27 Steps to a Successful Long Arm Business
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.
- Be dedicated and set time aside for the new business
- Choose a unique name for your business
- Create a logo
- Get a tax i.d. number
- Print business cards
- Open a bank account for your business
- Call nebs.com for service invoices and forms
- Call nebs.com and ask about bookkeeping systems
- Create a flyer
- Set your pricing so you can give a phone quote
- Create a brochure
- Decide what your hours will be and stick to them
- Organize your sewing space to receive customers
- Make a 3 ring binder of pictures of work you have done
- Make a binder of the patterns you offer
- Decide on your target market—which town—which guilds
- Leave your cards on bulletin boards and with shop owners
- Join all the local guilds to get an address list
- Talk to the local patchwork teachers and leave flyers
- Talk to interior designers, upholstery shops, and drapery shops
- Ask shop owners to display your work
- Work out a deal for shop owners to take in quilts for you
- Decide how you might handle a bad customer
- Decide how you might educate your customer in batting choices
- Decide how you are going to say no politely in a business situation that requires a no
- Decide how to organize your time for family and yourself
- Get a Crockpot, occasional cleaning lady, and pre decide your vacation times
Ready? Set. GO!