Make Homemade Soap — Then Sell It

Make homemade soap and visions of cash just seem to appear. My family moved about 35,000 bars of soap from the kitchen sink to customers all over the globe. Here are 5 tips for selling soap to make cash.

1. Designing it.

Handmade soap is everywhere. Everybody wants to get rich by cleaning up the world, one person at a time. Why buy your product? Most everybody now knows the story of why handmade soap is better. Most of your potential customers already have tried handmade soap, with varying quality products. And I use the term “quality” loosely, what they often got was half-cured, poorly designed junk.

Design a bar that’s different and tell why it’s different and you get customers for your unique product. They will buy from you instead of from the competition. Just build something better and different. It’s easy to do…

2. Making soap.

Carefully designed and carefully made soap truly is a luxury product. Cut no corners and make no excuses. That doesn’t mean you need expensive exotic ingredients either. Snake oil does not make better soap. Carefully combined coconut, palm and olive oils are hard to beat. Tweak your soap with exotic ingredients only when the basics are perfect.

3. It’s marketing and not just selling.

Marketing implies there is a plan. It’s more than just getting a few sales. It includes logo design, producing catalogs, brochures, attending shows, getting in stores, a whole system. Settle for a few sales and you’ll soon wear out and wear down.

4. Getting customers.

But how do you get customers to start with? Where can you begin? If you could find some place where many interested people could look at your products in just a short period of time, would that be good? What if it only cost a small fee to get in there? What if you could potentially sell a thousand dollars worth of soap a day for two or three days, would that work? All that’s fairly easy to do. It may take some time to work up to that, but there’s a way…

5. Following for success.

Once you make some sales, that’s the key. Stay in touch with customers and the repeat sales are what will make or break a small business. Staying in touch is easier than ever. For example, web sites are perfect for that, along with email. Getting new customers with web sites is tough… too much competition. Following up with existing customers with a web site is a natural.

Make handmade soap and you have a great hobby. Selling that soap in small quantities is easy. Some even move the volume up, but it takes careful attention to detail to grow and maintain a soap business.

Al Bullington and his family made and sold soap for years and developed a system for making money with soap. Read more about their experiences at their website: ======>>> http://SoapBizKit.com.

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Find Your Niche in the Quilting Business; Make and Sell Quilted Accessories

If you want to start a quilting business but don’t want to make actual quilts, how about selling quilted accessories?

Quilted accessories include a wide range of products: home d?r, clothing, pet accessories… and more!

In the home d?r category, your business could make and sell quilted potholders and matching aprons with pockets that coordinate with the potholder pattern. You could make and sell quilted oven mitts.

Table runners and mantel drapes are also popular quilted items for the home. Quilted placemats and coasters are also ideas.

For a living room, den, bedroom, dining room or kitchen quilted wall hangings are popular. These can be custom made to coordinate with your client’s own interior colors and style.

For a guest room or bathroom, why not quilt covers for a tissue box or photo or mirror frame? Quilted pillowcases are also good sellers.

Take the idea of home d?r to a smaller scale and perhaps your quilting business could be making quilted items for doll houses. Many collectors will pay top dollar to have their dollhouse beds accented with tiny little quilts. Such quilts would also be a niche business for baby dolls. Little girls love their dolls and many parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles would pay good money to have a special quilt made for a special doll!

Holidays open up a wide range of options for home d?r as well. Keep that in mind if your quilting business will focus on home d?r. Your quilting business could actually focus on holiday items.

Christmas ornaments, stockings, wall hangings, table decorations…the possibilities for that one holiday alone are endless! Imagine if your quilting business focused on all holidays.

For January, quilted d?r featuring snowmen and snowflakes would be popular for the winter theme. February is Valentine’s Day. Focus for that holiday would be on quilted items with hearts, cupids, etc. March brings St. Patricks’ Day and Spring.

April is Easter, and brings another slew of quilted holiday items to mind. Baskets made from quilted strips of fabric would be gorgeous. Patchwork eggs stuffed to perfection would also be fun items.

May and June bring graduations along with Mother’s and Father’s days. These months are great for quilted photo frames or scrapbooks with a quilted cover.

July’s patriotic theme would be great inspiration for quilted home de’cor as well. August and September sends children (and teachers) back to school. Quilted notebooks, tote bags, pencil cases would be great accessories for those months. Halloween and Thanksgiving also offer endless possibilities for home d&eacutecor, too. Use your imagination!

Quilted apparel could include a number of items as well. Belts and headbands are popular accessories. Quilted jackets are a higher ticket item you could make and sell. You could add small quilt blocks to simple cardigans as pockets. Combine your jackets with a matching quilted cap or tote bag and increase your price accordingly!

Other quilted accessories you could make include cell phone holders, lip gloss pouches, and eye glass cases. Coin purses and wallets are other ideas for quilted accessories. Purses and tote bags are also very popular items that translate nicely into quilted products.

The pet niche can be so much fun. People of all ages love to buy things for their pets. For cats and dogs, quilted carrying cases are good sellers. Pet beds are another top item.

Pet clothing is also very popular. Small dogs generally need the added warmth of a coat in the winter. Quilted coats, jackets and shawls are good sellers for pet clothing. Create a package by including the quilted coat or jacket along with a matching quilted hat.

No matter which niche you choose, any of these areas would offer great sales opportunities for your own quilting business.

Penny Halgren
http://www.TheQuiltingCoach.com

Penny has been a quilter for more than 27 years. She enjoys exploring all aspects of quilting and sharing her knowledge with all quilters. If you are looking for an Internet quilting club with a wide variety of resources for all level quilters, check out http://www.TheQuiltingCoach.com .

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