Self-Employment Options for Ex-NIFTians

With shrinking apparel industry many students and even experienced Ex-Niftians face issues in getting good job opportunity or career growth. Entrepreneurship with small startups can be better option for everyone to be independent business owner. List below are best picked opportunities NIFT alumni can venture their career:


  1. Crafts making – Crafts are treasures at home. They can add great value to interior and at the same time crafts are also used for small purposes at home. Having passion and skill to make crafts making can be a great business opportunity. One can tie up and sell to shopkeepers or sell it online on ecommerce websites.


  1. Canvas painting – Making canvas paintings and selling them can be a good earning option for many people with painting skills.  Every designer has the unique quality of canvas painting. Making this as a small business startup can be a good idea and it can be later expanded by adding team and managing staffs. Similar to Crafts this can be sold to shopkeepers or online on ecommerce websites.


  1. Customized Gifts – This is a challenging option as there is tough competition due to many options like greeting cards, flower shops, decorative items, jewellery, and electronic gadgets, personal care items are popular and easy options for customers. However, unique and creative idea to make customized gift can make the business idea superior to competition in gift items.  


  1. Customized Dresses or Gowns – Making customised dresses or gowns for special occasions against order can be special for many people. This brings a good opportunity for fashion designers.


  1. Hand-knitted Sweaters for winter – Hand knitted sweaters using double pointed needles have been old tradition. Many unique designs for sweaters, cardigans, stolls, hats can be made using this technique. It is not a bad idea to market it as hand made products and sell it as a premium product online. To increase production capacity having a team of designers or trainees can be helpful.


  1. Accessories and Handbags Making – Using different materials and design elements lot of varieties can be possible in this category. Customizing the bag or accessories with short message or name could be value addition to these products. For accessories designers this could be a great business opportunity.


  1. Ecommerce – Owning an ecommerce website and selling own product is an opportunity for people to run their own business. Uniqueness of products, target market, publicity and online campaign are keys to make the business profitable.


  1. Business Consultation – People with good experience and knowledge on specific subject have an opportunity to provide solution to specific problems to business owners through consultation.


  1. Design Consultation – Providing design consultation to brand owners or design houses is independent business idea for fashion designer upto date with fashion trends and experience to design target customers.


  1. Graphics Designing – Selling graphics designs online or to companies is new trend for the fashion business. Designers with good experience of designing softwares can opt for this option for their career.


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