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Rethinking Business for the New Millennium

Yes, you can build your own profitable business that gives you the freedom to express your creativity and drive as well as social and economic responsibility. In Creating an Herbal Bodycare Business, Sandy Maine shares her experience and philosophy of building a successful company, as well as stories from other business owners who work with their hands and minds to enrich the health and well-being of others.

You'll find in-depth profiles of responsible business owners in earth-friendly enterprises such as:

-- Aromatherapy

-- Massage

-- Hemp products

-- Education and conferencing

-- Natural skincare, bath, and cosmetic products

About the Author

Sandy Maine founded SunFeather Natural Soap Company which she sold in 2011 and now has a new “farm to bodycare” brand called Adirondack Fragrance and Flavor Farm which specializes in locally grown raw materials for native perfumes, soaps, body care and specialty foods.  She is the author of Creating an Herbal Bodycare Business and manages her farm, is a business consultant, and over sees selected private label production projects at her facility near Parishville, NY in the Northern Adirondacks.  
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Product Details

  • Series: Making a Living Naturally
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (January 3, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580170943
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580170949
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What do you do when the founder of a $1.25m turnover business tells you that `being in business is truly an experiential adventure in holistic self-education'? You listen. Carefully. This isn't your average "how-to" business book. (Maine states it's a `how-can' book). What we have here, couched in the gentle, flowery phrases of New Age terminology, is a Woman with A Mission, bound and determined to transform consumer culture - and making a very convincing case for so doing. Beginning with the concept of `business as a garden' and using examples from her own business and those of successful others in the herbal bodycare industry, Maine evidences a strong belief in the Unverse as Provider, in the style of `Field of Dreams'. Despite its poetical atmosphere, the book contains much good, solid reference material in the `Important Lessons' of business owners. Take the Biz Quiz, to find out if you are fortune 500 material or a wealthy philanthropist in the making. From formulating a business plan through developing products that sell - and marketing them successfully - to maintaining and sustaining your growing business, along with some upbeat hopes for the future, Maine talks of delegating, risk-taking and planning for success alongside generosity, tithing and turning competitiors into comrades. Amazingly, it fits into a very neat little package. The average MBA might have conniptions at the phraseology, but the basic structural information is all there to help you get started profitably in your business.
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This book begins, and ends, on a hopeful note. Its message is a positive one. There is considerable truth in what Ms. Maine says. Many people believe that big is good, but big is often bloated, and not long after, bankrupt. For some people, small can be both beautiful and happy.
From the start, I do not believe Ms. Maine intended to write a business book based on the standard boiler plate model for such books. She has endeavored to put something of herself, and her outlook on life into the text, and it shows. Granted, on first pass, the New Age references and more than a few statements are a bit off-putting, especially if you, like me, are skeptical by nature, but if the book is read very closely, you will find that all the basic ingredients of a Start Your Own Business Book are there.
For example, she makes these and other questionable claims throughout the book such as: society and the planet are going to hell in a hand-basket. What is the solution, you ask? Start an herbal bodycare business! Or, my personal favorite: the natural food and bodycare market is experiencing an annual growth rate of 15 percent. With that kind of growth rate, given the anemic 1 to 3 percent growth rates in mature general retail categories like food and cosmetics, it will not be long before those godless multinationals pick up the scent. In fact, it turns out they have picked up the scent, and are closing in these 'alternative' categories.
However, this is not to say that there is no value or credibility in the text- far from it. The real value of this text resides in the stories of those folks, like Ms. Maine, who set up their own successful herbal bodycare business, and Ms. Maine's insistence that you think and plan about your herbal bodycare business.
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I found this book to be very helpful both practically and motivationally. There was a lot of good advice to be found, and it is easy to use. I especially like the section on the Art of Management. Although the book as a whole doesn't go into too much depth, it does cover most of the basics and lets you know what it truly takes to start your own herbal bodycare business. I recommend it for anyone thinking about undertaking the process.
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This book didn't stay in my library for long. I'm glad that I read it and I did glean some good ideas but it wasn't at all what I expected based on the title. I appreciate many of Ms. Maine's points but the book is not really about the Herbal Body Care Business. It's about creating a philosophy of business, really your Mission Statement, and the goals that produces. The philosophy is blatantly New Age and so, not for everyone. The best part is the many stories of other soap makers.
Ms. Maine is one of my favorite soapmaking book authors. She is the owner of one of the largest businesses of it's kind. She has shared her knowledge over the years with others who would like to make soap via her many books on the market. Those books are the how-to's. This one, by the author's own admission is a "how-can".
It was interesting but not an essential book for either the hobby or professional soap maker's library.
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I found this book to contain general information on starting any type of business, such as licensing information and advice on running a business. If you're looking for information and help specifically for starting an herbal bodycare business, you won't find it in this book.
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Definately worth reading! This book offers alot of valuable insight from someone who has worked her way through all aspects of this business. Offers lots of inspiring ideas to help you get your business off the ground. It helped me!
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