steps for getting my own clothing store

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  1. ash12ist

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    hi everyone.....m rily interested in starting up my own clothing business, but m not sure sure how.....actually i have like no idea where to start from :(....to start with where do i get my supplies from..and then what are next steps to be followed...m planning on doing a short business course but wonder if that will help.....i want to run a store specialising in womens casual clothing....
     
  2. Fergal

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    Welcome to Business Advice Forum ash12ist and thanks for posting your business questions. What country or city are you planning to set up in?

    The first step would be to have a clear view as to who your target customers will be. How will you serve those customers better than the existing competitors in your area? Have you had a look at your competitors' stores, with a view to figuring out how you can be better than them and add more value to your customers? Is your town or city large enough to sustain another store? How will you compete with online stores?

    These questions are not meant to be negative in any way, but they are the things you need to be clear on before starting your business. It would be helpful for you to write a business plan, it doesn't need to be complex or well presented. Even a rough draft for your eyes only, will help you a lot. You can view some great business plan templates in our Useful Business Resources / Links thread.

    Getting suppliers shouldn't be too difficult. Look through your local and national telephone and business directories and start calling suppliers and wholesalers. Ask if they could supply you and if they can't ask if they know anyone who could. Then repeat the process by doing some searches on Google. A few hours work will give you a good overview of what suppliers would be available to you.

    Hopefully that helps at least a little. Good luck with it and please do post back with your thoughts.
     
  3. 50Cent

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    I think you really need to draft up a business plan, in the business plan you can include who are your target customers(Teenagers? or something else). You must also do a research on your competitors' stores so you can be different from them and stands out. You also need to know the locations of your store like which location have more crowds.
     
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    Of course that will definitely help since you will learn the basics of starting a business.
    I tried to look on a school which gives online/home study courses (whom I tried myself but different course), states here some of the things you will/can learn on Small Business Management program. From what I saw, it can help you decide on what type of business suits you best.

    Hope that helps.
     

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