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“You have the best podcast out there for handmade businesses. Can’t say enough good things.”

~ Jen Olsen, Gin Gin Handmade


Welcome to the Create & Thrive Podcast!


You can download each episode on their respective pages, or you can stream the most recent podcast episodes on iTunes or Stitcher.

All episodes are available below, and you can browse through them here.


Episode 0 – Jess’ Story

Episode 1 – How Anna Anagno Grew her Jewellery Biz into her Full-Time Occupation

Episode 2 – This is What’s Holding You Back 

Episode 3 – How to Provide Outstanding Online Customer Service

Episode 4 – The 5 P’s of Successful Business

Episode 5 – Tips for Wholesaling your Handmade Goods with Melanie Augustin

Episode 6 – Q&A #1

Episode 7 – Customer Service Do’s and Don’ts at markets and shows

Episode 8 – How to Deal with Copycats

Episode 9 – Camila Prada on How to Run a Successful Crafty Kickstarter – The Create & Thrive Podcast

Episode 10 – 8 Steps to Turn Your Passion into a Successful Business

Episode 11 – How to Find Your Authentic Voice

Episode 12 – 10 Things You Must do to Have a Successful Online Craft Business

Episode 13 – How to Take Stand-out Product Photos with Jeffrey Opp

Episode 14 – 5 Ways you’re Sabotaging your Success

Episode 15 – How to Advertise your Business on a Shoestring Budget

Episode 16 – How to Change your Life by Changing your Morning Routine

Episode 17 – Should you Sell Your Craft Online?

Episode 18 – Five Mistakes You’re Making with Your Etsy Shop, and How to Fix Them

Episode 19 – The Right Time to Start is Right Now

Episode 20 – Handmade Biz Holiday Prep Checklist

Episode 21– Why Pay for an E-Course when you can Google the Information for Free?

Episode 22 – Social Media: How to Spend Less Time and Get More Results

Episode 23 – What is Profit, and Why is it Important?

Episode 24 – Blogging, Content, and Design Essentials with Arianne Foulks of Aeolidia

Episode 25 – Essential Tips for Running a Handmade Business

Episode 26 –  How a Natural Disaster Inspired Sonia McManus to Follow Her Creative Dream

Episode 27 – C&T Q&A 2

Episode 28 – Sonia Lyne Wants Us All in Stitches

Episode 29 – Why You Should Keep Your Day Job… For Now

Episode 30 – Time Management Hacks You Should Try Today

Episode 31 – Kirsten Devitt on Creativity and Confidence

Episode 32 – Should You Diversify or Consolidate Your Sales Venues

Episode 33 – 5 Techniques to Reduce Stress and Relax

Episode 34 – Rie Natalenko on How to Run Outstanding Craft Workshops

Episode 35 – How To Take a Break from Your Handmade Business

Episode 36 – C&T Q&A 3

Episode 37 – Farewell 2015, Hello 2016

Episode 38 – What Will You Change in 2016?

Episode 39 – Daisy Forster on Facebook and Thinking Inside the Box

Episode 40 – 5 Things You Need Before You’re Ready To Sell Craft Online

Episode 41 – Megan Eckman on the Sweet Spot Between What You Want to Make, and What Your Customers Buy

Episode 42 – A Guide to International Orders for your Handmade Business

Episode 43 – 5 Steps to Stellar Product Photos

Episode 44 – The Ins and Outs of Selling Handmade Goods Wholesale… from a Retailers Perspective

Episode 45 – Reactive vs Proactive Work

Episode 46 – The Power of Being True to You in Business – with Jill from For Strange Women

Episode 47 – How a Photo Can Make You Famous with Cath of My Bearded Pigeon

Episode 48 – Why a Mailing List is Non-negotiable

Episode 49 – 5 Steps to Prepare for Licensing your 2D Artwork – with Laura C George

Episode 50 – 5 Steps to a Better Brand with Julie Gibbons

Episode 51 – The Offbeat World of Able and Game

Episode 52 – How to Thrive in the Face of Illness and Injury with Heidi Fahrenbacher

Episode 53 – Why You Need to Find Your Micro-Niche

Episode 54 – Ways to Increase Your Profits

Episode 55 – 8 Places You Can Get Help with Your Handmade Business

Episode 56 – Are You In the Arena?

Episode 57 – How and Why to Take a Digital Sabbatical

Episode 58 – Why Perfection is a Dangerous Illusion

Episode 59 – 10 Tips for Established Handmade Sellers {Part 1}

Episode 60 – 10 Tips for Established Handmade Sellers {Part 2}

Episode 61 – Why isn’t My Marketing Working?

Episode 62 – Making the Transition from Hobbyist to Business Owner

Episode 63 – What’s Your Definition of Success?

Episode 64 – Making the Functional Beautiful with Clare Collyer of Zillpa

Episode 65 – How to Start or Get Featured on a Podcast with Katie Wyatt

Episode 66 – Expectations Vs Reality

Episode 67 – Ignite Your Creative Spark with Katy McCullough

Episode 68 – The Future of Online Selling with Jonathan Peacock of Zibbet

Episode 69 – How to Run an Effective Giveaway

Episode 70 – How to Organise a Professional Photo Shoot with Christina Lowry

Episode 71 – Why You Should Treat Social Media Like a Cocktail Party

Episode 72 – Stop Focusing on Number of Sales and Start Focusing on the Numbers That Really Matter

Episode 73 – Handmade Holiday Biz Checklist 2016

Episode 74 – 5 Key Steps to Setting Up Shop Online

Episode 75 – How to Spring Clean Your Website

Episode 76 – How to Create Professional Packaging with Kara Irvine

Episode 77 – How to Run an Effective Business Partnership with Nicole and Delilah from Dear Handmade Life

Episode 78 – Behind the Scenes of Epheriell: Order Processing

Episode 79 – How to Make the Most of the Slow Times

Episode 80 – What do YOU Want on the C&T Podcast in 2017?

Episode 81 – How to Overcome Creative Block with Christina Lowry

Episode 82 – How to Deal with Unhappy Customers

Episode 83 – How to Grow Your Instagram Account with Steph Wallace

Episode 84 – How to Help Your Customers Feel Good About Your Business

Episode 85 – Thank you, see you in 2017!

Episode 86 – Planning for the Year Ahead

Episode 87 – Enticing People to Your Mailing List

Episode 88 – Avoid Burnout with Laura Brassie

Episode 89 – Mastering SEO with Feuza Reis

Episode 90 – Collective Store Pros & Cons with Christina Douglas

Episode 91 – 7 Tips for Work at Home Creatives

Episode 92 – REDUX: 5 Time Management Hacks You Should Try Today

Episode 93 – How to Successfully Combine Art and Design with Annie Everingham

Episode 94 – How to Use the Subscription Model to Grow Your Handmade Business

Episode 95 – The Pros & Cons of Amazon Handmade & Shopify with Linda Blume from Rustica Jewelry

Episode 96 – Passive and Alternative Income Streams

Episode 97 – How To Expand Your Business with Poppy Treffry

Episode 98 – The Power of Putting Yourself Out There with Stacie Bloomfield of Gingiber

Episode 99 – Making Friends with the Tyranny of Never Being Finished

Episode 100 – 10 Truths About Running a Handmade Business



What listeners are saying…

I just had to write.  Just so you know, I’m one of your Thriver Circle members. Anyway, I L-O-V-E-D this podcast!  It was full of such great information and I’ve shared it with several of my friends.
This has contained some of the best SEO advice I’ve heard and I’ve got to listen to it a second time and take notes.  I wasn’t in a position to take notes when I listened to it the first time. Just wanted to say thank you for a great podcast. ~ Nancy Jacobs
I’m just reaching out to tell you how much I’m loving your podcast. I discovered it about a month ago while looking for Aussie craft-biz podcasts and I’m sooooo glad I did…. I have basically binge-listened to your whole archive while I make at my workbench and I thought it was time I sent you some love for what you do! 
I’m loving learning and refreshing old knowledge while I make and your podcast is a joy to listen to… seriously girl, your voice is easy on the ears in a market flooded with hard-sell and mania! It’s so great to listen to creative business talk that’s in line with my values, cuts the hype and keeps it real. ~ Steph Wallace 


Absolutely love Jess’s podcast, it is truly like having a great friend giving you business advice. Caught up on all the past episodes on my drive to my other job while I work to make my Etsy shop my full time business! Not only does Jess give really helpful & practical but she gets me pumped that it is possible to make my business successful!!! Love it, keep it coming Jess!!!!! ~ deRosesty Ld


I run Allie’s Handmade Blankets, and I love listening to this podcast! She helps handmade shops with the business side of selling handmade creations. I’ve run my business for almost 5 years and I have learned lots of neat tips! ~ Allieinwonder


Jess makes a really great podcast. It has a more relaxed feel, like she’s just talking to you over a cup of coffee about the topic. She’s highly informative, doesn’€™t waste any time, and has a wonderful speaking voice that is really pleasant to listen to. ~ InlineTom


This series is fabulous!!! I wish there were more. Jess has amazing insight, all practical and very business savvy, plus she has such a lovely voice. There’€™s a lot of advice out there, but hers is so useful and easy to apply, probably because she is a crafter, a business owner and an educator. ~ William- LeeLab


Discovered Jess’€™ podcasts a few months ago and with each listening I appreciate them more and more. Jess is calm, real and insightful. I listen to them as I work in my studio and they always give me some sort of practical wisdom or understanding and inspiration-often both. If you have a small, handmade business, Jess’€™ podcasts and blog are great companions. ~ lesley austin


“I find that starting the day with a walk whilst listening to one of your podcasts is an wonderful and very positive way to start the day! I’ve gained so much from them.

I find you to be engaging, warm, knowledgeable, intelligent, honest, practical, thoughtful, relatable, friendly, likeable, down-to-earth, realistic, enthusiastic, encouraging, friendly, supportive and very, very valuable!

It really is a pleasure listening to your podcasts.  I’ve learnt a lot from them and I feel very supported whilst and after listening to them.Thanks very, very, very much Jess, I really appreciate it.” ~ Verity Hollingworth


“Hey Jess, I just started listening to your podcast and I wanted to let you know how fab I find it.

I have started right from episode one, and it is the most perfect thing to be listening to right now. Silvercap is getting bigger and I am wanting to expand it so it is my full time job.

I am just super grateful I came across your podcast/website. Thanks for being rad. Keep it up!” ~ Amanda from Silver Cap Dolls


“Thanks for all the awesomeness you share with everyone on your blog and podcast! I found your podcast at the beginning of January (on my first day working as a self-employed woman) and I have now successfully binge-listened to all of your podcasts that are available on iTunes! You have been a great inspiration to me as I set out on this new adventure that is my handmade business. I will definitely be listening to your podcasts again (probably more than a few times) as I improve my Etsy shop, hit the craft show scene in Ottawa, Canada and hopefully venture into the wholesale world!” ~ Jen, Living End Studio


“Hi Jess – thank you so much for these wonderful podcasts – I’ve listened to them all; twice! They really encourage me to keep going, and to believe in myself. I love what you have to say, and I really appreciate you putting all your experience and knowledge out into the world! I’ve just started my Etsy shop and I know I can make something of it with your words of wisdom in my head! : ) Thank you!!” ~ Rebecca Storch


“I just wanted to send you a quick email to say how much I have been loving your podcasts. I have been listening to them each time I am walking anywhere and have picked up plenty of useful stuff so far.” ~ Caroline Mackay


“Thanks again for another great podcast, I love tuning in each week.” ~ Emmaline from CocoPress


“Wow this was great to listen to! Thank you so much, I feel very inspired!” ~ Naomi Rose Johnson


“Jess is down-to-Earth, very knowledgeable and experienced. She has a wealth of information to share and gives excellent information and advice in this podcast. Well worth a listen if you are a creative small business” ~ RatRunning on iTunes


“I always find Jess very easy to listen to and authentic. She is a very knowledgeable small business owner and her passion for sharing her knowledge is admirable” ~ Elflord82 on iTues


“Really wonderful information, I’ve been sharing it since I came across it. Thank YOU for shining and sharing Your Light.” ~ Robin Ritz


“Great episode Jess… I’m just about to replay it and take notes this time.” ~ Grace Keogh


“Excellent podcast, thank you. You’ve hit the nail on the head with your comments, and sometimes we need to hear those comments over and over again.” ~ Lisa Smallridge


“Thank you so much! I’m so glad that you do this podcast because it is very motivating and positive!” ~ Allyson

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