The current economic recession in Nigeria will no doubt lead to exploration of many business opportunities, not just for survival, but to make decent income. In this period of time, there are ways one can make money from home through Liquid Soap Making.
Liquid Soap has become a hot business as a result of the increasing demand for the product. Liquid soap is fast replacing detergents, bars and block soaps in most kitchens, car wash garages, toilets and laundry halls generally. This is so because over time, it has been proven that liquid soap is more effective when used to wash dishes, cars and even hands and this is no wonder that the sale has continued to reach the zenith.
Despite the fact that loads of entrepreneurs are delving into soap making, the fact still remains that the market for liquid soap is huge and will still continue to grow because it is a necessity for most homes, offices, canteens, laundry shops, amongst others. That means if you truly want to make it big in this business, you must be willing to work hard to be able to gain your own fair share of the market.
So, if you are looking to start a business that requires low start – up capital and little or no training, then you may want to tinker with starting your own liquid soap company. The good thing about this kind of investment is that you can start it on a small scale level from your home and then grow to a bigger facility if there is a boom.
Furthermore, if you are sure that starting a liquid soap making company is the right business for you to go into, then you should go through the following steps that can guide you to start your own liquid soap making company from the scratch and build it to profitability.
Starting a Liquid Soap Manufacturing Company – Sample Business Plan Template
- Write Your Business Plan
Some experts have said that you can tell the seriousness of an entrepreneur by just merely looking through his or her business plan. A good liquid soap making business plan is the working manual every entrepreneur needs to start and grow his or her business upon.
Therefore, be sure to work hard at drawing up a business plan if you intend starting your own liquid soap company. This you can be able to do if you have background knowledge of how to go about things. However, on the other hand if you do not have inkling on how to start, then you may seek the services of an expert.
- Register Your Company
Despite the fact that liquid soap companies could be started from a corner in your house, it is still not enough reason for you not to get the company registered. It is advisable to go all the way to get your company registered if you have a dream of growing the company to an enviable height.
Once you have done your homework about starting your own liquid soap making company, then you should approach the nearest corporate affairs commission or the appropriate authorities or chamber of commerce in your country to get your business registered.
- Get basic Liquid Soap Making Skills
There are many vocational centers where liquid soap making skills is being taught and the good news is that it is relatively cheap and affordable to learn the trade. You can also learn directly from someone who is already into the liquid soap making venture. There is no doubt you would be required to acquire this skill before launching your own liquid soap company.
This is important because you might most likely be the only one running the business from the very beginning especially if you have startup low capital and if you choose to start it small.
The time required for learning liquid soap making skills is short; as a matter of fact, you can learn the skills in a day or more depending on your teacher and your ability to learn fast. You can also learn liquid soap making skills from the internet or from books and videos.
- Rent or Buy a Facility
If you don’t have the capital required to rent a facility for your liquid soap making company, you can start from your home – it’s cool. But if you intend starting your liquid soap business on a large scale, then you should look for a decent and spacious facility to rent.
You may want to contact your realtor for the kind of facility you are looking for and you can be sure to get your desired choice of space. It is advisable not to spend fortune renting a facility, because with this kind of business, your production base can be located in the outskirt of town where you can get cheap facility for lease.
- Acquire the Required Equipment
The next thing to do having rented and put your facility in order is to purchase and install the required liquid soap making equipments. The equipments needed for liquid soap making include:
Liquid soap making machine, heat resistance plastic or stainless steel pitcher with lid, big stainless steel or plastic spoon, Stainless steel measuring spoons, measuring cups, small beakers, stick blender (for saponification process), a soap mold, soap pot, rubber spatulas, large stainless steel or plastic ladle, protective goggles, protective rubber hand gloves, Quick reading and accurate thermometer. You will also need supply of lye solution, oils, additives (colorants), and fragrances, amongst others.
- Come up with good Packaging and Brand
You would quite agree that there are loads of liquid soaps out there in the market that you may have to compete with. One of the things that you need to do to get your own fair market share is to come out with a creative packaging for your liquid soap. You might just have to consult a brand expert if you truly want to make it big with your liquid soap making company.
- Advertise and Market Your Liquid Soap
Although advertising on social media is the easiest way to make sales in this digital age, but face-to-face marketing is still the best way to sell Liquid soap. Look around your environment there are car wash shops, restaurants, banks, offices and even private homes you can be supplying the product periodically.
You might just have to be aggressive with advertising and marketing your liquid soap because you would be competing with established liquid soap brands out there. If you have taken your time to visit stores, then you may have realized that there are different liquid soap brands on the various shelves you come across.
Part of what you need to do to gain your own market share is to bring down your price a little bit, and then approach super marts around you and cut a good deal with them to help you sell your liquid soaps.
These are some of the steps you would need to act on to start your own liquid soap making company from the scratch and then build it to profitability. Don’t forget, you might have to be diligent, focused, and hardworking to be able to make it big with this type of business.