India is among the largest exporter of textiles and apparel in the world making it the most lucrative business to invest into. It is the largest exporter of cotton and jute in the world along with silk and handwoven fabrics being the second highest. The industry contributes 12 percent to the total exports of the country. It has strengths across the entire value chain from fiber, yarn, fabric to apparel. The industry has a great potential for both manufacturers and retailers thinking to get into the textile business. In this article, you will know everything about starting a textile business from scratch.
Depending on the investment and interest of business required in manufacturing and selling textiles, choose whether you want to be a manufacturer or a retailer that will buy from the manufacturer and sell to the customer.
1. Research the existing market & analyze the right demand to supply
First of all, you need to know everything about the demand in the existing market of textile business. You need to find the right market for best selling fabrics and textiles. Research on which textile and fabrics are popular in demand. Analyze which fabric is more profitable to sell as per the manufacturing cost and market price. Study what existing niche competitors are doing to sell those profitable fabrics in the market. Checking on your competitors gives you a good lead to make your business profitable.
2. Get a place to sell
You need to rent or buy a place to store and sell the fabrics you will buy from the manufacturers. Or if you are planning to step into manufacturing, either way you would need to rent or buy land for a factory. An ideal place is essential to your business. It places you within the reach of customers and suppliers. It also reduces transportation costs and ensures convenience to your potential customers.
3. Gather capital and funds
The textile business will require a decent amount of investment. The operating cost of manufacturing factory for textile production apart from the rent/cost of the land. The cost of equipment like knitting machines to knit yarn, weaving machines to weave thread, cloth cutting machines to cut cloth, etc. For retailers, again the cost of acquiring land for shops. The funds required to start the inventory and maintain stock for uninterrupted selling.
4. Decide over a name for your textile business and apply for mandatory licenses
After deciding a decent name for your textile business, you would need to acquire following mandatory licenses to legalize your business,