To achieve success with drop shipping, the first and most important step is to find legitimate companies to work with. Companies that can supply the type of products you’re interested in selling, and are able or willing to ship direct to customers.
This task is often time consuming and can quickly turn into a stress filled nightmare, particularly for those who are keen to just get stuck in and start selling products.
Thankfully, in this article, I’m going to make things that little bit easier by revealing some simple and proven ways to find suppliers. I’ll also give you some tips on how to research them and ensure they’re legitimate.
Use a Directory
Directories can help you to fast track your way to finding legitimate drop shipping companies. A directory is a website that complies a list of organisations, and their information into one database. Members can browse the database via categories, or by search to easily find exactly what their looking for.
There are many directories that specialise in drop shipping and wholesale suppliers specifically. These types of directories make the process of finding a suitable supplier super simple, it’s what they were designed to do. In fact, here at Wholesale Frog, we have our very own free to use directory. Finding suitable suppliers using our directory literally only takes a few seconds. Learn more.
Search on Google
One of the simplest ways to find suppliers is by searching on Google. Doing some good old fashioned manual searching is the best way to find little-known suppliers that don’t have a lot of competition. Less competition gives you a much greater advantage and more flexibility to aim for higher profit margins.
Study Online Forums
Online forums are another useful resource when it comes to finding legitimate drop shipping companies. They’re not only great for finding suppliers but also for discussing them. Joining a drop ship or wholesale forum will give you the opportunity to interact with other like-minded people involved in the industry. What better way to find suppliers than to learn from those who have been there, done it and got the t-shirt. Our very own forum here at Wholesale Frog is a great place to find drop shipping companies, check it out here.
Attend Trade Shows
Trade shows are one of the best places to find legitimate drop shipping companies. Unlike searching online, they give you the opportunity to physically see and touch the products for yourself. This is particularly important when drop shipping to give you an idea of product quality. You’ll also get the opportunity to meet the people behind the company and establish a rapport.