My regular readers know there’s nothing I love more than an entrepreneurial success story. Not only is Karen Camden a wonderful friend, mother and entrepreneur…her story came to me all written up and ready to go. What busy blogger doesn’t love that?
Mother and Daughter Build Soap Business Together
For some people, living and working with family can be a little too much, but for mother and daughter duo, Karen and Kristen Camden, it’s the wonderful arrangement. Karen and Kristen live in a home together while Karen works full time as a caretaker for Kristen who is disabled with epilepsy. Kristen has 3-4 Grand Mal clusters per week. This means that she has up to 45 seizures per week in total. Having this many seizures affects Kristen’s long term and short term memory and at one point Kristen didn’t know who Karen was she just knew that Karen was someone nice. This has made life challenging for Karen and Kristen both. “As a mother I would love to be able to take this away from Kristen and give it to myself. It is so hard to see her go through this!” Even with all Kristen’s challenges she still wants to work and contribute to society. So one day Karen and Kristen sat down and tried to think of what Kristen could do.
“We finally just started watching YouTube because we just could not think of anything that she liked to do and that she could do with her limitations. We had seen a show on homemade soap and got very excited. It is something that we can do at home and it is natural for our customers to use. This is a very big deal for Kristen because she takes 16 pills a day for her medications to try to stop her seizures and is very aware of how medications and chemicals affect her body.”
Then they came up with the company name Soap Works and their motto (Have a soapy day) so everything from there just seemed to be perfect! Karen has been doing arts and crafts for over 25+ years now so helping out Kristen to get this business started was very easy and fun. They make their products with all natural ingredients because they feel that this is important part of what they believe in. “Everyone puts enough chemicals in their bodies and we wanted a different way. Plus we are able to be very creative with the soaps and bath bombs so we are having a lot of fun as well.” They have a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/soapworks14) so please come and visit them there to see what they are doing. They are selling our items on EBay until they get their website going.
If you have any questions or comments please email Karen at Karen.email@example.com Thank you for reading their story and have a soapy day, Karen and Kristen!