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.

63 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.

  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

  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.

  11. Enaj says:

    Can give us some of the supplier company for easy transaction

  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

      • 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😀.


  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:


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


  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.


  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. Vie Sabungan says:

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

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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

  38. Ariel O. Boado says:

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

  39. 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….

  40. Joyce says:

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

  41. Gerardo Mendoza says:

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

  42. 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.


    GM Ashary Maongco

  43. Dev says:

    Interested to start retailing at bacolod,

  44. Rizalde aguillon says:

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

  45. Shamilah says:

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

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