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Create & Thrive Top Posts of 2013

So… technically, Create & Thrive is having a holiday this week *blows party horn*.

However, I decided that I really wanted to do a ‘best of’ post to highlight the most popular and most useful posts we’ve published this year.

I can’t quite believe I only started Create & Thrive at the end of January this year. It feels like it’s been around so much longer, and the feedback you have all given me and the writing team this year has been nothing short of amazing. Never does a week go by that I don’t get at least a few emails from readers who say ‘thank you’ for what we do here at C&T.


So, as we wrap up our first year, I want to take the opportunity to say THANK YOU for being here!


Thank you for reading what we share.

Thank you for sharing what we write.

Thank you for taking our advice and putting it into action.

Thank you for daring to dream a business into being.


Thank you for every comment, tweet, facebook comment, pin, +1 that you’ve taken the time to do – honestly, we wouldn’t be where we are now without your support.

I have big plans for C&T in 2014 – we’ve got a whole lotta amazing writers coming on board – women who have done what you want to do: created a successful creative business. You’ll learn a LOT from them.


So, to celebrate our first year, here are the 15 most popular posts of 2013 : the ones YOU found most useful!


  1. 10 Things you MUST Do to Have a Successful Online Craft Business

  2. C&T Q&A – How Do I Price My Handmade Goods?

  3. 5 Lessons Learnt from a Defunct Jewellery Business

  4. C&T Q&A – Can I Have a Successful Online Handmade Business if I Make Mostly OOAK Items?

  5. Some of you are not going to like this, but I’m going to say it anyway…

  6. What do I blog about? 15 ideas to get you started

  7. C&T Q&A – Can You Have a Successful Handmade Business Without Etsy?

  8. 10 Tips to Get More People into Your Booth at Summer Shows

  9. The Do’s and Don’ts of Selling Successfully on Etsy

  10. How to Successfully Use Social Media in Just 20 Minutes a Day

  11. This is what’s holding you back from succeeding.

  12. C&T Q&A – Blogging Etiquette – When do I need to ask permission/give credit?

  13. The ‘Secret’ of Success – and it’s not what you think…

  14. C&T Q&A – How do you know it’s time to take the leap from hobbyist to business owner?

  15. C&T Q&A – How do you Track your Income and Expenditure? (+ Bonus FREE Spreadsheet Download)


And… bonus… here are 5 more posts that are more recently popular, so haven’t had the time to rank as ‘most popular for the year’ yet, but that are relevant for right now:


  1. Planning For Your Handmade Business in 2014 {The Big Picture} ~ 4 Things You MUST Schedule in Now

  2. 5 Questions to Prepare Your Biz for Next Year

  3. C&T Reviews: Two 2014 Planning Workbooks to Help you Have your Best Year in Biz Yet!

  4. Street Smart Pricing, Part 1 : Did you price your products correctly?

  5. C&T Q&A ~ 5 Tips for Increasing Likes and Engagement on Facebook {VIDEO}


Finally, I want to finish off the year by saying my biggest THANK YOU of them all – to my kick-ass, amazing, inspirational Assistant Editor – Megan Eckman, and to foundational writers Katia Donohoe and Danielle Spurge. Ladies – thank you for taking a chance on me and this blog and for being there right from the beginning!

I hope you have a most fabulous holiday time – we’ll be back next week to kick off 2014!


Jess xx


P.S. If you have a favourite post from C&T this year that doesn’t appear in the lists above, please share it with us in the comments!


Van Den has written 318 posts in this blog.

Jess Van Den is the editor of Create & Thrive, and has been a full-time creative entrepreneur since 2010. She makes eco-conscious, contemporary, handmade sterling silver jewellery under the Epheriell label, and blogs about her jewellery and other beautiful things at You can catch her on twitter @JessVanDen.



Thanks for all the great content. Happy holiday and here is to a great year ahead – deb xx


Thanks Deb! Happy New Year to you – here’s to 2014 being AWESOME!

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