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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 Fast and Vengfully. 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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Get 10% off All Handbrewed Soaps Nov. 28 - 30

This Plaid Friday weekend (Nov 28 - 30) all of Handbrewed Soaps are 10% off. The sale starts on Small Business Saturday and run through Cyber Monday! We will have free gift wrapping and free shipping over $50!  So start shopping now by adding soaps to your cart now and use CODE: 10 THANKFUL at checkout!   Get 10% off All Handbrewed Soaps Nov. 28 - 30

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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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