Despite the abundance of clothing stores and ateliers that seem to make it possible to translate into reality any ideas of fashionistas about the perfect dress, many women still dream of learning how to create clothes in order to release creative energy and always wear unique outfits.
Usually, girls learn the basics of needlework at school in technology classes, but the number of graduates who are able to cut out and sew really beautiful and high-quality clothes is small, and understanding of the advantages of the ability to do things with your own hands comes, as a rule, at a later age. Fashion changes every year, but individuality always remains in trend.
Needlework courses are a completely profitable business that does not require large investments and brings a stable income. Surely, many professional tailors have often dreamed of opening their own courses, because the desire to share their knowledge and experience with others is characteristic of a true master, especially if the learning process can bring good earnings.
The most popular needlework courses are those that teach cutting and sewing. There are also those who want to learn how to knit, paint fabrics, master the art of phytodesign, etc. You can start a business with the opening of one direction, and subsequently recruit a staff of teachers and open a needlework training center.
For effective learning, the number of students in a group should not exceed twelve, then the teacher will be able to devote time to everyone, track progress, and help overcome failures.
The organization of cutting and sewing courses will require the greatest costs, because sewing machines are indispensable. A new electromechanical machine, easy to use and capable of performing various types of stitches, will cost 4,000 rubles. You can invite the group to bring their own accessories and fabrics for work, then there will be less additional costs, but you still have to stock up on threads, rulers, patterns, pattern paper, crayons, centimeters, scissors.
Each student should have a separate table on which the machine will stand and tools, a comfortable chair, since the duration of one lesson is from two to three hours. It is not necessary to buy sewing tables, simple office furniture is enough. An office table costs from 1,500 rubles, a chair – from 700 rubles. Also, you can not do without a cutting table. It can be purchased for 8000 rubles.
It is very important to provide good lighting for work so that the eyes do not get tired and vision does not deteriorate. You can use LED lamps, they do not flicker and work silently.
Thus, in order to equip a room for cutting and sewing courses for 10 students, it will take about 75-80 thousand rubles, plus the cost of renting a room.
People with different levels of knowledge and skills come to this course. Someone can hardly sew on a button, and someone is ready to show off a couple of sewn outfits, but wants to improve their results or learn how to model clothes, so you need to combine beginners into a separate group, otherwise everyone will not be interested.
To teach cutting and sewing, it is not enough to be a good craftsman, you need to imagine how to convey your knowledge to students. So, it is necessary to draw up a course program and decide on the duration of training.
An exemplary program for beginners includes the following sections: rules for taking measurements and processing seams; cutting skirts and making adjustments after trying on, sewing seams, overcasting, making zippers and finishing the belt; building the front and back halves of trousers, cutting and basting trousers, making changes after trying on trousers, varieties of pockets, making fasteners on trousers, assembling trousers; sewing shoulder products (making a dress or blouse), building the base of a dress or blouse, modeling the base by transferring undercuts, designing and modeling a set-in sleeve. Such a course may be of interest to beginners and those who already know how to sew a little, but want to master the basics of clothing design, as well as improve the quality of their products.
Those who have completed the beginners course and wish to continue their studies can join the clothing modeling group. Modeling courses teach how to create clothes that emphasize the advantages and hide the flaws of the figure, sew not only skirts of typical models, but also complex, unusual outfits. The approximate program of the course involves studying the basics of modeling and designing clothes, depending on the type of figure and silhouette, choosing the style and cut of clothes with different sleeves, modeling complex styles of skirts and trousers, shoulder items, patterns of various types of collars (a jacket type collar, a stand-up collar , flat collar, shirt collar), training in the design of a men’s shirt, tailoring products with unusual sleeves, for example, a kimono or raglan sleeve.
The duration of the course is on average 60-80 hours. Classes are held no more than twice a week, last 2-3 hours. It is necessary to calculate the content of the classes in such a way that the students do the main part of the work under the supervision of the teacher in order to avoid mistakes, and at home they perform only simple manipulations.
The cost of a cutting and sewing course in Moscow is 10-15 thousand rubles.
Let’s try to calculate the profit. The approximate cost of one two-hour lesson is 300 rubles per person, that is, for one lesson from a group, you can get 3,000 rubles. If you conduct six classes a week, then the monthly revenue will be 72 thousand rubles, which will return the initial investment in record time.
To increase profits, you can offer new sewing course programs that will be of interest to both those who have already studied the main program and new students.
For example, you can teach patchwork. A short course for learning the most common blocks and techniques, making household items can be divided into two parts: patchwork for beginners and for continuing education. Another version of the short course is “Secrets of cutting a dress.” The program includes the production of various models for any figure. The course “Making soft toys” can captivate both adults and children.
By opening sewing training for children, you can provide work for your studio during the daytime. Mothers often do not have enough time to study, but they are happy to spend money on the development of their offspring.
To expand the business, specialists are attracted to teach other types of needlework, for example, knitting, which occupies an honorable second place in popularity after sewing. It is possible to divide the courses into two blocks: crocheting and knitting. The program includes the choice of yarn, knitting needles, hooks, reading patterns, casting and closing loops, simple and openwork patterns, taking measurements, knitting according to a pattern and designing models, finishing knitwear, embroidering patterns on knitted fabric, making decorative elements, etc.
Batik became popular back in the 20th century, and to this day it does not lose ground, as it helps to make boring monophonic things bright and unusual. The course can include training in the technique of hot, cold, nodular batik and free drawing.
Among other things, you can offer a floristry course, which will teach you not only to harmoniously arrange flowers and various materials, but also to create a unique interior design.
To advertise a business, first of all, you need to create a website. It can be a business card site, where you need to simply and clearly tell what you can learn in the courses. Since the main audience for needlework courses is women, advertisements can be placed in women’s magazines, left in stores, or simply hung on bulletin boards near residential buildings. It also makes sense to include information about courses in reference books of goods and services.
To open needlework courses, you need to register as an individual entrepreneur and select OKVED 80.42 (education for adults and other types of education not included in other groups) and 80.10.3 (additional education for children). To engage in individual pedagogical activity, a license is not needed. You can use the simplified taxation system (6%). An individual entrepreneur can hire employees (but not for the position of teachers).
If you plan to open a center for additional education and attract other teachers as employees, then by law you will need to register a non-state educational institution and obtain a license if you work according to OKVED 80.10.3. To obtain a license, it is necessary that the premises meet a number of requirements of various authorities, that teachers have a pedagogical education, that educational programs are properly drawn up, etc.
In order not to waste time and money on obtaining a license, teachers can be invited to register as an individual entrepreneur and cooperate on a contractual basis. If this option is not suitable for some reason, then you can open an institution according to OKVED 92.51 (activities of libraries, archives, club-type institutions), register as a needlework club and hire circle leaders.