The first question you need to think about is, what should you sell? You may have some ideas already, but it’s still worth running through this process to validate them before spending anything.
You can consider products you are passionate about, but it’s very important to make sure they will be profitable, or else it’s not going to be much fun, right?
We strongly suggest you have a read over this guide put together by our founder, Simon Slade: Deciding what to sell.
Although designed specifically for finding products for dropshipping, the same guidelines apply to wholesale selling as well. It talks about what makes a great product and will save you a lot of time and effort when it comes to researching ideas. You can then use the SaleHoo Labs to narrow your list of ideas down to a handful of profitable products.
Once you've got a few (perhaps five or six) ideas of products you want to sell, it's time to start researching suppliers. For this, the best way is to jump straight into the directory and perform a search; use the filter options on the left if need be.
Once you have found some suppliers who fit your needs, send them an email using the templates we provide (but tweak them to suit your situation, of course), introducing yourself and explaining what you’re after. One small tip: if you buy 20+ units at a time, you should be able to negotiate a better deal with most suppliers. It's also a good idea to contact more than one supplier before you start buying to compare prices (we suggest contacting five or six).
Have a read of this for more tips on finding suppliers and some key questions to ask them: Finding Suppliers
I also recommend you read the following if you have the time. They are pretty light and easy to follow:
Short URL to this FAQ: https://www.salehoo.com/u/BwnWr