5 Signs Your Embroidery Business has Outgrown Your Home Office
Do you work from home? There are plenty of reasons to start a home-based embroidery business, but as your business grows you might be thinking about taking that next big step. Separating your work life from your home life is even harder when both take place in the same building, and your tiny home office could be holding your business back.
Here are 5 signs you’ve outgrown your home office and it’s time to look into scaling your embroidery business.
It’s hard to focus
Distractions are everywhere, especially when you’re working from home. Even if you close your office door, the couch, the fridge, and the dog are all waiting for you just down the hall. If separating “home time” from “work time” is becoming too difficult, it might be time to move to a commercial space.
Your entire house looks like your office
Is your dining table covered in paperwork? Are hooping systems and thread cones taking up closet space “just for a little while”? Being able to distinguish work from home is important to prevent burnout, but if your home studio is spilling out into your living space, it could mean…
… you’ve run out of space
Commercial embroidery machines and other supplies take up a lot of space, and as your home-based embroidery business grows your space problem is only going to get worse. It’s time to look for a larger workspace, either inside or outside your home.
You want to hire new employees
Eventually your business will outgrow your small 1- or 2-person operation, and it will be time to hire extra help. Chances are you don’t want an employee working out of your home. If your employees aren’t able to work remotely, it’s time to look for a new workspace.
Your business has hit a plateau
You’re at capacity. Your business couldn’t possibly handle more orders right now because you don’t have the equipment or the manpower to get the work done on time. That’s great news, but it can also be frustrating. If you feel your embroidery business has become stagnant, it could be time to expand.
You’re ready to scale your embroidery business
If all of the above statements sound like you, look at it as a good thing! Your home-based embroidery business is doing so well that it has grown beyond your tiny home office or studio. It’s time to start planning steps to scale your business and increase your reach.
Take a look at your business, how it has grown, and your goals for the future. Scaling doesn’t have to be a big plunge–start with smaller steps. If you need more space, for example, consider renting commercial space or a storage unit.