I am new to the group and semi-new to self employment. My friend and I are in the process of starting up a new business. We have chosen to wait until after the first of the year to file all of the necessary paperwork to do so. We are also going to start it as a sideline, until it hopefully takes over and allows us to walk away from our current jobs.
In the meanwhile, we have been busy doing as much as possible, in hopes of having nearly everything ready to go when things are finally established.
Through all of this, I have contacted a number of different companies, in a number of different industries to line up materials, tags, packaging, and delivery times for our products. I asked one company if they had a manufacturer they could recommend that was 1) familiar with their materials 2) established with their company (as far as payment, shipping and such) and 3) known for producing quality items- nothing. Another company did give me a quote on one product, but when I asked about having other items made from the same materials- no response.
Nothing. No response. Not just one company, but several of them. I have filled out their online information request forms, emailed, etc., in trying to keep everything separate from the current job, with little to no responses coming back.
Is there a secret way to unlock the door and be taken seriously? Do they just not want or need any new customers or more business? Even in this economy? Any suggestions for gaining credibility?
I am in no way whining, but can't get in touch with anyone to get any relevant information or set up accounts. I am just somewhat shocked by this, as it is not the way to do business.
Thanks in advance for your help and any information you can provide.