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.
We moved to Colfax for selfish reasons: we love the mountains and especially love the Gold Country. But we also were excited to bring our business to this little town. We knew we wouldn’t get a lot of business from locals, but between the online and wholesale customers, and my side job with Mozilla, we thought we could probably scrape by.
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...
It's no secret that we're HUGE fans of Bravo Farms, a roadside attraction both off the 99 in Traver, and off the I-5 in Kettleman City. Not only are they delightfully rustic, with a mix of new stuff and very cool antiques, but they also have a shooting gallery (bonus), goats (EXTRA bonus), chickens (HOLY SHITBONUS), and ridiculously good Bar-b-que.
Yeah, it's pretty much the best place ever.
Some big news happened since the beginning of this month and I haven't said ANYTHING about it here on the blog.
This is actually quite insane, but the reason is because we have been working our tails off and haven't been able to sufficiently focus on the store, the grand soapening, or even maintaining regular hours.
It may surprise you to know that opening a retail store hasn't ever been a big dream of ours. But...
It has been nearly a month since I wrote in this here blog. I ordinarily keep it pretty updated, but life has really gotten all up in my business in the last few weeks.
It's important to me (and the business) to keep up the blogging, though, so I'm going to get back in here and try to do a 30 day blog challenge starting today.
Since filling 30 days of sequential blogs is no small task, I'm going to take this opportunity to brainstorm some upcoming blog topics. I'll link to the posts as I write them:
On Sunday morning at around 1:30, I couldn't sleep. Some personal stuff was affecting our ability to rest, and both Russ and I were tossing and turning.
Bored but unable to sleep, I checked my email. And then I clicked a link in the email...
HOLY CROWS, Y'ALL! WE ARE FULLY FUNDED!
We're 80% to our goal.
Click here to contribute.
Now that matching is active, we need $1,000, and then we're DONE. That's 40 more people contributing just $25.How often does $25 double when you spend it?Today, it does (through the 100% matching).How often does $25 have 6x as much power as it does in your bank account?Today, it does (through 100% matching, and buying 3x as much product through volume and shipping discounts).
Over the past week, we've posted a couple articles about our upcoming Kiva Loan.
If you want to contribute to our crowdfunding loan, here is our borrower page.
Though I know many of you are aching to loan us money already, we wouldn't feel right about things unless we in some way exhibited our credit-worthiness in terms other than a high charisma score and ass-kickingly awesome products.
This is our entire company:
Our goal, in case it isn't obvious, is to become a widely-distributed lifestyle product manufacturer. We want Outlaw Soaps to be a household name, on par with Old Spice and Burt's Bees, while still maintaining our high quality manufacturing, small business mentality, and general enthusiasm for YOU.
Wow. Well, wow. I am ... wow.
The other day, I posted about how we are going to be getting a $10k loan in a couple weeks. Within not long at all, people were asking how they could contribute to the loan.
The quick answer is: SOON. It was going to be March 1, but it may be sooner.
summary: we're paying off the $5,000 loan we took out last year so we can get another, bigger loan.
longer story: Last year, we crowdfunded a $5,000 0% interest loan to pay for supplies in greater quantities.
It was a smashing success, and we were able to leverage that money in ways that I have outlined here. We were even invited to the first ever Kiva in-person event at San Francisco City Hall as a success story.
The loan was a real game-changer for us, since not only did it enable us to buy in greater quantities, it also helped us get our new shop set up in Antioch.
If you've been following along, you'll know that we recently moved again, but this time to our dream location....