"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...
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...
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...
When we first told people that we wanted to start a soap company and move to a small town, we heard a lot of negatives:
"People will be all up in your business."
"People in town won't accept you."
"Aren't you more of a desk type?"
And then when we selected Colfax, on the first Transcontinental Rail Line, in Gold Country, we heard many other negatives:
"I hope you're not planning on having a retail business. There just isn't enough business here."
"California regulations are going to kill you."
"Those people aren't going to buy artisan soap."
This past couple weeks have been particularly rough on our little business (and employees), so to honor what we're going through. and also to share a little insight into what small business ownership is like, I wanted to tell you a little about our experience: the challenges, the unlikely friends, and where we are right now.
One of the fun parts of our jobs is inventing.
But due to the nature of our business (outlined at the bottom of this post), we can't do a whole lot of it.
Spring, though, is time for us to order a whole messa new supplies and start inventing with great fervor, since whatever we invent in the Spring, we're stuck with for the rest of the year. And if we don't invent something in the Spring, we don't get to start inventing it at any other time, since it's too close to Christmas (yes, really).
Here are some exciting products that we're working on this Spring! Look for these in April and May!
Over the past week, we've seen a lot of searches for "Archaeology Soap," probably in response to one of our favorite sites (no kidding, not just saying that), Bored Panda.
Since we always endeavor to keep our fingers on the pulse of what people want, I wanted to take this opportunity to settle the archeological investigations into Archeology Soap.
- 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.
I'm not gonna lie to you... the past couple weeks
have been pretty tough on my l'il ol' heart.
I can't even particularly tell you a good reason why. Just, like, yanno, we moved to Colfax, raised all that money through the Kiva loan, had our grand soapening, got those huge Autry and Bravo Farms orders, and now...