Soap and Cosmetic Business

Starting and running your small bath and body company
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  • Lectures 27
  • Length 7.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2014 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • 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

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • Soapmakers
  • Cosmetic Makers
  • Anyone wanting to start a small craft business

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
Soap and Cosmetic Business Manual
Section 2: Before You Start a Business

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.

Finding Your Niche
Before Your Start
5 questions
Section 3: Starting Your Business
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.

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.

Trademarks, Patents, and Copyrights
Starting Your Business
10 questions
Section 4: Money Matters
Pricing Power
Bookkeeping 101
Money Matters
7 questions
Section 5: Soap and Cosmetic Considerations

There are benefits to being a member of trade associations.

Product Liability Insurance
Basics of Labeling and GMP
Soapmaker Software
Soap and Cosmetic Considerations
6 questions
Section 6: Selling Your Products
Craft and Trade Shows
Selling Online
Wholesale and Consignment
10 questions
Section 7: Marketing 101

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

Social Media Crash Course
Marketing 101
8 questions
Section 8: Conclusion

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Instructor Biography

Erica D Pence, 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.

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