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 …

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 …

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 …

Resources for Chandlers

Resources for Chandlers

Candle making is a wonderfully artistic craft, and to provide you with inspiration and instructions, this list of candle making resources should give you everything you need to get started or to pursue more advanced techniques.  The descriptions for the books are taken from editorial reviews and book lists.  No book or course is being promoted, nor is a great …

Natural Resources – Soap, Bath and Body

This guide is a compilation of references for all things natural from soapmaking to essential oils, from herbs and botanicals to all natural body care.Included are books for beginners to the more advanced and a few online places to find courses and certifications to become an herbalist or aromatherapist. The descriptions for the books are gleaned from editorial reviews and …

Going Natural – Part 3 – Using Fairly Traded Ingredients

Besides helping the environment by purchasing oils that do not promote deforestation or the destruction of habitats, helping under developed countries obtain fair wages for ingredients needed for your products is another positive approach for your business. Remember that you need the farmers/ gatherers, processors, and more to get the ingredients you need to make your products. One such organization …

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Going Natural – Becoming Sustainable – The Other Side of the Palm Oil Debate

Becoming Sustainable In a recent post, we discussed sustainability. Here is a brief synopsis to get you up to speed if you missed the article. A sustainable business is a company that leaves no negative impact on the global or local environment, community, society, or economy. The business strives to ensure that all processes, products, and manufacturing activities adequately address …