27 Steps to a Successful Long Arm Business

Posted by on September 26, 2014

Have you been thinking about starting a long arm business.

Maybe you are still working another job, and have no idea how to launch a long arm business. Yes, you will have to work a bit harder for six months or more in order to continue working AND start your business, but after approximately six months, your income could be enough to allow you to quit your old job. But you must be dedicated to setting the time aside for this new business venture. You must accomplish something important every week in order to move forward.

The list below has helped many people to launch their quilting business. We thought we would share it with you.

  1. Be dedicated and set  time aside for the new business
  2. Choose a unique name for your business
  3. Create a logo
  4. Get a tax i.d. number
  5. Print business cards
  6. Open a bank account for your business
  7. Call nebs.com for service invoices and forms
  8. Call nebs.com and ask about bookkeeping systems
  9. Create a flyer
  10. Set your pricing so you can give a phone quote
  11. Create a brochure
  12. Decide what your hours will be and stick to them
  13. Organize your sewing space to receive customers
  14. Make a 3 ring binder of pictures of work you have done
  15. Make a binder of the patterns you offer
  16. Decide on your target market—which town—which guilds
  17. Leave your cards on bulletin boards and with shop owners
  18. Join all the local guilds to get an address list
  19. Talk to the local patchwork teachers and leave flyers
  20. Talk to  interior designers, upholstery shops, and drapery shops
  21. Ask shop owners to display your work
  22. Work out a deal for shop owners to take in quilts for you
  23. Decide how you might handle a bad customer
  24. Decide how you might educate your customer in batting choices
  25. Decide how you are going to say no politely in a business situation that requires a no
  26. Decide how to organize your time for family and yourself
  27. Get a Crockpot, occasional cleaning lady, and pre decide your vacation times

Ready? Set. GO!

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  1. Kate says:

    Thank you for the long arm business tips. With so many quilt sizes and quilting options, from custom quilting to all over pantographs, what is the best way to determine what prices to charge?

    • kelleyn says:

      Hi Kate… Why not post this to our Facebook page and we’ll let our users weigh in. They are usually the best source of information and tips! Good luck!

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  3. Great tips! I would also make sure that you have someone who is willing to help you out whether it’s reviewing your business cards or helping with orders.

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