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How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by iHart(m): 12:22am On Apr 09, 2018
Greetings.

I want to take out a small space here to tell the story of how I started a soap making business. The essence of this is to help those who may wish to venture into the soap business and also to inspire people to try out some entrepreneurial ventures (not necessarily soap making). I must say that many stories and individuals here have added to my inspiration. People like Cosmeticchemist, Gbadexy, O2 soap (O2 Nigeria), Blackkie (Britishknight or 1kingwriter), Jasper7, through their stories have inspired me so much into believing "I can do it if only I put my mind to it". So I wish to help and inspire more people.

In the course of this story we are going to see how I was able to get my machines, learn and start soap making business. I hope to find time to attend to every questions as much as I can. By the end of the day, depending on how it goes, we may have to conduct a live seminar for those who will want to go into small scale soap making business. If possible, we may consider creating a small group of partners and then crowd funding to help them setup and manage a tangible small scale soap making business. We will also discuss and interact with existing soap makers who are having difficulties in running there business due cost, and map out strategies to move forward effectively and efficiently.

We fabricate and install efficient soap making machines and equipment. We also manage soap making facilities on contract basis. We conduct test run for already installed machines. We train company staff on soap making. We are also open to partnership. Fill free to contact me for your enquiries on soap making business. Check my signature for my contact phone number.

Thank you.

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Re: How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by gbadexy(m): 7:21am On Apr 09, 2018
iHart:
Greetings.

I want to take out a small space here to tell the story of how I started a soap making business. The essence of this is to help those who may wish to venture into the soap business and also to inspire people to try out some entrepreneurial ventures (not necessarily soap making). I must say that many stories and individuals here have added to my inspiration. People like Cosmeticchemist, Gbadexy, O2 soap (O2 Nigeria), Blackkie (Britishknight or 1kingwriter), Jasper7, through their stories have inspired me so much into believing "I can do it if only I put my mind to it". So I wish to help and inspire more people.

In the course of this story we are going to see how I was able to get my machines, learn and start soap making business. I hope to find time to attend to every questions as much as I can. By the end of the day, depending on how it goes, we may have to conduct a live seminar for those who will want to go into small scale soap making business. If possible, we may consider creating a small group of partners and then crowd funding to help them setup and manage a tangible small scale soap making business. We will also discuss and interact with existing soap makers who are having difficulties in running there business due cost, and map out strategies to move forward effectively and efficiently.

We fabricate and install efficient soap making machines and equipment. We also manage soap making facilities on contract basis. We conduct test run for already installed machines. We train company staff on soap making. We are also open to partnership. Fill free to contact me for your enquiries on soap making business. Check my signature for my contact phone number.

Thank you.
I feel honored and privileged that you found me mention worthy.
You have a very nice setup there already and I pray God continue to uplift you and expand your coast.

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Re: How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by iHart(m): 7:28am On Apr 09, 2018
you can also join us Facebook @ www.facebook.com/glitzsoaps

gbadexy:

I feel honored and privileged that you found me mention worthy.
You have a very nice setup there already and I pray God continue to uplift you and expand your coast.
I must appreciate you. Gbadexy taught me paint business even without meeting him. I used the paint business as a side hustle to start up my soap business. I felt very sad when I learnt what happened. I am happy his firm is growing stronger every day.

mine is also growing and we are getting jobs. you can check out my website: www.glitzalux.com clients feel free to contact us for your house painting.

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Re: How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by iHart(m): 7:47am On Apr 09, 2018
Good morning. It is a beautiful morning today. So the story begins...

I have never thought of starting a business. I have grown up to believe that life is about going to school, getting a certificate and getting a job. That mindset change when I landed my first job. It was a pharmaceutical company and I was made the manager/QCM. I learnt the basics of running a business from that firm. Shortly after, I started nursing the idea of setting up my own but there was no idea of what that could be.

So I was in Nairaland, business section searching for what i can do. I came across O2 Soap. That was how i feel in love with soap making. I started researching about soap making, got a lot of articles, books, and youtube videos from the internet.


"Soap making is one thing, soap making business is another."

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Re: How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by iHart(m): 8:13am On Apr 09, 2018
When I was convinced to start a soap business, every of my thoughts was how to go about this business. I decided on the level i wanted to start. I started making contacts and meeting people who where already in the business. From Aba to Onitsha, I visited soap firms including moribund ones. I also made contacts online. I just needed to know the basics of what it would take me to start. Now i know some basic machines i will need (soap boiler, amalgamator, plodder and cutting table), how do i get them was the next thing that bothered me. I reached out to some foriegn firms, their prices were too much for me. I contacted local fabricators, their own prices were less but still far more than what i had then. The cheapest i got was from a guy in Onitsha but the prices were still not affordable to me. I kept asking myself, How do i go about this with little fund and most importantly, no time, as my job was taking every time i had on earth. I even get calls from my boss at midnights to inquire about stocks and production schedules. The pay was small, the job was too much and there was no time. The options i had were to either do the fabrication myself, start a side business that could yield more money so i can plunge it into the business or resign from my present job and go figure out everything outside.

Picture 1: Amalgamator from a moribund firm in Onitsha
Picture 2: Inside a soap boiler from a moribond firm in Onitsha, Anambra State
Picture 3: Soap boilers in a soap firm in Awka, Anambra State (sorry for the poor picture quality)
Picture 4: Soap plodder from a fabricator i met in Osisioma, Aba, Abia State.

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Re: How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by gift01: 8:41am On Apr 09, 2018
How expensive is this Biz to start up

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Re: How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by iHart(m): 8:51am On Apr 09, 2018
gift01:
How expensive is this Biz to start up
it depends on the level you want to start. The method you want to use and machines/equipment you want to start with. While some claim to have started it with #5000, starting it on a small scale using cold process will cost you between #100, 000 to #200, 000 or even more. But to start on the level i started, it will cost you from #2 million to over #5 million. All these depends on what you want and how you want to go about it.

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Re: How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by princenomics: 9:36am On Apr 09, 2018
Great, interesting. after such a long wait. congrats my brother

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Re: How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by iHart(m): 9:44am On Apr 09, 2018
princenomics:
Great, interesting. after such a long wait. congrats my brother
hahaha, even till now i am still not ready for it. I just figured out there will never be a better time, so i have to just start.

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Re: How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by princenomics: 12:14pm On Apr 09, 2018
iHart:
hahaha, even till now i am still not ready for it. I just figured out there will never be a better time, so i have to just start.
Yeah, you are very right. let me glean from you. Don't worry, when I grow up like you, I will also write mine. Please keep up with the good work, we all need the insight and inspiration.
Best Regards

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Re: How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by ak22(m): 12:43pm On Apr 09, 2018
iHart:
When I was convinced to start a soap business, every of my thoughts was how to go about this business. I decided on the level i wanted to start. I started making contacts and meeting people who where already in the business. From Aba to Onitsha, I visited soap firms including moribund ones. I also made contacts online. I just needed to know the basics of what it would take me to start. Now i know some basic machines i will need (soap boiler, amalgamator, plodder and cutting table), how do i get them was the next thing that bothered me. I reached out to some foriegn firms, their prices were too much for me. I contacted local fabricators, their own prices were less but still far more than what i had then. The cheapest i got was from a guy in Onitsha but the prices were still not affordable to me. I kept asking myself, How do i go about this with little fund and most importantly, no time, as my job was taking every time i had on earth. I even get calls from my boss at midnights to inquire about stocks and production schedules. The pay was small, the job was too much and there was no time. The options i had were to either do the fabrication myself, start a side business that could yield more money so i can plunge it into the business or resign from my present job and go figure out everything outside.

Picture 1: Amalgamator from a moribund firm in Onitsha
Picture 2: Inside a soap boiler from a moribond firm in Onitsha, Anambra State
Picture 3: Soap boilers in a soap firm in Awka, Anambra State (sorry for the poor picture quality)
Picture 4: Soap plodder from a fabricator i met in Osisioma, Aba, Abia State.

God will strengthen your Company . bad staff will never locate your factory in the mighty name of Jesus

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Re: How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by iHart(m): 1:27pm On Apr 09, 2018
Thank you ak22

...before i go into details on how i went about getting my machines, i will like to discuss, first, what factors that informed my decision on the capacity of machines i needed to start with. That is to say, i had to plan first before taking off. Planning is very important in any thing you want to do. In the case of a business, you need a business plan. So as we go down, we will discuss "my business plan" and make little references to it here and there.

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Re: How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by gift01: 2:03pm On Apr 09, 2018
iHart:
it depends on the level you want to start. The method you want to use and machines/equipment you want to start with. While some claim to have started it with #5000, starting it on a small scale using cold process will cost you between #100, 000 to #200, 000 or even more. But to start on the level i started, it will cost you from #2 million to over #5 million. All these depends on what you want and how you want to go about it.
how can I start with 5k?

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Re: How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by ak22(m): 2:19pm On Apr 09, 2018
iHart:
Thank you ak22

...before i go into details on how i went about getting my machines, i will like to discuss, first, what factors that informed my decision on the capacity of machines i needed to start with. That is to say, i had to plan first before taking off. Planning is very important in any thing you want to do. In the case of a business, you need a business plan. So as we go down, we will discuss "my business plan" and make little references to it here and there.

You are highly welcome

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Re: How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by iHart(m): 2:22pm On Apr 09, 2018
gift01:
how can I start with 5k?
If you have a shop where you sell essential commodities, you can start with #5000. Just get your raw materials, produce the soap using a wooden stick and a small plastic container in your house, when it sets you cut them into small sizes and display in your shop. Any thing outside that, you will definitely spend far above #5000. There is this local soap we call "ncha soda", those who do it don't spend anything less than #50 000 to start it. ...the raw materials, mixer and moulds, they spend above #50 000.

...and i bet you, you are not going to spend your time and #5000 to produce soap you will display in your shop when you can easily buy from other producers and still make relatively the same profit.

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Re: How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by rayblings(m): 2:40pm On Apr 09, 2018
shocked shocked

Bang DE DE deng!!!

Lalasticlala this is front page material, do the needful.

Lest I forget.. Op.. I learnt your soap is strong enough to cure mhizAj 's smelly decayed sardine fish odour from her pussycat

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Re: How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by ipobarecriminals: 6:21pm On Apr 09, 2018
sad undecided they'll rather invest their money playing. bet9ja/all gambling. game.

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Re: How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by IgbosAreOsus: 6:23pm On Apr 09, 2018
rayblings:
shocked shocked

Bang DE DE deng!!!

Lalasticlala this is front page material, do the needful.

Lest I forget.. Op.. I learnt your soap is strong enough to cure mhizAj 's smelly decayed sardine fish odour from her pussycat
The fùck

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Re: How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by motemi111(m): 6:23pm On Apr 09, 2018
iHart:
If you have a shop where you sell essential commodities, you can start with #5000. Just get your raw materials, produce the soap using a wooden stick and a small plastic container in your house, when it sets you cut them into small sizes and display in your shop. Any thing outside that, you will definitely spend far above #5000. There is this local soap we call "ncha soda", those who do it don't spend anything less than #50 000 to start it. ...the raw materials, mixer and moulds, they spend above #50 000.

...cmd i bet you, you are not going to spend your time and #5000 to produce soap you will display in your shop when you can easily buy from other producers and still make relatively the same profit.
Weldone boss, and more power to your elbow. Pls how much do you get those cartons and how much does it cost to print on them?

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Re: How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by ariesbull: 6:25pm On Apr 09, 2018
Igbo man and business

Ncha soda peels the hand ...nwanne madu

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Re: How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by hahn(m): 6:27pm On Apr 09, 2018
gbadexy:

I feel honored and privileged that you found me mention worthy.
You have a very nice setup there already and I pray God continue to uplift you and expand your coast.

All he needs now is a god sent queen of the coast grin

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Re: How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by Richiez(m): 6:31pm On Apr 09, 2018
Did you brand the soap you produce? If yes, what are the challenges you've encountered so far regarding company registration, product trademark, NAFDAC, SON etc.

Also, did you rent the factory or you built the factory from the scratch? How much did it cost you to do this, get the machines and do all necessary registrations?

I'm seriously following this thread, i'm particularly interested in the discussion about your business plan. Although I have plans of going into production of something different (not soap), but I have no doubt I'll learn a lot from this thread.

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Re: How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by Jac007(m): 6:34pm On Apr 09, 2018
ipobarecriminals:
sad undecided they'll rather invest their money playing. bet9ja/all gambling. game.


Wetin consine you na...at least we are here learning how to make soap. Share us pictures from your company since you don't do bet9ja undecided

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Re: How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by SirLakes: 6:36pm On Apr 09, 2018
Booked
Re: How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by jidobaba(m): 6:36pm On Apr 09, 2018
Bookmarked.
Op, I'm interested in the figures. Without going into any detail, In all honesty, would you say that this is a lucrative venture?
What is the average ROI, running costs, manpower (for this your scale of #5million)?
Hard figures please, you can go into detail later.

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Re: How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by mikolo80: 6:37pm On Apr 09, 2018
soap
Re: How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by ezchriz(m): 6:38pm On Apr 09, 2018
Pls..your contacts
Re: How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by horia: 6:40pm On Apr 09, 2018
iHart:
If you have a shop where you sell essential commodities, you can start with #5000. Just get your raw materials, produce the soap using a wooden stick and a small plastic container in your house, when it sets you cut them into small sizes and display in your shop. Any thing outside that, you will definitely spend far above #5000. There is this local soap we call "ncha soda", those who do it don't spend anything less than #50 000 to start it. ...the raw materials, mixer and moulds, they spend above #50 000.

...cmd i bet you, you are not going to spend your time and #5000 to produce soap you will display in your shop when you can easily buy from other producers and still make relatively the same profit.
Ihart, can one person operate all the machines at once or would workers be needed at start?
Re: How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by Turnedaround: 6:51pm On Apr 09, 2018
Nice work bro
Re: How I Started A Soap Making Business From Scratch (pictures And Videos) by seunadeolu(m): 6:53pm On Apr 09, 2018
Derailment gang grin

rayblings:
shocked shocked

Bang DE DE deng!!!

Lalasticlala this is front page material, do the needful.

Lest I forget.. Op.. I learnt your soap is strong enough to cure mhizAj 's smelly decayed sardine fish odour from her pussycat
hahn:


All he needs now is a god sent queen of the coast grin

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