I want to operate a business making dog clothes?

I want to operate a business making dog clothes?

by Jodie S: I to operate a producing clothes?
I am at the unemployed but I want to operate a organization generating and Dog Clothes (Rain coats, coats, jumpers and so forth) – How would I go about commencing up some thing like this? I have produced them just before and had a of in the types I have created for my individual and friends pets, so though patterns would be beneficial, I need to have a lot more how to start off promoting them as a company a lot more than something.

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    • HoundDog
    • October 5, 2011

    Personally I would not buy clothes for my dogs – they have a coat & high-viz over jacket to wear if it is really cold but I would never dress them up like dolls, they are living creatures with feelings. Just my opinion though.

    • LifecoachANDRelationshipExpert
    • October 5, 2011

    most of these clothes are made in china or other countries where labour is very cheap. as soon as someone in a normal country makes them the cost of labour soars and the price of the clothes is either too high or the person is working all day long for a cup of rice. you would also need to have dozens of clothes, in different colours and sizes, so would need a warehouse or huge place to store them.

    • kitten
    • October 5, 2011

    you could start buy creating your own blog on blogger.com and show pics of what you have made so far etc and if you get enough interest from people, make an apointment with business in focus, they will give you free advice on getting business, having your own proper website with a shopping cart etc. they will even help you to register your business (you will prob need to register as a sole trader), they will help you to sort out tax and nI and other things like that you will need. or you could start off on ebay or make a few for a local petstore and see if they will stock them for you.
    good luck ?

    • blkJack
    • October 5, 2011

    Test your niche market before you attempt to go big. Find out what has more demand as a home made item first. There are plenty of retail stores that have sales on dog clothes, your competition will be a factor. Who will want to pay your price for your material & time unless it is something unique, something pet people couldn’t find just anywhere.

    Try pet expos with a table display. Anywhere you get test your market for free with a few examples, then take orders. If you go get all of your supplies now, produce an inventory, invest in marketing time & then have NO sales…see what I mean.

    Keep your expenses to a shoestring budget as not to lose much. Only invest what you can afford to lose at this point.

    Keep all receipts for tax reasons NOW. Should your business grow, you will want these for your tax accountant. Keep separate records, open a business checking account should your test market be successful

    Yes, seek more business advice & give NO ONE any money. Newbies are a target! Search for more business start up advice on forums.

    • Bobo
    • October 5, 2011

    If u mean selling in Singapore u can do it in ebay or creat a blog.

    After making the clothes u might wanna show it to pet shops that do retail as well as grooming
    or u might place an advertisement in the pets magazines in Singapore.
    U can make a few bigger size ones for golden retriever or some other bigger dogs.
    Though normally owners of bigger dogs seldom look for clothes.
    But it is challenging to get big size clothing for big dog too.

    • Hoolagal
    • October 5, 2011

    where i live there is a woman who goes around to thrift stores and buys old t-shirts … she then cuts them down and makes doggy t-shirts … she gets $ 50 a t-shirt !!! they are unique, cheap for her to make and every one is different … i would be happy to email you a photo of some i have purchased for my dog … one has a buddha and it says on it for good luck rub my tummy … she has one with kermit the frog that says your pad or mine … she has one that has the las vegas logo in glow in the dark … every time i go by that store i want to buy a new one because they are all different … depending where you live, if there are “boutique-type” pet stores, you can approach them and ask about selling your items, but this woman started her business just advertising the t-shirts on craigslist and then she got a store who would carry them … you have a great idea as more money is spent on our pets than is spent on our children … i make custom doggie duvets and it has been a nice little side business for me … good luck :O)

    • .
    • October 5, 2011

    Try selling on Etsy, or Ebay, or even Amazon. Etsy is your best bet – There’s a big market for pets there. As long as everything is handmade. Good luck!

    • Ashera
    • October 5, 2011

    I would suggest selling online using ebay or etsy.com. Also get a paypal account. It’s free and the best way to take payments online. I’m pretty sure you need it for e-bay anyway. The advantage to using these sites is they do almost all the work for you, you just need to post and ship your items.

    Then think about how much supplies and listing fees along with the labor involved will cost, that will help you price your items. Also consider making custom items, you can charge more and it will set you apart from other sellers.

    • poodle power
    • October 5, 2011

    You could try selling them on ebay and also make a web site. You could do custom made ones and also let people send you material they would like clothes made of.

    • Rufus
    • October 5, 2011

    It’s not a bad idea this, it’s huge in the USA but only really just starting off here. It might even be worth thinking about importing some ready-made ones from the USA to supplement what you make yourself. I think as a niche market you would want to start off online only. Start by making a few items to sell. Get yourself a cheap web developer who can put together a basic store for you that will allow you to upload products. Then you will need to publicise it by either talking about it yourself or getting other people to talk about it. This will be the tricky bit but you don’t want too many customers at first. It might be worth considering selling in the US too as they already have a market for the clothes but may not have many people making the clothes by hand (not sure – do some research). Anyway good luck with your idea, it’s one of the better business ideas I’ve seen on here ?

    Ruf

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