You’re fresh on the scene, pumped up and ready to jump start your new career as a drop shipper. The first thing you must do is find a reliable supplier to source products from.
You’ve probably been searching all corners of the internet, only to be bombarded by training courses, outdated supplier lists and paid directories. You simply want to know how to find the good suppliers.
Well, you’re in the right place. Keep reading as I reveal 5 of the very best (and free) ways to find drop shipping suppliers.
Use a Supplier Directory
Using one of the many drop ship and wholesale directories can save you a huge amount of time. Directories are website that have put together a collection of drop shipping suppliers and stored them in one easy to search database. It’s a bit like the yellow pages but for drop shippers and wholesalers.
Made up of various different categories, directories make it easy for you to find a supplier that suits the needs of your business. They save you from having to potentially spend hours on end looking for the suppliers yourself.
However, the disadvantage of using a directory is that you’ll most likely be charged a membership fee to gain access. Sadly, a lot of them can be very outdated or lacking in variety. It’s hard to separate the useful ones from the not so useful, without paying the membership fee first.
Luckily, If you do want to go down the route of using a directory to find suppliers, you’re in the right place. Here at Wholesale Frog, our very own supplier directory is completely free to use and packed full of reputable drop shippers. Simple browse through the categories or do a quick search to find your perfect match is seconds.
Use Search Engines
Did you know that a lot of small companies don’t bother with getting listed in a directory. The only way to find these organisations is by hunting them down yourself. Companies that are harder to find tend to have much less competition which gives you a bigger opportunity to earn healthy profits.
Google is a good place to start. You can also use other search engines like Bing or Yahoo. Granted, finding a suitable supplier using this method takes time but it’s worth it in the long term.
Go to Trade Shows
Trade shows are by far the best way to find legitimate drop shipping suppliers. They’re particularly useful due to the fact that you’re able to physical see the products and meet the people behind the company. There’s no better way to establish a relationship with a supplier than meeting face to face. It’s also an opportunity to find companies that you may have otherwise missed. Use Google to search for and find trade shows that will be happening in your area.
Find & Contact Wholesalers Directly
A lot of wholesalers allow drop shipping. However, it’s not always their main sales strategy. Therefore, instead of searching for companies that specialise in drop shipping, search for and reach out to wholesalers who don’t make it obvious that they allow it. Contact them by phone or email, there’s no harming in asking. Don’t limit yourself to only searching for companies that are geared towards drop shipping.
Use Online Forums
Online forums are a great place for not only finding drop shipping suppliers but also determining their legitimacy. People tend to share, and discuss their honest opinions on particular suppliers within forums. There’s no better way to separate the good from the bad than by hearing from those who have been there and done it. There are many forums specifically geared towards the drop ship and wholesale industry, most of which are free to use.
These 5 simple ways to find legitimate drop shipping suppliers each have their own pros and cons. If you’re looking to find a supplier quickly, try out one of the directories. Alternatively, if you want to avoiding paying any fees, simply get out there and search for yourself. Either way, choose a method, stick at it and you’ll find the perfect supplier in no time.