As more and more people look to start a side hustle, the idea of starting a blog or Etsy shop becomes very attractive. Yet to take on such a business you need to find suppliers. Finding suppliers seems easier than it is because all you have to do is a Google search. In fact, finding a trusting supplier is harder than seems. If you are or want to be in the fashion business, specifically dresses, I’ve got a few tips to help you locate wholesale dresses for your shop.
Learning the Basics of Blog Shops
If you are just starting out, read Essentials for Launching Your Clothing Business Startup or Start Your Fashionable Plus Size Clothes Business to help you learn the basics. The advantage of a blog shop over a brick and mortar is the overhead cost is far lower, as you don’t have rent to pay, fewer to no employees, and other fixed costs.
Still, looking for places where you can buy cheap wholesale fashion dress is still required in order for you to have something to sell. It is important for one to find a good wholesale dresses supplier that can provide you a low cost so you can up your margins by 50% for higher profit.
Wholesale Dresses Supplier Prices
It’s important to buy at good prices to be profitable especially in today’s high competition world. Gaining the most dollar for what you do or sell is vital to your survival.
For instance, if you manage to get your dress at $10, but you are only able to sell it for $15, you only earn $5 in the process. But what if you if you can find a wholesaler who is willing to provide you the dress at $5 or less? That’s easily a 100% increase in the amount of profits that you would be earning.
Getting Around the Bulk Order Requirements
Finding a good wholesale dresses supplier is not an easy task though especially when you are just starting out. Wholesalers tend to only do orders in bulk, leaving you in a whole. This means no supplier will agree to sell you wholesale dresses unless you purchase over 100 of them at once. You risk not being able to sell all of them when you are still new and in the process of promoting your shop and gaining customers.
Look for Other Blog Shop Owners
One way to get around this problem would be to look for other shop owners who might be facing the same problem as you and ask them whether they would like to share the supplies.
Another method for any shop owner who is looking to buy cheap wholesale dresses would be to keep a lookout for wholesale exhibitors and events. Sometimes, these events are coordinated to help increase the reputation of wholesaling companies and to get their names out there. This gives you an opportunity to check out the wholesale dresses suppliers’ product quality up close to decide for yourself if you can trust their workmanship. You might be able to build up good connections with some wholesalers that you can use to your advantage when time comes to negotiate lesser bulk orders.
For instance, if the wholesaler usually only does orders in the hundreds, they might be willing to pass you an order of 50 units or less.
Finding a well priced and good wholesale dresses supplier is definitely the most crucial step for anyone looking to start a blog dress shop or retail business as it is one of the main factors which can influence your earnings greatly.
- Looking for a supplier that will provide a good profit margin.
- Finding a wholesale dresses supplier that can accommodate smaller orders by:
- Seeing what other blog shop owners are doing; or
- Meeting wholesaler at exhibits.
Get more information on basic knowledge of starting your own side hustle from my Essentials for Launching Your Clothing Business Startup or Start Your Fashionable Plus Size Clothes Business.
Have you ever thought about starting a blog shop? Let me know in the comments.
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Grace from Color & Grace. Based in Troy, Michigan, Grace is a 41 year-old petite woman who loves colours. Born and raised in China, she moved to America for love in 2007. Her day job – teacher. Her dream job – fashion blogger. Make sure to go and check out her blog and leave her a comment on her awesome outfit.
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