How To Find A Successful Business Idea

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In a world where childhood dreams of becoming professional athletes were commonplace, my aspirations were unique: to follow in my father’s footsteps as a business owner. However, I quickly realized that owning a business is much more difficult than being a professional athlete. While athletes benefit from coaches to guide them through trials, business owners often find themselves isolated, grappling with how to bounce back and turn their idea into success. 

Here at GARM, we’ve curated a digital repository to demystify this journey, leading you towards the realm of triumphant entrepreneurship. We’re committed to sharing insights on crafting a brand, pivotal elements that can elevate your innovation to victory, and maintaining the equilibrium between your business and life.

Being A Business Owner In Todays World. 

Athletes thrive on structure, repetition, and team dynamics. Coaches mentor them, daily drills hone their skills, and financial support bolsters their motivation. Contrastingly, entrepreneurship is a solitary expedition. While the philosophies might align with athletes, skills are honed through repeated failures. The worst of it is that all the money you may earn (which only comes at a later stage) is invested back into your creation – In saying that, you never have enough money to keep you relaxed. Unlike in sports where you have a coach to give you advice, guidelines, and best practices, owning a business is a lonely road where you’re guided by your own intuition, instinct, and experience. 

At GARM, our commitment is to level the playing field. Be it the African brands on our platform, the opportunities we create, or our blog readers, we aim to share our learnings derived from personal journeys. We’re here to pave your path to becoming a successful brand owner, and it all starts with an ingenious idea.

Crafting a Winning Business Idea: The Essence of Innovation

 It would be inaccurate to say the art of starting a business is to create something brand new. Our world has witnessed the emergence of countless concepts, be it clothing boutiques, e-commerce platforms, or marketplaces like GARM. The true brilliance of a brand arises from innovation. Innovation refers to an invention created by combining two or more existing inventions to make something better. The innovation should surpass the individual contributions of each creation when it stands alone. The crux is solving problems. Successful ventures often revolve around addressing needs, creating solutions, and making lives better.

This concept is epitomised by GARM, where innovation thrives. We’re not just a marketplace like Amazon, TakeAlot, or Farfetch; we’re the blend of an existing concept with another to serve a purpose – aiding brand owners on our platform and empowering customers to shop more conveniently and make conscious choices. Looking beyond the inception of your idea, the next step involves brainstorming and formulating a comprehensive business plan. 

A business plan, though underestimated by some, is pivotal. It compels you to scrutinize your concept, conduct thorough market research, comprehend competitors, and channel your focus. It’s the blueprint to turn your idea into a structured, strategic business venture.

Navigating the realm of entrepreneurship requires guidance, expertise, and determination. At GARM, we’re your partners in this journey, steering you towards success. With a blend of innovation, problem-solving, and strategic planning, you can transform your idea into a thriving business reality.

Breaking Down Your Business Plan: Blueprint for Success

Crafting a robust business plan is like laying the foundation for a skyscraper. It’s essential for clarity, direction, and strategy. Not only does it give you a reference point and guideline as you build your brand, but it can additionally be used to send to potential investors, clients, and employees. Seeing as that we deal with streetwear, we’ll use it as a reference. Your plan should encompass several key elements:

Executive Summary: Begin with a concise overview of your business idea, its unique selling proposition (USP), and the problem it addresses. This is the hook that captures your readers’ interest. This is like the standout piece in your collection. Imagine a statement coat that catches everyone’s eye. Your summary introduces your brand, its unique aesthetics, and how it solves a particular fashion need. A great reference for this is seen in Hypervision’s “Behind The Brand” section on the GARMember page.

Market Analysis: Dive into your target market. Who are your potential customers? What are their needs and preferences? Think of this as analyzing fashion trends. Who are your ideal customers? What styles are they drawn to? Analyzing your fashion competitors helps you identify the gaps you can fill in the market.

Company Description: Provide an in-depth understanding of your business, its mission, vision, and values. Explain how your idea is innovative and how it differentiates you from the competition. Just as your collection has a distinct theme, your brand’s mission, vision, and values set the tone. Explain how your designs are innovative and how they stand out in the crowded fashion landscape.

Products or Services: Detail the offerings you plan to provide. Describe their features, benefits, and how they fulfil customers’ needs. In fashion terms, these are your individual clothing pieces. Describe the features, fabrics, and details that make your designs unique and appealing to your target audience.

Marketing and Sales Strategy: Outline how you intend to reach your target audience. Highlight your promotional methods, pricing strategies, and distribution channels. This is like your runway show. How will you showcase your designs to the world? Describe your promotional campaigns, pricing strategies, and the channels you’ll use to reach your customers. Garm’s guerrilla marketing strategy was one of the first things discussed in this section of the business plan. It created a blueprint for our various marketing campaigns like the Africa’s London and Car Guard concepts.

Organizational Structure: Define your business’s organizational hierarchy. Think of your team as the skilled artisans behind each garment. Highlight the key members who bring your brand to life and the roles they play.

Funding Request: If you’re seeking funding, clearly state how much capital you require and how you plan to use it. This is crucial for investors to gauge the viability of their investment.

Financial Projections: Present a realistic financial forecast for the next few years. This demonstrates the financial viability of your idea. Just as fashion collections evolve seasonally, your brand’s financials change over time. Present realistic forecasts that project your revenue, expenses, and potential profits.

Operational Plan: Detail the day-to-day operations of your business. This is like your fashion production schedule. Detail how your brand’s day-to-day operations flow, from design conception to garment creation and distribution.

SWOT Analysis: Conduct a comprehensive analysis of your business’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. This helps in crafting strategies to capitalize on strengths and mitigate weaknesses. Similar to assessing your designs’ strengths and potential pitfalls, evaluate your brand’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. This informs your brand strategy.

Risk Assessment: Identify potential risks that your business might face and propose contingency plans to address them. Just like unexpected fabric delays, foresee potential brand risks and outline strategies to navigate them.

Milestones and Timelines: Set achievable milestones and timelines. These are markers of your progress and help you track your journey. Think of these as your fashion milestones – launching a new collection or entering a new market. Set achievable targets to measure your brand’s growth.


The best time to start your brand was yesterday. If you have a gut feeling that it will work – do it. As long as your idea has clear intentions and aims to help people, you’re on the right track. Remember, a well-structured business plan is your brand’s runway to success. It not only guides your brand’s journey but also assures potential investors of your brand’s potential. At GARM, we’re not only here to give you a platform to buy or sell streetwear from African designers. Our mission is to provide a platform that gives brand owners, designers, vendors, and consumers insights and support on everything to do with growing ones brand – regardless of the industry.

And if you are in the fashion industry, we can help your clothing brand step confidently into the fashion industry. Click here to see how we can grow your clothing brand.