Today's question is “How do I get started with my sewing teacher business?”
So starting a new business can be a little bit scary. It can be overwhelming, but I feel like starting a sewing teacher business is one of the easier businesses that I've started.
I feel like it's the simplest thing that I've ever done other than starting an etsy shop. That's pretty simple.
But if I compare it to be in a fashion designer that is so much more work. There is production that you have to manage and seamstresses. You have to take the orders, you have to make sure that they're getting to brides or your customers at a time. It's just a lot of work.
And then having an online school, that's a lot of work too. You have to find students, you have to create all the videos and edit them. I actually have a course that teaches how to be an online course creator and it's a one year long course. It literally takes over a year to set up to do courses with all the work involved.
So I feel like being a sewing teacher is one of the easier ones to get started with. Now I do understand that it can be a little scary. How do you know which first step to take?
Basically I broke it down into three steps here and these are the steps that I teach in my program “Daydreams to sewing teacher in 90 days”.
The three steps are planning, set up and marketing, that's it. Just three.
In the planning stage you want to decide WHO you're going to teach and WHAT you're going to teach, and WHEN to teach. There are a few more that we talk about.
We really go into more detail in that program. But that's the basic getting started points.
Then the step two is setting up. So you're going to find a space, whether that's in your home or whether it is a rented space or whether you are just borrowing a space from somebody or just subletting. You can also go to a library or a school or a quilt shop.
Once you figure that out, you're going to get your equipment. Maybe in some cases they already have equipment and you can borrow it or maybe your students are going to be able to bring their equipment, or maybe you want to invest in your own equipment.
I invested in my own equipment. So by now I have like 27 machines, but when I started, I had tons on machines because I was a designer. But you can start with one sewing machine (which I do talk about in other videos).
Then decorating is part of the setting up stage. For me it's always nice to decorate because I'm a clothing designer by trade and I like pretty things. So no matter where it is, I like to decorate.
Of course if you are setting up in somebody else's space then you can't really decorate it.
Then the last thing is marketing. So marketing is a really important part and you can almost do this first. You can start getting the word out that you're going to be teaching sewing classes right away.
Right when you have the idea, you can start testing to see what the market response is and who is interested.
So that's basically it. Those are the three steps to getting started. Now of course we can break those all down into a lot more steps, but from a big picture view, the planning stage, the set up stage, and the marketing stage.
And if you do each one of those in a month, in three months, you're set up.
I hope that answered your question and I will see you in another Q & A video. All right, see you later. Bye-Bye.
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Hi, I'm Katrina Marie
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