How To Start A Tailoring Business In Nigeria?

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:

  • polyester;
  • cotton;
  • 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.

7. Staff

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.

Jiji is the guarantee of your non-stop business operation and effective shopping offering unprecedented efficiency and convenience of both purchases and sales.

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