Life in the Soap Lane — maker

| Danielle Vincent

Unpack your bags and stay a while! - or - Starting a business makes you effin' cray cray

"That's it. We'reĀ never going to sell anything ever again. No one likes our products. We should just give up." - Me after getting 0 orders in one 24 hour period "GREAT HORN SPOON! We're going to CRUSH this year! WE ARE UNSTOPPABLE!" - Me after getting 10 orders in one 24 hour period When people think of entrepreneurial life, they often envision a happy, self-assured pioneer! If they've met any actual entrepreneurs, they also probably know aboutĀ the long hours and unsteady income, sleepless nights, abandoned family, and sometimes financial ruin. And that's all superficial stuff...

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"When are you having a sale?" The answer's pretty simple

We probably will never have a sale on the above products. Here's why: we have to stay in business. It comes down to pricing. Side note: I wrote an article about product pricing for Pyragraph and you might be interested in it if you're interested in our business. Our production is 100% handmade...

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Using Busyness to Procrastinate: How We Hide True Productivity in "Productivity"

I caught myself doing it yesterday: resisting efficiency. While listening toĀ Getting Things Done for the first time since starting my business (I listened and read it often when I had a desk job), I found myself resisting implementing theĀ clearly beneficial time and project management tools. Why?Ā It was a good question... why wouldn't I want more time? And then it hit me: if I had more time, I would have time to do the projects I didn't want to...

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Need answers: Why do you buy handmade soap?

Hey gang, I sometimes use this blogĀ as a resource to hear what people think, and today I want to know: Why do you buy handmade soap? Whether or not you buyĀ our handmade soap, I want to know what drives you to spend more money on something that you have to actively seek out (through web searches or in specialty stores). Is it the people? Is it the fact that you're supporting small business? Is it the soap quality? Is it allergies or skin conditions? Is it the unique scents or styles? Is it something else?

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The biggest disappointment in our early business

Everyone wants to hear stories whereĀ I've struggled through and not done well, soĀ here you go. Two years ago, we didn't win the Martha Stewart American Made competition. I imagine you have one of two reactions to hearing that:

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Sneak Preview: The Six Shooter Gift Set

TADA! Here's a sneak peek at our new gift set that we'll be launching next month for Father's Day in very limited quantities.

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The Discipline To Rest

I hated running. Ten years ago, I trained for and ran the San Francisco half-marathon. I was 30 and realized I had never really dedicated myself to something I hated, but resolved to do despite my hatred of it. It seems like most people accept that they have to do things they hate as a part of life, but I never accepted it. I didnā€™t do math homework in school unless I liked the teacher, I didnā€™t file taxes, and I didnā€™t stay in jobs I didnā€™t like. From the time I was an infant, if I didnā€™t want to do something, Iā€™d absolutely refuse to do it. This is not a very productive or healthy trait in adults, so...

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Russell Vincent's Wild Ride: Hair of the Dog, the buckin' bronco of soap

Yesterday was one hell of a buckin' bronc of a soap making ride!Ā Thank heavens the CEO/Wife works within screaming distance of the COO/Husband in the soap shop. I was in the process of making five batches (190 bars) of everyone's all time favorite, Hair of the Dog Whiskey Soap, when things started getting nasty...

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In Celebration of Russell

Production and temperance isn't the kind of thing people run advertising campaigns about, but without it, this business would be a smoldering rubble. Here's to Russell Vincent, my husband, my outlaw, and my business partner!

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"I was not a soap person before Outlaw Soaps." - Eric, customer

The truth is, neither were we. When I reflect back on how different our lives were just three years ago, it hardly seemsĀ possible that we have changed almostĀ everything about our lives, our careers, and our homes. We evenĀ gained a family member (Roxy Vincent, VP of Animal Testing). How did this all happen? What was the catalyst for this transformation?

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The Evolution of our Fulfillment Room

I promised I'd post other photos of the build-out of our new place, so here's the build-out of our fulfillment room! My dream was to be able to just fill an order quickly. I know, I know, it's at once both a very small dream and a very impossible one....

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"We have a strategic plan, it's called DOING THINGS." - Herb Kelleher

-=Ā Click to tweet that quote.Ā =- We're getting ourĀ March 1 subscription box ready to ship, and this month, we have commissioned artist Miriam Dema to make these fantastic screen printed cards. I first bought the poster version of this card at an LA Brewery Art Walk about five years ago, andĀ even...

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