How to Add Team Members to Your Fashion Business

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Starting a business is no easy feat.  In most cases as an independent designer you are doing everything by yourself when you start.  At some point, you become ready to bring on help.  That usually happens when the business begins to grow and you realize that continuing to do everything all by yourself is just not sustainable.

We wrote about the traits to look for in potential team members in the past, but now we’d like to share a bit more about the specific roles you’ll need to fill.

Whether you have a budget at the startup stage or you are several seasons in and ready to start hiring help, here are some team members that you’ll find you will need to add, depending on your own skills and expertise:

Keep in mind that some of these roles are in house and others are outsourced.

  • Accountant
  • Lawyer
  • Pattern maker
  • Graphic designer
  • Website Designer
  • Website Developer
  • Design Intern
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Community Manager
  • Publicist
  • Marketing Director
  • Sales Manager

Another role that is sometimes lacking in creative start-ups is the role of business adviser or manager.  This role is extremely important for the success and economic sustainability of any company and is often found in start-ups via the role of mentor.

No matter what roles you are able to fill at any given stage of your business, what matters most is creating a solid support system that is passionate about your brand and committed to its goals.

Have you started to expand your team yet? How’s it going?

Nicole Giordano

Nicole is the founder of StartUp FASHION, an online resource and community supporting for independent designers around the world with building their businesses. A deep love for the craft of fashion paired with an adamant belief that success is defined by the individual, led her to found StartUp FASHION, where she helps independent designers and makers screw the traditional fashion business rules, create their own paths, and build businesses they truly love. More than anything else, she’s in the business of encouragement and works every day to remind makers and designers that they have something special to offer the world and that they can, in fact, do this thing!

1 Comment
  1. Sonia K

    I just read this piece. And I think the absence of a Sales Manager is really causing some trouble in my business. Although I research and do all the meeting and send out all the mails myself BUT I feel something is missing or I miss opportunities. We do have a tight budget also. So how do I go about this one??

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