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The 15 Must-Read Posts of 2014




Hey Thriver,

The end of 2014 is almost upon us, and hopefully you’ve carved out a bit of down-time over the Christmas/New Year period. If so, you might be in need of a bit of holiday reading to get you geared up for 2015… so I’ve put together this round-up of the best posts that we’ve published this year!


In no particular order, here are the 15 must-read posts on the blog from 2014

Enjoy… and I’d love to know your fave for the year (whether it’s on this list or not).


Stop Trying to Do Everything

Do you fall into the trap of trying to do everything all at once? Here is why you need to stop.


Should You Sell Your Craft Online?

Is selling online really right for you and your handmade business? This post will guide you through the process of deciding.


5 Things You Need Before You’re Ready to Sell Your Craft Online

So, you’ve decided that selling online is the way forward for you. Before you get started, you need these 5 things.


My 12 Favourite Apps + Tools for Managing Instagram for Creative Businesses

If you want to rock Instagram, here are my recommendations for the best apps and tools for you to use.


4 Ways to Share Someone Else’s Instagram Post on your own Instagram Feed (or Elsewhere!)

Want to share someone else’s IG post on your feed, but don’t know how? Here are 4 ways to do it.


5 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Etsy Shop – and How to Fix Them

Mistakes are an inevitable part of doing business… but if we don’t realise we’re making them, how can we fix them? Make sure you’re not making these 5 mistakes with your Etsy shop.


Why Pay for an E-Course When You Can Google the Information for Free?

Sure, you can pretty much learn anything you want by googling it these days… but is that the BEST way to learn? Find out why and when you should invest money in an e-course rather than muddling along on your own.


When You’re Selling, Always Ask Yourself These 2 Questions

If you can answer ‘yes’ to both of these questions when you’re considering the interaction between you and your customer, then you’re doing it right.


5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Own Success

Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy – our own roadblock. Are you sabotaging your own success in any of these 5 ways?


Stop Focussing on How Many Sales You’ve Made & Start Focussing on What Actually Matters

If you’re measuring the success of your business by the number of sales you’re making… you’re focussing on the wrong thing. Find out what you should be focussing on instead.


3 Ways To Grow a Healthy Business With Leaps and Boundaries

Do you find yourself overwhelmed, pulled in too many directions, and lacking boundaries? You need to read this.


The 7 Qualities that ALL Successful Jewellery Brands Have in Common

In this post, Tracey Matthews outlines 7 qualities you need to grow a successful jewellery brand (and if you make something other than jewellery, this is definitely still worth a read!).


5 Things You Must Get Right to Take Stellar Product Photos

Awesome photos are absolutely essential to successfully selling your craft online. Get these 5 things right and you’ll be ahead of the game.


#CTWordsofWisdom: What YOU Want to Tell People Starting a Handmade Business

Earlier this year I asked YOU a question: what do you wish you had known when you started out? This post shares all of your answers so we can learn from each other.


How to Create a Simple + Streamlined Order Processing System

In this post, I break down, step-by-step, how Nick and I process our orders – from when it hits our inbox until it goes out the door. Systems are crucial to your business running smoothly, and I hope this post helps you streamline and organise your own order processing.


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Van Den has written 319 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.

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