Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in skincare but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Tammy Kazebeer, Owner of Tammy's Sudz and Stuff, located in Omaha, NE, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
My business is all about bath and body products—everything from soap, bath bombs, lotions, body butter, and more. I also make Wax Melts and dabble in candles every now and then. My customers are a variety of people looking for quality products at affordable prices. Men, women, and even children have expressed joy over my products.
Tell us about yourself
I first started making soaps about ten years ago, just darling in a new hobby. I ended up having so much I began to give them away to family and friends. They all encouraged me to sell my soaps, telling me how wonderful the soap was and how their skin felt clean and moisturized without any residue. I contemplated doing it back then because my finances were not in the right place to start a business.
Ten years later, with the help of my late fiance Brian, I was financially stable and ready to dive in. I began making just soaps, and it kept expanding from there. My motivation to make these products comes not only from the love of the craft itself but also from the happy responses I get from people who try them.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment is still staying in business, though sales are really slow. They say it takes two to six years to really get your name out there. I also overcame my fear of being on camera and started a YouTube channel.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
I would say the hardest thing is keeping your motivation when starting out. Because of how long it can take to start making a profit, some people will give up.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Don't give up! Even when you are down about how things are going. If your product is of good quality, your name will get out there.
- Keep trying to improve.
- Make sure your business name positively represents your products.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I, too, have felt like giving up at times. It is very expensive to start a business, and you will not make a profit right away.
Where can people find you and your business?
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