Today's question is “What does it cost to start a sewing teacher business?”
So the cost to start a sewing teacher business is relatively low. I mean, super low. It can be as low as starting a blog.
If you want to just get started with one sewing machine and that sewing machine costs $99 new or maybe just $25 used.
Then you need your skills as a sewing teacher, maybe not even those (if you want to learn how to sew as you teach).
Which leads to the next thing and that would be a sewing curriculum. A sewing curriculum can range anywhere from $49 up to $499 depending on where you get it.
Mine range from $49 to $499 which is just a one-time fee. And now you have anywhere from an eight week program to teach that one student on that $25 (to $99) sewing machine.
This can be up to two years worth of curriculums that you can continually teach that student and more students.
So you, if you only have one sewing machine for $25, then you can have one student at a time and you can have three students come in each day. And so in a week you could have 15 students just using that one sewing machine.
This way you could get money coming in and then you could re-invest in more sewing machines and maybe start doing group classes.
So it's really, really low to start.
Now the last thing would be promoting. So if you are totally on a budget, you might have no money to spend on advertising, then you just do word of mouth.
- let your friends know
- let your relatives know
- let the school know
- let your church know
- let your community center know
- let your library know
You put up flyers and you try to get them at a relatively low cost. Maybe you just print them on your printer and then you just put them out anywhere you can. And talk to as many people as you can.
So you can literally get started with a sewing curriculum and a sewing machine for like around a hundred dollars.
Now if you want to go all out and you want to set up an actual sewing studio or sewing school and open it up in a commercial space or rented space like I have, then it will cost more. In that case you're going to be paying first and last month's rent.
This will vary depending on where you live.
You might want to decorate your space in your home as well. So you can add in $50 for a can of paint and that might increase your getting started price a little bit.
If you're in a bigger space than you might have a lot of walls to paint, you know, a thousand square feet, we'll take about five gallons of paint. So now that's around $150.
But the real cost if you're opening up a studio in a rented space is anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000. So it is more expensive to start that way.
But if you want to get started in your home, like I said, with just one sewing machine and a solid curriculum and word of mouth you can do that.
I hope that that answers 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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