Product Liability Insurance for Soap and Cosmetics

No matter your business, you should have product liability insurance in this day and age.  Not only does it make you look like a professional company, but it protects you and your business against potential liability claims against your products. When people sue large companies like McDonald’s for having hot coffee, which is clearly marked as such, then you are just as likely to be …

Basics of Soap and Cosmetics Labeling

Properly labeling your soap and cosmetics is important for both consumers and your business. Let’s take a look at some of the rules and what you can do to make sure you are compliant with government regulations. Required on All Products   Regardless of what you sell from soap to candles, every product should be labeled with the name of the product, the identity of …

Turning Your Business Resolutions Into Attainable, SMART Goals

Originally written and posted on this blog in 2010.  This information is still relevant and important, so I am slightly revising and reposting it for 2014. Remember those New Year Resolutions you made for your business? What?!? You forgot already? Come now, it’s time to turn those resolutions into business goals. This is how you actually get things accomplished. Here …

Top 7 Marketing Trends in 2014

This list was compiled by Jayson DeMers for Forbes magazine.  It is interesting to see where the marketing is going for business and then to apply it to your own small business. Content marketing will be bigger than ever If you do not know what this is, it is time to learn.  ‘Content marketing is a marketing technique of creating …

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7 Things To Do As The New Year Approaches

Here are 7 things you should do as a business owner as the new year approaches, according to Geoffrey James of Inc.com. Avoid making resolutions Resolutions are typically things that you don’t enjoy doing.  Making a resolution sets you up for failure as it just lists those things you will try to avoid.  ‘I will make more cold calls’ will …

Online Soapmaking Classes

I have a number of requests for online soapmaking classes as not everyone can travel to Greensboro, NC.  I have finally put together an online series of courses to help all levels of soapmakers.  Different classes will be posted each month.  I have a few set up for September and October. 14 week Online Cold Process Soapmaking Academy  This course …

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How to Choose the Right Craft Show

Choosing the right craft show to sell your products at can be a little daunting.  Here are some things to consider when making your selection. Where do you find craft shows?  There are lots of directories that charge a fee for full information on all craft shows and other events in your area.  If you are a member of the …

Soap Crafting Book by the Soap Queen – A Review

Photo from www.SoapQueen.com The much awaited Soap Crafting book by Anne-Marie Faiola (AKA The Soap Queen) has just been released and finally reached my home on the East Coast.  I could barely wait to tear open the package and see what was inside.  I’m kind of impatient with some things, and waiting for a new book or movie happens to …

Things to Bring to a Craft Show, Fair, or Event

Things to Bring to a Craft Show, Fair, or Event

Craft Show season is approaching, so I thought I would include some helpful resources for those of you that sell at them.  This is a checklist of just about everything you may need at a craft show.  There are longer lists out there, but this covers most of what you could ever possibly need. Any product information signs necessary Aspirin …

SoapMaker 3 Professional Software Review

I am terrible about the office work of my business.  It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s that I don’t have time so I cut corners and tend to not take it as seriously as I should.  I’m also unorganized in that aspect of my business.  My recipes, pricing, ideas, and plans were all penciled in several volumes of journals.  I didn’t calculate profit …