Even though running a gift basket business is low cost and affordable, you will still need to make timely and critical decisions for your business to succeed. One of the biggest decisions that you will have to make is choosing your gift basket suppliers and distributors, because there are a wide range to choose from. Initially however, especially if you’re just starting out, it is advisable you choose a niche that you will be comfortable with. Once you have decided on the niche, the work of finding a supplier will be that much easier and enjoyable.
If you have the space in your home, that is probably the best location for you to begin your gift basket business. This will keep your overhead low, and you may have some built in help nearby. Who could that be? Why, your family members and friends who will serve as your initial partners. Please do not underestimate the person that is right in front of you – your spouse!
The first that you you or your partner will usually do, is to conduct a basic online search for “Gift Basket Suppliers”, since this information can be found easily using your favorite search engine. Then you can do more searches with the terms “Gift Basket Wholesalers”, and “Gift Basket Manufacturers” in your search query to see what you can find. Once you have a small list of companies, it is important that you inquire about getting the biggest discount that you can for your gift basket supplies.
Gift basket industry trade shows are also an excellent source of information about distributors and suppliers. The trade shows are usually held annually in many of the major U.S. cities. This is a great opportunity to do some networking and to meet your distributor and supplier in person.