Indonesia is known as a country rich in spices. Many types of Indonesian spices have been exported abroad.
Considering that spices are products that are always needed, the opportunity to make a profit in the business of buying and selling spices is quite tempting. On the other hand, the spice business is quite easy to do, even with minimal capital.
Interested in trying this business? Here are tips for starting a spice business for beginners.
1. Recognize market needs
The first thing to do is to find out what kind of spices the market is in need of. This is because there are so many types of spices and usually at a certain moment, there is a specific type of spice that is very much needed.
Therefore, it is important to always find out the market needs so that more spices can be sold and bring greater profits.
Also, always make sure to have as many types of spices as possible. Do not be afraid to store spices because the shelf life of spices can be long term. Don’t forget to also make sure it’s stored properly so that the spices don’t get damaged easily.
2. Make sure stock is available
When you know what the market needs, don’t forget to ensure the supply of these spices. This can be done by seeking direct sources from farmers or wholesalers.
So that you don’t have to spend a lot of capital and to minimize losses, you can try the dropship method. With this method, we can use the money transferred by buyers as capital to buy spices at large producers and take some profits.
If you have the capital, you can immediately make a purchase and keep the spice stock yourself. However, it is advisable to try a small amount first so you don’t lose too much if the spices we sell don’t sell well. Then, if you want to make more profit and supply is always guaranteed, there’s nothing wrong with trying to grow your own spices that the market needs.
3. Use the right marketing strategy
Just like other buying and selling businesses, spices also need to be promoted in order to attract buyers. Therefore, it is important to use the right marketing strategy.
If you are just starting a business, it never hurts to market directly to the closest people, such as friends, neighbors, or acquaintances.
Don’t forget to also use social media because it has been proven that marketing using social media can help market products to people who are far away and we don’t know before.
4. Ensure safe delivery
Since spices are perishable products, make sure to use safe shipping methods. If possible, use an expedition that can send spices quickly but also at an affordable cost so as not to burden the buyer.
If it’s still within reach, it’s also a good idea to use the direct shuttle method. However, be sure to calculate the cost of the transportation used carefully so as not to experience losses when doing this method.
5. Find partners and investors
If the spice business you are running is growing or stable, it’s a good idea to find a business partner. This can be close people or people we trust who live far away. That way, we can open up business opportunities in other places.
Don’t forget to also look for investors or business partners who can also provide additional capital so that the business we run can become bigger and reach more areas.