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Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making

Our Natural Soap Making Site is designed to teach almost anyone how to easily make their own soap at home.  This can be done for fun or for profit.  Store bought commercial soaps are harsh on skin and are often made from petroleum based detergents. Natural soap is gentler on your skin and contains about 25% glycerine which moisturizes your skin.  When you make your own soap you get exactly what you want in the fragrance you want and the shape you want.

Our soap site also contains plenty of free soap recipes and formulas that you are free to use.  We have posted a wide variety of recipes.  Our recipes are unique in that they are always calculated in 16 ounce batches.  We do this so you can make the batch using a simple blender or stick blender.  To make more than 16 ounces you simply double, triple or quadruple the recipe. You can create custom soap recipes with our Soap-Calc program.  This program allows you to enter your oils and then calculates the lye and water you will need for a batch.  It also gives you a 16 ounce version of the formula.

Soap Making has been a popular hobby for many many decades and is only becoming more popular.  People have gotten tired of not getting what they want in their skin care products and are learning that they can create everything they need right in their own home.

Stained Glass Stepping Stones

Stained glass art is a luxury that most people cannot afford.  However, if you know how to create it then is well within your budget.  The problem most people run into is the difficult learning curve that is involved in learning how to create glass panels and other beautiful works of art with stained glass.  Once you learn how to cut glass, you are still a long way from making a nice panel.  However, when you are at this stage there actually is a form of stained glass art that you can create with just glass cutting skills.  This form of art is called the Stained Glass Stepping Stone.

These beautiful stones have become very popular in the last decade.  One reason for their popularity is simplicity. Creating a stained glass stepping stone is something anyone of any age can do.  The more skill you have the more distinctive your stepping stones will be. Depending on the complexity of your design you can create a design and pour one of these beautiful stones in under an hour. Then you simply wait for the cement to set and pop out the stone. After the cement has cured you can either put the stone in your own garden, display it indoors, or sell it at a craft show or via consignment.

Our Stained Glass Stepping Stone Website is intended to provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to make your own beautiful garden stones. On this site we have a section for instructions which takes you through every step in the process of stepping stone creation.  We also have a section on finding and working with patterns. This is often the most challenging part of the process, but at the same time, the most important.  Lastly, we have a section that will show you how to mix your own colored high strength cement using easy to find ingredients.  Diamondcrete is a great product but can be expensive. This formula can be made for a fraction of the cost.  Also, by mixing your own cement you have absolute control over the color.

We hope you enjoy our site and wish you the best of luck in your artistic endeavors.

Cool Machines Website


Our Cool Machines Website is a great place to find business ideas that involve a money making machine.  If you don’t mind being your own boss then a wonderful way to make a living is to let a machine make money for you. Machine hours are more productive than man hours because machines are specifically designed to do one particular task very well.  A good example of this is a “Ditch Witch”. This amazing machine can dig a three foot trench at a rate of up to 300 feet per hour.  A person with a shovel may be able to dig 10 – 20 feet in that time. In other words, what a person can do in an hour a machine can often do in just a few minutes.  And they will do it non stop with no complaints and no pay. The income the machine generates goes to the owner of the machine which can be you. If there is little or no competition then your machine can make a great deal of money per hour for you.

I developed this site after starting a few businesses that revolved around owning a machine that not very many people had.  I noticed that the amount of money I was able to make with the machine was ten times more than what I could make just working by the hour for someone.  This site is a fun and informative site that is intended to help people find a machine that fits the type of business they wish to build.  For example, if you wanted to work only at night you could look into parking lot striping or parking lot sweeping. If you had a landscaping business and wanted more revenue you could look into the concrete curbing machines.

Computer controlled routers, parking lot striping machines, sealcoating machines,  laser engravers, concrete curb machines, large format printers, vinyl cutters, and plasma cutters are just a few machines that we cover on the site.

What else can a machine do to improve your life? By owning the right machine and knowing how to use it, you can increase your hourly profit substantially. Making more per hour can make it possible for you to free up some of your time. Let’s say you make $20 per hour and work 40 hours per week. That is $800 per week which is good. Now let’s say you own a large format printer that makes you $80 per hour. If you work the machine 40 hours a week you would make $3,200. However, if you cut back to 20 hours a week you will make $1,600 and get your life back at the same time. The choice would be yours.

Signs and Graphics Business

Sign Business Site Summary – Click Here for main site.

You see signs everywhere.  There is even a song about them.  Signs are considered to be the best and most cost effective advertising around.  They not only convey a message, but also often mark a location or indicate a direction.

Owning a Sign Shop can be very profitable and stable. Signs and Graphics are part of the growing multi-billion dollar graphics industry, and offer great opportunity for profit and growth in virtually any market.  You can start small and grow your sign business to any size you desire.  You can market your products locally or nationwide using the internet.  The amount of profit you can make per job is amazing and the satisfaction of owning your own business is priceless.  Sign Businesses create a huge variety of products.  You can produce and sell everything from basic banners to billboards and everything in between.  All a basic shop needs is a vinyl plotter hooked to a computer, some sign graphics, some substrates (banners, blanks, etc..) and a nice sized table to work on.

Many people that consider starting a sign shop make the mistake of thinking that sign making and graphic arts is too complicated and will take a long time to learn.  This is simply dead wrong.  In as little as an hour after you get your equipment set up you can be making signs. vinyl sign shopI can say this because I did it. My 12 year old son learned to make signs in about 30 minutes and made over $200 from a produce company for some roadside signs and over $100 from a veterinarian for a front door sign applied to glass.  Each job took less than an hour to complete.

The purpose of our sign business website is to walk you through the process of starting your own sign company and help you learn how to create and sell your signs and graphics.  I provide this information because I know how hard it can be to get a business started and hope that my previous experience can help the next person to support their family.  All you have to do is believe in yourself.

Parking Lot Striping / Sealcoating Business

Parking Lot Striping Business Site Summary – Click Here to go to the main site.

When you start thinking of starting your own business and are looking for business ideas, parking lot striping may not immediately cross your mind.  Since a lot of striping is done at night and most lots are only striped once every year or so, you may not see as many stripers as you do lawn maintenance or carpet cleaning companies.  This is actually a good thing for those who do decide to go into parking lot striping.

Parking lot striping and sealcoating is a great way to make a living or just earn extra income. In some parts of the country you would provide a different service during the winter but in the south you can work all year long. You can pick your own schedule and because the profit margins are high, you get to keep the majority of what you make on each job. The initial investment can be low. Because of the high profit margins, the risks of failure are minimal. Depending on how much promoting you do, you can schedule as many jobs as you wish. Many people are able to pay off their equipment with the first job or two.  After that you can generally keep about 80 – 90% of the revenue brought in. The other 10 – 20% should be reinvested in maintaining paint inventory and other supplies.

The purpose of our parking lot striping and sealcoating site is to walk you through the steps that you will need to take to start your own company. Our site covers subjects like choosing your company name, selecting a business type (sole proprietor, corporation, etc..), finding new or used equipment, promoting your business, striping parking lots, sealcoating, and much more. I hope this website will assist you as you enjoy the freedom of owning your own business and being your own boss.