I just thought I’d ask for some advice here since this board is used by so many people with so many different experiences and I’d like some advice.
We moved to the city we currently live in this past June. In July I put a small letter sized poster in the window of our front porch and 3 flyers up in various sewing stores. I also posted to a Home School Network in this area.
Essentially I have been offering a small mending business. I do most of the work while you wait. I charge very little for my work and there was no cost to me in setting up the business as I use my home sewing machines.
IN the past I fell into doing custom sewing work but that is not, in my opinion, a good place to make money sewing.
Anyhow, since July I made over $800. When you consider I charge $2 to sew on up to 3 buttons you’ve brought with you, $10 to hem a pair of dress pants, and so forth, that is a lot of customers. 90% of them are people who walk in off the street. We are in a great location for this kind of business.
My husband and I have been looking into buying two additional machines that would make two of the main sewing jobs I have much easier. The cost would be just under $1000 plus 14% tax.
We thought then that we would consider advertising so that we’d pay off the equipment very quickly. One of them is a special machine for hemming dress pants and helping me with the Curtain Sewing I do. Essentially this would really, really cut down the amount of time I do on these projects, by over 60%.
Anyways… what do you think? I love the fact that I do this right in my home, well on the front porch. I love the fact that I have so much control over this business and don’t have to met company guidelines and such that I had with my Tupperware and Scrapbook businesses. [they closed because we moved and I lost my clientèle]
Part of this would likely involve having to register this business. Right now I was just planning on claiming the profit as a personal income.
I’m just not sure I want to make this any more ‘official.’:teehee: