Cooking like a chef requires more than just watching “Iron Chef” on television and buying unique foods in specialty markets. In addition to great ingredients, proper cook wear and utensils are vital to creating culinary masterpieces. The popularity of gourmet cooking programs has translated into an increase in personal cooking. To cook like a pro, you need to buy cook wear like the pros.
While there are a number of specialty shops, or even celebrity brands in various retail outlets, the real opportunity is the sale of quality cook wear and utensils through your home-based business. There are a number of ways to market your business. You can sell the products at local shows, flea markets, or through online auction sites such as eBay.
In order to start your business you need to find a supplier for your business. The quality of your product relies on the quality of your supply chain. The amount of your profit margin relies on the pricing that you get from your supplier. The best opportunity for your business is to get your products from a reliable wholesale supplier.
There are definite benefits in working with a wholesale supplier, especially one who can drop ship the order directly to your customers. The advantages in drop shipping allow you to collect the money from the customer before you need to pay the wholesaler. Also, the product is shipped directly from the wholesale warehouse to the customer. This means that you do not need to maintain the inventory yourself and pay for the larger quantities up front.
However, you need to be careful and check out the wholesaler prior to engaging them in your business. Check the quality of the merchandise and be aware of all terms and conditions on the part of the wholesale supplier. Find out if there are any minimum quantities that must be met as part of their drop shipping agreements. You will also want to know about any terms in regards to return of damaged merchandise.
The greatest advantage to working with a wholesale supplier is the discount pricing that comes with ordering large quantities. If you are selling through a catalog system, drop shipping is the most efficient way to take orders and have them delivered to your customers in a timely and cost effective manner.