your target customers are

 

Be clear about who you are trying to appeal to. Decide on the age, gender, lifestyle, hobbies, dress sense, etc. that you are trying to target and focus solely on them. If you neglect this trick, you may wind up with mediocre designs or, on the other end of the spectrum, you may end up overworking yourself to please EVERYONE. This allows you to be branded with your own style, thus people know who you are and what you are about.

 

3) Know what you're working with financially

 

Make sure to create an in depth, realistic, and honest budget. This prevents you from getting in too deep without being prepared. You also need to decide/research how much it will realistically be to produce each product (supplies, manufacturing, rent, overheads, insurance, packaging, staff salaries, depreciation of equipment (at some point you’ll need a new laptop or sewing machine), stationery, software subscriptions, etc.) and what you want to charge for each item. It is important to figure these things out before you announce an initial price list, so that you won't have to up your prices on your customers (unless the cost of production increases over time).

 

4) Don't bite off more than you can chew

 

In order to do this, you must have big dreams, but don't be too ambitious. Know that for the first few months, or even years, you will be putting in a lot of hard work. It will probably look a lot like you working from your home, with a small amount of money, working all hours of the night, doing it all yourself, and dreaming of the days when you’ll have have a building and more to invest into your product or service. BUT, the key is to stop dreaming now and make a move towards making your dreams become reality. Working from home now, large building with many employees tomorrow.

 

5) Just Do it

 

Don't just sit around and gossip about what other people are doing and whether you like it or not. Challenge yourself by putting yourself out there to make it happen for yourself. It will be a new experience, so it will be a little scary, but do it anyways. Do what you enjoy, be proud of it, and make it into your profession.

Categories: Sewing, Embrodiery, Quilting

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Reply Sherrie
9:43 AM on January 21, 2017 
I thought I was signing up to be a fan of your page :)