How to Start a Hardware Business in the Philippines

Are you wanting to venture into a profitable business? Look no further! This article will guide you on how to start a hardware business in the Philippines. This type of business is ideal for those who want to start their own business for its profitability: as long as you know what you are doing.

Hardware stores are basically retail shops (usually brick-and-mortar) that sell tools and construction materials needed to build, renovate, or maintain any structure such as a house, building, and even automobiles.

The merchandise includes: building materials, power tools, electrical supplies, automotive equipment, lawn care, house ware, paint, plumbing equipment and more.

If you are wondering if it’s worth the risk, you can be rest assured that the demand has been increasing ever since the trend of do-it-yourself.

Interested? Continue reading what you need to know before starting your own!

Location, location, location!

hardware business in the philippinesBefore diving in to establishing a hardware store, you must know where you are going to “plant” it. Just as a plant needs its nutrients from the surrounding area, the more plants nearby (competitors), the less likely your business will flourish!

Consider the growth factor of the neighborhood, their income class, and the amount of competition in the area. Don’t stay in a place where there is already an established business.

Accessibility is also another factor that you should consider. Places where there are construction sites for houses are suitable areas of development and likely to flourish with your business. However, since these are temporary, consider the amount of traffic that you could gain.

Know your target market

Your business surrounds a local community. It is important to know your neighborhood since they are your main source of customers. Knowing your customers include their needs and preferences; what they usually look for in hardware stores.

Additionally, provide after-sales service by giving satisfactory customer care / customer service such as free delivery or free installation of furniture.

Be updated with the price of materials

Profitability from the hardware is considerably higher than that of construction materials. The reason being is that construction materials are canvassed by customers all the time to find the most affordable one possible. This sets up a potential for competition between businesses that offer cheaper products.

While they may be sold cheaply, you may find that your location to be at your advantage. For example, you may be able to mark-up the materials you have at stock if you are the only hardware store nearby.

Have the capital needed

The money you need to start a hardware business in the Philippines

At this day and age, you need a large amount of capital to run a business, especially for hardware stores. You’ll find you need at least P300,000 to get yourself suit-up with the most basic of stores.

Surely, at first, you won’t be able to generate enough revenue to rely on it to maintain your business. Consider the rent, cabinets, salary, bills, warehouse, and the delivery trucks you will have to take care of.

Source your materials

The stock you will be selling can usually come from three sources: direct manufacturer, wholesaler, and secondary distributors. The usual route taken by new hardware stores choose is the wholesaler. They give an advantage of marketing and advertising your business.

Usually, suppliers give stocks in terms. This means that hardware items have a term of 120 days. On the other hand, construction items have a shorter term of 15 to 30 days only. This all depends on what you will negotiate with the supplier, so it is especially important for you to develop a long-term relationship with them!

Register your business

For sole proprietorship, head to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to register your business. Partnerships and corporations are required to register with the Security and Exchange Commissions (SEC).

Fear not the giant!

One last tip when starting a hardware business in the Philippines

Hardware business in the Philippines is mostly played out by big companies. However, that is hardly a negative for anyone wanting to start their own and make a profit. Retail stores may dominate the country all the cities over, there is no denying that they do not have the control as people might think.

As one could observe, there are long running hardware stores in the Philippines that survive despite the numerous outlets of corporate chains seen at every mall in the country. In fact, independently owned hardware businesses are able to gain an edge over their large counterparts.

This means that you can own a slice of the market share in the hardware industry. What customers prefer traditional non-corporate owned stores is the ability to personalize their own purchases compared to the normalized marketing that big giants use as an approach over its consumers.

Satisfying customer service means that you are able to provide staff that can give personal service and support their choice for home renovation and improvement.




143 responses to “How to Start a Hardware Business in the Philippines”

  1. Trinilou S.Olayon says:

    I want to start up a hardware business in cavite. Pls give some tips and referrals for suppliers.
    Thanks

    • Jan Chua says:

      Supplier of hardware and construction materials. Pls contact: 09178858823

      • Amy Ante says:

        Hi Sir Jan, I’m planning to start a hardware business, can you provide me some information and prices.

        Thanks

      • Fraze m pecson says:

        Need suppliers for start up hardware business

        • Jun says:

          Hi sir..I’m planning to start in bukidnon area..is there possible near supplier..please help me to find gud supplier or wholsaler that I can contact and communicate with…hope for ur response ..thank u

        • Jan Chua says:

          Hello, kindly contact me if you have questions: 09178858823

          • Benedict Cinena says:

            Hi Jan,

            Could you give me an insight on the hardware detailed business set-up as I am planning to have one. Let’s communicate via email.
            Thanks.

      • Trinilou Olayon says:

        Thank u for your reply.
        Appreciated.
        I hope I can realize my plan. Thanks again.

      • Felix R. Cahiles says:

        in what particular area sir na pwede kayong mag supply? thanks

      • BRENDA BANIQUED says:

        hi sir we are planning to put up construction supply in Binmaley Pangasinan and we already started with making hollow blocks and planning to add hardware materials. May i know where’s your location and can you send us of your product details.

        thank you!

        Brenda

      • Jojo M says:

        Hi Mr.Jan
        I’m planning to start a hardware business in our place in tarlac. Can you please send me some price list of materials..thanks

      • Bernard says:

        Pls us idea how to start the business

      • Estelito Pattaguan says:

        I want to start a business of construction supplies, please provide me the details on how to be connected with people who are granting the franchise.

      • Rem cruz says:

        Hi jan. Are you supplier for hardware And construction materials?

      • AMER G. SAPON says:

        Hi Sir! Iam about to start small hardware and constn. supply here in Aglipay, Quirino and looking for a supplier. Please help me .
        Thanks!

    • Vishal chothani says:

      Hello
      I am vishal
      From:Gujarat INDIA
      We are manufacture by ss cabinet handle

    • Art Balajonda says:

      Hello, this is Engr Art Balajonda, we have direct access to Plant for building materials such as deform bars, angle bars, flat bars, steel sheet, channel bara, tubular, pipes and scaffolding materials, roofing materials and trusses, cement, paints). You can assure that you are dealing with lowest price as we dont have the middle man. Please contact JTP Trading and construction at 09668801300

  2. leonila robledo says:

    I want to start a hardware in bulacan appreciate all the tips and advices

  3. Sheryl Florentino says:

    I want to start a hardware in tuguegarao city ..please give some tips and referrals for suppliers.. How much capital do I need to start the business. Thank you

    • Rafael v. Marasigan says:

      Requesting for sone suppliers as whokesalers and or manufacturers of construction materials and other items as i am planning to put up one in Sibul spring, san miguel, bulacan as soon as i retired this year. Thanks for any ibformation

    • Jhongs says:

      Isa po ako sa nag tatarabaho sa hardware

  4. Sherry Tumaneng says:

    Planning to do this kind of business in Nueva Vizcaya. Pls send me the best suppliers and wholesalers. Thank you.

  5. Rosemarie Gabayno says:

    This year me and my husband planning to start a hardware business in Odiongan Romblon. Can you please help us regarding the best supplier and wholesaler.
    I hope for immediate response.
    Thank you!

  6. Reth musa says:

    Is it possible to have this kind of business in zamboanga city? Pls let me know whose the best suppliers and wholesaler that i can count on. Thank you so much

  7. arnold ryan says:

    i want to start hardware store in Guipos.please share tips on getting suppliers and managing inventory.thanks

  8. Nelson Alcantara says:

    I want to start a hardware business in Sto. Tomas Batangas.
    I would appreciate if you could give me a list of reliable suppliers. Thank you

  9. Rudy Torsiende Jr. says:

    Anyone could provide me reliable suppliers and wholesalers.

  10. Michael says:

    The article is so great. I’m planning with my philipina girlfriend to establish a sustainable hardware business in Philippine. Please advise.
    Thanks.
    Michael.

  11. Enaj says:

    Can give us some of the supplier company for easy transaction
    Thanyou.

  12. Melinda Ramos says:

    I’m planning to start hardwear Business in Escalante or Bacolod by 2021 I need some help by that time…Thank You!

  13. Wilfredo Modesto says:

    I’m planning to start hardware business in Pangasinan. I have already a store located in our lot and along MacArthur highway. I need some help. Thank you

  14. Ronnel Andalis Villamer says:

    How to look for realiable suppliers for hardware business and were I can find wholesaler in terms of hardware supplies?

  15. Joseph Benologa says:

    I want to have a hardware business in my place

  16. leilany echague says:

    we are planning to open a hardware business in pembo makati can you pls give me a contact for the supplier and any seminar to be attended.

  17. Rai says:

    Hi there. I am planning to put up business for Hardware and construction supply in Pura Tarlac. Please help me to find suppliers to deal with and who could help me to guide and start the business.. thanks in advance.

  18. jovy says:

    im planning to have a hardware in bicol albay can you anybody refer some good supplier and how do i need to have for a capital to start

  19. jovy says:

    im planning to have a hardware in bicol albay can anybody refer some good supplier and how much do i need to have for a capital to start

  20. IAN JASON AMADAR says:

    Im planning to put up small hardware and construction materials business in mogpog marinduque,can you provide me supplier and how much capital needed.

  21. IAN JASON AMADAR says:

    Can you give me tips on how start a small hardware and construction materials,location is at mogpog marinduque.thank you.

  22. Clar DeLuca says:

    I live in Butuan City. Please, send me some sources where to buy wholesale prices.

  23. janett says:

    i want to franchise a hardware in davao can you give referrals and supplier

    • Jan Chua says:

      hello Janett, we cater Davao, and already have customers in your area and surrounding Cities, Tagum, Marbel and Gensan. looking forward to talk to you. 09178858823

      • Amy says:

        Hello good afternoon, I want to start up hard ware and building materials business Southern part of negros Occidental, I have my own building already located in the prime location., just want to know if u have in negros area ..,

      • Jenny says:

        Hello sir, is it possible to put up in rural area, particularly panabo dvo norte

      • Gemarie says:

        Hello Jan,

        Im planning and dreaming of small hardware for a start in davao city. Do you have office here where we can meet up. Im interested in small hardware who knows it will be productive and bigger soon??.

        Thanks
        Gemarie

      • Darius Dela Cruz says:

        Hi Mr. Jan Chua,

        planning to put up Hardware and construction materials here in Rodriguez Rizal. can you help me for some “tips” and suppliers for the said business?

      • Darius Dela Cruz says:

        Hi Mr. Jan Chua,

        i have plan to put up Hardware and construction materials here in Rodriguez Rizal. can you help me for some “tips” and suppliers for the said business?

  24. Joey Marollano says:

    Hello, i am from naga city,ill plan to start s hardware and construction supply, any suppliers recommended?

  25. Shun says:

    I need a supplier for may newly open hardware store

  26. Melody Llanza says:

    Good article, want to know more about this hardware business i think it was a good business to our province. In nueva ecija

  27. Jun Gemarangan says:

    Hello , i am Jun from bacolod city i have a plan to start a small hardware and constuction supply can you give me I need some help and advise on how to start and how much the capital

    Thank you

  28. Jun Gemarangan says:

    Hi i’m Jun from bacolod city i have a plan to start a small hardware and constuction supply business can you give me I need some help and advise on how to start and how much the capital

    Thank you

  29. Nora Penullar says:

    I’m looking for a hardware and construction supplier as i am starting a business of this kind..Pls can you help me find a supplier..TIA

  30. Robi says:

    Hi,

    I’m planning to start a hardware business at Pag-asa, Binangonan, Rizal. Please help me to be referred to the good suppliers.

    Thanks.

  31. Rhu diah says:

    Im from diffun quirino.i woukd love to start this business to thanks

    • Jan Chua says:

      30 years in wholesale of hardware and construction, contact me: 09178858823

      • Jessie says:

        Hi Jan,

        Do you cater customers in Iloilo. I just recently open an small contruction supplies outside the City.
        We are looking for supplier to provide us for all kinds steel bars, hollow sections, plywood, and etc.

        Regards,
        Jessie

  32. Mafey says:

    I’m planning to start in Bicol Area, Is there possible suppliers around Albay? Thanks! For wholesales

  33. Einad says:

    hi! any known wholesale supplier near calaca batangas?

  34. Toni says:

    Hi! I’m looking for direct suppliers of Construction materials asap. I’m putting up a hardware in Quezon City.

  35. jun says:

    hello
    i want to start my hardware business in guimba,nueva ecija…. my capital is 1000000P,, i need wholesaler and how to start?
    my location on the highway

    many thanks

  36. Felix R. Cahiles says:

    Im planning to start hardware business in davao del Norte, particularly in Panabo, Carmen and Tagum City area. To start up i need supplier, distributor and wholesaler and i will assure for a long term business relationship.. I reach thru my mobile nos. Smartline: 0948-320-6148, globeline: 0977-249-1837.

  37. Felix R. Cahiles says:

    saan ang area of coverage ninyo sir? thanks

  38. Connie Franco says:

    Hello everyone!
    Im from Antique and i wanted to put up a hardware store in our area.hope to find a reliable and competitive supplier so that i can stand against other giants.
    Thanks for whoever will respond.
    Hoping for a positive feedback and reply.

  39. Ods says:

    I’m planning to start a hardware business in laguna…is there anyone here can give me some information about this business.?

  40. Jhun m.yaya says:

    I’m planning to start my hardware business in pampanga , the place is not to busy it’s just in the barrio but contain lots of houses and people living in. Would you think this will click?

  41. regean anabeza says:

    Hello, I’m planning to start hardware and construction supply business in Balamban, Cebu. Can somebody share their start up knowledge and strategy? Also wholesale suppliers please.thank you.

  42. Teresita G. Silvano says:

    I want to start a hardware business in Sindangan , Zamboanga del Norte. I have already the building and the big space for the extension of the building and parking area.

  43. Julius Jalop says:

    I’m planning to put-up small hardware and construction store here in Longos, Malabon..Can you please help me to find reliable supplier…thanks to your reply..

  44. Rodeto Dela Pena says:

    It is possible to have this kind of business in Zamboanga Sibugay province, let me know the best supplier and contact number, or any email address to contact,

  45. Lyn says:

    I want to have this business in Pasig

  46. Amy says:

    Hello good afternoon, I want to start up hard ware and building materials business Southern part of negros Occidental, I have my own building already located in the prime location., just want to know if u have in negros area ..,

  47. Marcy says:

    I like to have this kind of business here in tacloban city..need more ideas about suppliers. Thank you

  48. Vie Sabungan says:

    Can you please recommend a best supplier of construction materials? I am planning to start a business here in Nueva Vizcaya?

  49. Jovy says:

    Hello.. we are planning to put up a hardware store in zamboanga del sur.. Any advise on what to purchase first?

    Thank you.

  50. Lovely Aiko says:

    Hello! I’m planning to put up this kind of business. Anyone here who can reffered to me a supplier? Our location will be in Pangasinan. Thank you.

  51. Julius Carbonell says:

    I am planning to start hardware business at Mangatarem Pangasinan. Could you please guide, and help me to be referred to the best supplier. Thanks God Bless

  52. Ariel O. Boado says:

    Hi there. Im planning to put a hardware business in Binan Laguna. Tips ang advice will be highly appreciated. Thanks

  53. Bhutz Ang says:

    Good day! Planning to start up hardware business here in Baguio—though having second thoughts coz numerous hardware are already operating. Still thinking of something unique to offer–hope you can help me out….

  54. Joyce says:

    Can you assist a wholesaler Or Direct suppliers OF hardware And construction materials in Iligan City And Cagayan de Oro. Thank you

  55. Gerardo Mendoza says:

    I want to start a hardware store in Bulakan, Bulacan. Pls. give me some advise an a good supplier.

  56. Maongco Ashary says:

    Hello guys,

    The popular Marawi City will start its reconstruction. Citizens will move forward to bring another city that is complete with facilities. Marawi now is peaceful and open. I am constructing a hardware business situated at the Capitol area and the Philippine Army Headquarters. Any interested suppliers to go business with me and my wife, please contact us.

    Thanks

    GM Ashary Maongco

  57. Dev says:

    Interested to start retailing at bacolod,

  58. Rizalde aguillon says:

    Hello sir i am intetested in hardware and construction supplies business. I am from butuan city, i need your help

  59. Shamilah says:

    Hello will you please give me a tip how to start the business hardware

  60. Riza says:

    Planning to do this kind of business in MaganG, Daet, Camarines Norte. Pls send me the best suppliers and wholesalers. Thank you.

  61. William says:

    Hello I’m planing to start a hardware business in pakil Laguna can you please help me for the supplies thank you so much

  62. clarice says:

    Hi Sir,

    My partner is interested in hardware and construction supplies business.

    Hope you could give us tips or idea to make it possible.

    We still have second thoughts because lots of competitors are already operating.

    We are from Lapu-lapu City, Cebu.

    Your feedback will be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.

  63. mher says:

    planning to put up that kind of business..pls give us some info. on the manufacturer n supplier at low price…thanks

  64. jackielou duropan says:

    i am planning a hardware here in samal islanmd davao del norte any advise where to find nearby wholsale

  65. Olivia says:

    Hi I want to start a hardware business in Bulacan. can you help me about that.

  66. Lyn Lopez says:

    My desire to put up and start Hardware Business in our hometown Gonzaga Cagayan.

    Im looking a direct manufacturing suppliers to start with.

    I hope you can help me start a harware business.

    Thank you!

    Lyn lopez

  67. Nezel Calingacion says:

    Hello good day..I am planning to put hardaware business,,please help me..location Bayawan,Negros Oriental..Is there possible supplier near? THank you..God bless..

  68. mark says:

    hello i am planing to set up a hardware store in kalibo aklan can you advice me if there is a supplier for materials near by

  69. Ricardo says:

    I want to put up a hardware and construction supply in Victoria, Tarlac. Please give referrals of suppliers in the area. Thanks.

  70. Don aguilar says:

    good day,after the ECQ lockdown i will open my Hardware and construction suooly business here in Camarines Sur,i have my own warehouse and location already.Pls.suggest name of supplliers and contact numbers.thank you

  71. Joshua says:

    Hello. I am a young professional in Cainta with a stable income that’s far from being able to fund a small hardware but I have a burning passion when it comes to doing business in the hardware industry and am looking for possible arrangements to start operations, partnering with a willing supplier to support supply of all products and ofcourse with bigger returns of your investment. In short – I do not have the products, but I can sell. If anyone here is willing to partner, you may reply to this comment and I will respond to you as soon as I can. I am also open for anyone wanting to share knowledge or best practices when starting this business. I appreciate you all!

  72. Cesz M says:

    Hi! I’m planning to start a hardware and construction supplies business in the nearby town of Cagayan de Oro City. Any help is appreciated! Thanks

  73. NICOLE DE MARQUEZ says:

    Hello Sir, Can you help me with a Direct Suppliers of Hardware and Construction materials. I’m from Sorsogon city. Thank you

  74. cristeta donato cortez says:

    Have a blessed day .Kindly assist us on how to put up a Hardware buseness in Camarin Caloocan. Where do we get a whole products
    for hardware items.
    Thanks po for the sharing.

  75. cristeta donato cortez says:

    Have a blessed day !!!.Kindly assist us on how to put up a Hardware buseness in Camarin Caloocan. Where do we get a wholesale products
    for hardware items.
    Thanks po for the sharing. God bless.

  76. Angela Carandang says:

    Hi sir, I’m planning to open small hardware in cabatuan city. Pls give me tips and strategies how to start, manage and make it grow. Thanks a lot

  77. Reineer Elvas says:

    Hello. Really interested in starting a hardware. May mga pricelists po ba kayo for reference ?? super thank you po.

  78. Burgie says:

    Any suggestion please for good hardware supplier (wholesaler) for Maramag, Bukidnon?

    Thank you!

  79. loraine says:

    how to be distributor of roofing and steel or aluminum materials .and im planning also to build hardware for the stocks.

  80. Vanellie Marquez says:

    Hi Sir,
    I’m planning to start a hardware business here in Cebu. Would like to seek for advice. Thank you

  81. Vanellie Marquez says:

    Hi sir, I’m planning to start a hardware business here in Cebu. Would like to seek for advice. Thank you

  82. Randie Garcia says:

    I would like to start a small hardware business can anyone help me to find a trust worthy supplier? thank you.

  83. Myra says:

    Hi,
    Am planning to set up hardware in tuguegarao. Can you help find suppliers or manufacturers for the materials needed?
    Thank you and appreciate your assistance.

  84. Steevee Reroma says:

    Need hardware/paint suppliers for Cadiz City Negros occ.

  85. Saldy cedana says:

    Hi i want to start hardware business in esperanza sultan kudarat can you give me direct supplier or distributor

  86. Saldy cedana says:

    Teach me how to buy direct supplier gor hardware

  87. Edielyn says:

    IM planning to start hardware and construction business in Aklan.
    Please Let me understand what basic things I should sell first? Need advise. Thanks

  88. Joel says:

    Good day,

    I am planning to set up a construction supply in Nueva Ecija. Could you pls share some advises and tips in running the business, also where to get supplies. Your response will be much appreciated.

    Thanks.

  89. licel says:

    Hi! I’m Licel Supplier of lumber
    Pls. Contact
    0997-977-5825
    0925-514-1071
    Thanks!

  90. Joey says:

    Hello i’m planning to start an Hardware Business in San Jose Northern Samar, can you guide me if where i can find suppliers and much better consignment.Thank you

  91. Ariel says:

    hi i want to start hardware and construction supply in Sta. Barbara, iloilo. would like to seek for advise and can help me to find supplier or manufacturer. thank you

  92. Ariel says:

    hi i want to start hardware and construction supply in Sta. Barbara, iloilo.

  93. Dennis Obusan says:

    I want to start a hardware in Tulay na Lupa Labo Camarines Norte

  94. Mylene Gomez says:

    Hi, Im planning to start my hardware business ni Iloilo. Do you have a recommended supplier/manufacturer? Thanks

  95. Charmae Empig says:

    Hello, I am a public school teacher here at palawan. I want to start a business in my home town, narra. I’d like to try putting up a small hardware store in my barangay. I’f like to ask if I can make it with a 350k capital?

  96. theresa says:

    hi, we are planning to start hardware business in mindoro. can you give me supplier details for the basic materials, plesae

  97. Anna says:

    I’m considering to put up a hardware store but i do not have any idea on start up to operate but this is one business i consider.

  98. Salman payao says:

    I want to start a business hardware in zamboanga city.. please help me ..

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