At a time when so many people are out of work, many of you will consider the possibility of making an income getting your product from wholesale suppliers. If you have some extra money to get started for the purchase of your original inventory and pursue the venture in a logical way, there is a good possibility of building up a business that will continue for years.
The first thing is to sit down and do a lot of thinking and decide on a category of wholesale supplies that you can really feel passionate about. If you truly believe in your products and are enthusiastic about ithem, it is not only easier to sell them, but your demonstratons or ads about them will show that you truly recommend them.
You can locate newsletters, trade publications, and forums online for those particular products and learn from the other members of the group including which wholesale suppliers are the best ones to buy from and which products are the best sellers. There will also be ads for different suppliers which will give you many companies to start contacting.
If you are lucky to be in an area that has trade and small business shows, by all means attend those as an excellent resource and ability to learn in person about the various product offerings and suppliers. The representatives there will be eager to help you get started.
There are hundreds of wholesale suppliers listed on the internet, and the next step is to go into their websites to find out what inventory they offer, how much each item costs including shipping, and what their terms and conditions are. You want to discover what their minimum orders and payment options are so that you know if you can afford to deal with them and make a profit in your particular area.
Sometimes you can go directly to the manufacturer (or find out where their nearest distributor is), but other channels are importers, distributors and other wholesalers. At first you will probably have to pay a somewhat higher price in order to buy smaller quantities than you would have to purchase later on if you can buy in volume.
Make a short initial contact by e-mail or phone with a brief amount of questions to get the process started and asking the main items that you need to know.
Be friendly and knowledgeable and they will try to help you as much as possible.