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Hi, This is Jeff Dorrian at thesoapguy.com. Our family has been making soap since 2002. The first few years as a hobby and then we started to sell soap at local craft fairs based upon the reviews we were getting for our products.We decided to focus on our wholesale operation and help other small businesses market and sell their bath and body products.This avenue allowed us to grow steadily and eventually we moved our operation from the basement of our home to a commercial space. Initially we sold our products almost exclusively on Ebay. It was a great time to be on Ebay as the market was exploding with new businesses, buyers and sellers. We made all od the products ourselves and Cathy my sister did all of the Ebay marketing. After a couple of years of steady growth we realized that we needed our own website to continue to grow the business. many customers hadd been calling and asking for the soapguy. So thesoapguy.com was born. Before that we had been calling ourselves Dorrian Valley Soap. As our website grew we eventually with drew from Ebay and Etsy and started focusing on our new website. We were lucky enough to have a steady customer base that allowed us gain word of mouth traction and continue to grow our business. This is when our second move came as we needed more space to accommodate the growing customer base. We move about 1.5 hours east of our first location to NW Indiana to take advantage of plentiful warehousing options for customers.
At this time we added our first bath bomb page to the soapguy website. We did not get many orders for bath bombs this first few years though the increase in sales was steady. There we several more moves to slightly larger places until we found our current home. Each one was a true adventure in entrepreneurship. We are currently running 8 bath bomb machines to keep us with the crazy demand for these top sellers We hope you enjoy our products and are welcome to call us anytime. we would be more than happy to answer any of your questions. Our main focus is helping other small businesses and families start and market their businesses. Over the past 8 years we have done over 300 videos, many giving away free bath bombs and many integrating small business tips into each video to help our customers and aspiring small business owners. I will follow up here with a few pointers. At this time we added our first bath bomb page to the soapguy website. We did not get many orders for bath bombs this first few years though the increase in sales was steady. There we several more moves to slightly larger places until we found our current home. Each one was a true adventure in entrepreneurship. We are currently running 8 bath bomb machines to keep us with the crazy demand for these top sellers We hope you enjoy our products and are welcome to call us anytime. we would be more than happy to answer any of your questions. Our main focus is helping other small businesses and families start and market their businesses. Over the past 8 years we have done over 300 videos, many giving away free bath bombs and many integrating small business tips into each video to help our customers and aspiring small business owners. I will follow up here with a few pointers.
Deciding what type of business do you want?
The beginners choice in the bath and body field is between making the products your self of buying your products and private labeling them. We have found a third option which seems to work for many of our customers and that is to do both. Making some the distinct products which differentiate you fro you competition. but keep a steady supply of in demand staples purchased for private lable specialist to keep your customers happy and also keep them from going else where and looking for alternative. Our newest offering
Our luffa soap is a great example!Another question to be answered is what specialty item will you offer that will generate a buzz? Every few years and item or ingredient becomes super hot in the bath and body world. One year it might bee beeswax and the next year in may be grape seed oil. The last few years coconut oil seemed to be in vogue. Keep in mind going this route will keep you busy coming up with new items and testing new formulas. This can increase your knowledge and skill set. Try and focus on trends that are wide and deep and will continue to play out for years at a time. The natural and organic trends are well established and will continue unabated in my opinion.
What will be your primary marketing avenue?
We have watched many a young business struggle with this question. There is so much competition in this field it is hard to know where to turn. One of the things I emphasize on our video channel is a soap maker that is trying to operate a successful business needs to spend 50% of their time exclusively on marketing. This sound like an enormous commitment to mostly beginning business owners but I am uncompromising about my opinion on this topic. I think is the largest impediment to success in our business. Estimates put the number of bobbies soap makers in our country at 100000. Each one of theses amazing soap makers believes in the strength of their product. The best way to stand out is to out hustle your competitors. I guarantee that most are not spending this amount of time on marketing. Do follow us on Youtube or Facebook as I address these issues daily.
Are there other opportunities in my community?
Find like minded individuals, especially other start ups in your community is an excellent way to get started., You may find professionals such as therapists and spas that are looking for a line of local bath and body products to offer to their customers. Many aroma therapists are looking for essential oil products that compliment their on. Herbs and spice store store are quite popular ant the moment and often would like to incorporate some their items into your soaps and lotions and offer them in their stores. You may find a local flower shop that has plenty of left over botanicals for you to incorporate your offering as well as being an outlet for your products. Lavender and patchouli are ever popular essential oils that do well in these environments.Many of these types of stores are not in any direct competition with what you are doing and can be quite helpful. How should I package my world class goods? Packaging can be a real came changer. Perceived value is key. A focused effort on premium packaging will give you an edge over the competition.Spending a few more pennies per item can add dollars to your bottom line. For great design ideas check out Etsy and Google images for handmade items. Don't steal anyones ideas but use them for inspiration to create your own unique look.
Where can I find support for my ideas?
All of the usual places plus a few more. The Better Business Bureau and the Chamber of Commerce hold regular meetings for like minded individuals involved with business start ups.One of my new favorites is meetup.com. There are many opportunities to meet with business owners that were not available even ten years ago. Use Google as a search resource especially for local meetings.
Should I join any soap makers groups?
The HSMG is a must. That have many resources as well as business insurance for small crafters which is often hard to find. I will provide a link below.
How charitable should I be with my products?
Be charitable until it is painful. Give away as much product as you can There are many ion our communities who need help fund raising for all kinds of worthy causes. Give without any expectations of getting anything in return. You will receive you generosity back many fold, I promise you.
How much should I know about the technical aspects of soap making?
As much as you can stomach. Knowledge is a great sales helper. Some people do quite well without knowing anything about saponification or sodium hydroxide.
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One last note to all of our regular customers. First, thank you for being such wild supporters of our bath and beauty products. Secondly, we are in the process of adding 15 new fragrances in our handmade product line. Some of these include an amazing pear fragrance and a really nice new combo of pineapple and jasmine. We really love these two new scents and we believe you will love them too. In spite of the fact that wholesale olive oil prices have gone up as much 30 % in the past year, we have managed to keep our prices steady with improved volume. Some fragrances have also increased rapidly, such as patchouli and imported musks. We realize most of our customers are resellers of our premium products and their very livelihood depends on our consistency in product quality and in product pricing. We will continue to work with our retailers and will be offering many specials in the upcoming months to defray any of your increased overhead. Thanks again.
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