One of the most popular home business ideas in Nigeria is starting your own tailoring business. Over the past few years, a lot of such companies, having started from scratch, have moved to the level of a small industry. They used the money they had earned to purchase high-tech equipment allowing them to improve the quality of the products dramatically.
How can you start a profitable business in tailoring and what do you need for this?
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1. Advantages of business
- It does not require large investment;
- It isn’t a seasonal business;
- the need for exclusive clothing is increasing;
- the flexibility of choosing a business system.
2. How much does it cost to start a tailoring business?
- you can organize a mini-manufacture even at home: you only need to buy a household sewing machine and create a competent tailoring business plan;
- an average-sized workshop (20-50 items per day) – $10,000;
- large tailoring workshop (150-200 items per shift) – at least $150,000.
Transitional options are also possible.
3. Type of service
There are many tailoring business ideas allowing several variations at the start:
- standard: sewing dresses, suits, outerwear;
- repair and modification;
- sewing children’s clothing;
- sewing uniforms;
- sewing tablecloths, curtains, covers, etc.
4. Equipment costs
When opening a small tailoring business with 10 employees you will need:
- 7-8 universal stitching machines;
- 2 overlock sewing machines;
- a hinged semi-automatic machine for straight loops;
- a button semi-automatic machine.
(If you opt for used equipment, you can buy everything for about $4 – 5,000).
- synthetic fabrics that must be pressed with a special steam iron are being used more and more often. Therefore, you it’s a good idea to buy this special equipment ($1,500).
- the purchase of fabrics and accessories will require at least $3-4,000 in order to ensure non-stop production.
According to experts, a mini workshop pays off in about a year.
5. Purchase of fabrics and accessories
You will need different types of fabrics:
- wool/wool blend;
- viscose, etc.
You will also need some lining materials:
- woven interfacing;
- non-woven fabric;
- lining materials: polyester, twill, viscose.
It is obligatory to allocate a certain amount of money for the purchase of professional fittings and threads.
6. The premises
At first, your tailoring business can be home-based: you can deliver the cuts to the tailors’ houses and then collect the completed items.
It’s a good idea to rent a place in a large shopping center. The obvious advantage is the constant crowd of people (customers + advertising), while the cost of rent is quite a significant disadvantage. A good compromise would be to rent rooms at a clothes factory.
The optimal number of people for a mini-enterprise is 23 people.
In order to minimize the downtime of machines and premises, 2 brigades of 10 people can work in shifts. The brigade should consist of:
- seven tailors;
- two people engaged in wet-heat treatment;
- one manager.
You will also need two cutters (they can work in one shift, getting the cuts ready for both brigades) and a laboratory assistant – his task is to sew the first copy of the new model.
In addition to the mentioned 23 people, you will need a director (usually he is also the owner). A mechanic, an electrician, and an accountant could be outsourced.
8. How to organize sales?
There are only 3 ways to sell the product in this business: the Internet, local shops and markets. Of course, you can also open your own store or even a chain of stores. However, this will require significant additional funding that may not be available at first.
One of the universal options to start a very profitable tailoring business in Nigeria is to start selling clothes on large free ads portals. For example, ready-made clothing can be sold on Jiji, the largest online-marketplace in Nigeria with huge audience coverage.
Thousands of beginning entrepreneurs started posting free ads on Jiji and achieved their brand recognition and transition to a new level of production and sales in a short time.
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