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Well a friend and I were talking about home business and I suggested that maybe we go into business together. We decides we would give it a try but we have absolutly no idea where to start. I've been making soaps, candles, lotions, ect. for a few years now for friends and family on the holidays so we thought that it is what we should do since I know how to make them already. But, where do we start?? We've decided to do it from my home and start off with just a website to see how things work out. Do we need to have a license to sell? How much does opening an at home business cost (besides the supply cost)?
Why not contact your local chamber of commerce and ask? I bet they have all that info in a pamphlet or something.
But start ASAP-- now that Halloween is over, the holidays will be here in a heartbeat!
Why not contact the local PTA and see if you can donate a small basket to their current fundraiser? Getting your name in the donor's booklet might be worth the price of the supplies it costs you. See if the local elementary schools will let you include some of your products in their Holiday boutiques (where the kids buy gifts for Mom, Dad, grandma....) They'll have to be really cheap, but it will get your name out there.
Also, look into local crafts fairs-- they're all over the place this time of year. I think that, for lots of them, you pay for the table, then sell all you can.
Have free business cards made up at vistaprint.com NOW so that you can attach one to everything you make. You can do it online and, with the holidays coming so fast, it's probably worth it to pay for fast shipping.
WIFE TO PETER
MOM TO BRIAN (6-18-98)
That sounds like a great idea. I agree with Alice your chamber of commerce is the first place you need to go to. They will tell you everything that you need to know about operating a business out of your home. It varies places to places.
I dont think that operating out of your home would cost so much other then the different
liscnse's supplies and of course how ever you are going to promote the fact that you have this business.
That sounds awesome and the girls above have some great suggestions! Also word of mouth does get far! I had so many orders from my sisters job when she brought in one of my dolls and left it on her desk!