Friday, June 4, 2010
Creation|Collaboration features CarmenJean!
We're really delighted to be bringing you our seventh Feature Friday - today we're featuring Carmen Maidment who runs CarmenJean.
The main focus of all of them is all bath & body products. CarmenJean’s focus is on wholesale orders, Soap By The Slice focuses on retail sales and Teeny Tiny Soap Co focuses on favours and small soaps & products. Each one has their own personality and image, and is treated as stand alone units.
Where did the idea of running this as a business come from?
As a work at home mum, I have always been driven to run a business from my home. When I started to make soaps, it was with the intent to sell them on. I never dreamed that I’d become this obsessed with it all!
The colours, the fragrances, the ingredients, the end product, and the joy my customers experience when they use my products.
I also love the creation aspect – making something that is appealing to the eye. I love the cute packaging, the handing over a parcel to a customer, knowing that they, or a loved one is going to enjoy using those products.
There are so many things I love about it, that it’s really difficult to pick just one. So, I suppose the answer to the question ‘What do you love most about your business?’ is …. My business, and everything about it.
Expansion! I have so many ideas that need to be actioned. It really is just a case of getting them done. I am working on more wholesale orders, and more craft fairs, and those two are my main points of focus for this year.
Where do you ultimately see yourself?
Successful and happy. Success makes me happy, but, success is not easily defined. To me, success is a healthy turnover in my business, and a happy home life. The balance is not an easy one, but certainly not impossible. I don’t want my products in supermarkets – I would be far more happy for them to be in boutiques, gift shops and galleries.
Twitter: http://twitter.com/CJ_Soap, http://twitter.com/soapbytheslice and http://twitter.com/TeenyTinySoapCo
I am working on my website, and will be listing the fairs that I will be attending in the year. Hopefully I’ll be able to get it finished fairly soon … hopefully.
Thank you so much for reading all about me, and my business.
Thank you so much Carmen for talking us today, your products sound utterly fabulous and we love the idea that you've split your company into different sections to match the different markets you sell to.
Next week, we'll be featuring Brenda Panter from Splash - make sure to check back next Friday!!!