Life in the Soap Lane — entrepreneurship

| Danielle Vincent

Life on the Road with Outlaw Soaps

This week, I've been on the road, mostly hanging out in Las Vegas for the Magic trade show (it's a fashion and gift trade show). It was my first solo trade show and I was pretty intimidated. Compared to other companies, we're a really young brand (the woman next to...

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Joshua Tree Photoshoot: Success!

Last week and weekend, Russ and I (along with our photographer Arlette Thibodeau and stylist Belinda Hellyea) trekked down to Joshua Tree to go to the last Cracker Campout at Pappy & Harriet's (it's a long story... google it) and get our pictures taken. It had been a few years...

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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

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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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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"Sometimes the person who wins the rodeo is just the person flexible and stubborn enough to stay in the saddle the longest." - Danielle

This is Tad Lucas. She was a professional rodeo rider. I bought her photo (this photo, in fact) off eBay about a decade ago and it sat on my desk at ABC and then at Oprah, reminding me that even on the rugged and wild ride of entertainment (which was...

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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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Fire in the Hole explosively awesome campfire soap: Inspired by friends, whiskey, explosions, and good times

The first attempt at making Fire in the Hole soap came on a weekend in May. I know this very specifically, because I wasn't camping that weekend, and it was our annual May Trip. We had planned on going camping with friends -- one of those crazy weekends of drinking and shooting and lighting things on fire -- but it was our first year of Outlaw Soaps, and small business ownership being what it is, we couldn't see to drag ourselves away for the day-long drive to meet our friends in an obscure corner of the Mojave.

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"Don't quit the day job 'till your night job pays"

- Common wisdom, and lyrics from a "Grateful Dead" song. I have news for you: as long as you keep your day job, your night job will never pay.

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| Danielle Vincent

What comes around goes around

We moved to Colfax for selfish reasons: we love the mountains and especially love the Gold Country. But we also were excited to bring our business to this little town. We knew we wouldn’t get a lot of business from locals, but between the online and wholesale customers, and my side job with Mozilla, we thought we could probably scrape by.

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A rising tide raises all boats: how your purchases from Outlaw Soaps benefit many small businesses

When you buy from Outlaw Soaps, you're actually doing more than supporting our small business, you're supporting many small businesses. We are honored to have the opportunities to help other businesses and support other makers. Here's a little about who we love working with...

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