Marla Bosworth is the founder and owner of Back Porch Soap Company. She teaches classes, corporate events and experiences including candle making, soap making, organic skincare and perfumery.

January 28, 2009

Ten Things I Love About Being Indie... Soapmaking, Of Course! many choices!

This post is part of Indie Beauty Blog Tag Party. Lisa at Cactus & Ivy tagged me to write a post on the topic "Ten Things I Love About Being Indie." Once I've written mine, I tag five other indies.

I'm in my 12th year of being an Indie. Here is my list of why I love being an an entrepreneur:

1. My 14 year-old daughter.
She is the number one reason I love working for myself. I'm home when she gets on the bus, and when she gets off the bus. As she gets older, she chooses to spend more time with her friends. But that's okay. I'm here to keep an eye on her and available for when she needs me. I wouldn't want it any other way.

2. I tried the "Corporate Gig."
Grateful for the opportunities and people I met along the way. But it didn't work so well for me. Gave it a good shot for seven years. My head hurt from hitting that glass ceiling. I don't like red tape very much, either. I understand why large companies need to have policies in place, sometimes it gets in the way of good ideas that need to be implemented immediately. That's the beauty of being indie - grab ahold of the wheel and steer!

3. Flexibility.
As a single parent, I find working for myself affords me a tremendous amount of flexibility with my time. I can work nights, turn my schedule upside down if I need to for family or health-related reasons.

4. It's in my blood.
I have my dad, a general contractor, to thank for it. Growing up in Illinois and Wyoming, I watched my dad work from his home office and on-site at various construction sites. I remember as a little kid, playing on his adding machine (remember those?) and thinking that there was no one cooler than my dad. To this day I admire his dedication, work, and work ethics. My grandfather (his dad) was an Illinois farmer, and hard work and perserverence came from him as well. (Besides, we're half-Irish and stubborn as hell!)

5. It's good for my brain.
Are you right brained? Left brained? I'm a little of both. Running my own business let's me be creative AND analytical. It's all about being balanced.

6. Empowering others.
I've been teaching entrepreneurial and soap making classes for the past 11 years. It is wonderful to see the sparkle in another person's eye when they realize that they can really be their own boss.

7. Meeting other great entrepreneurs
I enjoy networking with entrepreneurs, both in person and online. Are you following me on Twitter? How about LinkedIn? Facebook? Please say hello and introduce yourself. I'd love to meet you!

8. Building value in my brand and company.
Simply said, at the end of the day it is mine.

9. Sharing my talents and gifts.
This is my calling. It feels right. Some days I feel like I'm a Jack (or Jill) of all Trades and Master of None. But the truth is that that when you have the ability to combine several talents and are good at multi-tasking, you have a great foundation for what it takes to be a great entrepreneur.

10. Because there are so many different hats to wear.
This is figuratively speaking, of course, because I don't look good in hats. Most days I love juggling the different aspects of the biz. It's nice to be the CEO, Marketing Manager, CFO and VP of Sales...all wrapped up into one.

Thanks for tagging me, Lisa! It was nice to stop and smell the roses for a bit.

A little drum roll action,'s who I'm tagging:

Jennifer Hardaway at
Jill Jones at
Michele Keiper at
Kelly Bloom at
Funlayo Alabi at

Are you an Indie? Post a comment below. I'd love to hear from you!

January 26, 2009

Personalized Wedding Favor Orders On The Rise for 2009; It's Hot, Hot, Hot!

It's that time of year. Brides all over the U.S. are shopping for the finishing touches for their spring or summer wedding.

This year there will be 2,219,264 weddings in the United States, up from 2,212,923 in 2008, according to The Wedding Report. A quick glance tells me that's up close to 7,000 over last year. The same publication predicts brides will spend close to $30,000 when it comes to planning for their wedding in 2009.

I've been receiving phone calls for wedding favors earlier this year than in 2008. An increasing number of them are from bridesmaids helping out with bridal showers or assisting brides with selecting wedding favors.

It's no wonder brides need help planning their weddings. The Wedding Report says nearly 50 percent of U.S. weddings this year will have between 100 and 200 guests. Another 25 percent will have more than 200 attending their special day. Favors are a wonderful way to thank your guests for sharing your special day. They also serve as a special reminder of your day.

Whether you're planning a beach wedding, or just love the beach, our sea glass soaps make popular favors. For other ideas check out our personalized and monogrammed soap bars.

Bulk Sea Glass Soaps

For large weddings with 100 or more guests, it is much more cost-effective to create your own favors. Our most popular assemble-it-yourself favors are made using our bulk sea glass soaps. At $70 per gallon (enough for 30-40 guests), it is economical, yet beautiful. Most brides choose to package them in cello bags and tie them up with ribbons matching their wedding colors. Add a personalized hangtag and hot-glue a shell to create a seaside-themed favor that guests will love!

Sea Glass Soaps with Hangtags

For smaller weddings, or for those who have the budget to spend a bit more on their guests, save time and energy by ordering finished favors. Our popular seaglass wedding favor soaps are handmade, packaged by us, and are finished with free personalized hangtags. Each pillowpak contains 50 pieces of colorful seaglass made out of our moisturizing and long-lasting soap.

Whatever your choice is for your 2009 wedding favors, I wish you a beautiful day and many blessings in the years to come. Enjoy!

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