(CLOSED) Win one of TWO places in the upcoming Set Up Shop ecourse!

1-Win Set Up Shop

I’m so excited to be bringing you the very first Create & Thrive e-course this April!

I’ve been dreaming of offering this course for a long time now – in fact, if you happened to be at the Problogger conference last year, you may have been in the audience when I was up on stage chatting to Chris Guillebeau about it. He (and those of you in the audience) told me it sounded like something people really needed… and so here it is.

I’ve been in this handmade business gig for quite a while now (5 years!) and I’ve learnt a LOT along the way. It’s certainly been less than smooth sailing, and I made SO many mistakes!

There are so many things I wish I’d learnt sooner, because they made a huge difference to the success of my business.

I’ve also talked to many a handmade business owner over the last few years, and the same questions kept coming up over and over and over again. So I thought “what if there was a course where someone could learn all the fundamental steps they need to take to get their handmade shop and business ship-shape from the get-go?”.

Now there is.

Set up Shop is a practical, detailed, step-by-step guide to take your online shop from Go to WHOA in just 30 days!

Maybe you’re yet to open your online shop… you’re in the planning and dreaming stages, and just need that final push!

…or perhaps you’ve opened an Etsy shop, but are just muddling along, not sure if you’re ‘doing it right’?

… maybe you’ve been successfully wholesaling, but with the way the retail market is going, you know it’s time to take the leap to selling online, too?

…or, you want to learn how to set up shop on your own website, rather than on someone else’s venue?

 

Sound like something you need?

If you want to find out all the deets about the course, just visit this page. Oh, and make sure you’re subscribed to the C&T updates, because the peeps on my list get first access to the course, and some levels only have limited places available…

Registration doesn’t open till later in March… but this week, I’m giving away TWO places in the course – one Gold Membership and one Silver Membership.

(Please note, this giveaway is now closed. Winners will be announced soon!)

How to Enter

Gold Membership Place

This place is a merit-based prize. I will choose the winner based upon your comment.

Leave a comment below telling me why you NEED this course. What difference would it make to your business… and your life? Is it that little bit of help you need to take you from hobbyist to professional?

Silver Membership Place

This is a random-draw prize.

Complete as many or as few of the entry options below. The more you choose to do, the more points you’ll accrue… and the more chance you’ll have to win.

 

By leaving a comment and completing some of the other entry options, you will be in both draws! 

This competition is open world-wide, to anyone who dreams of turning their handmade hobby into a business! All you need is a computer, some time during April to complete the course, and the passion to make it happen – because that’s something I simply can’t teach you. Entries close Midnight Sunday the 17th of March AEST.

Best of luck – can’t wait to meet you in the course!

Oh, and remember… if you don’t win, but still want to be the first to know when registration opens, subscribe to the C&T updates (you’ll get a free ebook, too – sweet eh?)!

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Jess

Van Den has written 379 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 Epheriell.com. You can catch her on twitter @JessVanDen.

Comments

Priya
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Hi Jess, I’m Priya, from India. I have been following your blog, shops, tweets, createandthrive, bespoke… everything since a few months, but have never had the courage to write to you. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not particularly shy or anything, but when someone inspires you so much, you just want to listen. I used to do craftwork when I was little, then I grew up! I am a filmmaker by profession, but a craftsperson at heart. Heck, even my film production company is called “The Craftspeople” ☺ Working with wire and cloth, are especially my favorites, though I’ve never (until I ‘met’ you that is!) considered it professionally. But now I really want to. But the truth is, I don’t know how. I have so many designs that are unique and special (to me at least) but I have no idea how to get it all out there. But I dream – of my own handmade business, and working with my hands ALL THE TIME. I’m not sure you’re accepting complete novices into the course, but if you are, I’d love to be a part. Hoping you will have me ☺

Jess
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Priya, my dear, thank you for being the brave first commenter! I’m honoured that you think so highly of me – it’s quite humbling 🙂

And as a complete novice, you’re completely welcome!

Even if you’re not quite ready to open your shop, this course will teach you everything you need to know when you ARE ready… (you get an ebook of the whole course at the end, too, to keep for when you are!) + you’ll join a community of fab people 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us x

Priya
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Thanks a ton Jess, for the warm welcome 🙂 Looking forward…

Stacey
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I’ve had my online shop open for a while – it just passed the 3-year mark – and, well, there’s loads of room for improvement. I just don’t know how to do it.

I know I make good things – I know that, and people have told me that. The problem is making a connection between my products and the people that need to buy them. And because 99.9% of my selling is online, your course would be perfect to put me on the track to success.

I can’t pinpoint one exact spot in my business that needs a bit of a push from a seller like yourself… there are so many spots that do need some help and polish and guidance, and this course would help bring everything together to make my shop – and my business – more complete. I want to be successful, I’m tired of always feeling like I’m a dozen steps behind everyone else and if this course can give me the kick in the pants I need, then great. I want it.

Jess, I’ve watched you grow your business over the last three years in awe, and I would love to have the opportunity to learn directly from you. Thank you for giving us this chance 🙂

Jess
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Stace, I know how hard you work on your shop – and you make beautiful things! Thanks for the lovely kind words, too 🙂 x

judyfachko
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My goal date to open my shop is May 1st. I have been researching, reading, and sewing in preparation. There is so much to think about and so many decisions to make. This course will help me get organized and provide me with a good base for my launch. I am still working full time so I am cramming it all in during evenings and weekends. I am excited and nervous.

Jess
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What a fortuitous timeframe! Evenings and weekends are where we all start, Judy 🙂 x

jesukiss
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This course sounds amazing.

I started my jewellery business on Etsy in late 2009, as a hobby. I became more serious about it as time went on, and I’m now at the point where I would really like the business to be profitable enough for me to live on. I am a single parent, and for the last few years I have been living on a single parent pension and muddling along with my business, not really knowing what I’m doing. I get a lot of great feedback, but I don’t make enough sales. My daughter turns 6 in June this year however, and this means that I have until June to at least get my business making minimum wage for me otherwise Centrelink will start pushing me to find full time employment. I work pretty much all day every day on my business as it is, and I am worried that I won’t have the time I need to dedicate to it if I am working full time.

Your course is coming at a great time for me – while I still have time to try to make my business work. I have already improved my business a lot from the advice and guidance in your Create & Thrive emails, and it’s time to take this thing to the next level. I most definitely need this course!

Jess
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It sounds like you’ve got some pretty serious motivation there to get your shop working for you… it’s great that you’ve been working on it for a while. Hopefully we can help you ramp it up to that next level!

Nikki
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Perfect timing for me! I have just resigned from my job of 13 years to make my hobby into a business.

For the last 2 years I have been dabbling quite successfully with markets & an unsuccessful Etsy shop that has made a grand total of 1 sale. This was fine, until I had major brain surgery late last year, from which I am still recovering. Now I know I never want to work for anyone again, I want to spend as much time as possible with my 3 year old but I need to replace my wage. The first thing I’ve been trying to do is to create my own website, but there are so many options & so many people making similar items.

Any help will be mightily appreciated but this course would be the icing on the cake.

PS. Can’t wait to see what Priya is going to come up with!

Jess
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First, congratulations on the big leap! How exciting 🙂 It can be super-overwhelming to make your own site… but I’ll definitely be giving you the down-lo on what I’ve done 🙂

Neallie
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After years as a stay at home mom, and the growing desire to have something to call my own, I reached back to what I love most and created an online jewelry shop, for brides. Weddings is where my heart is, and will always be. After a couple years, I knew that I had to contribute more to my family, and a hobby as great and fulfilling it is to me, sure doesn’t pay the bills. I went back to school and have started a second career. My desire for my jewelry to flourish hasn’t wained, and I am still giving it my all. I am hopeful, and yes, confident that my jewelry business is going to surpass that of my new career choice, or perhaps work together with it, and with some extra help and professional guidance… it is going to be exactly what I have envisioned. I see it!

Jess
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The wedding market is golden – I’ve found my wedding bands have become a bit part of my business!

And envisioning – I like it!

Joe Logan
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I love what my craft business promises to be, and what I know it can provide for me – the sense of personal satisfaction, the outlet for my “need-to-be-busy” hands, and the interactions that this amazing industry provides with other business owners, crafters and customers. But they’re all PROMISES at this stage, and I need help to get them to be more like a reality for me. Living in rural Australia doesn’t help – I can’t attend the flesh and blood markets, workshops and meetings that I love as much as I would like, so turning online sales into something I can focus more attention on is the key. I try to take up as many opportunities as I possibly can to participate in online forums and I read constantly, so this course is right up my alley. I think it can help my promise come along a bit closer!

Jess
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Joe, I’m really digging the vibe of your comment – your reasons for crafting feel very much like mine! Online networking is awesome for those of us who don’t live in the big city, so it’s great to hear you’re already taking advantage of that side of your business.

Steph
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Hi Jess,

I have the motivation and focus to make my hobby a full fledge businesses. I can see the potential and can see me achieving it but the road there is slightly blurred, smudged and washed out.

I use to live in the heart of Inner West Sydney with a great network of creatives ready to share what they have learnt, what works and what doesn’t. We no longer live in Sydney and are so much more isolated (which is why I was super excited to hear about Create and Thrive). I find my creative networks online now and although they are a quick fix it’s just not the same and face to face learning.

Your ecourse would definitely bridge that gap. I know this this because I have taken note of you and your guest bloggers posts and started putting that advice into action. I have listened to my customers and identified their needs and am catering more for them and no longer for myself which I thought would be hard. I have also increased my sales since reading your free ebook and when it’s quiet I work on other areas or ‘secret products’.

I am definitely a student which takes what she learns and implements them immediately. There is no time like the present.

Love and Light,
Steph

Jess
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Steph, it can be so hard to move forward without that support – I’m really glad that C&T has helped bridge it a little so far 🙂 And AWESOME news that you’ve increased your sales!

Sharyn
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My online shop is at a standstill. There. What a release, I have said it. No more mincing my words, no more avoidance tactics, no more I’m tired and whining “I have a day job”! Whilst I have had some sales since launching my biz in December at indie markets, I am battling with getting my online shop, ship shape – filled with eye catching and beautifully photographed product, in treasuries and just seen. I’ve not made an online sale yet. It is my dream to make my creative biz, my sole (and soul!) business but I need advice, structured steps to go from blah to wow from someone who has been there, to guide me through it. I have dreamed of making things for a living since I made a bracelet out of wool and aluminium tin ring pulls as a child. This class is just what I need to shake myself up and make good on fulfilling my dreams.

Jess
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Sharyn, good on you! We can’t move forward till we acknowledge where we are 🙂 Fulfilling your dreams is an awesome thing – and really, if you started your biz in December, it’s still a very tiny baby that needs all the care and support it can get until it grows! 🙂

Belinda Davison
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Hi Jess,

I was lucky enough to hear you speak at a BrisStyle Creative Development Session on Online Selling last year. Hearing of your success made me believe for the first time in quite a while that it really is possible for me to succeed. But I knew I needed your help to do it, so I followed your Crafty Biz and now Create & Thrive blog. All the advice and information you provide is amazing, but I think this new e-course is what I need to get to where I want to be.

For as long as I can remember it has been my dream to have my own business, and although my day job pays the bills, my passion lies in creating beautiful home decor and gifts. I believe that this e-course would enable me to turn my dream into a reality, and my passion into my full time job.

I think it is amazing that not only are you incredibly successful, but you inspire success in others and are willing to share what you have learned along the way.

Thanks,

Belinda

Jess
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Belinda, so glad to hear you enjoyed the BrisStyle creative dev session – I love sharing with people face-to-face (did you introduce yourself? Make sure you do next time!).

twocheekymonkeys
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Oh Jess, I definitely need a course to show me how to be more efficient with the way I run my online shops! I think I’m far too eclectic with my creations and this is probably why I struggle so much with my marketing – too many different styles of work to promote!
I need to learn how to focus on what is working well in my shops and what isn’t and really need to work on my marketing skills too. I do frequently feel like I’m just muddling along doing whatever catches my fancy at the time. Please help me learn how to turn my creative energy into a focussed handmade business!

Jess
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Dear Deb, you are nothing if not dedicated – but yep, having too many disparate styles can definitely slow things down! 🙂 And having a marketing plan is a good thing… 😉

Jess
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I run a handmade store but MY creations have fallen by the wayside for the past year and a half, due to running the business. My aim this year is to pick back up again, remember why I opened the store in the first place and get back into crafting for myself!

I’ve loved making things again and I would really like to successfully set up an online store for my creations, this too would help me to help all of the other makers I support in their creative business journeys!

Jess
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Hey Jess! It can be so hard to keep working on your own passions when you’re busy helping others promote theirs – good on you for saying ‘hey, me too!’ 😉

Tania Short
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Hi Jess, my partner and I have been working on a book project for three years. We are about to self-publish, and we want to sell the limited print copies we are getting made on our own site. Eventually we want to offer e-pubs too, possibly for pay-what-you-want – as I was inspired by http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/03/04/amanda-palmer-on-the-art-of-asking-ted/. I’ve built the site (only my second), and we want to keep doing all the bits ourselves, not having to get others in to make it happen for us. It’s been a labour of love, and we are excited about it, but a bit daunted too. Your course on setting up shop is just what I need to make this happen. Thanks for an excellent site and offerings…

Jess
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Wow, that’s so exciting! As a former self-publisher, I wish you oodles of luck! (I founded bespokezine.com 🙂

Simone Massa
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Hi Jess
After a long and continuing stint as a struggling single parent I wish to get back to my creative roots and earn a living doing what I truly love – designing, and hopefully create a better lifestyle for my boys and myself and not just earn money to survive on as has been the case up to now,
I have just launched my own online shop and an Etsy shop creating hand printed and handmade houseware & decor items and am finding it difficult to get known and get a following. I am so glad you’re offering this course – I am not having much luck with getting exposure – or sales – up to this point.
Is it me; am I not doing things properly, or is it the online retail market? This is the question I keep asking myself and it’s a great source of stress not knowing.
I would be truly grateful to hone your expertise to successful online selling – thanks for offering the course. You’re most generous to impart your knowledge and I hope you’re rewarded in kind.
Thanks so much
Simone

Jess
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Simone – that is the eternal question! The first thing to remember is being in business is a LONG game – it really does take time to build up a business with steady sales and a good income. But if you don’t start, you’ll never get there, and getting your shop ship-shape from the get-go is the BEST way to ensure you’ll grow at a good rate 🙂

Heidi
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Hi Jess,
This course has come at the perfect time for us. My sister and I have been running a handmade candle and soap making business, we’ve been trading at markets in Sydney and had a cube at the Sydney incube8r store which has been great. We’ve recently moved to Queensland (wooo!) and have decided it is time to get the online store open. We’ve talked about it for a couple of years but I think being a little uncertain has been holding us back. We are really excited about it but have so many questions and really need this course! It sounds like it will be super helpful – thanks for helping out all us newbie onliners out there 🙂
Heidi x

Jess
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Ohh, candles and soaps – two of my favourite handmade pleasures! 😀 Welcome to QLD – and hey, make sure to check out BrisStyle if you haven’t already. We are are an awesome group of crafters and you’ll get access to oodles of good info! x

Cathy
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Ever felt like you are banging your head against a brick wall or in my case a work bench? Well Jess I can’t wait to do this course as I just cannot crack this on-line selling thing.

I know people like my jewellery and when they see it in person it sells well and I am so lucky to have a great selection of bricks and mortar outlets. I am on various on-line selling sites, Etsy, Made-it etc and have some success on these but only really leading up to and around Christmas, it would be great to have more constistant sales as I love doing what I do and don’t want to stop doing it.

It will be great to tap into your experience and guidance and also to link in to other people’s ideas, view points and feel each other’s enthusiasm to market whatever it is that we have a passion for creating. I have done one of your courses before so I know this one will worth every penny. Thanks, Cathy 🙂

Jess
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Yes, my dear, I know what you mean! 🙂 You know I’ve seen your work many times, and it’s gorgeous – AND actually priced well, which is fantastic! But competing can be tough when you have realistic prices on your work, I know! And thank you for the kudos xx

Marina
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I have a successful etsy shop but would love to take my little business to the next level. Simple as that!

Jess
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Simple and to the point – we want to get BETTER! That’s why we’re here, right? 😀

Christine
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Wow “need” is such a strong word. I’ve been sailing along with my online stores since 2009. In the past my business was a hobby that paid for itself but after the Artful Business Conference I decided to take things up a notch. This was possible when I had my husbands job to rely on, as I could spend time on my business in between looking after the kids. Unfortunately my husband has had a 40% cut in his wages and I need to make C Percy Designs to earn more money or I’ll be forced to take on full time employment which will take me away from my home, my children and my business. I can see the value in being part of this course as it will enable me to make the changes I need to make to go from muddling thru to rocking it! Christine

Jess
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That conference opened a lot of us up to change, didn’t it?! Sorry to hear about your husband’s wage cut, Christine, that certainly amps up the pressure.

Helen Luna
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Hi Jess,
I would love to have another crack at selling online. I had an etsy shop a few years ago, but it didn’t really go anywhere. I have since been selling through a collective shop and galleries around Australia, but when i had my baby early last year I pulled out of many venues that i could not keep up with. So here i am with so much less time, and a much greater urgency to make my business pay!

I have a website – helenluna.com.au – which i think is a good showcase of my work for custom orders and wedding rings, but it is not set up for direct selling. I think direct selling on the internet will help me save time (and a fortune in gallery commissions!) and make my business more sustainable and better balanced with my family life.

I have found your posts very interesting and informative and would love to see what you have put together for the e-course, and i will be happy to review and spread the word if i get to try it 🙂

I am not someone who writes flowery emotional kinda things so find it hard to put across my passion for my business, but my jewellery business is a major part of my life, it is not a hobby that i can pick up or put down, it is who I am. I am also a great supporter in communities and supporting fellow makers, I have made the collective i am in (Hammer & Hand) a big focus in my business and really appreciate what you are doing with Create & Thrive.

Thanks, Helen

Jess
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Direct selling helps IMMENSELY. When someone comes across your site, and sees your beautiful work, you don’t want to turn them away in frustration when they can’t buy it then and there – people definitely expect that these days 🙂 Glad to hear you’re making the commitment to getting a shop set up, it can only help your business grow 🙂

Christine
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For some reason the first button (comment) didn’t work 🙁 I’ll try a different email address.

Tracey Rediker
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I need this. I have had some pretty good success on etsy, but I am not sure what I am doing right or wrong. Am i using keywords effectively? are my descriptions good? how are people finding me? Is all my social networking and blogging making a difference?

Plus I have been mulling over wholesale. I could really use this course!

Jess
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Awesome questions, Tracey! We’re definitely covering those in the course 🙂

Candy
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This course sounds perfect for where I’m at! I have had an Etsy store for a year or so, and I feel like I strive so hard to get sales, but I don’t feel like I get the returns for the huge amount of time I pour into it! I would like to know how to improve my online business, and use social media more effectively. I have a couple of young kids at home and would rather be doing my craft business at home than return to my office job at this stage, but I REALLY NEED to make it profitable.

Thanks for the opportunity!

Jess
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Candy, it sounds like you’re off to a good start. A key thing to remember about this whole craft-as-a-business caper is that it takes time to build up your business and gain traction. You can get there!

Kristen
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Hi Jess, I have been following your business growth for some time. I have my own business (actually three of them!) and have a day job too. I would love to be able to focus on one or two businesses for myself and really get them to take off. As a creative, I get my hands on many different things and love them all! But I really need direction to focus on what I love to do that people are most wiling to pay me for. Thank you so much for the offer and your generosity in helping others grow!

Jess
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Three of them and a full-time job – you’re either crazy or extremely dedicated (I’m guessing a bit of both – aren’t we all a little crazy?) I understand the desire to do a lot of things (I get bored easily) but choosing one and really focussing on it for a while will be extremely helpful, I think!

Kari
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Hi Jess,
Why I NEED this course…I’ve stalled. It was a good start but I’ve been trying to “open” my business for the last 4 years. I work a fairly demanding full time job which will soon change and I’ll have more time to get up and running but its been so long that I feel like I need to re look at the scope of things. This course would make all the difference for my business and “fingers crossed” in my life. I’ll be able embrace a part of my life that has always seemed to take a backseat to all the other responsibilities of being a single mother. Now with my youngest child going off to college and my whole life and responsibilities shifting, I would love to be a part of a community that up until now have only been able to window shop for. I don’t want to stubble on and have another 4 years pass and be no further along or worse. I would like to no longer be a hobbyist but a professional prospering by doing something I love and doing something that expresses more of who I am and most importantly to do something that is fulfilling for me.
Thank you for offering this generous opportunity to all of us who are in need of your guidance.

Jess
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Sounds like you’re at a pretty vital cusp in your life – bravo for making the decision to GO for it and do what you love!

Amy Robson
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Jess you recently came into my life via a Facebook post that caught my attention and you’ve since created this snowballing mission for my handmade jewellery design business, amyrobsonjewellery.com.
Your advice has been practical and honest and easy to apply so I actually felt like I could achieve these small steps and get to that ‘bigger picture’ goal.
It started with paying more attention to my website and blog, amyrobsonjewellery.com and spilled over into my twitter, @AmyRobson1 (the personalised background looks great, top idea!). An Etsy store has followed and I’m about to launch my facebook page (waiting on some shmick photography for the final few pieces).
My motivation has been unstoppable and my friends have admired this new found energy towards my business. I simply tell them all, “It started with a blog called Create & Thrive. Quit the chatter and get to it”.
I’m spreading my little-busy-jewellery-making-hands out into the world and seeing where this can go.
So far I’m seeing an increase in my followers on Twitter, Lots of views, favourites and treasuries with my Etsy store and higher numbers of visitors and views for my website. Its yet to increase my sales, but it’s a start!
I’ve got to keep this ball rolling, keep this focus and get my own online store up and running. I want my Etsy store to thrive and I’m a keen bean to be more interactive with my followers and people i follow. I want this baby to spread its wings and become the full time job it deserves to be, rather than on top of my current full time job. You’ve helped me get this far and I’m committed to working hard to reach those goals.
By golly I’ve got the ‘GO’ and with a bit of your ‘WHOA’, I think we can make some magic happen Jess.
🙂

Jess
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Wow Amy, what amazing progress!! So happy to have been part of the process of helping your business grow! And thank you so much for sharing the blog, that’s so amazing of you!

Leoni Nicholson
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Hi Jess I have been making and designing jewellery for a few years now with little success in actually getting many sales. I really need to get more organised with selling technique and learn how to manage the selling shop fronts and you definitely are the person to help me to do just that. You have already inspired me to continue on my journey, and I know at this stage I still tend to undervalue my work and lack confidence. I really feel i have something to offer in the handmade jewellery market, I just have to learn the skills convince others. Your upcoming course looks like it just might be my key to getting a real business doing what I love doing, off the ground.

Jess
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Lovely Leoni, it’s great to see you here!

Linda B
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Hi Jess, I’ve been following you for a few months now and I love the way you express yourself. I NEED this course for a few different reasons. 1) My husband’s job was eliminated and his income isn’t what it was. So, I need to make more regular income from my jewelry (to supplement my FT job). 2) And, after 4 years selling on Etsy, I really am not sure I’m reaching all the people that I can, the way that I’m doing it. Since I have so many interests in jewelry design, beading, Judaica, holidays, wire wrap, spirals, making glass tile pendants, 3) I need help in narrowing things down. 4) I’m closing my Artfire shop and am moving my designs over to my own Website. I can’t afford to pay someone, so I’m doing my own design (I have a certificate in Web design) and can use help doing that too. Today, I have no confidence, am feeling that I don’t measure up and am thinking of selling all my beads, but I love creating jewelry. I am hoping you are the person to help me figure all this out and get my business growing. .

Jess
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Linda, I think you’ll find that narrowing things down will definitely help – good luck!

Donna D
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Hey Jess 🙂
I think the time has come for me to step up and start taking things a little more seriously. And get those sketches and ideas out of my notebooks and into reality. I have no real idea of what I’m doing, other than I know I’ll need to work hard to get anywhere. I’ve been flailing about for a while now (you know that! lol) and with the kids now in school and DH’s job prospects being ‘Campbelled’ (oh yes, I said it!) I want the work-for-myself thing to become a viable option. Part time, school-friendly work that actually covers costs is hard to come by, and I think I’d regret it if I didn’t give this business a good hard try at least. Also, I think I just need a good swift kick in the right direction 😉

Jess
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Oh, don’t get me started on Campbell! Grr… 😉 Anyways, good to hear you’re looking to take your biz up a notch, Donna!

Cathy Criste
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Hello,
My name is Cathy. I am a hard-working wife and a mother of 2. I have a 5-year old beautiful daughter and a 3-year old handsome son, and I am very blessed to have a wonderful husband who supports my love of crafting. The problem is that I work full- time at a job that is one hour from my home that I am completely miserable at. I work crazy hours, sometimes until midnight and then back by 9 am. This does not give me much time to spend with my precious family, who means the absolute world to me, let alone the time to even attempt to dabble in my creative outlet! I really have a dream to be able to have a crafting business. I wish for it to be full-time, but I will take whatever I can get! I have a lot of creative ideas, and people always ask me what I am doing at my job when they see some of my work. The problem is I have no idea where to even begin, as my training was science-related! I have been doing lots of extensive research in my not-so-spare time, trying to figure it ALL out. I even bought a “Starting an Etsy Business for Dummies” book! This is how I came across your website, I instantaneously loved it, and I was so incredibly excited when I saw that you were offering this course. I was really hoping I could take part in it, as it has everything that I need, and the timing could not be more impeccable. These are the reasons why I need your course, so that my dream can become a reality, and to help me overcome my overwhelming time constraint in my hectic life. I did not read everyone else`s post, but from what I did read, it seems as though they have at least been able to get somewhat off of the ground already. I need help in absolutely every aspect, as I have not been able to figure out what is first due to my lack of time to. I want to get it right the first time, and I feel you will definitely not let me down. Thank you kindly for your time and consideration.

Jess
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Cathy – hey there, fellow scientist! That’s where I started my adult life, too 🙂 I never thought I’d make jewellery for a living, and yet here I am – it’s a funny world! 🙂 Good luck working out just what you want to do, Cathy x

Jenn :: theblissfulbrush
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Jess …. It’s all the weather’s fault! Really. I need an online shop as I have had FOUR major art/craft markets cancelled this year already due to horrid rain and wind …. not good for my income. Putting a shop on my website was on my goals list for the first half of this year, but am totally stalled as I am so confused by checkout software, etc and I need HELP!

If I had an online shop it would create more happiness in the world …. it would allow me to back off from the markets a little, which would allow more time for me to create even more gorgeous whimsical girls to put out to the universe, which in turn would create more whimsical happiness in the world and we all know how important that is.

An online shop would also allow me to promote myself to an international audience which is a dream of mine and is also on the long long goal list that I have for this year. And let’s face it … if you’re serious about growing your business you need an online shop, and I’m serious about taking my business to new heights this year.

It would also allow me more time to spend with my husband as I would make him my intern and have him enthusiastically pack up all the thousands of orders that my online shop would bring me each week. You’ve got to dream – haven’t you Jess? x

Jess
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You do, Jenn! And my husband is my awesome right hand man – both in business and in life – so I say go for it, it’s pretty fantastic!

Emma Ulbrick
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I need this course not only to help build an online presence… but to build my confidence and stop me from being a “closest crafter”!!! I crafted for years before I even fessed up to my best friend that I was making things. I have a small following on Facebook that has taken me ages to build and I would love to grow a much larger online presence. It would make such a difference to my business to be guided by a professional and to my life to be able to follow my dreams of making it my career rather than just an escape from the demands of my stressful “day job”. It would absolutely be that that little bit of help I need to take me from hobbyist to professional and beyond!

Jess
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Closet crafter – so glad you came out of there and are sharing your craft with the world!

Kate Phillips
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Hi Jess!

I need this course!

After nearly two years building my brand I am at the cross roads where I want to turn my business up a notch and take it from hobbyist to professional. At the start of the year I switched from full time to part time at my other job so that I could dedicate more quality time to Orange Sherbet, but simply doing that is not enough. I need help in growing my online presence, advise on business management, and most of all a mentor who can provide honest feedback on all aspects of my brand.

I know Orange Sherbet can be something special, but it just needs a bit of help to get it there. This course would be fundamental in turning my dream into reality.

Thanks,
Kate

Jess
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Kate, I know you make awesome stuff, so excited for you to hear that you’re taking it to the next level!

Lindsay
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I have been on Etsy since the economy collapsed in 2005 but haven’t been committed to it until about 3 years ago. I revamped my online persona, created a brand that I love, settled on a product that I love to make but haven’t been able to find the connection between the presentation and the sale. At every turn I feel I’m doing something wrong or missing a key point. It’s been slow going to say the least.

In my personal life, I’ve come to a point where I HAVE to support myself. Being a (newly) single mom of two baby girls and two teen boys has spurred me to take the reins with force, but it feels like I’m spinning my wheels. I don’t necessarily feel I’m being blocked, just held back. You don’t even want to know how many articles, books and (free) seminars I’ve encountered from searching for the answers that will remove that hook around my waist.

Your emails have helped tremendously (three sales in two months), so I’m hopeful that this ecourse is the clincher.

Thanks for the opportunity.

L.

Jess
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Lindsay, so happy to hear what I’ve shared has helped you, and good luck!

Brooke
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Hello Jess,

I’m lucky enough to get to work in the world of handmade for a day job and I find myself inspired and driven to get my own designs out there by admiring all the Brisbane artisans i meet through work.

I need the set up shop course because I need that kick up the bum i suppose to get going and get it happening! I know i have a unique product and i know i can do it but it would be so beneficial to have access to the kind of guidence this course will offer, I believe that the daily email structure and doing it step by step will be the best format for me. I’ve made a resolution of sorts this year to ramp it up and absorb as much knowledge as i can and I’ve set a goal to have a beautiful etsy store set up by July! Looking forward to learning more!

Jess
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Sometimes a bit of structure and a bit of a kick are just the things we need 😉

Liz
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Hi Jess!

I seriously need help! I have resigned my day job to try and follow my dream of owning a successful craft business. At the moment, I do all my sewing, admin, and other business necessities at night once my 3 little angels are asleep. This has been fine as it was my ‘night job’, and I still had another income. I am passionate about creating not only toys, but other goodies too, but I just don’t have the know how to take my business to the next level. I have a blog which I use as a website, and I sell my goodies either through word of mouth or Facebook, or a few orders have come from the blog, but to really stay ahead of the game, financially, I desperately need help and guidance to make my hobby into a thriving business. I can see my business in the future, but I just can’t get across the canyon between me and that future! I would be so honored and appreciative if you chose me to win a place on the course as I think you are ‘The Bomb’ when it comes to all things crafty and business! Thanks for your awesomeness and all the input you put out there via your blog, Facebook, Pinterest…

I am wait in eager anticipation for the announcement of the winner.

Thank,
Liz

Jess
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I am honoured, Liz! 🙂 Thanks for the kind words, and congrats about taking the leap!

shani
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Greetings to you Jess..
there’s a mighty lot of creatives out there, all like me apparently..struggling to find their nook and their ‘hook’! Perhaps i am not so original after all!!
Well Jess, swamped as I am sure you are (head spinning… weighing up all options and choices..)..I will attempt to make it short and sweet for you…
..so…..Uni student.of.Visual arts, unemployed artist! (no surprise really..), traveller of the world,come home and then move thousands of km’s away from family, married, more uni study-distance ed., begin breeding, start working, continue breeding…stop breeding, keep working, do the house extension thing, ..youngest child goes to school…find empty hole where creativity used to be now getting BIGGER…read an article about a succesful crafter, who to paraphrase..basically says..”YOU JUST HAVE TO START!”..cue crying, being hit in solar plexus..no more excuses..just start. ….come up with a name, basic ideas,start a facebook page,sell some stuff, do a few markets, and then……..feel completely overwhelmed!!!
You see, i have all the creativity, all the passion, all the intelligence…and no idea!
social technology..blogs…pinterest..instagram..tweeting…etsy..madeit…not to mention marketing, pricing, editing…wowsers….
YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW…and the more I know, the more I am finding out that there is so much more that i need to know!..Living in country NSW, isolated, middle-aged,…I so WANT to know…this burning desire to DO…I owe it to myself, (and my children as a role model) to make this happen . …and that’s why…I am submitting this to you…not to solve my problems…but to become my own problem -solver…and to stop being afraid, to go forth and thrive!

Jess
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You don’t know what you don’t know – truer words have never been spoken!

Kathy
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Wow – what a lot of people need your help – I had to scroll down through them to get here. I really hope that everyone who needs to be successful can find a way to do it. Maybe there’s a way we can all help each other?
Anyway,here’s my tale of woe – I’m a newly single mother of ten children, and I’ve been working very hard on my Etsy site, and researching business advice and spending a LOT of time on the internet…I have had a few sales, and have been thinking that wholesaling might be the way for me to go…Anyway, I can always use more help, so I entered your competition!
Thanks for the chance,
Kathy.

Jess
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I’d like it if we could all help each other – that’s my goal for this course!

Laura
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Hi Jess. What a wonderful competition. My little shop has been open for 18 months now and it’s ticking along with a few sales here and there. I’ve done so much research and tried to improve everything as much as I can and now I feel like I’ve reached the limits of what I can do by myself. I don’t want to stick at a sale or two now and then, I want to be busy making up orders. I want my shop to be successful and it sounds like your course is just the thing.

Jess
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Sounds like an awesome start, Laura!

Jimena
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A few years ago I made a decision: do everything possible to do what I love every day of my life … and in that way I am. I opened my shop a while ago not knowing very well what to do with it, little by little we have been knowing each other but I still have much to learn and do. Today is my strongest project and I want it to grow even stronger, so I would love to asist the course. I need tools for that and I really appreciate when someone wants to help me learn.

Thanks for the opportunity!
Jimena, from Uruguay.

Jess
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Love it –> “do everything possible to do what I love every day of my life”

Kacey Stafford
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I would love to take this course. I’ve been on Etsy since 2009 and I’ve only had around 150 sales. I’d like to know how to get more traffic to my site. My work sells great if people see it, it’s getting people to the site that has been the challenge for me. I would love this opportunity!! Thanks!
Kacey

Jess
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Getting traffic is VERY important… but what are they seeing when they get there? That’s a big key!

Akkord Ladies
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Hi Jess – we’re a 3 women collective – loving what we do, but finding it difficult to move forward the business side of things – and making connections with the outside world 🙂 We would appreciate structured advice sessions – there’s a lot to learn.

Jess
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There is a lot to learn, always!

Benitta
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Hi Jess,

My name is Benitta and I create artwork, homeware and clothing for people who desire something a bit different while allowing them to feel good about the space they live or work.

I have only just started my business. And why did I start my business… well in 2011 I lost my home and all my possessions in the Queensland floods. I was left with nothing but an overnight bag and a puppy.. so this was my second chance to do the things I wanted to do – which was start my art business…

It has taken me two years to rebuild my home… so now armed with a business plan, goals and dreams I am ready for the next step! And all I need is training on how to create a successful online business.

Your e-course will give me the right foundations to setup and grow my business the right way from the start!.. So your e-course will make a HUGE difference to my new business.

Thanks for this great opportunity to be in the running to win a place in your course!

x B

Jess
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Oh wow Benitta, I’m so sorry to hear that the floods hit you so hard. Sounds like you’ve done an amazing job of bouncing back though x

Dulcie
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I make functional pottery and quit my full-time job 3 years ago to solely focus on selling my work. I currently do craft/trade shows and do some work on commission. I know an online shop is where I am seriously lacking in my business. I know I make a good product and I know that people like it but an online store has been a hard hurdle for me to conquer. I want to get my work out there and broaden my customer base. I’m ready for it. I need help! 🙂 This course sounds like just the thing that can help me get it up and going successfully! Thanks for giving me the chance to make my business better!

Jess
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Pottery? *ears perk up* I love ceramics! 🙂 Sounds like you’ve already got a great biz going on there, and just want to take it to the next level, awesome!

Terri Fisher (@SmilinCatStudio)
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Hi Jess, I’ve been following you for a while and admire your work and all that you are doing to help others create and thrive as well. I have 2 Etsy shops: one for art and one for vintage. I’ve been focusing mostly on the vintage shop lately because I’ve been much more successful with sales. I’d really like to focus more on the art shop, but have had problems finding my niche: something that I enjoy doing and people will buy. My products seem to be more popular when purchased in person than on-line. The lull in my shop has lead to a lull in my creativity because I’m not sure which direction to go in to improve sales: should I improve my existing products (e.g, add frames or mats to prints, words in cards, etc.); should I make new prints and cards; should I go in a different direction entirely? I know I want to create, I just don’t know where to go from here. Help!

Jess
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Finding direction is such a tricky thing – I hope you find it soon and your shop takes off!

Connie | Daydream In Color
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Morning Jess, I’ve been an admirer of yours for a while. Both for your amazing shop but also your point of view. My boyfriend and I have been talking about opening a shop since we first starting dating (going on 5 years now). We just moved and are finally unpacking all of the things we’ve hoarded for that “one day maybe” shop. I’ve been slowly setting up my craft area, which I’ve never had a chance to have before! (It was always on the floor in an awkward position for way too long.) Our minds and heads are itching to finally open up an online shop to call our own and nuture, but we really don’t know where to start! Hopefully your wise advice will get us on our way!

Jess
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That is so exciting! Awesome that it’s finally happening for you 🙂

Rae
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Hello there! Thanks so much for giving this opportunity to all of us out here who don’t seem to know whats up!

I’ve been trying hard to get my business off the ground, but I just don’t seem to be able to figure it out. I’m on this venture after years of friends and family pushing me towards it, and now that I’m here I like they’re all talk and no game when it comes to really supporting me (to be fair, they are probably as clueless as I am at running a business). I’m totally lost when it comes to promoting my work (despite all the help and resources available to me), but I’m also not 100% sure what it is I want my business to be; I don’t want to be so wide reaching that nobody knows what I’m about but I also don’t want to be too specific that I alienate anyone. I’ve only gotten super serious this past year (opened my etsy store last month), so I know it’s too early to tell but I know myself and that if I don’t get some direction and help soon I might not be able to push self through to the next step, even if its within reach. I don’t know what I need, but I’m hoping a spot in your course will help me find a path to focus me in the right direction.

Jess
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Knowing that you don’t know the next step is a powerful thing, Rae. I hope what I share can help you!

Mary in Nashville area
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Hello Jess, Just started watching you on video. You have convinced me that my customers should be in the higher price range. I don’t want to be spending hours and hours fulfilling low price orders. My store hasn’t been opened yet. Still stocking it with items and need to make some ideas floating in my head. I need advice as to where to buy the raw goods. Right now I am working part time at Hobby Lobby where I do get a discount on top of sales and coupon. But, I know that there has to be a place less expensive.
Fibromyalgia is making it hard for me to get more done. An eight hour shift just about kills me, and I am in bed the whole next day. Getting me (my site) up and successful would change my whole life.

Jess
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So glad to hear re the higher prices, Mary! 🙂

Melinda Blair Paterson
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Hi Jess…. I’ve just read through all the comments and am amazed at the number of women that want, need and deserve help to get their creative online business happening. Thank you for this opportunity and your continued sharing of wisdom and hand-on experience in this area. I am an artist with a small range of handmade jewellery items that I currently sell through a shop in Byron Bay. I have downloaded your free ebook, done a couple of social media courses, looked at Etsy and Made it but frankly feel overwhelm with how to start! I feel some mentorship, direction and step by step instructuion would definitely help me get started. It would also be wonderful to do this course with a group of people and share our experiences supporting each other. I also have a number of friends that are also interested in setting up on-line creative businesses and I would love to take the skills I learn from you forward to help them. I am currently looking to create an artist co-op in my local area and feel this course would help me/us greatly. Cheers Melinda.

Jess
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Good luck for the artist co-op, Melinda, that’s great! So glad to hear you’ve been educating yourself, but I know how overwhelming it can all be 🙂

Anna Pateman
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Wow Jess! You have some job ahead of you! How great that so many people are so keen for your help though! A testament to the online community i reckon. No way i would have know of you or most of these other ladies 10 / 15 yrs ago!

I have been running King Billy successfully as a hobby for a year now – like most above i really love the creative outlet while at home with the kids. I would really love to dive into the prospects of growing King Billy and seeing how far i can take it – i believe i have the skills, ideas and energy to do this well and would also benefit from direction. BUT the thing that excited me so much about this opportunity was equally in the brain stimulation side of things. Since becoming a stay at home mum i crave chances to get the brain ticking and focus / funnel ideas into what i do. Online courses are the BEST – can do it in my pjs! lol.
Thanks
Ax

Jess
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PJ learning is the bomb! ;D

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