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    Just Mystified

    Thanks to all for the helpful tips. I did actually do a small shop in Etsy, Tab--I oly have about five items in it thus far, but I've had them in for about three weeks now (and even a link to my website), and I haven't sold a thing! I am going to try to do the signature thing as well. As to...
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    Just Mystified

    Hi, All. I am just mystified by the utter lack of ANYTHING going on with my website! It's been up and running since the end of July, and I think I have only had like three or four sales from it! Recently, I've tried to start promoting it on some of the free advertising websites, and I am...
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    Incrtalent

    Hi All! It's been a while since I've been on again. I've been driving myself into the dirt trying to get the new website functioning properly. (And can I just say UGGGGHHH?). Here I thought "If I build it, they will come." Not so. Not a single sale! Although I have had a couple of wholesale...
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    New Website AT LAST!!!!

    Thanks, Brian! Although I cannot claim to have done it all on my own. On the contrary, I hired someone to do the background construction, (because I don't know the code). I just entered all the products, photos, and product descriptions, wrote the text, and designed the site from an esthetic...
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    New Website AT LAST!!!!

    You know, I thought about doing this, and in fact, we do have an information section on the types and kinds of ingredients we use in making our soaps, but I didn't post the recipe labels primarily because I have no idea how to do it. I'm using one of those shopping carts that has a number of...
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    Getting Seen Out There

    Well, I suppose I'm being dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st centry. I have never blogged, I don't have a Face Book or my space page, and I'm not real certain how to add keywords to my pages, although I think I can probably figure that one out! These all sounds like good tips, but it...
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    And one more thang...

    I would love to hear some of your stories about how you got started. For myself, I'm still making products out of my home, and it's sometimes overwhelming. As organized as I try to be, soap, soap stuff, soap boxes, etc., etc., etc., has literally taken over my home. Do most of you manufacture...
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    Getting Seen Out There

    So guys, how DO you get your website seen out there? Now that I've spent all this time creating the website, it would be great if I could get some traffic walking in the door. I cant sell anything unless they can see me! Does anyone have any suggestions here? Thanks, Lisa
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    Label problems :(

    Lane, that's AWESOME! I'm soooo happy you didn't have to go through the months of aggravation I did! (And probably still have to look forward to). The design is adorable!
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    Label problems :(

    Oh, Lane! I know it sounds TERRIBLE, but knowing that I am not the only one with label woes make me want to dance! I thought I was the only one!! I don't know about you, but I can't afford to have my labels done for me--yet. They are SOOOO expensive, especially when you have many different...
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    Packaging for wholesale order

    I love the idea of the mulberry tissue paper or even a pressed mulberry paper that you can find at the craft stores, but these are VERY expensive. I use parchment paper, (also expensive, but less so, and you can buy it by the box at any office supply store). Then you can add a background...
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    New Website AT LAST!!!!

    Tabitha! Thank you SO much! I can't tell you how nice it is to hear encouraging words from someone of your experience! Next up...I have to figure out how to promote it. Ugh! Martha and I are going to be in our first "Expo" this weekend. It was pretty much a last minute deal, and I'm...
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    New Website AT LAST!!!!

    Lane! Thanks so much for taking a look. I LOOOOVE your website. It's kinda my holy grail. Alas, I am not that talented. I am SOOO happy you like the label designs. Took me months of playing around with publisher to design them. Always felt ify about everything--like everyone out there...
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    New Website AT LAST!!!!

    Hi Everybody! No one has seen much of me around these parts lately, because I have been working myself into a stupor trying to get my biz off the ground, and at last, my retail website is up! Please stop by and visit at www.justimaginebath.com and give me your feedback. I'd love to know...
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    m & p sea salt recipe?

    Hey, ya'll! I'm looking for a recipe for M & P soap using dead sea salt. Trying to make a Margarita soap and thought it would look great with some sea salt in it, but the first time I tried this, the layer just turned to mush. Anybody ever done this? If so, I sure could use some tips...
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    Developing a business plan

    Keys to success would be things like: Your marketing strategy The attention and detail you give to each product Repeat business Your expertise Why your product is unique Market Analysis: How big is the industry? How many soap crafters are there in the US and Canada? Industry...
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    Developing a business plan

    As a matter of fact, you start to lose me on Keys to Success; I bounce back up again on products and services, etc., and then right down the drain again pretty much through the end. Ugh. That horse looks too big to ride.
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    Biz Plan...Plan?

    And hey, Tab. How are we going to compare notes on this one? Are we going section by section, getting commentary from the board, and back to teh drawing table? And wouldn't it be kind of cool to have a "best biz plan" contest? Of course, we'd all be winners in that one. Just a thought.
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    Developing a business plan

    This sounds like a great outline. Problems? Market analysis. Where does one get this type of data, exactly? I'd love to know my numbers and facts. I just have to know where to find them first so I can shake hands and get aquainted! :)
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    Developing a business plan

    So. Let's get going! I'm in. Where do we start?
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