Today in the Spotlight we have Ms. Tanya Rasley, the talented artisan behind “Baby Duck Soap Co“.
We caught up with Tanya and asked her a few questions so you get to know her better.
What’s the story behind your company?
After my son Liam was born in 2011, I went from working insanely long hours to being fortunate enough to be a stay at home mom. I loved my new role as mom but wanted something more, something just for me. I started cooking more, gardening, reading, writing. Then I discovered soap making. It’s an addiction! I was making so much soap, we couldn’t use it fast enough. My husband Clay encouraged me to sell my soap on Etsy. From there, it was easy to come up with a name. Liam’s nickname has been Baby Duck from birth. He’s been my motivation and inspiration for so many things so the company name fell into place nicely. I opened my Etsy Shop on August 3,2012. Shortly thereafter I started selling at my local Farmers Market. I just recently launched my own website on March 2, 2013.
What inspires you?
Everything from the colors in nature to the actual scent of the fragrances inspire me. Pinterest is always a great resource for inspiration with all of the beautiful artwork, photography and colors. When I smell fragrances I see the colors that correspond to what I’m smelling. From there, it becomes easier for me to design my batch.
What is your favorite product to make?
Hands down, cold process soap. I have an addiction to watching the soap reach trace. It’s like Christmas morning after waiting 24 hour to cut it to see the finished product of something I designed from scratch. It’s so rewarding.
How would you describe your style in 3 words?
Colorful, quirky, fun.
In your opinion, what’s the best part of being an entrepreneur?
Being able to do what I love by allowing me to raise my son at the same time. Nothing can replace the feeling of being able to spend time with him while I’m working.
If you were to start all over again, what would you do differently?
I would probably trust myself more. I kept making excuses to NOT do the local Farmers Market or to NOT open my Etsy shop. Once I actually took those risks, they weren’t as scary as I thought they’d be.
Any advice for other entrepreneurs who are just starting?
Don’t put it off any longer. You don’t need a warehouse full of product to get started. Start small and build from there. Join similar interest groups from FB or around the Internet. I’ve found that other Soapers are amongst some of the warmest and most helpful people around. Lean on each other to build relationships and hone your craft.
What’s next? Any plans for the future?
I just rebranded the company so this year I’ll be adding brand specific soap sleeves and boxes for the butters and scrubs. I’m planning on adding a pet line and an expanded men’s line.
Hopefully within the next year or so I’ll have a retail location where I’ll be teaching soap making classes as well. Fingers crossed, knocking on wood for that one!!
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