One of the most intimidating things when first starting out in the drop shipping business is picking up the phone and calling a company about becoming a reseller.
I think one of my biggest fears when I started was worrying I would screw up the conversation so that they wouldn’t allow me to resell their products.
However, after talking to many wholesale companies myself, I can tell you that the conversation below, is actually quite typical. Most people at these companies are reasonable and even helpful to speak with.
And many of them don’t mind if you’re completely new to drop shipping! They’re truly happy to help you.
Here are a few tips from this video which I also highly recommend:
TIP #1: Have Your Questions Written Down
The reason this is so helpful is that once you get on the phone, it’s SUPER easy to forget one or more of the questions you wanted to ask. And although it’s not the end of the world to call back (I’ve certainly done this a few times myself), it doesn’t look quite as professional.
Also, sometimes these suppliers can be tricky to reach by phone, so if you finally connect, it’s nice to get all the information you needer rather than having to wait several days to connect over the phone again.
TIP #2: Research the Company Ahead of Time
This is important for a couple reasons.
First, it shows respect for their time if you’re not asking them questions where the answers are already on their website. It can come across like you’re too lazy or disrespectful or you don’t care, etc.
Second, I’ve found that sometimes I’ll get someone who just doesn’t like talking on the phone that much, or they just seem super busy. So when I get this type of person I realize I don’t have a lot of time to chit-chat and thus, I need to make every question I ask count.
So with these people, it’s especially important to have those questions ready to go which you were unable to find answers to on their website. Sometimes, I will even prioritize the most important ones first, just in case we’re not able to get to them all.
TIP #3: Be Ready To Look At Their Website
Many, many times when talking to a supplier, they will have me to check out a specific page on their website.
So once again, it helps to be ready to go. It shows you care, that you’re professional and that you’re serious about working with them.
Have their website already loaded up on your computer. And ideally, take at least a few minutes to get to know what they’re about, the types of products they offer and so forth.
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