I'm always perplexed by requests I get from people saying something like this..."I'm developing a line of skin care products and I want you to help me do it as I've never made anything before." I find this confusing. Would you decide to start a clothing line having never cut out a pattern or threaded a needle? Would you decide to start a woodworking company having never owned a hammer or cut a piece of wood? So why would you start a skin care line when you've never made so much as a lotion bar or body butter? It would be like starting a bakery when you've only ever made cupcakes from a boxed recipe!
You're just asking for trouble when you don't know what you're doing and have to rely upon the free advice of people like me to make your business successful. There's a reason this is called a craft - we're craftspeople who have worked hard to hone our skills, and there's much more to making products than just making a recipe in your workshop. You have to learn what information you can trust, which suppliers you can rely on, which recipes work the best in your climate, which containers look awesome and keep your products safe, and so on. To think that you can just follow a recipe and start selling it a few weeks later is simply ridiculous: I would argue you need at least a year just to test the stability of your products, let alone all the time you need to perfect your recipes.
Please don't be offended when I write back to you with the comment that I don't help businesses for free. I don't help businesses for money, either. I don't have time to help your business succeed. I wish you all the best, but it's not fair to ask me to give you my time for free so you can make a profit.
Terry Pratchett wrote, "Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life." Resolve to be on fire instead of begging for a match!
As a note, it's National Community Social Service Workers' Day on November 6th, so I guess we do get a celebration as well!
Look for more posts later this week - it's so busy around here, and now it's Spring Break, so it's even busier!