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?  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  sales for that month. You will need enough to include your rent/lease/utilities/maintenance expenses. Money is scarce and it’s tough getting business credit. Credit cards helped me getting started with the basic start-up costs involved with opening a retail shop. Most of my income coming in my business got rolled back into the business for a few years.  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 should be included in your feasibility studies and 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 insight on what to expect.

Conduct 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

 

Pink Grapefruit Body Sugar Cubes

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Recently, we hosted  a girls night out for a bunch of women at the studio.  We had a blast!!

They brought in some wine, a cake and gifts to say farewell to one of their own.  I can honestly say that these ladies were a hoot to hang out with.  I taught them how to make their own sugar scrubs and lip balms.  After class I had some sugar scrub left over so I thought I would try my hands at making solid sugar cubes. I love a good scrub but I was missing the soapy part.  This recipe includes the soap and sugar all in one!  ENJOY!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2.5oz Natural Goats Milk White Soap Base
  • 2oz. Cocoa Butter
  • 2oz Shea Butter
  • 16oz. White Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Avocado Oil
  • ¼ tsp Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil
  • ¼ tsp White Grapefruit Essential Oil
  • ½ tsp of Blue Poppy Seed
  • Pinch of pink mica

EQUIPMENT:

  • (2) Microwave safe glass measuring cups
  • Mixing/measuring spoons
  • Small Silicone Tray Mold
  • Scale
  • Knife

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Weigh and then chop goats milk soap base into 1 inch cubes, place in microwave safe container cover with plastic wrap.
  2. In separate container, melt cocoa butter and then add shea butter, let cocoa butter melt shea butter. Add Avocado Oil with a pinch of mica and essential oils mix well.
  3. Microwave soap base until melted 1 min, stir and continue in short increments until completely melted.
  4. Add melted soap into oils mixture, quickly stir in sugar.
  5. Pack into silicone tray mold then place in the refrigerator until solidified.
  6. After solidified, pop out of mold, Cut into Cubes— enjoy!

Need Custom Posters?


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I’m getting ready for one of my biggest selling seasons yet! Or at least I hope so. This year I am giving my booth a boost!  Sharing my love for photography and soap, I printed my photos on large glossy posters that I will display as my back drop for my booth at the Mistletoe Market on November 16 & 17, 2014.

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I found a custom poster retailer online  http://www.shortrunposters.com  that printed these babies up for me!

They did a fabulous job and I wanted to share it with you.

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Upload your photographs onto their online page, choose what features you want and they ship them out to you.  To have a poster printed that is an 18″ x 24″ you will need to be sure your uploaded photo is at least 2700 x 3600 in size.  Their handy uploader guide will tell you if your photo is not at the best resolution and let you view it before you purchase.

I hope you will find them helpful as well!  I can personally say they were very professional when I called to ask questions.

EVERYTHING else was EASY!!

Infusing Herbs in Olive Oil

In my quest for receiving the ultimate benefit from herbs in soap, I began researching how to get the homeopathic benefit from these delicate herbs without losing out to the harsh realities of using lye to make soap.  Because Lye is sodium hydroxide (a caustic salt), it can be too harsh and destroy many of the good properties of the herbs. One way to retain them is to infuse them into an oil.

This method is simple, like making tea but we are using oil instead of water. So that we may use the oil in our soaps, herbal salves and balms.

Let’s get started on how you can create your own herbal infusions.

Step 1-  I use regular pint sized wide mouth canning jars with the lids.

Step 2- Gather your dried herbs and place them into sealable tea bags
I used about 2-3 tablespoons
Step 3-  Iron them closed
Step 4- Place sealed tea bag into the jars and pour olive oil over the tea bags
till 3/4 full and lightly tighten the lid
(do not over tighten lid until it’s pulled out of the water bath when it’s complete).
Step 5- Place jars into canning pot and fill with water till jar is surrounded by water but not touching the lid.
Step 5- Simmer on low for a few hours, after about 1 hour, check to see if the oils 
have changed colors. You may need to steep them a little more or less.  
It will depend on the herbs you are using.
Step 6-  Remove them from the hot water carefully, I use my canning tongs to pull them out. 
Let them sit a while to cool off. 
There you have it! 
 A gorgeous herbal infused oil that you can use in your soap, herbal salves and balms.