Home Business Entrepreneurs: Glycerin Luffa Soap, Home Typesetting Business and a Home Health Food Bakery

The Bootstrap Businesses column showcases home business entrepreneurs: selling glycerin soap with an embedded luffa, starting a home typesetting business and a home health food bakery.

| July/August 1982

Home business entrepreneurs enter into new businesses, including glycerin luffa soap, a home typesetting business and a home health food bakery. 

If you now operate, or have ever operated, a successful home business that was inspired by an article you read in MOTHER, tell us about it in around 500 words (write to THE MOTHER EARTH NEWS Hendersonville, North Carolina): Be sure to mention when and where you started your venture and with how much "seed money"; what you make (net), and anything else that might be of assistance to other entrepreneurs. If your story is used in this column, you'll receive [1] the satisfaction of knowing that you may help someone else start a business and [2] a free two-year new or renewal subscription to THE MOTHER EARTH NEWS®. 

For the past five years, after starting with an initial investment of $1,650, my family and I have been manufacturing a product called Lufa-Nutra, consisting of a 3-1/2-ounce bar of unscented glycerin soap with a luffa sponge embedded right in the top. The combination quickly proved popular with such folks as backpackers and long-range bicycle travelers.

Unfortunately, as sales increased, we found we couldn't raise enough luffas to keep up . . . and we couldn't find enough other growers, either, until "For Luffa or Money!" (MOTHER EARTH NEWS issue 68, page 126) made my dream business a practical reality. As it happened, you see, I was placing ads in newspapers trying to locate luffa growers when that piece appeared, and MOM's article inspired enough people to bring me plenty of responses. Soon I had all the lufa suppliers I could possibly use, and the profits from our business really started rolling in. The net gain for this past year, in fact, was $20,000 . . . and we're moving the business from an acre plot to a 110-acre farm.

In case anyone would like to try our product, the current price for a bar of LufaNutra is $2.50, postpaid, and we'll ship anywhere in the U.S. Readers ordering more than one bar can have them for $2.00 apiece plus UPS shipping charges. To obtain further information—or to get a wholesale price list—send along a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Stefania Scoggins
Dept. TMEN
Templeton, California

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