If you have a love for soaps and making your own and are planning on starting your own business keep in mind that customers are looking for uniqueness. Customers or possible customers will be on the lookout for a variety of soaps – different scent options, shapes, and sizes. Another thing your business should be able to offer your customers is a variety of soap kinds – such as hypoallergenic, natural, goat’s milk, oatmeal, etc. These are all part of a unique selling point that you can use to build your business.
What skills are helpful?
It would be useful to get some training from an experienced soap maker. An understanding of the materials you’re using will grow as you gain some experience. There’s a touch of artistry involved in creating homemade soap.
What tools are needed?
Besides your basic business tools, like a phone, computer and internet there are some specific tools that your candle making business will need. You’ll want to develop your fragrance library for scenting your soaps.
If you are going to offer different shapes and sizes for that ‘unique’ quality then soap moulds will be needed. Other tools will be the ingredients for your soaps. Each different type of soap will have its own special ingredients.
How do you get started?
Begin by first taking care of any legal issues. Do a bit of research to make sure that you’re conforming to any local laws that would apply to selling a skin care product.
From here you can move onto your website and developing an online presence. Become known at some online forums/message boards so that you can begin to get the word out about your new business venture. You can market yourself offline by giving soap gifts during the holidays, birthdays, etc. Sign up for a local craft fair or bizarre to market yourself locally.
Keep in mind that running your own business will require a lot of time, especially making soaps, which is very time consuming.
To build a successful soap making business you’ll need to work hard. It may help to write out goals that you can easily review each day to track your progress. Reward yourself for your hard work, keep a positive attitude, and hang in there when the going gets tough. Your success depends on you!