I was recently referred to an Kindle Ebook on how to source from China. The eBook is called, “Find a Chinese Manufacturer: a guide to the ins and outs of sourcing from China” [link no longer exists]. It is written by M.Vancisin and it sells for $2.99, strictly as a Kindle eBook.
The writer describes herself and her book as follows (this is from the book itself):
I am a 15-year global supply chain veteran and have worked for several name-brand Fortune 500 companies. I’ve exported and imported goods all over the world and, even with the resources of a multi-billion dollar company at my back, it was never simple. Experience is what makes a successful supply chain and the information presented here will allow you to build on my expertise toward your own success.
This e-article became a gleam in my eye after reading small business accounts of sourcing goods in China. The problems encountered were all preventable, but no one had yet created a concise and affordable how-to guide like this one. At least not one that people could afford. There are actually some very expensive ebooks being sold by various consultants. I wanted to offer something more affordable because I know what it’s like to dream big with a small budget.
My hope is this article shows small business owners where the starting line is and what the route looks like.
I quickly read the book and it does actually deliver on its goals. It is an excellent starting guide for the small company looking to outsource product from China and needing the basics on how to do so.
The eBookconsists of only around 20 pages broken out by the following chapters:
- Top 7 Pitfalls of Doing Business in China
- How to Find a Chinese Manufacturer
- Verified Suppliers
- The Internet and Intellectual Property Issues
- Internet Bait and Switch
- Anatomy of a Supplier Scam
- The Value of a Good Middlemen in China
- Ways to Find Middlemen/Trade Brokers/Consultants
- Freight Forwarders
- How to Find a Freight Forwarder
- Federal Level Resources
- State Level Resources
- Trade Shows
- Face-to-Face Meetings/Factory Tours
- Mapping the Route: A 10 Point Checklist
- The Future of Sourcing Goods in China
- Special Thank You for Readers: Chinese Visas Demystified
- Additional Resources
In addition to providing good nuts and bolts type information and helpful checklists on China sourcing, it is also chock-full of excellent links. If you are looking to start outsourcing product from China, this eBook should be your starting point.
If you read it, please let us know what you think.