This will be a journal of my efforts to create two product lines that I am importing from India. Background: I left the states about 23 months ago to travel for a year which ended up being two years. I did not intend to but I ended up spending about a third of that time in Goa India, and during my time there I decided on a couple products to market in the states. I returned to the states a couple weeks ago to work on these projects and take a bit of a break from the road. My goal is to develop these product lines to the point that they are well branded, well marketed, and logistics is as hands-off as possible. I have regular client work at the moment that is keeping me busy so I'm pulling double-duty with these projects. This is not my first time importing or branding my own products but it is my first time attempting to build branded lines with a focus on volume b2b sales and outsourcing logistics. I have a lot to learn. Product line 1: ~30 variations My price with shipping from India: $3.50 for now, $2.50 when my order quantities are larger Retail price: $7-99 - $10.99 Wholesale price: $6 Product 1 has a fair amount of competition inside its niche but they’re not very active marketers for the most part. Most of them get the business because they’re there. There is room in the market and I have a couple ideas to acquire customers that I don’t think anyone is doing. Product line 2: ~8 variations to start, more to follow My price with shipping from India: $7 - $8 Additional costs (branding, tweaks): $1 Retail price: $24.99 - $29.99 Product 2 is pretty wide open. There are a couple sellers on Amazon with bad listings, no one branding their own line, just selling the product raw with little effort. Small but interested niche market that I have experience with and am comfortable marketing to. I have high hopes for this one. Since arriving back to the states I’ve been focused solely on product 1 and will be until product 2 arrives. Here’s where things are at right now with product 1: I ordered 100 units. They landed a few days after I did. I sold 50 units at wholesale through a couple local retail contacts I have. Website is > 50% finished. I need to style, test the payment gateway, troubleshoot a couple extremely frustrating things with WooCommerce (NEVER AGAIN), finish setting up analytics, create a couple pages to split test, and do a final punchlist. In the next week I’ll be building out social accounts and doing some scraping for link targets. I'll be keeping the link profiles of both sites very clean and will be trying very hard to not worry about search traffic at all. Product 2 is in the mail. It will be here in about 10 days. I hope to have product 1 ready for marketing by the time product 2 arrives. Due to a longer travel itinerary and generating less revenue while traveling than I’d intended to my budget is small for these projects but it will have to do for now. I intend to invest 100% of profits into these product lines to scale as fast as I can. In future posts I’ll be laying out some of the marketing strategies that I’ll definitely be using and a few that I’m still pondering, I'll talk about my experiences sourcing in person overseas, and of course updating on progress and definitely asking for advice and help. Currently my biggest problem is scraping local businesses for retail targets. I dusted off my copy of LocalScraper but it's being finicky and keeps pooping out before scrapes complete. Only solution I've found is giving it small data sets to scrape but man, that take a lot of babysitting. I'm thinking about trying Scrapebox's Yellow Pages scraper but I don't really want to scrape YP, I want to scrape Google. I need to futz around with LocalScraper a bit more. Thanks for reading, I hope this journal ends up giving you a nugget somewhere or is at least entertaining.