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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Low-Cost Startups by Gail Margolies Reid

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Custom Tailoring and Alterations

Estimated startup costs: $500-$1,000
Estimated first-year revenue: $30,000-$80,000
According to the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals (formerly Professional Association of Custom Clothiers or PACC), the majority of their 500 members across the United States and Canada run home-based businesses. This industry has seen a real spike in revenue over the last decade as a result of the media focus on fashion, home décor, and, above all, weddings. Custom tailoring and altering bridal gowns has become a big business. With clothing being made around the world for people of all shapes and sizes, alterations businesses have seen growth as more people shop in discount retail stores that no longer offer their ...

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