We're No Stinkin' Outlaws — small business

| Danielle Vincent

It Isn't Business As Usual

The other day, in a small business owners' group I'm part of, someone asked what they can post without sounding insensitive or tone-deaf. I responded that we have to be human beings during this time. We are all experiencing the same concerns, hardships, and changes in our ways of life....

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| Danielle Vincent

Outlaws are still delivering!

Well, technically the post office is the one doing the actual delivering, but it's probably worth noting that as long as the post office is delivering, we're still sending. I've been finding out exactly how many mailing lists I'm subscribed to by how often I get emails outlining their disaster...

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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

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

Supply Chain & Production: Between a rock and a hard bar?

As you know, we are emphatic about American manufacturing and work with domestic companies whenever and wherever possible. At the same time, in order to keep costs at a reasonable level, we do use Chinese-made bottles, boxes, and bags (our bar soap and solid cologne boxes are made in the...

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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

LiveOutlaw.com is the future!

We asked, and you told us... well, we asked, you told us... and then we picked your second favorite one. There was a really close tie between StayOutlaw.com and LiveOutlaw.com, and even though StayOutlaw.com technically won, we decided that LiveOutlaw.com was more the vibe we were going for. Get out...

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| Danielle Vincent

Supply & Demand & Handmade Bar Soap

This year (and every year), we struggle to keep up with inventory of handmade soap... admittedly, it's darn good stuff! We're at an awkward time in our company's development: we don't have the space, labor, or resources to scale up our production enough to meet the demand. A great problem,...

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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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| Outlaw Soaps

Happy Thanksgiving from Outlaws to In-laws!

On this holiest of gratitude days, we want you to know, from the heart, how much we appreciate you as our friends, customers, and family. It’s you and your undying love of our little band of Outlaws that keeps this whole shebang bangin’. This has been a year of many...

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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

Why we need your help in leading this Outlaw gang (and we're givin' out a hefty bounty to boot)!

I often say that we have a very democratic soap company. We take so much guidance on product quality, values, and development from our customers (like YOU!). And Lord knows, I appreciate it. In so many circumstances, it's our customers who help us make right decisions about products, figure out...

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