Soap making can be a profitable craft. Soap is easy to make, small and light to carry to markets and shops through any professional soap making machine manufacturer. You can also post soap selling online, and the ingredients can be quite cheap if you hunt around. If you buy them in bulk, then it’s good to have a business tax file number to get great discounts on products.
There seems to be an endless amount of the different types of soaps you can make, and you can create your unique soap with colour, fragrance and other ingredients of your choice. You may want a soft and gentle soap suitable to use on your face, or you may want a gritty, powerful soap to remove oil, dirt off your hands etc. Handmade soap bars can also make great inexpensive gifts and are also great to sell.
Most local markets have soap stands and seem to be very popular. As always, it pays to do your homework first. Check out your local markets and see what people sell and if their stands are popular. Giving that soap can be classed as a consumable (another words soap is something that is used most days in most households, it’s more of a need than a want) it normally is a very popular item to sell. However, don’t just assume this.
Also if there are numerous stands all selling the same things, then you’d have much stronger competition and either wouldn’t sell a lot or would need something that stands out to entice people to buy from you instead of somewhere else. Such as making special deals like buy two and get the third for free etc. The same principals apply to online as well. Check out other websites selling soap and get a feel for what they sell, how much they sell for and what special offers do they give. Also what postage costs they charge.
Creating unique soaps could also give you a great advantage. Instead of just rectangle bars of soap, you could learn the tricks of blending colors, so you have swirls of two or more colors in your bars. Molds are also great and can aim at a certain market. Such as making animal-shaped soaps may entice parents to buy that soap for their child, or they may love animals and splash out on themselves or for a gift. Molds come in many shapes and sizes from animals, flowers, cars, houses, words, footballs etc. and the list goes on. Also, molds are great to double up using them for candle making as well as soap.
You need to always check first that advertising is allowed. If not you could generally chat about your handmade soap and just have your website link somewhere on the page. Another angle could be attracting mechanics and advertising your great super-tough grit soap that gets oil off easily without drying out hands as natural ingredients are used. These are just two ideas as to what markets you could aim at. If you put your mind to it, you could create many specialized soaps. Also, people, like any wood working machine manufacturer, are often willing to pay a little extra for something tailor-made to do the job they specifically want. Once again do your homework first to ensure that what you say when you advertise is correct.
You also need to display what ingredients you’re using just in case someone has an allergic reaction to something it’s listed. A local business office and/or local government office/website should be able to help you with information on this.
Selling soap through websites or online can be a profitable craft. However, you can’t make customers smell or feel soap via a digital screen! So it would be a good idea to have your soaps for sale in shops/markets etc. as well with your website information on it welcoming orders.
There are thousands of different types of soaps you can make and different processes to make it. Often essential oils are used, fruit and plant oils, natural colorings, natural defoliants such as oatmeal and many more ingredients. Then there’s the part to making the soap and letting it cure and the different methods of displaying it from cutting your soap into shapes to using molds for unique shapes to stamping the soap for a unique touch, even having your business name as an emblem on it. This way, after someone repeatedly seeing your business name, it may jog their memory to buying from you again.