Want to know how to start a tailor shop of your own? Read along with this beginner’s guide to run this business smoothly and know all the nitty-gritty.
Are you a fashion designer or someone who is who loves to make clothes? Have you been making your own clothes or your family and friends forever? Then why not start your own business?
Every day there are thousands of people who google how to alter clothes or a good tailor in their vicinity.
You can make the most of this opportunity by opening a tailor shop of your own and here’s all the information you need to know to start this new adventure.
How To Start a Tailor Shop
Create a Business Plan
Every business idea in India first needs a plan. This plan would talk about everything. Your 6 months, 1 year and even 5-year plan.
Decide and plan what would be your goals, niche, money invested, people hiring, location, and basically anything to everything that your business would require.
Once this is done, decide on your niche. Decide what type of boutique you would want to have. A place for Indian suits and sarees or only alteration. Depending upon the crowd that is around you, you can decide on this.
Hone Your Skills
To run a tailoring business you need some basic skills that include:
- Knowledge of sewing machine (basic machine) and running a sewing machine
- Learn garment stitching. Whether you stitch garments yourself or hire a skilled tailor, you should learn the basics of garment stitching
- Body measurement and garment measurement
- Learn pattern drafting
- Cutting the fabric for garment parts
- Learn about textile designs and their properties
- Learn about garment fit
- Take training on tailoring and garment manufacturing and pattern making. A 3-6 months course is enough to start a tailor shop.
Note – You don’t need to know stitching necessarily to start the business. You just need to know all about fabrics and designing trendy clothes.
Get the finances
To start your own business you need to spend a lot of money on the place you would want to rent unless you are planning to run it from your home, employees, equipment, etc.
Initially, the business would require some investment, hence it would be better that you start saving up as much as you can.
If not, then you can always consider taking a loan. You can either take it from a bank or ask your parents, spouse, or any family member/friends for the same.
Pick the location
Picking up the right location is one of the most mandatory and important steps of starting a tailoring business. The location must be an area where the competition is less and people get a lot of clothes stitched or altered based on their niche.
The location must not be expensive and should fall under your budget without exceeding any limit. The best location for opening a shop would be in any residential complex where there are a lot of potential customers.
Pick a Name
Having an identity is important so that people know who you are. Choose a nice name for your business, Godaddy can help you with this. Something that is related to your business, is easy and simple to remember as well as pronounce. Maybe also something that gives away your niche.
Get the necessary equipment
Buying the right equipment is also one important task. You might want to buy a simple and basic home sewing machine but know that it would not work that well with the abundance of orders and may even affect the quality.
Study all about the sewing machines and get one accordingly. Buy a professional sewing machine along with a serger overlock machine. Other vital tools required for your own tailor shop would be:
- Fabric shears
- Self-healing cutting mat
- Clear plastic ruler
- Rotary cutter
- Small craft scissors
- Pinking shears
- Seam ripper
- Pins and pincushions
- Sewing needles (for machine and for hand)
- Tailor chalk or pen, Markers
- Seam gauge
- Measuring tape
- Ott light
- Fabric Glue, Yarn Etc
- Raw material requirement: Threads and supplies
- Some hangers, racks, and stands
- Electric iron
- You need a table for pattern making, garment measuring, and cloth cutting. A 6 ft x 4 ft tabletop is ok. If you have a small space you can manage it in a 4 x 3.5 square ft table
- Work aids like special presser foot for hemming and pico stitch. (Hemming and pico stitch can be done manually)
Get the Right Employees
Initially, when you start your garment business you do not really need any extra help but as and when the order increase, you can get someone to help you with it.
Whether it is for measurements, alteration, cutting, finding the right fabric, taking orders, or even stitching. Hiring a new person isn’t that complex in this business.
You can ask around and find women who do stitching and can get them on board with you. You can also look for tailors who will be beneficial in expanding and growing your business.
Marketing your business is also equally important for your business. There is no point in having a business that no one knows about.
One must market the business to reach potential customers. You can spread the word via pamphlets, social media, and of course word of mouth.
Having a presence on social media is of great need as you would be able to reach a large number of people through it.
Put pictures of your business, your work, and what makes you different from others. But yes, showing your work would do a major benefit as that would attract a lot of people.
So, when do you know it’s the right time to expand your business and how to do it? When your work volume has increased and you are able to deliver all orders on time, it’s time to expand your business.
Purchase more machines and get a few people on board with you. You can also start selling readymade garments, based on your liking to your customers. You can slowly move to design and grow your business.
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How Can Lio Help
When starting a business there numerous things that one needs to take care of, keep note of, and track.
With so much to do and constant things running in your mind, it is very important to save all the data and information in one place and this is exactly where Lio can help you out.
Download the app and choose from the many templates that are available for your use. A template that is best suited for your business or meets or needs and requirements. If not, you can also make your own template.
Once done, you can start adding any kind of data and information here. Make different templates for different information. Track the money inflow and outflow, customer contact, fabric details, equipment requirements, and everything else.
You can also upload images and external files to add and collate everything in one place. Lio makes your life a lot more practical and organized.
Not downloaded the Lio App yet? Here is how you can start with Lio App.
Step 1: Select the Language you want to work on. Lio on Android
Step 2: Create your account using your Phone Number or Email Id.
Verify the OTP and you are good to go.
Step 3: Select a template in which you want to add your data.
Add your Data with our Free Cloud Storage.
Step 4: All Done? Share and Collaborate with your contacts.
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Frequently asked questions
How much floor space is needed for a tailoring shop based at home?
This completely depends on the staff and machines. To start with, you can look for 100-120 square feet space for 2 machines.
What knowledge and skills are required for tailoring business?
These are some of the top skills required –
Knowledge and running a sewing machine
garment and Body measurement
Learn garment stitching, whether you stitch yourself or hire a skilled tailor.
Learn pattern drafting
Learn about fabrics and their properties
Cutting the fabric
Learn about garment manufacturing and pattern making
Learn about garment fit
A 3-6 months course is enough to start tailoring shop.
Note: You don’t need to learn stitching work if you get stitching done by a hired tailor.
What kind of machines do you need?
At least one blackhead single needle lock stitch machine and one 3 thread overlock machine (Also called an interlock machine).
An interlocking machine is used for the edge finish. If you want you can invest in industrial sewing machines too.
Apart from this, you also need a table for pattern making, garment measuring, and cloth cutting. A 6 ft x 4 ft tabletop is ok. If you have a small space you can manage it in a 4 x 3.5 square ft table
How to market your services?
Tell others about your services by getting banners and putting them at the main gate of your house and around your locality. You can also distribute pamphlets.
Other than this, spread the word through Facebook page, WhatsApp group etc. You can also give offers or have some products for sale.
What tools and equipment are required for tailoring?
Apart from a table and sewing machine, these are the things that you would need.
Scissors for cutting fabric
Scales and curves
Chalk for marking
Work aids – like special pressure foot for hemming and picot stitch
Raw material requirement: Threads and supplies
Some hangers, racks, and stands
What are the rates of boutique work?
Everywhere it is different but the following are a few rates for your reference (Delhi and NCR).
Kurta/dress alteration – Rs. 50
Kurta making – Rs. 200 – 250/- (depends on design and inclusion of accessories)
Blouse stitching – Rs. 300/- 400/- (Including accessories)
Only Pico – 50/
Saree fall attaching + pico – Rs. 80-100/-
Salwar kameez- Rs. 300/-
Follow these simple yet important steps listed by me and you would be able to open and run a successful tailor shop of your own.
Make sure you plan all the things well in advance and have all the crucial aspects clear. Starting a tailoring business can be really profitable if done smartly. So wait not and start planning your new venture.