Why You Should Be Interested In Starting Your Own Business

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Follow your passion, create your own destiny, work with the people you want and make your own hours!  Doesn’t this all sound appealing?  If you already have a skill you can always do consulting or hire yourself out as an independent contractor to those needing your services.

But what if you don’t?  Then you need to produce something of value that others want to purchase.  I started off in direct sales and it gave me the fundamental building blocks to create my own business.  With a direct sales company you can become an independent contractor selling their products, telling their story and using their marketing material.  In most cases it’s pretty easy to get started, you purchase their kit and call all your friends to have a party.  Notice how I put the emphasis on “THEIR”?  You will be selling THEIR company to YOUR friends.  You will usually receive about 25% of the profits but you are required to purchase their monthly special items to demo at your parties which eats up most of “YOUR” profit.

The opportunities to start your own business are limitless.  You can start a business on a shoestring budget and make good money to support your and your family.  To become an ENTREPRENEUR you will need to be able to work independently and motivate yourself, set goals to achieving success and be passionate about what you do. Be organized, have a strong desire to create and not afraid of failure.

Every month about 1 million people are going through a job loss, changing  their careers or adding a second job.  If you are  relying on your income to pay the bills you can still start-up your own company NOW.  That way when it becomes profitable you can quit your day job and work FULL TIME in your own business.  I see it all the time.  It took me about 1 year before I was able to quit my day job and work full-time in my own business. You can do it and I can help you pave the way to success!

The annual gross sales of 250,000 soap making business range from $5,000- 10 Million. Many  are second businesses but some are FULL TIME successes.  You will need to work hard and  have your eye on the prize.  If you are ready to put in the hard work and reap the benefits of your business join us for our next Weekend Fast Track Soapmaking Business Workshop on September 20-21, 2014.

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about soap! We will teach you how to make the soap and how to get into business branding it, packaging it and selling it!! Don’t miss this fabulous class and start your own business selling soap today!

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Fast Track Soapmaking Business Workshop

Learn simple techniques to making soap and having a product you can sell while you learn about the ins & outs of starting up your own company. Learn how to have your own website at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods, build a product that will sell in your market, tips on photographing your product to sell online, craft show displays, unique ways to package your new soap and a special demonstration on how to use the SOAPMAKER PROGRAM. Receive superior classroom instruction with hands on soapmaking from Michelle Rhoades, a certified soapmaker with the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild.

Day 1-

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about soapmaking. We discuss all the methods and give you step by step instruction on how to make cold processed soap. Learn from a certified experienced soapmaker who will walk you through the chemistry behind the soapmaking so you will fully understand soapmaking from the oils to the cured soap.

  • Step by step directions
  • Safety Equipment List and Procedures
  • Soapmaking Oil Properties
  • Additives, Essential Oils, Fragrances
  • Using natural herbs, flowers, powders
  • Step by step directions to swirling and working with color
  • How to come up with a color scheme, which colors to use and how to swirl like a pro
  • Recipe Formulation
  • Soapmaking supplier information
  • Terms & Definitions in Soapmaking
  • Receive our Comprehensive Soapmaking handbook with Recipes to help you get started.

BONUS- Learn how to make milk & fruit soaps are easy using our simple method. We will teach you how to make a creamy milk soap and a wonderful fruit soap using a simple fluid replacement method. You will learn a simple method using our tested recipes and receive a booklet with step by step directions necessary for successful milk & fruit soapmaking.

Day 2-

We will begin promptly at 10am on Sunday morning, we will begin with how to start your own bath and body Business workshop. Find out what supplies you need for Soapmaking, how to effectively sell your new soap, tips on how to get started selling online, how to start up on a shoestring budget and start making money right away, find out where to get your supplies, where to sell your soap and Do’s and Don’ts for Craft Shows.

Don’t miss this informative class~We will share with you the tools needed to help you succeed in your new business.

  • Give you the edge you need to stand out front in the crowd
  • Build your own brand recognition through package design and product presentation.
  • Streamline your startup cost with cost saving methods
  • Learn how you can start up on a shoe string budget and be successful.
  • Learn how to take fabulous photos without the use of an expensive photographer
  • Create a booth design that will stand out of the crowd
  • Wholesaling, Consignments and more…

You will go home with an arm load of fresh soap that we made in class, soapmaking booklet (soapmaking recipes, charts, step by step directions to help you get started once you get home) and information on all my trusted suppliers!

 SIGN UP HERE.. BEFORE AUGUST 31st to SAVE $75.00

 

 

OPENING A SOAPMAKING RETAIL SHOP Part 3

Questions to ask your self  BEFORE you get into the RETAIL business

Dreaming Big in the Retail Soapmaking Business

Dreaming Big in the Retail Soapmaking Business

Welcome to part 3 of the Opening a Retail Soapmaking Shop-

So this brings to me to the HARD QUESTIONS that you  need to ask yourself before you get into the RETAIL business.

Are you using the “DREAM” of owning a retail shop to cloud your judgment? You know we’ve all been here before— that’s why we got into business in the first place.  We were all dreaming of owning a cool bath and body business like “XZY” down the street and dreamed of how happy you would be once you had it.  But don’t get sold on the “IDEA” of having business, do you research and find out what the day-to-day operations will be like.  It is HARD work and involves a lot of time.

Can you afford it? Do you have enough income to cover overhead just in case?   I had a backup plan that included sales from difference resources just in case I didn’t have any sales for that month. You will need enough to include everything from your rent/lease/utilities/maintenance expenses. Money is scarce and it’s tough for getting business credit. Credit cards helped me getting started with the basic start-up costs involved with opening a retail shop. All Cash coming in from my established business got rolled back into the business.  A portion of it continues to get rolled back into the business today.

A few tips: In the beginning a landline phone is not necessary, you don’t need an  internet connection in your new place either or  pay for regularly scheduled picks from UPS and FEDEX.  Save those for later on when your business is established and making money.  Use the “Square”  for all your credit card transactions and your business cell phone as your regular line.

Do you have unlimited time to invest in your retail shop?  Post your hours and  be present/open during those times.

Competition  This will be included in your feasibility studies but it will give you a good opportunity to scout out the competition.  I would inquire discreetly how well they are doing. You could learn from them and adjust your ideas before you get started. You could also ask your small business rep to see if they know them maybe they could give you in insight on what to expect.

Conducting your own market feasibility study to see if your idea will be supported in your community.  A feasibility study evaluates your project’s potential for success as it examines the marketability of your product.

Your SBA office should be able to help you gather the data to support it. Find out if your “DREAM” idea will bring in the money or send you into financial ruin.

Links for you to check out!

What Is Product Marketability?

31 Days to Build a Creative Business

 

OPENING A SOAPMAKING RETAIL SHOP Part 1

OPENING A RETAIL SHOP  ON A SHOESTRING BUDGET

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Day DREAMING about a BUSINESS? START HERE ——>

Most businesses run out of money the first year, you can prevent this from happening. I am sharing some easy to implement ideas to saving money during your first years in business. Get the word out without paying a dime, learn about unconventional ideas that lead to more sales and customers.  Over the next few weeks I will be sharing my blueprint for success on a shoestring budget!

Businesses are as different from each other as they are to the personalities of their owners.  The are… after all… our babies.  From the business idea, conception, growth, to established and finally the exit.  You can view your business like growing child into adulthood and then the exit out of business– (infant, toddler, teenager, adult hood, maturity and finally the exit).

If you have dreamed of having a retail bath and body retail shop this is for you. So today, I am going to try and help you decipher the why, what and how.  But mostly how I got started.

My early career started in direct sales with a well known company who sold bath and body products through retail mall store fronts.  They had a separate “At Home” division in which I brought their products to the living rooms of a few of my closest friends and family.  I fell right into their branding, followed their program to the “T” and I was successful.

I did pretty good all the way up till the time they closed their “At Home” division.  Then, I was left with a  customer base needing a product and hoping my idea of handmade soap would transfer into sales with them. Starting off in direct sales gave me a firm foundation to launch my new business.

I began making several batches of soap with my husband learning how to make it, brand and build a new company selling it.  It took me a while before I felt comfortable with my product manufacturing while learning the ups and downs of wholesale and consignments but I continued to persevere.

After my first year in business I needed to get my operation out of my home so I started looking into opening a studio.  I found a location in a small shopping center within a residential area that offered a month to month lease that included all utilities. That way if I could afford to pay for it if the money was not coming in . Without losing my shirt!

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Mossy Creek Soap Studio in Warner Robins Georigia 2010-2012

This was my first studio. Rent was cheap, it was month-month and it included all utilities. But was NOT in a busy area.

I had high hopes of all my former customers and folks coming to purchase my products— Just didn’t happened they way I expected it to. Through the school of hard knocks and the blinding cricket noise I heard everyday my business was opened I figured out that I was going to need to have more than one revenue stream to keep my business doors open because my in house sales would not be paying the bills every month.

When I began including different revenue streams and it was then I noticed a difference. Which included maintaining a website, an ETSY shop and adding more wholesale accounts along with in house classes. It was then my business began to financial stand on it’s own without any contributions from my personal funds. Then things finally started coming together.

My methods of getting and staying in business are unconventional; so although these things worked for me;  you will STILL  have to do the foot work to find out what works for you;  in your own backyard.

 

STAY TUNED for next installment of this series for TIP #1

 

Here are some links to help you get started!

Retail.About.Com

Small Business Admin

And if you want to start your SOAPMAKING BUSINESS our next class is Sept 20-21!  SOAPMAKING BUSINESS WORKSHOP

New Happenings in the Studio!

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We welcomed in 2014 with a new kitchen in our studio. We are so excited for the possiblities in 2014 and all the new classes we will be offering.  We are blessed to have so many fans, students and customers who have supported our business, that we have finished our remodel ahead of the 3year plan! THANK YOU!  The new pictures will be coming soon– if you want to like our facebook page to be the first to find out about the addition and new classes you can so here:  https://www.facebook.com/soapmaking.classes

In December we extended our arms around Perry Middle School with Soapmaking Classes– a full day 7th and 8th grade students were able to learn how soap is made! See more in this link to our local paper: http://hhjonline.com/soap-means-science-lesson-for-perry-middle-school-kids-p3868-117.htm

Thank you once again for all your support and feeling blessed in the New Year already!

5 Top Mistakes When Working With Color In Soapmaking

1. SELECTING TOO MANY DARK COLORS- I go back to my photography composition and rule of thirds skills on this one. It’s important to create balance, a good balance of light and dark.

2. NEGLECTING TO TEST YOUR COLORS BEFORE YOU SWIRL THEM- This one is important because if you know what the outcome is going to be then designing the outcome will be easier. Swirling a batch of soap is not a good time to find out your beautiful blue turned pink on you.

3. IGNORING YOUR SCENT COLOR FAMILY- All scents smell like a color. If for example you make an ocean/air/ozone soap—you immediately think blue. Now is not the time to make it a pretty dark brown color with a gold swirl. It will throw your customers off. People gravitate toward color and the ones that like blue scents may not like brown which may signify sweet. (which would be the brown/gold swirl one)

4. USING A FRAGRANCE THAT IS NOT CLEAR TO START WITH- The color of your fragrance or essential oil could change the colors you are expecting. For example, if you use a fragrance that was a dark yellow and you are adding a pretty blue color, you may end up with a green version of it instead of the pretty blue you started with. If the fragrance contains vanilla it will darken over time no matter how much white you apply.

5. FORGETTING ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF CONTRAST- You need a good color wheel to find that magical opposite color. Opposites attract and stand out—good ones anyway. To purchase a good color wheel see more here: COLOR WHEEL

Hope this helps a little, we will be posting more tips and tricks for using color very soon— stay tuned!

Education is Key in the Soapmaking Business

Advanced Soapmaking Design Classes

Educating your customers about your products will increase your credibility and sales. Knowledge of the ingredients and teaching your customers about the value and benefits of using your natural products over store bought items will increase loyalty as well.  Sharing why your products are different,  i.e. Whether you use special ingredients such as clay or  silk in your soaps.  Will help you stand out in front of the crowd.

Putting “YOU” into YOUR business will make your business different.  There will always be someone else who makes a better product or can package it in a way that sells them off the shelf. But nobody can make it the same way you can. I reference cooks here, no two cooks can make the same recipe and both taste exactly the same. Maybe it’s environmental or maybe it’s the “YOU”, you just put into making it.

As it seems now, swirling colors in the soaping world seem to be the hottest thing. A few talented soapmakers out there can create the most incredible designs in soap using color and technique that seems to be un-reachable.  But through youtube.com and Facebook groups everyone now has access to the “how”.  So I ask you? Do you want to be a follower or a leader? Do you follow the rest just to see if you can do it or are the 1st one to create it.  Then I ask you why is this important? If you are busy following and your soap looks exactly like everyone else’s design, how does your new customer choose? If they have seen this same soap design somewhere else then it will come down to money.  Who’s the better price between the two.  See where I am going with this?  What you do not want to do is put yourself in direct competition with other folks who are already doing it well. Start off by finding your own way, what are YOU passionate about and how can you make it your own?

Making your mark in the business isn’t simple but it can keep you on your toes.  In our Aug 10 Soap Design Class I can show you how to make it your own by learning about color and different methods to creating a unique artisan soap.

Find out more about the Soap Design Class here: http://www.mossycreeksoap.com/soapmaking-classes/advanced-soapmaking-design/

Join us in our “The Business of HP Soapmaking” Class April 28

The Business of HOT PROCESSED SOAPMAKING CLASS                           APRIL 28                    10:00am-3:00pm

Join us in this half day class which begins at 10:00am and ends at 3:00pm, we will begin with learning how to make Hot Processed Soap, A quick break for Lunch (on your own) and continue right into the business aspect of starting a Soap Making Business.  Don’t miss this informative class~ Find out what supplies you need for Hot Processed Soapmaking, how to effectively sell your new soap, tips on how to get started selling online, how to start up on a shoestring budget and start making money right away, find out where to get your supplies, how to photograph your soap to sell, Do’s and Don’ts for Craft Shows..etc..

This class is a condensed verison of Day (2) the 2 day Workshop we are holding in the Summer! Great Bargin at this price!!! Sign up Early only 3 spots left!

Welcome to Mossy Creek Soap Studio

Just thought I would personally welcome you to the Studio where we learn how to make all kinds of soap and bath products.  We are located in middle Georgia approximately 1 1/2 hours from Atlanta.  Founded in 2010, Michelle Rhoades the owner/teacher is a certified cold processed soapmaker with the Handcrafted Soapmaking Guild.

Welcome to our corner of the world! We call it heaven in a bar of soap~  If you are wondering where we are located…Break out the map~ Point to the middle of Georgia and well that’s where we are located!

Mossy Creek Handmade Soap proudly offers Eco Friendly Wedding Favor Soaps, Bridal Shower Favors,Handmade Artisan SoapNatural Soap Wedding Favors and All Natural Liquid Soap. Scented with essential oils of Lavender, Lemongrass, Coconut, Rosemary, and Spearmint.. Made from scratch Naturally Fresh for you~ We believe in natural made soaps made with ingredients that you can purchase in your own grocery store. Not out of a chemist laboratory but homemade goodness without added fillers to make it last longer on the shelf.

Our soap was FEATURED on the FOODNETWORK.com Gifts Guide for her, MACON TELEGRAPH, 13WMAZ CBS News and FOX24 NEWS. Owned and operated Georgia, we take pride in providing southern perfection in our handcrafted soap that take well over a month to cure. A Certified Soapmaker with the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild and soapmaking teacher.

Michelle Rhoades, Owner of Mossy Creek Soap (above) grew up in the South and even though she wasn’t born here she considers herself a southerner. Thanks to her dad who was in Army when they got stationed in Georgia in the second grade.

Intrigued with things like cucumber, carrot creams and chamomile soap~ She wanted to create something good. Armed with her new found knowledge she practiced scent blending and making bath products. Then she jumped on the band wagon with a direct selling company doing spa parties at home. She did pretty well until they decided that division wasn’t making money and closed it down. Her husband was the one who got her excited about making soap and since he so gallantly took up the mixing of the Lye, then there was no reason for her to refuse! They made a lot of soap together and  filmed him making soap… check out those videos here:http://www.youtube.com/user/MossyCreekSoap/videos

Then she went on to open her own soapmaking studio where she can teach the craft of making soap and bath products: see More about that here: Soapmaking Classes

Uncomplicated, Pure & Simple.

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