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How to Start A Clothing Store
Loads and loads of material can be found both online and off line about how to start a clothing store.
By: Skyfire Products
Start with a master plan: A good plan is the basic building block of any kind of business. The best companies in the world work with business plans and so do the worst. The only difference lies in the kind of planning that goes into each project. Make sure you plan everything in detail when you think of starting your on business. When you think of your own clothing store, then detail the basics involved as clearly as possible. Once you have everything planned out, it is definitely easier to implement.
Go Step By Step: The first step to starting a clothing store is to think about what you will sell. When it comes to clothing, then you can be selling anything ranging from underwear to bridal gowns. If you are planning to open on a small scale, which you should in the beginning, then choosing a niche where you think you can specialize is a better idea than trying to stock something of everything. Once you have decided on your product, the other decisions that you need to make are about the kind of customer that you want to target and the price range that you want to operate within. Basically you have to decide whether yours is going to be a mass market or a high end store.
The next issue that you need to address will be the amount of inventory you plan to carry. Think about how many styles, how many pieces and how many colors you want to carry and in what sizes. The largest portion of your monthly as well as initial budget will be spent on stock, so this is one area where no amount of thinking and planning can ever be enough.
Once you have decided on these two things, it is time to find out and fix at least a couple or more suppliers who will be supplying you with all your products. Do your research well when deciding on suppliers; because the lower the costs that these people give you, the higher will be the profits that you will be able to make.
Pay Attention To Location: The one thing that makes or breaks a retail store is location. Think of a location which your target customer already frequents instead of opening a destination store. Taking a high street shop is a good idea if you are planning to sell bridal or party wear, while a shop selling mid range casuals can be located in a normal multi store mall.
Mentioned above are just a few points about how to start a clothing store. While these are necessary basics that you need to consider, the list is by no means complete. So go ahead and educate yourself on how to open a clothing store through perusing as much study material as you can. For more on this topic, keep watching this space.
Written by Robert Riles, owner of http://www.skyfireproducts.com