Starting a Uniform Store

Do you have any eye for fashion? The clothing industry can be a lucrative business for you. If setting up your own clothing line seems to be a daunting task for you, you can try your hand first in dressing up company personnel and students.

We will guide you to get your uniform store started.

Almost all businesses and schools have prescribed uniforms. That is how big your market is. The challenge now is how you can make your mark in this industry.

First and foremost when you start planning to have your own uniform store, you should be clear right at the beginning whether you intend to design or only supply uniforms. Depending on your decision, you can now determine your startup cost, personnel to hire and marketing activities.

You can choose which segment of the market you want to focus on in the beginning. This article will help you look at both work uniforms and school uniforms store.

A Work Uniform Store

A work uniform store will cater to a wide range of industries – overalls for janitorial, heavy industrial, mechanical, automotive and engineering jobs, scrubs and laboratory coats for medical professionals, service uniforms for fast food crew and retail vendors, suits for corporate employees to name some.

You can also offer embroidery services to attach company logos, company tagline, nametags, or other important information that the customer wants to put in the uniform.

This is a convenient business because you do not need to lease expensive store space in the malls or shopping centers. You may find a nice outlet in a strip mall, industrial or retail park or operate from your own house.

You can run your work uniform store by selling and delivering uniforms directly to company offices or over the Internet. Many companies are giving the job orders for their uniforms to a specific supplier. Once you get an account, you can create loyalty from that company as long as you satisfy their standards and delivery dates.

Initial startup cost for this business is minimal. You do not need to put up a large inventory since companies typically have their own unique designs. The inventory of uniforms that you will be carrying is for new employees who came in after the initial order and several standard types of uniforms you can use as an example for prospective clients.

When looking for prospective clients, contact local companies to find out who is “shopping” for a new supplier. Once you determine those who are not satisfied with their current supplier, ask how you can bid on a contract. Find out what their current service level agreement is so you can include a new service like pickup and drop-off or uniform rental.

You will need to search for uniform distributors or hire your own sewing staff to fulfill the orders that you will acquire. If you decide to offer embroidery services, you will need to find a third-party for that or buy your own equipment and add an embroiderer in your staff.

A School Uniform Store

Schools promote specific school uniforms to prevent disparity and gang behavior. This can mean a steady source of clients for you.

The biggest concern in a school uniform store is stocking. You may be faced with the challenge of putting up with your stock since you will be servicing different schools, or grades, even sizes and concepts.

The way to address this is to encourage the schools to place advance bookings. The school may not be able to do this carefully so be the one to make adjustments. Send your client regular reminders to get orders especially before a new school year or session starts.

Parents tend to buy their kids a new set of uniform and other school supplies when their kids join a new school or the old school uniform is already unusable. Since school children grow fast, this is an opportunity for you to increase your business every time a new session starts.

You can market your business through online advertising especially since most parents do online search prior to buying anything. You can also get an exclusive contract with the school so that all uniforms will be ordered through your store.

Like a work uniform store, schools also require school logos and student nametags sewed into the uniform so you may also offer embroidery as an added service.

48 Comments

  • milan jain said on November 18, 2010
    i am entering in to the institutional uniform supply.Need to know exactly the promotional activities which i can do with minimum cost. VardhmanTextorium, narmada apartment, navrang cinema road, vadodara-gujarat,Inida
  • Natalie Hill said on December 8, 2010
    I'm trying to start a new Clothing Business off of Fruitridge Blvd in Sacto,Ca. I'm interested in selling Children school uniforms, if your able to send me more info regarding how I'm able to get a contract of selling I would really appreciate it. Thank You!!! Natalie
  • Pamela Richardson said on December 21, 2010
    Looking to start a uniform store...Also children's uniforms.. Please Help!!!!
  • romeo said on January 12, 2011
    hi right now i am in clothing business but trying to get in uniform business not sure which one right now but any or all kind of uniform and i want to know how to make a contract with institutions and school so they can buy uniforms from us or send their students or staff to us to buy.any detail about contracts will be very helpful appreciated
  • SAZI said on July 6, 2011
    I intend starting a uniform store but focusing more on security uniform.Please give a guidance on issues pertaining to store set up as well as legalities(registrations),associations e.t.c.
  • Alfie H said on July 10, 2011
    Hi, I am trying to set up a clothing business in the Uk for medical uniforms and school wear or for the fashion industry. If anyone has any information in regards to the about fields please can you help me. I have already made contact with a overseas company who will make the clothes for me.
  • car said on August 19, 2011
    tryn to started a uniform store, i need more information about it. thanks in advance
  • Cynthia said on August 29, 2011
    Hi I'm interested in starting a kitchen and Chef's uniform and equipment and knife business and would like any information, guidance as well as any legal advice on how to get started.
  • jeramie dodd said on September 11, 2011
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  • jeramie dodd said on September 11, 2011
    my business sells police uniforms, scrubs, ems uniforms, fire uniforms, knives, boots, and lots more...over 30,000 in inventory...first 30,000 gets it!!!
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    starting a uniform business of any type??? call me...765-860-9437...i can get you all food services uniforms, police uniforms, fire uniforms, factory uniforms, etc. at wholesale prices!!!!!police officer owned!!!
  • ravit said on August 21, 2012
    plz tel me that what should be the ratio of stocking in school uniform retail outlet. this question is in the case of the existing school which we are selling from years
  • Noreen said on October 29, 2012
    I want to open a small shop near to 3 schools, I want to sell there school uniform I need help. To sell and start up please can you help.
  • Chowdhury said on November 6, 2012
    I am interested to start a law enforcement uniform store in queens, NY. May I know do I need any permission or license for that? If I needed than whom I have to contact for an approval and license? Also I need to know what are the requirements to open a law enforcement uniform store in New York City. Thank you
  • jeramie dodd said on December 6, 2012
    @chowdhury feel free to give me a call at # above my store is three yrs old
  • mtshoko bhekumzi said on January 1, 2013
    i want to start a uniform store focusing on security and school uniform where must i stock ? Please help Thank you. ( Gauteng ) South Africa
  • Waleed Bassiouni said on January 9, 2013
    Business location in Novato California and want to know how to market my uniform and clothing business and enter this wide market that all companies already have their vendors. Thanks
  • mr.k.behl said on January 28, 2013
    stichwell tailors. we provide you best satisfaction at your doorstep making any kind of security uniforms at best rates in new delhi having 40 years experience in this field. contact on +919810691026 Mr.K.behl
  • hk said on February 24, 2013
    hi i want to open a nursing uniform store online i am in ca if anyone can help me pls thanks
  • Dennis said on March 6, 2013
    Hi I plan to start a school uniform business where we manufacture and distribute to various private schools in toronto canada. What season would be the best time to approach and contact schools?
  • Anita said on March 11, 2013
    I have an existing tailoring business with a great retail space & would like to get into selling uniforms in south florida
  • D. RUSSELL said on March 20, 2013
    WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO AND HOW MUCH MONEY DO YOU NEED TO START A POLICE, FIRE, AND MEDICAL UNIFORM STORE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA? HOW MUCH INVENTORY AND PERMITS AND SO ON IS NEEDED!
  • ashenafi Nabi said on April 5, 2013
    hi trying to start to open nursing uniform but i dont have any idea where to begin. I am a nurse and i do know there is high demand for the uniform. PLS help:)
  • Pavan.B.Solanki said on April 7, 2013
    Krishna Tailor. Address-Shop no 12 second floor Gymkhana Shopping Complex,Shalimar,Shivaji Rd.Nashik -.Maharashtra .contact number -9373912408. I am in tailoring business since last 20 years. Having good tailoring staff. Willing to start uniform unit which will provide stitched uniform to college, school, and in all segments where uniform are needed.
  • Suan said on April 11, 2013
    S&D Design and Accessories. Hopewell, Hanover, Jamaica. I need to do a business plan to start a uniform business.
  • RAJ SINGHI said on May 10, 2013
    For big supplies in north east India in uniforms mail us on singhi1960@gmail.com . According to your requirements we will contact you in 3 working days.
  • Eropa said on May 26, 2013
    Hello, I would like to start selling white and black dress shirts online (as wait staff uniforms for the restaurant industry). How would I go about doing this? How do I find a wholesale provider/order from a trusted manufacturer?
  • General Dahrey said on June 1, 2013
    Whatz involve in setting up and running a uniform company. Ikorodu, Lagos Nigeria
  • shamsher said on September 20, 2013
    We are registered under government of west bengal small scale Industries under copy right trade name. M/S PANTHER UNIFORMS. Having registered office at kolkata west bengal. We have factory located in howrah west bengal with iso 9001:2008. Certified for quality management to work and maintain the quality For our international buyer. We are specialized in making uniform for different segment. We are looking for joint ventures hands for north east india market. Interested persons mail the details or for information may contact Spangleindia@live.in. Instant reply will b made between 10 am till 6pm ist.
  • nihi anu said on November 13, 2013
    hi. i want to start up a school uniform store, making of polos fr companies with logo. please i need help as soon as possible. thanks
  • Matefo Makume said on November 14, 2013
    I want to start my own school uniform company so please send me how you will send me the stock here in Lesotho because I want the company to start working before December next year. please send me how much it will cost me. Kindly Matefo Makume
  • Lal Garments said on December 23, 2013
    We make school uniforms factory wears of all kinds. Please if your need to be supplied with any of the above do not hesitate to get in touch with us. our mail address is lalgarments@gmail.com.
  • Mitaire said on March 6, 2014
    We produce uniforms for hotels, restaurants and schools to our customers specifications, if you require our services, please contact us at mitai.creations@yahoo.com
  • Ghulam Abbas said on June 27, 2014
    hi, Most of U here need a manufacturer of Uniform. we are manufacturing all kind of uniforms with logo etc since 1937. Now we have an office in USA as well. Those of you who wants to start retail or supply of school uniform , we offer free sampling and guidance if they need regarding stocking and marketing. abbas@deanstextiles.com deanspk@hotmail.com
  • meenakshi said on July 14, 2014
    My business location is market place in army complex.(ratu road) and I was making mostly army uniform including designer shirts also.city RANCHI ,JHARKHAND
  • Meenu Singh said on July 17, 2014
    Hi, I would like to get into the uniform business. I want to know how do I go about it from scratch. Including registration and legal part of the business too. Also contact details of suppliers too. Thanking u Meenu Singh
  • irene muronda said on August 6, 2014
    My business is situated in Cofimvaba, Easterncape and in Pretoria North, Eastlynne, i am doing school uniforms and logos, i am a registered company, We try by all means giving quality to the public and we have just started up.
  • Shay said on December 31, 2014
    I am interested in opening a medical uniform and work wear retail store with shoes and accessories I would like info on vendors for wholesale ordering and if some one already have a scrub store I am looking for a mentor
  • Tumi Mamaleka said on January 13, 2015
    Useful information
  • Shawanna Lilly said on May 11, 2015
    I am looking to start a Uniform Store children, Scrubs for adults as well. Just need a little help and advise on where to start. Thanks
  • Olufunmilayo Abdulkareem said on September 11, 2015
    I am looking to start a sale of medical and nursing scrubs here in nigeria, want to know how to start the online business.I am a nurse anaesthetist.
  • chichi said on December 31, 2015
    Hello,Thanks for the article am really interested in starting a school and scrubs uniform and I don't want to sell uniforms produced by other companies. I want to produce mine and sell. Do you think is a good business decision? How much do you think it will take me.
  • prakash kumar said on April 3, 2016
    I want franchise school uniform at Ranchi jharkhand india
  • Yolande georges said on July 7, 2016
    Hi I'm starting a uniforms store I'm interested in selling all type of uniforms, I need some advise and overall a little help please.
  • gaurav kumar said on August 6, 2016
    i want to start my own business in dombivali east near lodha mumbai. business like uniform and cloth rental in different sector school,medicals in hospitals, malls, hotel and restaurant etc. we want give best service due to lack of best service provider. m-9920445443
  • Johannah said on December 31, 2016
    Hi i want to open a business schools uniform shop ,pls help me with the supplier pls it's johannah
  • Pooja said on September 13, 2017
    I wanna open a designer garments store. How to get contract from in school uniform n dress..
  • Kavita Ballah said on November 12, 2017
    Hello, Looking forward to start up a Uniform Store In Mauritius. This would be a first time ever as we do not have anything like this over here yet. This will include security, schools, hospitals, corporate, offices and above all be spoke uniforms for our resorts. Not sure how to tackle. please advise. Regards.

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