Swagbucks Got My Business Started

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Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Elise who blogs at FrugalFarmWife.com:

I’ve enjoyed making soap for our own use as well as for gift-giving for quite some time. Recently however, I began toying with the idea of starting an artisan soap business.

There are a lot of this soap makers out there however, and we weren’t really sure how successful the venture might be. So unfortunately, we couldn’t justify taking money for start-up supplies out of our already meager budget.

The idea was firmly in my head though, and I just couldn’t let it go. It just seemed so logical for someone with extra goat milk on hand to make and sell goat milk soap!

For years, I’ve used Swagbucks for purchasing diapers, birthday gifts, and books, most of the time by exchanging them for Amazon.com gift cards. But recently, I’d been letting them pile up, not sure what to do with them.

So I started looking at supplies like lye and essential oils, and as it turns out, everything I needed could be found through Amazon.com! I got to work right away, exchanging Swagbucks for gift cards and ordering my supplies.

Thanks to Swagbucks, I now have a fledgling, profitable, soap-making business selling in artisan markets, and am working on opening my own etsy shop. I can honestly say that if it weren’t for Swagbucks, I’d still be collecting pennies for that first sodium hydroxide purchase.

Elise is a farmer’s wife and mom blogger who loves making things from scratch, living “off the land”, all things health and fitness, goat keeping, cloth diapers, and writing. You can read about her adventures at FrugalFarmWife.com.

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  1. Leah says

    This is quite inspiring! Way to go for thinking out of the box, and finding a way to be wise with your opportunities!

  2. says

    What an inspiring story. I know there were probably so many “fun things” you could have bought instead. Good job staying focused.

  3. says

    This story is truly inspiring and a great testimony to “if you really want to start a business you can find a way no matter how tight the budget”. LOVE it.

  4. Janet T says

    What a great story. Thank you for always showing us ways we can reach for our goals and not blow our budget. Good luck Elise!

  5. says

    this is a great & inspirational post. I really must start doing my Swagbucks regularly. I have slacked off lately. there are side projects that i want to do also and now i know that anything is possible with Swagbucks and Amazon and a little determination.

  6. says

    that’s so cool! congrats and hopefully your business will boom! lemme tell you guys though, swagbucks (and some other sites as well) as you can see, is a great way to get extra money. i started last year and barely paid anything out of pocket for christmas. this year, i plan on not paying anything out of pocket. i’ve paid for birthdays and holidays all from swagbucks and getting amazon gift cards.

    • Amie says

      I do that too. One year, I only spent around $100 on Christmas and that was because I gave cash gifts to some family members. We had a very full Christmas. I always buy my husband’s new sneakers from amazon.com… for free. I just bought a new breast pump… for free. Now that I have a son in school and just paid close to $100 oop (after coupons and deals) for a new school uniform wardrobe, I know to start working my points early for back to school clothes next year. I slacked off a lot this year due to mos of pregnancy nausea, but I’m back!! :)

  7. Magaly says

    I love stories like these! Very inspirational. Best of luck with your etsy store. And Yes, I bought some soaps!

  8. Brandi @ Savvy Student Shopper says

    Inspiring! I’m going to check out your blog when I get home! We got chickens this year and I want goats next :)