FAQs – Starting a wahm sewing business – Part One

March 7, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

I’m back, have been ever so busy trying to get through some wholesale orders…more details to come very soon!

I am frequently asked about tips for starting a wahm business, so I thought I’d share some of my advice.  I usually have at least a couple of people each week ask me various questions, I’m not expert so this is just based on a) My personal experience and b) My observations of other people from reading blogs and seeing what people are doing.  While it is predominantly based around a sewing type of venture, many of the questions could relate to any type of small business.

* Before you invest any money at all, make sure your idea is viable.  What is going to make people want to buy from YOU?  Ask people who will give you an objective answer – just because your mum and your best friend tell you your handiwork is lovely, does not mean that the general spending public will!

* Get yourself a good reputation.  We started the TikiBoo Kids clothing range due to demand – friends were offering to pay us to make clothing for their children well before we decided to create a business.  These friends were our first customers and their great feedback and determination to help us succeed were the foundations of our fledgling enterprise.

* Don’t go online until you have proven yourself.  See the two points above.   Once you put yourself out there for the entire world to see, that’s it – you no longer have margin for error, you better be certain that your product is at the highest standard you’re capable of.  People can’t fully view the quality of your product online and you don’t want them getting any nasty surprises.

* Make sure you have the right equipment.  An overlocker is a MUST if you are making clothing.  If I purchased an item of clothing which didn’t have professionally finished seams I would send it back and demand a refund.

*But how do I do the above? Well, here are a few suggestions I have heard of from other people.

– Take samples of your goods along to your playgroup, kindy, music classes etc and ask the other mums what they think and how they think you could improve.

– Try a stall at small local markets.  Be brave and ask your browsers for feedback.  It’s a good test as well, if people are seeing your items up close and buying them then you’re getting there.

If you have any comments, suggestions or opinions on the above, I’d love to hear them!

Part Two coming soon will be about pricing and selling.



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  1. Kathryn,

    Thank you for sharing your great information. I will be looking forward to you next installment.

  2. Great information Kathryn, some important points!

  3. Thanks for the information, waitig for future posts.

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