The Best Places to Get Stock Photos that Don’t Suck

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There’s a reason “a picture is worth a thousand words” is a cliche: it’s true. Marketing your biz means you need to catch people’s attention. And the competition to get customers’ eyes on you is stiff. So, knowing the best places to get stock photos can help. Quality, on-brand images are a must. But, believe […]

How to Make More Profit By Selling Soap Accessories

You pride yourself in making your products by hand. We get that! But what if bringing in a few items to resell alongside your soaps would make your customers even happier and increase your profits? And what if you could do that without undermining your passion for handmade? Are you thinking that is a win-win […]

Q+A with a CPA: How to Handle Home Business Taxes Like a Professional

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A lot of great soap companies got their start in home kitchens, spare bedrooms, and garages. And we think that’s awesome! Creating great products in the comfort of your own home is totally doable. But, it also leads to a lot of questions to make sure you don’t have any nasty surprises come tax time. […]

An Interview with Taproot Organics: Can Working with Your Love Make Success?

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It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that soapmaking and cooking are two passions that fight for my attention. So, it’s not a surprise that I’m smitten by a soapmaking team that incorporates a culinary background into a thriving soap business. A big thank you to Daniel of Taproot Organics for agreeing to let […]

Is Craftybase the Inventory Management Answer for Soapmakers in Business?

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It’s no secret that Kenna loves¬†Soapmaker 3. She’s been using it for years. But, we hear from a lot of soapmakers that they struggle with the interface and learning curve. Or the software won’t run on their operating systems. Good news! There’s a web-based application taking the maker crowd by storm. It’s called Craftybase. I’ve […]

Can You Learn to Be a Great Teacher? An Interview with Lori of The Nova Studio

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The Nova Studio is celebrating 15 years of being a¬†trusted source of education and information for those interested in making their own soap and bath and body products. Kenna (the owner of first partnered with The Nova Studio in 2014 and continues to do so today. We wanted to share Lori’s story with you! […]

Can SMART goals make successful web design easy?

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Before you can dive into your web design, either starting from scratch or doing some updates, you need to be crystal clear on what your goals are. And those goals should be all about making your bottom line blast off. Let’s talk about how to use SMART goals to make web design a cakewalk. So, […]

Two Blooms Design Studio: A Follow-Up Interview with Caron & Michelle

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A while back, Kenna chatted up the sisters behind Two Blooms Design Studio. Caron and Michelle gave us the low-down on what it’s like to get into business, not just with a partner, but with a sibling. (And if you’ve been around Modern Soapmaking long, you know we recommend caution when linking your biz up […]

How to Stay Inspired & Competitive: An Interview with Charlene Simon

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As an Arkansas girl myself, I’ve spent quite a bit of time in the city of Hot Springs, walking Bathhouse Row, popping into gift shops, and feeding ducks on Lake Hamilton. And, as a soapmaker, of course I noticed¬†Bathhouse Soapery & Caldarium, owned by Charlene Simon, during those trips. The sudsy darling of The Spa […]