Hannah’s beautiful soaps make it hard to believe that she’s an 11-year-old entrepreneur who’s only been in business for about six months! As the owner of Simply Denver Soap Co., Hannah has created all-natural soaps in six different scents. Her soaps, which make perfect holiday gifts, are available for purchase on her Etsy site or at the upcoming YouthBiz Marketplace on Saturday, December 7.
Learn more about Hannah and her business below, and watch her segment on Colorado & Company!
Question: Tell me a little bit about you – name, age, how long you’ve been an entrepreneur.
Answer: I’m Hannah Doolittle, I’m 11, and I’ve been an entrepreneur for about six months.
Q: How can people find your business? Do you have a website or social media?
A: Yes, you can find me on Facebook by searching Simply Denver Soap Co.–my Facebook page has a link to order online. Or, you can find my Etsy shop by searching on Etsy: SimplyDenverSoapCo (all one word).
Q: What motivated or inspired you to start a business?
A: My whole family has sensitive skin. If we use soap with chemicals in it, we get dry skin or a rash that hurts really bad. We used to buy an all-natural soap, and when that company went out of business, I decided I would make soap that would not hurt or dry out our skin. I came up with a recipe that is made with the best ingredients , it’s good for sensitive skin, and it’s moisturizing.
Q: Please share an overview about your business.
A: I sell natural soap that is scented with essential oils. It is hypo-allergenic, acne-fighting, antibacterial, and it’s good for your skin.
Q: What makes your business unique?
A: Unlike most soaps, mine does not have detergent. It is good for your skin and scented with essential oils. It is all natural with no chemicals added, and it’s just good for you.
Q: Tell us about some of the challenges you face being a young business owner.
A: One of the challenges I faced when I was starting my company is getting money for start-up. I started walking dogs 3 years ago and I saved everything that I got from walking dogs to put towards my company. Now, my biggest challenge is generating repeat customers. We’re looking for stores to stock my products so people can buy more soap when they need it.
Q: Why should other youth start a business?
A: It’s a good learning experience and it helps prepare you for when you are an adult.
Q: Please share your involvement with YouthBiz.
A: I have gone to three of their classes and sold at the fall marketplace. All the classes I took have really helped me with starting company, especially the business plan making class, which is where I found out about the fall Marketplace.
Q: Why people should attend YouthBiz Marketplace?
A: It’s a lot of fun to see all the crafts that people sell and the creative stuff kids have thought up. There are a lot of people selling different items, so it’s a good time to get gifts for a loved one or friend and to support young entrepreneurs!