April 17, 2013

Starting a Soap Making Business

starting a soap business,soap ideasA soap making business is still a great untapped area and can be a very profitable business for those looking for extra income or want to start a full time business. Once you have decided that a soap making business is something you would like to do, there are some basic things that you need to consider.

Once will be start up costs. You will need to look at what equipment you will need to get your started. For the most part you will find that there are a lot of items you already have around your house. Bowls, mixers and crock pots are usually pretty standard kitchen supplies, along with spoons, gloves and measuring cups. One thing you will need to invest in is a good digital scale. This can become you most important asset and I would not advise scrimping on this. It can make the difference in whether or not your soap comes out right and the last thing you want in your new business is your product being ruined and the money going out the window. So take the time and research the different scales and buy the most accurate one you can find.

The next item that you need to consider is your mold or most likely different kinds of molds. For some soaps, simple square bars will be fine, but it won't be long before you have customers that are looking for more fancy molds, or companies that want they logo embedded in the soap they purchase. You will also probably develop a soap that has your own distinctive brand.

You will also have to consider whether or not your business will accept credit cards or simply cash and cheques. If you are going to use credit cards, you will need to familiarize yourself with the procedures to follow to get a business card. Here it is recommended you talk with someone at the bank you already deal with and they will help to guide you through the process.

You're also going to need an accountant, although in the beginning you probably can handle most of this yourself. As you find yourself getting busier with your business it's then time to get someone to handle the financial end of doing the books so that you have time to concentrate on your business and growing it.

Once you start to get your business off the ground you need to look at having a marketing plan. You need to identify who your target market is and how you are going to sell to them. You will need to consider different advertising options such as newspaper, pamphlets and business cards. One of the biggest and cheapest advertising vehicles will be your customers and their satisfaction. They will spread the word fast than any other way of advertising.

These are things to consider if you are going to stay local, but should you decide to branch out then you need to consider things such as a website or selling on eBay. These are both easy and inexpensive tools to help build up your business.

You are also going to have to consider packaging of your soaps. Here you will have many different options and for the most part, if you get creative, they do not have to be expensive options. From simply wrapping paper to organza fabric bags and even gift baskets, you'll discover many ways to help make your product more distinctive and attractive to your customers.

One last thing to consider and something that will help keep your costs down, is to specialize in a few distinctive types of soap, such as castile, shea butter soaps and soaps using essential oils in a number of different ways.

In these economic times, this can be a very satisfying home business that you can earn extra money with and decide over time just how large you want to grow it. It's also a very fun and rewarding business and usually involves dealing with people who are happy to see your products.

Soap Making Made Easy is not only a great little  home business making soap , but it's a great way to earn a bit of extra income. Read more about Soap Making on our website Soap Making Made Easy.

Suzy Sutherland is a Soap Making Guru, has written her own book on "Soap Making Made Easy", and has been making her own soap products for years. For more information and great tips on learning how easy soap making is visit her site at:

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