The first five steps to take in Setting up your Fashion Business.

Here are five steps that are required to start a fashion business successfully. Take one step at a time, and you’ll be on your way to a successful fashion business ownership.

Step 1- Do your Research

Most likely you have already identified a business idea, so now it’s time to balance it with a little reality. Does your idea have the potential to succeed? You will need to run your business idea through a validation process before you go any further. As you explore the market, some of the questions you should Ask yourself includes:

  • Is there a need for your anticipated products/services?
  • Who needs it?
  • Are there other companies offering similar products/services now?
  • How will your business fit into the market?

Step 2- Get Feedback

Let people interact with your product or service and see what their take is on it. A fresh set of eyes can help point out a problem you might have missed. Plus, these people will become your first brand advocates, especially if you listen to their input and they like the product. By pushing out a product, getting feedback and then adapting before you push out the next product, you can constantly improve and make sure you stay relevant.

Step 3- Create a Business Model

You need to have a business model in order to make your business idea a reality. A business model is a blueprint that will guide your business from the start-up phase through establishment and eventually business growth, and it is a must-have for all new businesses.

Step 4- Plan your Finances

Planning your finances will involve some initial investment as well as the ability to cover ongoing expenses before you are turning a profit. Put together a spreadsheet that estimates the one-time startup costs for your business (licenses and permits, equipment, legal fees, accounting fees, branding, market research, inventory, trademarking,  property leases, etc.), as well as what you anticipate you will need to keep your business running for at least 12 months (rent, utilities, marketing and advertising, production, supplies, travel expenses, employee salaries, your own salary, etc.). Those numbers combined is the initial investment you will need.

Step 5- Build your team.

Unless you’re planning to be your only employee, you’re going to need to hire a great team to get your company off the ground.

“Your product is built by people, if you believe you can create your fashion products without any help that’s not bad but as your brand grows it is essential that you build a team. In building a team you need to understand the following; Identifying your founding team, understanding what gaps exist, and determining how and when you will address them should be top priority. Figuring out how the team will work together is equally important. Defining roles and responsibility, division of labor, how to give feedback or how to work together.

Every business needs a solid team.

Once you have completed these activities, you will have all of the most important bases covered. Use the plan you’ve created to consistently work on your business, and you will increase your chances of success.

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