Life in the Soap Lane — business

| Danielle Vincent

Cha-cha-cha changes!

Outlaw Soaps has been around for many years, and over that time, I've pretty much been the only person maintaining the website, writing the product descriptions, updating the photos, and, possibly most importantly, making all the design decisions in the company. In the past year, we've brought on some new...

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I'm sorry: The shaving soap will not be available after all

We had such high hopes. After all, a couple years ago, we had shaving soap and not only did it sell out in just a few days, it got rave reviews: "I started wet shaving about a year ago and I'll never go back. It helped turn a boring, dreaded...

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| Danielle Vincent

Measuring What Matters

This week, I've been thinking a lot about measuring what matters. I read lots of business books, and this week's hit parade is Measure What Matters by John Doerr, so it'd be only natural for me to ponder how to measure the things that matter in our business. I also...

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I get by with a little help from my gang

This week, I have been hella sick... and not just for a day or two, for a whole week! 7 days of feeling lethargic, cruddy, cranky, and blerghy. (so blerghy, in fact, that you may have noticed we didn't even send a newsletter last week) We've had many phases of...

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6 Years of Outlaw Soaps, thanks to customers like YOU

March 15, 2013: Russ and I launched a website featuring Fire in the Hole, Unicorn Poop (along with some other scents that aren't with us any longer). We were relatively new to soapmaking, but we had huge dreams of creating a multi-million dollar company based on awesomely scented sundries. (we're...

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Do we offer free shipping?

From time to time, we get this question, so I want to address it here: No one offers free shipping. Not Amazon, not the sunglasses shop, no one. As long as shipping costs money, someone is paying for shipping. Some vendors build shipping into the cost of their products and...

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A Life of Adventure: The Blog Challenge Awakens

It has been nearly a month since I wrote in this here blog. I ordinarily keep it pretty updated, but life has really gotten all up in my business in the last few weeks. It's important to me (and the business) to keep up the blogging, though, so I'm going to get back in here and try to do a 30 day blog challenge starting today. Since filling 30 days of sequential blogs is no small task, I'm going to take this opportunity to brainstorm some upcoming blog topics. I'll link to the posts as I write them:

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WE DID IT! YOU DID IT! WE ALL DID IT!!!!!

On Sunday morning at around 1:30, I couldn't sleep. Some personal stuff was affecting our ability to rest, and both Russ and I were tossing and turning. Bored but unable to sleep, I checked my email. And then I clicked a link in the email... HOLY CROWS, Y'ALL! WE ARE FULLY FUNDED!

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Day THREE of our campaign to raise $10k in small business funding to drive down our product prices (and increase sales).

We're 80% to our goal.  Click here to contribute. Now that matching is active, we need $1,000, and then we're DONE. That's 40 more people contributing just $25.How often does $25 double when you spend it?Today, it does (through the 100% matching).How often does $25 have 6x as much power as it does in your bank account?Today, it does (through 100% matching, and buying 3x as much product through volume and shipping discounts).

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About The Company To Whom You're Loaning Money

Over the past week, we've posted a couple articles about our upcoming Kiva Loan. If you want to contribute to our crowdfunding loan, here is our borrower page. Though I know many of you are aching to loan us money already, we wouldn't feel right about things unless we in some way exhibited our credit-worthiness in terms other than a high charisma score and ass-kickingly awesome products. This is our entire company: Our goal, in case it isn't obvious, is to become a widely-distributed lifestyle product manufacturer. We want Outlaw Soaps to be a household name, on par with Old Spice and Burt's Bees, while still maintaining our high quality manufacturing, small business mentality, and general enthusiasm for YOU.

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Shut up and take my money - the details about the new loan

Wow. Well, wow. I am ... wow. The other day, I posted about how we are going to be getting a $10k loan in a couple weeks. Within not long at all, people were asking how they could contribute to the loan. The quick answer is: SOON. It was going to be March 1, but it may be sooner.

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Can we borrow $25 on March 1? We will pay you back

summary: we're paying off the $5,000 loan we took out last year so we can get another, bigger loan. longer story: Last year, we crowdfunded a $5,000 0% interest loan to pay for supplies in greater quantities. It was a smashing success, and we were able to leverage that money in ways that I have outlined here. We were even invited to the first ever Kiva in-person event at San Francisco City Hall as a success story. The loan was a real game-changer for us, since not only did it enable us to buy in greater quantities, it also helped us get our new shop set up in Antioch. If you've been following along, you'll know that we recently moved again, but this time to our dream location....

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