How To Find a Manufacturer or Supplier for a Product (2023) (2023)

If you’ve been thinking about starting an online store, you may have brainstormed some ideas of your own, like capitalizing on one of the many in-demand products already on the market. But likely, you still have questions.

How do I find amanufacturer or supplier formy product idea?Is it betterto work withmanufacturers near me, or abroad? How do I know if a manufacturer is legitimate?

Many entrepreneurs find themselves hitting a brick wall when it comes time to actually source products. Whether you plan on manufacturing something of your own or finding suppliers to purchase from wholesale, good products aren’t always easy to find.

In this post, we’ll look at the basics of sourcing a supplier for your next project. We’ll give you ideas for some places to search, and examine how you should approach suppliers and what to ask them when developing a product for your ecommerce business.

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  • What is a manufacturer?
  • Domestic vs. overseas suppliers
  • How to manufacture a product
  • Finding your supply partners

What is a manufacturer?

A manufacturer is any business that produces finished goods from raw materials. They sell these goods to consumers, wholesalers, distributors, retailers, and other manufacturers wanting to create more complex items.

Manufacturers typically stick to one type of product. For example, you could work with a glassware manufacturer who creates glass bottles and jars. You could work with one manufacturer for boxes and another for plastic or natural products.

Retailers often work with multiple manufacturers at once to create an inventory for their store.

Is a manufacturer a supplier?

Suppliers and manufacturers are pretty much synonyms. For the purpose of this post, when we refer to suppliers, we’re referring to anyone who has the capability to provide you with products and inventory. This encompasses manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors.

There are a ton of helpful resources online that you can find through Google. But before you begin, there are a few things you need to know and decide.

First, you should figure out what type of supplier you’re looking for. This will help determine the terminology you need to use in your research. Check out our post on ecommerce business modelsto help you get started. There are several supplier options, the most common being:

  • A manufacturer who produces your own product idea
  • A supplier (who may also be a manufacturer), wholesaler, or distributor who purchases already-existing brands and products
  • A dropshipping company thatsupplies products and fulfills orders of already-existing brands and products

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Domestic vs. overseas suppliers

If you plan to manufacture or wholesale, when looking for suppliers you’ll need to decide whether you want to source domestically or from overseas. Overseas can refer to any location abroad.

You might be asking, "are companies near me better to work with than companies overseas?" The answer is a bit complex.

It’s a good idea to secure two manufacturers: one domestic and one overseas. Your local manufacturer can be used as a backup. So, if orders from overseas are late or incorrect, you can fall back on your local supplier. They are often more expensive, but it’s better to keep products stocked and customers happy than having them wait for overseas shipments.

It’s often cheaper to source your products overseas, especially in Asian countries, like China, India, and Taiwan because of lower labor costs. But there’s a lot more to the decision than just the upfront investment and cost per unit.

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Both domestic and overseas sourcing have their advantages and disadvantages:

Domestic sourcing


  • High-quality manufacturing and labor standards
  • Easier communication with no language barrier
  • Marketing appeal of being made in North America
  • Easier to verify reputable manufacturers
  • Faster shipping time
  • High intellectual property right protection
  • Greater payment security and recourse


  • Higher manufacturing costs
  • Less product choice (there are many items that just aren’t made in North America anymore)

Overseas sourcing


  • Lower manufacturing costs
  • High number of manufacturers to choose from
  • One-stop services like Alibaba have made it easy to navigate suppliers


  • Lower perceived quality from customers
  • (Usually) lower manufacturing and labor standards
  • Little intellectual property protection
  • Language, communication, and time-zone barriers can be difficult to navigate
  • Difficult/costly to verify manufacturer and visit on-site
  • Longer shipping time
  • Cultural differences in business practices
  • Product importation and customs clearance
  • Less payment security and recourse

When working with overseas manufacturers and suppliers, it’s a good idea to hire a manufacturing manager. These contractors are locals who live near your manufacturers and handle negotiations, orders, and managing your partners. They can also be the in between for your business andmanufacturing companies. Think of them as the central hub for your overseas supply chain.

If there’s an issue, the manager will work directly with the manufacturer to solve it. Managers also speak the local language, which helps improve communication and make production smooth for your business.

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How to manufacture a product

Finding a manufacturer for your product can be tricky but it’s necessary to bring your products to life. Follow these six steps to find the best manufacturers and suppliers for your business.

  1. Research
  2. Outreach and collect information
  3. Communicate your designs
  4. Order samples
  5. Negotiate
  6. Place your order


Finding the right manufacturer for your new product is crucial to your success. Manufacturers control your product’s cost, quality, and packaging and shipping. Here’s how you can find the perfect ones.

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Alibaba connects you with manufacturers from China. It’s a common marketplace to find existing products, but you can also use Alibaba to connect with manufacturers to create custom products. Simply search for the products you’re looking for and browse through the various suppliers and manufacturers.

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It’s easy to safely buy from Alibaba. The marketplace lets you vet manufacturers upfront to get the best products at a fair price. When researching manufacturers on Alibaba, make sure they have the following qualifications:

  • Gold supplier, which means they pay for their Alibaba membership.
  • Verified, which means a third-party evaluation services company or Alibaba has visited their manufacturing facility.
  • Trade assurance, a free service that protects your orders from payment to delivery.

      You can continue to search by applying filters. You can sort by certifications (such as SA8000, which ensures humane working conditions) to find a manufacturer that aligns with your business values.

      Another thing to consider when sourcing from Alibaba: make sure your manufacturer is not a trading company. A trading company is a middleman and won’t be able to produce your products.


      Another place to research manufacturers is free online supplier directories. These directories act as manufacturer catalogs that contain profiles for hundreds or thousands of manufacturers, wholesalers, and suppliers. Below, we’ve listed a few of the most popular ones for both domestic and overseas suppliers:

      Online domestic directories

      Online overseas directories


      In recent years, we’ve become accustomed to being able to easily search Google and find what we’re looking for in the first few search results. However, many suppliers haven’t kept pace with the internet or Google’s algorithm changes. Their websites are usually old, sparse on information, and have poor search engine optimization.

      So how do you find suppliers on Google? For possibly the first time ever, you’ll need to explore page two of Google search results and beyond. You’ll also want to use a variety of search terms. For example, words like “wholesale,” “wholesaler,” and “distributor” may be used interchangeably, so you should search for all of them.

      It may help to make yourself familiar with Google’s search shortcuts to improve the quality of your searches and, thus, your results.

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      Some of the best leads can come from referrals. Don’t be afraid to ask connections in your professional networks if they have any recommendations or if they know someone who might. Look for individuals who’ve found success in an area you’d like to pursue and see if they’re willing to share their contacts.

      Social networks have made it much easier to get the word out, so make sure to use these channels. Join Facebook groups and other online communities of ecommerce business owners and see if anyone there has a glowing review.

      As you do start to uncover suppliers, even if they aren’t the right fit for you, be sure to ask them if they can point you in the right direction. Being in the industry means they’ll likely have great contacts and would be happy to refer you to an option that might be a better fit.

      NAICS codes

      Another possible way to look for product suppliers is by searching for your products by their NAICS code.

      NAICS is the North American Industry Classification System, and pretty much every single manufacturing industry and product you can think of is attached to a NAICS code. Sometimes manufacturers and suppliers list products by their NAICS code, which can make manufacturers and suppliers easier to find, especially if you’re using professional directories.

      The NAICS directory can be found at your local library or online. Here is the link for the United States’ NAICS code and the link for Canada’s NAICS code.

      You’ll also want to make sure you properly vet your potential manufacturer. Once you’ve narrowed it down to a few possibilities, dig deeper in your research to make sure they’re credible.

      Check the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to see if there have been any complaints filed, browse the manufacturer’s Facebook page reviews, and use those Google search tricks to query the company name + reviews to see if any red flags come up.

      Outreach and collection information

      Once you’ve got a few manufacturers on your radar, you’ll want to get quotes. Aim to get a minimum of three quotes to compare options.

      Now, the biggest question you’ll likely have for a supplier is “How much will this cost?” But before you hastily send quote requests, you’ll want answers to the following questions:

      1. Can they accommodate custom orders? Assess if the supplier or equipment manufacturer can create the product you want. Do they have the skills? The resources? Do they have automation features?
      2. What are their leads times? How long will it take to produce and ship items? You don’t want to work with manufacturers who take three months to deliver your products. If a product goes out of stock, you don’t want to leave customers waiting months to receive their orders.
      3. What are shipping costs? Shipping makes up a massive portion of small business expenses. Learn a manufacturer’s shipping costs to determine how it’ll affect your bottom line.
      4. What are their minimum order quantities (MOQs)? Don’t lead with this question. It’ll make you look like a beginner and deter manufacturers from working with you. However, you’ll want to know the minimum amount of items you have to order before they start producing your product. This is highly negotiable.
      5. What is the cost per unit? While you’re negotiating MOQs, you’ll also want to negotiate cost per unit. The larger the order, the lower your cost per unit can be.
      6. Can they grant you exclusivity? If there’s tooling involved (i.e., you buying a tool for them to manufacture your product), make sure they aren’t allowing others to use it. You can also ask for territorial, market, or total exclusivity. Some service providers may even offer private label goods.
      7. Are there setup fees involved? Sometimes manufacturers will charge a fee to get equipment ready to produce your goods.
      8. What’s their defect policy? Find out who eats the cost for incorrect or defective items. Who pays for the shipping and duties?
      9. Is the manufacturer sustainable and ethical? Find out about the factory conditions, and see how they impact the environment and the workers.

      Negotiating minimum order quantities

      If you’re looking for a supplier for the first time, you’re going to quickly learn about minimum order quantities (MOQs). It’s not uncommon for a manufacturer to require a commitment to purchase hundreds or even thousands of units for your first order, depending on the product and manufacturer.

      MOQs make it difficult when you have limited funds or want to start small and test the market before making larger purchases. The good thing is that MOQs are almost always negotiable.

      Before you negotiate, understand why the supplier has imposed a minimum. Is it because there’s a lot of work upfront? Or maybe it’s because they prefer to work with larger buyers. Understanding the reasons behind the minimum will help you better understand their position and allow you to negotiate and propose the best counter offer.


      Discussing payment terms

      Many suppliers will require new businesses to pay for the full order upfront. This is important to know, since inventory is a major cost for ecommerce businesses. You may want to also ask if they provide payment terms on future orders.

      Suppliers get bombarded with email quote requests all the time from flaky buyers who are just “kicking the tires,” so it's not unusual for many suppliers not to reply to every request. A lack of supplier responsiveness is a common complaint from new ecommerce entrepreneurs.

      So how do you ensure you don’t get ignored? There are a few things you should avoid when you reach out to suppliers for the first time:

      • Long emails: Your first email to a manufacturer should be clear and concise. Avoid telling too much about your story and background. The first email should purely assess potential fit at a high level. Focus on what suppliers care about the most, like the details of what you’re trying to source.
      • Asking for too much: Requests aren’t always easy for the supplier to produce. It’s important to ask about pricing for multiple quantities, but avoid asking for too much or too many quotes. Stick to what you absolutely need to know to assess fit between you and the supplier.
      • Asking for too little: If you ask for a quote well below the supplier’s minimum order you risk being met with silence. If you’re unsure whether your request is too small, consider giving them a quick call or send a one-question email prior to ask what their minimum order is.

      A good manufacturing supplier will be open to negotiating payment terms. They won’t ask for 100% upfront before shipping (and if they do, that’s a huge red flag). You can work out a deal with them. Ask for 50% upfront, 50% after shipment is received. This holds both parties responsible for the order and doesn’t leave too much risk on either side.

      Communicating with manufacturers and suppliers

      Chances are you won’t use a manufacturing manager when starting your online business. You’ll have to communicate with suppliers on your own. There are three main ways to do this:

      • Skype calls
      • Email
      • WeChat

      Look for companies that are responsive and eager to work together. If someone is slow out the gate with your emails and samples, do you want to trust them with your business? Probably not.

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      Communicate your designs

      Once you talk with a potential manufacturer, ask if they can create your design. Some manufacturers have a product development process with prototyping and 3D modeling—but it can get expensive quickly.

      As an alternative, communicate your ideas with them through:

      1. Sketches
      2. Instructions
      3. Reference photos

      If they don’t do design, you can use Fiverr or Upwork to find freelancers to create drawings for you. Look to hire:

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      • Indstrustial designers
      • Product designers
      • CAD experts

      Another option is finding a local designer. You can work with them to develop prototypes and custom molds. It’s more affordable than going through a manufacturer.

      Order samples

      Before placing a full order, get samples to test before going into productions. Once the sample is right, date and sign the sample. Save one or two for yourself. These are called your control samples and are any type of forensic sample used to assure quality and get consistent consumer products.

      Designing a product for our studio is so much more than just coming up with the idea. It is designing and testing the hardware. It is creating prototypes and testing all of the various elements that make the fixtures come together.

      For example, say a manufacturer sends you an order. You open the package and find the colors are completely wrong. You’ll likely chat with your manufacturing partner to fix the mistake. If they have any doubts about the order, you can reference the control sample. This shows that the products you received are not what was previously agreed upon.


      Between the time you get a sample and when you place your order, it’s still possible to negotiate terms such as payment or MOQ. When negotiating, put yourself in the manufacturer’s shoes. The goal isn’t to exploit your manufacturing partner to get the best price. It’s to work together so both parties profit and are happy. It’s the only way to build a long-term, healthy relationship.

      Place your order

      Last up, place your order. Do a 100% quality control check first. Check every product they’ve sent you to make sure it meets your standards. And if you’re happy with everything, send your order and get the production process started!

      Finding your supply partners

      Sourcing suppliers and manufacturers is a unique process but it’s one of the costs of starting a business. Trying to locate suppliers that are a good fit is a critical decision for your new business, and they aren't always easy to find.

      It’s easy to get frustrated when you hit dead ends or brick walls, but in most cases, it just requires a little more patience and perseverance to find the perfect partner for your new venture.

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      Manufacturers FAQ

      What does manufacturing mean?

      “Manufacturing” refers to turning raw materials into finished products through tools, labor, and machinery. It’s an industrial process that allows for the mass production of goods using advanced technologies and assembly processes.

      What are the types of manufacturing?

      Types of manufacturing include:

      • 3D printing
      • Repetitive manufacturing
      • Discrete manufacturing
      • Job shop manufacturing
      • Continuous process
      • Batch process

      What is an example of manufacturing?

      The clothing industry has many different manufacturing processes. For example, a clothing manufacturer’s process could include fabrics receiving and relaxing, form layout, laying, marketing, cutting, screen printing, sewing, and quality check before creating a single garment.

      How do I find a manufacturer?

      You can find a manufacturer via the directories and suppliers listed above. Some of the most common places to find manufacturers include:

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      1. Alibaba
      2. Free online directories
      3. Google
      4. Referrals
      5. NAICS codes


      What is the most reliable way to find an appropriate supplier? ›

      6 Ways to Find the Best Suppliers
      1. Check their certifications. ...
      2. Align manufacturing and shipping locations to your organization's needs. ...
      3. Look for expertise in your product type and target market. ...
      4. Find out if they can make enough of what you need. ...
      5. Evaluate the geopolitical climate.
      Jun 18, 2019

      How do I find a company's manufacturer? ›

      How to Research Manufacturing Companies. There are several leading directories of US manufacturers, including ThomasNet, and Maker's Row. Of course, you could also search by using a few well-chosen keywords, such as “US widget manufacturer,” or ask for referrals from your business associates.

      How do I find a manufacturer for my invention? ›

      Referrals. Some of the best leads can come from referrals. Don't be afraid to ask connections in your professional networks if they have any recommendations or if they know someone who might. Look for individuals who've found success in an area you'd like to pursue and see if they're willing to share their contacts.

      How do you target a manufacturer? ›

      Steps for Adopting Manufacturing Marketing Strategies
      1. Set your goals. Know what you're trying to achieve. ...
      2. Build out your marketing team. You need someone to keep track of all these efforts. ...
      3. Define your buyer persona. Take time to define your target audience. ...
      4. Select strategies that support the audience. ...
      5. Launch and test.

      Can I buy directly from manufacturers? ›

      Depending on the business and type of products, most of the manufacturers won't sell products in small quantities. So, it won't be possible for an individual consumer to buy directly from the manufacturer. In that case, you should go to the distributor (who purchases products in bulk) to buy the product you need.

      What are the 3 main components of choosing a supplier? ›

      When it comes to choosing suppliers, procurement departments rely on a number of qualitative, quantitative, subjective and objective criteria. Since 1991, Weber & Al. have identified three main criteria: price, delivery and quality.

      What are the 5 types of supplier? ›

      Here are the main types of suppliers.
      • Services. These include suppliers of electricity, water, telephones, IT, email, website hosting, stationery, facilities, transport, etc.
      • Sub-contractors. If you're in a trade business, these will include other tradespeople. ...
      • Manufacturers/producers. ...
      • Distributors. ...
      • Importers.

      What are the 5 key criteria when selecting a supplier? ›

      Criteria for selecting a supplier
      • price.
      • value for money.
      • quality.
      • reliability.
      • responsiveness.
      • flexibility.

      What are the 3 types of manufacturers? ›

      When we're talking about the three types of manufacturing we're ultimately referring to, make to stock manufacturing (MTS), make to order manufacturing (MTO), and make to assemble manufacturing (MTA). These three types of manufacturing are rather common among manufacturers.

      How do I talk to a manufacturer? ›

      1. Introduce yourself. Making a good first impression on a manufacturer is a great way to start your business interaction. ...
      2. Production stages. ...
      3. Find the right manufacturer. ...
      4. Request a quote. ...
      5. Adhere to the budget. ...
      6. Clarify the process. ...
      7. Production slots. ...
      8. Stick to the timeline.

      How do I find suppliers online? ›

      Online supplier marketplaces
      Sep 29, 2018

      How do I contact a supplier? ›

      Contact suppliers

      That would be necessary for you to contact them, you can make a phone call and simply tell them you want to partner with them. You like their products. Ask if they have the data you need. If they have already known anything about drop shipping or no – if no, you can introduce them to it.

      How do I start a product line? ›

      We've put together 5 important steps to take if you want to start your own product line for your business and make it successful.
      4. 4) FIND UNIQUE WAYS TO SELL IT. ...
      Oct 21, 2019

      What are the 3 target strategies? ›

      There are three distinct targeting strategies: (1) undifferentiated, (2) concentrated, and (3) differentiated.

      Can I buy a product and sell it as my own? ›

      Generally, it's not illegal to resell an item that you have legitimately purchased. Once you have purchased something at retail it is yours to do with as you choose. Manufacturers tend to have little or no control over a product past the first customer they sell to.

      Who sells products directly to the? ›

      The correct answer is Retailers. A supply chain typically features various middlemen between the manufacturer and the consumer. The most common in the supply chain are distributors, wholesalers, and retailers.

      What question do you have to answer before you choose a supplier? ›

      Do you have capacity to meet our demand? Finding out when the supplier was established, how many staff they have, and who they already supply to will help to give you a good idea of the quantities they are used to supplying.

      What questions should I ask a new supplier? ›

      The 8 Most Important Questions You Need To Ask Your Suppliers
      • Do You Have A Minimum Order? ...
      • Do You Have A Volume Discount, And Where Are The Price Breaks? ...
      • What Will My Total Costs Be? ...
      • What Are My Payment Terms? ...
      • Under What Circumstances Will My Prices Change? ...
      • When Do I Take Ownership Of This Product?
      Nov 4, 2014

      What are examples of suppliers? ›

      A supplier is a person, business, or entity that provides products or services to another entity. For example, a company that sells PCBAs to a laptop manufacturer or OEM is one example of a supplier.

      Who are major suppliers? ›

      Major Supplier means each subcontractor or supplier identified as such in the Makers' List. Major Supplier has the meaning set forth in Section 5.20(b). Major Supplier means any material supplier who supplies materials in connection with Tenant's Work for a purchase price in excess of $25,000.

      What are the six supplier strategies? ›

      Six Simple Strategies Suppliers Can Use To Do More For Their...
      • No. 1 - Focus First on Your People.
      • No. 2 - Listen to Your Customers.
      • No. 3 - Focus on Lead-time Reduction.
      • No. 4 - Understand Your Vision and Have a Plan.
      • No. 5 - Share Expertise with Customers.
      • No. 6 - Market to OEM Customers How You Manage Risk.

      What types of suppliers do I need? ›

      4 Types of Material Suppliers and Their Impact on Your Business
      • MANUFACTURERS AND VENDORS. When you work with manufacturers and vendors, you're working with the source of the supply chain. ...
      • IMPORTERS.
      Feb 16, 2017

      How do you negotiate a supplier contract? ›

      Tips for a successful negotiation
      1. Do your research beforehand. Research your vendor, their industry and how the current economy has been affecting their business. ...
      2. Be flexible with what a 'win-win' looks like. ...
      3. Aim for honesty and transparency. ...
      4. Be prepared to walk away and keep searching.
      Jul 31, 2020

      How do you evaluate and select suppliers? ›

      The steps are: recognize a supplier selection need, identify supply requirements, determine a supply strategy, identify potential suppliers, reduce the number of suppliers in the selection pool, conduct a formal evaluation, and select a supplier and reach agreement.

      What is the biggest manufacturing company? ›

      The following is a list of the world's largest manufacturing companies, ordered by revenue in millions of U.S. dollars according to the Fortune Global 500.
      CompanyVolkswagen Group
      Revenue (by US$ billion)282.7
      43 more columns

      What are the 7 factors of manufacturing? ›

      The 7 factors which influence the decision of establishing an industry are: availability of raw materials, labour, capital, access to markets, availability of abundant power supply, modes of transportation like railways, roadways for transportation of finished goods, and raw materials; and availability of land.

      What are manufacturer names? ›

      Manufacturer name means the name of the manufacturer as notified to the Commission by the manufacturer concerned or, where no such notification has taken place, the name registered by the registration authority of the Member State.

      What do you say when contacting a manufacturer? ›

      Talking to vendors in the right way can change the quality of that relationship, so keep the following in mind.
      1. Be informed. ...
      2. Straight talk. ...
      3. Ask questions. ...
      4. Give your vendor time to answer. ...
      5. Broach the money subject. ...
      6. Set clear expectations. ...
      7. Address issues. ...
      8. Don't ask for the impossible.
      Oct 30, 2018

      How do you attract new suppliers? ›

      Tips for attracting strategic suppliers
      1. Define your level of involvement with the supplier.
      2. Be transparent, and have shared objectives.
      3. Contribute to your supplier's growth.
      4. Keep communication channels open and facilitate dialogue.
      5. Involve senior management.
      6. Participate jointly in engineering and R&D activities.

      How do I find suppliers and wholesalers? ›

      Other options for finding wholesale suppliers include:
      1. Going to an industry trade show and connecting with wholesale suppliers in person.
      2. Joining social media groups for your niche and talking shop with other merchants.
      3. Joining trade organizations for your product to see if any names come up.
      Nov 21, 2022

      How do you connect with suppliers? ›

      5 Ways To Strengthen Your Communication With A Supplier
      1. Set Clear Expectations for Reporting and Supplier Communication. ...
      2. Know Your Parts. ...
      3. Establish Clear Measurement Requirements. ...
      4. Be Respectful of Their Time. ...
      5. Be Quick, But Don't Hurry. ...
      6. The Importance of Communication With Suppliers.

      How do I ask a free sample from a supplier? ›

      To order samples you will need to shortlist the suppliers you are interested in. Send the brief to each supplier detailing the product samples you need: quantity, specifications, features, colour, sizing. Depending on your arrangement with the suppliers – you then pay for samples.

      How do you manufacture a new product? ›

      Follow these eight steps to go from concept to manufacturing, and hopefully, a profit.
      1. Step 1: Product Concept. ...
      2. Step 2: Research. ...
      3. Step 3: Design. ...
      4. Step 4: Create the Final Design. ...
      5. Step 5: Testing. ...
      6. Step 6: Manufacturing and Assembly. ...
      7. Step 7: Feedback and Testing. ...
      8. Step 8: Official Release.

      How do I patent an idea with no money? ›

      The Patent Pro Bono Program attempts to match inventors with registered patent agents or patent attorneys. These practitioners volunteer their time without charging the inventor. However, the inventor still must pay all fees that are required by the USPTO; these cannot be paid by the practitioner.

      Can I sell my idea to a company without a patent? ›

      Yes, you can sell an idea to a company without a patent. However, the company needs to enter into a contract such as a nondisclosure agreement (NDA). Otherwise, they can steal your idea. Unfortunately, many companies will not enter into an NDA.

      What are 3 sources of new product ideas? ›

      Here we present the most common sources for new product and service ideas:
      • 1) Information from Customers.
      • 2) Information from Distributor.
      • 3) Competitor Analysis.
      • 4) Exhibition.
      • 5) Publications, Journal.
      • 6) Universities, private Institutions.
      • 7) Patents.
      May 26, 2014

      How do I legally start a brand? ›

      Here's an easy-to-follow guide for starting your business legally:
      1. Create a LLC or Corporation. ...
      2. Register Your Business Name. ...
      3. Apply for a Federal Tax ID Number. ...
      4. Determine If You Need a State Tax ID Number. ...
      5. Obtain Business Permits and Licenses. ...
      6. Protect Your Business with Insurance. ...
      7. Open a Business Bank Account.
      Mar 28, 2019

      How do I sell my product for the first time? ›

      Ask for referrals.
      1. Research different industries. ...
      2. Choose your product or service. ...
      3. Identify the target customer. ...
      4. Set a price. ...
      5. Choose a selling platform. ...
      6. Generate leads. ...
      7. Make your pitch. ...
      8. Close the deal.
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      What do I need to sell my own products? ›

      Six Steps to Selling Items Legally
      1. Get a Seller's Permit. A business must obtain a seller's permit if it sells physical items to the public. ...
      2. Get a Wholesaler's License. ...
      3. Make Sure You Have No Trademark Issues. ...
      4. Choose a Payment Gateway and Understand Their Limits. ...
      5. Understand Shipping Restrictions. ...
      6. Understand Customer Privacy.
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      Who is the manufacturer of the product? ›

      A manufacturer is a person or company that produces finished goods from raw materials by using various tools, equipment, and processes, and then sells the goods to consumers, wholesalers, distributors, retailers, or to other manufacturers for the production of more complex goods.

      How do you find the manufacturer of a product from the UPC? ›

      Every item you purchase contains a manufacturer bar code somewhere on the package. This code, also known as a Universal Product Code, provides information about both the product and the manufacturer of the product. The manufacturer of any product can be identified by the first six digits of its bar code.

      Which name identify products made by a particular manufacturers? ›

      Product model

      A manufacturer usually provides an identifier for each particular type of product they make, known as a model, model variant, or model number (often abbreviated as MN, M/N or model no., and sometimes as M- or Mk).

      How can I trace a product? ›

      When it comes to traceability in manufacturing, barcodes, QR codes and scanners are the most widely used form of tracing. These can be used at every step of the manufacturing process, and often include dates, time stamps and location to help track parts and supplies. Software can help track products as well.

      How do I find suppliers in USA? ›

      How to find a wholesaler to supply your small business
      1. Understand Distribution Channels.
      2. Try the Manufacturer First.
      3. Have a Productive First Contact.
      4. Get Specific in Online Searches.
      5. Look for Wholesale Lots on eBay.
      6. Check Major B2B Marketplaces.
      7. Join Professional Networks.
      8. Subscribe to Trade Publications.
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      How to get free UPC codes for Amazon? ›

      As we noted before, the best, easiest, and most hassle-free way of using a UPC for Amazon is to go through GS1. To do that, just visit the GS1 US store and purchase. Once that's done, they'll give you a unique GS1 prefix just for your company and that series of digits will start off every barcode you have.

      How can I get a free UPC code? ›

      Use BarCode Lookup to Find Free UPC Codes is an easy-to-use website that lets you enter a product name and find its UPC code. It stores in-depth information about a variety of items in an international database of products.

      How do I search for a product by barcode? ›

      By simply typing in the item's barcode number at Barcode Live, you can get information about millions of products worldwide, including: photos, name, model, manufacturer, and product reviews.

      What are 5 examples of products? ›

      Examples of products
      • Magazines.
      • Toothpaste.
      • Food.
      • Candy.
      • Laundry detergent.
      • Shampoo.
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      Can I use any name for my product? ›

      You Can't Use Any Business Name You Want

      A trademark is the exclusive right to use a brand name, logo, or tagline. And there are millions of trademarks. That's millions of brand names that you legally cannot use.

      What is a product tracker? ›

      Product tracking means that a product or a commercial item can be located at any time, including information on when and where and by whom the goods or product parts were obtained, manufactured, processed, stored, transported, used or disposed.

      How can I trace without tracing? ›

      Place a sheet of graphite transfer paper graphite-side down atop the project surface, then place the original image atop the graphite paper. Trace the details of the image with a ball-point pen or dull pencil. Graphite from the transfer paper rubs off onto the project surface and can be erased, if necessary.


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