I've asked one question on the forum (grateful for good responses). I am not new to soap making, but am new to making it for other than family friends. I have worked many years in corporate/government positions and have expressed my creative side through pottery, painting, crafts of all sorts - and now I hope to bring it all together with soaping. I plan to retire next June and Social Security won't quite cut it so I am hoping to make a bit of extra income with selling soaps at small markets within a day's drive from home. To be honest, I'm scared to death. I don't exactly know "who I am" as a soaper. While I admire them deeply, I recognize that I haven't enough years ahead to become viable at "art soap". I'm definitely not interested in a massive wholesale type endeavor. I make pleasant soap in nice colors with good quality scents - but know that I have SOOOOOO much to learn on so many levels (what I like about it, actually). I like very much the idea of making someone's shower or bath relaxing. I've spent so many years in tense, difficult commuting and technology work environments - and now I want to be an instrument of gentleness, fun, relaxation. I have NO idea, after reading and reading and reading books, articles, websites, etc., whether or not there is a chance in heck that I can actually make any money at this (even enough to cover my limited costs). I just know that I want to try. Anyone who is older, started out older, who has any thoughts on whether I'm being completely unrealistic, I'll follow your threads and thoughts with great attention. This is a lovely forum and I hope to learn a lot and hopefully can encourage others and share a bit as well.