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What Thriver Circle Members have to say…

 

Hey Thriver,

I may have been the one who created the Thriver Circle, but it is the members that make it the amazing community that it has grown into.

(There I am with three long-term current members – Sue, Vera, and Jayne – at last year’s Artful Business Conference!)

Without each and every member of the Circle, it would still be incredibly valuable, sure. All the exclusive workshops I create for members, the Your Year to Thrive course, the personal access to me every weekday…

Those things are super-useful to you and your business journey. But the thing that really makes the Circle so valuable are the members. The people who, just like you, are working to grow their handmade business.

Their support, their stories, their answers when you have a question, their compassion and support when you’re having a bad day… THEY are what make the Circle shine.

So, today, I wanted to share what they have to say about the Circle.

Last week, during one of our regular live chats, I asked if anyone would be willing to share their feedback on why they love the Circle.

 

Here’s what some of the current members had to say:

 

“So glad I joined The Thriver Circle after doing the Set Up Shop course. It is the best place to find like-minded, creative people who love to inspire and support each other. Jess and team supply sooooo much practical information and resources to really help get you on your feet in home-based business. Can’t recommend highly enough.”

Thriver Circle Member Paula Priaulx

 

“It seems to be the best handmade biz info I’ve seen on the web. The workshops are so helpful and have answered numerous questions I’ve had. The Thriver community is awesome and always there to lend a helping hand to others. The Thriver Circle is soooo worth while!!!

~ Thriver Circle Member Tammy Ward Hass

 

“I wasn’t sure if I’d get much out of joining the Thriver Circle but I gave it a go and now I can’t imagine where I’d be without it. The information and support I’ve received has truly been invaluable.”

~ Thriver Circle Member Chrystel Galea

 

“Jess, thank you for being so awesome. I am happy to be part of the community and grateful that I found you. Eveyone else, never stop believing that you are awesome, you are. You make dreams come true.

~ Thriver Circle Member Raun Norby

 

“I love that there’s a community of like-minded makers at my fingertips who are always there to support each other. No question is too big or too silly to ask! Someone has always been in the same position and is so happy to help.”

~ Thriver Circle Member Jaime Nuske 

 

“I love being part of the Circle! It’s wonderful to be able to seek advice from, be inspired by, and share experiences with an amazingly supportive bunch of people who genuinely get what running a handmade business involves.”

Thriver Circle Member Dyani Evans 

 

“I love the Thriver Circle! It’s my go-to place for like minded creatives in handmade businesses. A place where I can share my wins and also the hard times, with people who will understand; be supportive and – importantly – often come up with solutions.”

Thriver Circle Member Suzie Horne

 

Membership is open right now.

 

If you want to make 2017 THE year your business thrives, join the Circle today, and you’ll receive the information and support you’ll need to make it happen.

You can find out all the benefits of joining the Circle at ThriverCircle.com.

Ready to join? Click here.

I hope I’ll see you there, and that myself and the Circle can be part of helping you to grow your handamde biz in 2017 and beyond…

Jess 🙂


 

So, what exactly IS the Thriver Circle, anyway?

 

Hey Thriver,

If you’ve ever thought:

‘What exactly IS the Thriver Circle, anyway?’ or ‘What would I get from joining the Circle?’ – then this post is for you 🙂

 

 

The Circle Is a Unique Community

 

The Circle is a world-wide community of makers from all disciplines and walks of life.

Our members are jewellers, ceramicists, knitters, artists, designers, paper-cutters – they span dozens of different media.

There are Circle members from Australia, NZ, America, Canada, the UK, Europe, Singapore and more… we are a global community of passionate creatives who are focused on making our passions into a thriving business – and we believe in supporting each other to reach our goals.

We communicate via a private facebook group that only members can access – it’s a safe space to share your struggles and successes. I am active in the group every weekday, and you can always tag me if you want my personal advice.

Sure, there are a lot of free FB groups out there… but as everything in life, you get what you pay for. The Circle is the most supportive, positive space I have ever seen in my years in the handmade community – and members will tell you the same.

Running a handmade business can be super-lonely and isolating – especially if we live somewhere where we don’t have access to a strong local handmade community.

What do Circle members have in common? The Circle is full of people just like you, who get it – they understand the hard work and challenges that go along with growing a handmade business specifically.

 

 

The Circle is an Educational Resource

 

Do you enjoy the Create & Thrive Podcast? If so, you will love the workshops and other educational resources that are available inside the Circle.

I have created 28 (and counting) exclusive video workshops for Circle members, covering a huge range of handmade biz topics.

I run one live call and two live chats each month. During the call, I do Business Intensive interviews with members of the Circle, where we analyse their particular business in detail. Every member is eligible for a Business Intensive, and you also learn so much from listening in and commenting on other member’s BI calls.

Finally, you get exclusive access to my year-long course – Your Year to Thrive. There is no other way to access this course, and it is included in the monthly cost of Thriver Circle membership.

 

 

Still have questions?

 

Just ask me! I promise I don’t bite 😉 Leave a comment below, or shoot me an email, and I’ll get back to you personally as soon as I can.

 

If you want to join us in the Circle, don’t hesitate.

Membership is only open 4 times a year, for 48 hours at a time. This membership intake will open on Tuesday at 11am AEST (Monday evening US time) and close on Thursday the 6th of April at 11am AEST (Australian Eastern time, or GMT+10) (convert to your timezone).

 

Membership is only $15 AUD per month, paid via paypal subscription. You can cancel any time – no lock-in contracts, no big up-front cost.

If you’re not already convinced that the Circle is for you… why not try it out for a month for the price of a good magazine and a cup of coffee and find out for sure?

My goal is for you to be learning what you need to in order to turn that small $15 a month investment in to hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars a month of income from your business.

Let’s make it happen, together!

You can find out more right here.

 

Jess 🙂

 

Introducing Meredith Ireland!

Jess here: today I’m so happy to introduce you to the fabulous Meredith Ireland – my new right-hand gal! Grace has had to move on, but happily, Meredith has come on board to take up the mantle of helping me to keep Create & Thrive moving forward into 2016 and beyond.

I’ll let her tell you more about herself, but for now, just let me say: welcome to the team, Meredith!

~ Jess x


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I was lucky to grow up in a creative family, and I found my true creative passion when I was 11 years old.

My mother took me along to an introduction to textiles course and I fell in love with the ancient, colourful craft with endless possibilities. I went on to complete a diploma of Fine Art and Design at The University of Tasmania majoring in Textiles when I was just 16 years old (before I finished year 12)!

It has certainly been a naturally evolving path for me to reach where I am today – and I think it will continue to be so.

I have had to make big decisions in order to follow my creative path… but they have always felt like the best decisions.

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Opening my brick & mortar store – Old Franklin Shop – in July this year was a huge milestone.

Not only was I supporting myself as a creative but I am now supporting others. What started as a huge responsibility is now an absolute pleasure.

Promoting, supporting and marketing other makers work is a wonderful job! I still don’t know where this will take me as my ideas are constantly evolving. I think this liquid element is something that attracts me to the creative lifestyle.

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I have had many ups and downs with motivation – especially when I have the most to do: but my mind never loses inspiration.

Meditation and writing helps me to calm my constant ideas and thoughts on a daily basis and also stops me from chewing my partner’s ear off all day!

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My work is my life now which I really enjoy. I am not very good at doing nothing.

I am constantly thinking of ideas for growth and development personally, creatively and financially.

A day off for me means taking my laptop outdoors or spending an afternoon with family. All is melded into one busy but satisfying schedule that is constantly changing. I am lucky enough to have people around me that support this and help me through hard times but also help me celebrate successes.

I’m so excited to have joined the team at Create & Thrive, which has been a long-term source of confidence building and resources for me since the day I registered as a business.

~ Meredith

 


 

Find out more about Meredith

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Instagram: Old Franklin | Old Franklin Store

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C&T Christmas Shop Share

Christmas Shop Share

The online shopping season is upon us!

I hope your sales have been picking up, and you’ve got yourself sorted for the holiday rush.

For a lot of makers, this is both the best and the worst time of year. Best, because we’re making sales, baby! And worst… because we’re run off our feet and stressed trying to get all those orders out the door on time.

With the Christmas spirit ramping up, I wanted to give you – my lovely Thrivers – an opportunity to share your creations with me, each other, and the handmade-appreciating world!

This is your opportunity to share your shop with us.

 

In the comments below…

  1. Share a link to your online shop.
  2. Tell us in one paragraph or less who you are, what you do, and which item in your shop you think would make a lovely gift!
  3. Share this post with your maker friends on facebook, pinterest, instagram etc. (feel free to use the above image and tag it #CTChristmasShopShare) so they can come on over and share their shops too!

 

I know you – like me – want to support your fellow makers this Christmas giving season by buying handmade – so let’s get the sharing happening!

Oh – bonus… if you end up buying anything from someone on this list, leave a reply to their comment and let us all know what you bought and why!!

Jess xx

Say Hello to the New C&T Right-Hand Gal – Grace Gulley!

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Hey Thrivers!

I’m so happy to be introducing you to my new assistant today!

First – I’d like to take this opportunity to give my enormous gratitude to my dear friend and outgoing assistant – Kath Chown.

Kath really helped me to grow C&T and the Thriver Circle this year – she was my confidant, sounding board, help in all things, and all-around wonderful person to have by my side. Thank you, Kath, for everything you’ve done not only for me – but for the whole C&T community. I’m so thankful we live in the same city and can still have our regular brunches! xx

Second – let me say I was blown away by the number of amazing people who applied for this job – truly, I’m honoured that so many of you love what I do here so much that you wanted to help me create it. Immense thanks to each and every one of you – it was super hard to choose just one of you – I wish my quest for world domination was a bit further ahead so I could hire a whole team of you! 😉

Finally – I’d love it if you would all please say a warm hello to my new right-hand gal – Grace Gulley.

Grace hails from the West Coast of the USA, and runs two amazing projects of her own as well as helping me here – the CYL Collective; and her own handmade business, Lark + Arrow. If you take a peek at both of those, you’ll see that not only does Grace have a deep passion for her own craft + business, she’s also deeply committed to supporting and inspiring female creatives… which, among other things, is what makes her perfect for her role here with me at C&T.

She’ll be working behind-the-scenes – finding amazing creatives to feature on the blog and podcast – and she’ll also be working closely with the members of the Thriver Circle on a daily basis. You can get in touch with her via email at Grace@CreateandThrive.com.

But enough of my rambling, here’s a little hello from Grace in her own words…

Jess x

 

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Hello all!

I’m Grace, fellow artisan and small business owner. My creative journey has been a long-time in the making. Like many other creatives who are searching for their artistic identity, I dabbled in everything, but never excelled in anything. It took finding a creative community to find my place and lead me to my craft. That craft was, and is, the recently-revived art of knotting, macrame! It quite literally roped me in (excuse the cheesy pun).

I am so excited to be here with all of you Creators and Thrivers!

Finding your craft isn’t the only step in your artistic journey. It takes some serious know-how to run a successful business. And having a community to support and challenge you will help you along the way!

So here’s to all of us growing together, creating our futures, and thriving in our respective crafts.