If you’re currently evaluating which company you should use to meet your solar wholesale needs, don’t make any decisions until you’ve considered the five factors on this list:
Solar wholesale is not a one size fits all type of industry any more than a single type of system could suit every house. Depending on the types of projects that you’ll be taking on, you’ll have different solar wholesale needs and it is important to ensure that whichever solar wholesale company you select can meet those needs. Because of this, we suggest always considering the product range that a company offers before deciding whether to work with them – and choosing someone else if they can’t meet at least the majority – and preferably all of – your needs.
You’ll also need to consider the stock available of any solar wholesale company that you are considering partnering with. While all supply chains have issues at one point or another, if a solar wholesale provider cannot guarantee that they’ll have what you need most of the time, it’s probably time to look for someone else to supply your needs. This may seem a little like an overreaction, but when you consider the fact that their stock availability directly impacts on your ability to run your business, it becomes clear how important strong supply chains are.
It’s always easier to work with someone who you get along well with. For this reason, we suggest considering the level of customer care that you will receive when selecting a solar wholesale provider. You don’t have to be best friends and go for brunch on the weekends, but you do want to ensure that the customer service at whichever solar wholesale company you select is of a high standard. This doesn’t matter too much when everything is going well, but if you run into issues and end up getting ignored or treated poorly, you’ll wish that you’d done a little extra digging before making your decision. Plus, building a relationship with customer service tends to get you better service from everyone within the company, so it’s certainly worth putting the effort in.
In many cases warranty comes down to the manufacturer, but that isn’t always the case. For example, some solar wholesale companies offer extended warranties on preferred units, while others set their own warranty on each and every item they sell. For this reason, we strongly suggest choosing a solar wholesale partner who provides manufacturer warranty as a minimum, with a preference towards those who offer extended warranty, especially if you’ll be holding stock yourself.
Finally, as with any business activity, pricing will play an important role in your decision making process. While we understand your desire to get the best deal possible, we want to remind you to keep in mind that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. By the same token, however, the most expensive option isn’t always the best one. We suggest considering pricing alongside other factors and making your choice based on who offers you the best deal overall, rather than purely in a monetary sense.
Finding the right providers and business partners is vital to the success of your company, so it is always important to do your due diligence and think about things properly before agreeing to any contracts. When someone will be providing the single most important thing your business relies on, this becomes even more vital. For this reason, we strongly suggest considering all five factors above when selecting a solar wholesale partner.