If you are just starting out in business it is important that you start building up your contact list as soon as possible and start to build relationships which are going to serve you well in the future. One of the most important relationships that you need to build is that between yourself and your supplier and finding the right one is crucial in these early stages.
Regardless of whether you are looking for paper, food, fabricating equipment, a small lab oven or even stationary for your business, it is vital that you get a good supplier who fits your needs and can provide the items you need for a long tie to come. With this being said, coming across the right supplier is not always easy and here are some tips for you to get the supplier that best suits your business.
The first thing to do, before you even consider which supplier you will use, is to get together the criteria of what it is that you are looking for in a good supplier. Naturally the product itself will be one of the most important aspects but so too are things like pricing, delivery speed, amount of units which are available to you and various other aspects of the supply chain that you are looking for. It is really vital that you get this list of requirements together so that you understand what you need when you do start searching for suppliers.
You don’t need to be the one who is working hard to get the right supplier as they will be able to come to you once you putout a tender. Once you have done this, potential suppliers will come to you and talk through what they can do for your business. This is the time that you will use the list of criteria which you have already put together and you should be crosschecking what the supplier says they can do, against the requirements which you have already laid out.
Whilst you do want to keep the same supplier for as long as you possibly can, you should avoid tying yourself down to a long standing contract if you can help it. It is not beyond the realms of possibility that a supplier will give you stellar service in the first few months and then decrease the quality of the service as time goes on. For this reason you must ensure that you are bale to get out of your contract with them if needs be, and that you are not stuck with this supplier forever.
As much as the supplier has a duty to offer and give you outstanding service, you also have a duty to hold up your end of the bargain and not being unrealistic with your expectations, as long as both parties live up to the deal, you can both count on a long and successful future together.