Life in the Soap Lane — time management

| Danielle Vincent

Happy Holidays!

Yep, it's that delightful season when we're working on the holidays months before other people even think about 'em. What does that mean to us? It means we put together a little press guide in hopes we'll be featured in some news outlets. (that would probably work a lot better if I actually pursued any press outlets) It means we have started looking at forecasts for our regular customers like The Gift Oasis, ThinkGeek and UncommonGoods, and even pitching new ideas. It means that I've been courting potential new customers like Dot & Bo and The Grommet to see if they'd be interested in picking up our line. It means that we've been looking at Amazon sales in Q4 of last year and figuring out how early we can send stock without assessing long-term storage fees. It means that we've been scrutinizing our own website sales and trying to eyeball how many of...

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| Danielle Vincent

The art of jumping.

I take a lot of risks in my life. I risk financial security, career stability, stability of my heart and mind, and a stability of living situation. To me, life is messy and unstable. Whenever I have made decisions based on what is the most stable, I have always reflected on that as a bad decision in hindsight.

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| Danielle Vincent

Time Management and Knowing When to Go to Bed.

Susan: How do you know when to go to bed at night when operating your own, handcrafted business? The Husband? The Dog? A smartphone alarm? Ah, the question about time management and life priorities… How we as business owners know when to stop working and get some rest. Benjamin Franklin once said “Leisure is the time for doing something useful. This leisure the diligent person will obtain the lazy one never.” I am a diligent person. I enjoy work. This used to be a huge problem for me. In fact, I really struggled with drawing lines around work and play time. But no longer. And the reason is simple: I don’t sweat it.

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