How to Start Your Own Bodybuilding Supplements Shop

Starting your own body building supplement shop is a lucrative and profitable business. You need to assess on the products that you will sell in your store as this can make and break your entire business.

Make sure that you keep track of your inventory. Do some massive marketing campaign so that people will know about your shop.

If you are fitness fanatic, it might have cross your mind to start a business related to it. It is a good idea to turn a hobby into a money making venture. There are a lot of options for you. You might want to start a gym, become a personal trainer or start your own bodybuilding supplement shop. The last one may prove to be lucrative as there are quite few shops that deal with bodybuilding supplements.

Assessing the Supplements

Bodybuilding supplements are the main selling point of your business. You need to take time to stock your shop with good body building supplement. It is so important that you take time to select products that you are going to sell in your store. Make sure that these supplements come from reputable manufacturers and distributors. These companies need to be respected by their clients and competitors. It is important that you do research on each of the product that you are selling. This way you would know if they are effective to be part of your inventory.

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Tips for success

To make an impact in your target market, it is important that you are different. You offer something unique for your customers. You need to carry a certain product line that is hard to find. In this way people can really go to your store when they need something. Aside from body building supplements also offer other body building products like vitamins, proteins, etc. Keep in mind that you need to stand out above the rest. As come on, you might want to add a supplement plan or other promo that goes with the product that you sell.

Inventory management

Make sure that you keep track of your inventory. This way you are aware what products are sold out fast and what are the products that collect dust. In this way you can focus on the products that are popular and remove the ones that are not. It will also avoid the hassle of telling your customers that you run out of stock. The bottom line is that if you don’t have the product, you can’t generate sales.

Advertising your bodybuilding shop

Advertising is one way to make your store known to people. People will not be aware about the store if you don’t advertise. Placing an ad on the local newspaper or distributing flyers are few techniques when it comes to promoting your body building supplements shop. Be creative when it comes to marketing materials. Create a brochure or information guide to hand out to your customers. Make sure that you have a branding image so that people can remember you.

Make sure that you create a strong tie ups and partnership with distributors and manufacturer so that your store can get quality products from them. You could also arrange a special deal for your store so that you can able to get discounts. Better partnership with them can guarantee you on the time delivery as well.

Pricing your items

It is important that you have an organized pricing structure for your business. It will best if you still maintain a competitive price range. Make sure to do a research so that you are not charging too much for a particular brand or too little that can affect your business. Knowing your costing can definitely have an impact in your business.

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  • Steven Harvey said on March 30, 2009
    interested in receiving a catalog please send out a catalog to: 1008 13th Street North Texas City, Texas 77590
  • JP said on April 6, 2009
    Hi, I've been doing PT for a while now and i would love to start my own Bodybuilding Supplements Business, it would be an online shop. I'm outgoing and aggressive with my PT, and so many people ask me what and where to get supplements. It would just be a grate match for me. My PT with a supplements business.
  • manuel said on April 6, 2009
    I'm a body builder and noticed people come up to me for info where to get them. it will be great for me to get my store open and going. i know about the DBA TAX ID but how to get the supplements is the hard part.
  • Jose M. Ortiz said on April 20, 2009
    Please send me information regarding distributors and manufacturers of bodybuilding supplement in connection with creating my own bodybuilding supplement shop. Thank you very much.
  • JJ Field said on May 17, 2009
    hi there, I’m looking at opening a shop but i can’t find any info on buying in the supplements like protein creative etc at prices that i could make a profit. Can u send me any info on suppliers that could help? Thanks Iain
  • hugo beca said on May 20, 2009
    Hi, i would like to know if you could give me information about manufacturers of bodybuilding products, i'm opening an online shop. looking foward to hear from you soon. Thanks,Hugo
  • tisa said on May 24, 2009
    please send me some information.
  • Anthony Pante said on May 25, 2009
    Having a major problem in getting first hand contact with supplement manufacturers. Could you please send a list of manufacturers. Am looking at bulk importing quality body building supplements into Australia to open up a little store. Would rather work directly with manufacturers rather with than distributors. Your help would be appreciated, Regards, Anthony
  • Nathaniel beginner adviser said on June 2, 2009
    Hi there, I have been trying to start my online supplement business for years now. It's more work then you would think. Tons and tons of data entry. I have used and tested many distributors. is the main one that most people use. is o.k. but they recently lost a few good manufacturers such as cytosport. So I do not recommend them as Muscle Milk by Cytosport is too big of a seller to miss out on. After you fill out there online form and submit your business license you are in and can then gain access to their online catalog and even get FTP access to download their inventory and excel sheets with pricing. However when dealing with these companies they will give you high prices and hope you keep your mouth shut. First things first, ask for the discount below wholesale excel sheet. These are deep discounts. Some are up to 30% below the original prices they give you. Now we are talking business. Now you have to be a wiz with excel. which I have gotten pretty good at creating the formulas needed for the pricing and inventory. You must also remember that has over 5,000 products that will all need descriptions and need inventory update at least a couple of times a week. do drop shipping meaning you don't keep any inventory you simply forward your orders to then they bill you and you pocket the market that you billed the customer. Also, your discount below wholesale is not as deep if you do the drop shipping program. But I think the drop shipping is worth it as you only lose a small percentage on the discount usually around 2 to 5 percent. You will also need to know a little HTML and FTP depending on the shopping cart software you use. I have used a couple. I recommend as you have control over your metatags, urls, description, titles, HTML, CSS, many other cool things as well. I do not recommend their shopping cart software is terrible. you will not have control over any of the things I listed above. Once you get into it you will realize how important these things are. If your website is not indexed by google and yahoo then you will not be found and you will not have a chance. software is pretty good. I got indexed by google and yahoo in no time. However I have just given up on building my supplement website. It has just proven to be too much data entry. If I could find a business partner or two that are willing to sacrifice as much time as I am we could hang with the big dogs like, and many more. claims millions in sales each year. I would love to have a piece of that. Thanks for reading, Nathaniel,
  • scott thompson said on July 31, 2009
    Looking to get some info on what it takes to open a small supplement store, i sold some stuff online awhile ago but there was too much competition. The best way to make money would be to open my own store
  • Mark Banks said on August 19, 2009
    I am very interested in starting my own online business, I am interested in sports supplements, but I don't know how to get started. Can you offer help
  • Rick said on August 19, 2009
    I'm very interested on opening my own supplement store. Can you help on how to get started.
  • Kyle Ewing said on August 24, 2009
    Please send distributors and manufacturers list of bodybuilding supplements suppliers. I'm trying to get started and am having a hard time contacting suppliers. The only one to get back to me is Europasports. Hope to hear back from you. Kyle Ewing
  • santiago perry said on September 5, 2009
    hello, my name is santiago perry. i want to make my own supplements and sale theme online and off line. i have a pretty good idea how to get started so do i need a license to get started like a tax license? i don't want to open a store to just sell my supplements so how do i get started? please help
  • MuscleBeach said on October 13, 2009
    We have just started online in Australia and things are going really well. For those who want to try, just do the homework before you start and things should go fine. There may be some headaches along the way but thats business.
  • David Cagle said on November 20, 2009
    I am very interested in receiving a catalog and a list of manufacturers. Am looking at opening up a store (online). Would rather work directly with manufacturers rather with the distributors. Your help would be appreciated, Regards, David, please send out a catalog to: 3109 Centennial Village Dr.,Pearland Texas 77584
  • Fitness Mafia said on December 2, 2009
    From the Midwest. Looking for people on here to network with as I set up my shop. Anyone on here who would like to set up business a business model to become globally successful e mail me at I am drafting a plan now. I'm reading posts from all you guys . David Cagle from texas, Musclebeach from Australia, Santiago Perry from Texas, and other people on here that don't list where you are from. Why don't we network our ideas???
  • miglena vladimirova said on December 23, 2009
    I want to start my own bodybuilding supplement shop in jupiter fl. 33458
  • Lino said on January 6, 2010
    hello, i am interested in starting a nutrition/supplement store in my area of "weslaco, tx 78596". Can you send a catalog to "212 weslaco, tx 78596" My e-mail is, i would like to network with other business minded people out there. I am a registered dietitian/ PT and would like to turn my passion into a business.
  • Mark said on January 13, 2010
    Hi, Could I please get some information on distributors, manufacturers or a catalog please? Thanks
  • Darren Green said on January 20, 2010
    Hello, I am actually interested in starting an online supplement company. Could you please send a catalog to 11350 66th street north suite 107 largo florida 33773. Thanks so much
  • daniel said on January 24, 2010
    cape breton nova scotia canada. north sydney. there is no supplements shops in my area so i think it to be a good idea
  • Mauricio said on January 25, 2010
    I would like to get the catalog and more info please. 1018 Okane St. Laredo, TX, 78040, US
  • AdamZ said on January 26, 2010
    Hi All, I have a bodybuilding website that I am thinking of selling (if it is worth my while). I set it up as a hobby back in 2005 so it has been online a while (very important if you know about getting high rankings in Google). For a short time I tried doing dropshipping (using Apollo Fulfillment) for a short time and just couldn't keep up with running the site well (too many other things going on). Anyway, the site gets around 6,500 - 7,000 visitors from search engines each month. I'm thinking of selling simply because I do not have the time to start making money from this very targeted traffic. If someone wanted to start a store this would be a great opportunity to get a massive headstart in terms of search engine traffic and SEO. This is an extremely competitive field in terms of search engine marketing. Please note I am only considering selling to a good offer. Thanks
  • kevin elmore said on February 8, 2010
    would like to get a catalog and more info please. need to know how to contact sells reps for supp. companies, thanks. 1410 elmore lane holt fl 32564
  • bela said on February 11, 2010
    I would like to start my own supplements store pls send me a catalog and information how should I start. my address is RR1 box 13735, TOa Alta PR 00953
  • Roberta Cook said on February 18, 2010
    Would like a catalog along with more information. Roberta Cook Lifecyclenutrition, 31 Apache Way, Wilmington, MA 01887
  • Ryan said on February 21, 2010
    AdamZ, Pleese Contact me if you are going to sell that website of yours. I'm planning on purchasing an "Apollo" website very soon. I'm VERY interested.
  • Costas said on February 22, 2010
    Hi there i'm from Cyprus and i would like to open my own supplements shop and i am very interested in receiving a catalog and a list of manufacturers which i can co-operate with. Europe distributors will be nice because of tax and shippings.
  • Bryan said on March 3, 2010
    I'm in the beginning stages of starting a Health Food/Nutrition Store. This is not a mom/pop, cookie cutter type supplement shop. This could change how the fitness community goes about finding natural foods, vitamins, herbs, and supplements. This is retail. with a twist. I'm looking for possible investors or some solid idea sharing.
  • Basel said on March 15, 2010
    Many Thanks Nathanial for your reply. I would like to get the catalog as well, but more importantly I would like to source suppliers of extracts of organic plants.. very difficult to find them.. I am located in the middle east. would be willing to share ideas..
  • David M. Guajardo said on March 18, 2010
    Hi I'm from Cuero, TX Looking to start a Bodybuilding Supplement store here and looking for a list of distributors. Please send a catalog, need help bad.
  • Fernando Guevara said on March 19, 2010
    I want to start a bodybuilding supplements shop in 16311 weiss ln. Pflugerville, tx. 78660
  • josh said on March 24, 2010
    Interested in starting your own supplement business I can help email me we specialize in private labeling, label design, and contract manufacturing for leading brands around the world, juice bars, e-commerce, and mom and pop store fronts.
  • maria alberto said on March 25, 2010
    Hi, I'm from Pembroke pines, Florida, USA... interested in starting an online drop shipment bodybuilding supplements. How do I go about? Thanks, M.Alberto
  • Joel said on March 29, 2010
    Looking to start a bodybuilding supplement business, I'm in sydney australia, info would be very appreciated.
  • Michael said on May 8, 2010
    Hi i'm very interested in starting my own sport supplement business, I'm from Sydney, Australia. Need your help as looking to open very soon. Thanks, Michael.
  • Andris said on May 14, 2010
    Hi i'm from Latvia. I would like to open my own online supplement store. Your help would be very appreciated.
  • Matthew said on May 25, 2010
    Hello from Texas. I am very interested in opening a supplement shop in my neighborhood. I would appreciate it if i could receive as much information on starting my own supplement business you guys can offer. Thank you very much, this site has helped me!
  • Lee Gow said on May 26, 2010
    Hi from Scotland looking to open a shop finding it hard to find manufacturers in Scotland looking for good pricing and top products that the public would benefit more from please help. thanks for your time
  • Chuck said on June 20, 2010
    start up cost for nutrition store and 1000-1500sq ft. in the maryland area
  • Clay Bracken said on June 24, 2010
    I'm starting a sports supplement store here in south carolina. And will have an online store as well, please send me a catalog and any other info to 313 Lanewood Drive, Greenville SC 29607. Thanks
  • Igor said on June 27, 2010
    Hello, greetings from Croatia, i'm considering to open a healthy food store, catalog and maybe some advice would be of great help to me for start. Thank you.
  • Noel Rodriguez said on July 3, 2010
    I would like to setup an online supplement business please send me a catalog to 111 cypress dr. rincon, ga 31326
  • ajit kumar said on July 4, 2010
    i want 2 start my own supplement shop in madangir, new delhi, india. tell me how to get a license and terms and conditions of this.
  • ethan said on July 11, 2010
    I'm interested in starting a supplement business and i would like a list of manufactures and distributors if possible and exactly what it takes to run a etc..
  • harish pillai said on July 16, 2010
    I am planning to import body building protein supplements from countries like Australia to India. what is required to sell such products in india as i am planning to take up distribution of such products to see in india, maharashtra specifically mumbai
  • Ben said on July 18, 2010
    Hi looking at setting up a supplement company in australia, just wondering how to get a license, and if possible a list of manufacturers and distributors
  • Reese said on July 19, 2010
    I'm interested in starting a online supplement store in the Charlotte, NC area. If possible I would like to have a list of distributors. And also does anyone know roughly what I would be looking at spending on inventory?
  • bela said on July 22, 2010
    I would like to start my own supplements store, and I would be pleased to have a list of main manufacturers in the ireland of Puerto Rico or off the ireland. Here the supplements are overpriced, however there is great market for a good company with a great product line or even for a well known company with a more realistic price. If anybody know any contacts please send me an email. Also If I could get a catalog from you guys or any information what would give me some guidance how to start and where to go, wich company etc. Thank you so much!
  • Haroon said on July 25, 2010
    I was wondering if you needed any licenses apart from the business license to start up a supplementation business. I'm referring to the uk btw.
  • Scott said on August 2, 2010
    I would love to start my own supplement store as I am a fitness fanatic and am constantly asked about what I take and where I get it! If anyone has any information on people I could buy bulk from to make some profit and start selling online I would much appreciate it. Thanks, Scott.
  • Dewald said on August 4, 2010
    Hi there, I'm in the process of opening a bodybuilding supplement shop. Could you send me a list of good suppliers? South Africa,Johannesburg
  • Adam said on August 6, 2010
    I am very interested in receiving a catalog, list of manufacturers, and/or list of drop shippers. Wanting to open a online store out of Phoenix, Arizona
  • Brian said on August 7, 2010
    Hi, I am very interested in receiving a catalog, list of manufacturers and suppliers. I am wanting to run a inline store and I already have the software set up and ready. I just need to know the best way to reach wholesalers. Also interested in merchandise. Any help would be great. Thanks Brian
  • kushan said on August 10, 2010
    hey i'm emailing from australia and would like to know how to start your own business in australia and start sale
  • Joey said on August 11, 2010
    i am interested in starting up my own supplement store. Can you give me more better steps and info on how to do so. Thanks
  • arun arya said on August 15, 2010
    hi I am planning to open my own supplement store in new delhi, India. can you please provide me a list of manufacturers/suppliers/wholesalers from whom I can buy in new delhi and sell further. Thanks Arun
  • Stephen said on August 20, 2010
    Interested in information for owning and operating a sports nutrition shop. Thanks. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • dewi said on August 23, 2010
    hi, looking to start a supplement shop in brisbane, would appreciate some information, thanks dewi
  • Maciek said on August 29, 2010
    any chance to get some info for European countries ? denmark?
  • alex said on September 1, 2010
    Greetings i'm a personal trainer and manage a gym here on long island. I've thought about starting up a website to cell supplements on. I was wondering if you might have some names of any suppliers (especially direct suppliers)... and also if you would have any tips for me. The site is going to emphasize Supplements, bodybuilding attire, tips, diets, and workouts routines. Any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks
  • yaseen Logz said on September 6, 2010
    I have been researching for hours and hours online looking for distributors with no luck!..I work for a nutrition center and know the ins and outs of the business.. i would love to Start my own supplement store whether it be online or A actual store.. Please send me More information/catalogs/ whatever i need to get my foot in the door.. I would greatly appreciate it..thanks!
  • Dave said on September 7, 2010
    South Africa and Australia. Looking to sell body building supplements and nutritional products (protein bars, lifestyle products etc). looking for wholesalers / manufacturers
  • Alex said on September 8, 2010
    I am starting a supplement company and would like a list of supplement distributors in the NY region or just outside of it. I have been looking for days online but keep getting sent to either websites for supplements or distributors that only carry one brand name. Any help would be GREATLY APPRECIATED. Thank You so much!!!
  • vimal said on September 9, 2010
    hi i'm vimal from MALAYSIA id like to get catalogs and wholesalers contact details asap! pls email to
  • Jeff said on September 11, 2010
    I am in the beginning stages of starting a supplement shop. The only one in my area is GNC which we all know is way to high priced. It has been difficult to find wholesalers. I would love a catalog and some other info as well. Email if possible Or 209 W. 26th St. Farmington NM Thank You!
  • pat said on September 12, 2010
    Any and all info in starting a supplement shop would be great. it appreciated! Ocala FL.
  • primo said on September 14, 2010
    Please send me the link or catalog and a list of manufacture where we can purchase from. txs
  • marius said on September 18, 2010
    Hello, i am a owner of one supplements shop in Dublin, Ireland, and looking for supplement suppliers, if u can help me please contact me : or to send catalog by post address: 96rathmines road lower, rathmines, dublin, ireland. Thanks.
  • Graham said on September 20, 2010
    I would like to start my own protein online business but dont know where to start as far as licenses are concerned and other things what and where do i start ?? Thanks
  • s.kishore kumar said on September 22, 2010
    i would like to start a whole sale supplement business by importing a few supplement brands from u.s.a so would you please guide me about what are all the necessary things i need. THANKING YOU
  • Miltiadis said on September 23, 2010
    Hello, i was working as a personal trainer and since 2008 i am a owner of a supplement eshop in Greece ( . I would like to upgrade my shop. The average price that i am buying a 5 lb protein powder from wholesalers in Greece is 35-39 euro including taxes (11%). My average retail price is about 55-65 euro as there is much competition you can understand the profit is very low. I would appreciate any assistance and professional proposals with the aim of a better profit. I am ALSO interested about drop shipping. Thanks
  • Kingshuk said on September 24, 2010
    Hi, I want to start up a health and supplement store in my area as there is none. I would like to get information on how to get various products and what are the procedures. Thanks
  • sumit nagpal said on September 26, 2010
    hi there,i m sumit nagpal from newdelhi(india).i want to import proteins and other supplements. so just want to know the procedure and how much investment is required. thank u. my email id is
  • Sid said on September 28, 2010
    Hi there.. I wanna open a supplement shop and maybe in the near future go online!! I struggle to get hold of distributors and manufacturers of supplements and wholesalers of such. If you could maybe help with some info...Any info!!That would be much appreciate!!Also what the procedures are for importing supplements into the US? Thanks for your time..
  • Sikandar Gaffar said on October 6, 2010
    Hi i am very interested in starting up my own Supplements retail outlet in London England; but have difficulty in finding suppliers and distributors. I dont even mind importing and paying duty but just cant find the contacts. Can you please help.
  • Anselmo said on October 10, 2010
    Hi there, I'm from Angola and a bodybuilder who would like to know an advice on how to open a supplements shop regarding the correct amount or quantity for that purpose. Thanks
  • zulkecik said on October 17, 2010
    hi im zul from malaysia ,Could you please send a list of manufacturers. Am looking at bulk body building supplements.Would rather work directly with manufacturers.Your help would be appreciated, thnk you n have a nice day -zulkecik-
  • Stewart D said on October 27, 2010
    Hey There, I'm from Perth, Australia and i've been working on a website which will hold lots of information on training and supplements, I would also like to make this website an online shop for supplements, any help on getting started would be greatly appreciated! Cheers, Stewy
  • keith manley said on November 29, 2010
    i havent got a business location as of yet but have been very interested in opening my own supplement shop or online shop, there are a few opportunities opening up in local gyms so i am very keen, i would like to know or if have any info on where to import supplements from at a good price so as to be able to obtain a reasonable turnover and to sustain reasonable growth for the business. thanks, keith
  • Trev said on November 30, 2010
    Hi, looking at opening a retail store or chain of stores in ireland, any information would be amazing. Thanking in.
  • HARISH KHARI said on December 4, 2010
    Nutrishopindia is the best online store for bodybuilding supplements in India at wholesale rates. Get improved products with instant weight loss supplements, dietary supplements, protein supplements at cheap rates
  • Curtis said on December 19, 2010
    I am looking to open up a supplement store in my college town and would like a a list of manufacturers/suppliers/wholesalers from whom I can buy from. I look forward to talking to you
  • sam silan said on December 29, 2010
    I have located a local store in my town, east London, which I would like to transform into a supplement shop. Please advice of how to stock up the shop. Do I need to contact individual brands i.e met-rx, or are there wholesale suppliers that can stock up with various brands. Thank you
  • darrell perez said on January 3, 2011
    How do i get a list of manufacturers/ suppliers/ wholesalers from whom i can buy from? I'm opening a store at the end of this year..hopefully thank you
  • Nathan Sarmiento said on January 8, 2011
    hi, I would like to know a list of manufacturers and wholesalers where I can buy from.. It's been very hard to find them online.. my email is Thank You and please help..
  • April Hunter said on January 8, 2011
    Hi there, i've been hoping to launch on a website that contains information on fitness training and supplements, with an online shop for purchasing major supplements, any help on getting started would be greatly appreciated! I would love to open a physical store in the near future, gauging the success of the online store I live on the far south coast of NSW, Australia
  • Greg martin said on January 11, 2011
    I'm looking for information pertaining to how to get in touch with a supplier, cost/rates etc. Toronto, Ontario Canada
  • Justin Prestage said on January 12, 2011
    Hi, really interested in starting a local supplement store and am currently based in Melbourne VIC, Australia but am currently struggling with getting in touch with Manufactures/Suppliers/ Wholesalers. I was hoping to find something similar to but don't know if one exists in Australia. Thanks in advance and hopefully here from u soon.
  • Marcus said on January 14, 2011
    For all you guys looking for quality manufactures. 'Body ripped sports nutrition' from Australia is something very special. Excellent brand and great tasting product!
  • eric said on January 15, 2011
    looking to start online supplement store, need info on manuf, suppliers, wholesalers. dont want to go into too much detail,as i dont want my idea stolen. thank you for all the help!
  • Ed said on January 16, 2011
    hi, i want to start a supplement store but i cant find wholesalers. could you please help me? thanks. chicago, ill
  • sam said on January 30, 2011
    hi there im interested in setting up my own body building supplement store. i would really appreciate it if somebody could send me a list of manufacturers or a list of some good web sites. really keen and just want to be pointed in the right direction. thanx
  • marquis said on February 3, 2011
    hi i'm interested in starting a local supplement shop to tie in with my personal training. i'm in ft lauderdale,fl. any info like start up cost estimates, wholesalers and any other kind of info would be very helpful. thanks in advance
  • sardar imran said on February 6, 2011
    Hi i am interested in starting a bodybuilding supplement store,i am totally zero in this but would like to learn and conquer
  • Jeff Brown said on February 8, 2011
    I'm looking to opening my own online company. Where can I find information on becoming a distributor for some of these major supplement lines?
  • Carl Hardman said on February 11, 2011
    Hi there. I'm a new bodybuilder and PT and have found a big lack in the availability of sport supplements in my area. Any information about opening up a store would be appreciated as i feel in my area locals interested in competing or bettering themselves are paying huge prices and delivery to get what they need online.
  • HUGO BEDOLLA said on February 16, 2011
  • Michael fernandes said on February 27, 2011
    I'm looking at starting an online supplement business online in Queensland, Australia . Please send a catalogue and any other relevant information to 5a natica close trinity beach , Queensland, Australia 4879. thanks


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