[151] Being Boss with Emily Thompson

 

Have you heard of the Being Boss podcast? If so, you’ll know my guest today – one half of the BB duo – Emily Thompson.

If not, you’re in for a treat.

In this episode, I interview Emily about what it means to be the boss of your business and your life.

We cover a lot of juicy mindset topics, and we discuss Emily & Kathleen’s new book – Being Boss.

I loved talking with Emily, and I hope you get a lot out of this episode!

In other news… I introduce you to something very exciting happening on the pod in July!

Listen below to find out more!

 

 

 

Quotes and highlights from this episode:

  • Emily started with her first business at age 18 and her career has shifted and changed many times since then.
  • It is very unlikely that you are going to find the things you are going to do for the rest of your life early on.
  • Confidence is a muscle – the more you work it the stronger it gets.
  • “Find the ways to remind yourself that you are awesome at what you’re doing or you will figure it out along the way.” {Emily}
  • Being stuck in fear will not allow you to lead a fulfilling life and work.
  • “Confidence is something you will have to practise and you will always have to practise.” {Emily}
  • Look for proof in your past experiences of times the thing that scared you worked out.
  • Take a breather from the problem – get some perspective and change gears and then come back with fresh eyes.
  • Entrepreneurs are making it up and figuring it out as they go along.
  • “We are all experimenting. You have to be willing to do the experiments and take the risks.” {Jess}
  • The more you try the more you will fail – get comfortable with failure to allow you try new ways and new things.
  • When things are no longer fulfilling in your business it is time to let consider what you need to change to get back to fulfillment.
  • “There are times when a dream job is no longer dreamy.” {Emily}
  • Systems and process are very important to business it is important to leave space to be creative.
  • “You can systemise yourself into a rut where you don’t have the space to allow your creative juices to be flowing.” {Emily}
  • Find out more about Emily, the podcast, and the Being Boss book here.

 

[150] 10 Unmissable Episodes from the Last 3 Years

 

To celebrate hitting the 150 episodes milestone, I’ve put together a roundup of 10 unmissable episodes from the last 3 years of the show!

It was a tough choice – but I’ve narrowed it down to 5 solo shows and 5 interviews that will inspire you, educate you, and give you a ton of practical advice to help you grow your handmade business.

I also want to give a HUGE thank you shout-out to all the wonderful members of the Thriver Circle.

I know that most of you didn’t join the Circle to support the podcast – but you are, anyway.

The same goes for anyone who has ever bought a course, guide, critique, or anything else from me over the years.

I don’t accept sponsors on my show – it is completely self-funded – so to those of you who have trusted me enough to purchase one of my products – thank you.

You are a patron of the podcast, and I couldn’t do it without your support.

 

 

The Episodes…

Solo Shows

 

Interviews

 

Browse all previous shows here.

Get access to the Handmade Biz Toolkit – including the downloadable pdf of the ’25 Essential Tips’ by joining the C&T email list here.

Learn how to take stellar product photos from an expert in the C&T Guide to Product Photography.

Become a member of our amazing community – the Thriver Circle.

 


 

[131] #LookBackMoveForward: A Yearly Review Process

 

Welcome to a new year of the Create & Thrive Podcast!

 

In this episode, I outline a series of 10 questions that will help you review your last year in business.

 

I’m also running a mini-course to take you through these questions – head on over here to sign up for that (it’s free!) if you’re not already on the regular Create & Thrive email list. (If you get my emails about the podcast, you are on the list).

I’ll be sharing each lesson in the Thriver Circle FB group so we can discuss it, and I’ll also be running a FB live each day of the course on the public Create & Thrive FB page.

 

Further – in this episode I explain some changes that are happening with the podcast in 2018.

I will outline them in a blog post soon, but the most important change you need to know about is that I am moving from weekly to twice-monthly free main episodes.

There will also be a third members-only episode each month, which will only be available to members of my community for makers, the Thriver Circle. Members of the Circle also get all the main episodes a week early, AND promo-free.

There may also be some mini-eps each month! I’ll be doing some Q&A videos, which will be published to Youtube and Facebook, and I plan on publishing the audio of these to the podcast too. They’ll be pretty short, about 5 minutes max.

So! If you want to make sure you don’t miss an episode, head on over and sign up to become a member of the Thriver Circle.

Oh, and there’s also new podcast artwork, so don’t get thrown when the picture changes! 😀

 

 

 

 

Highlights and quotes from this episode:

  • Your end of year review does not have to be an overly onerous task – grab a notebook and pen and tackle the prompts in small chunks.
  • Begin your annual review with these reflection questions:
  • The Big Three of Success and Failure
  • Ensure you analyse both the wins and losses from this year – don’t just focus on the negative.
  • The analysis of these moments is as important as the actual wins and losses.
    1. What were my three biggest successes this year and what did I learn from them?
    2. What were my three biggest mistakes this year and what did I learn from them?
  • Risk and Hindsight
  • If you are going to grow a successful business you need to get comfortable with feeling the fear and doing it anyway
  • If you can’t bring ourselves to take risks you will often stall and stagnate.
    1. What risks have I been avoiding and why?
    2. What would I do differently if I had the year over again?
  • Money
  • Keep track of your income and expenses and review these regularly.
  • If you are avoiding looking at the money because you know it is not doing well – that is the time to look at it.
    1. What was my business revenue and what were my expenses for the year? How does this compare with my expectations and goals for the year?
    2. Am I spending more money than I should be and/or am I spending it in the wrong places?
  • Vision and Time Management
  • We all have a vision on where we want our business
  • Time is our most valuable business resource – you can always make more money but you can never make more time.
    1. How does my vision of where my business would be by now compare to where it actually is? Keeping in mind my previous answers in this course, why do I think that is?
    2. How was my time management? Did I choose and stick to strategies and systems that work for me?
  • Sales and Marketing
  • This process helps you see where you are and the potential on where you could be.
    1. How did my sales this year compare to previous year? Furthermore, how did my sales this year compare to my expectations?
    2. Where did I focus my marketing strategies? Were my chosen marketing strategies effective or should I change my strategy for the coming year.

 

Don’t miss the FREE #LookBackMoveForward mini-course!

Sign up here.

 

#LookBackMoveForward – a FREE mini-course to help you review your year

Before you move forward, it’s crucial to take a look back.

 

After all – how can you make sure you’re still going where you want to go if you don’t know where you’ve been?

Welcome to #LookBackMoveForward – A FREE mini-course!

Taking the time at the turn of a brand-new year to look back over the year just gone, we can find amazing clarity that will illuminate the path to start our journey into the new year with strength and confidence.

Over 5 days starting Jan 1st, I’m going to guide you through a series of 10 questions that will help you to get a crystal clear picture of what worked – and what didn’t! – in 2017.

 

Here’s what the course has in store:

 

1. On NYE, I’ll be publishing a podcast that covers the whole review process, and outlines the 10 questions I’m going to get you to ask yourself to undertake your yearly review for #LookBackMoveForward.

 

2. Then, each day, for the first 5 days of 2018, I’ll send you an email with 2 of the questions to workshop. By breaking the review down into bite-sized chunks – and prompting you each day – you’ll find it a breeze to get your review done. The last thing I want you to do is listen to the podcast, think ‘oh, that sounds great, I’ll get around to it’… and then never actually DO it.

 

3. Each day of the course, I’m also going to be live on FB to talk through the questions of the day, and I’d love for you to come along and share your answers with us! You can also take the opportunity to chat with me and ask me biz questions. The times will vary so I can help people in different timezones… just make sure to like the C&T FB page and turn on notifications!

 

If you’re joining me and the rest of the Thriver Circle on Jan 8 for the Handmade Biz Bootcamp, this #LookBackMoveForward will be the perfect way to set yourself up to hit the ground running when that course starts.

 

When you finish this mini-course, you’ll know what went well in 2017, and what didn’t.

You’ll have a clearer idea of your financial position and goals.

You’ll know what you’ve been avoiding, and what risks you need to take to launch your business forward in 2018.

This free mini-course is going out to all of my email subscribers, so if you’re not already on the list, just enter your email below to join us for the course.

Look out for the first email on NYE sharing the podcast, then for each of the 5 lesson emails each day after that!

Here’s to an awesome start to 2018!

~ Jess

P.S. If you want to join us, make sure to subscribe to the emails, and like the C&T FB page!

 

Listen to the mini-pod about this project:

[119] 10 Steps to Wholesale Readiness

Are you ready to sell your handmade goods wholesale? Is that even something you want to do?

In this episode, I outline 10 steps to wholesale readiness – questions you need to ask yourself to know if selling wholesale is a good choice for your handmade business, and if so, are you ready to dive in?

If you’d like a free pdf copy of the questions and thinking points, scroll down and you’ll see just how to get a hold of that.

If you do decide that you want to sell wholesale, make sure you don’t miss out joining me and Melanie Augustin for our e-course Wholesale Know-How! Class starts Monday the 28th of August (2017, if you’re reading this in the future) and we only run the course once per year.

 

Quotes & Highlights from this Episode:

  • Not sure if your products are up to scratch for the wholesale market? Scout out the stores you would like to stock your work and assess the quality of the current products.
  • Easily replicable work is quicker to resupply and build your stockist list.
  • Quality control is key with wholesale especially if you are not the only maker of your products.
  • “If you are thinking about going into wholesale you need to go back and look at your pricing structure.” {Jess}
  • You should be able to sell your products at wholesale rates and still make a profit.
  • Avoid over-extending yourself – be realistic about your timeframes for manufacture and delivery.
  • Build a social media presence to demonstrate your market reach and potential for promotional activities.
  • Finding the right stockist takes time, energy and perseverance.
  • “Be selective with the stockists you approach – start small, start local.” {Jess}
  • Practise your product pitch until you have it pat.
  • Are you willing to take on assistance when you hit your wholesale ceiling?
  • “When you focus on selling wholesale it doubles your making workload.” {Jess}
  • You can choose how much of your business to make wholesale. (Jess shares an anecdote about finding a wholesale business balance with Epheriell).
  • Be clear about your wholesale goals.
  • “Until you decide why you are doing wholesaling you will struggle with progress” {Jess}

 

 

 

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