Starting a Tailoring Business

A tailoring business is a venture that requires hard work and patience. There are lots of things that you need to pay attention to.

However, when started right it guarantees rewarding income through the course of the business.

If you are thinking to start a business and you have knowledge about sewing and the likes, then starting a tailoring business is the best option. However, this kind of business would require much of your time especially if you manage it alone. This is because there are lots of things that you need to focus and most of the time you will engage in measuring, sewing, fitting and ironing. As long as you have commitment and hard work you can easily start and run the business. In addition, you should also be familiar with different fabrics and how you will work on it. Here are some considerations that you should take into account when thinking to start a tailoring business.

Identify the Location

A tailoring business could be a good example of a home based business as you can start it at the comfort of your home. On the other hand, if there is no space in your home you can look for a separate location. In choosing the location, make sure that the location is accessible with your target customers. It would be more appealing and professional if you will consider a storefront location. Nevertheless, if you will just outsource from other business, then you need not look for a location. While looking for ideal location you can also check for the competition in your area. Make sure that there is good demand to support your tailoring business. You can do thorough research if it is feasible to start a business in your area.

Basic Costs

Determining the basic costs is an important issue when starting any kind of business. This is also true with tailoring business as you will need some equipment and supplies to run the business. Primarily, one of the most important things that you will need is a sewing machine as well as tailoring supplies such as threads, sewing needles and buttons. Likewise, an iron is also important as you will need to iron the clothes after sewing it to be more presentable and neat. Other accessories that you will need are hangers.

Moreover, you also need to consider other important issues and one of those is to avail insurance coverage that will protect you as well as your business. As you will work with other people’s clothing, you should ensure to spare yourself from liability such as losing and damaging the clothes. This would make your customers unhappy and might pose negative impact to your business. In this sense, you should avail insurance that can cover your responsibilities. The insurance coverage will protect you from lawsuit demand by your unhappy customers. Once you have started the tailoring business the next step that you should pay attention is to advertise your business.


  • Anas Abubakar Siddiq said on December 17, 2014
    how do i start tailoring in my village area
  • Daniella Kumai Samngar said on February 21, 2015
    Port Moresby, National Capital District, Papua New Guinea
  • Daisy Achieng said on September 22, 2015
    I live in Nairobi, Kenya and i would like to start tailoring business within the city. I just joined tailoring classes and am hoping that as soon as i get equipped with tailoring skills and knowledge i would be able to start something on my own. I am worried about labour and how i will charge my clients. Please advice.
  • wendy said on September 15, 2017
    Can i start one with ksh.10,000
  • James Babu said on January 27, 2020
    I live in UAE and would like to start a Ladies /Gents Tailoring and Textile Business in Sharjah City with Ladies and Gents workers.. I have experience in the same business field for almost 12 years. Here is my ambition to open the above business with different concepts. Hence need more capital investment. However, I am looking for a reliable financial partner. My plan is to open this business within 3 months' time. If anyone is interested please feel to contact me.


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