Tips on Starting and Running Your Own Garment Decorating Business

The Flexibility you Want... The Rewards you Deserve!

Being successful in the garment decorating business doesn't mean you have to invest a ton of money, work lots of hours, rent a storefront, or even be a creative genius or artist. You can be successful and make money, plus you decide how much and how long, and where.

You choose your hours

Work part-time, full-time, mornings, evenings, weekends, after the kids have gone to bed or before they come home from school. You work around your schedule.

You choose your location

Start your business in your home, at a commercial location or with a retail storefront in a mall, strip center or bustling downtown location. Or, how about a "mobile" embroidery business that allows you to travel to fairs, festivals, special events, and mall kiosks? Our portable PR-600C II single-head embroidery machine is perfect for an on-the-go-business.

You choose your income

Your income is directly related to the time and energy that you devote to your business. Since you're the boss, you have control over your expenses and selling prices.

You choose your investment

Open your business with an investment that is comfortable and makes sense to you. Brother offers a wide range of equipment packages to meet your start-up and growing needs.

You can even choose your customers!

Embroidery and garment printing's appeal make them popular enhancements for just about everyone. School sports, special photos hobbies/favorite pastimes, interior décor, items for pets, corporate identity apparel, weddings, graduation, new babies, family reunions - the possibilities for selling your products are endless. You can choose the ones that interest you the most.

There are many advantages to starting up a garment decorating business over many other business opportunities:

Year-round opportunity

There's no "slow season" in the garment decorating industry. Throughout the year, customers will look to you for corporate identification and recognition items, gifts for all ages and occasions, school and team uniforms, and numerous other embellished items.

Growth potential

The garment decorating industry is thriving and industry experts predict continual growth¹, so there's plenty of opportunity for you to build a successful business.

Embroidery adds value

Whenever you add embroidery to a garment or inkjet print designs and photos to light colored t-shirts, you significantly increase its value - and you'll realize attractive profits as a result².


You're free to design your business to meet your needs, interests and market opportunities. Create and build exactly the kind of business you want.

¹Ms. Deborah Sexton, "This Changes Everything", High Volume Decorator, April 2006, Vol. 3, No. 4.
²Frank Gawronski, "5 Secrets to Singlehead Success", Embroidery Monogram Business, May 1, 2005.