Starter Kit for New Apparel Entrepreneurs (A Beginner's Guide)

Apparel Export Promotion Council of India (AEPC) has published a beginner's guide "Starter Kit for New Apparel Entrepreneurs" which is very useful and information kit for the newcomers. Though this starter kit was published in September 2017, this document is still useful for understanding the requirement and steps to start a garment factory for the export market.

Cover page Image of the Starter kit

This starter kit contains the following topics -

  • About the apparel sector of India
  • How to start an RMG export business
  • Getting started setting up a garment factory
  • Training and Development of human resources
  • Opportunity available with garment exporters 
  • Schemes for start ups
  • An indicative capital investment requirement for starting a basic ladies top (with a monthly capacity of 10,000 units) is shown in the kit.

The kit additionally provides useful links where you can explore more information and gain knowledge on starting a garment manufacturing as well as garment export business. For an example for the preparing Project Cost, the kit says,
In order to know how much money you need to invest, you need to prepare the cost of the project. Rent, capital investment, the salary of the staff and EMI of the loan are the key factors in preparing the project cost. You can also include the finance required for purchasing raw material and other sundry expenses in the project cost. You need to prepare cash flow statements at least for a year to avoid the financial crisis.
Download the starter kit and start reading. You may find valuable knowledge that can inspire your starting business in the apparel manufacturing sector. For the additional guidance and mentor, you can get in touch with APEC office. 


Prasanta Sarkar

Prasanta Sarkar is a textile engineer and a postgraduate in fashion technology from NIFT, New Delhi, India. He has authored 6 books in the field of garment manufacturing technology, garment business setup, and industrial engineering. He loves writing how-to guide articles in the fashion industry niche. He has been working in the apparel manufacturing industry since 2006. He has visited garment factories in many countries and implemented process improvement projects in numerous garment units in different continents including Asia, Europe, and South Africa. He is the founder and editor of the Online Clothing Study Blog.

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