Contributor post by Cindy of Cynhumphrey
Please join us in welcoming Heidi of HeidisHomemadeSoaps, our featured member!
Tell us about yourself.
I am a mother of three children whom I home-school. I take great pride in offering safe and effective products that are environmentally friendly and never tested on animals.
When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?
I started my business in 2014 and opened my Etsy shop in 2015. I have many of my products in local stores.
I started my business because I began reading all the harmful ingredients that were in the products I was using on myself and my family; and I did not like it. I am passionate about the products I make & sell. My products are made using organic ingredients. They are ALWAYS cruelty-free, environmentally friendly, and NEVER tested on animals. Many of my items are also vegan. My soaps are made using hot and cold process. ALL of my products are made with extra care and love.
I truly enjoy hearing the testimonies of my customers who have purchased my products and have fallen in love with them.
Tell us a bit about your products.
I am in business because I want to offer natural and organic options. I believe that what goes ON your body goes IN your body! I use organic ingredients whenever possible. My products are NEVER tested on animals. They are environmentally friendly.
What inspires your work?
I am inspired by God first and foremost, and by His beautiful creation. And sometimes by food.
What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?
My future goal for this year is to continue making quality products that are safe and organic. I would also like to expand my product just a little more. My dream and long term goal is to open a store and sell my products at a location so customers can come in and sample and smell my products. In doing so, I would like to employ individuals who are in great need of a job such as battered women, sex trafficking victims, and the homeless. My goal isn’t just to make a profit but to touch as many lives as I can while I’m on this earth.
What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?
I make a pretty large variety of products. Every item is handmade by me from start to finish. This includes choosing responsible companies to purchase my ingredients from all the way through designing labels and packaging each individual item. I am about quality control and happy customers.
Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?
I work out of my home at this point and time.
What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?
That life is a learning process and this is no different. Fortunately, I had some experience running my husband’s business so I was somewhat business savvy. I understand customer service and quality control. But, I am still learning new things every day. I prefer to listen more than I like to speak. One thing I did not realize before I started my business was how much work would be involved. However, I have learned with a lot of work there is great reward.
Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?
Networking and advertising are keys to success, but this takes perseverance and patience. Stick with it!
When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?
My business started out as a hobby and then very quickly grew into a business. I enjoy making products; I find it to be very relaxing. However, when I am not working I like to spend time with my family.
What is your favorite quote?
“Cast all your care upon Him for He cares for you” 1 Peter 5:7
Where can people find out more about your business?
My Facebook page and my Etsy site.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
Thank you for this opportunity!
If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.