The idea of starting a tailoring business can be burdensome sometimes, especially to people who are not skilled in the art. But the fact is, it is not as difficult as it may seem.
Unarguably, there used to be a time when the business seems to be open for only tailors. In other words, tailors were the only ones who can actually venture into the business. Nowadays, things have changed. Tailoring business is not only a thriving business in Nigeria, it is one business that has been generating profit for a very long time now. And this is because, irrespective of circumstances, people will always cloth themselves.
So if you’re not a tailor but you desire to start the business, these are the things that are required of you: Get a shop, facilitate it by equipping it, and hire experienced tailors to execute the job. Read on to find out what you must know if you want to start a tailoring business.
Like most business, the importance of having a good location cannot be overemphasized. When thinking of getting a shop, it is a good idea to rent a place in a large shopping centre.
The obvious advantage is the constant crowd of people (customers + advertising), but in places like these, the cost of rent is quite a significant disadvantage.
However, renting a shop in a busy environment can be a very good substitute to having one in a large shopping centre.
2. Facilitate your shop
Once you’ve secured your shop in a very good location, the next step is to facilitate the shop with the necessary tailoring equipment that will keep the business running.
And these include sewing machines, weaving machines, overlock machines, embroidery machines, a bulk of threads and needle, different types of sewing materials and other necessary equipment like a generator.
3. Select a niche
The most successful tailors are the ones that are specialize in a particular area. There are so many areas of sewing that one could pursue, and if you don’t select one or two things to specialize in, you can be worn thin and not properly market your business.
Whether you want to do crafts, children’s or adult’s clothing, or sewing machine repair, there is a market for your business, but narrowing down your focus is key.
Think about an area of specialization and start making plans to develop and market products in that area.
4. Employ experience tailors
Once you’ve concluded on the particular niche you want to be known for, it is advisable to source for tailors that are experienced in that field.
However, it is not a must that you confine your business to just one particular niche. You can choose to specialize on two or three if you want if you can get the experience hands to execute the job.
5. Count your cost
To start a business one would need a capital. And the tailoring business is no different. Like most business, when starting a tailoring business, the basic cost is an important issue. Because, as earlier mentioned, you will need some equipment and supplies to run the business.
And as rightly stated one of the most important things that you will need is a sewing machine as well as tailoring supplies such as threads, sewing needles, and buttons.
Likewise, an iron is also important as you will need to iron the clothes after sewing it to be more presentable and neat. Other accessories that you will need are hangers.
Try to find out the cost of everything that has to do with the business. Ensure to carry out a feasibility study. Know your ins and outs as you seek advice from entrepreneurs that are doing well in the business.