I want to teach a soap making class a clubhouse & want to know what is a fair price to charge

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I have access to clubhouse and wanted to know how much sounds fair to do this.. I don't have any thing to start I was thing just making personal basic {square and round ones to start with.. These would also be scented and oatmeal or what ever needded to have fun.. Also what is a good number of people start with.. I get free advertising in newsletter also... I really don't want to many...Well let me know your thoughts... THANKS CARRIE

-- Carrie (onemaur@olg.com), November 11, 2001


well,, ,limit the class,,, figure how much your time is worth,, then divide by the number in the glass,, say 10 people, 5 bucks a peice,,, you would make 50 bucks,, I wouldnt make it too big,, so everyone can "have a turn" and ask all the questions they want,, , you could always have another. I would also come up with some kind of disclaimer,, say they took your class,, did it at home,, got lye in their face,,,,, maybe try to sue you. But if you dont charge,, I dont think they can sue,,since its for info only,, if you charge,, that assumes you know what you are doing kind of thing,, good luck

-- stan (sopal@net-port.com), November 11, 2001.

That sounds like alot of fun. I buy from a lady around here but would love to make my own. Anyway if you sell your soap local it might cut down your business because you could lose a customer for making there own or they might start selling it and would give you a run for your money. Just somthing to think about.

-- Teresa (c3ranch@socket.net), November 11, 2001.

Do the owners of the clubhouse know about the possible hazards of soapmaking? You owe it to them to tell them, because they might also sue you if something happens during class. For example, YOU might be wearing goggles, gloves, and long sleeves, but unless you have some mirror above to show your students what "trace" looks like when still at a safe distance, you could be startled, drop your spoon, and splash lye in someone's unprotected face. And whether or not you charge, you could also be held liable, since you are presenting yourself as something of an expert by the very act of teaching, and people are relying upon that knowledge.

Also, I agree with Teresa--once you start teaching, you can pretty much kiss selling product goodbye. And there is nothing wrong with that, as long as you are aware of it, and enjoy teaching. Another way to teach is by writing your own book (with disclaimers of course, but you can never prevent anyone from suing if they really want to, though winning is always up in the air). Good luck.

-- GT (nospam@nospam.com), November 11, 2001.

Carrie, a very good idea but take it a step further. Also take into consideration your supplies. Though you can demonstrate and make lye, goat milk soap etc. Have the glycerin pourable molded soaps for the others to make. Then sell kits, premade soaps, small books or phamplets with recipes in it, herbs to put into the soaps and essential oils. Also think about some baskets with soaps, luffa's, buff-puffs, those really easy bath salts colored and in pretty bottles, in clear plastic with a Christmas Bow for sale. Have plenty of business cards and even an apron with your farm/business name on it. Making yourself available for goat clubs in your area, with a free demonstration of goat milk soap, and then products for sale, you simply won't believe how much you can sell to all of us with goats who are to buzy to do all the stuff folks without the stock do with our products :) Vicki

-- Vicki McGaugh (vickilonesomedoe@hotmail.com), November 11, 2001.

A group around here charges $75 for an all day Saturday soap-making class. I found that pretty steep so I didn't go, but I think they usually planned on 20-25 people. I think there were a couple of women doing it. Figure out the costs of the materials and change $15 to $20 above that. That sounds pretty reasonable to me for a day of fun and learning. You might throw in cookies and tea or coffee. I'll bet you could handle ten people easily. Sounds like a good time to me.

-- Frances Burt (fsburt@msn.com), November 12, 2001.

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