How to Open a Tailor Shop

Learn how to open a tailor shop by reading this all-inclusive article that gives you a good head start so you can know what to do when putting up this business on your own.

With the recent recession making its presence felt not only in the country but also across many nations, more and more people are becoming wiser, even when it comes to their clothing.

how to open a tailor shop

As the statistics would confirm, there are now fewer buyers for new clothes, and most prefer getting their clothes fixed rather than making new purchases. This is, of course, just one of the many implications of the said recession but for those with keen entrepreneurial eyes; this could only mean one thing – a good business opportunity.

If you could conduct research in your area and find out that there are also many people such as those in the above-mentioned example, you might want to consider opening your tailor shop. Of course, this is not an easy thing to set up because there are several things you should keep in mind first. However, suppose you are interested and passionate enough about the business. In that case, you will learn how to open a tailor shop and eventually earn a profitable income from providing that service. Read on, and you will get several ideas for starting your tailor shop soon.

First and foremost, you should assess if there is enough need for tailoring services in your area. As you do that, it will be possible for you to know if this business venture would be worth pursuing. Most of the time, there is always a need for these types of services. Suppose you can find a good location and establish a good reputation for providing quality services. In that case, you will see that running out of clients is almost always impossible.
One way to find out if there is a demand for tailoring services in your area is if there are several existing competitors around. Of course, you should place your business strategically so that, as a newbie, you wouldn’t have to be at a disadvantage in the marketplace. Besides, most tailoring shops that have been around for a long time already have many regular clients, making it harder for you to attract people as a new shop.

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If this is your first time opening a business, this could mean several trial-and-error experiences for you, but if you have enough money, you might want to consider franchising. This could cost you more money, but it could also be worth it since you can benefit from a well-known brand name and be part of a business system that has already been proven to work effectively.

Most importantly, don’t forget to hire expert tailors with extensive business experience and good work ethics. You sure would want your business to be synonymous with quality and timely service, so you should look around for employees that can help you do that.

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  • Rashid Alshaali said on January 4, 2010
    how can i open a tailor shop in Middle east, United Arab Emirates, Dubai.
  • Reggie Pascual said on March 7, 2010
    how do i start a Gents Tailor Shop Behind Lamcy Plaza, Dubai U.A.E
  • Hauwau Murtala said on March 14, 2010
    How do i start a tailoring shop in Garki Village, Abuja City, Nigeria.
  • Faith Ocholi said on March 22, 2010
    how do i open a tailor shop? Orince and princess, Kaura district, Abuja, NIgeria
  • Uche ogonna said on June 6, 2010
    I want to open a tailoring shop in wuse2 Abuja. Pls advise me on how to go about it, and where to get experienced tailors, and also how much the tailors should earn as salaries
  • Bill said on June 17, 2010
    I have a women tailor shop in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The problem is that the business is run a quite away from the shopping centre. So customers are likely friends and relatives, and they come only in occasions. The business is expending for no gains. Do you think it needs only marketing? Thanks
  • rohini said on July 12, 2010
    I want to open a Ladies Boutique + tailoring in DXB - Al Nahada ares. Please provide tips.
  • annai tailors said on July 28, 2010
    i started in chennai tailoring shop at home, how to pick up and grow business
  • kuba said on August 16, 2010
    i want to start up a tailoring shop in Bhutan, Capital City- Thimphu for both men and women in extensive designs please?
  • manisha srivastava said on October 23, 2010
    i want to start a tailoring and ladies item shop in iIndianagar, lucknow, uttar pradesh, India
  • Syed said on January 11, 2011
    i am planning to start a tailor shop in chennai. can you let me know the average budget and any tips to start off with
  • Jessica Shen said on January 30, 2011
    I want to open up a tailor shop in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I know how to sew already, but I don't have formal training in tailoring. Is it required by law that I have to have formal training? And do I need a license to open up a tailor shop? Thanks!
  • Faiza Sani said on February 13, 2011
    I want to open a standard tailoring shop for both male and female in kaduna state, Nigeria. But I need advice on how to manage it and a show room for new fashion in design for every 4months or 6months. Thank you.
  • maya said on March 2, 2011
    hi, i'm planning to open up a tailoring shop in kolkata. My problem is how do i hire good tailors. What process should i follow. Also what should be my budget to start a tailoring shop. regards, maya
  • Raghunath expert adviser said on March 2, 2011
    @maya, my first question is, are you a tailor? If not then things will be tougher for you. Anyway nothing is impossible in this world. You can seek help from other tailoring masters to find a suitable master for your shop then from there you go. He will spread the words fast and find you more people. The startup cost depends on your shop size. It can be about Rs.50,000 to Rs.100,000 for 5 people shop. It excludes the shop rental though.

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • saleela iqbal said on March 9, 2011
    Hi, I'm an Indian. I want to open a ladies tailor shop in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Is it Possible?
  • Adeel said on March 26, 2011
    I want to start Tailoring Shop in Sharjah, UAE please help me in this regard. Thank you
  • Hayath said on April 11, 2011
    I need to open a ladies tailoring shop in chennai south India. I have enough knowledge about the tailoring ladies dress material etc. Suggest me a good name for my tailoring shop. Thanks, hayath.
  • Indhu J said on April 23, 2011
    I need to open ladies tailoring shop in tirupur, kindly suggest me some ideas about budget, market study, how to gather information, how to hire tailors, how many machines should i have. Demand is very very high in seasons so how to plan for managing it.
  • JOJI said on May 1, 2011
    Hi Adeel, If you want to start a tailor shop, 1st of all you need a sponsor, get a shop, a professional license, approval from SEWA, ministry of civil defence & fire and then you have to get visa etc.. Its a lengthy procedure. I do have Gents Tailgating shop at sharjah , with cloth worth of AED 35000/- + 3 employee. I am planing to go South Africa by transfer. If you want to purchase you can contact me 050-5589106
  • kayed said on May 1, 2011
    I own a tailor shop in djibouti (east africa) i'm looking for a tailor who has knowledge on how to tailor ladies and men clothes. If you are a flexible person who can perform such a good thing please feel free to contact me on my email: thank you, kayed
  • umzayid said on May 14, 2011
    hi, i'm planning to open up a tailoring shop in Muscat Sultanate of Oman area Athaaiba . My problem is how do i hire good tailors. What process should i follow. Also what should be my budget to start a tailoring shop. regards, Umzayid
  • balaji said on May 18, 2011
    i want to open tailoring shop in pondicherry, plz give me some tips and an idea abt the budget
  • PROBIR BISWAS said on May 24, 2011
  • M a said on May 31, 2011
    I want to open a tailor shop or design studio in fredrecton new brunsweck Canada
  • balaji said on June 4, 2011
    i want to open a tailor shop in chennai india
  • SENTHILKUMAR.J said on June 14, 2011
  • Latha said on June 20, 2011
    Hello, Anyone can advise me what will be the cost involved to open a ladies tailor shop in chennai. If so what are the procedures? Should i get registered with small scale industries? Please advise. email-
  • Aladdin beginner adviser said on June 28, 2011
    Arizona,USA if you are a very good tailor and speak english well i can help you open your own custom and tailoring business. any one interested please let me know. Thanks &best regards Aladdin
  • helen said on July 9, 2011
    i like to start a tailoring shop, mainly for churidhars at chengannur,kerala, India, actually i don't know tailoring, but i know a little how to stitch churidhar. I planned to open this shop by placing expert churidhar stitching staffs. How much i need to give for the staffs as salary & from where i get the expert staffs for this. How much should be my budget and what all machineries i need to be. So please help me for this matter- Helen
  • sunipradeep said on July 20, 2011
    I want to open a tailoring shop in and around thoppumpadi, kochi. Pse advice what are the procedures i need to go through apart from renting a place and finding suitable staff.
  • marites galban said on July 20, 2011
    hi,i wanna have a small tailoring shop in small town but i do know wer to small and how to hire a good tailor please give advise thank what ever the result il keep in touch thanks
  • narayana said on July 24, 2011
    i want to lady(women) tailoring shop at vizianagaram andhrapradesh
  • meena said on July 25, 2011
    I would like to start a tailoring shop in Vadavalli, Coimbatore, India and i would like to know the procedures to start a tailoring shop and the needs.
  • Starry said on August 10, 2011
    I want to open a women's tailoring shop in Lagos Nigeria. What insurance policies/premium are peculiar to this business and how do I go about getting good tailors to assist and work for me?
  • manisha said on August 23, 2011
    hi, i want to start the business of boutique & tailoring for ladies only in ranchi. kindly suggest what needs to be done in this regard. what will be the initial investment & where i will have to invest the most. what is the prospect of starting up this business in ranchi,hehal..jharkhand state.
  • soorya said on August 25, 2011
    Hi,i want 2 start the business of an Ladies Tailoring and Boutique shop.please give tips to me.
  • aakash dhawan said on August 30, 2011
    I want to open a tailoring cum boutique in the new delhi please advice me how to hire a good tailor and how much salary is reasonable and how to find one as there are no shops where we can buy a master tailor ...????
  • abk said on October 19, 2011
    Hi all here is a good ladies tailor available pls. contact me to give u better advice.
  • mrs beatrice ovosi said on October 25, 2011
    Hi am about to start up a tailoring n boutique shop I need tips on how to go about d interiors.also d machines I will need for a business is located at union homes estate.
  • shweta pereira said on November 15, 2011
    i want to open my boutique. pls help me how to find tailors and embroidery man and machines. plan to open my business in north delhi. thnks
  • rita said on November 16, 2011
    plan to open up a tailoring shop near kuala lumpur. give me suggestion on how can i start this business and what are the model needed to start the business. where to get good tailors. thank you
  • k,m ali said on November 23, 2011
    hi, i have shop in sharjah with 3 workers, 1 cutting master and 2 tailors, good income, located in city, regular work, i would like to sell the shop, bcz i am settle india, asking price, 65 thousand, installment also possible, or partner who know the tailoring job,,3 tailors visa expense 24, shop decor 8, machinery, 10, license, 8, sponsor fees and if u open a new shop this much expense, plus to get address,,,,,,pls call me,0505782546
  • jansi rani said on November 26, 2011
    i want to open my boutique and tailoring shop.pls help me hoe to find tailors and embroidery man. i plan to open my business in bangalore.
  • maryam rafik said on November 29, 2011
    hi i want to start a tailoring and embroidery shop in muscat,ruwi.what will be the budget for starting,what type of machines will require,and how many tailors will require.
  • Meena said on December 1, 2011
    Hi Friends, My sister, just 10 days back opened a Tailoring shop for ladies wear. We are in need of tailors urgently who can stitch in my shop or outside preferred urgently...Please help on this... Bangalore, Maruthi Nagar, India
  • Rajeswari said on December 7, 2011
    Hai friend i am staying at singapore i having plan to open tailoring shop in singapore ,but i do not know the requirement of singapore government except from shop what kind of license and any bank loan i can get for my finance ,If any one know please help me and guide me Thanks Rajeswari
  • priya said on December 15, 2011
    hi friends i'm priya from tanjung malim, perak, malaysia would like to open tailoring shop. i would like to recruit tailors from india...or any indian tailor(from india) available in malaysia...any good heart person give me suggestion or help me to recruits indian tailors from india...thanks for ur kind concern.
  • taibah said on December 20, 2011
    hi.. i want to open tailor shop in uae.. can anyone tell me how do i make it possible. Also what should be my budget to start a tailoring shop?? plus how can i take license for it??
  • monica chawla said on January 1, 2012
    hi i'm monica like to start my own fashion studio in west delhi.I have a little investment. Kindly suggest best opportunity.thnx.
  • jayant more said on January 17, 2012
    Motive : To Open a tailor Shop But Not in regular manner. Try to give something different to client. so that client will attract towards us. I am think to go for bigger size. so suggest me.
  • sudra sahu said on January 19, 2012
    sir, i am belong to jharsuguda district in odisha & now i am going to open a tailoring shop. so i request to you please provide a project proposal for me, for which i will submit at bank for purpose of loan, with 2 nos of stitching machines,
  • varaprasad said on January 20, 2012
    Hi. This is varapraad from hyderabad,having good experience in tailoring and done fashion diploma.Now i am running a small men's boutique. As this work is has very less popularity in andhrapradesh i would like to shuffle my career to overseas. I can speak english very well and having good marketing knowledge. Can any one hire me as technical and marketing person for overseas. I will prefer UK or Dubai. Any one interested don't esitate to mail me on, tahnking you..
  • v srinivas said on January 22, 2012
    Hi, We want to start a stitching unit exclusively for school and college uniforms with good finishing and timely delivery with cost effective which is suitable for all people. For this activity we are require some skilled people. Kindly guide to us in this matter.
  • NAMITA KUMARI said on January 24, 2012
    hi i am namita, i want open tailor shop and also boutique, but i m not able to understand that what is boutique work,what to do.please define me and which area should be should be start. i live in east area BOKARO STEEL CITY, JHARKHAND, INDIA.please guide me and give some idea.thank u.
  • jensy said on January 25, 2012
    hi, i am jensy i have tailoring shop in near to kochi,kerala i want tailors for churidar and blouse stitching. pls call 04842483044
  • Ms.Malabika Banerjee said on February 1, 2012
    I would like to hire a good tailor for my boutique shop. Pls contact me soon.
  • dorcas usman said on February 1, 2012
    i sew at home, malali, kaduna-nigeria and i want to start a tailoring shop. how can i go about it and wot are the important things i have to put in place
  • Ruchika Singh said on February 14, 2012
    I need a tailor for my boutique in gachibowli, hyderabad, going to start immediately, need a tailor for women clothes and knows for embroidery, experienced or fresher can contact on my mail id.
  • Zarine said on February 21, 2012
    i am opening tailoring shop in UAE and i need an employee, doesnt matter what nationality she is, what matters is that she should be professional in her work. if someone looking for this job you can contact me: 00971503577688 thank you.
  • sitti sapal said on March 12, 2012
    I want to ask something about tailoring, what is it all about? it is possible to engage in shop even though you have no idea about it.
  • logachandar said on March 17, 2012
    i want to open a tailoring shop in Namakkal, TN. give me some tips to get more customer. What are the procedures to open a shop.
  • Shadab Quraishy said on March 21, 2012
    Hi Alladin, I am interested in open custom Business, i know complete work of tailoring, established in India....what help can i have from your side??
  • Jojo said on March 26, 2012
    We do garment repairs and tailoring now at a High Street shop. I started from home, operating for 5 years on a shoestring. No pressure financially. How? We paid a very small amount to place a LINE ad in a community hand book (which is distributed to homes, hospitals, shops, companies, schools,etc). So That customers would text/call my mobile phone and book appointments to serve them. I took in customers up to 11pm at night, because some worked in London, as thee arrive Kent late evenings. I had that advantage over other regular shops, short at 6pm. By the 4th year, I had enough cash to rent a thoughtfully planned shop (whose rent was PAY-AS-YOU-GO basis), and it's been really good. Doors for fashion,contract opportunities,etc. I know that a step by step process, will get you to your desired destination. TIPS?
    1. Pray for God's help
    2. Don't be hasty
    3. You only need 1 basic tool for each operation-scissors, fairly-used sewing machine, etc, etc.
    4. Never think or plan loan
    5. Use your existing small home table and chair to start
    6. Know your tailoring skills-in and out
    7. Never stop researching other designers and their success secrets.
    I can give a talk on starting any business on a shoestring, as a woman-especially Fashion Designing.
  • Harmeet Randhawa said on March 31, 2012
    i want open ladies tailor shop at sirsa(Haryana)(India)give me some tips to get more customer and also to manage finance. my email id is
  • IORYINA ERDOO said on April 2, 2012
    I wish to start a tailoring shop in my area. but i really need to know what is involved as i would want it unique from the ones that are around my area. I also need professional tailors in the areas, Men wears, women wears, customize sewing. My phone is 08032060066.
  • Susan Cool said on April 2, 2012
    I wish to start a tailoring shop in my area Grand Rapids,Mi, but i really need to know what is involved as i would want it unique from the ones that are around my area. I am experienced tailor with over 12 years of experience in one of biggest retail of mens clothing in US. Thanks Susan
  • Ms Roshan Choudhary said on April 5, 2012
    Dear Shadab Quraishy, please contact me, I am looking for master tailors and people who do other Fabric cutting / related work. Kindly get in touch ASAP! Based in Calcutta
  • nandita said on April 8, 2012
    Hi am nandita. Am the owner of tanvi designer boutique at Banjarahills_12 MLA colony. Hyderabad AP. I need a ladies tailor for my boutique purpose. plz let me know soon. N my boutique is subscribed in Justdail also.
  • ria datwani said on April 15, 2012
    want to start ladies tailoring from my house had worked on it 2 years back but could not get right people to work for me plus had mother-in-law coma patient so had to give but now complete ready to work in worli mumbai 400018. please help me to start my work with suitable tailors.
  • nauman shahid said on April 17, 2012
    Hi! I am looking for a partner in canada with whom I can start mens custom dress shirt business, which I am currently doing for the last 14 years. Its a good opportunity for those who are hardworking and a goal in their life,
  • shikha said on April 22, 2012
    hi, i'm shikha. i live in al warqa dubai. i want to open a ladies tailoring shop in dubai uae. i have enough knowledge about the tailoring ladies dress material etc. i can also hire tailors from india. pls advise what are the procedures and what should be my budget to start a ladies tailoring shop. regards shikha.
  • R.Edwin raj said on May 7, 2012
  • samina riaz said on May 20, 2012
    i m a tailor i can make ladies dresses baby frocks. i need a job in dubai/sharjah if anyone have vacancy plz contact me 0508590116 / 0566061378
  • Angayarkannan said on May 28, 2012
    I want to start all kind of ladies tailoring and thamboola bags of marriage and all function shop at Nungambakkam chennai I need ideas and how to fixed tailor kindly need your advice pls.
  • Rizz john said on May 28, 2012
    Hi . .I plan to open a tailoring shop in singapore...I'm into wholesale stocklot garments business based out of bangalore. . Now, wanting to expand. . I have access to a good team of tailors. .the master has 30 years experience and is well known for making men's suits and shirts and can supervise other tailors for stitching women's wear, with hand and machine embroidery. Is it worthwhile. . What's your take?
  • tahseen said on May 29, 2012
    My wife and I are working together in our private operator of the sewing women's clothing in Jordan for 25 years and are currently looking for an opportunity to work and live in the state to protect human dignity, such as Dubai, Australia, Canada and the United States and some European countries we have no money to take the decision to migrate to a place blessed with life safe we are looking for a real opportunity to work with the person who owns a valuable Respectable We have the high efficiency of drawing and design plans as well as dresses cut cloth and sew it a high level of elegance
  • Mehar said on June 2, 2012
    Hi,me and my sister are starting ladies tailoring business in chennai. we are looking for experienced ladies tailor who can work from their home, do the job work. we welcome business ladies to join and share ideas todo the business and mutually benefited. anybody who are interested share ur ideas with us Mehar and Mohideen-+91 98410
  • remya said on June 5, 2012
    I am planning to open a boutique in bangalore, i dont have any experience in tailoring, but i have passion towards it and going to learn the same. Please help me to find out a prospective area and finding good tailors. I am working in Koramangala and my house is in Kundalahalli.
  • Mohamed Farook said on June 23, 2012
    I am planning to set up a Ladies Tailoring shop in Dubai-UAE. My wife is a Tailor and she will be running the shop with only ladies workers. I need guidance & procedure to set up a shop in UAE. Please advice.
  • Huan said on June 26, 2012
    My mom is an experienced tailor, and we plan to start our own store. I have few location on mind. But I don't know where to get the equipments and how much the up front cost is. I am seeking advice now.
  • haja said on June 26, 2012
    sungai besi, malaysia. hai friends i am a ladies tailor i want tailoring and good location good friends
  • Sakiru akinsola said on June 27, 2012
    I am a tailor i sew male native cloth Pls i need a tailor that need partner to help him i stay at yaba my phone number 08082346539 or 08026603487 my email sakiru.Atanda@yahoo.Com
  • sandhya said on July 1, 2012
    hi, I want to start a unique stitching centre in sharjah, uae. please advice me on the cost of hiring a master cutter and 1 or 2 tailors as well. if anyone is interested as well as in partnership please contact me on 0502801017. i am looking for an experienced person in indian and pakistani suits for women. he/she should have an idea in designing as well.
  • melody said on July 1, 2012
    i want know how much the budget for open the tailoring shop in manila at paranaque or pasay city.
  • haja said on July 8, 2012
    hai friend i stay in malaysia i am a lady tailor i want tailoring job and good location and good relationship and.. contact my mail
  • adesewa idowu benson said on July 11, 2012
    i really thank u for ur guidelines. i want to open my own tailoring shop nxt mnth and i need expert tailors. tailors that will be right under me. but i need more guidelines. thank u.
  • kulsoom fatima said on July 19, 2012
  • shagun said on July 21, 2012
    hi, i m shagun from delhi and i want to open a designer boutique from home nearby janakpuri. plz tell me how much salary wld b given to d tailor master and give more tips about that if anyone have on my email id.
  • Ashwini gund said on August 1, 2012
    Good wishes to you and all the readers . I am from SANGRUR,PUNJAB, INDIA. I AM a fabricator of stainless steel interior items. Due to an accident now i am unable to visit sites of clients in different cities. So i am planning to open a boutique/ ladies tailor work. Because i have passion for new creation always. May i should learn cutting & sewing first or appoint a master tailor. Please help me and avail me more details. . Thank you, have a great business day.
  • Disha Patel said on August 3, 2012
    Hi..i am form Ahmadabad, Gujarat, India. i want to open my personal tailor shop in Ahmadabad. i have 5 year experiences in this line. so please give me advise for government subsidies related this line.. please reply on below email id: Thanks Disha 9016116163
  • jaswinder said on August 6, 2012
    i m jaswinder from sarabha ludhiana punjab india i want to open a tailoring shop in melbourne australia so what can i do it for start my shop. i have a 20 years experience for ladies punjabi suit. so give advice related this line. please reply on this no. 9815223044 or by msg. on mobile,thanks
  • p.s.sudheer said on August 11, 2012
    dubai freezone area, I want to start a tailoring shop in dubai
  • Grace Gabarura said on August 13, 2012
    Hi! I wish to partner with someone in India or Singapore with Tailoring business. I have just started one last month and I need business tips and skills to make more income. Please help me.My email address:
  • raja said on August 14, 2012
    Dear sir, My name is raja please help me .I want to open one ladies tailoring shop in tamilnadu how can i start please explain full details
  • pok said on August 16, 2012
    Currently managing a tailor shop start by my grad grandfather 80 years ago looking for new prospect overseas even collaborators to form new business partner
  • joke Abdul said on August 17, 2012
    I want to know how much it will cost to open a classic tailoring shop for both male and female in Abeokuta, Ogun State Nigeria
  • sarojini said on August 24, 2012
    wish to open a tailoring shop in Malaysia, in the same place where i am running my beauty saloon. wish to know the cost and how to get someone to do the tailoring. I'm willing to provide accommodation as well. please give me full details. thank you
  • Aafaq said on August 29, 2012
    Hello Sarojini if you are looking for any help regarding tailoring shop pls. feel free to contact me my email id is best regards Aafaq
  • shilpa said on August 31, 2012
    Hi @remya, I too stay near kundanahalli, banglore. And have plans to open tailoring cum boutique shop like u.


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