Business Focus: Holiday Sales Opportunities

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Many of the season’s craft shows take place the first weekend of December. If you have participated in any craft shows this month  you probably sold a lot of your inventory; however you may have some left over.  I know I did. Rather than hold on to left over holiday soaps, here is an outlet that I’ve found… Bring your … Read More

Business Focus: 10 Tips for Holiday Craft Show Success

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Here we are again in the final days of November, which means that soapmakers around the world are getting ready for holiday crafts fairs, where they will be showcasing their finest wares. If you are selling soap at holiday boutiques, here are some tips to help you with your holiday displays: Display your products right up front: Because soaps and … Read More

Handcrafted Soapmaker’s Guild Credit Card Processing Program

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HSMG Programs and Services Keeps it Coming!  Another NEW Member Benefit! Looking for a better merchant account solutions? We are pleased to announce that the HSMG is now offering a discounted merchant services program to the membership. This benefit is available to both Soapmaker and Vendor members.  There are low rates for credit card, debit card and check processing, no … Read More

Free Webstore at

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What? A fee free customizable web store at! Yes, it’s true!  A new fantastic member benefit! Taken advantage of your new member benefit yet?  All members are eligible for a free webstore at The store may be used to actually sell products and take orders or as a brochure site directing visitors to your main eCommerce site. You … Read More

Business Focus: Why Write A Business Plan

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When you started selling your soap, did you start out with an idea that you would make handcrafted soap and immediately write your business plan?  Or were you like many small businesses; your hobby morphed into a business and you are just winging it? If you fall into the latter category, it’s never too late to write a business plan. … Read More