Forums – Try searching forums where people are discussing their experiences in working with manufacturers. You might be able to generate some leads that way in finding a manufacturer to produce your product.
Make Sure You Start Small – One of the most important things to know before you start working with a manufacturer is that trust must be there, especially if you are working with a foreign manufacturer and are not protected by US laws. The best way to establish that in the beginning is to start small. First, start by requesting a sample. Maybe the manufacturer will require you to pay for the sample and maybe they won’t, but even if you lose that money, it won’t be anywhere near as devastating as losing thousands on products that were never received or that were defective. Start with small product orders until you have established trust with your manufacturer.
Post Your Job on a Manufacturers Platform – There are a few sites who offer a platform where you can post your job and receive bids or contact information of manufacturers who are interested. This is another way to narrow down your search with less time invested. However, some of these services can be very expensive.
Directories and Lists – There are many directories and lists of manufacturers. Many of them hold contract information on 1000’s of different manufacturers. The difficult part about finding a manufacturer this way is that you literally would need to email, or fill out a contact form for hundreds of manufacturers before you found one that would respond to you with interest in producing your product. Also, many manufacturers have high volume limits. For example, they typically don’t like to produce products in the hundreds, they want to produce in the 1000’s or tens of thousands.