Imagine working every day on something you love. Would you even consider what you do 'work'?
As the famous Marc Anthony quote goes: "If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life." And if your passion happens to be embroidery, doing it for a living won't just be enjoyable; it can be highly profitable, too.
Embroidered goods are everywhere – especially in businesses. Think uniforms, corporate logos, merchandise, the list goes on and on. The embroidery industry is massive, and it's still growing.
So, what skills and equipment do you need? Should you invest in embroidery machines or embroider by hand? Read on to find the answers to all your questions and more.
What Skills Do You Need?
Before you start your embroidery business, you'll need to assess whether you have the necessary skills. It's not the end of the world if you don't; it just means that you'll need to hire staff members to handle the work for you.
Although there are no qualifications needed to produce embroidered goods, you will need to know how to operate machinery to streamline your production. You'll also need to have knowledge of stitching and fabrics because the stitches you use will depend on the material and how it behaves.
Design is another aspect of your embroidery business – you'll need to know how to create designs and translate your customers' ideas into embroidered pieces. Working with machines means you'll also need to have basic computer design knowledge and know how to operate the machine's software.
When you start your company, you'll need to know how to open and operate a business from home as well. You'll also need communication, management, and planning skills. Strong time-management skills are also preferable because embroidery jobs need a fast turnaround time.
What Equipment Do You Need?
Purchasing the right equipment right from the get-go will facilitate the growth of your business, which means you'll see your return on investment faster.
An embroidery machine is at the top of every embroidery business' list of priorities – it's the business' greatest asset. Although you may feel overwhelmed by all the options on the market, choose the highest-quality machine you can afford.
You will also need materials on which to embroider your designs. The materials your business will need largely depend on what kind of services you will offer.
The most popular items in the embroidery industry are sweatshirts, jackets, caps, shirts, polo shirts, and t-shirts. If you have the budget, consider purchasing these items in bulk so that you can have them ready for jobs faster. When deciding on what items to buy in bulk, consider who your target market is – for example, fast food restaurants, sports teams, and charities often require embroidered items.
You'll also need a computer and a printer to finalize your embroidery designs. Digital design software is also an investment because it will ensure that your designs are at a professional standard.
What Are The Legal Requirements?
As with all business startups, you'll need to comply with your state's laws and legal requirements.
Although you don't need a license to start an embroidery company, you must decide on the legal structure and register it as a legal entity. Making sure your business is protected by business insurance is also strongly advised.
If you are hiring staff, you'll need to adhere to the labor laws regarding payroll, pensions, and National Insurance tax in your state, and you'll need to make sure that your business meets health and safety regulations.