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Boutique Owner
About Boutique Owner: 

Boutique owners operate retail stores that generally sell clothing, accessories and other sundries. They often have experience in the retail industry, and always have a passion for fashion.

As a business owner, they are pure entrepreneurs and are ultimately responsible for every aspect of running a small business. They need to manage the design/look and feel of the store, inventory, sales & marketing, employees, bookkeeping & finance.

Like all business owners, the amount of work & effort needed is tremendous, but so isn't the satisfaction that comes from being your own boss.

Alternate Titles For the Role 
Specialty Store Owner

Boutique Owner Job Description: 

Successful boutique owners are very entrepreneurial-minded and driven people who use a combination of savvy business skills and in-depth knowledge of the fashion retail industry to make a profit. Their stores often target a specific customer profile and often carry a specific mix of clothing and/or apparel designers that appeal to this demographic. Boutique owners must be jacks or jills of all trades as they typically oversee all aspects of a boutiques operations from planning and purchasing their inventory, setting up the in-store displays and managing employees. You could start a fashion boutique in one of the following areas: sportswear, beachwear, novelty items, vintage, T-shirts, dresses, tuxedos, shoes, handbags, accessories, lingerie, watches, sunglasses, and more.

Becoming a Boutique Owner: 

Many schools offer certificates, associate and bachelor's degree programs in fashion design & related fields that will help jump-start one's career as a boutique owner. These programs expose students to practical opportunities in order to get started in the fashion industry, and give a solid foundation on which to begin a career. Some fashion schools will over specific lines of study for aspiring boutique owners.

As important as formal education is establishing yourself as an effective sales/business talent. Small business owners are focused on taking the right risks at the right time. Always have a good portfolio of ideas and strategies and don't be afraid to try them.

Boutique Owner Education Training & Advancement: 

Education - A bachelor's degree in Business Management or Fashion Retailing/Merchandising/Marketing is common. An MBA is a plus in attracting investors.

Experience - Extensive experience in the fashion retail industry in a variety of positions usually starting at the level of retail sales associate or stock clerk and with some experience as a retail store manager.

Personal Characteristics/Skills - entrepreneurial and risk-taking personality; solid business background in fields such as Marketing, Accounting, Sales and Management; in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of the fashion retail marketplace, including trends and forecasts; flexible; multi-tasking capabilities; excellent time management and communication skills.

Boutique Owner Jobs & Careers: 

Boutique owners often work up through other retail positions. A typical path might looks like:

Retail Sales Associate > Buyer > Retail Manager > Boutique Owner

Boutique Owner Salaries: 

$0 to $100,000+

*Losses are expected in the first few years of operations due to initial investments and expenditures. Once stabilized, boutiques can become a good source of income for its owner as well as an alternative to working very hard for someone else.

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