Life in the Soap Lane — entrepreneur

| Danielle Vincent

Where there's a mill, there's a way

Recently, we asked our customers (likely even you!) if we should offer a less expensive, not-handmade soap at a lower price. Most people said they'd buy it (or they'd buy it if it was a good quality soap, which we expected and would offer nothing less!). The question came up...

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| 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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| Danielle Vincent

Why we need your help in leading this Outlaw gang (and we're givin' out a hefty bounty to boot)!

I often say that we have a very democratic soap company. We take so much guidance on product quality, values, and development from our customers (like YOU!). And Lord knows, I appreciate it. In so many circumstances, it's our customers who help us make right decisions about products, figure out...

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| Danielle Vincent

Why Campfire Soap?

When we meet people outside of Outlaw circles, sometimes people ask us what we do. From years of experience, I have learned that "My husband and I have a small handmade soap company," is the un-catalyst for an interesting conversation. Probably second to "I'm a professional quilter," people just do...

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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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| Danielle Vincent

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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| Danielle Vincent

The growing gang of Outlaws

This week, we interviewed several people for a few new positions at Outlaw HQ here in Grass Valley, California. The weekly newsletter has been assembled by our new associate, Stacie, who has taken over the weekly email as well as several logistics duties. A month or so ago, our friend...

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| Danielle Vincent

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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| Danielle Vincent

Thanks for the loot!

Wednesday, we launched a Kiva loan for $10,000 to support Outlaw Soaps growth and proliferation! I was FLABBERGASTED that the loan was fully funded in under 36 hours... that's TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS in under 36 hours!!!! (with a matching fund from ebay) HOLY MOLY, OUTLAWS! Not only that, people were...

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| Danielle Vincent

Outlaw Soaps and how I keep going even on tough days

This is me at work! You may recognize this photo from the other day's tour of the Outlaw Soaps safehouse. As the head of this little operation, I am responsible for the company strategy (including everything from sales channels to website tone), the marketing, the design, the website, the copy,...

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| Danielle Vincent

The Lotion Adventure: A product 5 years in the making

The story of how our small company came up with what we feel is the best lotion in the West, from five years ago to today.

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| Danielle Vincent

The Great Location Saga: The Outlaws officially land in our new location

I'm very pleased to report that we signed the lease on our new production facility building! It has been a real journey, and I know the journey isn't anywhere near over, but it feels like a big step and a lot of worry is beginning to clear like clouds over our heads. Christmas is our biggest season, and unfortunately this drama started in the middle of us ramping up our production for Christmas.

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