BUSINESS PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
Do you know why our business pages have an image of a human brain as their logo?
Before you start diving into design, it’s really important to know why you’re starting or running a fashion brand. Your motivation, focus and decisions you take will be different.
Take a moment to consider the reason you chose to build a fashion brand rather than, let’s say, accountancy apps or writing a book? Why fashion…….?
Most people are driven by two things.
Those that are in it purely for the money, because they’ve found a gap in the market for something or those that just can’t do anything else and are passionate about their designs. Neither reason is bad or good. They’re just different.
They might however lead you to make decisions that are polar opposites because you’re driven by different things. Option 1 means you’ll make better business decisions because you think clearly. You’ll have strategy and plans for development. You’re all about the lateral thinking…. Thinking with your head. Option 2 however, means you’ll care far more about the products and the customers’ happiness. You’ll pay attention to comments and try to improve your products, because it’s all about the passion. All about the heart….
It’s important to be clear so that you know where you excel and where you might need to pay more attention. For most people starting a fashion business, the word ‘business’ is generally forgotten. This is mainly becasue the largest group of fashion and retail brand owners are definitely all about ‘heart’. But in order for a brand to be successful, the ‘head’ areas, business, also need your full attention.
It is impossible for a person to be an expert in all things. Henry Ford knew this very well and he used his experts to propel his business to great heights.
“Let me remind you that I have a row of electric buttons in my office. All I have to do is press one of them to call the person who can answer any question on any subject I wish to know, relative to the business at hand. I take care of the business, they take care of the questions.“
Asking experts for answers to your questions has nothing to do with experience. It simply means that you haven’t found the answers yet. Whether you are a heart or a head person, if you need help with these areas of your business, then we can provide the answers to your questions.
In order you you to develop your business, we have 3 different services, for different stages of development.
Model Planning is recommended for those looking to start a fashion business as they work better if done before you start developing your brand. We can make sure you have consistency from the beginning and save you time and money by eliminating mistakes or inefficient systems.
Model Development is recommended for those looking to streamline a business that is up and running or planning to expand in the future. We’ll concentrate on improvements that can be made now and prepare you for the next stage of your business
We recommend Positioning Strategies for those who are already in business and have some sales data to evaluate.
This strategy aims to grow the business you already have. Expanding or diversifying if appropriate.