Barcode Your Products

In a down economy, it’s inspiring to see so many entrepreneurial spirits. But, if you’re going to be selling a product, you’re going to need a barcode.

If you’re in the US, you’ll need to visit the GS1 website. Then, fill out the application. You’ll need to know estimated annual sales, approximate number of products you need barcodes for and contact information. From there, you’ll receive a GS1 company prefix, which can be used to create the barcode numbers for every product that you plan on selling.

However, getting a barcode is not free. The initial fee is approximately $760 for 100 barcodes, but varies. This also includes licensing to your company prefix for the year, and a smaller annual renewal fee will reoccur in order to continue using the prefix.

Once you’ve applied, received your prefix and paid, you’ll need to create a UPC barcode. Check out our free barcode generator and learn more about barcoding your product.