After much thought and internal debate, I have decided to close down ForSoapmakers.com as of December 31, 2011. It was a hard decision, but having made it, I must admit somewhat of a sense of relief. ForSoapmakers had gotten to the point that it had to grow to the next level (or not) … and I chose the “or not”.
While things were going okay, I realized that it was a path that I stepped on to 8 years ago by accident, not by design. While the trek has been interesting, it hasn’t really taken me where I want to go. I never did have a big desire to sell foam pump bottles, malibu tubes and powder shakers … it just sort of happened. One day I decided to host a co-op buy on foam pump bottles, the next month I decide I could sell them, the next month I’m in business, and a year later I have a store and employees
Recently I took stock of all the different paths I am walking, the directions they are taking me, and – most importantly – where I want to go. It’s amazing how easy it is to start following “interesting distractions” rather than staying on course and getting where you want to go.
I have several general areas that I want to focus in life: family, handcrafted soap industry, Scientology studies, genealogy research, our ranch and website programming (not necessarily in that order). I’m gearing up for my New Year’s resolution to stay more focused on them, center my activities (including income generation) around them, and remove those interesting distractions. I expect the next 12 – 24 months to be a lot more fun!
As for ForSoapmakers.com, if you need to stock up on any of our primary products (foam pump bottles, malibu tubes, powder shakers, bulk body powder or other items), all orders received by December 10th will be filled before we close the doors. (Orders received after December 10th will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until stocks are gone or December 31, whichever comes first.) Oh, and the domain of www.forsoapmakers.com is available for sale (email me if you are interested).