Re: craft at home to craft buisness at home

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Posted by Elaine Van Dusen on March 09, 2002 at 11:00:07:

In Reply to: craft at home to craft buisness at home posted by Steph on March 08, 2002 at 03:29:59:

: I currently craft soap at home for my personal use. I am interested in take a step to start selling my soaps. I have been doing alot of reaserch and speaking with other soap crafters concerning it. I am familiar with FDA (which doesnt require labeling more than name and type for soap not having a cosmetic claim) which I am familiar with and not where my question is heading. Anyway...what I am looking for is information on getting started in taking that step to make my craft a buisness. I contacted a home crafters insurance and am waiting for a quote so that I have in line. Still I am concerned and confuse about how and what I need to do. I read sll the info I can find on small buisnesses but still find myself overwhelmed and confused. All I want to do is take something I love doing, share it with others, and make a few dollars in the process. The more I read the more I find myself confused. I have asked this question to others soapers and they tell me the most important thing is the insurance but I have recieved little imput on actually what steps I need to take before I can actually sell that first bar of soap. (please excuse the typos and grammer it is 4:30am and I have been up all night reading what info I can find)

One of the first thing I did when starting my business was to contact SCORE. Service Corps of Retired Executives Ass. They come right to your home and answer any questions you may have and the service is free. If they can't help you in a certain area they connect you with some one who can. I am really impressed with them and have used them occasionally over the years as I needed help. You should find them listed in the phone book and they also have a web site that can tell you the nearest location to where you live. Good luck and that the leap! I had no business background and in my 12 yr. now.

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