Starting a water bottling company can be a lucrative venture for those who have between £6,500 and £32,500 to invest, according to the article "Bottled Water" at Entrepreneur.com. A water bottling business offers the entrepreneur the opportunity to sell a safe product to the ever-growing health conscious market. However, there are a number of steps that need to be taken to get your business off the ground.
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Things you need
- Vendor's license
- Bottling supplier
- Bottling and water supplier
- Marketing plan and materials
Obtain a vendor's license at your local county administration office. Decide which type(s) of bottled water you want to sell: spring, mineral, distilled, tap water. Go to Bottledwater.org and search for bottling and water supply companies. Search the Internet for bottled water suppliers as well. Call several of these companies. Find out which ones offer the best price break or deal on bulk purchases. Select a bottle and water supply company that is a member of the International Bottled Water Association. Sign up for a membership yourself.
Go to Fda.gov and study the rules and regulations for distributing the type of water you will be selling. Make sure you understand all of these regulations and abide by them. Contact the Environmental Protection Agency at Epa.gov for regulations if you will be selling tap water, according to the article "Starting A Bottled Water Business: Things To Consider" at Mysmallbiz.com.
Secure a building location for your water bottling company. Set up a separate area for offices and the production area. Determine whether you want to lease or purchase your bottling equipment and machines. Order your bottling equipment, machines, bottles, caps, labels and sanitisers from your supplier. Set up your production line.
Determine the approximate volume of sales that you can realistically handle when you start out. Hire production employees and salespeople. Have the bottling supply company train you and your staff on the production system. Get ready for the first week of business.
Develop a marketing plan for determining your target market. Sell to stores in your area. Offer free samples of your product. Expand the number of stores in which you distribute product. Hire more people as your business grows. Sell to people at sporting events. Develop coupons and distribute them in direct mail packages. Create a website for selling water products on the Internet.
Tips and warnings
- You should be the primary salesperson in charge of new business, allowing your sales representatives to work the growing list of existing accounts. Also, consider using bottles and materials that can be recycled, making that a criteria for selecting your bottling supplier.
- Never rush any decisions regarding your supplier selection, type of water you sell, or your location. Take time to learn the water bottling business and the various regulations before you get involved.
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