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How I Started: Tiny Bubbles

Learn more about Tiny Bubbles and the how mother-daughter tandem behind it started the brand.
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Tiny Bubbles is a home-based brand started by a mother-daughter tandem who creates organic and fragrant soaps for the perfect bath experience. To help you get inspired with your own businesses, we talked to one half of the power duo Bernie Tan to share with us more about Tiny Bubbles, the little challenges they had to face, and a helpful tip for budding entrepreneurs.

When it started. "My mom and I started Tiny Bubbles back in February 2013!"

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How it started. "My mom took an organic soap making class and made her first soap there. We gave away some samples to our family and friends for them to try. With their feedbacks, my mom then improved her recipes and formulation as well as her skill in soap making. While I started conceptualizing the branding, packaging, and other creative inputs for Tiny Bubbles."

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Why Tiny Bubbles? "My mom is actually a frustrated dermatologist! We also enjoy having a bath ritual so we wanted other people to have and enjoy their own bath rituals, too."

Young entrepreneur. "Juggling school work and business is definitely no easy feat. You have to be hands on with your business especially if you are just starting your brand from scratch if you want it to be successful. It is definitely a test of time management and hard work."

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Drawing inspiration. "My mom and I always draw inspiration from nature and its beneficial effects on the skin."

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Teamwork. "I find it better and easier to work in a team. My mom and I would always consult each other in every business decision we have to make even if it is as simple as what filter to use in a photo for posting."

Little Challenges. "Well we had several failed batches of soap when we first started out and it was pretty much a hit or a miss for us when it came to our soap varieties. Production was a challenge, too since there were only two of us working on Tiny Bubbles and we didn’t have enough stocks ready at that time so we found it quite difficult to meet bulk orders."

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Hit 'em with your best shot. "There are a lot of other brands that also sell organic soap so we don’t try to outdo out long list of competitors anymore. We just always give our best for our brand and our customers, too."

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What's next? "We plan to expand our line, and one day have a physical store."

To budding young entrepreneurs. "As my mom would always say, "Treat your failures as an opportunity to reinvent yourself"."

Know any young entrepreneurs? Leave a comment below and you just might see them on the site next week!

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Janelle Yau
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The Rebecca Bloomwood of Manila. I spend half of my time obsessing about the latest fashion craze, and the other half overthinking and over-analyzing just about anything under the sun. When I’m not busy as a bee playing with fifty shades of pink lippies, you can probably catch me swiping my plastic for yet another pair of shiny, pointed gold flats.
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