Start An Activewear Brand

28 Pros & Cons Of Starting An Activewear Brand

Pros & Cons

Trying to understand the pros and cons of starting an activewear brand?

Here are all of the pros and cons of selling activewear online:

Pros Description
Flexibility You can put as much time into the business as you'd like. If you like the work and have some initial experience, you can start small and manage all aspects of the business on your own.
Gain exposure and experience This career allows you to gain experience working for multiple different businesses - which will benefit your resume and also keep things interesting for you!
Unlimited income potential With starting an activewear brand there is no cap as to how much income you can make. The stronger your business skills and the more energy/time you put into your career, the more you'll make.
Predictable income stream Your businesses income stream tends to be predictable based on the number of customers you have signed up. This makes financial planning and outlooks much more seamless!
Higher likelihood of getting referrals This business is all about referrals, which can be a a very impactful way to attract and retain customers. It's critical that you have a great referral program in place that incentivizes your customers to tell their friends about your product.
Location is everything! When operating a physical storefront, the location often speaks for itself and serves as it's very own marketing tool! It's important to choose a location in a high traffic area so you can spark curiosity and get people through your door!
You can sell your product in various places! There are various different markets to sell your product, which will help you reach different audiences and revenue streams.
Simple business model A activewear brand has the advantage of a simple business model, which makes launching and building the business more seamless.
Greater Income Potential With this business, the sky is the limit in regards to your income potential.
Easy to Learn The Business When starting your activewear brand, there is a ton of information readily available to you online (Facebook groups, Youtube videos, Starter Story etc). This will help you get the business started and answer any questions, doubts or concerns you may have.
You get to inspire others Your business is one that encourages and inspires others, which in itself, can be very fulfilling.
You can promote and sell your product on Amazon Although there are some [disadvantages](https://www.repricerexpress.com/pros-cons-selling-amazon/) to consider when selling your product on Amazon, there are also a host of benefits. Mainly, Amazon is the world's largest online retailer, so you're bound to tap into new business and reach an entirely new audience.
You establish yourself as an expert With starting an activewear brand, you establish yourself as an expert in your niche, which builds your credibility. In return, customers are more likely to trust you and refer you to other friends and family.
Results and revenue happen quickly! Unlike other businesses, it can be relatively quick to start seeing results and revenue. As long as you follow [all the steps](https://www.starterstory.com/validate-business-idea) to validate your idea before launch, you are likely to see quick results and ROI.
Cons Description
Longer Sales Process A activewear brand can be a big time and money investment for your customer, so it's important you plan and predict a longer conversion funnel and stay in communication with potential customers.
Low margins The gross margins for your activewear brand are typically around 20%, which can make it more challenging to incur new expenses and maintain profitability.
Taxes As a activewear brand, you typically pay self-employment taxes which can be quite high. It's important to understand what you will be paying in taxes each year so you can determine if the work you're taking on is worth it.
Niche Market A niche business is not necessarily a bad thing, in fact, it can be the key to your success. However, it can be more challenging and time consuming to find the perfect niche market and target audience.
High overhead expenses With starting an activewear brand, there are overhead expenses that come with selling a physical product. You will want to make sure you strategically budget for these overhead costs. We discuss this more in the startup costs section below.
You may need to charge sales tax If you are selling your products in various states, you may be required to charge sales tax. Although this may not impact your financials specifically, it can be a headache to create a process and procedure for this. To learn more about sales tax, check out [this article](https://www.thebalancesmb.com/do-i-need-to-collect-sales-taxes-in-my-state-398913)
Time commitment With starting an activewear brand, all responsibilities and decisions are in your hands. Although this is not necessarily a negative thing, work life can take over at times. This can place a strain on friends and family and add to the pressure of launching a new business.
Difficult to build trust with your customer With starting an activewear brand, there can be minimal face-to-face interaction, which means it can be a lot more difficult to establish trust with your customers. You'll need to go the extra mile with your customer to grab their attention and business.
Impatient customers You may offer an engaging user experience for your customer, but customers expect a lot and may be impatient if they aren't pleased with your product or service.
Difficult to scale With a activewear brand, it can be challenging to find ways to scale. Check out [this article](https://www.inc.com/jeff-bussgang/scaling-a-business-is-hard.html) that discusses scaling your business and the challenges that come with it.
Learning Curve When you start your own business, you no longer have upper management to provide you with a playbook for your roles and responsibilities. You should know the ins and outs of every aspect of your business, as every decision will come down to you.
Equipment Breakdowns Over the years, your equipment can get damaged, break down, and may need repairs which can be expensive. It's important you prepare for these expenses and try to avoid damages/wear & tear as much as possible.
Recession-Impacted Industry When the economy is down, activewear brand's are one of the first things to be cut.
Technical issues can be frustrating Technical issues are common in this business. If you struggle with the technical side of things, you may want to consider outsourcing this responsibility to save yourself the time and frustration.