How to Start a School Uniform Store

A school uniform is one of the identities of a school. Do you have the knack to start your own business and considering a school uniform business? Here are few guidelines to start your own school uniform school store.

Plan your business. How much investments you need to put up in starting a uniform store. Create a vision for your store to come up with a good business plan.

Visualize that you want to achieve with your business. Aim to be the best school uniform store in there is. What is your mission in putting up your own school uniform store? Say, I want to treat my clients and employees as well like family and see students wearing the best quality uniforms with the least affordable price.

Think of ways to stand out among the many school uniform stores available in the market.

  • Quality of your school uniform will be the first considerations of your customers. Durability, construction and comfort go with quality.
  • Availability of your products. Offer half sizes for girls and boys. Offer hard to find boy’s pants. Offer first communion apparel’s for boys and girls. Offer sizes ranging from XXS to XXXL. Offer school athletic wear and physical education apparel. Offer plaid jumpers and skirts. Offer sweatshirts, sweaters and knit shirts with customized embroidery. Offer easy to assemble logos for the school uniforms. Offer uniforms for faculty and school administrators as well. Offer custom made uniforms.
  • Your service will also be considered. Offer your products all year round. Offer free consultation service. Offer alteration services at a reasonable price. Entertain customers through online ordering, over the phone transactions and walk in customers.
  • Your staff. Hire the most efficient staff and seamstress (only if this applies) to help you assist students in getting the exact fit.
  • Offer free ground shipping if your customers are just within your area or couple of miles away from your store.

With all these in mind, of course all businesses be it small or big must apply for the necessary permits and licenses. Look for a store that is accessible to the public. Provide a bigger storage area for your school uniforms and other products. Join groups and associations regarding the business. Members from these groups can give you updates, tips, strategies, and support. You can also have access to those who have already made it big in the business. They may be able to share with you the recipes of their success.

Moreover, strategize your marketing plan. Do online business. This is one of the most effective ways of advertising your business other than word of mouth.

73 Comments

  • P. Marshall said on August 12, 2010
    how do i open a school uniform store in New Orleans La. please help me to start this business
  • Maria Hernandez said on August 18, 2010
    El Paso, TX. Thinking on a location:1950 Joe Battle Blvd, El Mercado Plaza. Is a shopping center and thought the location is great due to a lot of movement and new businesses opening.
  • Eva Dillon said on August 26, 2010
    My store will be located in Mccomb, Miss. I live in Tylertown, MS. But would like to own a uniform store in Pike, CO. Because the population are bigger. I need to know more about different color uniforms' Also need to know about the quality and brands. They need to be at a reasonably price.
  • Tina Jackson said on January 3, 2011
    I was wondering if you can give me any information about starting an "online" uniform store. Thank you.
  • Richard Basile said on March 23, 2011
    I'm looking to start an online school uniform sales site. How do I start my search for companies that produce items and will drop ship?
  • Eva N.DILLON said on April 12, 2011
    My store will be located in Tylertown,Ms. This is a small town , located between Mccomb,Ms.,Columbia ,Ms.
  • Saverna said on August 20, 2011
    How do I open a store that sells uniforms for private schools and hospitals. I live in Manchester NH
  • Karen Smith said on October 3, 2011
    My business Kerjii's Clothing sells school uniforms and other kids clothing for discounted prices. We are located at 3471 W. Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33312 in the True Gospel Consignment and Bookstore.
  • Liz said on September 25, 2012
    My business location is in Etwatwa. Exp: Benoni, South Africa, Gauteng. I supply corporate gifts and clothing but i am looking to supply all schools in our area/Springs and Mpumalanga e.g Delmas with school uniform and bags. but i need financial support to open my company as i am working from home and i have already started marketing from schools around
  • akshata jadhav said on October 5, 2012
    Hi, I am Akshata living in India, want to start manufacturing of school uniform, want to know how to deal with school for directly supplying school uniform to them.
  • Pam said on December 28, 2012
    Looking to open 3 uniform stores in my area. financially i am stable.
  • Bongani said on January 1, 2013
    Please help with a sample of a business plan for a school uniform store ( Durban KZN South Africa)
  • pooja said on January 15, 2013
    How to start a school uniform wholesale business in jaipur
  • Mathias Ngwenya said on January 24, 2013
    I am based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, I am looking to supply anyone with the type of school uniforms they need. We do bulk orders.
  • Sadia butt said on January 24, 2013
    Please help with a sample of a business plan for a school uniform shop in uxbridge. how much investment I need to start for a small school uniform shop.
  • mohit bhandari said on February 5, 2013
    india. punjab. everything is fine i have my own shop & good budget but how can i crack the school management decide to buy from my store? can i have to pay some commission to management? can school will pay some advance money for the project? i mean what is the main strategy that i can use to get order from schools/colleges/offices?
  • chisina mojiti said on February 12, 2013
    please assist with a business plan for a school uniform wholesaler, distribution/shop. i am in BOTSWANA ,GABORONE IS MY CITY IN AFRICA
  • Eunice said on March 3, 2013
    I lives in Charlotte Amalie, St.Thomas, US Virgin Islands and will like to start a uniform (school uniform) business. I need help in advice as well as supply. Thank you.
  • Eunice said on March 3, 2013
    My business location is St. Thomas United States (US) Virgin Islands, located in the Caribbean near Tortola BVI.
  • Elvis Hibbert said on March 28, 2013
    I'm interested in starting a school uniform business in Queens NY but need help knowing the average startup cost and how to get in contact with manufactures.
  • Leigh Ann beginner adviser said on April 7, 2013
    I currently own a uniform store south of Dallas, Texas. It actually takes quite a bit of money and a ton of time for start up. First, you have to figure out what brand you are going to carry and contact those companies. Most of the big companies ( dickies, etc) will require somewhere around a $5000.00 opening order just to do business with you. I have been doing this for several years so I have learned and have very stable brands in my store. I also added scrubs about a year ago, we found that most people buy the bulk of school uniforms at the beginning of school and then don't really buy a lot after that.
  • U save products & services said on April 25, 2013
    We carry plaids jumpers, solids. If any one is interested in buying very good quality uniforms made in the USA please check our website and see which schools you can provide the uniforms and then email them to me .We also carry plaid fabric
  • Ashwini said on May 4, 2013
    Pune, Maharastra, India. I have a uniform manufacturing farm. I want to expand business by increasing the sales via getting the contracts. Please advice. thanks.
  • tae said on May 22, 2013
    collegepark ga. 30349. need info on suppliers for school uniforms. thxs
  • K Holling said on May 22, 2013
    How do I start a school uniform store in Atlanta, GA, USA... can you please provide me with information on who and where I can find suppliers or companies where I can buy at a very low price and still be able to sale it for a low price
  • aarti said on June 18, 2013
    bangalore, karnataka, india. pls guide as I want to start my own business of school uniform from where to buy material. how to stitch it, how to keep margin after deducting cost, when should start the production. how to capture the market.
  • Roji Mathew said on July 2, 2013
    Dear Aarti, Buy the fabrics directly from mills, for cotton and blended fabrics(mainly using for uniforms),nearest place is Salem and Erode. For stitching it's better to approach contractors who is doing piece work for export houses. For calculating the cost keep minimum 5% wastage to each items like fabric consumption and trims. Re: the profit calculation, you can cross check the market price and your final expense then quote a final price which is affordable for schools.
  • Anurag said on July 18, 2013
    Hi @Ashwini can source some contracts in Mumbai. Please get in touch with me at 9702004338
  • simmz vilakazi said on September 23, 2013
    hi i'm from DUrban SOuth Africa, i'm pursuing the same market, school UNiform STore or supply. i have ideas and can draw up good business plan so if anyone is looking to Team up i'm available because two heads are better then one.
  • krishnaprasad NK said on October 24, 2013
    Palakkad, Kerala, India. What is the avg. Cost of uniforms business. For eg.100000 students? Please guide me start a good business staratiges.
  • mahlodi said on November 11, 2013
    Hi. Can you please help me how to start online uniform store?
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  • saravana kumar said on December 13, 2013
    I'm from coimbatore and i'm looking for school uniform fabrics and the catalogs.
  • Montsheng lebatla said on January 20, 2014
    I am looking up to start a business selling school uniform. Please email me with the right suppliers contact numbers. My email address is bopanemahloko@yahoo.co.uk cell 0730956775 I am from south africa.
  • Saggeus Sacky Hingab said on February 20, 2014
    I'm looking for a school uniform supplier, I'm based in Windhoek Namibia u can email me at saggeush@gmail.com
  • Janine H said on February 23, 2014
    I am starting a school uniform supply shop for a specific school in East London, South Africa. I need help on how to calculate the quantity of start-up stock required. Is there a formula to be used? Please help!
  • JYOTI PRAKASH said on April 25, 2014
    we are manufacturer and supplier of best quality school uniform. If you have such types of requirements than please fell free to call or mail to us. email:-veepeeinc@gmail.com Regards, VEE PEE INC DELHI-INDIA
  • ceasar competente said on April 29, 2014
    We are a Dress and Uniform maker in the Philippines contact no. +639152558936 COMPETENTE DRESS SHOP PHILIPPPINES.
  • majid said on May 31, 2014
    Hi my name is Majid Born And brought up in Dubai i have a very Good experience in school uniform Business wholesale as well as retail seeking Job Abroad
  • Atul gupta said on June 30, 2014
    Hi , I have an idea to start selling online school uniforms at multiple cities in India. Can you help with ideas to start.
  • akash said on August 20, 2014
    @Atul gupta tell me ur location and current expertise to workout something
  • DC said on August 20, 2014
    We are a US based school uniform wholesaler. We offer uniforms in bulk at discounted pricing. We require no minimums and do not charge tax or shipping. Call me for more details 718-513-4271
  • olamide ojo said on September 2, 2014
    How can I get a business plan on school uniform store or on line uniform ordering, please reply and thanks.
  • Dipesh said on September 6, 2014
    Hello, I am also interested in online offline school uniform business. @Atul @Akash Gupta Currently we have association with good number of schools with different products. Based out of Pune. My cont no 9503799999
  • Mokgadi Mathekga said on December 12, 2014
    Hi, I need to open a school uniform business in my local areas, Polokwane and Johannesburg. could you please help on how to write a business plan. I need to supply the schools with uniform, I wanna buy it from factory and sell it.
  • Kapish said on February 8, 2015
    Hi, We are school shoes manufacturer and supplier to a number of schools in India. @Dipesh, kindly contact me for footwear needs of schools. Cont : +91 9868155636.
  • saeed said on April 7, 2015
    I am manufacturer all kind of uniform our company have very very reasonable price for schools uniform ours quality is the best quality in Pakistan and also can help you in any country for uniform relevant if you want any type information about uniform you can contact me on what's app 00923004192038 also can ask about your sample
  • Koketso Ntsoane said on April 10, 2015
    I'm currently supplying several schools with uniform but I need to formalize my business. I'm looking for business space in Polokwane at least 45 Square meters for R3500.00 rental per month.
  • Aisha said on July 6, 2015
    I am currently planning to start same business but I am not sure how to start attracting schools and government companies ! if you have any good advise please share it with me your support is highly appreciated
  • Rizwana said on July 25, 2015
    hi, I am currently planning to start a business in school uniforms. Thinking to start with upcoming schools n running schools of 2-3 yrs old...kindly give me an idea of approaching a school...
  • shweta said on August 13, 2015
    I want to Start the business of school uniform plz clear me what going on the budget and what we need the space.
  • Bloguniforms said on September 1, 2015
    Hi we are a uniform company based in chennai and we serve all types of industries such as institutions, hospitals, factories etc. You may contact us for any uniform requirements and we would offer the best price for you. Contact 9940569867
  • chioma said on September 17, 2015
    Pls I would like to get a sketch of a business plan for the school uniform making business including the suppliers of fabrics and estimated cost for startup. Pls awaiting a reply...here is my mail dorchi.go@gmail.com. ...thanks
  • Brian Gull said on October 8, 2015
    Please I need help how to start school uniform business in Papua New Guinea.
  • olamide ojo said on December 8, 2015
    How will I meet with those that produces the schoolwear directly in the base country ?please help.
  • Piyush said on December 26, 2015
    Hi I am from North India. I have deep interest to open the web shop to cater the school uniform & other stuff required while study to any student. Have also done the detailed research on this. Can you please help me to create the business plan in this line. I am available on 9212109707
  • Bharath said on January 8, 2016
    We are uniforms Manufacturers Based in INDIA, We have complete Manufacturing setup and have 4 decades of experience in this industry. Kindly reach out to me on my email bharath.ashok83@gmail.com we can take it from there. Thanks Bharath www.kapalieuniforms.com"
  • Pradeep Kumar said on January 9, 2016
    Hi, I want to start up a school uniform shop and how much should be the minimum investment and how should I proceed to start it. I do not have any idea about this field, So kindly assist me to start the new business.
  • jaishree gupta said on January 14, 2016
    Hi,i want to start up a school uniform shop and how much should be the minimum investment and how should i proceed to start it and please tell me market also.
  • Annerita said on January 26, 2016
    I am looking to start my own school uniform shop, but find it very difficult to find a supplier in South Africa who charge reasonable prices. All the places I have contacted charges more than what you would pay in the normal retail shops. Any advise please?
  • Moiponi said on February 1, 2016
    I'm Moiponi from Pretoria in South Africa. I want to start a school uniform supply business. I need advice or someone whom I can partner with. Thanks
  • allen said on February 26, 2016
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  • Walter said on April 14, 2016
    Hi.i have brilliant ideas on o how to start up a school uniform business and how to sell it successfully. I also have the start up cash to start the business any one willing to partner in South africa.contact me at gomolemombs@gmail.com
  • Urmila saini said on April 28, 2016
    i want to open my school uniform business please give me some information related to this business .
  • Bindiya said on June 16, 2016
    Hi i would like to start up a uniform business and how brand and market successfully. May i have a sample of a business plan as i'm still to submit for financing. Bindiya from Botswana.
  • flo said on July 11, 2016
    hi, please help with a sample business plan for starting a school uniform manufacturing company, I am from south Africa , Pretoria. Thanks
  • caro said on July 18, 2016
    hi how would I market school uniforms online
  • Raghunath expert adviser said on July 23, 2016
    @caro, there are many ways to market your product online. It depends what is your budget. If you have low budget then explore facebook, twitter, instagram, whatsapp, linkedin to find people who will be interested to buy your product. You can search for different groups and pages here. You can also look for potential buyers in different business forums online. If you have money then explore google ad words, bing ads to advertise. You can do paid ads on facebook as well.

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • VICTORIA WILSON MABUBA said on November 27, 2016
    hi there, i am starting school uniform Business in Tanzania, please share any tips and contacts as my opening time is April 2017. my e mail address is vmabuba@gmail.com
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  • Martha said on March 11, 2018
    Good morning, I opened a school uniform shop a month ago but I need help with compiling a businesses plan for the shop PLC assist.
  • premila said on March 26, 2018
    HI I AM PLANNING TO START A SCHOOL UNIFORM MANUFACTURING BUSINESS IN BANGALORE PLZ HELP ME IN PLANNING AND EXECUTING THE BUSINESS PLZ EMAIL :amypremila@gmail .com
  • njiva said on June 27, 2018
    hi I am in the uniform business. I am looking for China suppliers of school light jersey, socks, tracksuits, and blazers

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