Small Scale Wristwatch Strap Making Business

Despite the proliferation of time devices and phones wristwatches are still popular.  This is especially true for top brands and lowly priced ones. 
The business is practicable from home full time or part time. Startup cost is low/moderate and learning the trade even easier. The primary raw material is leather which is readily available in most countries.
Locating the Business
The business is done from home or a small factory. Use an outhouse or garage to manufacture the straps from home. Alternately find an ideal location that has proper utility such as electrical power.
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Learn the Trade
Learn the trade by attending workshops, seminars or art and craft gatherings. Learn from blogs, websites or short online courses. Try apprenticeship or learn from an established manufacturer.
  • attend seminars
  • art and craft workshops
  • Learn from blogs, websites
  • Try short online courses
  • Apprenticeship
  • Learn from an established manufacturer.
Types of Leather
There are different types of leather used in making watch straps. The hide is processed from goats, cow, buffalo and sheep. The leather might go through a tanning process to remove impurities.
Wristwatch Strap Making Equipment
The major expenditure of a Homebased enterprise is equipment. Basic small scale equipment includes hand tools, stamping machine and sewing machine. Others are punching machine, clicking press and skiving machine.
  • hand tools
  • stamping machine
  • sewing machine
  • punching machine
  • clicking press
  • Skiving machine.
 Raw Materials
Raw materials include upper leather, thread and adhesive. More are lining leather, split leather, buckles and nylon packaging.
  • upper leather
  • thread
  • adhesive
  • lining leather
  • split leather
  • buckles
  • nylon packaging
Licensing
Secure a nice trademark for your watch straps. Register the business and obtain a trade license.
The product might involve value added tax registration and BIS certification. You also need a tax identification number.
  • obtain a trade license
  • trademark
  • value added tax registration
  • BIS certification
  • MSME registration
  • Tax identification number.
Wristwatch Making Process
The manufacturing process starts with the procurement of leather. Then it goes through clicking and skiving process.
The lining is then attached and buckle fitted. Finally the leather is stitched, finished and quality controlled. The straps are then packaged and shipped to customers.
Marketing
Your major markets are watch manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. Produce the straps according to customer’s specification and meet the orders.
Showcase your designs on a dedicated website and social media accounts. Find wristwatch manufacturers through directories, yellow pages and search engines. Once you have a list send them a brochure of your products and designs.



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