So, you are making slipcovers, or learning how to make slipcovers. And you start thinking, maybe I could earn some money doing this. But how do I get started? Here are a few tips to help you out.
Develop a plan
A slipcover business is not just about sewing slipcovers, it involves a lot more. Here are some things you need to consider before getting started:
How will you budget your start-up costs?
Do you have the necessary equipment?
Where will your business be located?
Do you have the necessary sewing skills?
Do you have the necessary administrative and management skills?
Take time to answer these questions before you invest time and money into starting a slipcover business.
Knowing the legal requirements before you get started can save you a lot of time and frustration.
Will you require a business license?
If you work from home, will you require a home occupation license?
Do you live in an area that prohibits home businesses?
Check out these legal requirements before hand. I know of a business person who was forced to move her business out of her home due to HOA rules. You may also want to consider speaking to an attorney and accountant.
Setting up your space
Give some serious thought as to where you want to set up your business. Moving your studio mid stream is time consuming and very stressful.
Do you have space at home to dedicate to your business?
If not, can you afford to rent a space?
Are you comfortable with strangers coming to your home?
Knowing the answers to these questions will help you figure out how much money it will take to get started.
Supplies and Equipment
There are a lot of supplies that go into making a slipcover; things you probably don’t already have on hand. Here are just a few:
Do you have the funds to thread, cording, zippers and other supplies?
Will your sewing machine withstand heavy duty use?
While you can purchase supplies as needed for each job; eventually you will want to establish wholesale accounts. And you will eventually want to purchase a more professional sewing machine for speed and sewing power; which will contribute to you being able to finish a slipcover in less time; thereby increasing your earnings.
How will you get the word out about your new business? Here are a few things to try:
Family and friends
Local fabric stores
When you first start out, there may not be a lot of money in the budget for marketing, so think of ways you can market your business on a budget.
How good are you at managing yourself and your time? Without having a boss standing over you, you are on your own when it comes to getting the work finished and out the door. Here are a few tips to help you out:
Set aside a certain time each day when you are “on the clock.”
Conduct time studies on how long it takes for you to complete each job.
When business is slow, practice on your own furniture.
You will need to train yourself to stay focused. Knowing how long things take and how to make efficient use of your time will help you to get the work out as promised.
While there is much more to think about when deciding if a slipcover business is right for you, this should help you get started. Interested in learning more? Consider taking a class with Home Fashions U
Take action now to get started with your home based slipcover business and share with us what steps you are taking.