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Fashion businesses in Nigeria can be done both online and offline. However, there are more fashion businesses offline than online. For you to run an offline fashion business, you need to have a physical shop that you either own or rent.

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The majority of the fashion business owners in Nigeria rent their fashion shops. Fashion businesses in this article are hairstyling, beauty shops, massage parlors, fashion designing shops, nail salons, jewelry stores, and others.

Here are 3 tips you should consider before renting a fashion shop.

1. Affordability

Renting a shop in Nigeria costs a lot. The total amount one has to pay for rent, monthly or yearly is high.

As a fashion designer, make-up artist, hairstylist, etc that wants to rent a space for your business, you have to consider the cost.

You must review the inflow and outflow of the capital of your fashion business before deciding on where you want to rent.

Some places are more affordable than others. It is better to go for spaces that you can afford as a fashion business owner than to rent places that suck your business profit.

There is always a decent space for can rent for a decent amount. Don’t run into loss by renting places that are way above your business income.

Make sure it is easy for you to renew the rent when due to avoid unnecessary embarrassment.

2. Accessibility

How accessible is your fashion store? Is it easy for clients to easily find your shop?

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Some fashion stores are usually suited at places where clients find it difficult to locate. If your clients have to walk long distances because of lack of transportation or go through unfavorable death traps roads before getting to your shop will discourage them from patronizing you in the future.

For instance, if you own a massage parlor and the road that leads to your shop requires your clients to walk through unsanitary and stagnant water, you will lose clients.

Your fashion store or shop must be very accessible.

Make sure that it is easy to drive to your fashion store from the main roads. Even if it is far from major roads and junctions, it should be easy to locate and go to.

3. The Environment

Some fashion business environments are unsanitary and unhealthy. It is very important to consider not just the space you are renting but the cleanliness of the whole environment.

Some environments are very dirty. Rubbish is littered all over the place. Some places even have foul smells polluting the whole environment.

A dirty environment makes your clients very uncomfortable. For instance, if you are a fashion designer and there is a gutter very close to your store, your clients will probably imagine their beloved fabrics either falling into the gutter or smelling funny.

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Some places are usually clean during the dry season but are a mess during the rainy season. It is very important to inspect the environment you want to rent. Make sure it is clean, healthy, sanitary, and habitable.


The process of renting a suitable fashion shop in Nigeria can be very tiring. You will need to go to different locations to review your options.

To save yourself the stress, you can employ the service of agents at a paid fee or make inquiries from people that stay in the environment at no cost. Always take your time when you are looking for a fashion store so that you can rent a suitable and problem-free fashion shop.

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This article was first published on 1st June 2022


My name is Agbagba Bukola. I write about the business and exciting world of fashion.

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