To Make Money Selling Soap
to make money selling soap is about a lot
more than just making nice soap. It takes some basics
steps, none of which are very hard.
The following is in
response to two questions. One was about how
lucrative the organic
soap making business is and the other was about
how much somebody
could expect to make selling soap... Here
Whether you can make a handmade soap money-making-plan
lucrative depends on whether you can sell in volume, and
whether you can make a quality product at a reasonable
cost. Selling organic products sounds like a great idea.
I just did a cost calculation on current prices to make
lavender soap using normal oils, not organic, and using
essential oils for scent.
What I get is a cost of about $1.10 for a bar of soap.
That is buying in 50 pound batches of the soap oils and
16 ounce bottles of essential oils.
By the way, well over half that cost is the scent oil,
the lavender essential oil.
Now I happen to know that the going rate around here
for soap at craft fairs is between $5 and $6 per bar.
So these folks selling soap at those rates are getting
a gross profit of about $4 per bar.
It could be with some smart buying you could sell
"organic" soap at the same price as the competition
sells regular soap, and therein lies a huge potential
At my better shows, I have sold about 500 bars in a
More typical is to sell 300 bars in a weekend.
I talked to a crafter a few weeks ago.
He said his wife and daughter sell 15,000 bars of soap
in a year.
Soap Business Profits
My recommended way to start a soap
making business is to find craft events and start
Follow up with customers with a brochure you give them,
and then send a bigger catalog to those that reorder.
From time to time you can mail a catalog to your list
you will build, and a great percentage will reorder.
Then you can use a website for another way to keep in
touch with customers.
There are many ways to make
soap and turn it into a business. I just happen to
believe there is no better way to get started with a natural
business than getting in front of a lot of people.
Trying to sell soap just
on the Internet is tough. There is much competition and
some are selling soap really cheap.
Lots of folks want to sell
You need an edge. You
need something unique.
The Edge For Selling Soap
Organic could be it. Outstanding colors could be it.
shows you how to do that... A unique ingredient could be
it. Weird shapes might work as well. But, in any case,
what will make people come back to you and buy in volume
is soap that really is a joy to use and is indeed
That's what I think we came up with, and that's what it
takes to really get going.
Now I don't know what anybody will do when it comes to
It does have to be sold and marketed.
People have such different backgrounds and desires and
just plain old drive and work ethic that it is hard to
guess whether anybody will make a go of making money
People are making money with soap, some probably a lot
I've made quite a bit of money with soap.
What I know about doing it is mostly in my material. I
haven't purposefully left anything out.
If you're like me, you really don't want to do any more
work than necessary to get what you're after.
What I have for sale is a shortcut to a soap business
but making a business go, any kind of venture, takes
determination and just dogged persistence.
I hope this helps some.
It may not sound all that encouraging but the homemade
soap business is no walk in the park, but it can be a
money maker. The start-up costs are so low that it's
easy to get going and then can be grown at whatever rate
somebody wants to go. Learning how to make soap and
learning how to make
money selling soap are two entirely different
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