Are you interested in starting a business in the clothing/apparel industry? If YES, here are 50 creative fashion business ideas you can start in 2016 from home with little money and little experience?
The fashion industry is indeed a thriving industry all over the globe and clothing line happens to be the most prominent in the industry. There are various clothing label, and shoes designers’ et al; some are national brand and some others are international brands. The fashion industry is indeed a very competitive industry, every clothing line and shoe designers must ensure that they are always on their toe and in touch with the trend if indeed they want to continue to be in business.
The fashion industry is a creation of the modern age and fashion style changes at a regular basis and in most cases people go back to the past to re – introduce old fashion. The fashion industry is indeed a rapidly changing industry; fashion trend will always come and go at different season. The bottom line is that successful fashion designers have a thorough grasp of the market and they know how to meet their needs or cajole them to accept what they have to offer; they are always creative and flexible.
From time immemorial, the fashion industry is known to be one of the largest employers of labor (both directly and indirectly) in the United States of America and in most countries of the world. Some of the leading labels in the fashion industry are from the United States of America.
Although some of these clothing label outsource the production of their clothes to other parts of the world; predominantly countries in Asia just in the bid to cut cost. The fact that there are over 7 Billion people on planet earth means that there is indeed a very large market for the fashion industry. Here are 50 highly thriving business ideas that an entrepreneur can chose from if they intend starting a business in the fashion industry;
50 Creative Profitable Fashion Business ideas for 2016
Fashion Products and Sales Business Ideas
Clothing line is of course one of the leading businesses in the fashion industry. Despite the fact that there are competitions in the clothing line industry, a designer who has carefully studied the industry before launching his or her business won’t struggle to break even. The idea is to choose a particular niche in the industry that is still open in your location unless you have the financial resources to promote your clothing label and wrestle a portion of the existing market from the market leaders.
For example if you live in the United States of America, Canada and United Kingdom et al, starting a clothing line business and hoping to compete with establish clothing brand will definitely not be easy even if you have enough financial resources to sustain a robust publicity and promotion of your brand. Somehow, you would still have to pay your due in the industry before your brand can be accepted. So if you are looking towards starting a business in the fashion industry, then one of your options is to start a clothing label.
It is a fact that dressing is not complete without a shoe on; shoes are a major component when it comes to fashion. There is indeed a large market for shoes all over the globe. So if you are looking for a business to start in the fashion industry, then you should consider starting a shoe manufacturing business. The market you intend serving will go a long way to determine the types of shoes and quality of shoes that you should start manufacturing. If you intend marketing your shoes to high – end customers, then you should pay emphasis on quality as against quantity and if you intention is to target low income earners, then you should pay emphasis on quantity.
- Go into Belt Manufacturing
Male and female alike all have need for belts; this goes to show that there is a large market for belts. Belts are worn on pants (trousers), jeans, shorts and some gowns et al. and belts could be produced with different materials such as skins (leather), synthetic leather, fabric, rubber, wires, beads et al. As an aspiring entrepreneur who is looking towards starting a business in the fashion industry, one of your options is to go into belt manufacturing. It is indeed a thriving and profitable business.
- Open Handbags Manufacturing Factory
Handbags manufacturing is yet another profitable and thriving business in the fashion industry. There is indeed a large market for bags, just like some of the products mentioned above; there is hardly any female that is above 18 years old that doesn’t own at least one handbag. Fashion handbags come in different shapes and sizes and from different designers. Starting a handbag manufacturing company is good business to start. So if you looking towards making money from the fashion industry, then one of your options is to start manufacturing fashion handbags.
- Start a Lingerie Production Company
Another highly thriving and profitable business in the fashion industry is the production of lingerie. Statistics has it that females spends more than their male counterpart when they go shopping. The fact that lingerie are meant for female makes it highly marketable. So if you looking towards starting a business in the manufacturing industry; a business that has a large market, then you should consider going into the production of lingerie
- Start Male Underwear Production Company
Boxer shorts, pants, and singlet et al are all male underwear that are highly saleable. If you are looking towards starting a business in the fashion industry, one of your options is to open male underwear production company. It is a profitable and highly thriving business to start, especially if you have the start – up capital to setup this type of business.
- Design and Production of Shades (Fashion Glasses)
Eye glasses and frames manufacturing is another highly thriving business that an entrepreneur can start if he or she is considering going into the fashion industry. Although brand names sell in this industry, but if you are determined and creative, you will be able to carve a niche for your company in this industry. Starting eye glasses and frames manufacturing business is capital intensive but it is indeed a profitable business simply because there is a large market for glasses and glasses frames et al.
- Design and Production of Wristwatches
Design and production of wristwatches is yet another good business in the fashion industry. On the average, without a good wristwatch on, you would not have been considered to be fully dressed. Aside from the fact that people wear wristwatches to know time, wristwatches are also part of fashion accessories. Starting a wristwatch manufacturing company is a capital intensive project, but the truth remains that there is a large market for wristwatch and if you are able to create a class for your wristwatches, then you will be able to attract customers from all over the world.
Jewelries production is yet another thriving business that an entrepreneur who wants to go into the fashion business can start. There are rooms to start this type of business on a small scale, medium scale or large scale. You can as well choose the king of jewelry you want to manufacture.
The fact remains that there is a large market for jewelry; this is so because women never gets tired of purchasing jewelries made from different materials. Please note that if you want to start a jewelry production company, it is not a must that you just manufacture jewelries made from pure gold or silver; you can go into the mass production of jewelries made from plastic, copper wire, good plating metals and beads et al.
- Start Casual Wears (Jeans, Tee Shirts, Polo, Shorts, et al) Line
Another highly thriving and profitable business howbeit capital intensive that an entrepreneur who is looking towards starting a business in the manufacturing industry should consider starting is to go into the production of casual wears production. There is indeed a large market for jeans, T – Shirts, Polo, shorts and beach wears et al.
- Go into Children and Baby Clothes Production
Children and baby clothes production is yet another highly profitable and thriving business that an entrepreneur who is looking towards making money from the fashion industry should consider starting. People give birth to children all over the world on a daily basis hence there is a large global market for children and baby clothes.
- Go into the Production of Wedding Gowns and Bridal Dresses
It is common to see ladies save – up to buy expensive wedding dresses for their weddings simply because they feel it is a one in a lifetime occasion in their lives. No doubt there is a large market for wedding cum bridal dresses all over the world. If you are considering starting this type of business, then you must be very creative with your designs if you intend generating sales for your wedding cum bridal dresses.
- Design and Manufacturing of Caps
Caps (hats, trilbies, sunhats, panamas, fedoras, sou’westers, boaters, bonnets, face caps et al), are considered to be part of fashion accessories hence the designing and manufacturing of caps is part of the business opportunities available in the fashion industry. So if you are looking for a business to start in the fashion industry, then one of your options is to go into the designing and manufacturing of caps. It is a profitable and thriving business venture that is open to aspiring entrepreneurs.
- Start Babies and Pregnant Women Clothes Retailing Business
Another fashion business that an entrepreneur can consider starting is to go into the retailing of babies’ clothes as well as maternity clothes et al. It is a cool way of making money. Before starting this type of business, it is important to first conduct a thorough market survey and feasibility studies so as to choose a good location to rent or lease a store. If you locate this type of business in an area that is dominated by retirees, you are likely going to struggle to make sales. One of the best places to locate this type of business is a hospital and maternity; a place where pregnant
- Open a Boutique
Boutique is also a typical fashion sales business and any entrepreneur in any part of the world can successfully open a boutique without much stress. All that is required to lunch this type of business is a store that is well positioned and money to stock your boutique with different types, colors, shapes and designs of clothes and fashion accessories from different clothing labels / designers. The truth is that, if your boutique is well located and well stocked with quality clothes and fashion accessories, you are likely not going to struggle to attract customers.
- Retailing of Shoes, Sandals, Slippers and Belts
Aside from running a boutique which is a good in the fashion industry, opening a store where shoes, sandals, slippers and belts et al are sold is yet another easy to setup business that an entrepreneur should consider starting. It is indeed a profitable, easy to start, easy to manage and thriving business especially if the business is well positioned. So if you are looking for a fashion sale business to delve into, then you should consider opening a store that sells shoes, sandals, slippers, belts, wallets, hats, caps and general leather works as it relates to fashion.
- Open a Perfume Store
It is safer to say that wearing a nice smelling perfume from a good perfume designer gives one a good dress sense. Retailing of perfumes from different designers is yet another profitable fashion business venture that an entrepreneur can consider starting. This type of business is simple to start and it is also easy to manage.
Some of the major things you need to do to get the business running is to rent or lease a shop, and then stock the shop with various brands of perfumes. Just like most retailing stores, location is key. If you are able to secure a good location perhaps in a busy market, you won’t struggle to make daily sales. As a matter of fact, you can generate repeated sales from loyal customers if you are able to meet their needs.
If you have cash and you are looking for a viable fashion sale business to start, then you should look towards starting your own jewelries and fashion accessories shop; a shop where you can sell necklaces, rings, earrings, bangles, ribbons, hair band et al. It is indeed a viable and profitable business and aside from the fact that you can sell these items from your shop, you can as well take your jewelries and fashion accessories to places where you can attract sales. It could be the homes of your family members and friends or even a place where people meet to network.
- Retailing of Sunshades and Eye Glasses Frames
Retailing of sunshades and fanciful eye glasses frames is yet another highly thriving and profitable fashion related business that an entrepreneur can successfully start without stress. So if you looking for a fashion related business to start, then one of your options is to open a store where sunshades and eye glasses frames are sold. This type of business is simple to establish and of course it is a profitable business. Just ensure that you choose a good location for the business and you won’t struggle much to attract customers.
If you have eyes for good fashion and you are interested in starting a business in that line and you don’t have all the monies in the world to rent / lease a facility for the conventional bricks and mortar boutique, then starting an online boutique is your best bet. As a matter of fact, online boutique has leverage over brick and mortar boutique. If you run an online boutique, you customer will not be restricted to people within the city where your boutique is located but to people all over the world.
All you need to do maximize your online boutique is to make arrangement for cheaper and reliable shipping services. If that is in place, people from all over the world can conveniently patronize your boutique.
- Open an Online Jewelry Store
If you operate a conventional brick and mortar jewelry store, you can leverage on the internet to expand your target market and of course make more monies. All you need to do is to employ the services of a web designer to help you design an online store and then secure a good online payment software and also good shipping arrangement and before you know it, you will start attracting customers from far and wide especially if your prices are highly competitive.
- Start Sewing Cultural / Native Attires
If you live in Africa or in any part of the world where people adorn their native attires, then you should consider open a shop where native attires are made. Sewing traditional attires is a good, profitable and thriving business to start in the fashion industry. Hawaiians, Africans, Indians, Chinese et al all have unique traditional attires that are not only worn in their countries both also exported to other countries of the world.
- Retailing of Designers Wristwatches
Retailing of wristwatches from a wide range of designers is yet another highly thriving and profitable fashion related business to start. There is a large market for wristwatches and some people spend fortunes on customized gold wristwatch. So if you are looking for a business to start in the fashion industry, then one of your options is to go into the retailing of designers’ wristwatches.
- Retailing of Sport Wears and Shoes
Retailing of sport wears and shoes is yet another good business an entrepreneur who is interested in the fashion industry should consider starting. If you are considering starting this type of business, then you must ensure that sample people’s opinion in the area you intend opening your shop before stocking the shop. For example, it will be wrong to stock your shop with ice hockey wears if you shop is located in Nigeria; you will hardly sell them simply because Nigerians are not into ice hockey.
- Retailing of Underwear
Both male and female alike wear underwear, as matter of fact, some people go all the way to ensure that their underwear is from notable fashion brands. There is indeed a large market for male and female underwear; so if you are looking towards starting a business in the fashion industry, then one of your options is to start retailing male and female underwear. It is a thriving, profitable and easy to set – up business.
- Retailing of Suits and Corporate Shirts
Beyond every reasonable doubt, there is a large market for suits and corporate shirts; people who work in corporate offices, pastors, politicians and business people all adorn suits and corporate shirts. So, if you are looking for a thriving and profitable business to start in the fashion industry, then you should consider going into the retailing of suits and corporate shirts.
- Open a Bridal Shop
A bridal shop is a place where everything about wedding are sold; wedding gown, bridal train gown, shoes, veil and other wedding accessories are part of what you will find in a typical bridal shop. Retailing of wedding gowns and other wedding accessories is indeed a thriving and profitable fashion related business that any serious minded entrepreneur can successfully launch. So if you are looking towards starting a business in the fashion industry, a business that does not require training or specially skills to manage, then one of your options is to open a wedding shop
- Start a Sports Clothes Production Company (Sport Label)
Another profitable and thriving business in the fashion industry is the production of sports clothes. Sports brands such as adidas, puma, Nike et al did not just start making it big from the onset; they paid their dues before they became what they are today. If you are interested in going into the production of sports jerseys, and sports wears generally, then you must be ready to adopt a good marketing skills in order to penetrate the market. The truth is that once you brand is accepted in your country, it won’t be too long before people from the international communities starts buying sports clothes from you.
There are several stuffs that can be sold in a consignment shop and if you are looking towards starting a fashion related business that requires minimal start – capital, a business that is thriving and profitable, then you should consider opening a consignment shop that deals in fashion wears; a place where people with low incomes can purchase neatly used suits, shirts, belts, caps, handbags, shoes, wristwatches et al.
As a matter of fact, there is a large market for secondhand stuffs all over the globe. So if you intend starting a simple business in the fashion industry, then one of your options is to open a consignment shop. It is important to locate this type of business in a place that is densely populated by people of low income.
- Open a Costume Shop
Another interesting business in the fashion industry is costume business; people make use of costumes majorly in film making. There is indeed a large market for costumes. So if you are looking for a thriving and profitable business to start in the fashion industry, then you should consider opening a costume shop.
- Open Clothes Mending Shop
Clothes mending shop is yet another thriving and profitable fashion related business that an entrepreneur can successfully start after few months of training. Clothes mending shop is a place where people mend their torn clothes, oversized clothes, undersized clothes, misplaced buttons, spoilt zips et al. So if you are looking for cool means of generating cash, then you should consider opening a cloth mending shop. Please note that before you can successfully launch this type of business, you would need to learn sewing. If you are serious and a fast learner, you can actually learn how to sew within a month.
- Go into the Production of Winter Clothes
Another fashion related business that an entrepreneur can successfully launch and make huge profits from is the production of winter clothing. The truth is that winter does not in any way stop a person with good fashion sense to stop being fashionable. So if you live in North America or Europe and you are looking for a thriving and profitable to start, then one of your options is to go into the production of winter clothes.
- Manufacturing of Wristbands
Wristbands are fashion accessories; usually people wear wristbands to add color and style to their dressing (outlook). Wristbands are cheap, but people that are into the manufacturing of fashionable wristbands still make profits from the business. So if you are looking for a simply, thriving and profitable business to start in the fashion industry, then one of your options is start manufacturing fashionable wristbands.
- Go into the Production of Ties
Ties are part of fashion accessories and as a matter of fact, there are some professions or offices that wearing ties is compulsory; there is indeed a large global market for ties. So if you are looking for a business to start in the fashion industry, then one of your options is to go into the production of ties.
- Go into the Production of Hair bands and Ribbons
Ladies once in a while make use of hair bands and ribbons as fashion accessories; it brings out the beauty in most women. If you are looking towards starting a fashion related business, then one of your options is to go into the production of fashionable hair bands and ribbons. It is a profitable and thriving business.
Fashion Services Business Ideas
- Open a Fashion School
Another highly thriving and profitable business venture in the fashion industry is a fashion design school. The fashion industry is indeed a thriving industry all over the globe and clothing line is a subset of the industry. No doubt the clothing line industry has the widest range of customers; everybody on planet earth wears clothes howbeit different designs, quality and style.
There standard fashion design schools in major cities like New York, Milan, Paris and London et al where people can enroll to learn all about fashion. If you a fashion designer with pedigree, you should consider starting a fashion design school in your city or country; there are loads of students who will be willing to enroll in your fashion school.
- Start an Interior Decoration Training School
Another interesting and profitable business to start in the fashion industry is to open an interior decoration training school. There are loads of people out there who want to acquire this skill and they will be willing to enroll in your interior decoration training school if it is close to them. Just ensure that you give your students the opportunity to learn more of practical then theories. If you intend awarding recognized certificates / diplomas in your interior decoration training school, then you should apply for accreditation and license from the education board in your country.
If you are looking towards starting a business in the fashion industry, a business that requires low start – up capital and graphic skills, then one of your options is to start a foot jersey customizing business. Top football clubs in Europe such as Real Madrid FC, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Arsenal FC, Manchester United, Chelsea, AC Millan, Inter Millan, PSG, Juventus, Manchester City, Liverpool FC et al have a fan base that cuts across people from all over the world. Part of what you would need to get this type of business rolling is a good graphic skills and a business network that can help you access quality jersey at affordable prices.
- Become a Fashion Consultant
If you are well grounded in fashion and you are looking towards starting a business in the fashion industry, one of your best options is to become a fashion consultant. As a fashion consultant, if you are able to prove your worth, you will be able to consult for top models, for celebrities, for top executives, for politicians and even for the president of your country. The truth is that, a fashion consultant can make huge money just from one client especially if the client is rich and famous.
- Organize Fashion Shows on TV
The fashion industry is indeed a very large industry and as a matter of fact, there are satellite TV stations that are dedicated to everything about fashion. You might not have the financial capacity to open your own fashion TV station but if you interested in fashion and broadcasting, then you can successfully develop fashion shows on TV; a program where fashion related issues will be discussed. A good example of fashion TV program is ‘Fashion Police’.
Another medium through which people learn is the radio. So if you are good at developing content for radio, then you should look towards developing a fashion related program on radio; a program where people can discuss everything about fashion. If your radio program is well packaged, you can easily attract corporate sponsorship and also you can compile various editions of your radio program on CD and sell it to your audience to generate income.
- Starting Blogging on Fashion
Another business in the fashion industry is blogging; fashion blogging is all about educating or passing information to people. Blogging is one of the means several people all over the world are making money from the internet. Blogging is all about creating usefully and perhaps educative content for a targeted audience on the internet. If you think that you have good knowledge on fashion, you can make money by sharing your knowledge to a wide range of audience via your blog.
This is how making money from blogging works; if you have good contents on your blog, loads of people (human traffic) will visit your blog. The larger the traffic that visits your blog, the more money you will make. If you blog attracts huge traffic, you can attract adverts from top corporate organization. You can also earn money from your blog via AdSense, by offering subscription services to members and also selling your products via your blog.
Fashion magazine business is yet another thriving and profitable fashion related business that an entrepreneur can successfully launch in the fashion industry. Although there are loads of fashion magazines out there, but one thing is certain, if your magazine is known that contain good and useful contents, then you will surely attract customers. So if you are considering starting a business in the fashion industry, then you have the option of going onto the production of fashion magazine.
- Organize Fashion Expos
If you are good at organizing events, one of the fashion related businesses that you can successfully start is to organize fashion expos. There are loads of fashion designers especially upcoming designers who are looking for platforms to showcase their designs and they wouldn’t mind to embrace your platform if it is well packed and affordable.
- Start Wedding Gowns Rental Business
It is a normal practice in most parts of the world for brides to rent wedding gowns during their weddings. So people don’t have the luxury to purchase expensive wedding gowns that they will only use for one day which is why people opt for renting of wedding gowns. If you are looking for a cool way to make money in the fashion industry, then one of your options is to start wedding gowns rental business. You can successfully run this type of business from your home; you don’t necessarily need a shop to make success out of this type of business.
- Start Costumes Rental Business
Costume rental business is yet another profitable fashion business that an entrepreneur should consider starting. Usually people don’t purchase costumes, they rent it. So if you are looking towards starting a simple business in the fashion industry, a business that you can successfully run from your home, then you should start costumes rental business.
- Organize Fashion Reality Shows
Another fashion related business that an entrepreneur who is good at organizing events should consider starting is to organize fashion reality show; a show where aspiring fashion designers can exhibit their talents. If the show is well packaged, you will likely attract sponsorship from corporate organizations.
- Customizing of Wristbands
Customization of wristbands is yet another simple fashion related business that an entrepreneur who is good with graphics can successfully start. So if you are looking towards starting a small business in the fashion industry, then you should look towards starting wristbands customizing business.
- Organize Fashion Awards
Another means of making money from the fashion industry is to organize awards for fashion designers. If you award program is well packaged, you will attract sponsorship from corporate organizations.
- Become a Fashion Model
If you have good physique and you intending making money from the fashion industry, then one of your options is to become a fashion model; it is a cool way of making money. You can successfully combine this type of business with other interest. You can consider starting a modeling agency if you have good people management and networking skills.
The need to stay fashionable never goes out of the door. As a matter of point, more and more people continue to look for ways to look their best on a daily basis. This is one of the reasons why you will need to go into the trade. Be sure that you choose the right type of fashion business for you, so that you do not have to struggle with it.