Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)

If you are engaged in the sale of products, it’s important to understand the provisions of the UCC. Its purpose is to facilitate sales and commercial transactions through the adoption of uniform rules across all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.

States that enact the UCC have the option of altering the language to meet local customs and circumstances. While these changes are usually minor, be aware of the local rules and laws.
The focus of this discussion is Article 2, which has not been enacted by Louisiana. It has chosen to use its civil law to govern the sale of goods.

Expanding Your Product Line Into Cosmetics

Before you start a business and offer a product, stop and really consider how well you know that product. It may seem like a silly and totally unnecessary issue to think about, but some people dive head-first into a business and find themselves unemployed in less than six months. One reason is because they never fully explore the multilevel nature of their product.
 Looking Beyond The Surface

To expand your thinking and transcend your comfort zone, consider the cosmetics industry. While it may be totally unrelated to your niche, there are lessons to be learned. So keep a pad and pen handy to create a list of new insights.

The Top 5 Popular M&P Designs in 2011

Melt and pour soap artisans and entrepreneurs are creating such a wide range of soap designs, with new ideas brought to market every day. It’s part of the ease and beauty of working with melt and pour soap. Anything from Ninja themed to Froot Loops soaps  - you can find it on online. But what about the most popular designs? The ones that are selling over and over again online, at craft shows and in retail stores?

Whether you’re looking to add new soaps to your existing product line or start a new soap line you might want to take a look at the top five mold and visual designs in melt and pour soaps.  Combing websites like Etsy, Artfire and hundreds of Google results gave a clear indication of which designs are winning the popularity contest.  This time around we’re thinking beyond basic shapes (round, rectangle, square and oval) and looking at 2-D and 3D theme shapes.

Update on State of Massachusetts Bills: H01513 and H02361

As many of you are aware, two legislative bills have been introduced to the State of Massachusetts legislature.  Both have the possibility of impacting our industry.
Last week, I traveled to Boston for the purpose of meeting face to face with bill authors, legislators, committee members, and soap makers in our industry.  I had four meetings and found each of them to be cooperative, positive and encouraging. 
Today I submitted written testimony for these bills on behalf of Wholesale Supplies Plus.  I have included links to that testimony for your review. 

Top Myths (and Realities) of Working from a Home Studio

While there is some truth to the romantic notion of having a home studio (yes, you are free to wear your fuzzy slippers; yes, you can work your pajamas; and yes, you can start work at noon if you want), there are also some realities that you need to consider before moving your business into your home.

Here are some of the top myths (and gentle reminders of the realities) of having a working studio in your home:

Myth: You will be more productive in a home-based studio.
Reality:  Remember that you might be distracted by every other home related thing going on in the house, says Luann Udell www.luannudell.com, a full time artist and writer who works out of a renovated antique barn attached to her Keene, NH home: “I’m constantly answering the phone, making arrangements to get together with friends, doing dishes, doing a load of laundry,” says Udell.  Phone calls are a constant distraction she adds.  “People may hesitate to call you at your (out-of-home) studio where you are ‘officially’ at work, but they’ll call you in a heartbeat when they know you are at home.”

Maintaining Business Integrity

Whether you run a business locally or on a global scale, how you present your products and services to the business community at large says a lot about your personal integrity and the integrity of your business.

To “put yourself out there” means that, more than likely, you will be judged by everyone who views your ads or inquires about your product or service. Even if someone never does business with you, the fact that you advertise, have a client base, and ask those clients for referrals sends a message that you're open for business. And if there’s one element you want nailed down about how you approach business, it’s found in your integrity principles and how you apply them.