Hobby to Business Series: Packaging

Product packaging tells the story of you and your brand. Not only does it make a great marketing tool, it also helps you and your product stand out among competition. Packaging is one of the final touches put on a finished product and can…

Hobby to Business Series: Establishing Your Brand

Over the last few weeks, we’ve explored the first steps of turning a hobby into a business. With products developed and numbers crunched it’s time to define your brand identity. Get your notebooks out because there is plenty of research and pondering to be…

Hobby to Business Series: Calculating Cost

Foreword With craft show season rapidly approaching, I wanted to share how to take a closer look at your production costs so you can effectively price your product and see some return on investment. While there are many other associated costs, for the sake…

Hobby to Business Series: What Will You Sell?

Determining What to Sell I firmly believe the old saying “slow and steady wins the race” holds true. As crafters, we often forget there’s a lot more to do than just making product. After all, that’s the most enjoyable part, right? There are numbers…

Hobby to Business Series: Thoughts to Consider

Welcome to the third edition of our series covering everything you need to know about turning your hobby into a business. Preparation is key in almost any endeavor, and starting up a business is no different. Whenever I hear success stories of small businesses…

Small Business Saturday: Never Give Up

Make money. Create your own schedule. Be your own boss. Who wouldn’t want to live this vision? Turning your hobby into a business, like any endeavor, will have its obstacles, but there are so many benefits. One thing I wish people would consider more…

Turning Your Hobby Into a Business

The Birth of Bulk Apothecary Picture it: Streetsboro, Ohio, 2008. A small company called Natural Essentials owned by a family with a dream to expose the public to the benefits of natural living without harsh chemicals. Natural Essentials was a direct supplier to companies…

Tips for Starting a Candle Business

Tips for Starting a Candle Business You love the pleasant smell and relaxing glow of a candle. In fact, you love candles so much, you’ve began making them yourself as a hobby. Birthdays, anniversaries, at Christmas time, you dole out your candle creations. You’ve…

Common Mistakes Business Owners Make

Common Mistakes Business Owners Make Building a business to sell your handmade soaps can be extremely rewarding. It’s a great way to turn your passion into a source of income while providing and outlet for your creativity. However, a business requires a lot of…

Start a Business Selling Soaps Online

How to Start a Business Selling Soaps Online Soap making is something you’ve enjoyed for a while now. People have told you how much they’ve loved your soaps, and you’ve enjoyed the opportunity to test out new ingredients and produce some beautiful bars of…

How to Make Money AND Stay Home With your Children

  How to Make Money AND Stay Home With your Children Forget everything you’ve heard about stay-at-home moms/dads. The times have changed, and gone are the days that one parent had to sacrifice their income-earning potential to stay home and raise a family. There…

eBay vs. Etsy: Where to Start Your Business

  eBay VS. Etsy: Where to Start Your Business Starting your own business may sound like everything you’ve ever wanted, but when the realities of the day-to-day start to settle in, it can lose a lot of its charm. You’ve got some great products…

How One Bulker Uses Instagram To Sell 10,000’s of Products A Month

[Case Study] How One Bulker Uses Instagram To Sell 10,000’s of Products A Month     In Napkin To Shelf Case Studies, Afif Ghannoum interviews and deconstructs successful product entrepreneurs, extracting their best strategies and tools that you can use to help you succeed in launching and creating successful products….

The 8 Part Strategy One Bulk Apothecary Customer Used to Raise $8,914,067.75 (and Counting) in Investor Funding

The 8 Part Strategy One Bulk Apothecary Customer Used to Raise $8,914,067.75 (and Counting) in Investor Funding     Hi, my name is Afif Ghannoum and I’ve launched over 10 consumer products that have been sold in 27,081 stores across the US. I’m a…