What to Consider When Deciding if a Sewing Business is for You (Part II)

Your time and your health are two other important factors when deciding if starting your own business is the best choice for you. Most people consider having a home-based business because they feel it will free them from the demands of an employer and allow them to spend more time with their family. Many people have small children or handicapped family members who need time and attention; your own business can help you achieve the goal of spending more time with the people you love and care for, but getting it to this point is not easy.

A home-based business allows you to be home, but keep in mind that you still must work several hours each day at it in order for it be a success. This can be problematic, especially if you have a sick or handicapped family member to care for; an unexpected trip to the doctor or emergency room can throw your business schedule off. While older, healthy children can learn not to disturb you while you are working, the demands of a smaller child or a sick one can’t be put off. Some people balance this by working only at night, while the rest of the family is asleep. If you are fortunate, you may have adult family members who will gladly help with the caregiving duties while you sew or devote yourself to other needed business activities.

Running a home-based business can also take a lot of energy and it can be stressful. If your health is poor, a full-time home-based business may not be a good choice. Whatever your health or personal situation, starting part-time can help you ease into the rigors of running your own business.