Are you an aspiring artist, who wishes to show their creations to the world independently by starting their own curtain business?
Or perhaps you’re already a window solution, soft furnishing, or overall interior designer, and wish to start your own curtain business?
Well, look no further – this will be your start up guide on how to enter the curtain business, and be as successful as you can be! We’ll share our knowledge that we gathered over a decade of experience, so stick around!
Don’t want to read the whole article, and wish to get the number one tip right here and now?
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But if you’re not convinced – we get it. It’s cool. It’s important to be skeptical, and we appreciate that, so just enjoy reading the rest of the article!
Figure out how to calculate orders
This will be the cornerstone of starting your curtain business. Curtain calculation process is not as easy as it might seem. For a person, who never had to deal with it, and encountered it every single day might seem like a piece of cake. Well here’s my question – you know how a bicycle works, right? You probably know how to ride it as well. It’s one of the most perfect inventions of humankind, that is so simple, yet perfect, that almost hasn’t been upgraded since forever, is it not? But could you build a bicycle right now, by yourself, from scratch? I sure couldn’t. Same thing with curtains. Look up some tutorials, and you’ll see it isn’t as easy as it seems. So if you wish to enter the curtain business, make sure you got this thing down first!
Nose around - check out your competition
Curtains are everywhere. There’s probably tens of curtain businesses in your area as well! So if you wish to start a curtain business in your area, make sure to look around, and see what other companies are providing. See what catches your eye, and what makes them stick out from the others. Note everything down, and figure out on what do you want your curtain business to stick out with? Maybe have a coffee machine at your salon, and offer a fresh cup of coffee or tea for your potential customers, while having a conversation? Be creative!
The competitor of your competitor is your ally
To start your curtain business, or any business at all – you need to have friends. Having contacts of people who have been doing this for a long time is very useful. Now, obviously, don’t look for alliances in your neighborhood. Your competitors will be of no interest to help you, for obvious reasons. However, curtain salons in other cities or regions of your country is not your competition. Make friends with them, offering alliance and unity in exchange for valuable information, like how to calculate curtain orders, and prepare the tailoring blueprints.
Demand for good supply
Now, you can’t start your curtain business without fabrics and other raw materials. Find good fabric suppliers, that will provide you with fancy fabrics that will make you stick out of the competition. On top of that, suppliers have many tips and tricks on how to run a curtain business as well. They’re very interested in collaborating with you, and they’re invested in your success, because if you succeed – they succeed as well. So don’t be scared to ask for pointers!
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And now, let’s continue with the article !
Find a sewing house
When starting your curtain business, it’s advised to have your curtains tailored by an outsourced company. Having your own tailoring shop has its upsides, however, outsourcing it is more cost efficiently, and it is also best to leave it to the professionals. However, keep in mind, that the outsourcing shops will be used by your competitors as well. Therefore, it is wise to bring your sewing blueprints on separate sheet from the price calculation sheets, in order to avoid unnecessary spread of information regarding your revenue.
Automate your work process
We kind of told you that in the beginning already. In order to enter the curtain business industry, InterioApp is probably going to be your best solution. You won’t need to learn how to calculate curtains. Calculations are simplified to a point, where you’ll only have to enter the measurements, and the fabric price, and all work is done for you. Your customer receives an invoice, your tailoring department receives a separate blueprint, your stock control receives an update, and your supplier receives a notification, if you’re running short, and you receive all the benefits of a tool that differentiates you from your competition, because 90% of the industry still use pen and paper for their calculations!
Did we aroused your curiosity? Calculating even the simplest curtains order on paper takes hours of your time. We could have done it before you even finished reading this article. Don’t believe us? Sign up here for a free demo call, and we’ll prove it to you!