10 Small Business Ideas in Garment Industry

I always write for garment industry professionals. And this one is not an exception. There is a tendency in young professionals to move out from day job and start something their own.

Having work experience in garment industry, we primarily look for business opportunities within this industry. Keeping this thing in mind, I have shared some small business ideas that are related to garment as product and some business ideas are services for the garment industry. 

Each business can be started in small scale. If you are on the same board you may be interested to hear something on small business ideas those are garment industry based.
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  1. Small Factory Set up: You can set up a small garment factory with your own tailoring or manufacturing experience. You have to hire few tailors. Make garments and sale finished garments to retailers or whole sellers in your city. You may select products such as school uniforms, ladies kurtis, salwar-kamiz, men’s shirt or make ladies blouses. Also Read: Business Plan for Garment Manufacturing Start-ups

  2. Sub-contracting Business: Set up a small factory and do sub-contracting work (job-work) for export houses and domestic brands. In buying seasons export houses book orders in excess quantity than their own production capacity. To complete those order on time they look for sub-contractors or job-workers. In this business you don’t need to handle buyers, don’t need to purchase materials. You have to just collect cuttings from exporters and stitch garments. Read this post "Subcontracting Business Process in Garment Industry" to know more about subcontracting business process.

  3. Garment Wholesale Business: You can start garment whole sale business in your spare time. Source garments from manufacturing hubs and distribute those garments to shops in small cities. As you purchase goods in bulk quantity and from manufacturing hubs, you will have good margin in this business. 

  4. Clothing Store: You can open a garment retail shop or outlet in your small town or City, in Street corner or inside a mall in metros. 

  5. Export Surplus Garments Store: Export quality (international brands) garments with low prices are on demand now-a-days. In metros everyone wants to look trendy and wear branded clothes but they don’t want to spend much money in Brand’s retail shops. So they look for export surplus garments. So, opening an outlet for export rejected and surplus garments is a good and profitable business idea. If you are working or worked in past in garment manufacturing you know that garment manufacturers make extra garments than the order quantity they get from buyers. Sometimes whole order get rejected due quality issue or shipment delay. Purchase stock of surplus garments from factories and sale at attractive prices. 

  6. Printing and Embroidery Unit: Printing and embroidery are value added processes in garment manufacturing. In this fashion age, to make product trendy, designer always add some colors and patches on their designs. Hence, excluding some basic product all export orders include printing process or embroidery work or both. To set up Print and Embroidery business factories need to invest on machines, so small manufacturer don’t have in-house printing and embroidery machines. Thus, it can be one good business opportunity in these value added processes. 

  7. Washing Plant: Washing is required in various stages of garment manufacturing – fabric washing, various types of garment washing. Secondly, buyers placed order for washed garment, with different types of end looks and hand feels. Small exporters don’t have their own washing plant. You can look this option as one of the business opportunity. 

  8. Garment Buying agency: If you are working as merchandiser in an export house or buying house for few years. You may have developed good relationship with your buyers. You have good opportunity to contact with buyers, take order and get manufactured garments from a factory. You can even set up product development and sampling room to attract more buyer and display wide range of products. You will be needed small team to start garment buying house initially. Check these important points to start a buying house.

  9. Consultancy Services: May be you have built your expertise and skills in some specific fields. If you have passion to teach others and can solve real life problems daily faced by factories, buyers and auxiliary business firms, you can start consultancy services. Though at present consultancy services are not very popular in this industry, in future factories will look for expert guidance -in the areas like cost reduction and factory performance improvement. 

  10. Information Technology Services: Garment industry is embracing more and more IT based technology. It may be ERP systems or other technology solutions. If you have good understanding of IT and can develop innovative tools that can solve exporter’s problem such pattern making solutions, real time data collection, production planning, material management or it can be anything. Your development must bring measurable improvement in garment manufacturer’s business as a whole or in department level. 
 Garment Manufacturing bookI have written a book on garment manufacturing. If you want to know more about garment manufacturing processes and want to know how garment export houses work, I suggest you to read this book. Click on the following book cover to learn more about the book. 

I have just explained you about 10 garment industry based business ideas. You can start one out of those ten business opportunities depending on your competency and business networking. Each business is profitable if you can create your customer base and specialization. 

Did I miss any idea that can be business opportunity for a garment industry employee? Please add your valuable ideas in the following comment box.



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10 Small Business Ideas in Garment Industry
Small Scale Business ideas in garment industry. If you have passion in clothing products and have a dream to become an entrepreneur, you can choose one of the 10 business ideas to start with.
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