Every weekend in Africa is full of events and when they party, everything from makeup to outfit must slay! The fashion industry is getting bigger, African design is becoming the pride of all nations and this is the main season to dive into the untapped wealth that is flowing in the secret stream of fashion business.
Today, our fashion originators create designs from corporate attires, party outfits, to bespoke wears for celebrities. Therefore, to launch into the industry, you have to be fashionable and creative to convince your target clients. Here are the tips to aid new designers venturing into the business:
LEARN THE ART
Do your research, check out reputable fashion institutes that are affordable and teach courses in the exact field you want to go into. Find out the locations of the fashion industries you will like to deal on. Take a course ranging from 6 months to have the knowledge of designing, sewing and the entire fashion idea. The fair knowledge about every aspects of fashion will aid you on a rainy day where you are short of manpower.
Get Your Capital
A fashion business can start really small and you might not need so much money at first, but a little fund to purchase the equipment and tools needed for your work. Savings and contributions from family and friends is the best start up option. However, if you’re looking to start off the business on a much bigger scale, you can draw up a business plan and look up to Microfinance banks around you for soft loans. Loans for starters are not usually not advisable to avoid non- repayment interruptions.
A fashion business can be small enough to start in your home, but as the business grows, you will need more space and extra room for facilities like; changing room, leg space and even industrial sewing machines that may be needed in the process of growth. When selecting your location, you can start with a 2 – room space or get a large space and partition according to the number of rooms you desire for different purposes. It is advisable not to have a simple and achievable budget.
Once your capital and location are available, purchase your first sewing machine and tools such as measuring tapes, scissors, needles, chairs, tables etc. As the business grows, you can add other types of machines such as the embroidery and weaving machines. When all these are in place, you are ripe for a start off.