Bed & Breakfasts – Untapped Soap Business
You may be familiar with the bed & breakfast concept. The owner of a small hotel or quaint, rustic home rents out rooms to couples so they can have a romantic getaway. The owner will often provide their guests with a homemade breakfast or vouchers to a local eatry. This type of business has grown in popularity and is the retirement dream of many individuals.
While this may not be your retirement dream, there is a way to tap into this business for the purpose of selling your soap. Many of these bed & breakfasts try to treat their guests with homemade or crafty items. By creating your own soap, you are in prime position to wholesale your products to such businesses. Not only will you be able to generate income from the bed & breakfast itself, but if done correctly you can convert their guests into customers as well.
While this could be a lucrative venture once you find an establishment or two to work with, the problem may lie in making contact. These bed & breakfasts are usually located in rural areas so visiting them in person to establish a business relationship may not be the most efficient use of your time. This is especially true if you find a number of them to contact.
Instead, it is recommended that you call the owner and tell them that you plan to send a few samples of your soap for their guests. Let them know that you are doing so in hopes of establishing a long-term business relationship with the bed & breakfast. Many owners will be receptive, however, you should be prepared for some rejection.
So take it one step at a time. First learn to make the soap, then learn to make a business.
Once you find a bed & breakfast to work with, be sure to include your contact information on each bar. This will give the guests a means to buy your soap from you directly if they enjoy your products!