There are lots of ways to save money as you build your product-based business!
For example, when building your website you might choose to invest a chunk of your money in a great developer, but then opt for a low-cost logo and inexpensive product photos. Or, you might save money by doing your website on your own, but spend a bit more on a great photographer to bring your product to life.
The point is...there are lots of different ways to build a business, and you don't have to pay to dollar for every single thing. Check out some of our favorite cost-saving tools below.
Sourcing & Manufacturing
The biggest and arguably best way to connect directly with overseas factories, particularly in Asia.
Search for things like hang tags, hardware and other components from international suppliers. Lots of private label products too.
Having great manufacturing and quality control partners is essential, but it doesn’t guarantee you will avoid problems with design, production, or quality. We recommend that you have expert guidance - through our service or another consultant you trust - to help you manage these relationships and protect your interests.
Not only is it important to know your passwords, you want to have them stored safely too! Use this tool to keep all your logins in one place.
Planning on trademarking your logo or product name? Incfile handles Trademark applications at a reasonable price.
Want consumer feedback in minutes? Pickfu makes it easy to get feedback about your product, logo, packaging and more.
Beautiful, easy to use templates for pitch decks, social media graphics, landing pages and more
Let graphic designers compete for your business! Host a design contest for logos, branding guides, product artwork and more
Another design competition site that allows you to host a competition for a logo or other graphic design project.
Get a super-professional, functional website – easy to manage on the backend – and that connects with a bunch of helpful shipping and promo apps!
Need help building and managing your Shopify store? Find affordable taskers who can assist you.
Many entrepreneurs apply their own packaging. A basic barb gun will attach hang tags to a variety of products.
Install on your website and get the best shipping rate comparisons each time you are preparing to ship an order.
Fulfillrite will ship all of your online orders, as well as fulfill orders from crowdfunding campaigns.
The most beautiful custom shipping boxes! Wow your customers with a branded delivery experience plus get $25 off your first order
Shipmonk is another great way to fulfill customer orders. Send them your inventory and they’ll ship orders directly to your customers!
Want to make money while you sleep? Use a site like Shipstation to handle all your fulfillment. Just ship finished product to their warehouse and they’ll do the rest.
Need small retouching tasks on your product photography? Flatworld will help you do color changes, smooth out wrinkles and uneven lines and more.
Sales and Marketing
Incentivize influencers, bloggers and passionate customers to promote your brand with an affiliate program. You'll be able to generate a unique URL for each affiliate, set your own commission terms, track referred sales, and easily make payouts.
Get a FREE professional -looking line sheet for pitching retailers. Easily upload products listings, pricing, terms and more, and download a line sheet minutes later.
Email marketing for ecommerce entrepreneurs, with lots of handy features for converting emails into sales.
Connect with for-hire marketers for project-based marketing work such as search engine optimization, social media engagement and more.
Google Rank Checker
See how your site is performing for certain search terms (and check in on your competition).
Contagious: Why Things Catch On
The New York Times bestseller that explains why certain products and ideas become popular. What makes things popular? If you said advertising, think again. People don’t listen to advertisements, they listen to their peers. But why do people talk about certain products and ideas more than others? Why are some stories and rumors more infectious? And what makes online content go viral?
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
One of the most valuable skills in our economy is becoming increasingly rare. If you master this skill, you'll achieve extraordinary results.
Principles: Life and Work
Ray Dalio, one of the world's most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he's developed, refined, and used over the past 40 years to create unique results in both life and business - and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.
Building A Storybrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen
Learn how to clarify your brand messaging so that people buy your product. Hands down one of the most important business books you’ll ever read.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit Of Less
A book to help you focus and prioritize on what really matters for your business (and life).
Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live)
If you are a product entrepreneur in any sort of domestic partnership, this book is a must-read. In order to free up time to dedicate to your business, you’ll have to first make sure your workload at home (running a house, kids etc) is equitable and fairly balanced.
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Your ability to persevere is one of the most valuable resources you have - make sure you are properly wielding this power as you launch and grow your business.
Make Time: How to Focus On What Matters Every Day
A must-read manifesto about how to focus and create more time and space in today’s distracted world.
Never Lose A Customer Again: Turn Any Sale Into Lifelong Loyalty
Learn how to wow your customers and grow a loyal fan base.
None of these companies have asked us to promote their products. While some pay an affiliate commission, all of these resources are suggestions we would share with clients regardless. We hope this list helps you grow your business!
About Learn To Make A Product™
Learn To Make A Product is a business incubator for entrepreneurs with physical products. We provide personalized guidance and a step-by-step launch framework to help product-entrepreneurs launch successful businesses.