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Tips for Creating Your Own Business

Brewing Up a Business

Tips for Creating Your Own Business

It takes a lot of courage to create your own path in life. Oftentimes the people most closest to us will be the first to call you crazy, "You want to do what? You can't make money doing that! How are you going to support your family?" But that's the thing... Sometimes it's not about the money, sometimes it's about what makes you happy! And when you are happy, money CAN follow! Here is what we learned (and are still learning) as we dove into Handbrewed Soaps.  MAKE A PLAN FIND A NETWORK WORK YOUR BUTT OFF CELEBRATE  PLAN: I was...

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Dear Self Letters Really Do Inspire!

Brewing Up a Business

Dear Self Letters Really Do Inspire!

   We are back at it this week! It feels so good to back in the soap studio! Today, we are putting some intentions down on paper for the 2016 year! I started by writing a letter to myself expressing how proud of myself I was ( how often do I do that? ) "Dear Self, Happy New Year!  You have accomplished most of the things you set out to do in the beginning of last year all while being pregnant and having a baby.  I know you have more things you want to do, but I just wanted to take...

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Meet the Team Behind Handbrewed Soaps

About Us Brewing Up a Business

Handbrewed Soaps is a family operation! As we have expanded, we've enlisted more family members and friends to help! As they say, to raise a business, it takes a village! Beer Brewmaster: Eric Swihart: The talent behind the homebrewed beer.  When he's not brewing, you can find him teaching middle school band and orchestra here in Oakland!   Eric enjoys the outdoors, playing with his kids, and playing in his band Night Sky Mind. He is also the mastermind behind many of our slogans, video ideas, and other Handbrewed Soaps shenanigans!  Soap Brewmaster: Alyson Swihart:  That's me!  I'm the soap maker!! When I'm...

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3 Effective Ways to Train an Intern

About Us Brewing Up a Business

  Meet our newest intern, Matthew! We are excited to have him as our newest addition to the Handbrewed Soaps Team! Over the next few months, we will be training him in the ways of soaping. We are pretty hard-core around here, so we will definitely be watching him to see if he’s cut out for the soaping lifestyle. He’ll be going through some intense training that I can recommend for all businesses. 1) Find out what your intern is naturally interested in or wants to learn more about. You might find that he/she has strength in an area that...

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5 Lessons Dad Taught Me About Business, Family and Life

Behind the Brew Brewing Up a Business

Today is Father's Day and what better day to tribute this blog post to one of the most important men in my life... my Dad!   Background:  My Dad was born in Chicago and moved to Oakland as a toddler.  He attended Oakland Unified School's from K-12 and then became a Coach, Teacher, VP, and Principal in the very same school district he was raised in. Currently he is retired.  This man has taught me, my brother, and many students in Oakland some key lessons about life, family, and business that I'd like to share with you!   1)  Go...

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