If you love to sew and create things, why not offer your expertise to others by starting some sewing classes. You can teach how to make clothes, pillows, curtains, etc. The ideas are endless. If you are already a sewer, many of the items you'll need you probably already have. This will cut down tremendously on starting costs. You can start an effective and productive sewing class in a number of ways.
Offer sewing classes from your home or theirs. If using your home, create a sizeable space for lessons. Depending on the number of students you are willing to take at one time, will determine the number of machines you will need. Set a price for your services. Let your price include materials and supplies if you are providing them. If not, make sure you make it clear that the student will be responsible for materials and supplies minus the machine.
Another place to teach sewing classes is at your local community center or church. Ask the members if they are willing to let you rent out a space to teach sewing classes. Sometimes these facilities are willing to do this free of charge. On average, it is estimated that teachers can make approximately $800.00 per month for five hours of work per week. It is advised to use four to six students per class. Since it is time consuming; any more than that can be a challenge.
You can also do what is so popular today and start sewing classes online. A popular place for these types of videos is on YouTube. You will have to go to www.youtube.com to find out their procedures and rules and regulations pertaining to starting teaching videos through their website. Check out some of the sewing videos so you can get an idea of what is required.
Most importantly, you must treat your business like a business. It is a craft that you love and you must respect it for what it is. Make flyers and put your teaching hours, location and minimal fee in bold letters. Let your flyers stand out and get attention. Purchase and give out business cards. Go to www.vistaprint.com for affordable marketing materials. Let people know the type of business that you have. Word of mouth gets the information out there. For more information on things you’ll need to start your business legally, visit www.sba.gov.
Don’t be afraid to try. You won’t know if it is for you to teach someone the craft you love if you don’t try. If you don’t have enough machines, borrow from friends and family until you can afford to purchase the machines on your own. If you don’t know how to begin with the first steps of starting a sewing class, you can visit www.youcanmakeit.com. This site offers for sale sewing curriculums, lesson plans and instructional videos.
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