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Home Based Business - Selling Soap from Home

Updated on August 2, 2012

Homemade Soaps

Glycerin Soap
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Your Home Based Business

Crafting is a multi-billion dollar industry. Many people are selling their crafts at local markets and online. If you want to start your own home based business you might consider selling soap from home.

In order to get started you will need to do a few bookkeeping tasks first. This includes registering with your local and state authorities as well as the IRS. You need to know the laws regarding home based businesses in your town, state and neighborhood. You also need to register for a Tax ID number.

What type of soap will you offer?

Some people specialize in hot process soap and others specialize in cold process soaps. Still others cater to the Vegan market or even the novelty market with soaps that look like food or other popular items.

How Will You Ship Your Homemade Soaps?

Figure out now how you will ship your soaps. Be sure to figure costs of shipping supplies as well as gas and the time it takes you to travel to and from the shipping store or post office.

Small Business Banking

Now that your business is registered you need to set up a business banking account. The money you put in here should only go for business expenses. Since you will be paying taxes quarterly it is a good idea to set aside some money each month to cover this cost. Pay your vendors on time and try to use cash instead of credit.

Selling Online versus Selling Locally

Making the decision to sell your soaps at a local market is a big decision. You have to schedule the venues, pack your stuff and make sure you have the right equipment such as a pop-up tent, tables and chairs. Selling online requires that you take professional quality photographs of your product. You might ask a local photographer to do an exchange of service - his photo service for your soap.

How to Make Handmade Soap at Home

There are many recipes for soap that you can use. You can even come up with your own unique recipe. Here is a base recipe for hot process soap that you can make at home using your crock pot.

Gather your oils such as Palm Oil, Palm Kernal Oil, and Olive Oil. You'll also need Lye and some distilled water. Once you have your ingredients add them to the crock pot. Heat on low while stirring. In a separate dish you can get your lye ready by adding it slowing to the water.

When your soap reaches trace then you can set the heat on high and cook for 15 to 20 minutes. During this time you can line your soap molds and get any additives and fragrances ready.

Turn the heat to low, mix and add your additives and fragrances until well blended. Add the mixture to your molds and then set aside. You want it set for about a week or two.

Cold process soap is another alternative and glycerin based soap is a nice choice for easy vegan friendly soaps.

How to Make Cold Process Soap

Soap Making Home Based Business Supplies

Business Supplies
Soap Making Supplies
Soap Molds
Store Front Fees - Online
Craft Fair Fees
Craft Fair Tables/Tent/Chairs
Business Cards
Shipping Scale
Essential Oils
Tax Forms
Excel or Other Account Software

Readers Thoughts on Starting a Home Based Soap Making Business

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    • SaraDuggan profile imageAUTHOR

      Sara Duggan 

      5 years ago from California

      @PWalker281 Yes, you can make soap without lye - I can totally understand that as it is pretty scary. You can buy glycerin cubes at a craft store, melt those down and add your fragrance and herbs.

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      5 years ago

      I've never had the desire to make soap from home, but if I did, I'd come to this article to get me started. It's an excellent overview of what's involved in starting an operating a home-based soap-making business.

      One question, though. Is it possible to make soaps without the lye? Not sure I'd wanted to have to handle that.

      Voted up, useful, and shared.


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