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Memory Bears: How to sell memory bears for money

Memory Bears: How to sell memory bears for money

Yes, you can make money with your sewing skills and work from home while doing it. This blog post is dedicated to making money selling your sewing services in the field of home decor, keepsake, memory, and heirloom sewing.

Memory Bears are stuffed teddy bears typically made from your favorite clothing or that of a loved one that has passed away. Memory Bears are not toys; they are heirloom (or keepsake) memory items that are meant to bring comfort to those friends and family members who are missing their loved ones.

Memory Bears are a viable sewing business option for intermediate or skilled sewists and require time, patience, and some technical skills to maneuver the pattern pieces. Also, there are many different styles of memory bears so you’ll want to decide on which pattern your sewing business will specialize in offering to your customers.

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Okay, there are a few items you’ll need to make your memory bear sewing business a success. This list may not include everything, as it depends greatly on the memory bear sewing pattern you will be using in your particular business. For the purpose of this blog post, I will share the items I use in my business according to my preferences and the pattern that I am most accustomed to using.

Memory Bears: Sewing Tools for Success

  • Sewing machine
  • Thread (all-purpose)
  • Sewing machine needles
  • Scissors
    • paper cutting scissors
    • fabric cutting scissors
    • snips (tiny scissors for threads)
    • pinking shears
  • Pattern
  • Poly-fil
  • Safety eyes
  • Safety nose
  • Embroidery Floss (for the customers that prefer stitched eyes and nose)
  • Sewing needles
  • Stabilizer (not all clothing will need to be stabilized)

What other items can you think of for sewing memory bears?

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Memory Bear Business: Marketing, Sales and Customers

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Marketing, Sales, and Customer Service 

How to Get and Keep Happy Customers 

Let’s recap! You have your business name picked out, searched to make sure it was not Trademarked and you just purchased the domain name! You have your legal paperwork completed, you’re registered with the government and now, you need customers! 

Your First Customer 

If you are brand spanking new to owning a memory bear business and have never had a customer, now is the time to offer your service at a reduced cost. When I first opened my memory bear business and had no customers, I decided to offer my services at a reduced fee. In the first week of opening my doors, I had 8 orders. 

Marketing Your Small Business 

As a new business owner, you need to start drawing attention to your services even before your website is created. In fact, using Facebook or Instagram while your website is being built is a great way to get the word out about your memory bear services. One thing to keep in mind is your target customer. 

Do not think every customer is your target customer because this is simply not a fact. At first, you may find yourself taking every order inquiry that comes your way simply because you do not know what your boundaries are or how to say ‘no’

Let’s dig deep into finding your ideal customer by asking the following questions: 

  1. Who wants your memory bears?
  2. Who would love to brag about your services?
  3. What is their income, age, and gender?

Your Brand Identity 

While researching your ideal customer, you’ll need to build a strong brand identity…this is the step that WILL MAKE YOU STAND OUT from the rest of the memory bear business providers. Your brand identity is about your values, communication concepts, emotions you want to your customers to feel, and your mission.

Generate and Nurture Leads 

Now that you’ve begun building an online and local presence and creating awareness of your business, you need to generate leads that will bring you, customers. 

To generate leads online you could post pictures of your happy customers with their memory bears, or you could post pictures with stories of other items you have made that will show off your sewing skills. It’s a great idea to either make a few memory bears as gifts and give those away to people that will BRAG online about your services or make memory bears out of your own clothing so you can show your skills. Remember, potential customers, want to see your memory bear sewing skills before they are going to trust you with their treasured clothing. 

To generate leads in your local community you can attend local craft shows and business networking groups which will help establish you as the ‘go-to’ memory bear provider. By creating a local buzz about your sewing services, you will be given opportunities to grow your customer base, especially if they love your services! Bragging about how great your memory bear services are, will happen naturally and growth will occur. 

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Orders and Shipping Your Memory Bears

Memory Bear Business: Business License and Taxes

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Business License and Taxes

What Is It & Do You Need One? 

I think it’s safe to say that every business needs a business license, and as a memory bear business owner, you’ll need one to operate legally, but requirements may vary. The specific license or permit you need can be figured out by visiting the Small Business Administration website. 

Small Business Taxes 

As a business owner, you are obligated to pay specific federal taxes, and the amount of those taxes is determined by your business entity. You will also need an Employer Identification Number (EIN), which you can apply for on the IRS website here. 

Some taxes you want to consider include: 

  • Self -Employment (SE Tax) 
  • Employment Taxes 
  • Excise Taxes 

Please seek the legal advice for your specific business structure, this is simply a reference blog to give you guidance on starting and/or growing your memory bear business. 

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Marketing and Customers

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