I looooooove secret santa exchanges around the holidays, but I wanted to switch it up this year and do something a little different! Instead of swapping products, let’s swap a little biz knowledge!
What is the Secret Soaper Biz Book Exchange?
The Secret Soaper Exchange is to help spread a little biz knowledge around the handmade soap community of small business owners, to help facilitate a stellar new year of business growth and success!
Soapers can sign up to send and receive a business book via the Secret Soaper exchange. Each participant will be responsible for delivering a business book they hand-pick for their Secret Soaper partner, and will receive one in return from another participant! Yum, business building knowledge for the new year!
How much should I spend on my Secret Soaper partner?
The beauty of business books is that the price tag may vary slightly, but most books fall in the $10 to $20 range. And a book for a book is a great exchange!
Each Secret Soaper participant will be able to include a note about what biz topics they are interested in, so please do your best to choose an appropriate book title for your Secret Soaper partner. You should choose a book about a business topic for your Secret Soaper partner, including but not limited to: branding, marketing, pricing, selling, regulations compliance, finances, productivity, business management, entrepreneurship, social media, website building, content marketing (blogging, email newsletters), planning, strategy, etc.
When do I need to sign up by?
Secret Soaper sign-ups close on November 15th. This allows me a little time to pair Secret Soapers up and email each participant individually about their partner.
When do I find out who my Secret Soaper partner is?
You will be emailed by November 22nd with your Secret Soaper partner’s information. This will give you about two and a half to three weeks to make your business book selection and get it on its merry way!
Can I opt to receive a Kindle book instead of a physical book?
Secret Soaper Exchange participants may choose to indicate their preference for a physical or digital (Kindle) copy of a business book. I will do my best to pair physical book preferences together, as well as digital preferences together. However, it may not work out evenly and you may be paired with someone whose preference does not match yours.
If you indicate a digital preference, your Secret Soaper partner may not know how to purchase a Kindle book as a gift, and you may receive a physical copy instead. If you indicate a physical copy preference, your Secret Soaper partner will be notified so that they do not send you a book you cannot read!
Can I participate if I live in another country?
Yes, you can! Each Secret Soaper participant may indicate if they prefer to partner with a USA-based Secret Soaper participant or if they are okay with partnering internationally.
If you live in the USA, and do NOT want to ship outside of the USA, please sign up for the USA exchange. If you live in the USA, and don’t mind shipping internationally, you may sign up for the International exchange. If you live outside of the USA, please sign up for the International exchange. I will do my best to partner you with someone close to you geographically, but you may be partnered with someone on the other side of the world.
Each participant will be responsible for delivering their Secret Soaper partner’s new business book, so please only sign up if you are able to physically ship a business book to the location you indicate (USA or Internationally) – not everyone is tech-savvy or has a Kindle to read digital books on.
When do I need to send my Secret Soaper their sparkly new biz book by?
Secret Soaper participants who choose to participate in the International exchange should ship or send their Secret Soaper gift by December 8th.
Secret Soaper participants who choose to participate in the USA exchange should ship or send their Secret Soaper gift by December 15th.
Other tidbits and notes:
Please do NOT send your Secret Soaper partner a scented product alongside their book. You may choose to include a small gift with your business book, if you wish (not required), but some folks have fragrance sensitivities and we don’t want to ruin their brand spankin’ new biz book for them!
Please do NOT sign up if you are not fully committed to delivering your book selection to your Secret Soaper partner. There is nothing more disappointing than signing up for a gift exchange, sending a handpicked gift, and not receiving anything in return. Sadpanda!
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