If you’re wondering about manufacturing products overseas, my first product run is a cautionary tale in how badly things can go wrong. I had been sampling my inaugural product – a diaper bag – for 1.5 years with 6 different factories. By the 3rd round with my chosen manufacturer, I finally got a great sample and gave the go ahead on a PO – burning with anticipation for when I would receive the bags and finally be in business.
But, 4 months later, when I tore the tape off the first box and took out the diaper bags, I almost cried. The entire shipment consisted of downgraded bags based on the wrong sample that had their closures sewn in backwards. This was the moment I realized the extreme risks of what I was getting into.
While, I knew nothing when I got into it, I’ve learned a lot through through trial and further error over the past 9 years. Here are my 7 biggest pieces of advice on manufacturing products overseas.