100% Satisfaction Guarantee
Machine Embroidery Downloads: Designs & Digitizing Services from EmbroideryDesigns.com                  CART  |   DOWNLOAD  |   CONTACT
                 WISHLIST  |  MY ACCOUNT  | 
PRODUCTSView Results
{{prd._source.displayName}} {{prd._source.displayName}}
by {{prd._source.vendorCode}}
{{prd._source.definitionName | productType}}
Not Yet Rated
Search Options
Would you like to search using your current filters below?
  • {{value}}
Yes   No

Tips for a Home-Based Embroidery Business

(Click to View All Images)

If you are considering starting a home-based business, make sure you address these important issues.

One of the really neat things about this business is the fact that you can start and run an operation out of your home quite easily. In fact, the majority of new embroidery businesses are home-based. With this in mind, though, there are several limitations and drawbacks to a home location that should be recognized and addressed prior to moving your equipment in. The following is a list of items to consider.


Be aware that many city/county ordinances prohibit commercial enterprises in residential areas. Investigate your local zoning codes to find out how they apply to you. The same goes for taxes and licenses. Just because you are located in your home doesn’t mean you are exempt. The last thing you need is to be shut down as soon as you open.

First Impressions

Unfortunately, some people view home-based companies as non-legitimate businesses. For this reason, it may be best to do your selling at the client’s location, rather than have him or her come to you. We lost the chance at a very large account because the client didn't think we could handle his needs once he found out where we were located, even though we had the best price, quality and turn-around of all of the bidders.


If possible, physically separate your business environment from your personal environment. This will present a more professional appearance to customers that visit your business. Also, you want to be able to "get away" from your work at the end of the day. In addition, you will want to be able to keep children and pets out of your work area.

Odor Control

Be aware of household odors (another reason for physical separation). Strong food smells, cigarette smoke, cleaning solvents and pet odors can all find their way into your shop. This can leave a bad impression on a customer and worse yet, a residual smell on their merchandise. If you are a cigarette smoker, NEVER smoke in your shop whether it’s in your house or not. Go outside. And always wash your hands before starting back to work. We discovered this the hard way. One of our employees would go outside to smoke, then go back to work without washing his hands. We got several strong complaints from a major customer about the cigarette smell on his shirts.

Phones & Faxes

Invest in a separate business phone line!!! This is a must. People will call you 24 hours a day if they can, especially if they know your business is at home. While you’re at it, consider a separate line for your FAX machine also. It’s cheap, and much better than sharing the line with your "voice" system. Better yet, set up an efax account, and forego the fax machine. With efax, faxes are sent to and from your computer. You have a legitimate phone number, but aren’t required to have a phone line for receipt of messages, as they all go into your email. When sending a fax, you compose it on your computer and send it out like email, except that it goes to the recipient’s email. Very easy and inexpensive. Several companies offer this service, such as www.efax.com.

Voice Mail

Answering machines are cheap and simple to use, but they are obvious to a caller and usually don’t make a professional impression on your potential clients. Voice-mail usually does a better job when set up properly. Most phone companies offer the option for a very low cost. You can also invest in PC-based programs that handle this chore quite well. However, it will require that you leave the computer on 24 hours per day, which may be a serious drawback.


The Shocking Truth

Know your electrical circuits. If your machine and/or computer receptacle is sharing electricity with other equipment in your house, it could cause problems. Be aware of GFI circuits. These devices are much more sensitive than standard circuit breakers, and "trip" quite easily. (They are supposed to). They are commonly found in areas where moisture can be a problem such as bathrooms, garages, basements and outdoors. We had a GFI Circuit in our shop that used to trip every time it rained. And of course a machine was plugged into it. If possible, have a separate circuit set up for your embroidery equipment (consult an electrician).

Also, invest in a good quality surge suppresser. Several household items cause frequent electrical surges, which can affect the electrical flow everywhere in the house, regardless of which branch circuit it is located on. Examples: Refrigerator, air conditioner, well pump. One of our earlier machines "blew out" a power supply due to surges caused by an air conditioner. Our surge suppressers seem to have remedied the problem.


Avoid having carpet in your work area. You will never be able to keep it clean. Embroidery generates a lot of lint and trimming leaves behind small bits of thread. In addition, carpet can generate electricity, which may be harmful to electronic equipment such as computers.


Homeowners insurance rarely covers business equipment. Make sure you have proper coverage before your machine arrives. You also need insurance to cover any merchandise that might be in your shop awaiting embroidery.

A Proper Fit

Verify that your floor can support the weight of a machine. A typical single head machine weighs in excess of 250 lbs, and a two head machine as much as 600 lbs. And it’s all concentrated in a very small area, which can put a great deal of stress on any floor. Also, ensure that the machine can fit through the door. It’s amazing how many people don’t consider this and end up with a new machine sitting in the yard for a day or two while they try and figure out what to do. Check it out before your equipment arrives.


Make sure your chosen work area has heating and air conditioning. Though most modern machines can handle a wide variance of temperatures, it’s best to try and avoid extremes. A simple rule of thumb is that if you are comfortable, so is your machine. In addition, avoid damp environments. It’s bad for your equipment, as well as your merchandise.

So, if you are planning to operate your embroidery business out of your home, take the time to analyze your environment. Make sure that your home can physically support the business. If not, you may want to consider making modifications or finding another location. Whatever the case may be, just be sure to complete all of the arrangements prior to the arrival of your equipment!

Share this project:     
Meet The Author: James M. (Jimmy) Lamb
Award-winning author and international speaker Jimmy Lamb has over 15 years of embroidery experience as well as 10 years of professional digitizing experience (as a business owner). Currently, he is the Director of Training and Education for Hirsch International Corp., where he has been instrumental in developing their educational seminars.

Rate this Project: Awful Poor Average Good Excellent    Not Yet Rated
| |
Used In This Project
Shop Today
McAfee Secure sites help keep you safe from identity theft, credit card fraud, spyware, spam, viruses and online scams    This site protected by Trustwave's Trusted Commerce program   Click to Verify - This site has chosen a VeriSign SSL Certificate to improve Web site security

©2005 - 2017 Embroidery Designs
Site Designed By Liventus
New Message Alert
New Message(s)
Your custom digitizing order(s) has 1 new message(s) waiting for you. Please read immediately and respond to expedite the processing of your order(s).
Read Message Now