Some professionals work with fashion clothing buttons. These are manufactured in massive amounts every year in order to keep up with the fashion apparel and accessories market, as well as many other markets that require plastic, metal, or ornamental buttons.
As a sewing button distributor in this field, it is common to sell ivory, gold, and novelty shell buttons for clothing manufacturers at cheap rates. Ask for discounts for plastic and metal buttons for men's pants, women's dress shirts, and various fashion accessories.
If you choose to work for a major button dealer, you will probably need to acquire on-the-job training at first. This is so you can learn more about how pearl, plastic, and metal buttons are manufactured and sold. You may have to learn how to make holes in clothes and garments, sew on plastic buttons, and provide apparel distributors with bulk shipments of button supplies. While one client or store may require a vast array of colored plastic buttons for men's pants, another company may need dressy pearl buttons for the cuffs of high fashion shirts for women. However, it is your job as a button dealer to supply a number of companies or clients with the correct order of clothing and accessory buttons they need.
In this line of work, it is common to deal with manufacturers, distributors, and individual customers. You are also likely to work with a number of clothing stores and dealers all the time.