As of this month, I’ve been fully-self employed as a maker for a whole decade!

It got me thinking – what are some of the things I wish I’d known about running a handmade biz when I got started?

Things that surprised me, challenges that I didn’t expect – and some of the things that made all the difference between failure and success over the long term.

That’s exactly what I’m sharing today – 10 things I wish I’d known when I started my handmade biz – Epheriell – back in 2008 (and yes, for those noticing the maths – I only went full-time in Jan 2010 :D).

You can listen to the episode via the podcast, or watch it via YouTube below!

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Highlights from this episode: 

  1. It gets easier (after the first few years)
  2. You need to find a niche
  3. Photos are everything (get the Create & Thrive Guide to Product Photography)
  4. Marketing is ever-evolving
  5. SEO is super-powerful (watch my video on Etsy SEO – in partnership with Etsy themselves!)
  6. That I would spend SO much time not-making
  7. That ideas and creative energy waxes and wanes
  8. You can’t compete on price (commodity vs. brand)
  9. That you need to find a new hobby
  10. Take the time to share your story and gratitude with your customers – it will pay off in so many ways

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