[162] 7 Reasons to Sell your Craft Online

 

Do you like the thought of making money while you sleep?

Of not having to make an order till you’ve already been paid?

Or how about having your weekends all to yourself?

All of these reasons – and more – are why I personally LOVE selling my jewellery online.

The invention of the internet has made growing a successful handmade business more accessible, more possible, and more convenient than ever before.

I’ve done it – and it wasn’t even imaginable to me 10 years ago when I started that I could be making a full-time living from selling my handmade jewellery online.

But I am. And I know thousands of other makers and artisans are doing exactly the same.

How are we doing this? By creating enticing, well-functioning, cohesive, and professional online shops to sell our craft all over the world.

Selling your work online has SO many benefits.

In this episode, I outline 7 reasons why you might want to sell your craft online!

 

 

If the thought of setting up online is overwhelming… I’ve got you.

I’ve taken over 1,000 makers through my flagship course, Set Up Shop. 

Actually, it’s more than a course: Set Up Shop is an integrated system of lessons and projects that will take you from having no knowledge whatsoever about selling online, to knowing everything you need to know in order to get your shop set up right – right from the start.

In the words of Set Up Shop Alumni Karen Lynch: “If you have ever thought you would like to have an online presence, but have lacked the confidence or know how, this is the course for you. If anyone has ever said “Your stuff is great.  You should sell online”, and it’s been a dream of yours for too long, you need to make those dreams become a reality and do this course.”

 

The course is starting again on October 1st, with a one-time-only 20% discount offer!

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Get 20% off Set Up Shop – One-time bizaversary special offer!

 

So, on the 9th of October, I’m going to be celebrating 10 years in business!

*Cue fireworks and sparklers!*

That was the date that I opened my Epheriell Etsy shop… the beginning of this amazing journey to a life and work that I absolutely love.

I want to celebrate – and I want to share that celebration with you!

There will be a few things going on over the next few weeks (especially for Thriver Circle members), but today, I wanted to kick off with something BIG.

I’m offering a 20% discount on the upcoming class of my flagship course Set Up Shop.

Over 1,000 makers have already used the SUS system to set up stellar online shops for their handmade creations – and I want to get this system into the hands of 1,000 more makers (for a start)!I don’t think I’ve ever offered this sort of discount before (as the course is already super-affordable) and I very much doubt I’ll ever offer this discount again (maybe for my 20th bizaversary? OMG…)

Anyways, if you have ever considered taking the course, there will NEVER be a better time than now!

Just tap or click here to go to the course page, and follow the instructions to get access to the 20% discount.

Before you go – thank you. Thank you for being here, for being part of my decade-long (so far!) business journey.

I want to see you create the handmade business of your dreams, and get to experience all the wonderful things that I have over my 10 years in business!

Jess 🙂

 


 

 

#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.

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.

 

Want a weekly lesson summary – including a list of all the action steps for that week in a handy downloadable and printable pdf?

 

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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.

 

Want a weekly lesson summary – including a list of all the action steps for that week in a handy downloadable and printable pdf?

 

Just enter your email below…

Listen to Lesson 22:

 

 


 

 

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}

 

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