Typical Roles at a Clothing Line


A clothing line will need employees with a wide variety of skills, including an accountant, a marketing PR, and a buyer/designer.

Manager/Owner/CEO

The CEO/manager is typically the owner of the clothing line, and oversees all of the company’s departments.

Typical Salary: $100,000+ per year

What Does This Role Entail?

  • Overseeing clothing designs, marketing strategy, sales, etc.
  • Setting the company vision

Who to Look For:

  • Strong business acumen
  • Preferably some higher education studying business

Accountant/CFO

The CFO (chief financial officer) is responsible for planning and overseeing the entire company finances.

Typical Salary: $50,000+ per year

What Does This Role Entail?

  • Overseeing the budget
  • Planning a long term economic strategy
  • Managing stakeholders in the company

Who to Look For:

  • College graduate
  • Experience managing finances
  • Able to work long days

Buyer/Designer

This position involves designing clothes for the line and purchasing the necessary fabric and other products needed to make it. This is a role that could be filled by the owner in the beginning.

Typical Salary: $63,600 per year

What Does This Role Entail?

  • Picking fabrics
  • Designing clothing patterns
  • Stitching/sewing the clothes

Who to Look For:

  • No specific education level necessary
  • Experience designing clothes
  • Good financial sense when buying fabrics, etc.

Clothing Line Hiring Tips


Hiring employees can seem like a nerve-wracking process, but it doesn't have to be. We break the process down into four basic steps: (1) Planning; (2) Recruiting; (3) Interviewing; and (4) Completing the Hire. Here are some tips for each phase of the process

Plan to Staff Your Business

A clothing line needs creative minds, but it also needs employees who make smart financial decisions. It can be difficult for a clothing line to gain traction in the fashion world, so you will likely start off with a very small and dedicated team. While one person could start this business alone, it is likely to quickly becoming overwhelming between the financial/administrative tasks, clothing design, and clothing production.

Develop a Recruiting Strategy

This is a difficult job to advertise for locally, as the average person is unlikely to be qualified either as a designer or a potential accountant/CFO. Advertise your job openings online, especially on forums in the fashion community. If you cannot easily find anyone qualified to be the CFO, consider hiring a recruiting agency to help you find a talented leader to fill the position.

Interview with Confidence

If you take your time during the planning and recruiting phases of the process, you will likely end up with many qualified candidates.

Nonetheless, it is natural for a new business owner to be a bit anxious the first time hiring employees. Don’t forget that the interview is just a chance to get to know an applicant and to give them an opportunity to learn more about the role and the business. Also, it might help to remember that they are probably even more nervous than you are!

Throughout the interview process, it may help to keep in mind that most clothing line owners look for employees who are:

  • Creative thinkers
  • Good with finances
  • Knowledgeable about fashion trends
  • Able to work long days

Here are some sample interview questions that will help you learn more about the character of your interviewees:

  • Why do you want to work in the fashion industry?
  • What makes you passionate about this brand?
  • Where/from who do you get your fashion inspirations?
  • What experience can you bring to this brand?
  • What are you looking for in a new position?

Be Familiar with Hiring Laws

After selecting a job candidate, there are certain steps you will need to follow to complete the hiring process. Check out our Hiring Compliance Checklist for a step-by-step guide to the legal aspects of hiring employees.

One of the most important steps is to classify your new hire as an employee or an independent contractor. Become familiar with IRS guidelines on this matter, as there are serious consequences for misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor.

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For more details, please refer to our guide on the topic, Contractors vs. Employees: What You Need to Know. We also provide templates for the essential hiring forms you will need.

Set Up Payroll


Once you have a growing team of employees, it's time to set up your payroll. Using a payroll service provider saves you time for running your business, and also helps ensure that you comply with important federal requirements such as employee tax withholding.

To help our readers save money and grow their business, we negotiated a 20% discount for you with payroll provider ADP, the most popular small business provider in the country.

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