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[130] When a Hobby Should Stay a Hobby with Amanda Adams

You want to turn your handmade hobby into a business… but, should you?

Is turning your hobby into a business really what you want? Have you thought about what that would mean?

How much time you’ll have to devote to the ‘business’ side of things? How little time you’ll have to actually design and make things?

How taking your relaxing creative hobby and turning it into a business will fundamentally change your relationship with your craft?

In today’s episode I talk to Amanda Adams – the sewasarus behind the successful Bimble & Pimble blog and #bpsewvember Instagram challenge.

She is my dear friend… who makes absolutely no money out of her sewing hobby. And she likes it that way.

Why? Listen in to hear why she’s made the conscious decision to keep her hobby a hobby, and why you might want to do the same.

 

P.S. This is the final new show of the year! As of next week I’ll be starting the Summer Series: Best of 2017.

See you in 2018! If you want to join me in January for the Handmade Biz Bootcamp (a 3-week course to kick-start your year) make sure to join the Thriver Circle when membership opens soon.

 

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Quotes and Highlights in this episode:

  • When you start a business your time is redirected into the business rather than the craft.
  • “It’s vital that you get enjoyment out of the business side of things” {Jess}
  • With a business the results of your creative pursuits are for someone else rather than for you and yours.
  • Consider whether there is a market gap for your service or skill set.
  • What happens to the enjoyment of your business when it becomes your business?
  • “If you turn all your creativity to profit… it will fundamentally change your relationship with your hobby.” {Jess}
  • Rather than sell a finished labour intensive product are there ways to sell things related to the product such as patterns or teaching?
  • There are options is you would like to experiment with starting a business.
  • If you are on the fence about starting a business consider going into business with someone else to share the load.
  • Give yourself permission to trial and choose not to continue if it doesn’t work.
  • “If you love your hobby and want to start a business – give it a crack” {Jess}
  • Reflect on your core values to help make a decision. Only you will know if this is the best choice for you.
  • “You don’t have to turn your passion into a business.” {Jess}
  • But remember: you can always change your mind and try it as a business in the future.
  • Find Amanda on her blog and instagram.

 

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[129] Stop, and Focus on What You’re Grateful For

In one of the last episodes of the year, I want you to take stock of the good – and all the things you’re grateful for in your business journey this year.

This is a short and sweet episode where I ask you to do a gratitude exercise (and look into other practices you can do on a regular basis) to bring into focus the awesome things you have achieved this year.

So often we’re focused on the ‘next thing’, and we forget to really revel in the things we have done well – or the lessons we’ve learnt.

 

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Quotes & Highlights in this episode:

  • Gratitude is the process of being aware of what is good in our lives.
  • It is important to do this consciously regarding your business.
  • Creative entrepreneurs often focus on “what’s next”.
  • Not reflecting on wins can result in a feeling of dissatisfaction.
  • Gratitude doesn’t always have to be reflecting on fun and positive events – be grateful for lessons learned and how experiences have shaped you and your business.
  • “We need a little discomfort to move forward”
  • It is important to celebrate the successes as well.
  • “Take the time to stop and truly appreciate what you’ve achieved.”
  • Not sure where to start with gratitude? Begin with the big picture and work towards a more personal level.
  • The following short journal article on the power of gratitude is well worth a read: Gratitude and Well Being: The Benefits of Appreciation by Randy A. Sansome, M.D. and Lori A. Sansome M.D.
  • A challenge: spend 10 minutes writing down what you are grateful for that you have achieved in your business this year.

 

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[128] The Fears We All Face

 

There are so many different fears that we face when starting and growing a business.

You may think you are the only one who feels these things – but you are not. We ALL feel a huge range of fears around fear, success, and many other things.

The key is to feel the fear and do it anyway.

 

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Quotes & Highlights in this episode:

  • There are lots of different fears for the business that can hold us back.
  • It’s important to acknowledge these fears and push through them.
  • The Fear of Failure: what if I will never be a success or get to where I want to go?
  • “What’s the worst that can happen if your dream doesn’t turn into a reality?”
  • Success takes time – 1, 2 or even 5 years.
  • The Fear of Success: what happens when I succeed?
  • Plan ahead for increased workload and outputs early on – consider systems and processes.
  • The Fear of Making the Wrong Decision: what happens if I make the wrong, or no, choice?
  • “Thing the thing to know about business is there are no guarantees, there are no right or wrong answers.”
  • “Business is risky, you have to see it as an experiment.”
  • “Fail fast, fail often and see it as a learning experience”
  • The Fear of Theft: what happens if someone copies my work?
  • Ensure you use due diligence and be prepared in the unlikely chance this happens. Manage it and then move on.
  • See Podcast Episodes 124 and 126 for more on handmade business legalities.
  • The Fear of Being Alone: what if I say no to a request?
  • There is a line between being customer service focused and ensuring your work life is sustainable.
  • Always under promise and over deliver.
  • Know your limits and policies are to make decisions easier. Be firm but fair.
  • Everybody feels these fears. You are not alone.

 

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[127] Self-Leadership with Karen Gunton

Do you ever struggle with the fact that the buck stops with YOU in your business?

Sometimes, especially if we’re not used to being the boss, we can struggle with making decisions. But when you have a business, you need to step up, step into your power, and be a leader – even if you’re only leading yourself.

In this episode, my friend Karen Gunton and I explore this idea of self-leadership, and discuss ways to overcome the challenges we may face along the way.

 

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Quotes and highlights from this episode:

  • Self-leadership promotes internal validation and following your own path.
  • Take ownership of your own creative business journey.
  • “You have to be your own white knight, your own super woman… It’s up to us to make those decisions” {Jess}
  • Be prepared to learn skills and lessons time and again.
  • “The very things that we think that we have figured out on the journey comes back again and again and again” {Karen}
  • Self-leadership focuses upon the how. How will I do it? What will be my strategy?
  • “If we don’t have strategies in our tool box for those things (challenges) it is really, really hard to make what we’re doing a success” {Karen}
  • Grow self-leadership through:
    • Building awareness. Determine a big challenge you need to strengthen.
    • Establishing how. Ascertain what concrete steps to you need to take.
    • Observing and evaluating. Reflect on what happens as you instigate a change plan.
  • Pick and choose techniques to help you on your self-leadership journey.
  • There is a time and place to ask for assistance and guidance – cultivate a number of trusted advisors.
  • Take the time to reflect on yourself and what makes you tick.
  • Jess and Karen both recommend Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies habit framework.
  • Clarifying your why is self-leadership. You decide your path and progress.
  • Karen and Jess discuss different paths to understanding your why.
  • “If you have a longing for something more… the only person who is going to get you there is you” {Karen}
  • You don’t need to have all the steps sorted out – just start.
  • “It’s not a tattoo… you can change, tweak, adapt and grow” {Karen}
  • Karen Gunton | Book: Lighthouse Revolution

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[126] The Legalities of Handmade Business with Christina Scalera [Part Two]

 

Listen to Part 1 Here.

In part 2 of my interview with lawyer Christina Scalera, we talk copycatting and branding.

We also discuss the Digital Millennial Copyright Act and how it can help you protect photos of your work.

If you have any legal questions after listening to either of these 2 episodes, please leave them in the comments below!

 

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Quote and highlights from this episode:

  • When you and another maker have a design that is very similar this falls under copyright.
  • Copyright infringement focuses upon two elements: access and similarity.
  • Access refers to previous contact with the design. This can be as little as subscribing to an email list or pinning an image on Pinterest.
  • Check for similarity between the two designs – if it is uncomfortable for you it is probably uncomfortable for them.
  • If the access and similarity check reveals someone has unconsciously inspired you take the design down.
  • “There is nothing wrong with inspiration whether we forget that we are actually being inspired” {Christina}
  • “If you see someone and you think they have copied you – just let it go and move on” {Jess}
  • Branding is important – tie your shop listing and designs back to your brand.
  • “It is easier to protect a brand than all of your designs” {Christina}
  • Your brand, logo, name, email lists are brand assets that you are building.
  • The “Digital Millennial Copyright Act” covers product photography. For example if something pops up on Pinterest, as the copyright holder you can request its removal.
  • If you find unauthorised use of your content try communicating directly with the person first. Keep to the facts, remove emotion and ask that the image/content be taken down.
  • Jess shares her experience with her content being used without credit or consent.
  • “Take screenshots of everything that preserves the date and time.” {Christina}
  • To see where your images are being used use images.google.com
  • Watermarks are a personal preference – consider how the inclusion impacts on design and the message it conveys about trust to your audience.
  • Get Christina’s free guide: Legit Profits
  • And check out her website here: The Contract Shop

 

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