This may be one of the most daunting steps when it comes to launching a business. How do you actually take what is in your brain and create a physical product or an actual experience? You may have a business in which you will be creating the product yourself, like handmade jewelry, home-cooked foods, or artisan goods. You may have the need to outsource some parts of your production, like getting bulk T-shirts for your custom prints. You may need someone to help you fulfill the services you are offering. Figuring out where to get the materials and/or resources you need is challenging, but that’s why we are here to help!
Steps to Getting to your Version 1:
Decide if you will be making the offering yourself or if you will be using external labor.
Decide what parts of the offering will you be making yourself, if any?
List all equipment or resources you need to create your product or service. If you are not making it yourself, then where will you look for labor?
Find platforms or marketplaces that provide easy, low-cost access to equipment and/or labor.
If you’re looking for manufacturers, try…
ALIBABA helps you find quality Manufacturers, Suppliers, Exporters, Importers, Buyers, Wholesalers, Products and Trade Leads.
MAKER’S ROW is an online marketplace that connects American manufacturers with small, medium-sized, and product-based businesses
PRINTFUL helps you create & sell your own custom design products online with print-on-demand dropshipping
If you’re looking for marketplaces to find services, try…
SHOPIFY is a good option for product-based businesses. While it isn’t free, it does offer a limited-time free trial so you can see if it is the right fit for you.
SQUARESPACE is our personal favorite for an all-in-one website builder. It also features a tool for creating simple logos.
99DESIGNS is a company that operates a freelancer platform for connecting graphic designers and clients.
FIVERR is an online platform where you can find freelance services related to design and artistic creations.
Starting Your Business Online
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