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Title: HI - I'm new & need advice :)
Post by: Cats0204 on October 20, 2014, 11:45:39 PM
Hi, I'm Cath and I am embarking on starting my own soap making business very soon, I have up to now made soaps and candles for family, neighbours, etc. but am recently looking into selling my soaps. I feel I am ready, I have read up on legislation, trading, insurance, etc. part of which I learnt from the GCSTM Glycerine soap making course. I see that you can pay for assessments costing around £139-179 per assessment for a base with 6 variations and 5 ingredients. I was hoping to get a soap base assessment, bath bomb assessment and a type of frosting assessment done. Does this mean I will need 3 different assessments costing in excess of £420 ??? :o I'm only intending to sell at market stalls and via facebook, this is quite a lot of money to pay out to get me started, does anyone have any advice re the best place to go to see how much it will cost me to set up licences for my recipes, I will be mainly using M&P from JaS and SPsh. I've heard about Scott Grainger being the best Assessor to go to - any advice would be gratefully received, I know I am very green about everything at the moment xxx


Title: Re: HI - I'm new & need advice :)
Post by: Helen on October 21, 2014, 06:55:41 AM
I am not quite sure about your SA questions - could be a good idea to speak to Scott.  There looks to be at least two assessments you may need, but he's the guy to speak to.

I just wanted to say hello and welcome you to the forum  :) :buttrf: :buttrf:


Title: Re: HI - I'm new & need advice :)
Post by: Iulia on October 21, 2014, 09:41:17 AM
Not sure if Scott offers any of them as a package, but basically yes you need a separate assessment for each product.

An option is getting one done, and then putting the sale profits back into the business to pay for the others.

And welcome


Title: Re: HI - I'm new & need advice :)
Post by: Eva on October 21, 2014, 09:53:42 AM
Welcome Cath!  :buttrf:

I suggest you send Scott & Co an email and tell him about it all and see what he says. He is a great assessor and person.
Comparing prices and service there is no one like him and his team. He is also a member of this forum.


Title: Re: HI - I'm new & need advice :)
Post by: Suzanne on October 21, 2014, 09:54:41 AM
Hello and welcome.

Separate assessments I am afraid. Perhaps, you could pick one thing that you think you can really start with and get the assessment for that and build from there.


Title: Re: HI - I'm new & need advice :)
Post by: Cats0204 on October 21, 2014, 12:05:47 PM
Thank you all for your replies. I will contact Scott & Co and ask for their advice. I will probably start with my soaps, then introduce bath bombs, etc as time goes on. I am just trying to run before I can walk to be honest. I am so excited about making my own products for sale, I know I have to learn to be patient!  :D Very hard when I'm so excited. It' so nice to see there is a genuine up to date forum with other people who are passionate about the same thing. I will also add pics as soon as I update them. xxx


Title: Re: HI - I'm new & need advice :)
Post by: Eva on October 21, 2014, 12:22:24 PM
..... I know I have to learn to be patient! ....
You'll find very few patient persons here...  :mwaha:


Title: Re: HI - I'm new & need advice :)
Post by: Iulia on October 21, 2014, 12:36:40 PM
..... I know I have to learn to be patient! ....
You'll find very few patient persons here...  :mwaha:
   


 :mwaha: :mwaha:


Title: Re: HI - I'm new & need advice :)
Post by: EJ on October 21, 2014, 02:02:00 PM
Hello Cath, welcome to the forum.

You'll find very few patient persons here... 

Really Eva - giving the wrong impression


Title: Re: HI - I'm new & need advice :)
Post by: Helen on October 21, 2014, 06:56:59 PM
Hello Cath, welcome to the forum.

You'll find very few patient persons here... 

Really Eva - giving the wrong impression

  :mwaha:


Title: Re: HI - I'm new & need advice :)
Post by: greenabubs on October 22, 2014, 05:35:46 AM
Not sure if Scott offers any of them as a package, but basically yes you need a separate assessment for each product.

An option is getting one done, and then putting the sale profits back into the business to pay for the others.

And welcome

This ^^

Welcome and hello :)


Title: Re: HI - I'm new & need advice :)
Post by: Lindy on October 24, 2014, 09:13:08 PM
Hello and welcome.  I would love to help you but I am in Canada and our regs are quite different.


Title: Re: HI - I'm new & need advice :)
Post by: Cats0204 on October 29, 2014, 08:47:07 PM
Thank you for all of your replies, yes I think I just have to do one thing at a time, probably soaps first. Then bath bombs, etc. Thank you for your welcoming comments, what I would like to practice is piping tops of soaps but don't know which is best foaming bath whisked with m&p, or cold process whisked? Does anyone have any tips, this is something I would love to introduce in the New Year (on top of a hundred of other things, but yes learn to walk first!  ;D xxx


Title: Re: HI - I'm new & need advice :)
Post by: andoy on October 30, 2014, 12:44:12 PM
belated welcome from me.  :hi:


Title: Re: HI - I'm new & need advice :)
Post by: Denice on October 30, 2014, 05:23:01 PM
Welcome from me too  :hi:

Quote
I am just trying to run before I can walk

I think that you may find you have a lot in common with us ;)


Title: Re: HI - I'm new & need advice :)
Post by: Liindann on October 30, 2014, 10:17:36 PM
Hi and welcome from me too x


Title: Re: HI - I'm new & need advice :)
Post by: Cats0204 on November 03, 2014, 06:49:15 PM
Thank you again for a very warm welcome. I hope in the future I can be of use to members as well.  I'm so excited to get started, can hardly contain myself. I've now read and watched so much about solid cocoa butter and using this to get a good piping effect on bathbombs, so am going to order a small amount firstly and if this proves to work well shall send off a recipe for an assessment. I go to sleep thinking about scents, colours, etc. I'm sure you all do too!!!  :mwaha: xxx


Title: Re: HI - I'm new & need advice :)
Post by: gurdeep on November 03, 2014, 10:18:33 PM
belated welcome from me.  ::)