As the owner of a hobby-business, I find myself the wearer of many hats. So many more than I could have ever imagined when I started on this journey. Of course, I didn’t own all the hats at once. They’ve come to me in phases and now it’s time for me to try on the “blogging” hat and learn how to blog.
Starting a soap business was not something that I had always dreamt of doing. In fact, it was the furthest thing from my mind. Making soap never entered my mind until I began keeping goats. So, how does one transition from a soap making hobby to a hobby-business? It’s a slow process….at least it has been for me.
I’ve been making soap for almost eight years now. After making my very first batch of soap, I was hooked. I spent the next year making soap and I was just learning, only scratching the surface of infinite possibilities. My creative soul had been released and I was in heaven! I would spend several days a week turning out little one pound batches of soap, one after the other, making 4 or more batches of soap per day.
Then one day my husband said to me “Sheree, you’ve made enough soap to last us the rest of our lives. Either you need to start selling your soaps or you need to stop making them.” And that my friends, is why I began a goat milk soap hobby-business. Clearly, I wasn’t ready to stop making soap. A few months later, my husband drove me over the mountains to our county seat. I filed all the proper paperwork and Mariah Country Soaps was born. Then I had to begin the process of figuring out how to create a business out of a hobby.
I’ve come a long way on this journey already. From creating skin loving soap formulas, designing the labels and selling my products at farmers markets and other events. To learning how to build a website so folks who bought my products at events could buy more online. Now my journey moves me towards blogging. Blogging has been recognized as a good way of attracting more traffic to a website and quite honestly, I’m hoping that with more traffic, I will gain some new customers too.
Starting a soap making business and keeping it going has been a continual journey of learning and I’m loving every minute of it! I hope you will join me as I share my discoveries and experiences. With that said, I never thought I could say enough about soap to keep a blog going and quite honestly, I still don’t. So, don’t be surprised if I sprinkle in some topics related to my other interests as well.
All good things ~ Sheree
Do any of you own a hobby or micro business? What has your journey been like?