4 TIPS TO GROW YOUR FASHION BUSINESS

When you start a business, the main goal is to grow it to some level you have dreamt of or according to your business plan. Now, growing this business is easier to imagine than achieved especially as a small business owner.

Different situations and circumstances will give you hiccups on the path to growing the business. Today i will be sharing with you 4 tips that will help if you use them well.

I have used this tip for years in my businesses and I can say, they are indeed magically helpful if you are truthful to yourself in analysing them alongside your business goals and plans.

We will be using the same word GROW to break down the steps .

G – GOAL

R – REALITY

O – OPTIONS

W – WILL

Let’s break this down.

GOAL- ask yourself this question- What Do You Want To Do?

It sounds simple, but have you realised that when you ask people what they want, a high percentage of them reply with what they do not want. The natural mind is tuned somehow.

We know what you don’t want. You don’t want to fail, you don’t want the business to be slow, you don’t want customers who don’t pay but the main question is – What do you want specifically?

You want the business to grow? How big? What are the numbers you want to be recording? It is so easy to dream it, put it down in facts and figures. Don’t carry imaginary dreams in your head. Analysing them in details gives you clarity.

2. REALITY- This point is so KEY in the present day economy. What you want vs reality. What is happening now vs what you want. You will need to find a balance point with this.

Apart from economic factors, other surrounding factors apply.

What is happening in your business environment? Study and analyse to make your business growth easier.

I have had reasons to drop prices when I needed more money to break even in My business.

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You need money but the economy is tight and sales are slow. To move sales up, you might want to drop some prices to attract more customers at the end of the day you will make sales and have some break even points.

Another part of reality is to sell what they need and want to buy not just what you want to sell.

3. OPTIONS – ask yourself- What can I do? What are the available options? There is no hard fast rule for success. Different routes lead to your destination.

Have options. Plan A ,B ,C and D. If this blocks, I will take another route and keep moving.

Lack of options is what causes stagnation when you experience the first roadblock in business. And really there are lots of roadblocks on the way.

4. WILL. – What will you do? What can you do?

If I will be fair I sharing a secret with you, this question has helped me a lot in my career growth. I ask myself before a problem happens- “What if this and this happens, what will I do?.”

In all sincerity, it has helped me prepare for some bad situations, of course the unexpected will always pop its head but you always having an idea of what to do , will help you cushion a lot of things.

If you can take few minutes today, analyse these 4 points and you will see how you can plan your business differently.

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The 4 types of measuring tape you need in your sewing room

As a tailor, fashion designer, seamstress or seamster, you need to consider having this measuring tools to make your projects easier to handle at any given time.

I’m already certain you have an idea of what a measuring tape should be like. Also remember we have different textures and brands of these tapes.

Buy the ones that will last longer. And buy different types that will come in handy whenever you need them.

1. The regular 60 inches with cm on reverse side for easy conversions


2. 80 inches, don’t limit yourself to 60. Save yourself the stress off adding up measurements


3. 120 inches is a plus. Especially if you will be sewing beddings/ curtains.


4. Retractable taperule- your easy Carry on tool everywhere you go

Refund or I drag you…

If you’ve not been in this shoes, and you own a business in naija I must say – Una Wehdone o.

I wish I could say may it never happen to you. But, knowing fully well that success stories comes with a lot of sides we don’t want to share with the public. I will say, what for it. Its not a curse, its the reality.

What happens when such things come up.

Okay, as a consumer and customer to other businesses, I will say no one is at fault really. Its always a battle of one side vs the other.

Either the client is the one at fault, trying to give the vendor a bad image due to some reasons known to them alone.


You will be surprised, some business owners set customers against their competitors in the name of pulling them down, for them to rise and shine better.

Same way, sometimes it’s the business owners who take up jobs they clearly can’t deliver and call for these unnecessary dragging.

Then we have these instances when no-one is at fault, but the 2 parties just can’t clearly understand and manage the simple situation till it gets out of hand.

Have you been there? What did you do?



If you ask me, oh yeah I have been there and in all occasions, I’ve ensured my part is well delivered to a good level of justification. The clients of course may not accept but I want a case where you hear the story and I can boldly say- I did my part.

I happened to work on a project a while ago which involved a 3rd party organisation. Things happened, clearly out of my control and the affected people were threatening fire and brimstone. I just dey observe, did what I could and left the rest.

Should this push you out of business?
Of course NO! You will likely face more troubles, they are the hurdles you cross to get to the top.

Just be fit and good to go. The more you scale, the better you get at managing your business.

Have a productive weekend.

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How to Say No To Free Jobs as a Business owner

You will encounter people who ask fro free jobs in the name of publicity and promotions, no doubt. But, the question is – is it okay to keep accepting and giving in to it?

In my early years of starting my fashion business, I met a lot, I mean a whole lot of these people and I will share my personal take on this with you. Take the part that works for you and leave out the ones you don’t want .

There are influencers and celebrities, they do a lot in helping your business grow. As a new business owner, enter this kind of engagement with caution. Except you have a lot of financial reserve and can afford running the business for a while without expecting detailed profit.

Free Jobs mean zero profit, don’t forget. Free Jobs can help you but not at the detriment of the main goal of the business.

Don’t use too many of them in the name of getting famous. You are not the only one they are asking for the same privileges.

The part that baffles me is, the same people wear and flaunt ,they even advertise for foreign brand names all in the name of “I Belong and I wear luxury” – these brands don’t pay them but they’re happy to do free advert why?

These brands took time to grow their products, their brands and they became a name everyone wants to reckon with.

Have you done the same for your business for just 12 months?

What new thing have you added to your business in the past 6 months?

What improvements are you looking at in the next 3 months?

If you don’t have a good product everyone wants to have, the fame will only make your name ring in their ears, give you likes and followers but not paying customers.

In my business early years, I worked with a lot of celebrities and I realised if care is not taken you may keep attracting the wrong audience.

The willing ones assume your brand is for rich people alone. Or they feel they just can’t afford you.

Some assume you must be too busy for ordinary people like them.

On and on.

Learn to say no, if you want your business to grow.

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Choosing The Right Business Name

Let me start by asking how is your business going. For those planning to start, what are the steps you have taken?

How far have you gone with your business plan? Your growth plans? And startup plans? Note I have an economy coming up that will help you get this done in simple ways, as simple as ABC. I’ve penned down how I started and I am sharing it all with you in the books. Watch out.

Today, we’re talking about choosing a name for the business. For existing business owners, you may want to take a second look at your business name.

Does it need adjustment? Is it just okay the way it is for now? Don’t put yourself under unnecessary pressure if you are not yet sure. Take your time.

It’s a common thing to see business owners combine their names into acronyms to make a business name, or put the names in the family together to form another name. This is a good idea as long as it sounds good and not too long, difficult to spell and pronounce.

The name you will choose for your business is the name you want to be called. Don’t rush to select.

Consider how far you want the business to go. What is the vision? The end goal.

Your business name is unique, and your clients must be happy to relate with it.

If you choose a name that doesn’t relate to your business, people may get a wrong interpretation of what you represent.

Search for keywords in your industry. And work around it. I’ve seen people use beauty lingo in the fashion industry. It may sound okay, but the first impression customers get may mislead.

Let’s take an example

RONNIES LOOKS

RONNIES

These 2 names belong to a fashion house. To the best of my knowledge, the first name sounds like a makeup business or a hair/ beauty business.

The second name is simple and general, could fit anything. This is an idea of how your name can mislead your audience.

Don’t choose names because you heard someone using it. Sometimes in the spirit of competition, I’ve seen business owners coin name close to what another person is using. It could be out of admiration. If you find yourself on this seat, try to be unique. It’s part of what you want to do.

Copying makes you lazy intellectually, if you don’t task your creativity, it won’t task itself. Carve out a niche for yourself with your business name.

For global brands, products or services- consider your foreign clients too. Simplicity does it.

Your business name will keep being on people’s lips. Don’t take it with fingertips.

Another issue is religion – for those who get over religious with business names. Its okay, it is a personal choice. But ask yourself, is your service, product or brand for some kind of religion only?

If not, you are already creating a demarcation which will affect the business growth.

Take a short time and review your business name.

Search for industry keywords.

Search for keywords in other languages, some languages have beautiful interpretations that are so easy to pronounce, spell and they sure sound exquisite.

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Sewing with a wrong Needle

As fun as sewing is, we all know when the frustration sets in…

• Thread cutting

• fabric puckering

And so on……

What could be the cause?

At the fashion college – Ibadancity Fashion College- we had an instructor who was nicknamed “Mr Change your needle ” he would tell anyone who came to ask him to fix their sewing machines if they had changed the needle.

He understood that many problems come from using a wrong needle to sew, and this leads to other small issues.

No matter how beautiful or strong your sewing machine is, the needle can make it malfunction if any of the following happens.

Using Dull Needles

How often do you change your needles?

If you are constant on your machine, try to use a new needle daily if possible. It’s not costly, so it’s a low maintenance issue.  It saves you a lot of stress. Dull needles pucker the fabric and can cause real damages to soft fabrics like silk, chiffon, satin even some cotton fabrics.

Bent Needles

Will keep hitting your machine and making strange sounds. The danger of this is it can cause damages to the sewing machine plates.

Wrong Size and Wrong type of needle

We have different brands and these brands may have the same sizes, the fineness of the sizes differ. A size 16 violin (brand) is different from a size 16 butterfly or orange brand etc. It’s safe to have different brands and sizes in your haberdashery.


If you’re not using industrial sewing machine, HA type is most suitable, although you can settle for DB, DP is also common In the market but the problem of DP is its too strong for some machines and fabrics.

Know Your Tools – it makes your work easier and smoother.

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HOW TO START A SMALL FASHION BUSINESS

Are you thinking of a new side business to start this year?

Is fashion or sewing on your list?

If yes, this post has some information and guides for you.

If I ask why you’re choosing sewing or fashion, your answer could be –

– You’re looking for means of generating side income. Either from home or you eventually plan making it bigger. This is a good enough reason to consider starting a side business.  We are in the era of multiple streams of income.

Why sewing? Maybe you have deep interests in fashion. Or you just don’t know why, you just like it. Sewing is a trending business – Always trending.

To start a sewing business, you do not need too much capital. You can start with a small budget and work your way up to the top.

Start with the essential tools and equipment. Don’t Invest in every fancy equipment, buy the ones you need urgently. Some equipment will only result in tying down your capital.

Get a good sewing machine. How do you know one? We should have an old post that talks about it on this blog. There will be a revised edition soon.

Set it up and start working from your small space.

Before this, triple check your finishing skills. Customers may come easily, little issues can turn them off especially in this sewing and fashion business. 

Make your jobs speak for you.

Start by designing clothes that will attract more customers to you for yourself. You are first contact person, they will look up to you.

Keep practicing all the styles you can think of now. Use yourself as the experiment, it’s safer than using customer’s clothes for experiment.

Get the essential sewing materials. While learning or training, you would have noticed some supplies you’re always using eg bias, threads, multiple needle sizes, different Scissors, trimmings, fusibles- stay (different ttpes), zippers etc

Starting your business won’t be difficult if you start by working with your budget.

Make a list and sort in order of priority.

Start with that one client and give it all it takes .

DEAR SMB – (SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS) How Are You Planning For The New Decade

Everyone is up on their list for the new year, how to make more sales, develop their businesses better, have overall growth.

But, we all know it doesn’t happen easily as envisaged, especially when the surrounding circumstances are not in your power to control.

As a small business owner, you get yo face lots of challenges. You need to constantly keep your eyes out for improvements, if you do not want to be shaken out of the market.

If 100 people start a small business today, 80 makes it to the first year, the 20 will drop out on the way due to different factors. 50 or less will make first 5 years, and the journey goes on….
Invest quality and significant time now to ensure your business will not just stand out from the pack but also stand the test of time.

Find out more ways to do whatever you are doing presently. Don’t do it the same way all the time. There are stages, especially if you are at the peak of the business or market, to avoid a drop, re-PEAK. Find out more exciting things you can introduce to make it entice more people.

Be sure you are providing your customers with products or services that will keep them coming and bringing in referrals.

wishing you more wins and more success records in the new decade.

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As a Young Entrepreneur, How do I break even FINANCIALLY?….

First of all. You are not alone on this chair, or table so to say. It is a concern most of us face, even the “so called” ‘established ‘ business owners- from your own point of view. You assess them as established, but they believe they are equally on a road to somewhere.

When people for example call me a big girl in the industry. I sometimes look around to check if I’m the same person they are referring to 😊. Because I see myself as a goal getter same way they themselves. Our goals may be different yes, because some of us have played our friendly matches, our qualifying matches and now in the real game.

We are all on this pitch. Everyone wants more money. You do, I do too

But, your concern is how did they get there, because it seems you are just struggling through some thick bushes right now. Believe, it’s a matter of time. You will score more goals on this field.

Finance is why you are in business. Or part of. So you can’t give up yet. Except you feel this lane is not your own.

Having funding issues is normal, many startups face this. And if your business background is not as solid as some, you might find it more tasking. Like, if this is your first business. Getting everything going won’t be milky smooth.

Do your background checks. – know the pits and rocks in this field of yours. Its easier to play when you are familiar with the field. Don’t believe what some motivational speakers say, they make it sound like it’s just a finger snap solution. It is a PROCESS…….

Keep doing your ‘DO’ – in my words. Network and meet people that will help. Some people will only tie you to their aprons, avoid or break from them.

Keep your ears and eyes open and be ready to take risks. Life itself is one big risk. Seek available funding options around you, they keep you in check at times, because you owe your responsibility to ensuring you dont fail on it.

Start small. Don’t price your businesses the way A or B is pricing theirs. What works for you is not what works for them. They may be selling according to their circle ,connections, etc. Is your price fit for your market?

Basically, discover what works for you. It will make your growth easier.

Maximize the power of social media. It is helpful. Share someone’s content, repost, like, follow relevant people and hashtags, build your virtual circle.

There is no end to growing, remember. We are all learners in one way or another. So keep doing it.

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