#MakingItPodcourse: Business Management | Lesson 23: Manage Your Focus

We live in a world of distractions.

Our technology, our family… even our own brain can distract us constantly from the work we set out to do.

In this #MakingItPodcourse lesson, I talk about how you can minimise distractions and improve your focus – and use the time you make to create and grow your business.

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What is the Making It Podcourse?

Over four weeks in July 2018, I’ll be releasing an episode/lesson of this course every day via the Create & Thrive Podcast (30 in total) on the topics of mindset, money, marketing, and business management.

I’ve created this course specifically for makers – those who create handmade goods to sell.

To create this FREE course, I’ve drawn on my 10 years of experience running my own successful handmade business, coupled with over 5 years of teaching other makers about handmade business right here at Create & Thrive.

I wanted to create something that was actionable and practical for all makers, no matter what stage of business you are at, and that would allow you to dig deep into 4 key aspects of the crafty biz journey.

I hope it helps your handmade business to thrive!

If you want to take your learning to the next level, the course conversation is happening daily over in my private membership community for makers – the Thriver Circle.

You can find out more about the oodles of benefits of membership right here.

Jess x

#MakingItPodcourse: Business Management | Lesson 22: Manage Your Expectations

 

Welcome to the final week of the #MakingItPodcourse! This week is all about business – and life – management.

We’re kicking off today with a lesson on managing your expectations – around the sort of business you want to have, the time you really have to work on it, and more.

Listen in below!

P.S. Are you on Instagram? Want to join me for a fun photo-a-day challenge in August? Check out the details right here.

 

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What is the Making It Podcourse?

Over four weeks in July 2018, I’ll be releasing an episode/lesson of this course every day via the Create & Thrive Podcast (30 in total) on the topics of mindset, money, marketing, and business management.

I’ve created this course specifically for makers – those who create handmade goods to sell.

To create this FREE course, I’ve drawn on my 10 years of experience running my own successful handmade business, coupled with over 5 years of teaching other makers about handmade business right here at Create & Thrive.

I wanted to create something that was actionable and practical for all makers, no matter what stage of business you are at, and that would allow you to dig deep into 4 key aspects of the crafty biz journey.

I hope it helps your handmade business to thrive!

If you want to take your learning to the next level, the course conversation is happening daily over in my private membership community for makers – the Thriver Circle.

You can find out more about the oodles of benefits of membership right here.

Jess x

[154] The Success of Soak Society

 

So many business come about because the creator sees a problem, and can’t find a solution… so they create it themselves.

Soak Society is one such business. It’s founder, Natalie Thorogood, started the business a few years ago when she wanted to use bath salts without any artificial colours or fragrances. She couldn’t find what she was looking for, so she created it.

Over the next few years, Soak Society has blossomed into a boutique bath product company that is stocked all over Australia and overseas, including in a huge range of stores in Tokyo.

Natalie is a brilliant example of a young woman who saw and opportunity and jumped on it. I loved chatting with her – she’s a Sunshine Coast local, so just down the road from me, and she exhibits a wonderful down-to-earth perspective on work and life.

P.S. Are you ready for the #MakingItPodcourse? It’s a FREE 30-day course for makers in business, and I’m publishing a lesson a day on the podcast. It kicks off on July 1st!

 

Head over to MakingItPodcourse.com to register now for email reminders and updates throughout the course.

 

 

 

 

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Quotes and highlights from this episode:

  • “You don’t have to have a uni degree to start a business” {Natalie}
  • Natalie has a stockist newsletter to provide regular updates on Soak Society happenings. This is supplemented with individual points of contact via phone and email.
  • Soak Society used a PR agency for 4 months to assist with build brand awareness and build stockist list.
  • “You are paying for the contacts and experience they have” {Natalie}
  • Collaborate with others in your field and cross pollinate ideas and content through gifts with purchase, interviews and promotions.
  • Natalie uses Flaunter to compile, share and promote brand imagery, media and press releases.
  • Keeping a sustainable work/life balance is essential.
  • “There needs to be a balance and you can’t be guilty about it” {Natalie}
  • Natalie recommends the book Profit First by Mike Michalowicz.
  • “Consult with your wholesalers – they are your customers and they know what sells in their stores” {Jess}

 

[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.

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[145] Erin Dollar of Cotton & Flax

 

My guest today is the inspirational Erin Dollar.

Erin is a textile and surface pattern designer who specialises in minimalist designs with an eco-friendly focus.

She creates boldly patterned home decor for Cotton & Flax, which she founded in 2012.

In this episode, we have an in-depth chat about her business journey, her thoughts on social media, time management, business direction, and much more.

BONUS: Erin is going to be joining me and the Thriver Circle community for a live chat on Tuesday the 24th of April at 10am, AEST (the time in Brisbane, Australia). If you’d like to join us for that, make sure you’re a member of the Circle, and look for the event in the Circle FB group.

 

 

 


Love the show? You can show your support by:

  • Leaving a review on the C&T FB page.
  • Leaving a review on iTunes.
  • Donating a few dollars towards the costs of producing the pod.
  • Joining the Thriver Circle – without the members of the Circle, this podcast would not be possible.

 

 

Quotes and Highlights in this episode:

  • The focus of Erin’s business has evolved over the years.
  • “There is something really interesting in looking at the micro-level of your business and making a plan to shift and pivot to follow what is successful.” {Erin}
  • Moving into design allows for artworks to become more accessible at a lower price point and can open up avenue for collaboration.
  • Your business focus will ebb and flow over the years with periods of higher and lower creativity.
  • “It’s okay to have seasons of fluctuation.” {Jess}
  • As your business grows moderation is important to avoid burnout.
  • Setting clear boundaries and maintaining a work/life balance create a sustainable business.
  • “Build some boundaries into your workflow where you can early in the process.” {Erin}
  • Social media can be a powerful business tool but be wary of comparing yourself to others.
  • Create authentic connections and build a community for the long haul.
  • “Your website and your mailing list are the two tools you can really control.” {Jess}
  • “Don’t rush. There is going to be time for all the amazing things you want to put out into the world.” {Erin}

 

 


 

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