How much does it cost to start a boutique?


There are many cost involved with starting a clothing business.  You'll need to first establish your business legally.  Then you'll need to obtain clothing.   You'll also need to determine your marketing cost. 


  In this article you will learn the following:

  • How much money do you need to start a clothing store?
  • How much inventory do you need to start a clothing store?
  • How do you get the money to open a clothing store?


When thinking about opening a clothing store one of the first things you’ll want to consider is whether or not you will sell at a physical store location, online, or both.  The costs associated with having a physical store increases significantly.  If you are starting out and you don’t have a lot of money, you’ll likely want to open an online store. 

The first expense that you will incur is the cost to set up your business legally.  This amount varies from state to state.  Once you’ve covered the legal expenses the amount of money that you will need to start your business will depend on how much inventory you decide to start out with.   At a minimum you need inventory and pen and paper to track your income and expenses.  As you grow you can take the money from your clothing sales and reinvest them into your business to purchase the other supplies that you need in order to continue growing your business.  The cost to startup can range from zero dollars to thousands of dollars. Selling used clothing could result in zero dollars startup cost.  There is no set amount of money to starting a boutique.  Many boutique owners have started with just a few hundred dollars.

Most business owners start with cash that they have saved up themselves.  If you would like to obtain funding for your startup clothing business you should consider asking friends and family.  Another source of funding is grants.  To get a loan from the bank you generally need to prove that you are first making money and will be able to pay the loan back.  There are however some loans that you may be able to qualify for before you start making money.



  • Don’t purchase too much inventory before learning what your customers want
  • Minimize financial risks by starting out with small investments in your business. For example you can sell clothes on social media without the expense of a website or a physical store.  You can sell directly to friends an family without social media. 

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