How to Start a Boutique

by Contributor; Updated September 26, 2017
Start a Boutique

How to Start a Boutique. Starting a boutique can be an exciting adventure. Planning and a good eye, along with these tips, will help you succeed.

Items you will need

  • Business Licenses
  • Business Loans
  • Business loans
Step 1

Decide what type of boutique you want to open. Do you want to specialize in accessories, cruise or vacation wear, sportswear, elegant clothing or consignment?

Step 2

Get a resale number from the Franchise Tax Board. This will get you into trade shows and allow you to purchase their goods.

Step 3

Contact the city or county department that handles business licenses and get an application. Ask what other requirements there are for opening a business in the area.

Step 4

Find suppliers. Go to trade shows and join organizations to get lists of suppliers for the products you want to carry.

Step 5

Select a location. You will need a storefront that has good street visibility and easy access.

Step 6

Design the store to be inviting. Select special items to put in windows to entice customers to come inside.

Step 7

Advertise. Hold mini-fashion shows to create publicity for your store and attract customers.

Step 8

Try something new. Order items that you think the public might like, even if you don't like them personally.

Step 9

Listen to what your customers are asking for and try to fill their needs.


  • You might have to try several different looks for your merchandise until you hit on the perfect combination of goods for your customer base.