In the entrepreneurial world, I consider myself a mutt. You read correctly.. I'm a mutt. Now, I don't see this as a bad thing, but some explanation may be in order.
When I use the term "mutt" to describe myself, I am referring to the varied interests and skill sets that I have and am trying to incorporate into my business model.
As you might have guessed, I started Uncle Jon's as a handmade soap company. We offered skin-loving soaps along with some scrubs, balms, and even our own laundry soap! We are always striving to improve our products to be the best they can for you. But, before the soap, I had a different occupation...
For years, I worked as a finish carpenter and cabinet installer. I have always loved working with my hands and being able to create things, from raw materials. After being away from the carpentry field for a time, I began to get the urge to start working with wood again. I wracked my brain trying to figure out what I could make that would go with our soaps and other bath products. I came up empty time and time again. That's when I had a crazy thought... why choose?
In my mind, there's nothing wrong with mixing and matching the products you create. In a world where everything always seems to have to match, it's refreshing to just let go and create for the sake of creating. And so it began..
Since I work close to the beach, I decided skateboards and handplanes would be a great way to incorporate wood into my existing business. And guess what... people loved it!
After I started with the skate and surf stuff, I started growing that killer beard in the opening picture above. Well, I couldn't just stand by and let that opportunity go by. With a little bit of reading and a whole lot of experimentation, Uncle Jon's Beard Balm was born. Since then, we have created a beard oil and mustache wax to go along with our "guy line".
Now, instead of worrying about making things match, I can just create awesome products for you to enjoy before, during, and after the beach!
So, the next time you feel like you have to do something just to "fit in", ignore those feelings and just make something! Don't be afraid to follow your heart and your gut. It won't always work, but more often than not, other people will be just as excited as you are.
Feel free to hang around the site and check out the cool stuff we offer in our store. Also, please take a moment to come say hi on our Facebook page. We'd love to hear from you!