LaShonda Tyree, the “Soap Coach,” to Speak at #IndieCruise2013

I am thrilled to announce that IBN member La Shonda Tyree, aka “The Soap Coach,” of Handmade Soap Coach in Paterson, New Jersey, will join us on #IndieCruise2013 as a speaker and fellow MasterMinder. The theme for #IndieCruise 2013 is Conceive! Believe! Achieve!, making La Shonda's topic of How To Make Money Teaching “How To” and “Make It Yourself” Classes is especially fitting for our once-in-a-lifetime trip to Cozumel and Belize where we'll all enjoy the second largest barrier reef in the world.

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La Shonda is the CEO of Nyah Beauty Luxury Artisan Soaps, a retailer, wholesaler and private labeler of small batch handcrafted soap. She also leads Handmade Soap Coach, where she teaches classes to help people make their own bath and body products in the New Jersey area.

How To Make Money Teaching “How To” Product Making Classes

A teaching business model is a super one to have. In fact, I got my start as a small business owner teaching soapmaing, candle making and aromatherapy classes in a lovely studio outside my hometown of Washington, DC. That was a long time ago, and since then, the business model has flourished nationwide.

Whether you have a strong core product line and want to add teaching to your repertoire, or you want to start out teaching from the start, La Shonda will deliver the “how to” goods during her presentation. Like all of our MasterMind sessions, it will be followed by Q+A and breakout time so everyone has a chance to brainstorm how they can apply La Shonda's teachings to their business.

Among other things, La Shonda will discuss how to choose what classes to teach, how to find a suitable teaching location, how to set you prices, how to market your classes, how to deal with liability issues, how to organize your supplies and so much more! The MasterMind sessions will include break out sessions where we work together to massage new ideas you can put into motion the minute you are back on dry land!

About La Shonda Tyree

La Shonda is an entrepreneur who was one of IBN's earliest members under her Nyah Beauty brand, which launched in 2001.

La Shonda also the brains behind the “Soap Coach” brand, which offers DIY soap and body care product making classes in New Jersey and throughout the eastern seaboard. La Shonda is also the co-founder with Dawn Fitch of Beauty That Cares,” a partnership with the Girl Scouts to improve the lives of girls and women through education, creation and donation – the circle of beauty movement. La Shonda is a graduate of the Rising Tide Capital Business Academy and a finalist in theri 2012 “Start Something” Challenge.

La Shonda will walk you through, step-by-step, how she manages a profitable business teaching others how to make their own bath and body care products and start their own small businesses. Our MasterMind sessions will ensure that everyone leaves #IndieCruise2013 with ideas steps to expand their her story and help you understand how to create mindful collaborations with other entrepreneurs so you can take your core line of products and ideas and to a whole new level.

MasterMinding And Fun

In addition to La Shonda's presentation, as we always do in #IndieCruise, we will dive into each other's hearts to facilitate the revelations we all need to intentionally merge our talents and gifts with the business acumen needed to be simultaneously profitable and personally fulfilled. This combination is so critical to your well being!

Liberty of the Seas

All of this life changing fun will take place aboard Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas, a family-friendly luxury cruise ship with tons of spa and fitness activities, star studded entertainment and three delicious meals a day.

The newly renovated ship is packed with phenomenal on-board experiences, including a broadway musical, first run movies under the stars on the upper deck, wine tastings, several pools, hot tubs and jacuzzis, rock climbing walls, boxing ring, water park, mini golf course adults only whirlpool extending 12 feet beyond the side of the ship overlooking crystal blue waters — and so much more!

(I don't think I'll sleep the whole time — can't wait!)

At the end of each day, which will include opportunities for excursions among ancient ruins, snorkeling, spa and scuba, we will gather at late dinner to wind down and share the excitement of the day, and get a chance to support and know each other even better. This is one of the most fun parts of #IndieCruise because we all relax and unwind together and share what we will apply to make our businesses the best they can be in 2013 and beyond!

The support and relationships fostered on #IndieCruise are like nothing you have ever experienced before.

Join Us!

#IndieCruise MasterMind 2013 will set sail February 2-7, 2013 for a 4-Night Ft. Lauderdale to Cozumel to Belize cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas.

It's not too late to join us! In fact, someone just signed up today — seriously! You know you wanna … Register now by clicking here, or call Gary Whitehurst at 800-668-6414, ext. 150. Once you register, we will invite you to join our private #IndieCruise FaceBook Page, where we support each other all year long.

Check out our #IndieCruise video.

Learn more about La Shonda, Handmade Soap Coach and Nyah by visiting her website here.


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About Donna Maria Coles Johnson

Donna Maria is an author, podcaster, attorney, and the founder and CEO of the Indie Business Network, providing affordable product liability insurance and mentoring. Donna Maria teaches Makers and Creative Entrepreneurs how to use technology and community to build a profitable, sustainable business.