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Monday, January 31, 2011

Working from Home...

I just read a great blog post from Donna Maria about her return back to working from home...or Panera...or the local coffee shop, etc. I wanted to share this because in this industry a lot of businesses start out home based.

I particularly liked how Donna Maria mentioned that all she and her husband and business partner, Darryl, really needed was a change of scenery. I'm a big fan of changing up the scenery every once in a while myself…whether I’m working from home or from the office. Spending a few hours in the local coffee shop is a great way to get some new creative energy flowing.

I recommend you read Donna Maria’s whole post on her Indie Business Blog!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Winter Recipes Favorites...

How has your winter been so far? It’s been a cold and snowy here in Indiana!

I know I’ve been enjoying my Kona coffee and Chai tea lattes a lot more lately. Though my drinks mostly come from K-Cups, half and half and raw sugar or honey, sometimes I try something homemade.

The recipe at the end of this post is one from a friend that I’m going to try this weekend.

Tell us about some of your favorite ways to warm up! Maybe even share a recipe with us! Is it a hot bath with a favorite oil or bath bomb or maybe a special soup or comfort food?!

Take the time to enjoy something warm and cozy this weekend!

Chai Tea Recipe:
• 1 1/2 quarts water
• 4 black tea bags
• 10 whole cardamom seeds
• 2 cinnamon stick, broken in half
• 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
• 3 tablespoons white sugar
1. In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add the tea bags, cardamom seeds, cinnamon, and black pepper, then return to a boil. Immediately stir in sugar.
2. Remove pot from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

What Are You Afraid Of?

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The fears that hold us back from chasing our dreams are usually much bigger in our mind than they are in reality. When we face our fears, we may or may not walk away in obvious victory, but in time, we usually realize we walked away a little smarter and a little less afraid of our mind's own shadows.

Fear is the great thief of life's best rewards. We fear rejection so we don't offer our approval to others, or we criticize others to reject them first. We fear embarrassment so we don't offer our own uniqueness. We fear criticism so we don't offer our creativity. We fear failure so we don't fight to make our secret dreams a reality.

We all have our own fears, but perhaps what we really fear is being unmasked because we are unsure of our own self-worth. I promise you this . . . you are worth far more than you realize.

What have your fears been keeping you from?

Monday, January 24, 2011

Time is Money

Many of us go through our daily routines without placing enough thought as to what we are trying to accomplish and what our time is worth.

In our industry, many comprise the selling price of their products based mostly on the cost of goods and have not factored in the cost of their time.

What is your time worth, $2.00 an hour, $20.00 an hour?

How much time does it take to make your product from start to finish?

Keep track of your time from start to finish on your next batch of soap and then figure your time and see what it is really costing you to produce your product.

Managing your time is probably the most important part of your business and your life.

It all starts with setting goals and then developing a plan to reach those goals. Plan your time to maximize your effort toward reaching your goals.

More Product... Less Time

We don't know what your goals are, but we do know that most everyone would like to have more time to do the things they enjoy.

There are many ways to maximize your time in making your products...

Having the proper tools saves you time, money and increases your bottom line.

Enter, SoapEquipment.com...

No matter what your goals, we can help you with providing the right tools.

Using our custom designed equipment in your business will allow you to produce more quality products in less time, thus giving you more time to plan, have fun or whatever else you want to do with it, plus increase your profits!:

Check out our quality line of time saving products and then give us a call and let us help you reach your goals...

Put more value on your time and you will be amazed at what you can accomplish...

Friday, January 21, 2011

Quote of the Day...

I don’t know about everyone out there, but this week has been busy and hectic! As this week comes to a close and we all prepare for whatever next week may bring I wanted to share this quote I came across today…

“Yesterday is but a dream ,tomorrow is only a vision. But today, well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day, for it is life, the very life of life.” The Sanskrit

Have a great weekend!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 Will Have to Be Reintroduced in 2011...

I wanted to share an interesting blog post that I read on the HSMG blog written by HSMG DC Advocates Mary Anne Walsh and Rick Limardo.

WASHINGTON UPDATE: What to Expect in the 112th Congress?


As Capitol Hill prepares to close the chapter on the 111th Congress and convene a new session this month, we want to take a moment to evaluate and provide an overview of the changes that The Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild and its members can expect in the 112th Congress.

President Obama will be evaluating his options on how to work with a newly elected and emboldened Republican majority in the House of Representatives and a slim Democratic Majority in the Senate. Republicans rendered meaningful gains in both Chambers of Congress with an increase of 63 seats in the House and 6 seats in the Senate.

Fresh off big gains across the country, Republican leadership has pledged a responsibility to listen to voters and support a legislative agenda that reflects the perceived mandate they received on November 2nd. Topping their priority list is repealing sections of the recently passed health care law, limiting increases to federal agencies and programs, and the extension of tax breaks for individuals and small businesses.

Unlike the 111th Congress, the federal government will be divided among political parties, with the Democrats controlling the Senate and White House and the Republicans controlling the House of Representatives. All legislation signed into law during this 112th Congress will result from a compromise between parties, as opposed to the previous session in which the Democrats dominated the agenda. We can expect the parties to reach compromise on certain economic issues involving measures friendly to small business and additional tax relief. We can also expect legislation on education, trade, and transportation and infrastructure.

What does all this mean for the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild and its members? It means that the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 will have to be reintroduced in 2011 to a much less friendly audience who will in all likelihood be more business friendly and opposed to imposing burdensome regulations on small business.

As the new Congress begins to organize, we will be tracking the committee assignments of newly elected Members of Congress and look to seek their support in opposition to the Safe Cosmetics Act as it currently stands. To that end, we have already had several discussions with current Members of Congress and their staff regarding our concerns and we plan to schedule meetings with lawmakers in January to further state our position on how harmful this legislation would be to soapmakers across the country.
During this time of political transition, it is important to have advocates on the ground monitoring the political climate in Washington and how it can impact your industry. We are very excited to be a part of the HSMG team and look forward to delivering your message to the decision-makers in our nation’s Capital.

Lastly, for those of you looking to get involved, rest assured that a sample letter to your Member of Congress is being drafted so you can express your concerns regarding the Safe Cosmetics Act and the impacts it will have on your business. This is important as it will allow us to express our opinions collectively to many Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.

Mary Anne Walsh & Rick Limardo

Roetzel & Andress