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Increasing Your Soap Batch Size, Molds and Market

Increasing Your Soap Batch Size, Molds and Market

Increasing Your Handmade Soap Batch Size, Molds and Market Workshop

Offered year round and scheduled at your convenience.

We offer this class privately, customized to your needs. Let us help you accelerate your progress! Email us for details at info at soapshed.com, or fill out our Contact Us form to ask about scheduling this workshop.

Are you considering moving from hobby to business level soapmaking production?

So - the lure of handcrafted soap has you firmly in its grip!

You and your family are hooked on that creamy, fresh lather and your skin feels so wonderful after each use. Your friends and extended family are always hounding you to make more and asking when you are going to start selling at the local craft mall or on Etsy?

You really do like the feel and creativity of making soap but have only made a few bars at a time.

What do you need to know to move to the next level?

Is it simply doubling or tripling the size of your batches or something far more involved? What procedures are needed to move to a business model rather than remain in the hobby class? Do you need a license? How do you make the switch?

If any of this “rings true,” then our 'Next Level' workshop may be just what you are looking for.

Or maybe you’ve already made up your mind.

You’ve been making soap for a while now and are confident in the process. Various opportunities for local sales through craft malls, farmer’s markets, church bazaars, and the festival circuit have confirmed there is a market for your products.

By now your routines are pretty well fixed but you are stretched because your production per “batch” is so limited. It just seems you are making soap all the time and ordering more raw material every week. Moving to a new level just seems to be the best way.

Yet, how do you convert from “kitchen” production to a more efficient and realistic routine for your demand? What is involved in “stepping off the deep end?” When is it 'time' to make it official, and say I AM in business and need to act accordingly?

If this tension is part of your current reality, then our ‘Next Level’ workshop may be just right for you.

This two day workshop will help you transition to the next level of soap production and make needed business adjustments when moving from just a few bars of soap per month to regular and significant production year round.

Participation in this workshop will help you assess a complex of key indicators which are integral to the next level, and make the decision to move in an expanded direction - OR NOT.

Without an awareness and understanding of what lies ahead you are vulnerable to frustration at the least and outright failure at the worst. A real result can be significant negative financial impact as well as a setback to growth plans in general.

If you have considered “Upleveling” your business but are unsure what that might be like, then this is the workshop to answer your scariest questions and boost your confidence in taking your dreams to the next level.

Workshop Topics and Schedule

This workshop will lead you through the key components of expansion from production to the identification of new markets and product delivery.

• What is the status of your current soap operation?: production, number of products, regular inventory, storage options, current market, sales, delivery methods, etc.

• Where do you think you want to go with your soapmaking, and why?

• What is the next best up-level for you?

• How to decide? Do I just do it, or move gradually into it?

• Testing the waters and making the “GO/NO GO” decision?

• Considerations for growing into a new market:

New production considerations: capital, raw materials, equipment, inventory, storage, maintenance, climate control, shelf life

Record keeping: quality control, production scheduling, seasonal projections, marketing and sales

Product preparation and packaging: labeling, inventory, delivery options: wholesale, on-site retail, off-site retail, internet sales via web store or “Etsy”.

• When do I know I have made the turn successfully? What does the “bottom line” really look like, financially AND functionally.

• Are there personal costs beyond just numbers?

The workshop fee includes class time from 9:30am through 4:30pm each day; lunch, beverages and snacks; all supplies and materials needed for class and the Workshop Workbook including classroom lecture notes, helpful online resources, and recommended soap making suppliers.

A tour of Soap Shed production areas, soap molds, drying racks, cutting, packaging, retail customer shop, and shipping areas will be provided over the two days.

The ‘classroom’ part of each workshop day is over about 4:30 pm.

Please Note:We do not teach ‘melt and pour’ glycerine soapcrafting or hot process soap in this workshop. We have successfully made and sold cold process soap for 20 years and that is the expertise we offer.

Supplies and Materials

Each participant will receive a notebook with written material on each topic we cover, along with supplier information and recipes to get you started.

Since this is not a hands-on soapmaking workshop, you may dress as you choose - casual and comfortable is always best! Consider the season and check the weather forecast before you travel here for class: The Blue Ridge Mountains can get very hot & humid during the Summer, and extremely cold during the Winter months.

Workshop Dates

We offer this class privately, customized to your needs. Let us help you accelerate your progress! Email us for details at info at soapshed.com, or fill out the Contact Us form.

Workshop Timeframes

All Day: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Workshop Location

The workshop will be held at The Soap Shed, Spruce Pine, North Carolina

About The Facilitators

Tim Tyndall started making cold process soap in 1998, and is a science professor by education and training, having been a science teacher and college administrator for 30 years in chemistry, biology, botany and health sciences. 'Dr.T' has been teaching handmade soapmaking weekend classes and week long classes at the John C Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC since 2001.

Karen Wylie created The Soap Shed to sell soap wholesale, consignment, at craft shows, retail shop, and from the soapshed.com website. She also coordinates production, quality control and packaging.

In response to requests for soapmaking demonstrations, The Soap Shed opened its doors to the public in 2000. During the Blue Ridge mountain tourist season (May-October), visitors can see soap made and select from 150 varieties in their retail shop.

Prior to creating The Soap Shed, Tim & Karen were business educators and consultants to clients in the furniture & textile industries. When these industries literally left the USA in the mid 1990s, Tim and Karen reinvented their lives and livelihood by creating The Soap Shed at midlife, at ages 52 & 40, respectively.

Their unusual backgrounds - combined with their first hand experience in creating and running a handmade soap business for 20 successful years - provide Tim and Karen with unique perspectives on making and selling handmade soap.

How To Register

Register for this Workshop by putting it in your shopping cart and checking out. You may also pay by check or money order in the amount of $165.00 and mailing it to The Soap Shed, 179 Meadow View Road, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

We prefer no more than six participants in each workshop, and need at least three participants for each workshop to be a ‘GO’. Please feel free to contact us at 877-404-SOAP with any questions you have. And please read our cancellation policy below before signing up.

Cancellation Policy

Our workshops are planned for small groups of 4-6 participants, and often require us to turn away additional participants when the workshops fill.

Should you need to cancel your attendance - for any reason - please let us know as soon as possible. If we can fill your space prior to 7 days before the workshop, you will receive a refund of your payment minus a $45 non-refundable deposit. If we cannot fill your space at that point, you will receive half of your original payment in the form of a refund check.

If you give us less than 7 days notice or just don’t show up for the workshop(s), no refund or credit will be given. You are welcome to send someone else in your place if you cannot attend yourself.

Where To Stay

A list of private and chain hotels and motels within 20 miles of The Soap Shed will be provided when you register. Asheville and Boone are great towns to stay in, but they are an hour's drive from Spruce Pine.

How to Get to Spruce Pine, North Carolina

We are located in Northwestern North Carolina, tucked up close to the Tennessee state line. We are one hour east of Asheville, one hour south of Boone, 2 hours north of Greenville-Spartanburg SC, and 2 hours northwest of Charlotte.

For anyone flying in, Charlotte-Douglas Airport and Greenville-Spartanburg Airport are larger airports than Asheville, but the Asheville Airport is about an hour and 15 minutes drive from here. Because of the distance, we regret we are unable to offer airport transportation assistance. Car rental from Asheville is usually far less expensive than limousine.

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