Where to Find Wholesale Suppliers for Your New Small Business
The hardest part of starting any small business is usually finding wholesale suppliers to get stock to sell. It isn’t just like you can ring someone already selling a product and asking them who their wholesale supplier is – you can to do the homework yourself – but we can help you!
But even if you haven’t decided on what product or service to sell as yet, it doesn’t hurt to have a look around at the wholesale suppliers we have to see if any product you may like to sell. I highly recommend when looking at these sites that you look at the ‘Most Popular’ items – these are what are hot right now – so customers are there for the taking.
If you need a bit more inspiration before purchasing goods – try some of these ideas:
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Let’s go over what we will be covering in this article:
Free List of Wholesale Suppliers for Your New Business
Getting Started is The Hardest Part!
The thing is, more women than ever before are starting new businesses, and we here at Stay at Home Mum want to help as many of you get started as you can! We have loads of lists of where to buy different products and services wholesale so that you have inventory to sell!. Wholesale suppliers are usually a big secret for existing small businesses, and most are loathe to share the information on where they get their products from.
And we don’t blame them, after all, you will be the competition.
Luckily – we are not in competition with you – we are just here to help. So here are our current lists of wholesale suppliers that you can go through in the niche you are selling. We will be adding to this list all the time, and are happy to take suggestions too!
How Do I Find Wholesale Suppliers?
Well, you can Google it – but most of the time wholesale suppliers aren’t the sort of businesses that appear at the top of Google. And yes, you can ask family and friends for recommendations on wholesale suppliers, but most of the time it is damn tough! Luckily – we have been around for ten years now and know so many business owners that have contributed to this list. Plus we add to it absolutely all the time – so if we haven’t listed what you are looking for – make sure you drop us a line – there is a good chance we will know!
Look at Wholesale Directories or Supplier Directories Online:
Another place people find Wholesale Suppliers is to purchase a membership to Wholesale Directories. We have a list of some of the best below and the pricing for each. Look some of them are great – others – well I think our list is much better and it costs you nothing!
Purchase from Factory Outlets
Another nifty place to find Wholesale Suppliers is to shop at Factory Outlets and then on-sell. If you love the product – have a look at the manufacturer’s details to see if you can find the wholesaler online.
Contact the Manufacturer Directly To Be a Wholesale Supplier
If you have an item that you are keen to sell, look up the manufacturer and contact them directly. They will either give you the details of their supplier or will sell directly to you.
We also have a private group where we discuss our suppliers – privately – so feel free to join us!
Many Wholesalers Will Require You to Have an ABN
Many wholesale suppliers will require you to sign up or apply to be a wholesaler for their products. Don’t be discouraged at this point – all you need is an ABN or Australian Business Number – they are free and you grab them from the Australian Taxation Office online. The ABN is an eleven-digit number that identifies you – as the owner of a business – to the Government.
Also if your online business isn’t up and running – you may not get approved by some wholesalers as a purchaser. Don’t be discouraged – bookmark it and come back to them later and use other suppliers to gain experience and reputation.
What Type of Wholesale Supplier Will Depend on Your Business Model
What type of business do you think you might have? It really comes down to the following business models:
- Will you be buying wholesale products at wholesale prices to sell at retail prices?
- Sell Dropshipped Products and Have No stock
- Sell Private Label or White Label Goods
Let’s have a quick look at each of them to help you decide:
1. Wholesale Products to Sell at Retail Prices:
This is the traditional selling model – and most of our list of wholesale suppliers below will be able to fill that need. Generally, you are purchasing a product from a wholesale supplier or manufacturer, marking the product up a certain percentage, and pocketing the differences.
2. Sell Dropshipped Products
Dropshipping is going to be HUGE in Australia – it is already huge overseas and is starting to really gain traction here in Australia. Generally dropshipping works like this: You advertise a product, you sell the product, then you order the product directly from the manufacturer or dropship supplier and have it shipped straight to the customer. It means you don’t have to handle any stock, don’t have to deal with postage etc – but you do need to be organised!
If you are looking for products to dropship – try our list of Dropshipping Suppliers –>
The most popular Dropshipping wholesale suppliers are:
- Wholesale2B – they have over one million different drop ship products to choose from. Plus their platform integrates with many sales platforms such as Shopify and Bigcommerce.
- AliExpress or Alibaba is perhaps the most well-known wholesaler and drop shipper in the world. There isn’t a product available that they don’t sell! There is no joining fee.
- SaleHoo is perhaps the largest Drop Shipping Company in the world. They do however have a membership fee to join which is $67 per year. HOWEVER – we have negotiated a deal and you can join for just $1! I joined up about a year ago and they do have some awesome suppliers in there – including Australian based suppliers – not exhaustive – but still a great start! Best of all – all of their sellers are ‘verified’ so you know they are legitimate.
- Simply Wholesale are a dropshipping company of electronics, home and garden goods, beauty products, tools and equipment.
- DH Gate is a China-based platform and the main competitor of AliExpress. They have a fantastic selection of women fashion, electronics and kids clothing.
For more Dropshipping Companies check out our article on ‘List of the Most Reputable Drop Shipping Companies Around the World’.
3. Sell Private Label or White Label Goods
Private Label or White Label Goods is where you are purchasing someone else’s product – then branding it as your own. Most skincare and makeup you purchase is all private-label goods. Most supplements and weight loss shakes – also private-label goods.
It is particularly good for edible products or medicine goods where there is a high degree of sophistication that goes into the ingredients.
If this is an area you wish to explore – here is where to go:
What E-Commerce Platform Will You Sell Your Product?
Once you get a product, how will you sell that product? You need a platform on which to put your product for sale. And if you are selling that product online – you are going to need an e-commerce platform. There are a variety of e-commerce platforms – all ranging in price and functionality. But a brief overview is as follows:
Shopify isn’t the most popular e-commerce platform in the world for no reason! Shopify is easy to use, can scale easily and if you ask most e-commerce sellers what their favourite platform is – 9/10 will tell you Shopify. But that ease of use and functionality will cost you – most Shopify basic stores start from $29 per month. If you are considering Drop Shipping – Shopify is a fantastic option as it integrates with many dropshipping wholesale suppliers like Printful and Spocket. Personally – we LOVE Shopify – we have used it ourselves – and once you get the hang of it – it is so easy to make changes and create your own shopping website with full support behind you.
WooCommerce is free – and it integrates with WordPress very easily. It doesn’t require any custom coding and is easy to use. It doesn’t however scale very easily – so if you are wanting to go big and fast – it may not be the right e-commerce platform to choose. This is an option to choose if you have no start-up funds and know that you may have to change platforms when you start making money.
If you have a hand-made or crafty product – Etsy is great as it has an audience all ready to go – but they will take a commission on all sales. The good thing about Etsy is that it is a selling program – so there is no ‘set up’ – you just sign up for an account, upload your image and product description – and you are off! Read more here >
Other e-commerce platforms to consider include:
HOT TIP: Just want someone to do all the setup for you?
Check out Tenacious Digital. They specialise in setting up online retailers that want to retail private/white-label or dropship products. They do everything from Web Development to Digital Marketing. Worth a look if you need professional help with sourcing, marketing and development.
Go to Trade Shows in Your Industry
A fantastic way to see a variety of new products in the market and to find wholesale suppliers it to attend as many trade shows as you can. These are happening all over Australia and the world at any given time. Here is where to find what’s on:
- Events Eye has a list of all the Trade Shows in Australia – broken down into cities.
- Trade Fairs Australia sorts all the Trade Shows and Exhibitions in all regions.
- Trade Fest lets you browse all the Trade Shows via industry
Getting Started in Small Business
We have a wealth of information to help you get started in your small business journey! In fact – we love it so much we have written a book on how to Earn at Home.
Check it out here >
But some articles that may just help you out include:
List of Major International Wholesale Companies:
These are the major companies (most of which are based in China) that are wholesale suppliers who supply goods all over the world. The best thing about them is that they have online stores so you don’t need to travel to see their list of offerings. Remember to always look at reviews and get a sample before investing thousands of dollars into stock to make sure it is the right product for you!
Like any purchase, always do your due diligence before putting your money on the line!
List of Australian Wholesale Companies:
These are general wholesale companies that sell a variety of goods in all categories.
Fashion, Jewellery and Accessory Wholesaler Suppliers:
Women’s fashion, crystals, jewellery and fashion accessories are perhaps the most sought-after item purchased online in the entire world. So it makes sense to go into this kind of business if you are starting out.
List of Beauty, Makeup and Skincare Wholesaler Suppliers
Beauty, Makeup and Skincare Wholesalers (coming soon)
List of Home, Home Decor, Home Renovations and Cleaning Wholesaler Suppliers:
List of Wholesale Furniture and Home Decor Products – Coming Soon!
List of Party Suppliers – Coming Soon!
List of Kids Clothing, Toys and Games Wholesale Suppliers:
List of Crafting and Gifting Wholesaler Suppliers:
List of Where to Purchase Adult Wholesale Suppliers:
I love selling Adult Products – because there is such a huge mark-up on their pricing that it is a very lucrative business to start. You can mark up products up to 300% – now there is a tidy profit in that!
List of Wholesale Food Wholesale Suppliers:
List coming soon!