Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Website And Goal Work

It is Tuesday, day #2 of working in the office. This involves coffee, lots of water, soda, and a clear head! Need I say more? Actually, the honest truth is that I am enjoying this time. It has been a blessing to be able to begin sprucing up for 2009!

Today I worked on the website. My personal and business goals for 2009 are numerous. All of the goals have set deadlines, and all are on paper, meaning, they will get done. Goals with ASAP deadlines are getting my attention this week. One goal was to write a statement/promise for my friends and customers. Today I placed the statement on my website's index page. With this statement, you cannot get much closer to my heart, my business goals, my desires, and what I want to accomplish in life. Yes, I want to sell soap, but I am also just as equally dedicated to helping others, whether that be through learning, listening, teaching, helping with animals, whatever I can do, I intend to do my best. If I do not have an answer, then I hope to help find one.

I am also planning an "ugly" soap sale. If you have any thoughts or requests for this sale, drop me a comment or email. The sale will include soap that I do not want to sell as full-sized bars (minimal 4 ounces). The soap will be of good quality, and with each type of soap sold, I will include a short description as to why it is being sold at a discount. All of my soaps are tested by myself, friends, and family.

I am working on a website testimonials page. Thank you for the great comments received! The soap is not being made for me, it is being made for people that I care about! The testimonials page is a tribute to you.

I am working on a series of bath and body product ingredient articles. My next ingredient article will be palm oil. I love to use palm oil in my soaps. I will admit that one of my goals, and not in the far future, is to determine where to buy palm oil that is gathered from palm trees that are harvested in a manner that does not deplete the great rain forests, therefore, does not put any part of the environment at risk. If you have any links that I can study to prepare for the palm oil article, I truly appreciate your input!

Thank you for your comments, links, laughs, ideas, and friendship. I think we are living in wonderful times!


Joanna said...

This morning, I received my package from Annie's Goat Hill. I'm still at the office and haven't tried the soaps yet although their aroma is awesome, however, I tried the lotions and they feel just devine. Thank you for the quick delivery. Can't wait to lather in the soaps. :-)

Anonymous said...

I am glad to call you my friend Mary and good luck with your goals for 2009!:-D

KathyB. said...

I can's wait to try some of your soap. When I made soap I had some 'ugly soap'. I did give it away as gifts with twine or ribbon adornments and set in little boxes of brown shredded paper and no one complained, just asked for more...also, I saw at a Farmer's Market the soap maker had wrapped felt around the soaps , very pretty home made wool felt in different colors, and sold the soaps in these wool scrubbies, and these were very popular there.One could hide a good , but ugly soap that way and also sell them for a bit more .....

I am so encouraged by you that I think I will begin with my lists on paper as soon as the Christmas decorations are put away!

Mary @ Annie's Goat Hill said...

Well, you encourage me too! And, thank you!

All of my soaps are rustic. I do not bevel the edges. I even try occasionally to rough up an edge before the batch sets for a special treatment.

The ugly soaps really are not ugly. Some may have been cut crooked (before we developed the last cutting template), some may be scented stronger or lighter than I had expected, and some may be colored oddly (no artificial colorants). But, they are good soaps. The sale will probably have a different name by the time I announce it. And you can suggest names if you would like! How about something like, "Odds and Ends Sale?"

Joanna, I am glad you received your package! I love the lotions too. The ones that I do not love are on my shelf, just for me to use. :) Call me picky. Anyhow, glad you like the scent emitting from the package! I hope you like the lathering just as well.

Amy, you are a good lady.

Lomond Soap said...

Re palm oil. If you can get hold of Nov 2008 copy of National Geographic there is a great article over about 8 pages on this very topic. Worth hunting down.
Annie, you are sooo motivated! It's very refreshing to read and spurrs me on a bit too :) Thanks, Corrie