Soap and Cosmetic Business
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Soap and Cosmetic Business

Starting and running your small bath and body company
4.7 (10 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
57 students enrolled
Created by Erica D Pence
Last updated 4/2014
Price: $140
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
  • 7 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn to write a business plan
  • Learn about the legal aspects of running a business
  • Learn to market and sell your products
  • Learn how to protect your company
  • Learn how to start and setup your business for success
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  • Desire to learn
  • Willingness to set aside a few hours per week to work on business plan
  • Take notes and use the accompanying manual full of samples and resources

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.

Topics include:

  • Business start-up
  • Writing a business plan
  • Basic marketing
  • Selling online and at craft shows
  • Selling consignment and wholesale
  • Protecting your company
  • Record keeping
  • Finding professional help

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • Soapmakers
  • Cosmetic Makers
  • Anyone wanting to start a small craft business
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Curriculum For This Course
27 Lectures
3 Lectures 07:12

Soap and Cosmetic Business Manual
Before You Start a Business
4 Lectures 34:59

Before starting a business, you should make sure that owning one is right for you.

Preview 06:53

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.

Is It A Business or a Hobby?

Naming your business is an important aspect in start-ups, but is often overlooked or done as an afterthought.

Naming Your Business

Finding Your Niche

Before Your Start
5 questions
Starting Your Business
7 Lectures 02:16:54
Business Start-Up Checklist

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.

Writing a Basic Business Plan

Business Plan
10 questions

Business Plan Template by SCORE
31 pages

Start-up Costs and Funding

Choose Your Business Structure

This slideshow explains required registrations. You can find links to the offices to find the registration forms you need in your manual.

Registrations, Licenses, and Permits

Trademarks, Patents, and Copyrights

Starting Your Business
10 questions
Money Matters
2 Lectures 41:52
Pricing Power

Bookkeeping 101

Money Matters
7 questions
Soap and Cosmetic Considerations
4 Lectures 01:00:22

There are benefits to being a member of trade associations.

Trade Association Membership

Product Liability Insurance

Basics of Labeling and GMP

Soapmaker Software

Soap and Cosmetic Considerations
6 questions
Selling Your Products
3 Lectures 01:31:02
Craft and Trade Shows

Selling Online

Wholesale and Consignment

10 questions
Marketing 101
3 Lectures 36:43

A marketing plan is part of your business plan. This slideshow focuses on free ideas for business promotion.

Marketing 101

Social Media Crash Course

Marketing 101
8 questions
1 Lecture 02:19
About the Instructor
Erica D Pence
4.3 Average rating
93 Reviews
280 Students
14 Courses
Certified Advanced Soapmaking Teacher

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.