Soap making business is a lucrative business that is currently making people millionaires. In fact, a lot of new soaps are hitting the marketplace and I can’t help but feel expectant for the opportunity that lies in this business. These new soaps are coming with unique design, great smell and they are huge too. What about the price? So cheap, N100.
I was going through a popular Nigerian forum and I met someone who has made so much from making and selling soaps. You don’t need electric power nor are theremachines expensive.
How can you start soap making business here in Nigeria and make money? In this business article, I’m going to guide you through all the necessary steps needed to make this dream a reality as an entrepreneur.
Take note, we’re going into bar soap production or better called, laundry or toilet soap. For fancy soaps like eva, joy etc, an article will be written on that soon.
SOAP MAKING EQUIPMENTS
- NYLON SHEETS
- STAMP OR STAMPING MACHINE
- HAND GLOVE
- NOSE MASK
- A MIXER
- MEASURING SCALE
- A MOULD
- CUTTING TABLE
- PALM KERNEL OIL
- CAUSTIC SODA PEARLS
- SODA ASH [dense]
- SODUIM SULPHATE
QUALITY OF A GOOD SOAP
- IT MUST FOAM VERY WELL
- MUST BE SOLID. SRONG AND DURABLE
- MUST NOT ITCH ON THE BODY
- MUST HAVE A GOOOD SCENT
- MUSNT DEVELOP WHITISH FLAKES AFTER SOME DAYS
SOAP MAKING PROCESS
Pour the Palm kernel oil in the mixer or container, and add caustic soda solution and please, keep stirring. After some minutes of stirring, add soda ash and stir again. Add sodium sulphate and the sweet smelling perfume. You already know the color of soap you want, go ahead and add the coloring. It could be yellow, blue, pink, red etc.
When that is all done, pour the liquid soap in your mold, which has already been covered with nylon. After that, leave if for 3 hours for it to go solid. Remove the nylon and cut the soap into various sizes of your choice.
Then it’s time to package them in your branded and sealable waterproof and supply to all your networks.
WATCH THIS YOUTUBE VIDEO TO SEE HOW THE SOAP PROCESS GOES
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE COLD PROCESS AND HOT PROCESS
According to handmadesoapcoach, there are two basic ways to make solid bar soap; hot process or cold process. The difference include using external heat, the time it takes to saponify, curing time and the finish of the soap. While cold process soaps uses the exothermic heat reaction that is created from the acid and base reaction of the fatty acids (soap making oils ) and the lye solution.
STARTING A SOAP MAKING BUSINESS
Soap making business is not a capital intensive business at all. With N50,000, you can start this business and make a lot of money every day depending on how you market your products. To be sure on the amount needed to start this business, I will advise going on a market survey. Go to any major market in your locality and find out the cost of all the already listed equipment and chemicals.
2. GET A SHOP
After having an idea on the amount needed to start, including the necessary equipment, you can then go ahead and rent a shop. If your finance can’t take care of that, there’s no problem at all. You can actually stay at home and do this business. After soap making, you supply them to retailers for sale
3. SUPPLY NETWORK
In this business, you’re a producer and your major customers will be retailers. So, get out there and make connections. Enter into every shop that sells soap and tell them about your soap. They will be glad to buy from you as long as your soap is well package and that is smells nice.
The more people you have as your supply network, the ricer you become. You can actually make hundred thousand naira weekly if you work hard.
Soap making business isn’t just a business. It’s a company that has the potential to becoming something huge. So, you need a good business name and an awesome logo that will always be stamped on your soaps. The waterproof used to seal the soap should also be branded.
MARKETING IN SOAP MAKING BUSINESS
After a successful soap production, supply to retailers who sale soaps of all kinds. Individuals are also potential customers and they shouldn’t be overlooked for any reason. Take your products to hotels, dry cleaners, institutions etc.
As long as your soap is foamy, with a good perform and size, it won’t be rejected. You might not experience a sharp growth in sales, it’s a gradual process. Just be ready for a boom that’s inevitable while at the same time, utilizing some advertising and promotional strategies that will create more awareness about your soap.
- The type of oil you use for soap making determines the quality of your soap. Any type of oil can be used, except petroleum bi-products like diesel, fuel, kerosene etc.
- Before starting this business, having a good soap making business plan is very important
- Adding alcohol to soap production makes the soap transparent and it can be added during boiling or crutching
- The size of your soap determines your position in the marketplace as an infant company until you have built a brand that has stood the test of time.
- One of the challenges soap makers face is in the area of pricing which isn’t made easy due to expensive production process. To be successful, your price has to be slightly lower than your competitors until you have grown a competitive edge.
Soap making business is a hot and profitable business in Nigeria. Even among the top business ideas in Nigeria, making Nigerians millionaires even in the mist of hardship and economic downturn. To start this business, draw a business plan, go on a market survey and make a list of all the equipment and materials you need and the amount they will come. You must not start big straight away. Here in EntMirror, we believe in starting small and growing to a giant.
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