If you’re selling some sort of physical product on the web (as opposed to an information or digital product), you’ll probably need a source for that product line. Buying directly from the manufacturer isn’t possible, in most cases, for the home-based business. They often require large minimum orders which make them not feasible without a lot of warehouse space. Most commonly you’ll need to buy from a wholesale source, or in some cases from an importer. As discussed in this blog post, there are a lot of businesses on the web calling themselves ‘wholesale’, but are really just retail resellers. That blog post also gave some tips on how to tell the difference. How do you find those wholesalers and importers? You could scour the web, weed out the fakes, and find them that way. But as you might imagine, that takes up a great deal of time. There really is nothing like having a good, trustworthy directory of wholesalers. Those are few and far between and I’m sorry to say that most ‘wholesale directories’ are worthless. There is really only one set of wholesale product sourcing directories that shines above the rest: those created, updated, and maintained by WorldWide Brands Inc . Their directory is actually a family of directories. The original directory, the DropShip Source Directory, focuses on those wholesalers and importers who will drop ship (that is send orders directly from their warehouse to your customer). Another directory called the Light Bulk Wholesale Directory, focuses on wholesalers and importers who have affordable minimum orders (less than $500). This gives you access to products at pricing levels that would otherwise be out of reach. More recently, they’ve introduced a General Wholesale Directory which lists just about every other wholesale supplier. This addition to their family is just huge and you’d better plan some time to go through it. The three directories together should give you access to just about any product line you can imagine (and then some). So there really are few reasons to scrounge around trying to find wholesale suppliers on your own when the Worldwide Brands Directories are available. For more information on how Drop Shipping is used in a Home-Based Business, see Jump Start your Home Business with Real Drop Shipping and Drop Ship Scams.