Have you ever wondered what the steps are to setting yourself up effectively for production? I'm walking through the factory today and I was thinking about how overwhelming the process can be.
Believe me, the last thing you want is to redo the whole process with frustration, so let's get ourselves aligned! Here are four things you should know before you start the manufacturing process.
1. Have A Clear Vision
I don't mean 20/20 eye vision! Have a clear vision of what the outcome of your product is going to look like. Manufacturers want to work with designers who are confident in their designs and can see growth potential with their product in the market place. Whether you plan on selling online or in a store like Barneys, you want to be able to answer as many questions about your product as you can to your buyers. Have an approved sample that you as the designer can confidently present that reflects the product you wish to sell. If you're unsure of how you want your product to look, schedule a design consultation with Clutch Made to straighten things out!
2. Create Your Timeline
One thing I've noticed when clients come in is that those who have a set schedule are most successful. Plan out your social media postings and website so that customers are lined up to make their purchase before the release. Take a moment before talking to your manufacturer. With a clear timeline, you'll be able to plan the production process with ease. Remember to take these steps into consideration when you make your calendar: sourcing, sampling, the actual production, and shipping.
3. Create A Budget
This may be obvious for some of you, but designers can get carried away with their spending when they see cool hardware or fabric they want to use for their products! I know I do, but most of the time you can't use the highest grade of gold for all the hardware on your purse, you know? Do your research on all the sources available to you or contact Clutch Made with your budget and we'll do all the sourcing for you right here. Having a realistic budget for your product will help you plan out the manufacturing process and in the end, save you money.
4. Have Your Tech Pack Ready!
It's always ideal to have everything ready before you present your idea to the manufacturer, so have your tech pack made with all the correct dimensions for your product. If you don’t have a tech pack or don't know how to create one, you need to find a professional to make one for you and to know all the components needed to create your product. This includes the materials, finishes, hardware, labels, trim, buttons, etc.
Here at Clutch Made we have your back! With designers on our team, they'll be able to create the perfect tech pack for you so you can be on your way to production. Good luck to the start of your Made In USA manufacturing!