<1. A physical place either in your home or store front that will accommodate all the equipment required for your business. You must be able to leave your machines up if you work on a full-time basis. Your working area needs to have the appearance of being clean and organized.
<2. It is important to have a convenient bathroom or other area for clients to change clothes. This area must be clean, well organized, and near to your sewing room.
<3. There are some items that I have found a "must" for my sewing room. These include a full-length mirror for customers to see themselves after you pin or describe to them the alterations you are doing, and racks for hanging clothes. It is possible to have 100+ garments in your possession. It is helpful to have a rack(s) for clothes ready to be altered and another rack(s) for clothes that are done and ready to be picked up.
<4. It is important to consider your family situation. Do not think of having a sewing business if you have infants or toddlers. It is difficult to attend to the frequent needs of small children when you have customers coming and going.
<5. A file box that holds 4"x 6" file cards is a lifesaver. When I see a client, I write down the name, agency represented (if appropriate), and other pertinent information such as inseam measurements, other measurements that may be important, and contact information, including phone numbers.
<6. Ask yourself what hours do you want to establish. Are you willing to meet with customers in the evening and on weekends. Some of your clients may work at job where they can only meet in the evenings or days off. Accessibility to your time and services can be a key factor in the success of your business.
<7. You must be prepared for emergencies. Ask yourself how easily you can drop everything to get alterations done in a very short time span.
<8. If you have your business at home, question whether you can walk away from your work to give yourself a break. Sometimes this is the hardest of all for home business owners. If you cannot do this, your family will suffer.