When starting your own business and it is home-based, it can be difficult to let your business known. Most of the advertising are too be done through word-of-mouth. So, you would have to rely to your friends, relatives, and family. They would be the primary promoters for your business.
You can advertise in the local yellow pages, local newspaper, post in community boards, and post some flyers around the community. You can talk to local establishments if it would be okay for them to carry some advertisements like flyers. A good way of getting known also is contributing your skill and talent to some community events, like local theatre performances, church activities, charitable events, and craft fairs. These are great venues of meeting potential customers.
But if you have decided to work at home you would have to do some modifications. You would have to make sure that there would be space enough for you to keep your things, equipment and at the same time entertain visitors and customers that would visit you for fittings. When having customers over, it is best to advise your family so that they would be able to prepare.
When you also have decided to have your business set up at home and you have little kids, then it would be advisable to keep your working space closed. This would keep little kids from touching harmful equipment and injuring themselves.
You would also have to consider business registration. You could contact the local Chamber of Business to ask about taxes and business registration. You could earn an average of $20,000 to $35,000 a year. Some could earn as much as $60,000 just by dressmaking. That is just by working at home. So start transforming your hobby into a profitable business.