A question I get asked most as someone who runs a business selling their own products is "where do you find your enamel pin manufacturers?" so I thought it'd be easier for me to write a blog post to hopefully help you all out! So, here are the best ways to find manufacturers for your business...
1.) Pin Manufacturers on Alibaba!
Fellow business owner, Alibaba is your new bestie. This is a great website to find reliable manufacturers for Enamel Pins. There are thousands of suppliers that are always looking for new customers - and they're always happy to help you every step of the way.
A few tips for using Alibaba when finding manufacturers:
- Ensure that you look through their past work, the bigger their portfolio, the more likely they are to produce great products.
- Ask questions. Don't be afraid to ask them anything you're not sure of. They're the Enamel Pin professionals!
- Check "Trade Assurance" and "Verified Supplier". As you search for a potential manufacturer, make sure you check these two boxes on the left of the website for extra verification that the manufacturers that appear are the best of the best.
2.) "Google it"
As annoying as this sounds, it's what you need to do! Googling "Enamel Pin manufacturers" will show you a lot of manufacturers for Enamel Pins, mainly ones of which are in your country - which you may find a little easier and less daunting.
You may find that some of these manufacturers will be a little more expensive than they are on Alibaba. This is because chances are they're using a manufacturer overseas, like you would be via Alibaba, and dealing with handing over info and answering questions from them. So, although it may be a little pricier, you may find this way a little less daunting and easier for you if it's your first time ordering Enamel Pins.
3.) Instagram baby!
If you're running an online business, you should definitely be showing it off on Instagram! You can also find some great Pin Badge suppliers via Instagram. The perks of Instagram is that it is purely photo and hashtag based. This means you can search for enamel pin manufacturer and I assure you that you'll find plenty of manufacturers with a portfolio of images on their account.
You may find that some other online shop owners may share their manufacturers, so have a little look through their profiles to see if they've shared any recommendations (please don't expect this from everyone. A lot of businesses don't like to share their manufacturers with others - which is completely understandable. Alas, it's worth looking to see if they've tagged their supplier!)
Some suppliers may even come to you! If they see that you're in search of a manufacturer for your Enamel Pins (remember to use your hashtags!) you may find that you receive a few DM's from manufacturers, so have a look through their profile and on their website to see how you feel.
Running an Enamel Pin Business really is trial and error. You'll find yourself making mistakes and maybe thinking "damn, could I have got that cheaper?!" However in order to get started and run your own business, you have to bite the bullet and learn as you go. Try a few manufacturers until you find one you absolutely love, it'll be worth it!