Is Fashion Designing Right Career for Boys?

Is Fashion Designing Right Career for Boys?

When we talk about fashion designing as a career, we assume girls pursuing this career choice. But in practical terms when we look at the data available, boys make a better designer.

Though, at the time of choos ing a vocation, most of us find it difficult, but for boys it's a society verses identity issue. No matter how much equality is shouted about and how much liberation we give to girls for making their life decisions but it's definitely not very easy for boys to take up fas hi on d esigning as career -

"What'd you do with all that cutting stitching kinda stuff?"
"Get a real career, a manly profession to gain respect!"
"Do you know how difficult it's for boys? What do you know about fashion?"
"That's not your cup of tea, forget it and focus on something worthwhile."

What you need to know before choosing fashion designing as career option?

Are you confused? Or fighting a battle in your head? Or can't decide what to do after 12th or may be the dead end of your current profile.

Take a deep breath and release all your stress. Because we are here to help you. We'll guide you to the sunshine you are aspiring for.

First question that came in my mind while writing on this topic is "why people consider that some career options are only good for girls or some are only for boys? " That’s really a big question.

According to me every single "career option" is good for boys and girls both. Condition applied, they have to see themselves worthy enough. so that’s the practical way of seeing everything, but the question is still not being answered. Because the mind wants reason WHY?

So I try to cover up all the question and give a reasonable justification to all your whys Or why nots?

1. What is fashion designing?

Most of the people think fashion designing is only related to stitching and for them that’s end of the definition. But it's not true. It is art of visualizing a design and much later comes creating a new garment or accessory. It involves skills that range from market research and creativity to sketching and fabric selection, and much more.

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2. What kind of education you need to be a fashion designer?

There can be formal or informal education, training and experience that you gather to be a fashion designer. You may be born around some creative people who are surrounded by beautiful creations and so you fascinate yourself with creating and designing. This is your inbuilt interest and ability to create.

How to be a fashion designer without a degree.

But even if you belong to the category of people, who visualize themselves and creating but don't really know where and how to start, even then doors haven't closed on you.

You need a degree of fashion designing, it can be bachelors or masters depending on your preference and how far you wish to go. But having a degree doesn’t mean that you are good to be a designer until you have skills. So work on your skills to be successful.

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3. What jobs are available after fashion designing?

There are plenty of jobs available in this line. You can be a fashion illustrator, pattern master, a stylist, fashion merchandiser, marketing manager etc.

What career prospects can you expect with a fashion degree?

§ Fashion & Luxury Merchandising.

§ Brand Management.

§ Public Relations.

§ Fashion & Luxury Buying.

§ Retail / Sales.

§ Marketing / Advertising.

§ E commerce / Social Media.

§ Visual Presentation/Styling.

Career in fashion designing

4. What salary to be expected?

So I can't say that this much is given to you because it's wholly depending on your skills and abilities. You can get 5000 as a starting salary or may be 20,000. As I already said it's not fixed plus it varies from company to company.

Starting salary range for a fashion designer

5. Start-up business as a designer?

It gives you the opportunity to establish your own name in the list of great designers. You can launch your own label, or set up your boutique. You are free to choose what works best for you.

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So I think you got a vague idea of fashion career.

And I know this is not enough to ascertain success in fashion designing career. So, let me justify all the above with some great examples-

SUCCESS STORIES

MANISH MALHOTRA, SABYASACHI, TARUN TAHILIANI

These are the well-known face of Indian fashion industry and see most amazing thing about all of them which is common is THEY ALL ARE MEN. SO IF THEY MAKE IT WHY WON'T YOU.

No, opportunity comes with a tag of gender preference only thing it asks for is your determination and dedication towards it.

Don’t limit your boy under society norms let them follow their heart and you will be amazed by the result.

Back to the Indian fashion designer lets go deep into their lives from their struggles to standout in a crowed to their success to achieve the name and fame.

Manish Malhotra

Manish Malhotra a well-known Indian fashion designer launched his label in 2005. In 2014, his label marked a turnover of over INR 1 billion. Now, that’s what we call a perfect combination of HARDWORK AND DEDICATION. We all see his success but very few of us are aware of his struggle.

Manish Malhotra

He started his career as a model, while studying at the Elphinstone College. Failure as a model led him to clothes, costumes and art. At the age of 25, Manish Malhotra tried his luck in Bollywood by designing costumes for Juhi Chawla for the movie Swarg(1990).

After 5 years of hard work, his gamble paid off and he won a filmfare costume Awards for styling Urmila Matondkar in Rangeela (1995).

May be you are thinking that it’s pretty easy but don’t forget to include his post college years that means it took him 10 years to get successful.

Steady perseverance wins the race!

Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Moving onto the Sabyasachi Mukherjee, he is an inspiration to many young fashion designers all over the world. He shows us it doesn’t matter whether you are poor, middle class or rich you can have what you want if you are willing to give all you have in you to your goals. In short hard work always pays off.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee is an Indian fashion designer from Kolkata. Since 1999, he has sold designer merchandise using the label sabyasachi. He is one of the associate Designer Members of Fashion Design Council of India and the youngest board member of the National Museum of Indian Cinema.

He comes from a middle class Bengali family of Kolkata. His father lost his job when he was just 15 years. But he didn’t gave up on his goal.

Mukherjee wanted to study at NIFT but his parents disagreed, so sabyasachi sold his books to pay for the admission form and passed the exam. During the summer of 1999, he graduated from the NIFT India. In 2001,

He won the Femina British Council's most outstanding young Designer of India award, which took him to London for an internship with Georgina Von Etzdorf, an eclectic designer based in Salisbury. After that he never looks back and keeps on moving forward. His achievements are countless and if I mention all of them, you will be amazed.

There are many more Indian male fashion designers who achieved massive success only at the cost of hard work and dedication. They believed in their dreams and worked to achieve them.

They are so passionate about their work that no one could stop them.

Reading about successful people make us overwhelmed and in one way or another it is kind of good we need that spark in us. Right? But wait I think you are still thinking about the challenges one( your little boy) can face in establishing his feet in this industry.

Roadblocks that may scare you...

So, you might think fashion term is only related to women but pause, let me correct you. All the big brands like Gucci , Dior, Versace has men as the head or director.

Another thing you might think is in fashion industry one out of ten men you come across is Gay. But I don’t think that is a matter of concern it's their personal choice and they have the right to choose. They are in this line simply because of their creativity.

Many people think that fashion career is not promising and you get kicked off any time. May be that’s the big reason why many of us think it is not suitable for men because they have the responsibility of their family and we are worried about what they do if they didn’t find any job. So, my answer to this question is no job is promising until you give your best.The possibility of getting kicked off from Google is same as getting kicked off from fashion jobs. According to me it's totally vain worrying about it.

Most amazing thing, it offers you the opportunity to work from home. You work as a freelancer and get paid according to your skills. What's better than this if you work in your comfort zone, laying on your sofa and still paid?

In my eyes there is nothing wrong to opt. fashion as career for boys. Everything comes with pros and cons, no job is ideal until you become prepared for it.

And with that we reach the end of this article and you feel this thing is just for you then I recommend you to go for it. Success comes hand in hand as you start putting your efforts in you work.

And one more thing, don’t let society decide what works for you. You know yourself better than anyone else and know what best for you.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR :

Ms. Shrishty Sharma pursuing fashion degree (2nd Semester) with Apparel Training & Design Centre (ATDC), Gurgaon.


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How to Save Money by Sewing

How to Save Money by Sewing

Do you know that you can save a good amount of money by sewing. You would agree, that our consumerism has not only depleted money in our pockets but also added clutter in our homes. We are becoming victim of being clones of our relatives, friends and neighbors. Because we are buying and wearing exactly same as others are buying. 

Ever since I started sewing, it brought my sanity back. Now I buy less! I make best use of fabrics and dresses dumped in closets. I renew them. I make sure that everything in my house is coming to good use. It is no longer occupying space for no reason. This way, I could make saving a good habit and I show you how you can also save by sewing.

Eight Reasons to Sew

When you start sewing for the first time and you are unaware of the benefits,you do not know how sewing can change your perspective in many ways. It is easier to doubt and ask yourself as why you should be sewing!

Years ago, I had a good debate with my grand mother. She insisted that everyone must know Stitching but I thought otherwise. I gave her good reasons as why there was no need to stitch anymore while markets are flooded with nice dresses on good prices.

Even now, when we enter the markets,shopping malls, our virtual markets in our rooms, we get to see a plethora of options to choose from. Our mouths open in awe to see the choices, an ocean of choices.

I thought that Stitching was somewhat a desperate housewife’s pass time, but not any more. There are ample of reasons why to get your hands on a scissors and needle because here you don’t have to get your hands dirty.

1.CREATIVITY & IMAGINATION 

The ladder to fashion industry starts with sewing or stitching. When we say sewing, we mean a lot of things.

Creating, beautifying, decorating and imagining the unimaginable. Stitching takes us to a new world of imagination and creativity. This world is always in look out for creative ideas and imagination. There is a whole lot of opportunities for creative people.

You cut, paste, baste, stitch, trim and glow in the glory of your own creation.You can mix,match, alter, cut, create,crop,design and get new dresses in a jiffy. Stitching lets your creative juices flow.

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2.MINIMALISTIC APPROACH 

You can be minimalistic. You can have a clutter free home. You don't need to hoard a huge pile of dresses in the hope that someday perhaps you would fit into any of them.

Gifted fabrics never keep lying in the cupboard anymore. You can make anything out of your pile of fabrics. This will serve two purposes – you’ll be using less to create more. Leading lesser burden on the resources of the Earth. Secondly, you’ll save yourself the burden of cleaning up stuff, which can be productively used.

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3.FREEDOM

You are independent and you do not need to wait for your dresses made or mended by others.

You get the freedom to loose weight or gain some, you don’t have to worry about throwing away the expensive dresses if you lost those extra kilos. You have the luxury to alter the size or design as per you liking any time.

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4.TIME SAVER

When you can sew your dresses anytime for yourself, you do not need to spend endless hours on surfing shopping websites. Neither you have to plan your market visits. 

When the visits to the market are cut down; of course you can spend this time in relaxing or vacationing or planning something better.

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5.FACE SAVER

Surely, you are not alone on this planet to tackle last minute invitations! We have handled them all and know how painful it gets sometimes to buy things at the last minute.

It could be just anything! Last minute invitations from school functions, parties or 'I got nothing to wear' screams! When you sew, these things no longer disturb you. You are always updated and handy with newer ideas to try on your clothes. You are always ready for emergency sewing.

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6.INVESTMENT & SAVING

Sewing is a hobby that pays you back - directly or indirectly.

Shopping dresses = Fluid economy=Lesser money for other things.

If you have little kids at home, you’ll agree with me that every few months you spend good money on their clothes and trash these not so worn clothes before they are optimally used. Kids outgrow the clothes before we save enough for our next round of shopping.

Stitching means less visits to the market and you are spared of binge shopping.

There is no need to pay a hefty amount for a dress, which you can get as per your measurements over the weekend.

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7.GETTING RICH

Sewing can get you rich. Yes, you read it right! Sewing is a very good profession. It can get you money instantly. It has become a money minting business of millions of dollar. You can never go hungry and without money in any part of the world, where humans inhabit.

No matter, you are educated or not, qualified or not. If you know how to stitch or to market the related things well, you can get rich super quick and without any foul plays,too.

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8.STRESS FREE LIFE 


I come across many people, women as well as men, who want to get their dresses made but finding a good tailor is very difficult for them.  In case they find one good tailor, there are other issues of not getting their designs right. And then the headache of not getting the dress on time.

We get our choice at our price. Our wardrobe is a quintessential part of our shopping list and eat a major chunk of our money. For good choices, we pay good price too.We wait for the SALE, to get a good bargain and sometimes haggle with the shopkeepers to get that extra discount.

What if, we don’t need to think so much and still we get the new dresses of our choice with every changing season? In fact, Stitching gives the pleasure of having a new dress every day.

In fact, Stitching is distressing. Try it in a small way and you forget all your worries and get into action. It increases your concentration, enhance problem solving skills and put the pieces together to get to the workable solution, which is an essential life skill.

What is your reason to Sew?

So, don’t wait anymore. Get up or sit down to Sew and Share your thoughts with many others like you, who are waiting to listen to your motivation to Stitch.

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How to Gain from Boutique Partnership?

How to Gain from Boutique Partnership?

Running a boutique business in partnership is not a joke. You have to manage so many things and keep in mind that you do not cross paths and break the rules of partnership. It's a good practice to get a partnership deed registered before you inaugurate your boutique. That would ensure a profitable successful long lasting boutique as well as partnership!

Two thinking heads are always better to refine the ideas and get to understand the core of any hindrances, which could arise in the course of business.

There are ample benefits of getting to be together to run a show and form a brand in the long run. Before starting a partnership in any field, it’s important that we define the Why and How of our boundaries.

For that purpose we may consider some of the benefits which we can achieve by taking care of small considerations and good communication at all times.

Four Reasons, you must get into Partnership


1. Joint responsibility :-

There is always a shoulder you can lean on in times of despair.

There is somebody to take over the responsibility and decisions in your absence at time.

You can rely on your partner and share the details for discussion and introspection for the common goal of achieving the targets.


2.More resources :-

You benefit from the shared resources which could be premises, skilled as well unskilled manpower or workers, time, fixed as well working capital – furniture,fixtures and many more things related to your business.


3.More credibility :-

In case of partnership, you achieve your goal of winning the trust of customers easily as people tend to rely on a joint venture more than an individualistic effort.


4.You cover each others’ weakness :-

You can build a good reputation as a business by shared values and bring in your individual strengths to cover up the weakness of your partner. This way, you benefit from the strengths and mitigate the harms of negatives.

Six Tips to Achieve a Profitable Partnership


 JUST LIKE IN ANY OTHER PARTNERSHIP BUSINESS, IN THE STITCHING OR FASHION WORLD TOO, THE ASSOCIATION WITH LIKE MINDED PEOPLE HELP US GROW OUR BUSINESS IN TERMS OF SHARED MONEY, SKILL,TIME, RESOURCES,PROFITS AS WELL AS LOSSES.


1.Get most out of your USP

Each one of us have our unique selling proposition. In a partnership, we can concentrate more on our core competency area and get more out of each individual to benefit the business.

2.Shared dreams and aspirations 

It’s obvious that two individuals can not be carbon copies and it’s not even needed when you wish to share your business plans with the other person.

Each one of us have different dreams and aspirations but it’s important that both the partners have at least a common goal. This shared objective will keep them going together for a long time.

3.Sharing and respecting each others’ values and trust 

Values and trust are not mere words. It takes years to build them and each individual is very much attached to their core values. It’s important that each partner is honest and transparent in every dealing that he/she does.

4.Well defined work areas

While working, nobody wants to be interfered and bossed around by others. Comradeship is important as well as well define work areas and respect for the space and privacy of working territory of each other.

There could be discussions and brainstorming on refined ways of working but it should not be head hammering.

5.Balancing the relationship 

We find the most common business partnerships around us are between friends, sisters, brothers or spouses.

It’s important that we don’t mix business with personal grudges and differences. It’s easier said than done but until and unless this maturity level is achieved in doing business together, no business can go a long way.

6.Defined remuneration 

Each partner puts in equal or defined share of funds and resources in the business and expect returns on that,too.

It’s better that in good times itself,a partnership deed is executed mutually to avoid any conflicts in future and money should not be the sole reason of getting separate ways in a bitter manner later on.

Share if you have your experiences to add on to my opinion or even if you think otherwise, because we learn when we share with each other:)

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Three Success Tips for a Fashion Designer

Three Success Tips for a Fashion Designer

You can be your own fashion designer. It helps to attend a good fashion designing school but even if you can not take time off from your busy life and still want to be a designer, you need some success tips. These tips are based on my experience of about four decades and I found them to be useful. I hope these are useful for you too.

To do anything in life, a commitment is necessary. It’s important to understand that you really want to do, what you want to do. Things and emotions which arise out of an outburst or impulse are like a bubble. They fade out as soon as they are up an above.

1. FIND YOUR REASON

Find out Why you want to design and stitch. There could be different reasons for different people. For a person like me, it was numerous futile visits to my tailors and ruined dresses, which motivated me to stitch.

For one of my colleagues, it was her odd body shape and her inability to explain to her tailors about her requirements, which propelled her to design for herself.

Your reason could be just anything. To show your creativity, to put your imagination into reality, to save on big bucks on designer dresses, face saver on a last minute party night, for using stacked up gifted fabrics or may be making a cute little dress for your baby or pet.

It could be anything but find your reason why you want to design a dress to get yourself motivated.

2. HOW TO GO AHEAD

Once you have found your reason to design then decide what do you want to design.

  • Draw a human sketch. It need not be a perfect sketch. Just an outline of a human figure. No eyes, ears, nose etc. required.
  • If you can’t sketch at all then trace a human figure.
  • Now, draw the dress you wish to design on this figure.
  • Fill desired colors in the dress.
  • Use all your imagination to embellish your design.
  • Your design should be practically wearable.

3. BRING ALL YOUR TOOLS TOGETHER

  • In order to be a designer, it’s not necessary to know stitching and all the nitty gritty of it but it helps a lot to understand the intricacies of a design, if you know stitching yourself.
  • Understand stitching basics. You can watch videos, read articles, take some sewing classes, take help from someone who knows stitching to help you with your maiden venture.
  • Measure, Cut, Stitch but don’t loose heart even if your first attempt does not give you desired results.
  • Even top designers achieve their great designs by accidents. Who knows, what you designed by accident could be tomorrows fashion fad.

Keep stitching.

Good designers were not made that way in a day!

It needs a bit practice:)

Designer dresses are a by product of thinking from a different angle. They may not be unusually different but usual dresses with a different touch of color and texture.

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How to Solve Boutique Problems

How to Solve Boutique Problems

Boutique, starting and running is a profitable venture but there are some practical challenges to run a fashion boutique. After food, clothing is our primary requirement and with mushrooming of boutiques all around us, it’s not a wonder that there could be any better way to make money on regular basis but by opening a boutique.

Your boutique can earn you more than 100% of your investment and efforts but only when you learn to tackle the challenges of :-

1.SPACE TO WORK 

  • The first and foremost requirement of starting a work is space.
  • An address, your clients can find you in. It can be from home, a rented shop, a spare building or premises,which can be peacefully used.
  • Please don’t use a disputed property because it will give you unwarranted attention.
  • When I started, I rented a shop in a nearby market for my boutique and got the fixtures and fittings done on my own.
  • I spent a good amount of money to make the shop workable.Though, I started on a rented premises and made profit out it but I strongly advise to either start small from a part of your home with a piece rate tailor/worker or get into an agreement with your shop owner to avoid the troubles, when your work starts picking up.
  • You can start from home in your flexible hours. I give you a brilliant idea, which I implemented and earned by literally doing nothing other than explaining designs, sketching and coordinating for my clients.
  • I had good contacts with my tailors and I used to give them work on piece rate basis. If I charged Rs.500/- from a client, my worker used to charge me about Rs.150/-.
  • Sometimes, I used to make my tailors sit at my place to complete the work, which used to increase the volume of work and profits, too. You may also try this. It is a win win formula with very little investments, if your tailors are reliably good.

2.RESOURCES

    • Starting a boutique is not difficult. You just need a few sewing machines, an interlock machine, cutting & stitching tools, cutting and ironing table,hangers, a trial room, iron,some ready samples, some fashion books, a good chief cutter (an all-rounder, who can stitch is a better worker), stitching workers, hem worker cum cleaner/helper is enough to start a very basic unit of fashion boutique.
    • A trial room with mirror, hanging rods,publicity hoardings and handouts, electric fittings are some of the basic things to start a boutique.
    • It helps tremendously if you know the technicalities but even if you don’t know then it’s okay if you are willing to learn on work.

3.FINANCES FOR FIXED ASSETS AND WORKING CAPITAL

  • Fixed assets are your fittings, fixtures and machine, which are one time investment. Working capital is the money you will need to run your show on daily basis.
  • Keep your personal and business finances separate.
  • Keep a daily register, in which you write down all your incoming collections and expenses.
  • For initial six months, don’t expect the profits (though, there are exceptions depending on your good work and efforts) and keep a pool of six months’ calculated rent,electricity and incidental expenses,buying raw material etc.
  • As soon as you start receiving money, start a current account and start depositing everyday collections in it. If you make it a rule, then you won’t have to worry about bad times.

4.MANPOWER

  • There is an acute shortage of skilled workers in labor intensive industry like fashion stitching. You may consider having your skilled workers by hiring trainees and having a contract with them to stick with you for a stipulated time period.
  • While hiring, make it a rule to cross check the back ground of the worker. I learned a few things the hard way. Once I hired a very good worker through a reference of my chief cutter, who ran with money after a few months. Later on probing, I got to know that worker was an absconding criminal and he worked with me just to have a hiding.
  • Secondly, always check the work capabilities of a worker, If possible, take a trial test. Even then, keep an eye on the work of new recruits and if required give counseling or training.
  • Trusting too much is not a very good thing in business. I put myself into trouble because of trusting too much.
  • Maintain a diary of standard operating systems or To-Do List of work to be delivered. Work must be completed two days prior to delivery date.

5.CUSTOMER RELATIONS

    • Have defined work responsibilities for your workers. Having a multi-tasking staff is a boon but making them run here and there will make them habitual to make excuses. It’ll also reduce their productivity and increase burn out rate.
    • Assign the work of customer dealings to skilled person/s only or do it yourself, if you can handle it. If your workers do it on regular basis then they get this false idea that the shop is running because of them only. If they don’t work, you won’t be able to survive.
    • They also notice money transactions and start blackmailing without understanding that you have to take care of the expenditures of running the shop other than their salaries.
    • Don’t make the mistake of keeping all your staff on salary basis. Keep some expert workers on salary basis, some of them on salary + incentive basis and some workers on purely piece rate basis. This will increase the productivity and in case of shortage of staff, you’ll be able to survive.

6.OUTSOURCE THE LABORIOUS WORK

      • Ironing, Pressing, fetching raw material, interlocking, stitching simple pieces etc. can be outsourced to cut the cost and deliver on time. It reduces your too much dependence on regular workers.
      • Give specific regular breaks to your workers but not too much that they loiter around to gossip and lose interest in work.
      • Keep them motivated and high-spirited. Sometimes, laughing around with them is okay but on regular basis it may make the workers take you lightly.You are not their buddy but a mentor and guide you should manage them to get quality work done profitably and on time.

      Most importantly, don’t skip work yourself. If you remain serious and passionate about your work then only will your staff give you work otherwise very soon your boutique may also face the fate of many business houses which keep opening and shutting around.

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How to Avoid Boutique Disasters

How to Avoid Boutique Disasters

Boutique disasters are common and if you have lack of experience, you are in trouble before you know it.

Not everybody knows stitching and even if one knows, there are times, when you are more interested in getting a dress done rather than doing it yourself.

If you know the inside disasters which ruin a boutique, you can avoid them and make good money out of your fashion boutique.

SETTING UP A BOUTIQUE IS EASY

A couple of years back, I opened my fashion boutique. I already had an Umbrella Sewing Machine and a Stitch magic and a big wooden table for cutting purpose.

I bought an interlock machine and a few more things and rented a shop in a nearby market.

For one or two months, things were slow but later business started picking up and very soon I reached my break-even point and started making profits.

After about six months time, I had to close my boutique due to my family and health reasons but the lessons I learnt there, stayed with me and enriched me a lot.

My experiences are bundle of my blunders and now I can find them amusing but at that time, they were enough to blow my head apart.

If you are planning to run a fashion boutique or already started with one or if you think that running a fashion boutique is quite easy then go ahead to read.

May be you could relate to it. You may add some more interesting insights to it. You may avoid committing them yourself or may be you can understand your designer better. So, I share my journey so that you could avoid the mistakes I made.

Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid

  • I inaugurated my boutique with great pomp and show. Spent good money on a rented shop. Got the interiors done and bought expensive things but one thing I forgot that it was a rented shop, which needed to be vacated at some point of time.
  • Though, I got good standing in business and earned from that shop but that shop was put on sale by the owner and spending too much on it was ridiculous.
  • One good thing was my chief cutter. He was a master and knew great tricks and he could cut and sew any kind of dress in no time. Later he saw that the sale was going up, he started playing tricks on me and demanded money every now and then.
  • By the time he intended to leave, I had learnt the professional way of cutting, stitching and designing and not needed to be dependent on him.


Eleven Tips You Must Read Before Closing Down Your Boutique

If your work area and your customer dealing area is common and your workers are dealing with customers, then disaster is waiting to happen.

1. There should be a specific staff for customer dealings and workers should concentrate on their work only. Otherwise, workers get this wrong notion that the whole work is done by them and owner is making good money. The fact is that they forget the owner has to meet other incidental expenses like electricity, water, tea, refreshments, market welfare, wear and tear, apart from their salaries.

2. Once, workers start having apprehensions, your work quality and output suffers. Worker unrest sets in and so does absenteeism.

3. There is always a short supply of good workers and it impacts the hiring, too. Generally, employees are kept for work by word of mouth reference. In this case, it’s better to check their identity cards, if any.

4. I remember, once I hired a very good worker on reference but in a few months’ time when he ran away with my money, I got to know that he was an absconding criminal. I thanked my stars for saving my life even at the cost of money.

5. In business, it’s not a good thing to trust too much. Learn to distrust, if you are also like me and want to survive a long innings. I trusted some of my lady staff but soon I realized their on floor affairs and all time engagements, which hampered the business. Though, counselling is the key but you need to be firm on certain rules and stick with them.

6. Your employees look up to you as a pioneer not as a buddy. Sometimes, being a buddy is okay but while taking decisions you may not need to look up to their approvals.

7. While, you may have good intentions of making them feel good but sometimes it back fires and your employees start sidelining you. Hence, be the decision maker in front of your customers, at least.

8. Set clear work responsibilities. Do not mix work as far as possible. It is agreed that even in corporate world, multi tasking rule the roost but clearly defined work responsibilities allow your workers to concentrate on their work better.

9. Report on work on time and work like an employee. Even when it’s your business, you should not take the leeway to attend or not to attend work. It should be the priority to report on work on time and not to waste time around. Our employees look up to us and thus a work culture of a workplace is built.

10. While hiring new workers, always check their capabilities. Take a trial test if possible. Initially, don’t leave them unattended. Keep an eye on their work and if need be, give them training or counseling.

11. Keep your personal finances and business finances separate. So many online solutions and apps are available today to keep your finances in place but even if you can’t do that, keep a diary.

These are just a recap of my experiences, which may help you in times of need. I am sure if you are also into boutique business, you would be having your experiences to share with us.

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