How to Start a Reseller Business: Tips and Ideas


Reselling is a great way to start your own business, but it takes time and effort. In this guide, we’ll walk through the steps that will help you get started with reselling.

Do your research

The first step in starting a reseller business is to do your research. You need to know what kind of product you’ll be selling, how much profit margin you can expect and where your competition lies.

If you’re looking to start out as a wholesaler, then it’s important that you have some idea of what types of products are popular among consumers and which ones aren’t selling very well. If the market for a particular type of product seems saturated (as is often the case), then it might not be worth pursuing because there won’t be much room left on the shelf if everyone else has already taken their place.

This means that before setting up shop as an independent reseller entrepreneur (RIE), make sure that no one else has beaten them into position by doing their homework first!

Decide what you want to specialize in

You can decide what you want to specialize in by listing the different types of products, services and models that are available. You could also consider working with other people who have similar goals as yours and forming a partnership. If you don’t know where to start, we’ve created an extensive list of resources below:

  • Products
  • Services
  • Business models (eBay dropshipping) – learn more here!
  • Find out how many different business models there are by reading this post!
  • Marketing strategies & plans (Facebook ads) – learn more here!
  • Business plans

Buy inventory at the right price

When you’re starting out, one of the biggest mistakes that most new resellers make is buying too much inventory at once. It’s tempting to buy a bunch of products that you think will sell well and bring in some quick cash, but if you don’t have any sense of what your customers want or how much they are willing to pay for it, then this can be a bad idea.

On top of that, there are also all kinds of risks involved with buying too much inventory—for example: If demand isn’t high enough (or if there’s another reason why nobody wants your product), then all these extra items sitting around might just reduce their value by half! So even though it may seem like an easy way out now…

Become an expert in whatever you’re selling

When you first start out, it’s important to become an expert in whatever you’re selling. You don’t have to have a degree or certification in order to be an expert—but if there is something that makes your product different from other companies’ products, then it should be something that helps differentiate your business from others.

Also consider getting on social media where people are more likely to see what kind of product they could buy from you. Social media also provides another way for customers who enjoy their experience with your company but aren’t ready yet (or at all) for buying from another retailer: asking each other how things went so far and letting them know about new products coming soon!

This is especially helpful if someone has been using one of your products regularly for years without ever purchasing anything else because they liked it so much! You can ask them why this happened; chances are good that there may be some exciting news coming soon related specifically towards whatever made such a lasting impression on them…

Start small and grow

Start small and grow.

Don’t start with a large inventory, customer base or amount of money. Instead, start with a small inventory and only sell from your home or office. Start with the minimum amount of space needed to make it all work! You can always expand later if things go well for you.

Start with a few customers who are willing to pay top dollar because they know they will get exceptional customer service when they buy their products from you instead of someone else who may not be so knowledgeable about what makes one product better than another (and therefore doesn’t care about selling quality products).

Keep searching for new sources of inventory

One of the most important things to do when starting a reseller business is to keep your eyes open and your ears open. If you want to find new sources of inventory, it’s important that you do so quickly!

You can do this by asking friends who work in the industry for leads on new suppliers or by searching online for similar products (such as “vacuum cleaner parts”). You might think that these are obvious places to start but sometimes people forget about them because they’re not always effective methods for finding what we need.

For example, if someone has just bought something from their local store and then goes online looking for cheaper prices elsewhere; he won’t realize that his local store has better deals than those available online unless he asks someone else who knows more about pricing strategies than him (like me).

Find ways to stand out from the crowd

  • Be unique.
  • Use social media to your advantage.
  • Be flexible and open to change, but also consistent with what you do best.
  • Be visible: If you’re not on every social media platform out there, make it a priority to get involved in one that is relevant for your business goals (eBay, Amazon etc.).
  • Be transparent: Tell people what they can expect from you; be honest about the quality of service they will receive from their purchase through your website/blog/social media sites etc., as well as any problems that may arise during delivery or installation process (if applicable).

Reselling is a great way to start a business, but it takes time and effort.

Reselling is a great way to start a business, but it takes time and effort. You need to do your research before you start reselling so that you can be successful in the long term.

  • Research your market. If there’s no demand for what you sell, then there’s no reason for anyone else to buy it from you! Make sure that there is enough interest in whatever product or service that will help grow sales for others who can benefit from reselling it themselves (like yourself).
  • Know what customers want from their purchases: Are they looking for low prices? Good quality? Support when they have questions? A specific brand name associated with high-quality products and services? Questions like these should guide how much money buyers are willing to spend on different types of goods/services available within each category – which also helps determine how much profit margins should be built into each item sold within each category as well since margins directly affect overall profits generated during sales cycles over time periods ranging anywhere between months up until years depending on how fast demand grows within specific categories over time periods ranging anywhere between weeks up until decades depending upon how many people actually want those particular items available today versus tomorrow without fail.”


We hope you’re ready to get started with your own reseller business. Reselling can be exciting, but it also takes time and effort. So, don’t hesitate—get started today! There are no shortcuts in this industry, but the most important thing is to keep on trying until you find what works for you.

About Waleed Gondal

Waleed Gondal is CEO of How To Mr Waleed (HTMW).

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