Learn many aspects of running your own soap or bath and body company, including business set-up, marketing your products, selling at craft shows, online, consignment and wholesale, liability insurance considerations, record keeping and more.
This is a comprehensive, course consisting of slideshow presentations, videos, downloadable PDFs, and quizzes to highlight important information in a professional format. You’ll be able to learn everything you would in a traditional classroom and ask any questions along the way all from the comfort of your home.
Includes: Business Manual PDF - 101 pages of info with worksheets and activities
Our classes are unique in the industry. Each course is designed in logical sequence in a well thought out curriculum. Classes are very comprehensive and cover small details that are often overlooked in other courses and books, but make life easier for soapmakers (things we wished we had learned as a new soapmaker). The class is built on a professional platform, where you can learn at your own pace on your own time, anywhere in the world. You just need internet access and a desire to learn.
Before starting a business, you should make sure that owning one is right for you.
It is important to understand the difference between a hobby and a business as this will affect your taxes and how you are viewed by the government.
Naming your business is an important aspect in start-ups, but is often overlooked or done as an afterthought.
A business plan is an important living document that should be created by all businesses. It is labor intensive and requires research and a lot of thought.
This slideshow explains required registrations. You can find links to the offices to find the registration forms you need in your manual.
There are benefits to being a member of trade associations.
A marketing plan is part of your business plan. This slideshow focuses on free ideas for business promotion.
Erica Pence is a soapmaker, teacher, author, and blogger. She is the founder and CEO of Bath Alchemy Lab providing soap, bath & body, and candle making classes, and Herban Apothecary (formerly The Bonnie Bath Co.), her own line of bath and body products. She is author of the blog, Soap-Blog, where she provides information for those in the bath and body industry. Erica is a long-time columnist for The Saponifier magazine and a speaker for the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild 2014 Conference. She holds a BA in Education, and combines her love for teaching and researching with her passion for soapmaking. Erica is a native Floridian, who now resides in North Carolina with her husband, daughter, 2 dogs, and an old cat.