WHAT I LEARNED FROM MY SOAP BUSINESS

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It’s been about a year since I’ve made the transition from my handmade soaping business to success coaching. I can’t believe how time flies!

As I reflect back on all the changes I’ve been through, I realize that I’ve learned a ton from my previous business. Besides the obvious, like how to create and run a product-based business from scratch or make handcrafted products that attract raving customers, I also learned another very important lesson.

The lesson is that not everything you love to do has to be turned into a business.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a total believer that we should all be doing what we love for living. In fact, I have no tolerance for anything else. I strongly feel that we’ve been put on this earth to thrive, not just survive, and our purpose is to experience as much joy as possible. If you’ve been following me for a while, there’s no doubt you’ve heard me say this before.

However, I often come across women wishing to start their own business stuck in their tracks because of this reason: they have multiple passions and they’re not sure which one to pick for their business.

Ever heard of the term “over analysis leads to paralysis”? It’s for real. When you start to over analyzing, you become paralyzed and therefore, stuck in a rut. Wouldn’t you rather get out of that?

The way to get out of this rut is to realize that not every hobby has to be turned into profit. It’s totally fine to have multiple passions and do things you love just for fun. In fact, it’s very healthy to engage in fun activities that inspire you just for your own pleasure. We all need creative outlets without the pressure of expecting financial results.

Starting a business is not always easy, so there’s no need to over-complicate it even more. If you have multiple passions, you’re actually one of the lucky ones because a lot of people don’t even know what their passions are at all.

So the best way to approach this is to consider how each hobby or passion plays out in an actual business scenario. Does it fit with your long-term goals? Does it suit your ideal lifestyle?

For example, when I first started my soap business, I found it incredibly fun and interesting. I loved creating my own recipes for new handmade products and I enjoyed the process of making them better and better. I loved that I was able to make products that were not harmful to people’s skin, were 100% natural and very safe to use for everyone.

But eventually, my sales started increasing which meant bigger production operation.  I know it’s a good thing when sales increase; however, I realized that I wasn’t able to handle huge orders by myself nor was I interested in opening a big warehouse that I’d have to oversee. That did not suit my ideal lifestyle.

I learned that I preferred a location-independent business which I could run from my laptop, from anywhere in the world, so that I could start travelling more. That’s why I switched to coaching because it is more suitable to my inner desires. Plus I get to continue to positively impact other people’s lives, but in a much bigger way.

I still enjoy the occasional soap making just for myself, family and some friends. So I didn’t have to give it up completely, but now I don’t feel the pressure of turning that hobby into some huge profit-making production.

You may be the opposite. You may love the idea of running a business with lots of employees under your supervision. If that’s the case, fantastic! The point is for you to get clear on what you really want. Figure out which business model suits you best and pick the passion that fits in with that. You don’t have to give everything else up, unless you want to. You can continue to enjoy your other passions at your leisure time.

The most important thing is that you start somewhere. Once you take your first step with clarity, the rest falls into place easily.

To your success!

Marta