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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Aderonke Olubanjo is the Principal Instructor of the leading fashion college in Oyo State. The college has trained thousands of students in the fashion and Entrepreneurship Development sectors over 2 decades.

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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

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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STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO TAKING MEASUREMENTS FOR YOUR SEWING PROJECT

We are not all in the sewing business for money. Right? Some of us are here only to learn how to make clothes for ourselves, our family and make the necessary amendments when needed without having to go look for a tailor.

If you’re in a country where getting tailor isn’t as easy as it is in other countries, most especially developed countries. You don’t like the idea of booking appointments, or the nature of your work doesn’t give the time, how can you blend this in?

Knowing how to take your measurements by yourself saves you a lot of stress.

Either when sewing or when you have to send your measurements to your tailors or choosing clothes online / in a store.

This video is as simple as ABC.

The guide is easy and you will see its really not a big deal getting a hang of it.

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CONVERTING THE PASSION FOR SEWING INTO BUSINESS.

Been a while here. We were making some changes and yes we will give the details in full soon.

Our topic today is aimed at helping individuals who started off with a passion for sewing and on the way decided to make it a business. As a matter of fact, many entrepreneurs started off this way. So it is no crime, and you are not alone.

As long as there is a starting point. Then you are good to go.

Your passion should get you to a place where it should fetch you some good profits.

So let’s assume, you have started off sewing just for the passion of it, but now it’s beginning to look like there is more light shining somewhere at the end the tunnel, which you wish to pursue and achieve.

Let’s take a quick look at steps you should give thoughts to.

  1. Self Assessment stage. – a sincere stage, we must say. Get your skills assessed by no one but YOU! You can’t afford to deceive yourself into investing time and resources into what you won’t be honest about. How good are you? How fast can you be at meeting targets and deadlines. How much of the sewing do you really know – sincerely. ??? Take a look at other competitors you have at this stage, and weigh your skills with theirs. Remember it is a highly competitive market.

  2. How often do you get compliments on the clothes you have made for yourself? Definitely, before you decided to give the sewing business a push, you definitely must be your first client. How often do you get people asking you about the outfits you have made. We have a common phrase at the college (Ibadancity Fashion college ) ; and it’s – if they ask you who made it or where you made it, you are doing good enough, but when they ask you where you bought it, start clapping for yourself. When it starts looking bought, you are making waves – believe it.

3. Is your skill or potential in demand? How many people have you attracted with the works you have done so far? And how many people have they told about you. You can never push aside the ‘word of mouth’ advertisement in this business of fashion. It goes a longer way.

4. How can the business you are about to start fit into your lifestyle?

You can’t afford to start it, if you can’t maintain it. – how can your existing lifestyle accommodate the new found passion? Don’t just dangle into it, weigh the Pros and Cons.

The physical challenges that comes with sewing business is much. Can you handle it?

Sitting and standing for long hours? Can you handle it ?

Client management? They can be real trouble at times. How well prepared are you for the worst clients?

Your location? For example if you want to start at home, how easy will it be for your clients? Or what other alternative arrangements are you making to connect with your potential clients ?

How much are you willing to invest into the business?

The equipments and tools you would want to buy? How well are you familiar with the ones that will last. And serve you well.

These and more are few of the factors you would want to consider before delving into the business. Plan well if you’re not planning to fail.

No business should be started without thorough planning. Your plans are the ladders you climb up and the bricks you build with.

If you are still planning to check out a Fashion school with the facilities and facilitators that will make these dreams real? Consider IBADANCITY FASHION COLLEGE. our reputation remains unbeaten. The Leading Fashion School in Oyo State.

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You need more from a Fashion School

Tailored to meet everyone at a good spot on their skill-need list. We have tips to help you discover other areas outside sewing and cutting or designing garments.

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Not everyone is wired to sew for others, that passion to handle the machine could be used differently and make you stand out uniquely.

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Foundations. …..

Every building has a foundation, the beginning of the rise….. The foundation is just as crucial and important as the building itself. If you lay the foundation of a bungalow ,and build a 2 storey building on it, such a person is obviously looking for a ‘Humpty Dumpty’ crash. The sad part is, you may not be alerted when the crash will come, which definitely will cause more harm than imagined.
   This brings me to think of this in the business and career lane. What kind of foundation have you built or are you building? What do you intend putting on that foundation? Many people kick off a course of a lifetime on the foundation of 2-year course lifeline, and they still expect a lifetime achievement, it doesn’t work like that.
We have many failing businesses today because the vision in the beginning changed in the course of the journey and they didn’t bother adding to the strength of the base to make the survival rate and achievement rate stronger.
For example in my fashion field, I smile when I see someone who’s only done a basic training in sewing putting up signs to sew advaced and professional designs, worse still, to be training others….. Where is the place of Excellence?
Major reason why we have many shops today offering same services, yet people still go outside and everywhere to look for the good ones. You do yourself no good if you put your business on a line you don’t understand well, that’s failing from the start.
Start well and before you put another storey on your building, add to your base,and keep adding to it. That’s the only way you can survive and stand for a long time.
Before you pick up jobs you must be 190% sure you can do it with eyes closed.
Never start something because you see someone succeeding in it, you are different. Your line of success is different. How many people have lost their success route today just because they followed the line of someone else’s Success,and missed theirs.
I still get many people asking me why I started a fashion school, my reply is the same, because my line of success lies in the number of lives I can impact and influence positively. Of course I wish I could retain the tailoring, sewing, designing and styling lane only, (it of course fetches more money) But what of fulfillment? Now if anyone who doesn’t have the same vision follows my path, definitely time tells the strength of that structure.
     Ensure you walk the path assigned to you, that’s where your own success lies. And be a master on that field, that’s the only way to stand out.
A wise man builds his house upon a rock…….. then rain and storm comes, but the house remains standing firm.

DGV Fashion Academy is the leading fashion school in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. We don’t only offer practical and theory classes, we also equip our students with entrepreneurial , Motivational and Inspirational training. To ensure those who give it their all turn out to be forces to reckon with in the business world. We believe in a better Nigeria, and we believe in the power of skill Acquisition and its potential to influence the Nation’s economy.
We’re located in Ibadan, Oyo State. Inside Walan hotel premises, former D’Rovans hotel. Off Akinyemi way, Ring Road, Ibadan.
Our Courses-
3/6/9/12 months programmes.
We also offer special crash course classes, for those who want to learn special courses or refresher courses.
Convenience Classes available for workers and busy executives
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