After refining your idea, manufacturing it is the next step. Finding the right manufacturing partner will make sure that your product is successful in the long term.
Whether you decide to go with a domestic or overseas manufacturer, be sure to carefully evaluate each company to ensure that your visions align. Here are five steps to help you find a manufacturing company that is a good fit for your idea:
Step 1: Ask the Right Questions
A thorough evaluate of a manufacturing partner starts with asking lots of questions. Here are some suggestions:
- How many employees do you have?
- What is your annual output?
- What is your manufacturing expertise?
- Do you work with small businesses?
- Have you ever made products similar to mine?
- What is your quality control process?
- How do you ensure that products meet all specifications?
Most of these questions are fairly standard and ones that any reputable manufacturer would have no problem answering. If you sense any hesitation or the company will not answer your questions, look elsewhere.
Step 2: Request Product Samples
The best way to evaluate a potential manufacturer’s quality of work is to ask for product samples. Specifically, request samples of products that are similar to yours. When you receive the samples, check for quality and consistency. Decide whether the manufacturer’s output meets your needs and expectations.
Step 3. Check References
While product samples demonstrate the quality of work, talking to current or past customers will help you get a feel for what the company will be like to work with. Ask the manufacturer for references of companies that are of a similar size to yours and that make a similar product.
Also, look for online reviews of the company, and assure that the company has all required certifications and licenses.
Step 4. Discuss Terms and Requirements
There are many specifics to consider when choosing a manufacturer. Some important things to find out are minimum order quantities, turnaround times, and payment terms. Also, ask if the company charges for production samples.
Step 5. Get a Quote
The cost is one of the most important things you will discuss with a potential manufacturer. Get separate quotes for your target volume, as well as order sizes that are smaller and larger. This will give you a good understanding of the pricing structure.
Finding a manufacture that can deliver quality products at a reasonable cost is one of the most difficult aspects of running a business. Use these steps to help and don’t rush the process.
If you’re ready to begin manufacturing your big idea, we can help. Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the inventor’s hotline at 888.864.1760 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org.