We're No Stinkin' Outlaws — entrepreneurship

| Danielle Vincent

National Women's Equality Day

It's National Women's Equality Day* and as you may or may not know, I'm the CEO and co-founder of Outlaw, and I'm a woman. It seemed appropriate to say a word about being a woman entrepreneur, and, in particular, about being a woman entrepreneur of a business that lots of...

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| Danielle Vincent

Don't Panic: Your quick guide for surviving zero gravity living

Author's note: I am hoping this will be a series, but, given all that is happening, we'll see how it goes. Second author's note: I know that "Don't Panic" is from HHGTTG and the picture is from Firefly. I am a dork on a massive scale and this conflict was...

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| Danielle Vincent

Shit, meet fan.

This morning, we received an email from one of our suppliers informing us that they're shutting down until April 1 at the earliest. Thankfully, it's not a major supplier and we do have a backup plan, but this prompted me to write our actual major supplier to place a just-in-case...

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| Danielle Vincent

Helpful Thoughts: Is it a systemic problem or is this a one-off thing?

I read a lot of business books. The one I'm currently reading, The Effective Executive, by Peter Drucker, is so insightful that I wanted to share some reflections on the methods. I hope you find these reflections helpful. The Elements of the Decision Process The clear realization that the problem...

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| Danielle Vincent

International Women's Day: Some reflections from the co-founder of Outlaw

No one told me I couldn't do this because I'm a woman. They had lots and lots of other reasons -- "Isn't soap a long shot?" "That's a very competitive industry." "Everyone thinks a handmade business is easy. It's not." "Aren't you more of a 'desk jockey' type?" -- but...

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| Danielle Vincent

The hiccup in our giddy-up!

I was kicking so much butt at doing 90 blog posts in 90 days, but then I got to Denver, got a flu, got done with the trade show, got home, and got busy... with other stuff. It's no secret that small business is a big job -- we're in...

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| Danielle Vincent

Small Business Saturday: What your purchase means to a little business like Outlaw

This year, thanks to you (and a whole lot of good fortune that led folks like you to us), we've grown a lot. But even at a whoppin' 12 employees (that's six times what we had last year at this time!), we're still a tiny little business in a huge...

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| 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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| Danielle Vincent

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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| 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

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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| 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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