Everyday people are sewing clothes either for occasions or for their work. Tailors are making lots of money from the clothes they sew every day. You can start a tailoring business if you have passion for sewing. To own a tailoring shop you don’t have to be a professional tailor at first. You can open the tailoring shop and then learn how to sew afterwards.
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Note: To start a tailoring business in Nigeria, you always have to be at the shop to monitor what your employees are doing so that you know the number of clothes that they sew each day.
You should also sell lace materials, wrappers and other wearable in your shop as your customers will always want to buy clothes when they see that you have them in your tailoring shop. If you are sewing male clothes, selling cufflinks, watches, and other accessories is also a nice way to make extra money.
Tailoring business is very lucrative in this part of the world as people cannot stay without sewing new clothes especially during festive seasons. Women alone sew many clothes and that niche is most lucrative than their male counterpart though both pays well.
Before starting out, you should bear it in mind that you need some amount of money to get the equipment to start a tailoring business, pay for shop rent, search for a good location, employ professional tailors, and for you to make more passive income you should also provide additional services like embroidery, sales of machine oil, linens, threads and needles.
This article is geared toward letting you know what you require when starting a tailoring business. You are required to read it carefully as it will help you out.
What you need to start your tailoring business and make money
Choose a better Location
A good location is what drives a business and make it stand out among the rest. To be successful in your tailoring business, you need to rent a shop in a nice, busy and serene environment that you can be noticed and approached for business. Though as a tailor your customers will always locate you if you know how to sew very well, you also need a location that is accessible to people. You need a place that you will have constant light to use and iron fabrics or do embroidery.
Buy Original equipment
When buying equipment to start tailoring business, you need to invest in original and cost effective equipment. You don’t need equipment that will break down while you are working. A failed machine will bring about delay in a customer’s work and may cost you to lose your customers.
Employ only professional tailors
When you want to start a tailoring business, you can decide to employ professional tailors and then learn tailoring from them. This is cost effective as you only need to buy the equipment and then employ them to be sewing while you pay them. Along the line if you want to learn, you can learn from them in an easier way without having to pay another tailor outside to learn sewing again.
Calculate your cost
As a business person, your main aim is to make profit from your tailoring business. You have to calculate what it took you to open the tailoring shop and know the rate at which you bill your customers. You should not overcharge or undercharge your customers. You should also ask to know what other tailors bill on different clothing styles.
Provide additional services
This is what usually brings about extra money to all tailors. If you have embroidery machine in your shop, other tailors will always come around to do embroideries with you and you will earn cash. You can also sell other tailoring kits like machine oil, tapes, chalk, threads, and needles.
Provide room for training
People will always want to come and train with you. You should be open to persons willing to learn tailoring. Training usually comes with a fee. Say if you have several students learning tailoring from you, you in turn bill the cash for teaching them. When the time elapses, they can decide to pay again if during the period not all was learnt.
Furnish your shop
Your tailoring shop should be appealing to your customers. You should furnish it well for it to look nice. Keep well cushioned chairs for your customers to sit down; if possible you can keep a television as a side attraction to your customers.
Be sure to market and advertise your tailoring business
You can do this by word of mouth, telling all your friends. You can still meet a graphics designer to design a custom business card for you, print and share flyers at public places. By doing this, you will be known by many people. Radio and Television advertisement too is also relevant when marketing your business. Social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram can also help you reach out to a large number of persons needing your service.
Entertain your customers
You can entertain your customers by giving them catalogues containing different clothing designs to look at. Believe me if your customers see a nice clothing they may be forced to come and sew them. These tricks do work everywhere. You can succeed as a tailor if you follow these simple steps contained in this article.
Many persons do not believe in craft, but they really want money. I carefully researched on this topic because I know how difficult it is finding a job that pays well in the country at the moment.
White collar jobs will not pay you the way a craft will. You should learn a handiwork. I have seen a lecturer learning how to sew because he knows what he will save if he can be the one to be sewing clothes for his children and even his friends.
Tailoring job is very outstanding and lucrative and I would advise any young person that is not yet working to go for it and watch his/her life change from broke to rich.