I’ve often daydreamed of owning my own fashion boutique with piles of designer denim, trendy new tunics, and stylish jewelry hanging from eclectic jewelry stands. But where do you begin? How do you become a wholesaler? And my gosh, what are the startup costs involved!?
For the majority of the population, starting a brick and mortar fashion boutique is simply out of the question. But guess what? Technology has made it possible for you to open your own online fashion store. And better yet — you don’t need any experience or money to get started!
Check out these FREE business opportunities for fashion lovers!
Right now, you can join Stylevate's pre-launch campaign for free. With this fashion opportunity, you'll earn a 20 percent commission for selling and sharing their clothes which will be from big-name fashion brands. You'll receive your own mobile storefront, and if you on-board another Stylevator, you will earn 5 percent on anything they buy or sell. I'm not certain how long the startup fee will be waived, so I'd hop on this now if you're interested in joining.
This program is sponsored by Lands End, Sears, and Kmart. Through this program, you can sell clothes, shoes, accessories, appliances and much more. Sign up for FREE and then view the startup videos to get started. Simply share items via social media and earn a 5 percent commission for items you sell through your personal shopper link.
3. fibi & clo
fibi & clo is a direct sales opportunity that allows users to sell their sandals with zero investment. Fashion Ambassadors earn 15 percent commission on sales, plus additional commission when they build and support a team. Ambassadors are paid once a month via PayQuicker and when you sign up for this opportunity, you do have to supply a credit card number for incidental expenses.
Teespring allows creative types to design their own t-shirts, tanks, hoodies, sweatshirts, totes, throw pillows and coffee mugs. Create an account for free and then start designing items for sale.
I have zero design skills, but I designed this t-shirt which costs $26.99 and for every t-shirt that is sold, I would earn $8.60 profit.
Payments are made via PayPal or Payoneer. With Teespring they give you a free storefront which you're able to promote on your social media profiles and email.
J Elizabeth Boutique is a direct sales company that sells printed tees, sweatshirts, and tanks, as well as accessories for women, men, and children. Right now when you join, your first month's fee is waived, so you can sign-up for free. After the first month, it's only $10 per month. With this opportunity, consultants earn 20-25 percent commissions on sales, plus additional commissions for building a team.
6. SQN Sport
SQN Sport is an affiliate opportunity where you can earn a 20-25 percent commission on activewear for women. With this opportunity, you don't receive a website, but you can sell on your social media channels, blog, or at pop-up shows. While this program is free to join, they do put a $400 hold on your credit card for merchandise that is used at pop-ups, and the hold is removed once you return the clothing. According to their website, “you’ll also receive monthly newsletters with special promotions, content, and codes that you can adapt for your own marketing efforts”.
This business opportunity is currently in the process of relaunching with an app-based system. I'm not sure when it will be up and running again, but, the below details are from when it was open to the public.
Open an online store (FREE for Beta members) and make a 40 percent commission on all items sold through your shop. Personalize your boutique and promote your fashion finds using social media. Earnings are transferred on the 16th of each month to a Zindigo debit Master Card. Zindigo stores are created using Facebook Business Pages. They also have options where you can make 25 percent for sharing gift card offers with friends, and you can earn 3 percent by referring others to the Zindigo platform. Zindigo has been featured on Mashable and Venture Beat.
One Last Thought
Remember, whatever business you decide to start you must have a passion for what you are doing. Without enthusiasm and excitement, you’ll likely become bored, and ultimately it will fail. Just because it's FREE doesn't mean that it's always a good fit.
The following fashion opportunities were free but have since closed their doors. If anything changes or any new opportunities pop up, I'll let you know.
- Keaton Row
- Kitsy Lane
- Style Owner
- Brick & Portal
- Lea Black
If you're looking for a work-from-home sales position within the fashion industry, there are many different avenues to explore. While many business opportunities require a substantial start-up fee, all of the suggestions on this list are free for the taking. Start building up your leads and contacts through social media and in no time you'll be earning an income from home in an industry that you're passionate about.
Have you signed up for any of these opportunities? If so, we'd love to hear about your experience. If you enjoyed this post — please share it on your favorite social media site.
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Originally published on March 12, 2015. Content updated on March 15, 2019.
Holly Reisem Hanna is the publisher and founder of The Work at Home Woman, which has been helping individuals find remote careers and businesses that feed their souls since 2009. Through her unconventional career path of holding over 30 jobs and obtaining two college degrees, she’s been able to figure out how to find a career path that you’re truly passionate about. Holly’s had the pleasure of sharing her expertise on sites like CNN, MSN Money, Huffington Post, Woman’s Day Magazine, as well as being recognized by Forbes as one of the “Top 100 Websites for Your Career.” Holly resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband and daughter and enjoys reading, traveling, and yoga.
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