Starting an Apparel Manufacturing Company

Starting an apparel manufacturing business requires a lot of decision making. If you are thinking of starting one, you have to get ready to face many of the questions you have to deal with in actuality.

Find out what are these issues that could confront you, so that you could deal with them better in the future.

Running an apparel manufacturing plant is a serious business. Because an apparel manufacturer has to face a variety of issues when running the business, he not only has to have great entrepreneurial skills but also a thorough understanding of the industry. For example, one of the issues that apparel manufacturers face is the high cost of local labor, forcing many to outsource production. At the same time competition with global players is intense. Add to that is the constantly changing trend in textile manufacture and of course, fashion. So, before embarking into this business, one has to thoroughly think about the many aspects of the business.

Types of Apparel Manufacturing Business

What kind of garments would you produce and for what age bracket? Teens, men and women (large or all sizes?), couture clothes, baby outfits, sports clothes? For sports clothes, will it be for bikers, golfers, swimmers? At what price category will your products be? And will it be a full product line or just tops or bottoms or coordinates? How will you distribute your products? Will it be through boutiques, discount stores, or department stores? The answer to these questions will aid you in determining the quality, quantity and cost of the clothes you make. Make your research of the industry by talking to garment plant owners, trade groups, retailers, regulatory agencies, customers, boutique owners, and textile suppliers.

Apparel Manufacturing Facility

Granting that you plan to produce in-house, you should consider where your production will be. In line with this, you should think where your supplies of cloth. will be coming from and where will you supply your finished product. Are your source and market proximate enough in that you won’t incur high transportation costs? And how would your production facility look like, how big will it be, how much would it cost? How will you finance it? Whether you will rent a property or build from scratch, you would need to secure licenses both when starting and running the business. You should also think about the equipment you need for making pattern, designs, sewing and cutting. And where will you rent or buy them? Another important consideration you should think about is labor. Are there skilled employees that you can hire around, or do you need to train people?

Starting a Small Apparel Manufacturing Business

If you don’t have the resources for a full-scale garment manufacturing business, you can start small by selling your clothes in flea markets, in your store, in community fairs and bazaars. You can also sell hand-painted shirts. You can make tailor-made hand-painted shirts that you can sell at higher prices.

253 Comments

  • sandeep said on December 4, 2009
    i want to start apparel business in Noida, Delhi, India
  • Dhinakar babu Prthivi said on February 27, 2010
    Hai, i'm fm chennai. i want to start an apparel stitching units around chennai. pls provide the dtls for to start unit with bank loan.
  • manish goyal said on March 5, 2010
    how to start apparel manufacturing unit in ranchi
  • pal said on April 9, 2010
    hi, Can u please help me how to start leather made products manufacturing in delhi for export. Thanks..
  • parveen said on May 30, 2010
    i am from gurgaon please help me for setup a self business of manufacture (stitching)pent shirts and sports wear and please advice me about the selling market. about the cost of business also
  • Saikat said on June 1, 2010
    i want to set up one shirt manufacturing unit in Hyderabad
  • Neha said on June 1, 2010
    hi, I'm from Gurgaon too and want to start a business of manufacturing ladies wear. Could you please guide me how can i go about it ?
  • Michael said on June 23, 2010
    Apparel manufacturing business is a very very tough business to be in. Please work for a garment factory for about 5 years and learn the business before you venture out into setting up your own. Margins are very slim typically 7% and there is no room for error. Handling labour requires lots of patience. BE CAREFUL and plan properly before starting a garment factory
  • dinesh kumar said on August 27, 2010
    Pls note i want to start small scale business in garment surplus stock but not in manufacturing. but how i can get finance for small scale industry through govt. or other agency.
  • bhargavi kallam said on September 3, 2010
    Helo this is Bhargavi from Guntur, Andhrapradesh, India. i want to start up a small scale Apparel manufacturing unit, how can i get finance and how can i get help Government or any other agency.
  • laveena joshi said on September 3, 2010
    i want to do a small scale business of garment manufacturing..give me some suggestions and how would i get loan for this.
  • anni said on September 5, 2010
    Hello, I am thinking to start a small unit for garment manufacturing units upto exports standard. Please let me know what all equipments I would need and what would be the tentative expenditure per month. You can consider the facility strength of 50 stitching machines.
  • anni said on September 5, 2010
    Also, that would be great if you can guide about the procedure to get license / registration from the government? I am Anni from Delhi, India.
  • sanjeet kumar said on September 8, 2010
    Hi,I am sanjeet from bangalore want to start my small unit of garment manufacturing(t.shirt,shirts). so please advice me about the selling market.
  • radhika said on September 21, 2010
    Hi, i am radhika from delhi want to start my small scale unit of garment manufacturing(ladies suits, kurtis). please give me a piece of advice how can i get some order for my unit.
  • VIVEK SINGH said on September 26, 2010
    Hi, i am vivek from NEW DELHI want to start a small scale unit of manufacturing unit in delhi, cau u plz tell me budget required and also tell me how i attract a foreign buyer, plz give me some advice regarding that
  • vijay pariahr said on October 8, 2010
    hello, i want to start garment mfg(jeans wear) in indore. so i want technical detail about the machine. and many more that will help me
  • suresh kumar said on October 29, 2010
    Hi. I would like to start a garment unit for ladies wear like kurties tops salwar etc in cochin. i would like to know how to go about it in terms of cost involved in setting it up, the kind of machinery needed, how to source and to attract export orders
  • Ahmer Khan said on November 8, 2010
    What would be the cost of starting a small ladies suit manufacturing firm in noida?
  • praveen.u said on November 11, 2010
    kovvur, west godavari dist,A.P. Hi, i am looking for good machinery. Inoder to reduce man power. complete details of latest machinery also.
  • Manoj Kumar said on November 30, 2010
    Hi, I am thinking to start a small unit for garment manufacturing units for local distribution and also for exports. Please let me know what all equipments I would need and what would be the cost for the same. You can consider around 100 stitching machines to start with. Focus on Menswear & Ladies wear.
  • nasra haq said on December 2, 2010
    hi ,i want to start my own small unit of bridal collection production house .want complete details on how to go bout it??
  • VJAY KUMAR.B said on December 8, 2010
    hello, i want to start garment mfg(jeans wear) in VIJAYAWADA(ANDHRAPRADESH) so i want technical detail about the machine. and many more that will help me
  • virendra said on December 9, 2010
    hi, i just wanted to know about how to mfg cloth or buy in a cheap manner from outside , i wanted to sell one spot variety mean only one variety cloth for every segment. what cost it takes , distribution strategy , investment. area surat or south gujarat. thanks . hope for the favorable reply soon.
  • Nalini Prasanna said on December 11, 2010
    Hello, I am thinking to start a small unit for garment manufacturing. Please let me know what are the equipments needed and what would be the investment approximately. And the tentative expenditure per month (budget required). What machinery would you suggest that would be required to establish a apparel production unit. Please provide me information with competent and branded machinery with technical detail about latest machinery guide about the procedure to get license / registration from the government? Thank you in anticipation. Naliniprasanna.
  • pawan jain said on December 16, 2010
    I want to start ladies suit manufacturing unit in delhi. would u pl provide me with the related project report as i have to get it financed from Bank
  • chandresh said on December 23, 2010
    i m in vapi .i want to start garment mfg. How i get loan from ssi or any other scheme
  • krishan said on December 25, 2010
    hi, i want to start a small garment manufacturing unit in jaipur rajasthan, please help me how i will get loan from banks
  • Haresh Gohel said on December 29, 2010
    I have a retail shop at central kolkata(West Bengal)& now I want to enter in manufacturing unit with a product like kids T-Shirt/Tops. At initially I want to start with small production(3000 to 5000 pcs) per month. Can you please guide me regarding types of machines/numbers of machines with cost & space requirement?
  • BHAVIN MOTA said on January 2, 2011
    i want to start a jeans manufacturing unit my questions are as follows, which machinery should i install? how much will be the initial investment?
  • Neelam said on January 22, 2011
    Hi! We are bangalore based, wholesaler of ladies designer/casual kurti's & looking for stitching units. whoever interested let us know. We need small unit who can produce 1500pcs/months. Phone : 080-42013382 mob: 9886707679. regards, Neelam
  • Brig said on January 22, 2011
    want to start a small garment manufacturing business. would like to know about the process of obtaining contracts from the us. the business is located out of state.
  • Sampa said on January 24, 2011
    Hi,I want to start a ladies garment manufacturing unit in Bangalore. my question is from where i can get the good cloth for the garments. can i have a complete project.
  • Alh.Korede Obitayo said on February 4, 2011
    i want to start a jeans production company( shorts, dongris,pants for female, male, teens, kids for pregnant women...any advise..i havent bin involved in manufacturing, i was in the banking sector but i have traveled far and wide and i know a about it. so if you can advise me as well. thank you
  • Mohammad Azeem said on February 14, 2011
    Hello, I am from Delhi and want to start a garment manufacturing unit (small Scale). Can U please guide me for the Funds, Setup etc. my email is aghazi.2008@rediffmail.com Mohammad Azeem 9582461569
  • Sampa Chakraborty said on February 18, 2011
    I want to start a garment manufacturing unit at Bangalore.Is there any organization who help to start up small scale industries.Is there anybody who can give me advise regarding garment manufacturing ,selling of the product,and about fund .thanks in advance. my email- sampa.chakraborty@gmail.com ph- 9986506512
  • Soumitra Saha said on February 18, 2011
    Hi, I want to start a small garment manufacturing business. would like to know about the Funds, Setup and from where I can get the good cloth for the garments. Can i have a complete project. My location is Kolkata. My mail ID is soum.saha@yahoo.co.in, and my mobile number is 9230095889. Please help me.
  • tashi said on February 19, 2011
    we want to start a stitching unit for uniforms. please help us to set up, like the production unit working environment, different units, and machineries. we are from sikkim. with regards tashi
  • yogesh said on February 20, 2011
    hi, myself yogesh from jaipur. i am currently running a stitching unit named Yash Garments. i Have 50 stitching machines. But Most Probably i have to face problem for stitching staff. i have come to know that some companies are providing stitching staff so pls guide me how can i contact these companies.
  • Subash said on March 3, 2011
    Hi, we are planning to set up a small garment firm in Andhra Pradesh. Can consultant help me as I am new to this field. If interested, please contact me at rammy2cool@gmail.com. Thank you! Regards, Subash
  • Prashant said on March 13, 2011
    Hi, we are planning to set up a small garment firm in Maharashtra - Nashik. Can consultant help me as I am new to this field. If interested, please contact me at pimprikarprashant@gmail.com. Regards, Prashant
  • lakshmi said on March 13, 2011
    Hi, I am planning to start a garment industry in very small scale. I am new to this field. So can help out How to & from where to start the process? How to get contracts? Which clothing of production we prefer? & budgeting? Is it required to have IT & HR department for very small scale. Kindly help me out. Contact me at lakshmibhm@gmail.com
  • RAJIV TYAGI said on March 15, 2011
    is there any company or individual who can provide stitching staff for a small shirts manufacturing unit ( only upto ten) any one who can run this unit on contract basis. contact rajiv : 09999006387
  • S.CH.VENKAT said on March 16, 2011
    Dear Sir, We are planning to set up one cloth bags manufacturing unit in A.P. We are looking for a project report. pl. do contact on my mail id schvenkat@yahoo.com or mobile. 9052708899 whenever u can spare time.
  • NARESH GUPTA said on March 19, 2011
    Hi I am from Jammu,J & K , India. I am planning to start garments business. I have the knowledge of cut piece cloth . Could you let me know where Can i provide the raw material(cut pieces) and place and order for bulk production at reasonable price. Regards Gupta Naresh, 9953596790
  • sijin nazar said on March 19, 2011
    i like to start a small scale businesses of ladies wear, where could i get the raw materials and is juki machine good for the industrial use..
  • Arvind kumar said on April 1, 2011
    I want to start ladies and kids garments manufacturing business. For that I want a complete knowledge. My business location- delhi & ncr Nature of business- small unit of ladies & kids manufacturing garments. and what will be adjective cost.
  • waseem ahmad said on April 1, 2011
    hi, i am from delhi and very much like to start a garment stitching unit, so please may i know how to get orders from exporters?
  • Clementina Reello said on April 4, 2011
    Sir, I am starting a garment stitching unit & would like to get sub contracts from garment companies, could you please help me with this? I am from chennai.
  • nazeema said on April 7, 2011
    hi,starting leather garment manufacturing bus. not sure what machinery i need as i am only a silent partner. please help.
  • Dorothy Laurent said on April 12, 2011
    I have now a crew of women working with us embroidering fine linen (hand made) and i would like a partner for technical assistance a full dress would take 3 months, table cloth 4 months i would like to see us more productive can you please help? thank you
  • Nishikant jha said on April 17, 2011
    hi i want to start apparel business in jeans segment of male and female. thus i am looking for a stitching company and a jeans material providing company in kolkata. please guide and provide the address of these company.
  • kannu priya sharma said on April 29, 2011
    i have opened a boutique in dwarka which have ladies garments of indian and western outfits both. i'm fashion designer by profession so want to expand my business by taking supply from companies so kindly help me out
  • Srijana Baruah said on May 2, 2011
    I want to set up a designer label in Gurgaon. I want to know from where can I possibly get help for developing a project for the same and are there any sample projects available on the net which I can use as reference or will it be better for us to consult a CA. best regards Srijana
  • arpita gupta said on May 3, 2011
    i want to setup a whole apparel business for shirts and t-shirts. for which i will be selling to distributors and then to retailers and finally to customers. My selling price of the shirts is 180 rupees. i want to know which will be the favorable place to setup my apparel plant in india
  • ramakant said on May 5, 2011
    I want to set up an apparel business around Kolkata. How much land will be required ? From where can I source trained staff ?
  • tamojit das said on May 13, 2011
    i want to set up all types of designer garments manufacturing house in kolkata . i am fashion designer by profession.so plzzz help me.....
  • R.JAIKUMAR said on May 23, 2011
    r.jaikumar. i m in tamilnadu .i want to start garment mfg for 30 m/c capacity. How i get loan from ssi or any other scheme
  • Nisha Singh said on May 26, 2011
    hi i wanted to set up a small jeans and t shirt manufacturing unit in Delhi. I have my own property and was wondering if someone could help me with the process.
  • rizwan khan said on May 28, 2011
    sir i want start a ready-made shirts business in small scale but how pls send me detail
  • sachin said on May 30, 2011
    hi i'm an textile engg and presently working in an export hse. I want to start a small unit of accessories mfg like scarves. My plan is of setting at least 7-8 stitching m/cs, 3 ironing bed. The production capacity of this is around 1lac pcs per month. Can you pls let us know how much cost will be require for initial investment. I'm presently staying in Mumbai and i am planning to set this unit somewhere in Bhiwandi, Thane. Thanks in advance for your co operation. Regards Sachin
  • JYOTHSNA said on May 31, 2011
    I have a Uniform stitching contract in my hand. I want a garment manufacturer to help me. Location: RAJAHMUNDRY E.G.Dt.,Andhra Pradesh contact me: jyothsnarjy@gmail.com
  • aruna said on May 31, 2011
    I am working as a senior merchant in a buying/export house.Now i want to start my own small business with small capital from my home only. Please suggest ideas. Location -Indirapuram Ghaziabad u.p.
  • Raaj said on June 20, 2011
    I own a fully established garment manufacturing factory at Hyderabad with all advanced machinery & staff. We are into Shirts manufacturing with our own brand and is in the market. I am willing to sell it, as i am moving abroad concentrating on my other businesses. If interested, Mail me m.raaj05@gmail.com
  • Rana said on June 26, 2011
    Hi, I want to start an apparel stitching units around kolkata. i want good investors, i have all the contacts all idea about this field whose are interested pls email me as soon as possible,My location is Kolkata. My mail ID is rana.sardar@yahoo.com ,
  • safvan said on June 26, 2011
    i am safvan from kerala. i want to start shirt export to abroad.pls sent me shirt stitching and packing unit in Bangalore.
  • sheeba said on July 8, 2011
    hi, i want to start a stitching business from home.. can u guide
  • Nandeesh Jain said on July 11, 2011
    I am put up in bangalore. I already have a shirt manufacturing unit since years. But now i am planning to expand it. So I am planning to outsource the production. Could someone suggest me some areas in bangalore where I could get good quality stitching units.
  • Tanmoy Roy said on July 20, 2011
    hi, i want to set up a small scale ready-made garment retail shop targeting age group 18-30 yrs in west bengal, Bolpur. for purchase of garment, i have planed target of Delhi manufacturers. so, being a fresher, i like to get some advice/suggestion from you in connection of- document required for interstate procurement of readymade garment... 1. initial investment of 1.5lkhs is sufficient taking the risk factor in concern.. please let me know.
  • Sunny Mullick said on August 9, 2011
    I want to start a T-Shirt manufacturing unit in Kolkata. I even got lots of orders from cities like Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore etc. But l do not know how to deal with these customers? How will i trust on them, they may cheat on me any time. Or how will i convince them that my business is a genuine one and that i wont cheat on them? In short, how should l handle inter-state business orders? Can anyone help me please. Please contact me at sunnymullick88@gmail.com
  • Sudhanshu Mishra said on August 11, 2011
    Hi..I'm frm Lucknow and want to start formal shirts manufacturing unit at small scale. Can anyone suggest me how much money I should invest in business at initial stage and whts the procedure for it.
  • aaogunmekan said on August 16, 2011
    Please I wish to start a school shirt school blouses small scale manufacturing business. producing about 1500-2000 pieces a week. Please advice my what equipments I need and the costs. I am from Lagos Nigeria Thank you.
  • V.Showriappa said on August 23, 2011
    Dear Sir/Madam, I want to start a Ready Made Shirts Unit at Bapatla, Guntur District. Will you please provide some details? Like:- Our target is three to Five thousands of Shirts/Month. How much initial capital I need? What are the machinery/ Equipment I need? And what are the other necessary details? Thanking you, With best regards V.Showriappa. NB: I am sorry I wrote 5000 shirts per day.Kindly consider that it is 5000 shirts per month.
  • subhasish das said on August 30, 2011
    Sir I want to start a garment stitching unit in my house so how will get contracts from garments company. Could you please help me with this. I am from Tamluk,West Bengal.contact-subhasish-9434507215
  • S. NANDLAL said on August 30, 2011
    Dear Sirs, I like to start a 100 single needle machines textile woven fabric garment factory. I would like to start on sub-contract to established players. The rate should be atleast between Rs. 50.00 and Rs.80.00 per garment on 18 sams garment (men, women and kids). The unit may be set up in Chennai/Bangalore/Delhi NCR. I request you to send me a good business plan. The entire capital requirement will have to be raised by borrowings. Regards,
  • Eunice S. Calawen said on September 2, 2011
    Dear Madam/Sir: May I request for the list of suppliers of cloth for t-shirt, as I am planning to open a business on manufacturing t-shirts. where can I get stocks for all the materials I need for the operation of my business.?
  • ravi bhushan said on September 16, 2011
    i want to start shirt manufacturing in my home town gaya bihar. advise me as soon as fast
  • hameed said on September 17, 2011
    i want to start a stitching unit of 20 machines, as per my budget for these type of business how we get the loan for further expansion of the unit..let me know about the required documentations for start a business and management.. Thanking you.
  • venky said on September 22, 2011
    Hey want to start a new venture in bangalore, so i need complete information about the garment industry.
  • Arul said on October 1, 2011
    Sir, We are going to start garment stitching unit in madurai,how can i get job order,pls give some garment industries address.
  • Haresh Gohel said on October 2, 2011
    I have a Kids readymade garments retail shop at New Marker area in Kolkata(West Bengal)India & now I am willing to start Shirt manufacturing for the age group from 1-15 yrs & want to sale initially in local & in future want to export. Can u please advice me, how much investment require if I can start with small scale with how much profit? Please guide us.
  • Rekshma.R said on October 7, 2011
    hi.. am a MBA fresher looking for a start in business,in a small town in Kerala, what plan in my mind is a small stitching unit in the beginning and later on developing by and by, can you please share your valuable suggestions
  • raj said on October 11, 2011
    I want to start a small scale industry to do domestic orders. what will be the minimum investment and procedures to start with....,
  • khalid said on October 12, 2011
    i am khalid from delhi,i want to start a t shirt manufacturing unit as it requires less capital and risk is very minimum. i have some idea about t shirt industry which i have accumulated through internet, i am sure that my idea will work because i know the taste of the T shirt lovers. my idea is to buy plain t shirts from whole sellers then get it printed with unique and stylish design, and then supply it in the retail market, but my problem is that i lack experience in this field. so if there is any one from delhi who also wants to try in this field can join me so that we can pursue our dream. my e mail add is just_khalid80@yahoo.com.
  • mahesh said on October 15, 2011
    I want to start a small scale steel structural industry.what will be the minimum investment and procedures to start with....,
  • pavaniratnam,m said on October 22, 2011
    i want to start a small scale apparel garment manufacturing unit please send me details
  • khalid said on October 23, 2011
    i am from delhi, i want to start a t shirt manufacturing unit. i have some design in my mind and i also have some interesting quotation which can be used to print on t shirt. i want some who can help me in this regard. and if there is any one who is also interested in this can cantact me so that we can pursue our dream together.my e mail add. is just_khalid80@yahoo.com
  • EMEZI FRANCIS OBISIKE said on October 27, 2011
    I am from Nigeria, I was into tailoring before I went back to school now I am out of school, I want to establish a garment factory for men. Help me supply information regarding, location, funding, equipments, manpower and strategies. thank you.
  • SADIK REHMAN said on November 2, 2011
    Dear Sir/Madam, one of mine oldest brother, he is a stitching master by profession, he has 22 years experience of the same field. Now he wants to start his own business, he can stitch everything for men, women, children and babies. he is based in new Delhi. The Question is from where we can get order, and get in touch into garment markets. Sadik Rehman 08800797610
  • faisal said on November 5, 2011
    i am just starting a shirt factory in ranchi from where do i get cloth at reasonable rate pls help me out 09955819786
  • Anil Rathore said on November 8, 2011
    i want to start jeans making factory at gwalior on very initial level, know me about costing and how to get knowledge for making process and used instruments,
  • M. K. Khan said on November 13, 2011
    i want to start jeans making factory at Lucknow on initial level, I would like know about costing and how to get information and Idea where we can get order, and get in touch into garment markets.
  • Charity said on November 16, 2011
    i'm from harare zimbabwe and would want to start up a small scale baby manufacturing plant and would want to know the minimum requirements required.
  • Gavrav said on November 16, 2011
    I want to start a jeans manufacturing unit small scale in my hometown nearby to Lucknow. Can you let me know the technicalities of the same. Also the costing involved at the initial stage of starting the business.
  • Jael said on November 16, 2011
    Hello, I want to start manufacturing t-shirts and shirts in the caribbean. could you please send me some initial costing on the machines needed and their costs. thanks alot
  • seraj said on November 17, 2011
    please reply me, i want to start up mens shirts manufacturing unit in small scale in kolkata. how much capital require and what are the machines needed. can govt provide loan for this,if yes then how.i have my own400sq/ft space,is it suitable for small scale.i knew some exporter from whom i can get orders.i don't have any knowledge.please help me,provide me full knowledge of this business.
  • Anil Jain said on November 21, 2011
    Hi, I want to start men's shirt business in udaipur. Want to purchase a lot from bangalore/mumbai and get it stitch over there . Will u pls guide me about the business over there.
  • Kshitij Bhardwaj said on November 21, 2011
    hi this is kshitij i want to start a export house for hand looms n ethnic wears,designer ladies garments for international market ,i m living in Dubai but want to start my business in jaipur rajasthan,India so could u guide me in proper professional manner how can i start my small unit ?? here r so many girls and boys can help together .. my email id is kshitijbhardwaj@gmail.com if nay one wants to contact me ..plz make as soon as possible.
  • John said on November 24, 2011
    Hi i want to start a stitching company with my own brand. I would like to know from where i can get the cloths in a cheaper prize, the washing etc.
  • M.jeyakumar said on November 25, 2011
    I have good contacts among garments manufacturers in Tamil Nadu. Ready built building is available -2400 Sq ft for manufacturing . pl contact us for collaborative venture.jeyinia@yahoo.com,9443159345

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