By now you may have read Part 1 of How to Get Started in the Embroidery Business that talks about entering the embroidery industry with market figures, key questions you should answer, and what machines and services you may need. You’re ready to jump into the next phase. Below are the next seven steps you should take to establish your business on the record.
Start out with as much training from the Embroidery Machine producer and always keep learning. You will learn tips and tricks and pick up on how to use your machine more efficiently. Most companies will train right in their facility and some come to you and train you in the comfort of your home or business place (we definitely do both!).
Create a business plan for your Embroidery Business. Setting and organizing your goals from the start keeps you on task so you can grow your business without losing sight of where you wanted to take the business originally. You may have touched on a few of these key concepts in Part 1 already. Here, you can flesh out and document your business plan more thoroughly. There are a wide variety of websites that can help guide you in this planning. The U.S. Small Business Administration has resources you can use here.
Choose a business model for your Embroidery Business and file the paperwork. The business may be set-up as a sole proprietorship, limited liability company, corporation or partnership depending on the company’s size and business strategy. Forms and information can be found by visiting your Secretary of State website as well. Learn more about which model is best for you and find all the forms and info you need with this list of all U.S. Secretary of State websites here.
Apply for local business permits from your Town Hall, State Tax Licenses from your State Taxation Division and a Tax Identification Number from the Internal Revenue Service. The Internal Revenue Service will also need you to apply for an Employer Identification Number if you will hire employees. Forms and filing instructions can be found online through relevant Local, State and Federal Government websites.
Secure financing from personal funds, through a Lending Company or Lease Equipment from the manufacturer.
Develop a work space in your home, rent or purchase a storefront or building. Having a space that will allow enough work room based off of how many machines and employees you have is important to the functionality of the business. Embroidery machines are sensitive to humidity and temperature, and will need air conditioning and heating as temperatures permit.
Purchase your embroidery equipment, supplies, software, work space furniture and office essentials. Embroidery software, embroidery hoops, thread spools, needles and spare parts are some of the things you will need. You can find some tools you need on our sister site: embroidery-parts.com.
We hope this helped you further along in starting your embroidery start up.
This article was originally posted on swfemb.com that Stitch It International runs and owns. It has been re-purposed and added to our most up-to-date blog here.