If you want to create a new product but have a limited budget, you may be considering sourcing to China. Here's a guide to help you find the right manufacturer.

FEBRUARY 13, 2015 You have a product idea and you want a manufacturer to produce it for you. But you’re on a limited budget so sourcing in China seems like a good idea. You know that China has many low-cost manufacturers. But how do you find the right one?

Where Do I Start?

You can get leads on potential Chinese manufacturers from many sources, including:

*Your industry trade association
*Recommendations from business contacts and online or offline networking groups
*Online directories of overseas manufacturers, such as Global Sources and Alibaba
*Your nearest Small Business Development Center (SBDC) or SCORE office
*International trade shows. While there are trade shows in China where you can meet manufacturers, a better place to start is attending U.S. trade shows that attract Chinese manufacturers. Trade Show News Network has global trade show listings. At the show, you can look for exhibitors selling products similar to yours and make connections.