If you have been making handcrafted soap for a while, you may be ready to sell handmade soap. It really isn't difficult to do, if you have prepared properly.
Handcrafted products are highly sought after and handcrafted soaps are no exception. You can do this from home with just the right amount of preparation. If you have been making soap for any amount of time, you know that it can be an addicting hobby. At some point the thought enters a crafters mind to start a homemade soap company. You already know that you make a great product and now you want to share it.
If this is where you are, you are in luck. This is a very easy business to begin from home and really doesn't require a lot of capital to begin. You will need some additional space for drying and storing your soaps, but the process of making them that you have already been following will remain the same... just on a larger scale.
As a soap maker, you have probably enjoyed making many different kinds of soap. You will still want some variety and creativity with your products, but you will want to focus on a niche (or a very tightly focused group of soap lovers).
You will need to have a business plan. This part is thought by many as an easy part to skip... don't. It will be an enlightening process for you and will help you to stay focused on where you are going with your business and where you want to be. This will be the corner stone to your entire business. Marketing is also very important. You need to find people to sell handmade soap to, since they won't always find you.
A strong marketing plan doesn't need to be difficult. You can start really simple and expand as your soap selling skills develop. You can start with friends and family, a craft fair or locally at a farmers market. You can then expand with an online website or even sell wholesale. Find what works for you and then go with it!
So when you are ready for a soap making business, you will need to:
Learn the proper techniques to soap making
Find a niche that will be easy to sell to and has a need that isn't being met.
Write a business plan that will help to guide you throughout this process.
Use quality ingredients.
Use quality ingredients. (oops, did I say that twice) Very important
Develop a marketing plan that will allow you to grow as you increase your marketing abilities.
For those who love to create homemade soaps, you will find that trying to sell handmade soap isn't that difficult. It's fun to create a product that is of superior quality and makes customers happy. Soap making is a great home business.