Setting Yourself Up for Sewing Studio Success
Welcome to My “Be a Sewing Teacher” Free Training Series!
I'm excited you want to learn more about being a sewing teacher. I've had so much fun teaching and would to share what I know.
A little about me...I'm a designer, teacher, video producer...and I started on my sewing teacher journey when my 2nd child was around 2.
I was still working full time as a wedding gown designer in my own business, but wanted to do something new that inspired me and allowed me to be more that a designer.
So, I decided to try teaching sewing classes in my home studio.
Little did I know that I was going to love it teaching sewing and that it was going to become my new direction for the next phase of my career.
In fact teaching sewing in my little town of 5,000 has now turned into so much more. I ended up creating my own curriculum and producing sewing videos.
My first set was Kids Sewing DVDs.
Currently I teach online and have thousands of young students learning by watching me in their homes and they are all around the world.
Now...let me share my 5 tips to setting up successful sewing studio.
#1 – A Passion to Teach and Passion Your Skills
When you are passionate you bring more bring more excitement to what you do and you will love telling other about what you are doing.
When you are doing something you love you are more likely to stick with it for the long run which is important for being successful.
Also since you really love what you are doing that will show. It will radiant off you that you are a passionate sewing teacher.
People want to be around people that truly and deeply care about something. Your energy will be contagious and they want to be a part of your world.
#2 – A Willingness to Share with Others
Sharing is a big part of caring. You don't want to be the best keep secret.
If you care deeply about what you are doing and you know that you are doing is to inspire and make other happy...share it with them.
Share what you're doing without fear. Don't be timid or shy. Tell everyone so the word gets out. You never know who knows who.
You are doing something great to inspire others. That is excited and worth sharing, so others can take part in the fun!
#3 – The Ability To Charge What Your Worth
Now sharing, doesn't mean teaching everyone for free. That can be part of your marketing plan, but in order to be successful you do need to get paid for your time.
Your time is valuable and teaching others to sew is valuable too. You are worth it, so don't be afraid to say it. We will talk more about your hourly rate in Video #3, so make sure to watch that one.
I charge hundreds and even thousands for my sewing and fashion design courses and you will need to do the same to be successful.
#4 – A Solid Curriculum That Appeals To Your Students
You need to know what you are teaching, so you look like an expert.
Your courses also need to be within the skill level of your students as well as age appropriate. So that means projects for a 6 year old beginning is different than a teen with some sewing experience.
Plus you need to be able to show them the projects they will be making, not just tell them. This is where websites, brochure and samples are nice.
If you are not sure what to teach, I got you covered. I have courses for girls, tweens, and teens that I will license to sewing teachers.
#5 – A Great Presentation To Make The Sale
A great presentation starts with YOUR appearance. You are the teacher and sales person for your sewing classes. And you need to look the part.
It also includes your marketing materials, like business cards, postcards, and flyers. These need to be professional (and fashionable since you are a sewing teacher) not printed on a printer running out of ink.
Where you teach is very important! This can be in your home, but it's best if it's a dedicated space that is decorated like a sewing studio. No kitchen tables please!
It's worth the effort to be professional and a must for success.
So, what do you think about these 5 tips?
Are they doable? Do you think you have what it takes to be a successful sewing teacher?
Do you have a passion, willingness to share, the ability to charge, a solid curriculum, and a great presentation. Where do you think you need help?
Take a moment to think about all these and if you need to go ahead replay this video.
When you are ready...you can move on to the next video.
I will cover more about what you should be teaching and what you should NOT be teaching.
This is very important to being successful! So you will not want to miss that video.
Alright, I'll see you over there...Bye!