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Seven Steps to Starting Your Internet Business
By: Michele Schermerhorn
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    There are three methods for finding legitimate wholesalers:, trade shows, and trade magazines. is a free service to you. You use the search tool on their website and find prospective wholesalers. For your plus size clothing line start by searching for “women’s clothing” or “women’s plus size clothing”. You will have contact information available for all wholesalers which meet your search criteria (many will not have a website). Contact them by telephone or writing. You will ask them to send you a catalog (they may charge for the first catalog to make certain you are a serious buyer). That’s one easy way to find wholesalers but you should also consider attending a trade show.

    Trade shows are an excellent way to meet hundreds of prospective wholesalers face-to-face. Search the Internet or trade journals for a list of trade shows for your product line. Find a trade show near you and attend. Take lots of business cards!

    Last, but not least, subscribe to trade magazines for your product line. There will be many articles on prospective wholesalers, as well as classified ads by many of them.

    Now that you have a supplier, you need an outlet for selling your product.

    Step 5: Creating An Online Presence

    Those snazzy corporate web sites can cost millions of dollars. Do you need one? No! Customers expect you will have a web presence but start out easy. An eBay Store will cost you $15.99 a month (about the same as web hosting) and you can set it up in a day.

    Professional designers spend years and thousands of dollars purchasing the right programs and learning how to use them. You can skip the learning curve by starting with an eBay Store. You eBay Store will be fully ecommerced-enabled (people can use a credit card) and you’ll be ready for business in no time. But, it isn’t that easy. We need to drive traffic (customers) to our web presence.

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