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Starting a sewing business

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Need quick opinions — once again I want to start a sewing business because of recent lay off.

Will it make a good living for me or should I find a steady day job?

Let me know.


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  1. GailAnn | | #1

    Just my opinion.

    Plan on 3 to 5 years to build up your business until you can expect to be able to support yourself.



  2. Ocrafty1 | | #2

    I'm just getting mine started...again.  I know its gonna take me 3-5 yrs to be able to really get it going.  DH hasn't figured it out yet..LOL  I could do more if I had a newer sewing machine, but DH hasn't figured that one out yet, either.

    I think it also depends on where you're located.  The bigger the population, the more potential clients...and the more advertising by WOM.


  3. GailAnn | | #3

    Miss Cherrypops - You are brilliant!  So organized.  I admire your computer skills.  Gail

    1. Cherrypops | | #4




  4. Teaf5 | | #5

    A steady day job would allow you to ease into the sewing business.

    Entrepreneurship is complicated and risky, especially in shaky economic times, and this is one of the shakiest periods in a long while.

    If the day job is in a related field, you can learn a lot about the business while supporting yourself; then, when you finally launch your own business, you don't have to make nearly as many mistakes.

    My husband used this technique to start his own tech business, and now, after five years, he's completely solo and profitable. In the first year, he worked almost forty hours per week for the other company (at a pathetically low wage) and did one or two side jobs of his own; by year three, he worked twenty for them and more for himself. Although the pay was low at first, he learned what the competition was doing right and wrong and has been able to avoid costly mistakes in management, taxes, and inventory.

    1. MaryinColorado | | #7

      great advice!  So glad it is working out well for your dh!  This economy is so unstable right now, we're all feeling skitish about spending. 

  5. tadochas | | #6

    I would love to know, too.

    I am too sick to work regular hours -- but I might manage by using my own time!

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