Fashion designing can be defined as an act of imagination, cutting cloth material into pieces, fitting the pieces of clothes and finishing into a refined outfit. A male fashion designer is a tailor while a female designer is called a seamstress.

A tailor is someone who specializes in making, mending or altering of clothes like gowns, coats, suits and other outer garments into refined clothing or apparel.

To be able to start up and run a well-established fashion business, the entrepreneur should be able to meet up with some certain skills or requirements like learning the hands on the job skill set, practicing for a set period of time and perfecting in some of the existing designs.

Checklist for starting a fashion designer business.

  1. Learning the handwork/sharpening your skill: this include having knowledge of sewing machine and how to use it, good knowledge of sewing, stitching, body measurement pattern drafting etc. Having a good setup without knowing what to do in that setup can be seen as misconception, for reason an entrepreneur who wants to venture into fashion trend needs to learn how to do so.
  2. Business Plan: Setting up a business can be tricky a times, but with a good and achievable business plan, one can stay on course without drifting too far from its plan. Having a business plan does not necessarily mean it must be achieved at once, rather this help you understand which direction your business is meant to go and also helps one to measure business growth. Your business plan include should the following; how to source the initial capital, business name, business location, succession plan and target customers.
  3. Business location: Most designers that have no much capital do start up mainly from the comfort of their home or working for someone before moving to their permanent location, with these they tend to build a client base and sharpen their skills before securing a business location.
  4. Procuring basic equipment and tools: Equipment’s like sewing machine, table, measuring tools are most basic things that are needed for one to be able to start and run a fashion business, since there might not be much financial capabilities to start up, one can start with manual machine before thinking of buying industrial machine, but even in the case where there’s an industrial machine, one still needs to procure a manual machine because running only the industrial will not work except in the case where there is steady power supply.

Points to note

As a fashion designer that wants to trend in the world filled with many designers, you must be conversant with:

Fashion Trend: Always check the internet for new designs and to find out what others are doing and how you can implement it to your business to grow higher.

Online Classes: In other to keep your clients wowed, you need to spice up your signature wears and this can be achieved by checking out new ways to improve your skills and how well you can grow skills to match up with the others.

Colour Combination: Matching up different colours to create something gorgeous can also help you keep your clients especially when the can trust your judgment when it comes to creation and stitching.

Don’t be in a haste to handover clients outfits to your employee, this is because each designer has his/her signature, something unique about your work that make your client too keep coming and once that is missing as a result that someone you didn’t tutor is handling your clients work, then you start losing your client.

In summary most skilled entrepreneurs has a mentor, it is good to have one either by following such through social media or by learning from the said person.


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