You need to be well equipped to deal with the challenges. materials, work processes, technology details, and so on. If you lean on other people, you will pay a lot to learn. (At least 10 times more what you’re thinking now.)
There is no better place to set up business contacts than at a job. It’s worth a lot of money to know where you should order your samples, whom you should place your first orders from, etc. This information will worth serious amount of money. You can buy a last for 300 USD and for 20. It is up to you, if you know how, where from, etc… you save a lot. (You can also hire a professional business consultant – a good one will save more money than they charge).
3. Strong business and marketing basics
You need to make a bunch of decisions every day – your success, profit, future will depend on some of those. You don’t want to make the wrong decision, do you? Setting up your working protocols, plan cash flows, figure out the sources, placing orders, finding and agreeing with retailers – a lot of important things.
This is something that takes to build up in years, but it could be destroyed in a second – especially today, when forums spread one bad feedback in a second.
+1 Good sense of style
Is a very useful thing to have or you can just hire a designer… However, as we say in Hungarian: if you have a dog, let the dog do the barking. So if you do have a designer, don’t kill his/her creativity with your ideas – that is why you pay the designer, right? If you are better – then do that job!
So, now I shared the information how to be successful – I think I’ve pretty much summed it up, so I won’t talk about it any more for a while. On the other hand I will email these posts to inquirers from random countries, saying “I want to make my own footwear line, but I have no idea how”. Well, this is the way.