Finding a manufacturer online can be difficult. There are many ways to begin the process. Here are some of the best ways to start finding manufacturers.
Should You Look In Listings and Directories?
There are numerous manufacturer listings and directories available online. Some websites provide information free to the public, while others offer products like manufacturer databases and profiles that you can order for a fee. It’s a good idea to check out the free information first, as the products you have to pay for aren’t necessarily any better. Manufacturers want to get their names out there, so, many times they will pay to be featured on websites and you won’t have to pay to see them!
What About Trade Shows?
Manufacturers participate in trade shows in order to showcase their products and network with other people and businesses in the industry. These trade shows take place throughout the year and all across the country. Some trade shows are off limits to the public, but many are held as open conventions. There are websites you can use to find out about events that are going on in your area. Visiting a trade show gives you the opportunity to find a manufacturer in China directly. You’ll be able to speak in person with company representatives and learn about the process of transforming your idea into a product.
What About Word of Mouth?
You might not know very many people who’ve come up with a successful product on their own, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. Word of mouth is often the best way to find a recommendation, especially if it’s from someone you trust. Ask friends that are in business how if they have found a good manufacturer, what they liked and didn’t like about the one they chose, and, most importantly, if they would work with that company again. If they still have a positive working relationship with the manufacturer, see if they can help you get the ball rolling.