When to Stop Doing Everything Yourself

Growth is tricky. It requires you to change, and in order to change, to accept the advice of mentors, coaches, consultants, and partners. Any one of those possible advisers will tell you the same thing. At some point you have to stop doing everything yourself. What worked at one time – doing everything you can possibly can in-house – won’t keep working indefinitely, and when you reach a certain size, it will start working against you. That’s when you hire or contract out. Are You Already Read more […]

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The Good News Is, Organic Products Aren't Going Away

All it takes is entering a grocery store and looking around. The signs are everywhere, especially the big ones – banners hanging from ceilings that urge us to “Go Organic” and “Look for the (USDA) Symbol.” A few aisles down, we’re invited to “Choose Natural.” More and more, consumers are concerned about what they put in and on their bodies, the ingredients in their skincare and the naturalness of their food. We’re coming to understand we can’t trust industries to police or regulate themselves. Read more […]

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Lavender 40/42 – Caught in the Middle

Lavender 40/42 really can’t win. From a commercial perspective, it carries the baggage all essential oils do – especially lavender. Weather, soil conditions, and distilling methods all contribute to crop yield and the ultimate potency of lavender. Markets don’t control how much or how strong the lavender crop will be. The virtue of natural products made with natural ingredients is they’re not full of the toxins and irritants that synthetic products are. The drawback is, natural can’t be Read more […]

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I’m Still Not Sure What Private Label Means

When it comes to soap – our soap, anyway – private label is simple. We make the soap, but we don’t put our name on it. We make it for you to put yours on, your name, your logo, your brand. Once the soap is in your hands, it’s yours to package, market, and sell as your own. If our name never comes up once you’ve bought our soap – bars, foaming, or liquid Castile – and it seems the soap has been yours all along, that’s how we intended it. Not Your Standard Wholesale Private label is Read more […]

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Make Sure You Talk to Your Customers

Systems are crucial to running a successful business. They allow us all to be more productive and efficient. Depending on your needs, there are all kinds of resources for developing and maintaining systems, ranging from web sites to consultants to mentors to software. Many of these resources are very good and the best ones outline systems that allow you to adapt them as your own. Systems require commitment, both to their development and to their continued execution, but the commitment is not only Read more […]

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