Sunday, July 11, 2010

Marketing Soap -- 5 Fast Ways To Sell Handmade Soap

Marketing soap as a small scale business is one  of the easiest ways to start a small part-time business. Let's face it, soap making is a great hobby and maybe you've thought about trying to sell soap as a business. Maybe you wonder how to get started and where you can sell it.

Here's what we found as we made and sold tens of thousands of bars of natural soap as a part-time little family business.

Fast Way 1 -- Sell it at festivals...

There they are... thousands of people just walking around looking for fun and entertainment. Some of them are looking for homemade soap. Be there with a story and attractive products and they will buy... sometimes by the armload. Did you know that the average person can stack ten four ounce bars of soap on their upper arm? Know how I know?

Fast Way 2 -- A little ten cent brochure...

Once you have a customer give them a little brochure you just printed on your printer. Tell what you have and how to get it... They will mail it back to you or give you a call... Easy sales are repeat sales.

Fast Way 3 -- The Internet works...

Just a little website that's like an on-line brochure will do. Give folks a way to contact you and they will buy...

Fast Way 4 -- Keep all those addresses...

The addresses of your customers are like gold. Just send them a little brochure or catalog. They will buy again if your products are top quality. It's repeat sales and that's the easy way.

Fast Way 5 -- Shops want your soap...

Want to sell a hundred bars at a time? That's what shops will buy. Make sure you have a volume discount price that will work for you. Shops will call you or you can call them. Volume sales are nice and easy too.

Marketing soap on a small scale is easy. If only you didn't have to make all that soap... That can be a nice problem to have...


source: http://www.articlesbase.com/hobbies-articles/marketing-soap-5-fast-ways-to-sell-handmade-soap-926535.html

3 comments:

Enjoy Health said...

What great info!? Thanks! I was wondering about licensing? Do you know anything about that? Do you have to have a license to sell homemade products like soap and even toothpaste?
My mom and I are looking into making our own and if we get good at it maybe sell some! Check out my blog at e-Eatery.blogspot.com
Thanks again!

Lori Stoia said...

You will definately would need a business license. Check with your local city for the requirements. You will need a resale license because if you buy products in order to make products to sell you will not have to pay tax, but you will have to collect taxes when you sell something. You would get that from your state equalization board.

Lastly, you may have problems selling homemade toothpaste because that would be possibly consider a cosemetic. That would fall under the fda and there are strict guidelines for anything that make claims. Soap does not fall under that unless you say that it claims to do something like clear acne, etc. Do a search on the fda. Also you have to clearly label what ingredients are in your products plus have insurance.

Enjoy Health said...

Thank you! I have a lot of research to do for sure! I appreciate the reply!