Question by Johnny: How difficult would it be to start my own online clothing store?
Like I am guessing this would cost a ton more money than I am expecting. So like how much does it cost to start your own online clothing store business? I know how to design websites because that is what I am studying in college so I can make my own site but like how does one go about starting an online clothing business? I am curious to know! Thanks.
Answer by Brock
Not much! don’t fall into the trap of big cartel and all those shit websites where you can put your products up and put prices up, the coding is horrible and unconventional if you expand in the future. Buy a do!main and hosting (£10-£20), use WordPress to get a custom theme and pump your logo into it, (Free!) then find a plugin for WordPress that offers e-shopping capabilities, there will be LOADS!
The most important factor however is the clothes haha! The presentation of the website is important but for now startup costs need to be low. However to make money you must spend it, start by selling printed apparel, such as slogan/logo T-shirts, Jumpers, Trousers etc. Then once you gain the capital you can outsource to a printing and embroidery company, but for now do it all yourself via an iron, some cheap (primark if in the UK) clothes and Transfer Paper. Basically you print off your design via your printer onto the transfer paper (can be bought from stationary shops), then use an iron or heat press to transfer it to the apparel.
But don’t fall into the trap of coming across websites which offer ‘great deals’ for printing t-shirts, do it yourself to start out! otherwise you’ll soon find you’re tied into stupid terms and conditions and the one-off costs can really add up!
One last thing, don’t go into the saturated market, by this I am assuming you are following the trend of ‘starting your own clothes line’ which is highly hipster-fashion related. This market is far too saturated and by my predictions the hipster phase will be truly dead by May 2013 -STAY AWAY FROM IT!
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